|Nikon Coolpix S3 digital camera review : Once again, last September 2005, Nikon introduced a stylishly designed digital camera; the Nikon Coolpix S3. During the IFA 2005 press conference the Nikon S3 was presented as the successor of the Coolpix S1 and S2, which were also introduced this year. Nikon continued with the same design, the reactions to it are extremely positive, so why change a successful concept? The Nikon S3 has a beautiful appearance, the camera is neatly finished and thanks to the material used, aluminium, the quality feeling remains. The Nikon Coolpix measures a mere 19.7mm and despite the compact size, the camera accommodates a small internal optical zoom with a range of 35-105mm (equivalent to a 35mm camera).
Nikon S3 - Well arranged menu
Besides the design Nikon has also taken into account the consumer's experiences in practice. Despite the many icons on the back of the camera, the amount of buttons is kept small. As a user you will easily find your way through the menu. The menu is very well arranged and navigating doesn't cause any problems. In fact, the camera is built in a way that the manual is not needed at first instance, the operation is logical and straightforward. The Nikon S3 camera works fully automatic and is supported by an enhanced collection of pre-programmed scenes and intelligent software. This software adds enormously to the user friendliness. How about auto red eye correction or AF focus priority on faces? The menu is rendered on a large size 2.5-inch monitor; the indispensable feature on current digital cameras and digital photography. We predict that the future generation digital cameras will depend more and more on the monitor. The monitor will become more 'intelligent' and larger to be able to experience the 'golden moment' (reproduction of the own memory) as intensively as possible. The optical viewfinder seems to have said goodbye for good!
Nikon Coolpix S3 housing - Design
The version of the camera that I received has a white housing, but the camera is also available in platinum/silver or matte black, this differs per region. Although the design is already familiar to us for nearly a year now, the renewed acquaintance still is positive. In my opinion, the design may be called successful. This year seems to become the year of design cameras; around us we notice various designs being introduced from 5 - 8 Megapixels. The Nikon design that first turned up this year is a strong design, it has its own face and can be called a true eye-catcher.
Nikon Coolpix S3 review
The Nikon S3 is equipped with an image sensor delivering 6 Megapixels of resolution which is more than sufficient for the average consumer to reach a nice print. The compact size and the beautifully finished housing make you grab the camera to take it with you when leaving home. And that is the power of this light compact camera; take it with you wherever you go, shoot everything around you and enjoy the end result. The Coolpix S3 camera was used by us in practice for a short period of time. The S3 camera withstood every curious glance with pride. It's remarkable to see that comments from the public always come with a camera designed like this one, a well figured out marketing concept… However; somehow we managed to get away from the nosy crowd to use the camera in practice. To what extend we liked the Coolpix S3 can be read in the following Nikon Coolpix S3 review.
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