- 10MP - 1/2.9" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 1600
- 1280 x 720 video
- 29-87mm (F) lens
- 185g - 105 x 65 x 42mm
- Revealed June 2013
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon S31 overview
Nikon S31 is Nikon's Waterproof camera first announced on June of 2013. The camera features a 10MP, CCD 1/2.9" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The S31 places at #73 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all around #1181 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can use our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personal criteria.
The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon S31 Gallery
You can view the S31 from several angles in the gallery below.
Nikon S31 Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Nikon S31 based on aspects that are typically seen as crucial in a camera.
Nikon S31 Sensor information
The spec of the sensor in the Nikon S31 is 4.96mm x 3.72mm (1/2.9"). The 18 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels .Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.
The graphic below displays the S31's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The S31 sensor has a crop factor of 7.3 and is pointed out in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon S31 dimensions
Nikon S31 weighs about 0.41 pounds (185g or 6.53 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 105mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.7"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 195g so the Nikon S31 is very similar as compared with other rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The following is a pic of the Nikon S31 next to a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.
The top view below will provide the button layout on the S31.
Nikon S31 Lens information
The S31 has an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 29-87mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which won't be amazing however it may be handy in a few scenarios.
At it's widest 29mm, the lens features an aperture of f and that's good for low light circumstances and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also let you choose a lower ISO for getting crisper files.
Nikon S31 Connectivity
The S31 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send photos and sometimes adjust camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
A few apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Nikon S31 Video information
The highest video quality in the Nikon S31 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You really should target at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone jack which means you have zero control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to consider another camera in case you want decent sound for your video clips.
Nikon S31 Weather Sealing
Nikon S31 comes with weather sealing making it a great candidate for use for tough environments. This is especially valuable if you are uncertain about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.
Nikon S31 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S31 features a 2.7" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details for Nikon S31 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Nikon S31 Shutter information
The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Nikon S31 Flash and Hot shoe information
Nikon S31 features just built-in flash with no external flash ability.
Nikon S31 Autofocus information
Nikon S31 does not have Auto focusing. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise than Contrast Based autofocusing.
Nikon S31 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is good for low light occasions or you want to have more exact control on depth of field.
Nikon S31 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL12) in the Nikon S31 is fashioned to last for 260 photos based on the CIPA measurements which is about average when compared to it's competition. The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 offers the highest (380) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Below is a collection of Waterproof cameras that have the best battery life:
S31 vs TG-4380 yesnono
S31 vs TS6370 noyesno
S31 vs TS5370 noyesno
S31 vs AW130370 nonono
S31 vs TG-1 iHS350 nonono
Nikon S31 for different types of photography
The following bar chart provides a summation of the Nikon S31 for different types of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section below.
Nikon S31 Portrait photography features
The Nikon S31 gets a points total of 20 which is horrible, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to use external lighting.
Nikon S31 Street photography information
Getting a moderate points tally of 52, the Nikon S31 is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon S31 Sports photography information
A horrible sports photography points total of 25 indicates the Nikon S31 is just not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon S31 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is extremely critical in getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon S31 gets a moderate 59 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably suited to take with you on your journeys.
Nikon S31 Landscape photography details
For anyone looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon S31 with it's horrible grade of 30 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate in the current marketplace.
Nikon S31 Vlogging highlights
A vlogging camera should really posses a moving display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon S31 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a horrible rating of 24.
Nikon S31 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the S31, below is a number of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Waterproof.
The graph underneath provides you an overview of the S31 vs it's highest ranked rivals shown above.
Following are additional cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.