Nikon COOLPIX S30 Brief Review


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  • 10.1 Megapixel CCD sensor
  • 3x optical zoom with 29mm wide-angle
  • Waterproof to 10 feet
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • 720p HD video with mono sound
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

10.1 Megapixel CCD sensor; 3x optical zoom with 29mm wide-angle; Waterproof to 10 feet; 2.7-inch LCD; 720p HD video with mono sound; 2 AA batteries
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon COOLPIX S32.

One of Nikon's cheapest cameras and a truly affordable waterproof camera, the S30 cuts a lot of corners but is a decent buy for the money. There's a tiny 10 megapixel sensor under the hood and an uncompetitive 3x zoom, yet for only $120 these are non-issues. Thankfully Nikon has included HD video, albeit at 720p. Image quality has tested to be pretty dismal in anything but bright sunlight, so plan accordingly.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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