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I purchased my Nikon S3000 around 4 years ago now for £99 of Jessops when it first came out. This was the first camera I bought as usually i just used my phone and i was really impressed.
This little nifty camera has been with me on holidays, around the UK, Family Events and just usual pictures of the pets! But each and every time it hasn't let me down.
Easy to use?
I am no photographer but i am good with technology but this camera is so easy to use! Its simply point and click. The zoom is really easy to use which is simply a slider on the button you use to shoot. And the zoom was really good its 4x zoom however for every day photos this is more than enough. As for navigating the menu to change settings or change to video, it has a 4 point keypad which is really easy to use and the navigation doesn't have to many options so it would be hard to baffle me.
Taking the photos from the camera to computer is easy to you have two options you can take out the memory card and plug it into your computer or use the cable connection. If my battery was running low i would use the cable as this charges it as well as transferring the images.
With new gadgets and devices i am finding the battery lasting less and less however once this camera is charged it lasts for ages! Before i go on holiday usually a week i ensure it is charged fully and i wouldn't have to charge it again till i got back even with using flash. I have a bridge camera by Samsung where you use normal AA batterys but if you dont use Duracell and use the flash after about 3 photos to batteries are dead.
Quality of Photos?
As i mentioned earlier i am no photographer but the pictures i have taken are of excellent quality, i have uploaded the majority on facebook and the colour quality of the photos is fantastic, i.e the blue of the sky is a beautiful blue not pale or grey it really stands out.
Some of the photo's I have printed out at Tesco with their self printing machines, really easy to do just take the memory card. I haven't had any problems with printing out the pictures and the quality is just as good on screen which is because of the 12 megapixel camera. When using a less powerful camera and trying to make photos they would be blurry as trying to fit them onto photo paper size.
Value for Money?
Complete and utter value for money, this camera has been on many journeys far and wide with me and for £99.00 its a great quality camera, durable (its has been on a few sledging adventures) and because I didn't pay hundreds for the camera should it break in the near future i feel i have had used it well. A nice little thing about the camera is the colour choice instead of the normal black or grey it has a fantastic colour selection, mine is lime green!
Over all great camera, for every day photos and well worth the money!
Had this camera for about 2 years and still works like a charm. It is also touch screen which is something that I enjoyed. It's also pretty cheap considering that it's touch screen and has good quality pictures. Overall if you're looking for a somewhat cheap camera that works really well I would recommend this to you. But if you're willing to spend some money I would recommend the newer ones as this is around two years old. The front also scratches pretty easily so it has to be handled with a lot of care. It's also not the best camera to record videos so I would only recommend this for people who just want to take pictures. But the pictures I've taken with this camera are overall excellent. It also comes in many different colors to fit your own unique taste which is another thing I like about this camera.
I am unashamedly point-and-shoot snap-taker, leaving the business of Proper Photography to the so-called Other Adult. Until recently I was pretty happy with a Sony Cybershot DSC-W80. When that gave up the ghost - or rather developed ghostly spots on the sensor from pixel loss - after almost four years of faithful service (carried case-less in my pocket most of the time), I decided to buy this little Nikon as a replacement, encouraged by a good offer at the Polish Tesco (we were in Poland at the time = no Amazon) and good Internet reviews. All my comparisons will be thus to my old Cybershot - an older camera which at the time of its purchase was in the same price bracket as the Nikon (around 100 GBP).
To give fair dues, and start with the most obvious, Coolpix S3000 is a small, slim, very pretty camera that fits neatly in one's hand but also has a somewhat reassuring weight to it. It looks good, it has metallic body and metal controls, large LCD screen and comes in several pretty colours. Despite being small, it fits well in my hand (very large for a woman). The LCD screen isn't bad in bright light (and it better be - like most compacts nowadays this Nikon doesn't have a viewfinder - a Bad Thing but so common that I can't hold it against it).
The buttons are reasonably sized, the shutter release is large and round while the on-off switch is small and flush with the body so they aren't easy to confuse.
