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Nikon Coolpix S3 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
For Nikon the CompactFlash is no longer the standard memory card for the Coolpix camera. A few generations ago Nikon switched over to the tiny Secure Digital (SD) memory card. This SD card is light as a feather and has a small size. The SD card is available in many types, regarding various speeds for read and write speed as well as storage capacity and even functions. Thanks to the large offer of memory cards, especially as far as the SD assortment is concerned, prices have become more and more attractive for the large capacity memory cards. The advantage of a size like the SD card is the fact that it's also used in MP3 players or PDA, which makes it widely applicable.
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Secure Digital - SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
I have used the Nikon Coolpix S3 with quite a new type of Secure Digital card, the SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card. Besides features that we may well expect from an SD card, storing and reading of data, the SD Plus card has a unique feature. 'Breaking' the card in the middle frees a USB interface, which enables inserting the card directly from the Nikon S3 camera in a free USB port without the need for cables or a card reader.

Memory card manufacturers - SanDisk Gruvi card
Over the past few years memory card manufacturers have strongly invested in improvements for the storage capacity and the speed with which data is handled. The current speed is now reaching up to 20MB/sec. with a maximum storage capacity of 2GB. And we're only on the eve of what is about to come. This will concern a huge increase of speed and storage capacity but also applications. SanDisk recently introduced the Gruvi card, an entirely new platform forming the base for an complete new way of the multi-media experience, in the field of music as well as in the field of movie and photo.

Considering 512MB storage capacity:
6M - Resolution 2816x2112 pixels - Fine - 160 images
6M - Resolution 2592x1944 pixels - Normal - 330 images
3M - Resolution 2048x1536 pixels - Normal - 600 images
PC - Resolution 1024x768 pixels - 2050 images
TV - Resolution 640x480 pixels - 4400 images
TV Movie - 640x480 pixels - 14min 30s
Small size - 320x240 pixels - 28min 30s
Smaller size - 160x120 pixels - 94 min
Time Lapse - 640x480 pixels - 120s (1800 images)
Nikon S3 - Ultra II SD memory card
In practice I used the standard SD card with the Nikon S3 and an Ultra II version. The amount of high resolution images that can be stored smoothly sequentially on a standard card is remarkably less, some 35%. Storage hitches after a while to wait until the card processed the data. After emptying the entire buffer, continuous shooting can be continued, this takes about 12 seconds. The Ultra II SD card, the faster version, is able to process images a lot longer and needs remarkably less time (50%) to handle the buffer storage. For those who would get annoyed waiting for the buffer to empty, it might be a good reason to purchase the fast SD card. The standard Secure Digital card works fine for every other job of the camera.

Nikon Coolpix S3 - Lithium Ion battery
The Nikon Coolpix S3 comes with a Lithium Ion battery. The battery is recharged directly from the camera through a power outlet or through the docking station. The station is really handy for recharging the battery. Placing the camera on the docking station after having used it, will automatically start the recharging process. This way you will never be without energy. The small battery ensured some 200 images, in practice I was able to make 150 - 175 images, depending on the amount of flash images and editing the images. It's advisable to purchase a second battery in case many images have to be taken or in case no recharge possibility is available.
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