Review posted for Nikon Coolpix S3|
(Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - 12:12 EST)
The Nikon Coolpix S3 packs a lot of features into its sleek, handsome exterior, including a 6.0-megapixel CCD with 3x zoom lens, and a large 2.5-inch LCD.
Its build is solid, with no creaks, and has a pleasant heft. All the controls and features--with the exception of the SD card door--are well-constructed and give the camera a feel of quality. The Coolpix S3 delivers very bright, snappy-looking photos with vibrant, hue-accurate color and good detail for making large prints. The S3's vibrant color will appeal to the majority of consumers, but may be a bit much for those accustomed to more restrained color.
The Nikon S3's high-ISO performance was useable up to 5x7, but started to fall apart at 8x10. Still, the ISO 400 setting of the Coolpix S3 should be more than usable for the majority of consumers, particularly if they are making prints 5x7 inches or smaller from the images, but if you need greater quality keep it below ISO 200.
As a take-anywhere "pocket" camera, the Nikon S3 performs very well and will make its owner very happy with their purchase. The Nikon CoolPix S3 is a nice subcompact digicam. Come read the Coolpix S3 review for more!