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Nikon Coolpix S32
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Nikon Coolpix S32 Digital Camera

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13.2MP 3x Feb 2014
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Digitalkamera Nikon Coolpix S32 ausgepackt und getestet (Unboxing / Test) 06.06.2014

24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at PhotographyBlog.com wrote that concluded that they would endorse this waterproof camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus the average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 71 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this waterproof camera rated it as fantastic.

Robust

A number of customers who purchased it reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Matthew Green rated this digital camera as very good and he said in his review of this digital camera “Brilliant little camera, easy to use and great for taking underwater pictures”. T J Merrick said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 on Amazon “Excellent waterproof camera” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Ephotozine.com said two years ago “The Nikon Coolpix S32 is an easy to use waterproof camera” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Ephotozine.com wrote on Ephotozine “Is shockproof to 1.5m, compared to 5m / 1.3m on its predecessor” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review. Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “The S32 is also shockproof, waterproof and dustproof” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review. Techradar mentioned in November last year “Shockproof and family friendly” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Last year T J Merrick wrote in their review “Simple to use, good results for a camera at this price”.

Good Brand

Waterproof cameras manufactured by Nikon have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just waterproof cameras) and found that Nikon also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of customers who purchased it concluded that it was good value for money. A. Mcquillan mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great Value”. Techradar said last year “Good value for money”.

One person who purchased the product considered that it was cheap. In November last year Techradar.com scored this digital camera 70 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Techradar “Rarely does a budget compact camera offer much fun.”.

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Good Size

Some people who bought it considered that it was compact. Digitalversus.com said in their review on expert review site Digital Versus “For some reason, Nikon is the only brand that sells a waterproof compact camera specifically targeted towards families”.

One Nikon Coolpix S32 owner wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Last year Techradar mentioned “Fun, simple body” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Nikon Coolpix S32 owners who purchased the Nikon Coolpix S32 reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com scored it 4 stars and wrote “This new model now has a 13 megapixel sensor, is waterproof to 10m” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32. Digitalversus.com mentioned “Now the Coolpix S32 is here with a new 13-Megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording” but they only rated the Nikon Coolpix S32 60 out of 100. Digitalversus.com also said “Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video”.

A few customers who reviewed the product thought it was able to produce good images. Two years ago R. Caetano mentioned on Amazon “Good camera for a pool, for sea it needs a lot of light to get good pictures so I cannot recommend it for sea” in their review.

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Good Video Capture

A few customers who bought it mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Good Quality Lens

Two Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers concluded that the product had a good zoom. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 “It remains one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market with optical zoom, so it's ideal for family trips to the pool or holidays”. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “Featuring a fully internal 3x optical zoom and 13 megapixel sensor”.

Nice Design

One Nikon Coolpix S32 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Photographyblog.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 on PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon Coolpix S32 continues the sleek, good looking waterproof cameras in the S range”.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Coolpix S32 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S32.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Coolpix S32 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S32 also have an image stabiliser.

Alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider include the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Waterproof

The Nikon Coolpix S32 is waterproof, as are most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S32.

Alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price].

If you want a camera with a better sensor type then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Nikon Coolpix S32 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on cameras of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO speeds 125 and 1600 are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix S32 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This camera also supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this spec and age. This Nikon camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of this type and age. This Nikon digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by cameras of this type and age.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most frequently found focus on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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22 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Nikon Coolpix S32 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S32 did not have good technical guidance. In November last year Techradar wrote “Very limited manual control” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 but even so they still rated the product 4 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Nikon Coolpix S32 owner thought this digital camera was not noisy. Techradar wrote “Noisy images at IS 400” although they rated it 4 stars.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Coolpix S32 does not support video recording, although it is worth noting that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S32 also do not support video recording.

Alternative digital cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon Coolpix S32 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not have a GPS.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Coolpix S32 is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not support WiFi connectivity. The Coolpix S32 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras of this age and type is 4.8x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 14x. With an optical zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

If this waterproof camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (4x), or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (5x).

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Quite Small Screen Size

Comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S32 have screen sizes of between 1.8" and 3.3". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

Alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

If this camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (3").

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The Coolpix S32 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S32. The average digital zoom of cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S32 is 5.8x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (7.2x).

