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What I really appreciate about this camera is its simplicity and its size. I can carry it wherever I go, I can put it in my pocket and because its just small, I can always carry it without even worrying to add up weight in my things. Mine is a silver color and it's just so simple and elegant. I know that its price is so cheap compare to other cameras but if you are just taking pictures for personal and not for professional purposes, this one will do. I have a 4 gb memory inserted in this camera and yes you can take a lot of pictures but one thing I notice in this camera is, it stop functioning for a minute or two the first time you open it and take pictures. I think this problem is related to memory as I have so many pictures in it. The photos taken from this coolpix camera is clear but of course not as clear as the pictures taken from SLR type camera. It also has many features just like the other cameras like adjusting the colors or lightning effect of your photos. And since it is just cheap, it won't hurt that much in case you loose it. So for me, this camera is for those who like to have a simple but elegant digicam.
I got this camera for my birthday and have loved it ever since - The outer case has a beautiful metallic satin finish that is resistant to marks and scratches leaving my camera looking as great as it did when it came out of the box.
The camera is easy to use without need to refer to the user guide, it's a good little point and click with easy controls for zoom, an automatic flash that can be turned on or off as necessary. The pictures are good quality and show excellent detail even if you move the camera a little at a night out or when taking a picture unsupported.
The screen gives a great impression of what the picture will look like before being 'snapped' and is large enough to show friends and family the pictures you have taken before uploading them to a computer. Uploading to a computer is easy as the camera acts like a USB drive when plugged in - it even worked with my eight year old desktop! Which says a lot!
Only downside is without an SD card the capacity is terribly limited, if you plan to take it on holiday or to an event like a wedding or birthday splash out on a nice chunk of memory so you don't have the dilemma of picking and choosing which pictures to delete from memory so you can keep on shooting.
I received the Nikon S3100 camera for my birthday a couple of years ago. It was something I'd asked for and although I use my phone for photos a lot of the time, I also use my camera to get some great pictures of my daughter as she's growing up. The first thing that attracted me to it were the colours it was available in. I remember standing in the shop debating for about an hour - not about which camera to buy but which colour to get it in! I chose red in the end but it's also available in purple, silver, black, pink, yellow and lime green. My camera cost £125 from an independent shop in my local town but the red one is available via a third party seller on Amazon today for £69.99.
In the box....
An instruction manual, charger that doubles up as the USB connector cable, a lithium ion battery, a strap to wrap around the camera for ease of use and the camera. Mine didn't come with a memory card but I bought a cheap one in Tesco - it takes a standard SD card and those are available from many retailers.
The S3100 is a great little snapper. It's a 14 megapixel camera and that's more than enough for me, a person that likes to just takes snaps as and when. The camera is very slimline - measuring around 9cm x 7cm x 2cm. It's so slim it slips into my pocket, although at the time of purchasing I was lucky enough to receive a Nikon case (review coming separately) and I use that most of the time. I would advise using a case with it as it has a large 6.7cm LCD screen on the back that could become easily scratched otherwise.
The camera front is red but on the back is black. It's not a cheap looking thing - it's made of metal rather than plastic. The two colours blend together well with a very small silver line inbetween. It's also lightweight at 118g. The look and feel of the camera really gets full marks from me!
Using the Camera
It's really easy to use, which is great for me as I'm not one for photography - the easier the better for me. This camera has a small button on/off button on top. One click and it switches on fast - it's ready to use within a second. The time it takes to take a photo depends on the settings that have been selected but I usually use it with the auto flash and everything else as standard - it flashes in the dark but in the day knows not to. With those, it takes a photo incredibly fast. There's also no delay before it's saved it into the memory. That to me is one of the most important things. The worst thing would be just missing out on getting a great picture at that crucial time - this has very rarely let me down due to it's fast work and 'snappiness'!
The large screen is also exceptionally clear. There isn't a viewfinder and instead the screen is used to line up shots before taking. That was something I was a bit disappointed about at first as I've been used to a viewfinder previously but with such a clear screen, it's something I'm pleased to say I don't miss at all.
There's a large button at the top to zoom in and out. It comes with a Nikkor wide angle 5x zoom lens. I don't find that the zoom affects the picture quality all that much. Whenever I've printed zoomed images in Boots they've always turned out well - certainly ones I've been able to use in photo frames on display but I do only print up to 7 x 5 photos so I'm not sure how it would affect larger sized photos. The pictures that I do always look very clear, precise and excellent quality when printed anyway.
