Nikon S31

Nikon Coolpix S31 front
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #72 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all around #1184 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can use our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

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.

built-in flash
good maximum aperture (f)
good min ISO (80)
good zoom range (29-87mm 3.0 x zoom)
weather sealing
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have HDMI support
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have mic jack
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW format
external flash not possible
lack of manual mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
tiny sensor size (1/2.9")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)
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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 .

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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.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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The following is a pic of the Nikon S31 next to a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix S31 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button layout on the S31.

Nikon Coolpix S31 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
low resolution (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.9")
no RAW format

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.

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environment proofing
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.9")
has no RAW support

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.

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weather proofing
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.9")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

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.

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weather proof
has built in flash
very good maximum aperture (f)
no Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (29mm)

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.

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very good max aperture (f)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (29mm)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.9")
has no RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording

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.

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great max aperture (f)
wide angle not great (29mm)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone support

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.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S31
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
4.96 x 3.72mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW images
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
29-87mm (3.0x)
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Lowest shutter speed
4 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720
Max video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
185g (0.41 lb)
Physical dimensions
105 x 65 x 42mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.7")
Battery life
260 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Retail price