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of flash modes than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Narrow Field of View

Waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S32 have field of view of between 96% and 170%. The Coolpix S32 has one of the narrower field of view (only 96 percent) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix S32 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Nikon digital camera also have a still image resolution of 4160 x 3120 and 2272 x 1704. The best still image resolution of all waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S32 is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S32 range from 200 to 52,000. At only 1,600, the Coolpix S32 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 90 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst cameras of this age. The maximum focal lengths of waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 4mm to 140mm, and the average maximum focal length is 110mm.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S32 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.03s and 60s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 9.4s. At only 4 seconds, the Coolpix S32 has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

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Only 220 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32 take between 120 and 1,119 shots per battery charge, including the Coolpix S32 which takes 220 shots per battery charge.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Coolpix S32 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst digital cameras of this age. The average display resolution of digital cameras of this type and age is 540,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 25 megabytes, the Coolpix S32 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S32. Across all the waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S32 the internal memory range from 7.9MB to 700MB, and the average internal memory is 88MB.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix S32 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Nikon camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S32.

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Thick

The Nikon Coolpix S32 is quite thick (40.4 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average depth of cameras of this type and age is 34mm.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S32 range from 50 to 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 100. The Coolpix S32 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (125) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of digital cameras of this age and type is 25mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 4.5mm to 35mm. The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a quite long minimum focal length (30 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S32.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S32

Released Over Two Years Ago

Nikon released the Coolpix S32 over two years ago.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras of a similar age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Nikon digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S31[plb_1721874_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

With a maximum waterproof depth of 10 meters, the Coolpix S32 has a fairly standard maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S32.

Alternative 10m waterproof cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews.

If this Nikon camera maximum waterproof depth is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (14m), or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m).

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Average Weight

The Coolpix S32 has a pretty typical weight (175 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

We compared all the other 175g digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] is also worth considering.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S31[plb_1721874_price] (185g).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix S32 has a fairly typical megapixel count (13.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (16.79MP).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
International Protection Code
Shock Resistant Case
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(11)
24 January 2015

You'll have to accept that its toughness does come at the expense of image quality and zoom range, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a tougher camera for less cash...

Water and shock proof
Easy to use
Full HD video recording
Creative effects
Fun, simple body
Underwhelming image quality
Slippery casing
Very limited manual control
Poor LCD viewing angles
Picture quality when zoomed in
24 January 2015

You'll have to accept that its toughness does come at the expense of image quality and zoom range, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a tougher camera for less cash...

6 January 2015

The Coolpix S32 is a fun camera for the whole family that takes pretty okay pictures. Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video. A...

13 November 2014

The Nikon Coolpix S32 offers a higher resolution sensor and deeper waterproofing than the S31. It remains one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market with optical zoom, so it's ideal for...

5 September 2014

PhotographyBlog.com

The Nikon Coolpix S32 continues the sleek, good looking waterproof cameras in the S range. Featuring a fully internal 3x optical zoom and 13 megapixel sensor, the S32 is also shockproof,... Read more…

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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 9 April 2015 by Matthew Green
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant little camera, easy to use and great for taking underwater pictures.

Reviewed 31 March 2015 by T J Merrick
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent waterproof camera. Simple to use, good results for a camera at this price.

Reviewed 3 January 2015 by Anna
(Verified Purchase)

Item as described. Fast delivery.

Reviewed 26 December 2014 by A. Mcquillan
(Verified Purchase)
Reviewed 26 September 2014 by R. Caetano "Ricardo"
(Verified Purchase)

Good camera for a pool, for sea it needs a lot of light to get good pictures so I cannot recommend it for sea.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ncs133, ncs132, ncs130, ncs131, ncs136, ncs135, ncs137, s32yellow, nikon 26461, nikon vna852e1
Barcodes 00013803239416, 00018208264605, 00018208264612, 00018208939411, 00018208939459, 00018208939497, 00018208939527, 00018208997435, 00018208997459, 00018208997527, 00018208997534, 00018208997541, 00018208997558, 00616348082044, 00616348082051, 02003032983004, 05054230628478, 05054230628485, 05712505146736, 08033737553459, 08033737553466, 08033737553473, 08033737553480

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