There are 10 buttons on the back but they are all clearly marked and make it incredibly easy to change from one feature to another. There's a button (with a play sign on) that allows the user to look through saved photos and movies and then another next to it (with a camera sign on) that allows the user to go back to the mode of taking photos. Another clearly displayed button (with a bin sign) allows shots to be deleted as and when - it always asks to confirm any deletions on screen which I like so I don't inadvertently delete a great picture. Finally, a large button with other smaller buttons surrounding it enables the user to move up and down the menus on screen.
Pictures are also very easily moved to a computer whenever I need to via the charger USB cable (the camera has a mini USB connection) - it takes a matter of minutes for me to transfer around 700 photos.
This has been an important one for me. It comes with a HD (720p) movie feature and they've all turned out incredibly well. Again, it's a very easy to use feature - just one clearly marked button on the back changes the camera's mode from pictures to movie and then it's ready to shoot.
Auto Focus Mode
AF area mode - puts a little box on the screen where it detects a face
Anti Blur feature
Smart Portrait System - this isn't something I've used as it sounds a little too technical for a point and shoot photographer like me. It allows the user to set a smile timer so it takes a shot when the person is smiling (clever!), a blink proof feature that alerts when someone is blinking and a feature that can adjust uneven skin tones.
18 Scene Modes
High ISO for low light shots - that is something I can vouch for. I've taken a lot of reduced light shots in the evening on my holidays and they've turned out to be excellent quality whereas my husband's phone camera just turned them out pitch black.
The only small downside I've found is with it's charging. Not the actual charging of it - that takes very little time from being completely flat to being full and it holds charge well. I only needed to charge it once on my 2 week holiday for example! It's the actual fixing of the charger to the camera that is it's major downfall. It's fiddly and annoying. The charger fits into a space at the bottom of the camera - the side on which it would normally stand up so that's a pain. There's also a small, very fiddly trapdoor made of flexible plastic to open in order to fit the charger to the camera - I have small fingers and I have trouble opening it to use! It's flimsy too so I'm also worried it may split or fall off in time, although to be fair it hasn't done yet. I have to remove a star for that because unfortunately, I do feel it lets a fantastic camera down.
This is a superb camera for people like me who aren't huge photographers but like taking snaps and is great for everyday use. It's lightweight, compact, funky looking, reasonably priced and produces excellent quality photos. The only downside is fitting the charger. It gets a 4 star rating from me, but I'd probably give 4.5 stars if I could.
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So these types of cameras are often referred to as "point and shoot" cameras, which is usually seen as a bad thing but, when you're buying a camera to capture those hilarious moments on a night out, or how nice your new outfit looks when you're trying it on that's exactly what you need!
This camera basically allows you to turn it on, point it in the right direction and capture the moment. It has a few options on the shooting styles you'd like to use away from Auto if you're feeling a little adventurous in what you want to create.
These "Scene" options range from A Pet Portrait option all the way over to Panorama Assist. These scenes alter the way the camera works to help you get a good photo in conditions such as night landscape when you're going to need a higher iso, wider aperture and slower shutter speed.. but do you need to know any of that? Nope. It does it all for you.
Basically you tell it if the thing you're trying to capture is moving or dark, far away or close up and it does most of the photography work for you allowing you to minimise the amount of dark and blurry photos you'd get on Auto.
You also have two seperate options of face-tracking software which are called "Smart-portrait" which will detect the face and use it to find the focus and also "Subject Tracking" which is great for kids or pets who will just not keep still!
Another cool little function is on the playback menu, you can press for a "quick re-touch" which is great for an un-flattering photo of your boss at the christmas party. It allows you to qucikly alter the image in camera and save it into the same folder as the rest of your images. No need to wait until after upload!
A few other nice features on the playback menu include Skin softening to flatter your subjects and filter effects which gives you some creativity with how your images look!
This camera is small, really easy to use - no spin wheels of a thousand options from you to choose from and the buttons are small but easy to find and press which can be a struggle on a camera small enough to pop in your pocket.
It doesn't come with an SD card but allows you to save a few images (around 50) to the internal memory but you will need to buy further memory in the form of an SD card to really capture a night out or a holiday. It's light and well-built and the screen at the back measures around 5.5cm x 4cm so is easily large enough to check out your masterpiece.
So if you're looking for a gift for someone who just wants to capture the moment or want to treat yourself to a new photography toy, I'd strongly suggest this.
Out of the several digital cameras I own, I must commend this one for not only the quality of the pictures taken but also of the general attractiveness of the pictures taken. With other cameras with higher mega pixels, their pictures are with clarity but do not always show things in their best light. This camera does remarkably well regarding this, taking clarified pictured for its 14mp, and making things look generally more agreeable.
