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Nikon COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Blue)

B&H # NICPS31BL Mfr # 26407
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Product Highlights
  • 10.1MP CCD Image Sensor
  • 2.7" LCD
  • 3x NIKKOR 29-87mm f/3.3-5.9 Lens
  • Capture HD 720p Video
  • Waterproof to 16.4', Shockproof to 3.9'
  • Dustproof
  • In-Camera Slideshows with Music

The Blue COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera from Nikon is a point-and-shoot with a 10.1MP CCD image sensor. It's equipped with a 2.7" LCD, as well as a 3x NIKKOR zoom lens with an effective focal length of 4.1-12.3mm, which is equivalent to 29-87mm in 35mm format. The lens features an f/3.3-5.9 aperture range. Record HD 720p video in widescreen format with sound via the dedicated movie button. When you're ready to share your creations, just connect the COOLPIX S31 to an HDTV. The camera is waterproof to 16.4', shockproof to 3.9', and dustproof. For maximum point-and-shoot convenience, select Easy Auto Mode to let the camera do the thinking--so you can simply focus on getting the shot you want, no matter the situation. Instantly review and enjoy pictures and movies of the day with friends and family, thanks to the easy slideshow mode. Select playback effects and built-in music to accompany your show. Use the optional EG-CP14 audio video cable to play your slideshow on your TV.

10.1MP Resolution
At the heart of the camera is a 10.1MP CCD image sensor
2.7" LCD
Equipped with a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor with 5-level brightness adjustment. Monitor frame coverage is approximately 97% horizontal and vertical in shooting mode, or 100% in playback mode
3x NIKKOR Zoom Lens
The lens has an effective focal length of 4.1-12.3mm (35mm equivalent: 29-87mm) and an aperture range of f/3.3-5.9
HD Video Capture
Record HD 720p video in widescreen format with sound via the dedicated movie button. Simply connect the COOLPIX S31 to a compatible TV via the optional EG-CP14 cable to view your creations on a larger display
Durability
Waterproof to 16.4' for up to 60 min, shockproof to 3.9', and dustproof. IEC/JIS waterproof grade 8 (IPX8) and IEC/JIS dustproof grade 6 (IP6X). Rated compliant with MIL-­STD 810F Method 516.5-­‐Shock
In-Camera Slideshows
Instantly review and enjoy pictures and movies of the day with friends and family, thanks to the easy slideshow mode. Choose playback effects and built-in music to accompany your show. Use the optional EG-CP14 audio video cable to play your slideshow on your TV
Image Stabilization
Electronic Vibration Reduction helps compensate for camera movement to keep your photos and videos blur- and shake-free, even when your hands are unsteady
Motion Blur Reduction
Helps you capture clear, blur-free images of moving subjects when Motion Detection is activated
Easy Auto Mode
For maximum point-and-shoot convenience, select this mode to let the camera do the thinking--freeing you up to focus on getting your shot, whatever the situation
Scene Auto Selector
The camera will recognize the situation and automatically select from six commonly used scene modes, including Night Portrait and Backlighting, eliminating the mode-setting procedure and streamlining the shooting process
Smart Portrait System
Consists of a series of automatic functions enabling better portrait capture, including In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, improved Face-Priority AF, Face Priority AE, Smile Mode, Blink Warning, Skin Softening and D-Lighting
Focus
Contrast-detect autofocus AF. AF-area selection: Center and Face detection available. Focus Lock also selectable
Effects
Easily apply fun and creative Image Effects to achieve interesting results. Highlight colors, add a diorama effect, soften pictures and more--all right from the camera, with no need for additional photo or video-editing software
In-Camera Image Editing
Brightness, Change colors, Decorate, Highlight colors and Vividness are available
Additional Features
Smile Timer
Programmed auto exposure (shutter speed, ND filter selection and ISO sensitivity)
TTL auto flash with monitor pre-flashes
Aperture: Electronically-controlled ND filter (-3 AV) selection
Storage File System: DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF compliant
Interface Data transfer protocol: MTP, PTP
Battery charging time: 2 hr 30 min when using MH-65 battery charger
Has ¼"-20 tripod socket
Supported Languages
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 10.34 Megapixel
Effective: 10.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.9" CCD
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: AVI, MJPEG
Audio: WAV
Max Resolution 10MP: 3648 x 2736
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Stabilization Digital
Optics
Lens 6 elements in 5 groups
EFL: 4.1-12.3 mm (35 mm equivalent: 29-87 mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) - 5.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 3x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.0' (0.30 m) - Infinity
Telephoto: 1.7' (0.52 m) - Infinity
Macro: 2.0" (5.08 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 80-1600
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1 - 1/2000 sec
4 sec in Fireworks Mode
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Close Up
Fireworks
Food
Soft Focus
Underwater
White Balance Modes Auto
Burst Rate Up to 1.5 fps at 10.1 MP for up to 4 frames
Self Timer 10 Sec
Interval Recording Yes
Flash
Flash Modes TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 11.48' (0.5 - 3.5 m)
Telephoto: 1.64 - 6.56' (0.5 - 2.0 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 26MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1280 x 720: 30 fps
Video
Audio Recording With Video + Voice Memo, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 2.7" LCD (230,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%
Waterproofing 16.4' (5.0 m)
Power
Battery EN-EL12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter EH-70P (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.7" / 10.7 x 6.6 x 4.3 cm
Weight 6.6 oz / 187 g

