Nikon Coolpix S30 Review

3.5
December 28, 2012 | Matt Grayson |

Specifications

*Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged Rechargeable Li-ion Battery operated at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).

**Compliant with MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock.

Product name COOLPIX S30
Type Compact digital camera
Effective pixels 10.1 million
Image sensor 1/3-in. type CCD; approx. 10.44 million total pixels
Lens 3x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens
Focal length 4.1-12.3mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 29.1-87.3 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
f/-number f/3.3-5.9
Construction 6 elements in 5 groups
Digital zoom Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 349 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration reduction Electronic VR (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Focus range (from the protective glass) : [W]: Approx. 30 cm (1 ft) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity Shoot close-ups: Approx. 5 cm (2 in.) (wide-angle position) to infinity
Focus-area selection Center, face detection
Monitor 6.7-cm (2.7-in.), approx. 230k-dot, TFT LCD with 5-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 98% horizontal and 98% vertical
Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Media Internal memory (approx. 47 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
File system DCF, Exif 2.3, and DPOF compliant
File formats Still pictures: JPEG Messages: WAV Movies: AVI (Motion-JPEG compliant)
Image mode (image types) 10M [3648 x 2736] 4M [2272 x 1704] 2M [1600 x 1200]
Shooting Modes Auto, Choose a Style (Point and shoot, Shoot close-ups, Shoot under water, Take a series of pictures, Shoot at intervals, Photograph food, Highlight colors, Take soft pictures, Create a diorama effect, Photograph fireworks)
Take a series of pictures Up to about 4 pictures at about 1.5 fps
Movie Large (720p) (default setting): 1280 x 720/approx. 30 fps, Small (640): 640 x 480/approx. 30 fps
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity) Auto (auto gain from ISO 80 to 1600)
Metering 256-segment matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x, spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
Exposure control Programmed auto exposure with motion detection and exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Speed 1/2000 -1 s (4 s if style is set to Photograph fireworks)
Aperture Electronically-controlled ND filter (-3 AV) selection
Range 2 steps (f/3.3 and f/9.3 [W])
Self-timer Approx. 10 s, smile timer
Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [W]: 0.3 to 3.5 m (1 ft to 11 ft) [T]: 0.5 to 2.0 m (1 ft 8 in. to 6 ft 7 in.)
Flash control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
I/O terminal Audio/video (A/V) output; digital I/O(USB)
Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sources two LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries, two FR6/L91 (AA-size) lithium batteries, two EN-MH2 rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (available separately)
Battery life Still pictures*: Approx. 240 shots when using alkaline batteries Approx. 700 shots when using lithium batteries Approx. 410 shots when using EN-MH2 batteries Movies: Approx. 50 min when using alkaline batteries (Large (720p)) Approx. 3 h 45 min when using lithium batteries (Large (720p)) Approx. 2 h 25 min when using EN-MH2 batteries (Large (720p)) The maximum file size for a single movie is 4 GB and the maximum movie length for a single movie is 29 minutes, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card for longer recording.
Tripod socket 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 101.9 x 64.8 x 39.4 mm (4.1 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.) (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 214 g (7.6 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Waterproof JIS/IEC protection class 8 (IPX8) equivalent (under our testing conditions) Capacity to shoot pictures underwater up to a depth of 3 m (9.8 ft) and for 60 minutes
Dustproof JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IP6X) equivalent (under our testing conditions)
Shockproof Cleared our testing conditions**
Supplied accessories Camera Strap, LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries (x2), USB Cable UC-E16, Brush, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD
Optional accessories Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries EN-MH2-B2 (set of two EN-MH2 batteries), Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries EN-MH2-B4 (set of four EN-MH2 batteries), Battery Charger MH-72 (includes two slots to recharge Ni-MH batteries EN-MH2) and Battery Charger MH-73 (includes four slots to recharge Ni-MH batteries EN-MH2), Audio Video Cable EG-CP14

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