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Nikon Coolpix S3 | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
The Nikon Coolpix S3 keeps it simple, auto mode, auto programmes and auto editing software. In other words; if you'd try to steal the show with the Nikon S3's manual settings, you won't get far. The camera is based on full automatic operation. Choosing the correct pre-programmed scene mode may add to the photographer's own contribution of selecting the exposure though. Settings like aperture and shutter speed priority don't really belong on a camera like the S3 anyway. It doesn't mean however that Nikon was sitting back and relaxing. The exclusive Nikon D-Lighting technology is also integrated in the Nikon S3. This technique automatically corrects images that have a problem with the ratio of shadow areas and clear light areas. This technique is also carried out in-camera after the image is captured. Turn the Coolpix S3 to play mode and select the image that will benefit from D-Lighting application. The Nikon Coolpix S3 carries out this apparently simple editing and in no-time you will see a perfect image. Fully automatically light and detail are added to the dark areas while correctly exposed areas have been left alone. This function has an enormous surplus value and shows what intelligent software is capable of.
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Nikon S3 - PictBridge support to print images
Of course we don't capture images to just watch them on a monitor. Holding the images in your hand, using the 6 Megapixels of resolution is very valuable. Nowadays plenty of possibilities are available to print the images, at home and also directly online of through your local photo dealer. Printing at home is becoming very popular. And this is quite understandable, what's easier and more enjoyable than simply printing your precious moments at home? The Nikon S3 supports PictBridge which enables direct printing from the camera without the need for a computer on a PictBridge supporting printer. By the way, a computer is less needed by the day for combining with a Nikon camera. The images can be watched through a television and printing them is possible directly on a printer. Besides many editions take place in the camera itself, like red eye removal and the D-Lighting function.

Nikon Coolpix S3 - Fast shutter speed
The Nikon S3 camera is an ideal camera to always carry with you; take it along on holiday, capture family events or use it for snapshots. It's even possible to use the camera for continuous shooting of series of images. The S3 doesn't have a fast shutter speed, 1/350 of a second is the fastest time. In practice the Ultra II SD card offers sufficient speed to keep up with the camera. The Nikon Coolpix S3 keeps up the mentioned speed until the release button is released; all this with a resolution of 6 Megapixels. The camera's internal buffer is emptied during continuous shooting. Of course this speed can only be reached without using the internal flash. Charging the flash takes approximately 4 seconds.

Nikon Coolpix S3 - Record movies
Besides taking 6 Megapixel photos, the Coolpix S3 is capable of recording movies. These video clips are recorded with sound and feature 640x480 pixels (VGA - TV mode) as highest resolution to play the movie on a TV full screen. The other settings have a resolution of 320x240, 160x120 and an Interval Film function that takes images on specific set intervals. A nice detail is the fact that it's possible to use the optical zoom when recording a video clip. This way more creative possibilities are created. The recording speed is somewhat disappointing, only 15 fps where as 30 fps is considered the standard speed.
Nikon S3 - Well thought-out ergonomics
The ergonomics of the camera are well thought-out. The Nikon S3 has a number of handy quick buttons such as play button in order to view an image even when the camera is in recording mode. In stead of loose modules the settings and programmes of the Nikon Coolpix S3 seem to form a perfect combination supporting each other. The camera does a lot of work itself and lets the user focus on shooting. A setting such as white balance can be found in the menu of the camera. Setting the type of white balance is shown on the monitor straight away with the effect of the setting. In general, auto white balance functions greatly, just situations with dominating artificial light will need a more specific white balance aimed at the type of light to deliver a better end result.

Nikon Coolpix S3 - ISO sensitivity range
The photos taken in practice with the Nikon Coolpix S3 have an excellent colour tone to them. Colour rendition is lively and the images are rich in contrast. With a few indoor images the camera tends to under expose a bit. The ISO range can be set from 50 to 400 ISO. Until and including 200 ISO the images have a fine noise ratio; using 400 ISO the images show a lot of noise. Nikon ought to be able to get more out of this. Sharpness of the photos is also good. Also macro images from 4cm are great. Some blur on the edges is visible but not disturbing. You have to keep in mind that the internal flash can't expose an object entirely at macro when the distance is closer than 30cm. Make sure you have enough light when taking a close-up or deactivate the flash!

Nikon Coolpix S3 - Full automatic camera
It may be clear; the Nikon S3 is a full automatic camera that does everything itself. Using some scene modes gives you the possibility of influencing the end result. Another strong example of this is the exclusive D-Lighting function. The Nikon S3 makes photography a tremendously simple action with which user friendliness remains most important. The applied software is a strong trump and makes all the difference.
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