Nikon S33

Nikon Coolpix S33 front
  • 13MP - 1/3.1" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 30-90mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 221g - 110 x 66 x 27mm
  • Introduced February 2015
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Nikon S33 summary

Nikon S33 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first introduced on February of 2015. It houses a 13 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/3.1" size sensor with a full resolution of 4160 x 3120.

The S33 comes in at #99 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #941 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Nikon S33 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pros and cons of the Nikon S33 based on factors which are usually regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

environment proof
good minimum ISO (100)
good zoom range (30-90mm 3.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Digital)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes HDMI support
megapixel count decent (13MP)
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone jack
does not have headphone jack
does not have Timelapse function
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
manual mode not available
more heavy than competition in class (221 grams)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no moving screen
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.7 frames per second)
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
sensor size is tiny (1/3.1")
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
wide angle not good (30mm)
Photography Glossary

Nikon S33 Sensor features

The sensor size in the Nikon S33 is 4.7mm x 3.5mm (1/3.1"). The 16 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4160 x 3120 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Digital). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 13MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the S33's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The S33 sensor comes with a crop factor of 7.7 and is pointed out in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S33 dimensions

Nikon S33 weighs 0.49 lbs (221g or 7.80 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 110mm x 66mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Nikon S33 is weightier than its competitors.

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Here is a image of the Nikon S33 alongside a softdrink to help you have a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix S33 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button design on the S33.

Nikon Coolpix S33 topview buttons dials

Nikon S33 Lens features

The S33 includes a fixed lens with a focal range of 30-90mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which is definitely not huge nevertheless it could be very helpful in a few scenarios.

At it's widest 30mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.3 making it somewhat sluggish and not ideal in low light events and you might find it hard to capture good bokeh. You would also need to increase your ISO producing noisy photos. At the long end, 90mm comes at f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon S33 Connectivity

The S33 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send images and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Nikon S33 Video features

The highest possible video resolution in the Nikon S33 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance between video quality and file size but 1080p will not give you much room to downsample. The body does not offer a mic and headphone socket which means that you get zero control over your audio. It is probably best to look into another model in case you need good audio in your videos.

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Nikon S33 Weather Sealing

Nikon S33 comes with environment proofing which makes it a good candidate to use during rough climates. This is particularly handy if you are not sure about the elements you might encounter during outdoor photography.

Nikon S33 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon S33 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Nikon S33 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really beneficial during sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Nikon S33 Shutter features

Nikon S33 has the ability to shoot continuously at 4.7 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Nikon S33 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon S33 includes just in-built flash without external flash support.

Nikon S33 Autofocusing features

Nikon S33 includes only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which makes it helpful for portrait photography.

It also features Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Nikon S33 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode is good during low light conditions or you require more exact focusing control.

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Nikon S33 Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL19) for the Nikon S33 is designed to last for 220 shots with respect to the CIPA measurements making it comparable with its rivals. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Nikon S33 for various kinds of photography

The following diagram displays a rundown of the Nikon S33 for various kinds of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon S33 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon S33 has a rating of 33 which is subpar, meaning that it is not good to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the option to work with off-camera flash.

Photography Glossary
decent sensor resolution (13 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/3.1")
has no RAW format

Nikon S33 Street photography features

Coming in at a modest points tally of 58, the Nikon S33 is somewhat suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/3.1")
lacks RAW support
heavier than average in class (221g)

Nikon S33 as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography score of 43 means the Nikon S33 is not good for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (13 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
very slow continuous shooting (4.7 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/3.1")
no phase detect AF

Nikon S33 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is pretty important in getting a travel camera. All round, the Nikon S33 gets a modest 58 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat suitable for your travels.

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environment proof
good megapixels (13MP)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (221g)
does not have selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (30mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Landscape photography with Nikon S33

If you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S33 at it's subpar rating of 36 as a landscape camera is not good within the current market.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
MP count good (13MP)
environment proof
manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (30mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
tiny sensor (1/3.1")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse function

Nikon S33 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon S33 is not good for vlogging as it gets a subpar score of 29.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
wide angle not great (30mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competitors (221g)

Nikon S33 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the S33, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart underneath provides you an overview of the S33 vs it's highest ranked rivals suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you might check out as alternatives. To look at a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix S33
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
4.7 x 3.5mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
4160 x 3120
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
30-90mm (3.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
4 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
4.7 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.10 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p), 320 x 240 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
221g (0.49 pounds)
Physical dimensions
110 x 66 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
Battery life
220 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (10 sec, smile timer)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at release