The interface is very intuitive and all the functions are easy to operate and find. There is a single delete button on the back (the lack of this was a pain on my old Cybershot). The pre-programmed settings make sense and are easily accessible. There are a few neat functions that my old Cybershot didn't have, and particularly the one that allows for an automatic adjustment of the ISO value (so you can reduce blur in low light), but within a set range (80-400 and 80-800) so you don't get the huge grain of ISO3600 pictures that renders them virtually useless. The "vivid colour" setting is also rather good (I never use anything else now) and the ability to choose the area on which the autofocus focuses comes in occasionally useful.
The battery lasts for a reasonable - but not great - amount of time and charges up pretty quickly. There is no charger that comes with the camera, only a USB cable that connects to the camera body and a mains adapter for it, so if you want to be able to charge a spare battery when another one is in use you have to buy a dedicated charger.
And finally, the camera has a 4x optical zoom which while on its normal setting borders on a wide angle. This produces a foreshortening which is very nice for dramatic shots of architecture (and bad for full-figure shots of people).
In fact, dramatic shots of architecture in good weather is just about the only thing that this camera does well - and better than my old Cybershot did. When it comes to the important stuff as far as cameras go - the photos that come out at the other end - Nikon Coolpix 3000S is a major disappointment.
The biggest problem is that it doesn't deal very well with low light, I don't mean low light as in dimly lit interiors, I mean low light as in a cloudy day or a shadowy woodland. The automatic settings seem to go only so low and instead of increasing aperture it starts to lengthen the exposure resulting in camera shake in many conditions in which most cameras I had before coped perfectly well. Full zoom is only usable in very good light as zooming on a not-so-sunny day will result in such long exposures that you will invariably get a camera shake blur.
The autofocus is very patchy. It takes quite a while to focus (noticeably longer than the Cybershot did) and when it does, it doesn't cope well with either nearby objects (I mean a foot away, not macro-type distances) nor with far-away ones on the horizon.
It has a very poor dynamic range, meaning that if areas of the image differ in light levels, the loss of data occurs in the light (or dark) areas which become over (or under) exposed. All cameras do that, of course, but this one does it rather badly, to the degree that it's impossible to take a decent portrait on a background of a not-too-sunny Scottish sky.
For reasons that completely elude me, it's almost impossible to take a decent flash lit picture with this camera. The flash is weak - I am not sure what the nominal range is, but it doesn't seem to be enough for a normal living room - and even when it works, camera shake type blur is frequent (the shutter speed reads 1/25 which seems very low for a flash pic). I gave up on taking flash pictures altogether.
All in all, not without redeeming qualities but overall not worth the price. For the same money you can get a better camera - or get a similar camera for less money.
This was my first experience with a compact Nikon, and one not to be repeated. I feel that Nikon rely on their superb reputation in the SLR market and thus treat their compacts' customers with a bit of a disdain: they produced a very good looking camera that feel nice in the hand but sadly produces very mediocre pictures.
Not recommended, though not quite one to throw away if you get one as a present.
I bought this camera as an alterative to my SLR for when I want to travel light. It is great as an every day camera, it is light and compact and fits into my handbag nicely. You do not need to know anything about cameras to use it and is great for just point and shoot pictures. I had bought a different camera initially, it was slighty more money but with the same spec as this one, after just one day I returned it and got the coolpix and the difference was Immediately apparent with regards to picture quality. The battery lasts an exceptional amount of time and I do not have to charge it often, even when I have been using the flash. It has had its durability tested by my children too as they often use it and have dropped it on several occasions. The negative of this camera is pictures taken in the dark as the picture quality is somewhat reduced.
Firstly, let's start with the size - it's perfect. Very compact, one of the smallest I have seen and had with such a high quality of images. Personally, the reason I brought this camera was to take out on trips as such, as I can't bring a huge D40 out with me easily.
The quality of the images are extremely good for just normal prints (7" x 5"), however if wanting larger prints (10" x 8") - I would recommend a more professional camera of higher quality and more pixels.
It is very easy to use, so those looking for a simple, basic camera or even one you will let your kids use - this one is for you. Particularly as the camera comes in a variety of colours (e.g. red, blue), which can be exciting for children and others. But also, coming in a sleek black and silver colours - in which I purchased the black myself.
