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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
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Digitalkamera Nikon Coolpix S32 ausgepackt und getestet (Unboxing / Test) 06.06.2014

21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who wrote that this digital camera was good.

Average Expert Reviews

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 70% based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus.

Excellent User Reviews

The average user rating of this camera is fantastic based on 9 user reviews.

Robust

Some Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Matthew Green mentioned on Amazon “Brilliant little camera, easy to use and great for taking underwater pictures”. Two years ago T J Merrick mentioned on Amazon “Excellent waterproof camera” and rated it as very good. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “The Nikon Coolpix S32 is an easy to use waterproof camera”.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S32 owners wrote that it was strong and durable. Three years ago expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “Is shockproof to 1.5m, compared to 5m / 1.3m on its predecessor” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32. Photographyblog.com gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “The S32 is also shockproof, waterproof and dustproof” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review. Techradar mentioned “Shockproof and family friendly” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 and rated it 4 stars.

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Easy to Use

Some people who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. T J Merrick scored the Nikon Coolpix S32 5 stars and said in their review on Amazon “Simple to use, good results for a camera at this price”.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Waterproof cameras manufactured by Nikon have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. 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

Two Nikon Coolpix S32 owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was good value for money. A. Mcquillan said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Great Value”. Techradar scored the Nikon Coolpix S32 4 stars and wrote “Good value for money”.

One customer said that the Nikon Coolpix S32 was cheap. Two years ago Techradar.com gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and wrote in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review “Rarely does a budget compact camera offer much fun.”.

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Good Size

Some customers who bought it thought it was compact. Digitalversus.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review on Digital Versus “For some reason, Nikon is the only brand that sells a waterproof compact camera specifically targeted towards families”.

One person who reviewed it thought it was a good body shape. Techradar wrote in their review of this digital camera “Fun, simple body” and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon Coolpix S32 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “This new model now has a 13 megapixel sensor, is waterproof to 10m”. Expert website Digitalversus.com said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32 two years ago “Now the Coolpix S32 is here with a new 13-Megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording” . Digitalversus.com also said “Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video”.

Two Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce good images. Three 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”.

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Good Video Capture

Some Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Quality Lens

Some Nikon Coolpix S32 owners who bought the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “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” in their review. Photographyblog.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on expert website PhotographyBlog.com three years ago “Featuring a fully internal 3x optical zoom and 13 megapixel sensor”.

Nice Design

One Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewer reckoned that it was good looking. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said “The Nikon Coolpix S32 continues the sleek, good looking waterproof cameras in the S range”.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S32.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon AW130 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Nikon Coolpix S32 is waterproof, as are most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix S32.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 (£157.99).

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT3 (CCD), or the Nikon AW130 (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Coolpix S32 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of this type and age. This camera also supports a video resolutions 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of this type and age. This Nikon camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S32.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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20 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have good technical guidance. Techradar wrote “Very limited manual control” yet they still scored this digital camera 4 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewer considered that this digital camera was not noisy. Techradar mentioned two years ago “Noisy images at IS 400” although they still scored this digital camera 4 stars.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most digital cameras of this age and type do not support video capability. The Coolpix S32 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video capability which you might also want to look at including the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Nikon AW130 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Coolpix S32 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S32 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Nikon AW130 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S32, the Coolpix S32 does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT3 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Coolpix S32 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S32 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Nikon AW130 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix S32, the Coolpix S32 is not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT3 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S32 the optical zooms range from 3x to 10x, and the average optical zoom is 4.7x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S32.

We compared all the other 3x optical zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix S8200 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99) (4x), the Ricoh WG-4 GPS (£274.99) (4x), or the Pentax WG-3 (£230.00) (4x).

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix S32 range from 1.8" to 7.7". At only 2.7 inches, the Coolpix S32 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30 (£199.99) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S32 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The average digital zoom of cameras of this type and age is 5.9x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 (£157.99).

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the WG-30 Wi-Fi (£191.69) (7.2x), or the WG-4 GPS (£274.99) (7.2x) both from Ricoh or the Pentax WG-3 (£230.00) (7.2x).

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S32 is 4.7mm, the longest is 270mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 120mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 90 millimeters, the Coolpix S32 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s (only 1,600) amongst digital cameras of this age. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 6,900.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AC3, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds LPCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only 2272 X 1704 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Coolpix S32 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Nikon camera has a 2272 x 1704 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 4160 x 3120 and 1600 x 1200. The best still image resolution of all cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32 is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only 220 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Coolpix S32 is a camera that takes 220 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S32 take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Coolpix S32 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S32. Digital cameras of this spec and age have display resolution (numeric)s of between 460 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32 is 7.9MB and the biggest is 700MB. With an internal memory of only 25 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The ISO sensitivity (min)s of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S32 range from 50 to 130. At 125, the Coolpix S32 has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S32 is 25mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 4.5mm to 35mm. When compared to other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S32 that we have assessed the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of, the Coolpix S32's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 30 millimeters is one of the longest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S32

Released Over Three Years Ago

This waterproof camera was released over three years ago.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as 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 camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£197.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Average Waterproof Up to

At 10 meters, the Coolpix S32 has a relatively average waterproof up to compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S32.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher waterproof up to then you might want to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS (£274.99) (14m), the Pentax WG-3 (£230.00) (14m), or the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99) (15m).

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 13.2 megapixels, the Coolpix S32 has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 13.2MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S8200.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (£233.99) (16MP), or the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-Fi (£191.69) (16MP).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
International Protection (IP) Code
Shock Resistant
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Other Features
Built-In Flash

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(12)
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, s32yellow, nikon 26461, nikon vna852e1
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