Nikon S3000

Nikon Coolpix S3000 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 27-108mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 116g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Launched February 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #131 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1214 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to try out our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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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.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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S3000 vs S7000
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Nikon-Coolpix-S2900 front thumbnailNikon S2900
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3700 front thumbnailNikon S3700
S3000 vs S3700
Nikon-Coolpix-S6400 front thumbnailNikon S6400
S3000 vs S6400
Nikon-Coolpix-S1200pj front thumbnailNikon S1200pj
S3000 vs S1200pj
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Nikon-Coolpix-S4100 front thumbnailNikon S4100
S3000 vs S4100
Nikon-Coolpix-S3100 front thumbnailNikon S3100
S3000 vs S3100
Nikon-Coolpix-S80 front thumbnailNikon S80
S3000 vs S80
Nikon-Coolpix-S1100pj front thumbnailNikon S1100pj
S3000 vs S1100pj
Nikon-Coolpix-S4000 front thumbnailNikon S4000
S3000 vs S4000
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3000 front thumbnailNikon S300027-108mm
Nikon-Coolpix-S70 front thumbnailNikon S70
S3000 vs S70
Nikon-Coolpix-S220 front thumbnailNikon S220
S3000 vs S220
Nikon-Coolpix-S230 front thumbnailNikon S230
S3000 vs S230

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.

above average min ISO (80)
good zoom range (27-108mm 4.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (27mm)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external microphone socket
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing Timelapse mode
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is fixed
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
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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.

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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.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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The following is a visual of the Nikon S3000 besides a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S3000 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the S3000.

Nikon Coolpix S3000 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Nikon Coolpix S3000 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

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.

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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.

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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.

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manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

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.

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screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Nikon S3000 Sports photography details

A bad sports photography score of 17 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.

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painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

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.

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flash built-in
relatively wide (27mm)
no Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)

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.

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reasonably wide (27mm)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse function

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.

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relatively wide (27mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not have selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external microphone port

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.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S3000
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed C2
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
27-108mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inch
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
116 gr (0.26 lbs)
Physical dimensions
94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Launch price