Overall, this camera is not for professional photography obviously, but does an amazing job for what it is and the price it costs.
I really struggle to get my head around all the excellent reviews for this camera, as I just don't find it that good!
I bought this camera after much research and it seemed to be one of the best available for my budget (£100). I had just given birth to my third child and wanted to replace my ancient Olympus (aka "the brick") with something a lot better for capturing those precious baby shots. I also wanted something very small, light, easy to use, takes quick shots and that I could slip into a small handbag easily.
I've been really quite disappointed I have to say. The Nikon s3000 hasn't lived up to my expectations - and these are the main reasons why -
* It doesn't take quick snaps, it takes a few moments of focussing before taking the shot by which time my daughter (now 16 months) has normally moved or run away.
* The settings are so extensive (a good thing!) but you have to re-set them each time you use the camera as it doesn't save your last actions. It's also quite a long annoying process going through all the settings - and I've found I often have to change them during the time I'm taking shots to try and get a picture which isn't too dark, over exposed, blurry etc. The auto setting doesn't really work as a general setting as sometimes the shots look good, other times awful - which then means fiddling with the settings and wasting snapping time!
* The zoom really isn't good beyond 2x - I took the camera to my son's Christmas play and we were sat quite far back (although not miles away, it was only a little school hall) and everything was completely blurry no matter what settings I tried.
The one thing I can say for it is that it looks really nice! It's incredibly slim, comes in lots of colours (I have red) and has a fantastic build quality - all metal casing with no cheap plastic parts. But what use is aesthetics if the camera itself doesn't do the job you want it to?!
I don't pretend to be an electronics expert by any means, and therefore some of my experience could well be down to me being a novice user - however I wanted something simple for me to use, and this is not!
Nikon is a company that originated from Japan back in 1917 and specialises in all things optical. It is continually pushing the boundaries of photography in a bid to stay ahead of its competitors and has even got Robbie Williams starring in one of their latest commercials.
I am incredibly interested in photography and one day, when I win the lottery, I am going to buy the world's most amazingly expensive camera! Until then though, I had to suffice with one of the cheapest cameras out of the big brand names, which is why I purchased the Nikon CoolPix S3000, but I got a lot more than I had expected to for my money.
Other than the price, I was initially attracted to this camera by the beautiful range of colours that it came in. Looking on the Nikon website, I saw that it came in black, silver, red, green, orange and magenta. I had my heart set on the magenta one (so cute!) and I went to Jessops so that I could see the camera in person before buying it. Unfortunately, when I got to the store, only the black one was available but as it was on offer for £69.99 reduced from £99, I snapped it up.
The camera has 12 megapixels which means the pictures that you take will be sharp, clear and precise. The pictures are enhanced further by the 4x zoom lens, which means you can get closer to the action, without having to actually get close! The camera also has a 4x anti blur systems which means that an unsteady hand or a subject who just won't keep still, won't result in blurry photos. It also has a best shot selector, which means the camera takes 10 photos in quick succession and automatically picks the best and sharpest picture.
It has given me some fantastic pictures from rugby games where the players running past have previously just been an unidentifiable blur! It also allows me to take clearer pictures of my little niece who has better things to be doing than posing for a photograph. It also selects the Scene Mode for your picture, choosing from 16 different settings according to where you are and the available light. I also use mine to take make little movies of my niece and I have never been disappointed with the image or sound quality. This camera works the best when used in natural light and gets a tiny bit lost when the flash is required but the quality is still good enough for me.
Another fantastic feature with this camera is the Smart Portrait System. This feature actually has a smile feature so it knows when your subject is smiling and takes the pictures. It also alerts you when the person that you are photographing is blinking so there are no more photos of people with their eyes caught shut. And there is a Skin Mode, which even out the skin tone of your subject and removing those Pesky Red Eyes. Personally, I always used to remove Red Eye and even out the skin tone once the photos were on my computer but this camera has saved me a job and therefore time, by doing it for me.
