Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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The Lazy Man's Camera!!
Nikon Coolpix S3000
Member Name: sparkle1004
Nikon Coolpix S3000
Advantages: Good price and takes high quality photographs
Disadvantages: None considering what you pay for it
Nikon is a company that originated from Japan back in 1917 and specialises in all things optical. It is continually pushing the boundaries of photography in a bid to stay ahead of its competitors and has even got Robbie Williams starring in one of their latest commercials.
I am incredibly interested in photography and one day, when I win the lottery, I am going to buy the world's most amazingly expensive camera! Until then though, I had to suffice with one of the cheapest cameras out of the big brand names, which is why I purchased the Nikon CoolPix S3000, but I got a lot more than I had expected to for my money.
Other than the price, I was initially attracted to this camera by the beautiful range of colours that it came in. Looking on the Nikon website, I saw that it came in black, silver, red, green, orange and magenta. I had my heart set on the magenta one (so cute!) and I went to Jessops so that I could see the camera in person before buying it. Unfortunately, when I got to the store, only the black one was available but as it was on offer for £69.99 reduced from £99, I snapped it up.
The camera has 12 megapixels which means the pictures that you take will be sharp, clear and precise. The pictures are enhanced further by the 4x zoom lens, which means you can get closer to the action, without having to actually get close! The camera also has a 4x anti blur systems which means that an unsteady hand or a subject who just won't keep still, won't result in blurry photos. It also has a best shot selector, which means the camera takes 10 photos in quick succession and automatically picks the best and sharpest picture.
It has given me some fantastic pictures from rugby games where the players running past have previously just been an unidentifiable blur! It also allows me to take clearer pictures of my little niece who has better things to be doing than posing for a photograph. It also selects the Scene Mode for your picture, choosing from 16 different settings according to where you are and the available light. I also use mine to take make little movies of my niece and I have never been disappointed with the image or sound quality. This camera works the best when used in natural light and gets a tiny bit lost when the flash is required but the quality is still good enough for me.
Another fantastic feature with this camera is the Smart Portrait System. This feature actually has a smile feature so it knows when your subject is smiling and takes the pictures. It also alerts you when the person that you are photographing is blinking so there are no more photos of people with their eyes caught shut. And there is a Skin Mode, which even out the skin tone of your subject and removing those Pesky Red Eyes. Personally, I always used to remove Red Eye and even out the skin tone once the photos were on my computer but this camera has saved me a job and therefore time, by doing it for me.
The camera is slim and lightweight, weighing only 116 grams, and looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It is 94.3 mm in length and 55.9mm in depth and only 19.0 mm in width so it will easily fit in your pocket or handbag. It has a fairly large 2.7 inch screen on the back so that you can see your photos in detail immediately and the screen has been coated with an anti reflecting substance so that you can see your photos on the screen even on a bright sunny day, instead of just your own face staring back at you. The surface of the camera is shiny and smooth and the camera fits nicely in your hand.
Along with the camera, you get a wrist strap which has saved my camera on so many occasions from being smashed on the floor! You also get some wires that allow you to connect to your TV in seconds and view the contents of your camera on your television instantly and a rechargeable battery. According to Nikon, this battery will last for around 220 shots when fully charged and I would more or less agree with that, although if you are filming with it, the battery seems to die quicker than other cameras that I've owned.
It is also has an installation CD for your computer and a USB cable so that you can upload your photos to your computer. This camera only has an internal memory of 47 MB which is tiny so you will need to buy a memory card if you intend to take more than a couple of pictures.
All in all, considering this is currently one of the cheapest brand name cameras available, it ticks all the boxes for me. The battery is fairly long lasting, it takes fantastic photos in natural light and the features work together as a team to ensure that you get the best possible photograph. Recommended for those on a budget.
Summary: A 12mp camera with numerous features and good picture quality
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