Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Nikon Coolpix S3000
Member Name: kosma1
Nikon Coolpix S3000
Advantages: stylish and easy to use
Disadvantages: smart portrait not all it is cracked up to be
I am no expert on cameras, although there are plenty who do review them from an expert point of view, I am just an ordinary woman, who has to check all the instructions just like everyone else, and is hoping to find a camera that is easy to use, therefore, that is how I will give my review.
I was luck enough to win a Nikon Coolpix S3000 digital camera, the model I have is in red, and I instantly fell in love with it, the design and style of it is lovely, very compact, light weight, oh, and it is red, I am sure most women would appreciate that, anyway, how easy is it to use though?
Upon opening the box it arrived in, as well as the camera, i found the start up discs, user manuals, usb cables, charger, lithium battery, and the other cables that I never know what they are for.
First place to start, was the user manual, which is actually called a quick start guide, sounds promising already. Now the first section is called 'take the camera out of the box' eerrmm, hello Nikon, I may not be very technical, but I am not stupid, however, despite the silly title, it basically lists all the items you should have in the box, it also has the useful guide to show you what each part of the camera is called. We then move onto insert the battery and how to charge up said battery, very easily explained and my battey was charging up within minutes, giving me time to read a little more of the book. The rest of it does basically tell you how to turn on the camera (yes, honestly), setting time/date, what the focus area is, how to playback your pictures, how to install software, how to transfer pictures to a computer and various shooting modes. May all be self explanatory to some I suppose, but, never hurts to read up and check when you are not used to posh digital cameras.
Well, battery all charged and it was charged up fully in 2 hours and 10 minutes, so not too long. one of the reasons I prefer Nikon is because of the chargeable battries, my last camera run on AAA's and they did not last very long at all, so was eager to test the battry life, and I was pleased. The battery kept going through an afternoon and evening out for friends birthday, into the next day and afternoon, and after those 2 days, it had dropped a bar on the battery, but only 1 bar, so still had life in it, however, as I used again on another night out, had charged it up slightly again before the next one, but, was really pleased that it has taken a lot of photos in 1 weekend.
Now this is a 12 mega pixel camera, but, it has various options to change the pixels, and if you have no memory card which I did not at the time, I had to change to see which settings would be better for night out, the amount of pictures showed up for each setting as follows:
12 mp star - 5
12 mp - 11
8 mp - 18
5 mp - 29
3 mp - 48
pc mode - 142
obviously I would get more photos on each if I had a memory card insterted. I choose pc mode as let's face it, a birthday bash is only really for facebook, and they have come out lovely, very clear, good pictures.
The putting onto the computer was simple, I had no trouble doing it, it is mentioned in the book as well, but once i had connected cables to PC and camera, it does take you through the first time use anyway.
The camera has various functions which I am still finding out about, it has a video on it, again, no memory card, so could only get short clips, but pictures and sounds were good on them. It has a smart portrait mode, will take a picture once a smile is detected, a bit gimmicky really, we tried it, several times, it seemed to take ages to recognise, so you end up sitting there with a silly grin anyway, much quicker just to take the photo yourself, various scene modes for different settings, and many more, of which as I say am still finding out about.
These cost around £100 a little while ago, however, shop around as prices never stay high with cameras, will probably be a little cheaper now.
Overall, a smart, stylish compact digital camera that can take great pictures and not to complicated to use, I am really pleased with it and would recommend, and love taking it out and using for photos whenever I am out and about.
Summary: excellent value for money
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