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NikonCOOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.4

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Compact (18)
  • Large clear LCD (14)
  • Good image quality (13)
  • Nice body color (11)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • No viewfinder (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (17)
  • Travel (13)
  • Video (8)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Wildlife (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (18), No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little underwater camera

This is a great little underwater camera that we purchased for a trip to Cancun. We used it in the pools and while snorkeling in the sea. Really nice images and video quality. ...Read complete review

This is a great little underwater camera that we purchased for a trip to Cancun. We used it in the pools and while snorkeling in the sea. Really nice images and video quality. Large LCD makes this a fun to use little camera. Not sure if this is an issue just because of the humidity in Mexico, but we did experience a good deal of fogging of both the LCD and the lens cover when transitioning in and out of the water. Keeping this camera in the water eliminated the fogging as did keeping it in the air. I'm not sure if this is a problem inherent to these types of cameras or whether it is just this particular model. Regardless, we learned to deal with the problem and plan on keeping this great little camera for use in places where moisture/water kills other electronics. Great battery life and great image quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For a Nikon, could be better

Enought for a kid to play and shot underwater. Just that.

Enought for a kid to play and shot underwater. Just that.

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4.0

Great camera for the price

By Kay with the Bodyshop

from Marion, OH

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Pics Of Collision Damage

Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Brown):

Tough camera can take a lot of hits. B&H offers this at a great price.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Great camera for kids!

By Stoo68

from Navarre, OH

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

  • Camera Is Wider Than Most
  • Hard To Find A Small Case

Best Uses

  • Family Photos

Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Pink):

We bought this for my daughter's 6th birthday. We tried a "kid's camera" first and it used a lot of batteries and didn't work very well. This Nikon camera is well worth the price because you get the recarchable battery with it. My daughter loves it. It not only takes pictures and videos, it plays music and had little cartoons that dance around on the screen. She can also put pictures into "albums". She is really enjoying it, but we haven't tried out the waterproof feature yet.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

grandson likes it

By leoniagirl

from leonia, nj

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Videos
  • Takes Rough Handling Ok
  • waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Grandson Constant User

    Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Brown):

    grandsons can be rough on cameras, especially ones with learning disabilities. my grandson JACK does very well with this camera. it is shock resistant and waterproof. he uses it to record tv shows and dvds and computer stuff and then he plays it back and listens to the video. sometimes he holds it in the toilet so mr camera can see the water flush. thank goodness this camera is reasonably priced and holds up well to constant use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great kids camera

    By Brucewj

    from Cocoa, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Camera For Kids

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (White):

        Last year at Christmas my great niece noe 9 kept taking my nieces phone to take pictures. I decided to get her this camera this year for Christrmas. They have a pool and like going canoeing. She wouldn't put the camera down and was taking some good pictures with it. I gave it 5 stars based on what it is. For an inexpensive shock/water proof easy to use camers for kids it is great.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great kids camera

        By Brucewj

        from Cocoa, Fl

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Yellow):

          Purchased for my 3.5 year old great niece for Christmas because I also got one for her big sister. She wouldn't put it down and before long she was doing pretty good taking photographs. I gave it 5 stars based on what it is. For an inexpensive shock/water proof easy to use camers for kids it is great.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Solid camera for kids!

          By Mini-photog

          from Cleveland, OH

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Blue):

            I originally bought a more toy-like camera for my 5 year old and the quality was terrible. This Coolpix S31 is PERFECT for him. It is tough enough to withstand normal kid activities and the pictures and videos are of a good enough quality that he will be able to collect them and enjoy them as he grows.

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            4.0

            Very solid camera in every area

            By The Dad

            from SC

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Sturdy

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Pink):

            The camera is simple enough for my daughter but still take great photos

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Great durable camera!

            By John

            from Connecticut

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Blue):

              I purchased this camera for my 6 year old son hoping that it would be a durable camera I would not have to worry about him handling. So far it fits the bill. The camera is also very easy to use. There are not many settings to worry about. The menus are easy to navigate. Image quality seems to be pretty good. So far we have only used it indoors with the flash. I am a professional photographer using a high end DSLR with nice glass, so my review of image quality is very critical, but I am happy with the results for a durable toss around point and shoot.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great starter camera for my daughter

              By Ray

              from Kentucky

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (White):

                Waterproof and shock proof was perfect for a gift to a 6 year old and her first starter camera...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Easy To Use!

                By Carey

                from Boca Raton, FL

                Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Pink):

                So happy with our purchase - my 4yr old has no problem using it. Feels durable - Great product for the price.

