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Nikon S3100 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14MP 5x Aug 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good brand
Supports video capability
Has a vari-angle LCD display

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Reviews

Good Brand

Based on 25,424 expert and user reviews (including 1,649 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was August 2011 when this camera was released.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon S3100 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of their better review scores, the L120, and the L31 both from Nikon or the Canon SX150 IS are also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Nikon S3100 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Nikon L31, or the Canon A3300 IS which both of have better reviews.

If this Nikon digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (£239.99) (5.8x and higher rated).

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon S3100 supports video capability. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also support video capability.

There are a number of other cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Nikon Coolpix S8200.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon S3100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo, or the GE A1455 which all of have better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon S3100 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Nikon S3100 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-WX10 (£247.03) (2.8" and higher rated), the Canon G1 X (£419.99) (2.8" and higher rated), or the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit (2.8" and higher rated).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon S3100 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Very Narrow Field of View

At only 97 percent, the Nikon S3100 has a quite narrow field of view compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera. The average field of view of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 99%.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon S3100 features voice recording. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon S3100 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Memory

Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of only 8 gigabytes, the Nikon S3100 has a quite small maximum memory card size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera. Across all the medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum memory card sizes range from 4GB to 130GB.

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Picture Quality

1/2.7"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Nikon S3100 is 1/2.7"". That's 37% less optical sensor size than a 1/1.7"" camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 5.37 x 4.04mm.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon S3100 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). Across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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Only 4320 X 3240 Pixels Image Resolution

The Nikon S3100 has a 4320 x 3240 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of this age and type the worst image resolution is 4288 x 3216 pixels and the best is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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14 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 14 megapixels digital camera.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Nikon S1100PJ (14.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The average weight of cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera is 250g. With a weight of only 118 grams, the Nikon S3100 is one of the lighter digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon S3100 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the video resolution ranges from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Shutter

Fairly Slow Camera Shutter Interval

The Nikon S3100 has a quite slow camera shutter interval (4 seconds) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera the camera shutter intervals range from 0.008s to 30s.

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Focusing

Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.1 meters, the Nikon S3100 has one of the larger closest focusing distances amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The closest focusing distances of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera range from 0.001m to 0.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.066m.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon s3100silver, nikon s3100blue, nikon s3100pink
Barcodes 00018208130351, 00018208130399, 00018208262625, 00018208262670, 00018208262687, 00018208856367, 00018208900213, 00018208921393, 00018208921416, 00018208921447, 00018208921515, 00018208921553, 00018208921591, 00182089214162, 00182089214476, 00182089215152, 00182089215534, 00182089215916, 03610170004790, 03610170014683, 03610170014706, 03610170015123, 03610170025580, 05411028090655, 05711045084454

Nikon S3100 Review Sources

To prepare this Nikon S3100 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 298,997 product attributes, 171,823 digital camera reviews and 3,191,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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