Nikon S3000 overview
Nikon S3000 is Nikon's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on February of 2010. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The S3000 places at #130 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1175 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. Remember to try out our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal criteria.
The following is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon S3000 history
The Nikon S3000 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed range below.
Nikon S3000 Gallery
You can check the S3000 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon S3000 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon S3000 based on things that are often viewed as useful in a digital camera.
Nikon S3000 Sensor specifications
The Nikon S3000 is powered by the Expeed C2 processor chip. The sensor size on the Nikon S3000 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture below displays the S3000's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The S3000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Nikon S3000 dimensions
Nikon S3000 weighs 0.26 lbs (116 grams or 4.09 ounces) and features exterior size of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Nikon S3000 is on par compared with various rivals.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The following is a visual of the Nikon S3000 besides a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the S3000.
Nikon S3000 Lens specifications
The S3000 comes with a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 27-108mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't significant nevertheless it will be very helpful in certain scenarios.
At the widest 27mm, it offers an aperture of f3.2 and that's kind of slow and not the best in low light conditions and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You will probably also have to increase the ISO setting which causes noisy images. On the tele end, 108mm comes to f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you may need to use slower shutter speeds.
Nikon S3000 Connectivity
The S3000 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy files and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Nikon S3000 Video specifications
The maximum video resolution on the Nikon S3000 is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible by today's requirements. You should really go for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone port which means that you have got little control over your sound. It is probably best to have a look at another camera in case you want better sound in your videos.
Nikon S3000 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing on the Nikon S3000 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.
Nikon S3000 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon S3000 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please note that the screen offers no touch support.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder details regarding Nikon S3000 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really helpful during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.
Nikon S3000 Shutter specifications
Nikon S3000 has the ability to shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Nikon S3000 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Nikon S3000 includes only built-in flash with missing external flash ability.
Nikon S3000 Autofocusing specifications
Nikon S3000 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing.
Nikon S3000 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful during low light scenarios or you want to have more precise control on focus.
Nikon S3000 Battery life
The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest possible (320) battery life within this group of cameras.
Here is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that come with the best battery life:
Nikon S3000 for various forms of photography
The following chart provides a overview of the Nikon S3000 for various forms of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Nikon S3000 Portrait photography advice
The Nikon S3000 has a points total of 21 which is bad, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the potential to use external flash.
Nikon S3000 Street photography advice
With a modest rating of 48, the Nikon S3000 is somewhat appropriate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon S3000 Sports photography details
A bad sports photography score of 18 means the Nikon S3000 is not really very good for shooting sports. A camera should have great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon S3000
Size is really crucial when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Nikon S3000 gets a reasonable 58 as a travelling camera which is reasonably appropriate to buy for your holidays.
Nikon S3000 as a Landscape photography camera
For those who are looking to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S3000 with it's bad grade of 28 as a landscape camera is not really very good within the current marketplace.
Nikon S3000 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging should really have a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon S3000 is not really very good for vlogging as it receives a bad score of 26.
Nikon S3000 Alternatives
If you want alternatives to the S3000, here is a range of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Ultracompact.
The line graph just below offers you a bird's eye view of the S3000 versus it's top scored rivals suggested above.
There are more cameras you may see as alternate options. To go through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.