The camera is slim and lightweight, weighing only 116 grams, and looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It is 94.3 mm in length and 55.9mm in depth and only 19.0 mm in width so it will easily fit in your pocket or handbag. It has a fairly large 2.7 inch screen on the back so that you can see your photos in detail immediately and the screen has been coated with an anti reflecting substance so that you can see your photos on the screen even on a bright sunny day, instead of just your own face staring back at you. The surface of the camera is shiny and smooth and the camera fits nicely in your hand.
Along with the camera, you get a wrist strap which has saved my camera on so many occasions from being smashed on the floor! You also get some wires that allow you to connect to your TV in seconds and view the contents of your camera on your television instantly and a rechargeable battery. According to Nikon, this battery will last for around 220 shots when fully charged and I would more or less agree with that, although if you are filming with it, the battery seems to die quicker than other cameras that I've owned.
It is also has an installation CD for your computer and a USB cable so that you can upload your photos to your computer. This camera only has an internal memory of 47 MB which is tiny so you will need to buy a memory card if you intend to take more than a couple of pictures.
All in all, considering this is currently one of the cheapest brand name cameras available, it ticks all the boxes for me. The battery is fairly long lasting, it takes fantastic photos in natural light and the features work together as a team to ensure that you get the best possible photograph. Recommended for those on a budget.
First off, I will begin by saying that I am not a camera expert, therefore this is just a consumers point of view on the product. The product I will be reviewing is the Nikon Coolpix S3000 digital camera. I unfortunately broke my other digital camera so saved up my Dooyoo earnings to put towards this little beauty. Admittedly I was swayed greatly by it's excellent advertising (the advert with Robbie Williams in it if anybody remembers - late 2010 time).
The recommended retail price of this camera is £109.99 but you can get it for just under £90 on sites such as Amazon. This is an excellent price for a camera of 12 megapixels, and generally quite affordable for a wide range of people, which is one of the main reasons I purchased it.
Aesthetically, it is quite compact and small, and can easily fit into your pockets or in your bag. The product dimensions are 9.4 x 1.9 x 5.6cm which shows how small it is. It only weighs a mere 118 grams also, therefore it is not heavy to carry around with you all day or on a night out.
One of the best features about this camera is that it is available in a wide range of colours. There's black, silver, purple, green, blue, red and orange. I own the blue one, and I think it's excellent as it is quite fashionable for younger people, and would be a suitable present for a teenager. Alternatively, if these don't appeal to you there is always the black or silver one to opt for.
To turn the camera on you just press the button on the top down once, and it starts up fairly quickly and almost immediately you are ready to take the photo. I do feel that it takes images fast, however sometimes it does not focus particularly fast, so you have to hold the button down half way before pressing down completely. You do have the ability to turn the flash on or off, and generally all pictures I have taken have come out crisp clear, as the camera is a 12 megapixel one. I do feel that for the price you're paying, you get good results.
One drawback about this camera is that regardless of how quickly you can take a snap, you have to wait about three to four seconds for the image to process before you can view it, delete it or take another image. This is extremely annoying if you mess a photo up, as it keeps everybody waiting who is having their photo taken, or you could lose the picture you were hoping to snap up. Therefore, I would not recommend this camera for serious photographers, as it is more suitable for fun snaps.
This camera is also built with motion detection, therefore it gains sharp, steady results and minimises any blurry photos. I do find that when flash is turned off it is difficult to get a still shot, however when flash is on, all photos I have taken are perfect.
There is a 2.7inch LCD monitor to help you get the perfect photo. This is fairly big for the camera's size so you can be sure of what you are taking the photo of clearly.
Another great feature of the S3000 is that it has sixteen different scene modes, therefore you can be sure to get the best quality image for the background type, whether this be a close up photograph, a night time one or at the beach, you are certain to get a fabulous picture.
Furthermore, not only does it take images, but it records movies with sound, and although they are not pristine quality, they come out quite well, even when uploaded on to computers and laptops.