I find that this is brilliant for portrait photos and wildlife shots; also it is great for capturing scenery, with hardly any blur within its pictures. There are a variety of settings available which I find very agreeable, and its shutter speed is relatively fast. The display image is also very clear.
This camera is also very stylishly designed; relatively sleek and pocket sized. It is very handy to carry around, switches quickly on to capture moments in your life that you do not want to forget.
However, there is a small fault in this; though by no means affecting its technical capabilities. I have owned this camera for less than a year, and the paintwork on the metal (I unfortunately chose the colour red so this was all the more noticeble) has slightly peeled off around the edges; I am disappointed in this for the technical facilities of this camera are very agreeable. This problem could probably be fixed by a more protective case and better handling, so I would still highly recommend this camera!
A great camera for beginners and those who are fairly experienced in photography, and at a low price too! This has helped me capture aspects of every day life so well that I would recommend anyone to try this out.
I decided to treat myself to a new camera before going on a trip to the Lakes with the kids. I looked for ages for the right one but was getting confused with all the different specifications that they had and I finally decided to buy the Nikon S3100 because in the end it came down to how it looked because nearly all the ones in my price range sounds like they had the same specifications.
The camera came in different colours but I plumped for the citrus yellow one because it was the nicest looking to me anyway. It is made from metal and is really thin and light. It fits in my jeans pocket and even the smallest of my handbags easily and I have no trouble carrying it around with me.
The specs don't mean much to me but it has 14.0 megapixels which I know is high and a 5x zoom. There is a 2.7 inch LCD display so that you can look at your pictures when you have shot them and this is lovely and bright clear and I can zoom in on it and do some basic editing on it straight from the camera.
You can also apply effects such as fish eye, black and white and softening straight from the screen.
The camera is simple to use and really intuitive. You can set it to automatic and just point and shoot or else there are some different features that you can set it to. My favourite one is the blink feature which stops the camera from taking the picture if someone is blinking so it means that all my pictures come out with every one's eyes open.
Nearly every time the pictures that I have taken come out really well. The colours all look bright and vivid but not too bright that they look artificial and fake. The shots very rarely turn out blurry even when zoomed right in on something. The flash also does an excellent job at making sure everything turns out well even in almost pitch blackness.
The camera can also record in HD and this looks great on my big television but the sound quality isn't so good and it doesn't match up with the quality of the picture. Recording in HD also takes up loads of space on the memory card.
The memory card that the camera takes is an SD card which are cheap enough to buy. It also has a rechargeable lithium battery which lasts for ages when fully charged.
The camera only cost me £69 which I think is a fantastic price for this particular camera. I honestly cannot fault it. I am sure that a more expensive camera will give better looking shots but for me and my needs the shots are great and the price is even better so I would highly recommend it to people.
MY FIRST ELECTRICAL REVIEW!!
On my 19th birthday, I was determined to get a camera. My grandparents offered to help me out a little with the cost as long as I obviously paid my part. The day after my birthday I got the train to my grandparents house and we took a trip to Tesco where after what seemed like hours of browsing I decided on the Nikon Coolpix s3100.
If you haven't seen this camera before I'd be surprised. It seems to be on before, during and after every hollyoaks episode and other shows too. It is possibly the nicest camera and best advertised I've ever seen!
The camera comes in a range of colours, I brought the blue because it was so bright and gorgeous (I would take a picture but thats quite hard when I would take it on my camera? Maybe my webcam but we will see in a minute once I've written this review. The other colours are green, black, pink, red, purple and silver. I was quite shocked to not see white or orange included but I suppose with this range of colour that would just be fussy! (I just took a rubbish picture on my webcam to attach to the end of this review).
Now getting to the best bit. The camera is compatiable with SDHC cards only (brought seperately), which I found out after buying the wrong card and having many problems with it. The cards can be brought from a range of online or retail stores in lots of storage sizes so choose carefully. 4GB is the one I chose but I tend to upload pictures to my computer then delete them from the memory card so I have full space again.
My camera is obviously blue (therefore this is colour bias) and the entire camera is a metallic turquoise/lagoon blue colour. The 'Nikon Coolpix' writing is on one side, with the lens next to it. The flash is just below the button and there is also a handy little light above the lens which I will talk about in a moment. The back side of the camera is black and has a 6.7cm (2.7inch) LCD screen, a 'record' button for videos along with a circular dial with 'ok' button in the centre and 4 other buttons.
