Expert Review of Nikon Coolpix S30 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Plaything looks and ease of convenience, the Nikon Coolpix S30 is purely a story of inexpensiveness and beautiful photography. Exceptional CCD sensor, EXPEED C2 image processing engine, 720p movie recording and lots of creative options; the Nikon Coolpix S30 is a mini package with huge explosion. Rough and tough, the camera offers you capturing images in rowdy style with its robust built up and break free casing. The simple and straight forwarded user interface on the 2.7 inch TFT LCD screen offers you full expediency with its unproblematic layout. The larger buttons emphasizes on user friendliness and less of complication unlike the other cameras with sophisticated controls. Photography wise, the Nikon Coolpix S30 packs a 10.1 effective-megapixel CCD image sensor coupled with 3x zoom NIKKOR lens which produces low cost and HQ images instantly. Motion blur reduction scheme skillfully removes the shakes in the still pictures whereas the smart EXPEED C2 image processing engine competently processes the images to opt for best possible quality and colors. 720p movie recording, 10 optimized scene modes, album creator, audio clipped with images, SO 80-1600 and inexpensiveness; you are really lucky to own a S30. Finally, its lighter weight and compact dimensions makes it a perfect companion for long traveling or vacation.
Design and Build Quality
Allowing you to capture in a carefree fashion, the Nikon Coolpix S30 has been astutely engineered for toughness and style. The design of the S30 is purposefully crafted In order to resist shocks when dropped from 80 cm heights, to resist water up to depths of 3m, and to resist dirt as well. Its unique symmetrical design boasts with larger and easy buttons for direct capturing and video recording. The frontal side of the camera features a 3x zoom NIKKOR; 4.1-12.3mm lens coupled with a 1/3-in. type CCD 10.1MP sensor on the top of which a fixated flash is housed to offer handiness in darkness. The top of the camera is exceptionally simplified with Movie record, Power switch, and shutter release button whereas the rear side tells the story of a 2.7inch large LCD monitor assisted with couple of handy buttons both the sides. The Hi-Speed USB lets you bring your work on a PC to further explore it while the internal memory of 47 MB can be further augmented to 32GB with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The camera still misses HDMI connectivity which is crucial in modern cameras. Finally, 101.9mm x 64.8mm x 39.4mm dimensions and 214g weight makes it a pocket friendly gadget.
Focus and Face Detection
With a focal range of 30 cm (1 ft) to infinity (∞), the NIKKOR lens is well talented to take Shoot close-ups, Shoot under water, Photograph food, Highlight colors, take soft pictures, and create a diorama effect. The Center, Face priority (auto) focus modes lets you capture crispy and sharp details of your friends and family, keeping their smiles and faces every lively and green. The ISO 80-1600 is although a good range at this price point.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The 3x zoom NIKKOR; 4.1-12.3 mm lens offers 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom which apparently indicates that the camera is not meant for high zooming capabilities. The camera outputs JPEG format images in 10M [3648 x 2736], 4M [2272 x 1704], 2M [1600 x 1200] sizes. To lower the blur in still images, the camera has been blessed with Motion detection technology. The EXPEED C2 image processing engine is to be appreciated for the entire elegant image processing that it provides in conjunction with the CCD sensor and Motion blur reduction. However, the Electronic VR image stabilization which is present in Nikon Coolpix S25 is missing in S30.
Screen and Menus
As mentioned, our Nikon Coolpix S30 packs a 2.7inch crisp LCD monitor that allows you to capture the trickiest scenes with utmost skills and in carefree style. This large LCD monitor offers a clear view of the user interface, which is intended to be trouble-free to comprehend. The menus are very straightforward and uncomplicated to use. The camera allows you to create original slide shows with animated effects and music to share with your buddies and family. The built-in album-creator lets you build scrapbooks for speedy access to your favorite pictures and enjoy them later. Finally, two voice messages can be recorded for each picture that creates a convenience and adventure while browsing those pictures.
Nikon Coolpix S30 can be powered with any of the three pairs; Two LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries (supplied), Two FR6/L91 (AA-size) lithium batteries (optional), or Two EN-MH2 rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (optional) where the first one (alkaline) offers 240 shots, the second one (lithium) offers 700 shots and the last one (EN-MH2) offers 410 shots.
You can shoot 720p videos with the Nikon Coolpix S30 in normal conditions or under the water as well. The video quality is clear enough to be used on web or share frankly with your friends. Of course some sort of noises and artifacts are inevitable but the overall quality is fine at smaller size. Unfortunately, the optical zoom is not available while video recording and using digital zoom is not recommended as it produces bad quality videos.
Engineered with CCD sensor, the Nikon Coolpix S30 camera very well tunes the exposure and brightness thus offering razor-sharp complementary and spectacular images with 80-1600 ISO ranges. The Motion blur reduction works in concurrence with the CCD sensor to productively abolish shakes and blur in images.
Nikon Coolpix S30 is a value for money product. Its robust design, capabilities to shoot under water, easy controls are just remarkable. Finally, this waterproof and shockproof is very inexpensive and perfectly suits those naïve photographers trying out their lucks.
Bad low light results and lack of innovation are the considerable draw backs. Further, the camera is not able-bodied to take high quality images and Full HD videos like the modern high end cameras. The optical zoom is low, worst yet, not available during video shooting. Finally, the Nikon Coolpix S30 camera is not a preference if you are looking for a serious photography business.