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I had this camera as a birthday present a year ago and was really pleased with it.
I have taken it on a couple of holidays with me and it has done the job.
The photos have all come out well and I haven't had many problems with the camera itself.
However, if you are looking for more artistic and professional photos then I would suggest going for something a little more advanced. Sometimes the focus takes a while to adjust and the camera ends up taking random blurry shots.
I have also had the lense getting stuck a couple of times and it meant that I couldn't take photos until I took out the battery, by which time, the moment had passed!
In summary I would say that if you want a reasonably priced camera to take on holiday, or to keep in your handbag then this is great. However, with cameras integrated on phones to the quality they are now, it might not be needed!
After losing my phone last year and not being able to replace it I really missed taking pictures when I was out and about with my daughter. I was given the Nikon Coolpix as a Christmas present and couldn't have been more delighted. The camera is small itself and silver in colour. When you switch it on the zoom lens comes out and you are ready to go! The great thing about it is it's not too complicated. All the buttons are there for you and well mRked out e.g. Timer, playback, menu, delete. It has a 16 megapixel camera with optical zoom and it also has the enhanced feature of motion blur reduction. One of the features that most amazed me was the smile timer which takes the picture when the person smiles! Who even needs buttons now! It takes great pictures with great colour and it also has the usual effects such as black and white, sepia, etc... In sum it's a well built, easy to use camera with great features.
I consider myself to be very unlucky with cameras, they always seem to die on me right before christmas, with childrens plays and parties coming up. Last november my old camera gave out and I rushed out to buy a new one in time for my daughters birthday party. I purchased my Nikon coolpix s3300 from currys and to be honest, with the time of the year, money was tight and i didn't have a lot to spend. I bought a camera (cant remember the brand) took it home and tried it out. It was absolutely shocking. The picture quality was terrible and I immediately returned and swapped it for the Nikon Coolpix. I was delighted at the quality of this camera, and I took loads of pictures with each of the settings to make sure it was the one I wanted, as other products did not seem to achieve what they were advertising. This camera is so small and compact that it is easy to stick in your bag or pocket to use at any time. The larger cameras do obviously produce a better picture, but I always find them too bulky and difficult to use when out with the family for a day. My favourite feature of this camera is the rechargable battery. All my cameras in the past have used two AA batteries, and it felt like I was constantly buying them, and you had to buy the expensive ones too as the cheaper ones would bearly take a handfull of pictures before becoming completely drained. Earlier in the year I went on holiday with my husband and the kids with my fully charged Nikon Coolpix, and it lastest the entire week! I took about 500 pictures and 15 video clips and it still had a little battery left by the time our holiday was over. I believe that by the time I have owned this camera for 18 months, I will of saved myself the money I spent buying it as I do not have to constantly purchase batteries. This camera is so easy to use that even my 8 year old has taken picutres with it. I take so many pictures and video clips as I like to capture every moment of my kids growing up, so I have used quite a few cameras. The Nikon Coolpix is by far the best one. Great picture quality, great video quality, I absolutley love it.
Earlier this year I decided it was time for a new digital camera, so I set about searching online for offers and reviews to help me choose. After reading reviews on Amazon, Curries, Jesspos and other online review sites like Dooyoo I decided that the Nikon S3300 fitted my criteria nicely.
l set my maximum budget at £100 and was determined to get the best deal I could for this amount. The Nikon came in at £85 from Jessops, I ordered online and dropped into the shop for collection, plus I bought a 8GB memory card at £12 as the camera doesn't come with one.
My number one "want" from my new camera was megapixels - my old camera was just 5MPs and was starting to show its age when photo were viewed digitally online. As a hobby I do a lot of artwork which I sometimes photograph and post online, to do this I needed a camera with at least 14MPs to be able to post on some sites, and was very pleased to find the Nikon S3300 had 16MPs. The quality of the images is excellent, I can blow them up 4 or 5 times before they start to look pixelated. Images and colours are really sharp, even if taken in bad lightening.
I also needed a better zoom on my new camera, the Nikon has a 6x zoom, which is three times better than my old camera. Ideally I would have liked a greater zoom function, but I prioritised the Megapixels and the Nikon offered the best alternative for me. The zoom is good, much better than I am used to, but if I were made of money I would have chosen a much greater zoom function, this is the best I could get for my £100.
There were a few features I wanted, macro being at the top of the list, along with a good night time function and landscape and portrait options. The camera has all these. The macro option is the one I use most and is very good for taking photos of flowers. I have had a little less success with the night time function, but this may because you need a really steady hand to get a clear picture, which I don't have. The other functions I have tried, including landscape and portrait, sunset and black and white work really well, there are few other functions, including one for fireworks, which I am dying to try out when November 5th comes around!
Physical Aspects of the Camera
Its looks quite funky looking. Mine is a redish pink colour, with dimensions of about 10x 4 x 2 cm - it is compact and fits nicely inside my handbag on days out. The camera has a large LCD screen which is about 3.5 x 6 cm in size. The zoom in/out knob function is on the top right hand side on the camera neatly embedded in the same button which takes the photo, with the on/off button to the left of it. A button for the video camera, which I haven't really tried out properly yet, one for viewing the photos on the screen, one for getting up the settings menu on the screen. Then there is a four point button which functions to either set the flash, timer, macro and exposure or, if the button for viewing the photos has been pressed it acts as a backwards/forwards to scroll through the photos. It doesn't seem possible to zoom in on the photos which is a bit disappointing but hey, one can't have everything! Below this is the menu and delete buttons. I am a little confused as to why it's called the menu button as its a button for selecting image and pixel size. On the bottom of the camera is a "thing" where a tripod could be attached.
Ease of Use
I find it quite easy to use, however it is a bit fiddly to get to the menu and choose some of the options such as landscape and portrait if you are in rush. The camera does have an automatic function, where the camera picks up the best option for the photo itself, which is very useful if you want to take pictures in quick succession. Zoom in/out and taking the photos is very easy.
What Does it Come with?
It comes with the USB lead for the computer and a disk which loads the programme for downloading the photos onto your computer. I usually use my iPad as I like to digitally manipulate many of my pictures and I have several apps to do this installed. I load my photos directly onto the iPad, which picks up the camera automatically without the installation of any software. The camera comes with two AAA rechargeable batteries, which I can't find - they ran out and I put some normal batteries in in a day out. I was however very pleased to find out this camera is very efficient on normal battery use, as in the past I have found cameras eat non-rechargeable batteries very quickly. The camera doesn't come with the recharger for the batteries, this is not a problem for me as I already have one which suits from my old camera. Apart from this the camera comes with a cord, which is looped around a hole in the side of the camera so you can hold onto it when tightly when taking photos.
As you can probably tell I am no expert on photography equipment, I am writing this review as a layperson, someone who just did their homework before buying the camera. I made a good choice for a family camera and for photographing my artworks and I am happy with the results the Nikon S3300 has given me. Its a good buy for around £85.
I give it 4/5 Dooyoo points, it loses one point for the fiddlyness of getting to and selecting the menu settings.