I quite like the sleek design of this camera as its stylish and colourful which is a hard mix - most colourful cameras are tacky or inexpensive and break easily.
Inside the box you will get: your camera (obviously), strap, rechargeable Li-ion battery, charging AC adapter, USB cable, audio video cable, software CD, quick start guide, users manual and your warranty. The AC adapter connects to the USB cable to charge your camera through the mains.
The Coolpix is 14 megapixels (which does actually mean nothing to me) but gives good quality pictures and apparently for the price I paid is very good! It has 5x zoom and shoots HD movies aswell as giving you several modes to help you take the best pictures. Admittedly, this camera gives gorgeous pictures and I am really surprised at how well they come out. I have used it for so many nights out and family events - even just for pictures for my blog or eBay! I have only used about 6 of the 'scenes' they give you - one being 'scene selector' which chooses the best scene type for the condition you're taking the picture in. All of the scenes give good quality and I particularly like the 'close up' scene because it gives gorgeous quality on close up items. (I attempted to upload some pictures I've taken using the camera but the files were too big so apologies on that front!
Installing the software on your computer is fairly simple. You simply use your USB cord that comes in the box along with the CD and follow the instructions carefully. It takes about 5 minutes to set up on the computer including installation time. Admittedly, I don't use the software as my laptop has a slot to put my SD card in, so all my images are transferred this way not through the camera.
Charge of the camera lasts for about 24 hours, I have used it on 4 nights out without charging inbetween and it lasted well despite being turned on and off various times - I think this is quite good going for a camera as most don't last this long! To charge fully from a flat battery it takes approximately 3/4 hours, although I prefer to charge mine over night. The charge is done via mains using the charger port on the camera, unfortunately you don't charge it seperately via battery pack but these can be purchased seperately.
The zoom and flash facilities work really well, zooming in 5x I thought would give me distorted images, but actually they are just as good quality and sometimes even better than normally focused images. The flash gives the right amount of light to an image and doesn't make it yellow/orange like I have found other cameras do which is a bonus. It makes everything appear true to colour.
When it comes to on screen facilities, there are many options. I have mentioned the 'scene' button which allows you to select the type of environment you're in to get the best picture quality, but there are many other features. There is a 'playback' button which allows you to view your images, with a delete button below giving you the options to delete one, all or some of your images. You can also 'favourite' images which I like because on a night out I can select the best ones to show everyone whilst avoiding the terrible ones! The playback menu also allows you to quick retouch images, soften skin, add filter effects, change lighting and generally make your picture look better - but I prefer to do this all once on the computer. The 'menu' button allows you to edit movie options such as noise reduction and auto focus aswell as sound help. General settings allow you to adjust zoom, turn blink detector on/off and many other features. Comparing it to my mothers Sony camera, mine had more (and better) features. One thing I love is that when zooming in on a far away picture, you can save the newly zoomed image aswell as keeping the old one so you have two copies.
The only issue I found with the camera, but more specifially the company is their policy. I managed to get sand in my beach bag on holiday which got behind the lens and broke the camera. The camera comes with a one year garuntee (when brought in Tesco I am unsure if it comes with it when brought from other places) meaning any damage or fault will be repaired for free within your first year of owning the camera. I did send my camera off and was charged £50 for repair, when I refused to pay Nikon upped the bill to £65 and it was £10 if I wanted them to just destroy the camera. After much complaint I did however manage to get it back repaired for free. I would be wary of this if you do damage the camera or come across a fault.
I brought my camera from Tesco and it cost £99.97, which is quite a reasonable price for such a good camera. It has lasted me 7 months, a holiday and many nights out and I hope it will last me many more. Prices and colours vary from store to store so be wary when you go into a shop to buy the camera. I find Tesco usually have offers on Nikon so they are your best bet for the cheapest price.
I really recommend this camera. Not only does it take amazing pictures, its cheap and keeps its charge which is hard to find in cameras nowadays - most don't last 5 minutes!
I got this camera from my parents this christmas to replace a well loved and used vivitar camera i had since my 15th birthday.
I took it on a night out and was impressed with the quality of photos. Although it does not come with a memory card. You can have up to 60 photos on there that are high quality without an sd card but you can buy a sd card to go in it. The battery life is good on it too so it lasts untill the end of the night. Great for all those drunken photos where you become a bit unsteady allowing you to take clear unblury photos. :). I have it in purple and just love the colour and smootheness fo the camera. Its also quite small, allowing it to be tucked awaay nicley in your clutch bag. Much better than my previous camera. love it!