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Nikon Coolpix S3


Nikon Coolpix S3
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Nikon Coolpix S3 is an ultra compact with 6MP resolution, a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens and an extra large 2.5 in. LCD monitor.

It features a shutter speed range of 2-1/350 sec., and has 17 Scene Modes to simplify shooting in a range of common situations.

Nikon's innovative D-Lighting function compensates for exposure problems by adding light and detail to dark areas of shots, while keeping brighter areas just as they are. Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically does away with red eyes in-camera. And Nikon exclusive BSS (Best Shot Selector) selects and saves the best of a series of several shots.

The Nikon S3 incorporates the Nikon Face Priority AF* function that uses advanced biometric facial recognition technology to detect a person's face at typical portrait taking distances, then automatically focuses on the face area.

* Face recognition capability may be limited depending on the shooting conditions.

The Nikon Coolpix S3 should appeal to point-and-shoot photographers desiring a slim and easy-to-use ultra compact.

Nikon Coolpix S3
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix S3  
  Image Sensor 6.0 effective megapixels (2816 x 2112)
1/2.5 in. CCD
  Lens Zoom-Nikkor ED  
  Focal Length 5.8-17.4mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 35-105mm); 12 elements in 10 groups  
  Maximum Aperture Two-step (Open/ND filter (-3.0AV)); f/3.0-5.4  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 4 cm / 1.6 in.  
  Auto Focus
Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator
Center, auto multi-AF
  Shutter Speed 2-1/350 sec.  
  Exposure Control Auto, Scene Modes  
  Shooting Modes

Still: Auto, Scene Assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Voice Recording, Underwater), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (10 sec.);

Continuous: approx. 1.8fps, Multi-shot 16 (available only at 2816 x 2112 image size), Interval timer shooting;

Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 15fps, Small size (320) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 15fps

  Exposure Compensation    
  Light Metering    
  White Balance    
  LCD 2.5-in. 110,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
  ISO Sensitivity    
  Storage Media SD memory card (optional), 12MB of Internal memory equipped  

One EN-EL8 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (Supplied ), COOLSTATION MV-11 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-63 (supplied)

Battery Life (approx.): One rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL8 (supplied), 190 images (based on CIPA standard*)

  Included Accessories
No memory card included
EN-EL8 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-63 AC Adapter, COOLSTATION MV-11 Cradle
Audio Video Cable, USB Cable
Strap (Hand)
Software CD-ROM (PictureProject)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 89.9 x 57.5 x 19.7 mm /
3.5 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 118g / 4.2 oz.  
  MSRP US $379.95 / CDN $499.95  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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