Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Snazzy Little Camera - Perfect For Teenagers!
Nikon Coolpix S3000
Member Name: lj174
Nikon Coolpix S3000
Advantages: Great Images, Easy to Use, Cheap, Available in a Wide Range of Colours
Disadvantages: Battery Life, Time Taken to Process Image
First off, I will begin by saying that I am not a camera expert, therefore this is just a consumers point of view on the product. The product I will be reviewing is the Nikon Coolpix S3000 digital camera. I unfortunately broke my other digital camera so saved up my Dooyoo earnings to put towards this little beauty. Admittedly I was swayed greatly by it's excellent advertising (the advert with Robbie Williams in it if anybody remembers - late 2010 time).
The recommended retail price of this camera is £109.99 but you can get it for just under £90 on sites such as Amazon. This is an excellent price for a camera of 12 megapixels, and generally quite affordable for a wide range of people, which is one of the main reasons I purchased it.
Aesthetically, it is quite compact and small, and can easily fit into your pockets or in your bag. The product dimensions are 9.4 x 1.9 x 5.6cm which shows how small it is. It only weighs a mere 118 grams also, therefore it is not heavy to carry around with you all day or on a night out.
One of the best features about this camera is that it is available in a wide range of colours. There's black, silver, purple, green, blue, red and orange. I own the blue one, and I think it's excellent as it is quite fashionable for younger people, and would be a suitable present for a teenager. Alternatively, if these don't appeal to you there is always the black or silver one to opt for.
To turn the camera on you just press the button on the top down once, and it starts up fairly quickly and almost immediately you are ready to take the photo. I do feel that it takes images fast, however sometimes it does not focus particularly fast, so you have to hold the button down half way before pressing down completely. You do have the ability to turn the flash on or off, and generally all pictures I have taken have come out crisp clear, as the camera is a 12 megapixel one. I do feel that for the price you're paying, you get good results.
One drawback about this camera is that regardless of how quickly you can take a snap, you have to wait about three to four seconds for the image to process before you can view it, delete it or take another image. This is extremely annoying if you mess a photo up, as it keeps everybody waiting who is having their photo taken, or you could lose the picture you were hoping to snap up. Therefore, I would not recommend this camera for serious photographers, as it is more suitable for fun snaps.
This camera is also built with motion detection, therefore it gains sharp, steady results and minimises any blurry photos. I do find that when flash is turned off it is difficult to get a still shot, however when flash is on, all photos I have taken are perfect.
There is a 2.7inch LCD monitor to help you get the perfect photo. This is fairly big for the camera's size so you can be sure of what you are taking the photo of clearly.
Another great feature of the S3000 is that it has sixteen different scene modes, therefore you can be sure to get the best quality image for the background type, whether this be a close up photograph, a night time one or at the beach, you are certain to get a fabulous picture.
Furthermore, not only does it take images, but it records movies with sound, and although they are not pristine quality, they come out quite well, even when uploaded on to computers and laptops.
Nikon claim that this camera can take 220 photographs before the battery wears itself out. One problem I find with the battery is that it doesn't show you how much you have remaining when actually taking an image. This can be a nightmare as it will run out at the most inconvenient times. I don't feel that the battery life is that great, even when charged fully for around two hours. This is one of the worst problems with the camera, therefore if you are taking it for a holiday or trip, you will need to ensure you take the charger with you, as it is unlikely to last more than a day or two before the battery 'exhausts' itself.
Generally, as I only purchased the camera to use for personal use and to take pictures of friends and family, it meets all of my needs well for a mere £90. I think it's an excellent camera for those who aren't particularly advanced with technology, and is great for teenagers. Other than the battery life and the amount of time you have to wait for your image to process, this camera is fabulous and definitely deserves four stars.
Thank you for reading.
Summary: Definitely recommend this little camera!
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