Nikon Coolpix S3300

8/6/2012 5:27:01 PM

A model that can be taken with you wherever you go

With brilliant features in a slimline design, the S3300 is perfect for keeping it simple

Nikon’s latest addition to its Coolpix range is a budget model with ease of use being tis best attribute. It may not come with all the manual bells and whistles of higher-end compacts but I’s not skimping on features.

Description: Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

The S3300 comes with 720p video, a 16MP image sensor for large prints and 18 scene modes, where the camera will choose the settings. The vibration reduction helps deal with camera shake and there are various drive modes to make sure you don’t miss a moment, such as Best Shot Selector (BSS) which chooses the sharpest photo out of a series of shots it takes.

Another way it ensures your shots will always be sharp is the choice of focusing methods. You can set it to Auto, Centre Focus, or Subject Tracking for fast-moving subjects, or you can manually select your focus point.

There are great settings to help you take better portrait shots, such as Smart Portrait mode, which includes a smile timer and blink alert. There are also post-shot edits, such as Quick Retouch for improving colours and Glamour Retouch for improving skin tones.

All of these features are easy to find, with a menu system that’s straightforward. They are packed into a super-slim 19.5mm-deep body, which come in a range of colours, and the built is decent enough for the price. The image quality is good in bright conditions, but it struggled a little more in low light, with ISOs above 800 after taking a shot to let you take another and the LCD is a bit too low-res to truly see the quality of your images when out on a shoot.

This is a camera aimed at those who want ease of use above all else. It’s a model that can be taken with you wherever you go and for the extremely reasonable price it could be the perfect fit for those wanting to test the photography water.


You can attach a wrist strap to this slim camera, but there are no real protrusions for you to grip onto for one-handed use. There is a tumb grip on the back though, and all buttons and dials are easy to reach.

Description: The S3300 is available in a wide range of bright colours, along with a black or silver option

The S3300 is available in a wide range of bright colours, along with a black or silver option


The slim size means you can take it out with you in your pocket

A variety of scene modes help in most shooting scenarios


The video is only 720p rather than full 1080p HD

Images become unusable at 1600 and 3200 ISO


The info

Megapixels: 16MP

Great for 16.40 x 10.88’ prints

Zoom: 6x optical, 4x digital

A focal ranger of 26-156mm with the optical zoom

Shutter speeds: 1sec-1/2000 (4sec in Fireworks mode)

The higher value will freeze the action in sports shots

ISO sensitivity: 80-3200

This range will capture images in low light conditions

Exp. Modes: 18 scenes, plus Scene auto selector, Auto, Smart Portrait and filters

A wide range of options for beginners that will suit most situations well

Aperture: f3.5-6.5

Flash modes: Auto, FOn, FOff, RE, SS

Weight: 128g with battery

Dimensions: 94.8 x 57.8 x 19.5mm

Batteries: lithium-ion

Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Eye-Fi

Screen: 2.7 inches


Features: 3/5

Design and handling: 4/5

Build quality: 3/5

Image quality: 3/5

Value for money: 5/5

Final score: 3/5

A simple, easy-to-use camera but one that’s adaptable to most scenes. It’s packing a variety of useful features too, all for an extremely cheap price tag

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