Nikon S32

Nikon Coolpix S32 front
  • 13MP - 1/3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 30-90mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 108 x 66 x 40mm
  • Introduced February 2014
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon S32 summary

Nikon S32 is Nikon's Waterproof digital camera originally released on February of 2014. It houses a 13 MegaPixel, CCD 1/3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4160 x 3120.

The S32 ranks at #65 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over all #1102 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Nikon S32 history

The Nikon S32 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S32 front thumbnailNikon S3230-90mm
Nikon-Coolpix-S30 front thumbnailNikon S30
S32 vs S30
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Nikon S32 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon S32 based on criterias that are usually considered useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good zoom range (30-90mm 3.0 x zoom)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
megapixel count decent (13 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
weather sealing
bad battery pack (220 shots)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW format
external flash not possible
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no external microphone jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse function
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is small (2.7 inch)
sensor size is small (1/3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
wide angle not the best (30mm)
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Nikon S32 Sensor information

The sensor specification on the Nikon S32 is 4.8mm x 3.6mm (1/3"). The 17 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4160 x 3120 pixels . The camera has Image Stabilization (Digital). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 13 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 125 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the S32's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The S32 sensor has a crop factor of 7.5 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S32 dimensions

Nikon S32 has a weight of 0.39 lbs (175 grams / 6.17 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 108mm x 66mm x 40mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.6"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 195 grams and the Nikon S32 is less heavy than its rivals.

Photography Glossary

The following is a photo of the Nikon S32 with a soda to help you get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S32 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the S32.

Nikon Coolpix S32 topview buttons dials

Nikon S32 Lens information

The S32 has got a fixed lens with a focal range of 30-90mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which isn't really very good however it is going to be useful in some circumstances.

At it's widest 30mm, it has an aperture of f3.3 and that's rather sluggish and not good for low light conditions and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You will also need to boost your ISO which results in noisy images. With the long end, 90mm comes with f5.9 which is pretty slow and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon S32 Connectivity

The S32 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can send images and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Nikon S32 Video information

The max video resolution on the Nikon S32 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance between video quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The body does not have a microphone and headphone socket which means you have got zero control over the sound. It is perhaps best to consider a different camera in case you want good sound for your videos.

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Nikon S32 Weather Sealing

Nikon S32 provides weather proofing making it a good option for use during challenging climates. This can be particularly beneficial if you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Nikon S32 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon S32 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Nikon S32 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders are quite valuable.

Nikon S32 Shutter information

Nikon S32 has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Nikon S32 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon S32 has just built-in flash with missing external flash support.

Nikon S32 Autofocusing information

Nikon S32 has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate than Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detection which is valuable for taking portraits of people.

Nikon S32 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good during low light scenarios or you want more precise control on depth of field.

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Nikon S32 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL19) for the Nikon S32 is made to last for 220 shutters as per the CIPA benchmarks making it less than it's competitors. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has got the maximum (380) battery life within this type of cameras.

Following is a collection of Waterproof cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Nikon S32 for varying kinds of photography

The following chart provides a summary of the Nikon S32 for varying kinds of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Nikon S32 Portrait photography details

The Nikon S32 has a score of 33 which is bad, meaning that it is simply not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and option to utilize external lighting.

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decent sensor resolution (13 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/3")
doesn't have RAW format

Nikon S32 Street photography highlights

Coming in at a modest rating of 60, the Nikon S32 is somewhat suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/3")
doesn't have RAW format

Nikon S32 as a Sports photography camera

A bad sports photography rating of 36 means the Nikon S32 is simply not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs excellent tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (13MP)
environment sealing
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/3")
not so great battery power (220 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus

Nikon S32 Travel photography factors

Portability is very important when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon S32 gets a decent 58 as a travel camera which is reasonably adequate to take with you on your trips.

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weather sealing
good megapixels (13 megapixels)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse function
bad battery (220 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (30mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Nikon S32 Landscape photography info

For anybody who is planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon S32 with it's bad rating of 34 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable compared to it's competition.

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image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (13 megapixels)
weather proof
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (30mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
small sensor size (1/3")
does not have RAW format
low battery power (220 shots)
no Time Lapse mode

Nikon S32 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Nikon S32 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it receives a bad rating of 30.

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image stabilization (Digital)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
wide angle not great (30mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic port

Nikon S32 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the S32, here is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall into the family of Waterproof.

The line graph here shows you a bird's eye view of the S32 vs it's top scoring rivals mentioned earlier.

There are more cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S32
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
4.8 x 3.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
13 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Peak resolution
4160 x 3120
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to 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
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
30-90mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inch
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
4 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
3.10 m
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920x1080 (30p), VGA 640x480 (30p, 15p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
175 gr (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions
108 x 66 x 40mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.6")
Battery life
220 pictures
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (Approx. 10 seconds )
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Cost at release