Nikon COOLPIX S32 Brief Review


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  • 13.2 megapixel 1/3.1 inch CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.3-5.9
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000
  • 4.7 fps burst mode
  • 2.7” LCD
  • Waterproof to 33 feet (up to one hour)
  • Shockproof
  • Operates in cold down to 14 degrees
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 220 shots
  • Release Date: 2013-02-27
  • Final Grade: 79 3.95 Star Rating: Recommended

The Nikon S32 certainly isn't the best waterproof camera out there, but it does have quite a few features for the $125 price point.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/11/2017

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix S33.

While the Nikon S32 doesn't sit at the top of the category for waterproof cameras by a long shot, it does sit near the top for cameras under $125. Most budget cameras have a slow, 1 fps burst speed, but this little guy at least hits four. The sensor is smaller and there's not much zoom, but that's typical for the budget category. What's not typical at this price point is the waterproofing up to 33 feet. If you can save up your money, you'll get much better image quality from the Nikon AW120 or Olympus TG-2; but if you only have $125 to spend, the Nikon S32 should be near the top of your list.

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