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                4.0

                Cool Camera

                By JT

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Blue):

                      This is a good camera for someone who wants a camera that they can entrust in the hands of a child. If you are someone who is more interested in high quality images then this is not the camera for you.

                      After having my child break 2 of my good "adult" cameras I was happy to find this option and have been pleased with it after the first few weeks.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great starter camera

                      By Oldfeather

                      from Oregon Coast

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Damage Resistant
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Good For Young Users
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                      This is a really good camera for a beginning photographer. It is damage resistant, has interesting and fun internal features and it produces excellent souvenir images. After purchasing several point and shoot cameras with telescoping lenses, this appears to be the answer for young shooters.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great deal!

                      By M & M

                      from Seattle

                      Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (White):

                      For Christmas, I purchased this camera for my almost 8 year old daughter who has been interested in having her own camera. After reviewing cameras for children, this stood out the most but unfortunately I wasn't able to find one available in any stores because they were all sold out, even the display. I don't like to order online without having hands on first, but I had to take the chance if I wanted it in time.
                      Well I was pleasantly surprised by this camera! It's lightweight, but has sturdy construction and easy big buttons. The display is large and very easy to navigate through, minimal scrolling through screens. We have yet to test the shock and waterproofness of the camera because who wants to purposefully drop their camera on the ground? The true test will be when we go camping this summer! And it takes great pictures, better pictures than a more expensive Nikon I bought for my mom a few years back.
                      This is a perfect first camera for a kid, and would also be great for people with trouble reading fine print, or are new to technology.

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                      4.0

                      Great for kids

                      By Carlitos

                      from Mexico, D.F.

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Blue):

                        I bought for my kids and it works great in the water and is easy to use. Very accessible price.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        3.0

                        Good starter camera for the kids

                        By mattman

                        from West Chester, PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (White):

                          Simple navigation for younger users - we purchased for our 10 year-old daughter. Fun in camera effects. Solid build. Not the best picture quality (although we have only used it indoors so far - hoping for better in daylight) but good enough for younger users. We wanted to introduce photography to our daughter without all the distractions of apps/internet/gaming/texting that come with an i-touch or similar devices and this fits the bill very well.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great for kids!

                          By The Dad

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (White):

                              We bought this for my 6-yr old son for Christmas as he has taken a liking to taking pictures. It is well designed with separate buttons rather than modes for still photos v. videos and the waterproof and shockproof make the camera much more durable and usable.

                              The battery/memory card compartment is not the easiest to get into. You pretty much have to use two hands or work really hard with one hand. I guess it's to keep the little hands from easily opening it and the batter or card falling out and the fact that it is the worst thing I have found on it is a good representation of how good the camera is overall.

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Great little camera!

                              By Mom of a pirate

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                                This is a great little camera. My son wanted his own camera and knowing how his interests change from day to day I didn't want to spend a fortune. I came across this Nikon Waterproof Coolpix S31 and since his favorite color is yellow, I snatched it up. I am very impressed with how easy it is to use and the quality of the pictures and video. Image stabilization is a little trickier for kids, but as an adult I have had no problems. If you are looking for a basic point and shoot that will hold up to the elements, this is definitely the way to go! We couldn't be happier.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                so simple a 6yr. old can use it!

                                By Shutterbug

                                from nj

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Nice Body Color
                                • Short Lag Time

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos

                                  Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (White):

                                  Bought the coolpix for my 6 yr. old granddaughter. Simple to use and small enough for her hands. Used it Christmas day and downloader to computer. Great images, so simple to use! Good camera for the price, time lag better than expected.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Great starter digital camera for kids!

                                  By jmhall

                                  from Livermore, CA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Large Clear LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (White):

                                      We gave these cameras to our three nephews (ages 7-8) for Christmas. I told their mother that she might need to browse through the manual to help them learn how to use the cameras. Silly me… Within 30 minutes all three of them had mastered the cameras and were using features (e.g. slideshows, special effects, etc.) that I didn't even know the cameras had. Among all the presents they got, they voted these cameras their favorite. Shock-resistant, waterproof - this is a great starter camera for kids!

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                                      • Yes

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                                      5.0

                                      simple, perfect for its intended users

                                      By crice

                                      from san diego

                                      Comments about COOLPIX S31 Digital Camera (Blue):

                                      This is not for a photography enthusiast. It will never supplant my dslr. But I gave it to my 4 yr old and it's perfect for her. It's easy, takes ok pictures, and does all the work itself. It could be better if it did better in low light or if it were a little harder to delete all the pictures on the memory card (I'm expecting that to happen at least once by accident, because it's just a button in the delete menu), but for me it was a gift for a kid so she can feel like a big girl and take real pictures, some of which turn out decently so she can be proud of them. For that, it works perfectly; and there are more optional for her to learn as she gets older and more used to it (borders, scene settings, etc.). Haven't tried underwater, nor has it been dropped yet, but this will be the family adventure camera b/c it should handle those options (and my dslr sure doesn't).

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