Nikon Coolpix S30 Review

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Review posted 07/12/2012


Quick Take
Pros
  • Rugged, Lifeproof shell
  • Captures decent 10-megapixel snap shots
  • Records average 720p HD video
  • Performs well underwater, so long as the water is clear or your subject is close
  • No difficult settings to worry about with Point and Shoot mode
  • Runs off AAs
  • Awesome price tag
  • Great camera for a small child
Cons
  • Interface is confusing and poorly designed
  • Very slow shooting performance
  • High levels of noise
  • No options for ISO, etc.
  • 3x zoom is limiting
  • No HDMI out
Bottom Line
While the Nikon S30 definitely has its pitfalls, the camera can capture decent shots, and at $119.95 USD or less, it's the most affordable lifeproof camera on the market (as of 7/2012). Read more in our Full Conclusion.
large_S30_BL_front34r_on.jpgFor 2012, Nikon added their most affordable "Lifeproof" series sibling to the ranks; the Coolpix S30. This is the type of camera a busy family needs.  It's affordable, easy to use, and it's got you covered for small drops up to 2.6 feet if the little ones borrow it, and an underwater rating up to 3 meters (or 9.8 feet).

Under its tough exterior resides an extremely simple to use 10-megapixel point-n-shoot camera; with a 3x zoom, 720pHD video, and several in camera color options.

Nikon Coolpix S30 Features:
  • 10.1-megapixel CCD image sensor
  • 3x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens
  • 2.7" LCD viewfinder
  • HD (720p) movie recording
  • Shockproof up to 2.6 feet
  • Waterproof up to 9.8 feet
  • AA Batteries
  • SD card slot
Nikon's Coolpix S30 is available in three colors (Pink, White, Blue) for just $119.95 USD.

What's in the box?:
  • Nikon Coolpix S30 camera body
  • Wrist strap
  • Two Alkaline AA batteries
  • USB cable
  • O-ring cleaning brush
  • Nikon software CD-ROM


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