Nikon claim that this camera can take 220 photographs before the battery wears itself out. One problem I find with the battery is that it doesn't show you how much you have remaining when actually taking an image. This can be a nightmare as it will run out at the most inconvenient times. I don't feel that the battery life is that great, even when charged fully for around two hours. This is one of the worst problems with the camera, therefore if you are taking it for a holiday or trip, you will need to ensure you take the charger with you, as it is unlikely to last more than a day or two before the battery 'exhausts' itself.
Generally, as I only purchased the camera to use for personal use and to take pictures of friends and family, it meets all of my needs well for a mere £90. I think it's an excellent camera for those who aren't particularly advanced with technology, and is great for teenagers. Other than the battery life and the amount of time you have to wait for your image to process, this camera is fabulous and definitely deserves four stars.
Thank you for reading.
I had this camera bought for me in 2010 for my birthday. I wanted it to be able to take away on my holidays to make sure I never missed a good moment.
I must say I am disappointed with the camera and tend to just use my Fiance's big camera as my pictures are zero quality compared to his.
There are several disappointments to the camera;
- Sometimes the camera takes quite a while to focus so isn't really very good if you are trying to snap quick shots of like an animal in a certain position or parts of a show for example, as by the time the camera focuses you have missed the shot.
- Sometimes the pictures are better without the flash in certain environments but when you try and take pictures again the camera doesn't focus and does what feels like a double click whe you press the capture button, but when you look at the picture it is just a blurry mess.
- If you want to take professional, clear pictures then I wouldn't recommend this camera for you. This is more for just taking around with you in your bag and just taking fam snaps or little things like that. Sightseeing pristine pictures it will not make, so I'd spend a bit more if you are wanting this.
- I also find that the battery doesn't last that long and just using the camera when on a daytrip out is enough to drain the battery.
- The price is decent, so you get what you pay for really.
- A good thing is the colours you can get, there are a wide range to choose from.
I am no expert on cameras, although there are plenty who do review them from an expert point of view, I am just an ordinary woman, who has to check all the instructions just like everyone else, and is hoping to find a camera that is easy to use, therefore, that is how I will give my review.
I was luck enough to win a Nikon Coolpix S3000 digital camera, the model I have is in red, and I instantly fell in love with it, the design and style of it is lovely, very compact, light weight, oh, and it is red, I am sure most women would appreciate that, anyway, how easy is it to use though?
Upon opening the box it arrived in, as well as the camera, i found the start up discs, user manuals, usb cables, charger, lithium battery, and the other cables that I never know what they are for.
First place to start, was the user manual, which is actually called a quick start guide, sounds promising already. Now the first section is called 'take the camera out of the box' eerrmm, hello Nikon, I may not be very technical, but I am not stupid, however, despite the silly title, it basically lists all the items you should have in the box, it also has the useful guide to show you what each part of the camera is called. We then move onto insert the battery and how to charge up said battery, very easily explained and my battey was charging up within minutes, giving me time to read a little more of the book. The rest of it does basically tell you how to turn on the camera (yes, honestly), setting time/date, what the focus area is, how to playback your pictures, how to install software, how to transfer pictures to a computer and various shooting modes. May all be self explanatory to some I suppose, but, never hurts to read up and check when you are not used to posh digital cameras.
Well, battery all charged and it was charged up fully in 2 hours and 10 minutes, so not too long. one of the reasons I prefer Nikon is because of the chargeable battries, my last camera run on AAA's and they did not last very long at all, so was eager to test the battry life, and I was pleased. The battery kept going through an afternoon and evening out for friends birthday, into the next day and afternoon, and after those 2 days, it had dropped a bar on the battery, but only 1 bar, so still had life in it, however, as I used again on another night out, had charged it up slightly again before the next one, but, was really pleased that it has taken a lot of photos in 1 weekend.
Now this is a 12 mega pixel camera, but, it has various options to change the pixels, and if you have no memory card which I did not at the time, I had to change to see which settings would be better for night out, the amount of pictures showed up for each setting as follows:
12 mp star - 5
12 mp - 11
8 mp - 18
5 mp - 29
3 mp - 48
pc mode - 142
obviously I would get more photos on each if I had a memory card insterted. I choose pc mode as let's face it, a birthday bash is only really for facebook, and they have come out lovely, very clear, good pictures.
