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Nikon S30 Review

nikon s30 review intro imageThe Nikon Coolpix S30 is a 10.1 MP waterproof camera with 3x zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD and a host of options for creative fun. This camera S30 waterproof camera is geared toward budget-conscious shoppers and families who want a camera that everyone can use, even the youngest members of the clan.

The Coolpix S30 waterproof camera is from Nikon, a brand that has been trusted for generations when it comes to quality images. The Nikon Coolpix S30 is waterproof to 10 feet (3 meters) and is shockproof up to 2.6 feet as well, so you don’t need to worry too much about the kids dropping it. That makes it a great camera for playing around at the pool, the park, the playground, or anywhere you go.

How does the Nikon Coolpix S30 digital camera work?
You don’t need to be an expert photographer to take great photos on land or underwater with this camera. The Nikon S30 waterproof camera is designed for everyone to use. It has an easy-to-understand menu and large buttons that make it easy to shoot photos or videos or select the menu options you want. Nikon has also clearly separated the buttons so the ones on top are for turning the camera on or off and shooting images or video. The buttons on the back are for menu functions and other creative functions.

With the S30, you can record and edit home movies and vacation images in a snap. This waterproof camera also has amazing creative options that allow you to add a digital frame to your photos, highlight only one color in the image, turn points of light into starbursts and even add a voice message to a photo. You can also change the sounds associated with various camera functions to fun options such as a bird chirping or a dog barking. All of these features will obviously appeal to kids and folks with a sense of fun.

Many of the “fun” features included with this camera, such as adding digital borders, can easily be done with photo editing software, but for people who don’t like editing their photos, this is a quick alternative. One important thing to note when adding frames, however, is that the camera automatically changes the resolution to the lowest setting, which is 2 MP.

But the camera is a Nikon, after all, so users shouldn’t worry about the quality of the images when the highest resolution is selected. At 10 MP, the Nikon S30 does have lower resolution than some other waterproof cameras on the market, but 10 MP will still create great photos, even when printed up to small poster sizes. And it shoots full 720p HD video which you can review on the 2.7 inch monitor as soon as you record. Connectivity is also a snap with the Nikon Coolpix S30 waterproof camera; it can easily connect to high definition television, a computer monitor or a photo printer to print images as soon as you take them.

One drawback to image quality, however, can be the flash settings – the flash can only be set to auto or off. There is no manual way to turn it on. So occasionally you may find that the flash won’t fire in a low-light situation because the camera doesn’t think it’s quite dark enough to need the flash. This can result in dark, blurry photos unless you increase the natural light to improve the photo quality or decrease the existing light to trigger the flash.

Even with this limitation, however, the Nikon S30 is a great camera. For the price, you’re not going to find a better waterproof camera with HD video, especially one that can be used by both kids and adults.

Nikon S30 Pros:

  • Easy-to-use large buttons
  • Rugged enough to go almost anywhere
  • Underwater mode for good color
  • Many creative options and special effects
  • Priced right for families on a budget

Nikon S30 Cons:

  • Lower resolution and less rugged than some leading waterproof cameras
  • Uses AA batteries (but can be replaced with rechargeable)
  • Flash can’t be turned on manually

Recommendations
The Nikon S30 waterproof camera is easy to use, takes great photos and will appeal to both kids and adults. It’s available in three bright colors – blue, pink and white – and has more creative “fun” options than other rugged cameras. If you want a budget-priced camera that can shoot both photos and HD video on land or in water, this may be the camera for you. Before making a decision, check out the sample videos and more customer reviews below.

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