Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Nikon Coolpix S3300
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Nikon Coolpix S3300
Advantages: Great quality images
Disadvantages: Settings are s bit fiddly
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.
Summary: A great camera for around £90
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