The putting onto the computer was simple, I had no trouble doing it, it is mentioned in the book as well, but once i had connected cables to PC and camera, it does take you through the first time use anyway.
The camera has various functions which I am still finding out about, it has a video on it, again, no memory card, so could only get short clips, but pictures and sounds were good on them. It has a smart portrait mode, will take a picture once a smile is detected, a bit gimmicky really, we tried it, several times, it seemed to take ages to recognise, so you end up sitting there with a silly grin anyway, much quicker just to take the photo yourself, various scene modes for different settings, and many more, of which as I say am still finding out about.
These cost around £100 a little while ago, however, shop around as prices never stay high with cameras, will probably be a little cheaper now.
Overall, a smart, stylish compact digital camera that can take great pictures and not to complicated to use, I am really pleased with it and would recommend, and love taking it out and using for photos whenever I am out and about.
The Nikon coolpix 3000 is a beautifully styled and very sleek, digital compact camera. If I were to award any compact with a 'best looking compact camera of the year award' - this would be the one I'd pick. The camera has a brushed metal body available in a range of colours to suit all tastes (red, green, silver, blue etc.) and has silver coloured buttons. The overall design means that this is currently one of the smallest compacts on the market and will fit into the vast majority of pockets, despite its size though it feels durable and well made.
I could go on singing the praises of the design all day, but let's face it - design is secondary to image quality and useability...
Thankfully the camera is very easy to use - it feels like it has been designed with simplicity in mind and is effectively meant as a simple point and shoot. There are no complicated settings or manual modes - you can select a scene mode or leave the camera on full automatic. The buttons on the top consist of: the power, shutter and zoom, all other buttons are on the back and these are: scene selection, playback, delete, flash, exposure compensation, timer macro and menu. By selecting the menu button there are a number of further adjustments that can be made if you so desire and these are: ISO, white balance, image size, shoot mode, auto focus mode, colour settings eg sepia, language, date (date stamp possible), welcome screen etc.
There is no easy access dial for scene selection - scene mode is chosen through the menu button which is easy enough to do but not the most practical from the concern of speed.
As mentioned above the ISO is adjustable, as standard on most cameras. In the case of the S3000 it is adjustable up to 3200, however if you push it up this far then the results are unuseably grainy, useable at a push at 800 and decent up to 400. Futhermore the auto white balance function is very poor in indoor lighting situations, however this can be combated by selecting one of the preset white balance options although this is a bit of an inconvenience.
There is a smile shutter mode which does work, however there is a slight shutter delay of approximately 1 second which can be annoying - there are other cameras on the market where the smile shutter function is instantaneous.
There is a video option which produces fair quality results - you can zoom while filming and the exposure adjusts itself accordingly. Unfortunately though there is no audio and the video quality is restricted to 'TV' ie. not great and nowhere near HD.
The zoom is a 4 times optical one, which is fair for the size of the camera, but not large in the great scheme of things. That said it should be adequate for the majority of every day shooting situations, however don't expect to be able to take decent wildlife photos with it.
The LCD is of a decent quality - it's easy to see what your taking a photo of and if the camera is properly focused, which is very good as there is no viewfinder (virtually no modern compacts have a viewfinder now). The only problem I found with the LCD is that the light almost seems to pulsate in certain conditions, however this doesn't effect use and is not an issue exclusive to this model, or Nikon in general.
Price wise this camera can be found retailing for the £100 mark and I'd say that the camera is worth this amount but no more. As discussed the build quality is excellent, however the camera is let down by the image quality and lack of sound on the video function. I'd recommend this camera for children as it comes in lots of funky colours, it's durable and cheap, I'd also recommend it if you generally need a cheapish camera and either won't be taking photos indoors/in low light, or aren't too concerned about brilliant quality results. If you're looking to get high quality images from your camera then unfortunately this isn't the one for you - I just wish Nikon had spend as much money on getting high quality results as they did on the design, because if this camera handled as well as it looks then it would be perfect.
Short list of specifications:
- 4x optical zoom
- vibration reduction
- 2.7" LCD
- SD card slot
- lithium ion battery