Nikon Coolpix S3300 Review

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This model has a few strong points, including excellent color accuracy and effective image stabilization, but the overall performance and picture quality prove disappointing. Reviews point to distortions and a lack of sharpness in photos.

In a Nikon Coolpix S3300 review at Digital Versus, experts count image stabilization and ease of use among this camera's strengths but say it suffers from myriad problems. For example, the reviewers call the lens cheap and note blurriness and low levels of detail around the edges of photos. The autofocus also has a hard time locking onto a subject in lower light conditions. A reviewer from Digital Camera Info praises this camera for producing accurate, natural colors. Yet, again we see the complaint about a low-quality lens in a review. In this case, the reviewer found that yellow and blue "fringing" in high-contrast areas was all too common and likewise noticed a lack of sharpness at the edges of photos. In the end, this expert simply encountered too many drawbacks to recommend the S3300.

The Nikon Coolpix S3300 (starting at $69, Amazon) is a 16MP camera with 6x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. It covers a slightly wider range of ISO settings than other budget cameras, from 80 to 3200, so users can vary its sensitivity to light. The camera can snap up to six photos in rapid succession at 1.3 frames per second as you hold down the shutter button, a feature known as continuous shooting. The Coolpix S3300 has a 2.7-inch LCD and records 720p high-definition video. As usual, the camera uses SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and connects to a computer via a USB 2.0 port.

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Nikon's more expensive cameras are popular among photographers, but the brand seems to struggle with its budget products. Even in this price range, where many cameras struggle to consistently produce good photos (especially in low light or on high ISO settings), the Coolpix S3300 simply needs a better lens to compete.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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