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Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.3

(based on 123 reviews)

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    (49)

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    (15)

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    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (83)
  • Nice body color (83)
  • Compact (73)
  • Good image quality (72)
  • Image stabilization (62)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (14)
  • Limited zoom (14)
  • No image stabilization (8)
  • No viewfinder (8)
  • Short battery life (8)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (96)
  • Travel (79)
  • Landscape/scenery (61)
  • Low light (49)
  • Weddings (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (73), Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), Yes (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera for the price!

My main camera is a Nikon D60. I purchased this slim Nikon Coolpix because of its size for times that I don't want to carry around a SLR.
This camera is very...Read complete review

My main camera is a Nikon D60. I purchased this slim Nikon Coolpix because of its size for times that I don't want to carry around a SLR.
This camera is very easy to use and the perfect size to keep with you at all times to capture those unexpected moments. The start up time for this camera is amazingly fast and short lag time.
I love the fact that it can charge while downloading pictures to your PC or Laptop.
The only short fall for this camera that I have found so far is the short life of the battery. My SLR can take around 600 pictures when fully charged, this Coolpix took around 300. So if you are looking to take a lot of pictures I highly recommend an extra battery!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Steer clear

I have shot Nikon SLR's for over 10 years and have always been very happy as a "Nikon guy". So, when my wife's Fuji P&S bit the...Read complete review

I have shot Nikon SLR's for over 10 years and have always been very happy as a "Nikon guy". So, when my wife's Fuji P&S bit the dust a year ago, I took a chance and bought the S3000 at Best Buy without doing my usual exhaustive research online. Boy, was it a mistake.At first glance, this thing is pretty sweet: big LCD, compact form factor, giant resolution, great optical zoom, and easy-to-use controls.The honeymoon ended very quickly, though, as the questionable, plastic-y build quality really started to shine through. Within days of purchasing the camera, the lens-cover louvers had already started sticking (both on opening and closing). It also became apparent right away that the battery life was very poor, and there were several situations where we got the "battery exhausted" in the middle of a photo-worthy situation, within minutes after seeing a battery life indicator at half charge or more.So, I realize that this is a [$] camera, so my expectations could be a bit high in terms of build quality. Fine. All I've said above could be overlooked if the image quality was decent, but I'm sad to say that it is terrible! The molasses-slow auto-focus chooses the wrong subject the majority of the time resulting in soft images. The low-light capability is awful -- you basically will either have blown-out over-flashed images, or (if you turn off the flash) fuzzy, jpeg-artifacted, dark, obviously hand-held images. I'm not sure if the CCD is too small or of too low quality, but I was never able to take a relatively-high ISO shot that I would have even posted to facebook.The bottom line is that we have permanently retired this camera and bought a Canon Powershot S95 that we are absolutely over-the-moon about. It's incredible, and our only regret is that we can't go back in time to retake all those terrible S3000 photos from our trips with our new Canon. We would gladly pay the extra $200 just to have had the Canon on those couple of trips.

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4.0

Love it!

By NYCyclist

from New York, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Image Stabilization

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Plum):

Great pictures, lightweight, easy to use, pretty color!

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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3.0

Good camera for the price.

By Ravioli

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Limited Zoom
  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

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

Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Orange):

I bought this product as a gift for a friend. She was in dire need of an upgrade but she isn't the most tech savvy person either.

This camera was perfect for her. Simple to use and the orange color looked great. She loved it.

I was able to play around with it a little bit before I wrapped it. Even being refurbished the camera looked new. It took decent pictures and the facial recognition worked pretty good. I did notice that it had a bit of a lag when moving it quickly and the shutter speed slowed down in low light areas. The zoom also was a bit slow to zoom in and out.

Over all it was a good purchase. All accessories were included along with the manual and software.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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3.0

good value pocket camera

By angel1

from Texas

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Poor Image Quality
  • Poor Image Stabilization

Best Uses

  • Family Photos

Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Orange):

the camera is good for basic average quality pictures. the settings do not work as they say they should. horrible in low light

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 7
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

CoolPix S3000 is indeed Cool!

By Panaman

from Rep. of Panama

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Orange):

I bought this camera because:
1.) Its' compact size and weight (size of a cigarette pack)
2.) It has a glass rather than a plastic lens
3.) It has an Li-ion rechargeable battery
4.) I can select the format size of the stored pictures (i.e. 480 X 640, etc., etc.)
5.) It has a flash override function
6.) 12MP capacity

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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3.0

Great value!

By dabstress

from New Mexico

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Not so great in low light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Plum):

Great for travel and candid shots.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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4.0

Lives up to its name! CoolPix

By Sheila's Purchase

from Houston

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Black):

    Easy to use, Good quality.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great camera!

    By Jessica

    from New york

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Plum):

      I love taking pictures and this is by far a great camera. The pictures come out great!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      it works

      By KiraDo

      from Cambridge, MA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Blue):

      The camera starts up slow, and there is a long lag time between photos. But it works great other wise for a pocket camera. Its tiny and cute and the pictures aren't blurry and that's really all I wanted for what I call a "party" camera.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Would buy again

      By Louise

      from Arkansas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Silver):

        This camera is for my husband who demands quality & simplicity. He has both in the Nikon S3000. Before it came, we visited my uncle who was showing off his new little camera. Yes, a Nikon S3000.
        My husband is getting used to the camera & has installed the necessary computer software, complaining every step of the way about having to learn something new.
        Now, a couple of weeks later, he's very happy with the new camera. BTW, my uncle is 95, my husband is 64, & still misses the old Brownie cameras.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera, Great Price

        By Kyle

        from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Black):

          I bought this camera so I would have a small, lightweight cmaera to carry with me, and this S3000 is great. Picture quality is good, and you can keep it in your pocket and not even know its there.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome Camera!

          By Dianne

          from Flower Mound , TX

          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
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Black):

            I love this camera! It is very easy to use, takes fantastic pictures.Zoom in and out and also you can edit a picture on the camera after you have taken it and save it! WOW! Quality of pictures is wonderful. Lightweight, small. Love everything about the camera. Nothing to complain about!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Nice Price Good Camera!

            By ChadMan097

            from State College, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Black):

              One if first bought this the S310's were arriving and i had second thoughts. For what I got not bad! Low Light PIcs (NO FLASH) Yeah they came out black.
              BRIGHT LIGHT (NO FLASH) They were sometimes blurry washed out or all one color! LOW LIGHT (w/Flash) EXCELLENT ALMOST AS IF I HAD THE LIGHTS ON! BRIGHT LIGHT WITH FLASH NOT MUCH USE BUT CAN HELP STIll AMAZINGLY GOOD!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              love the looks

              By fourfish

              from Dedham, Maine

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Blue):

              Very compact

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By Deeta Bean

              from Spartanburg, SC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Orange):

                This camera is GREAT! Pictures are so clear! Definatly worth the money!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great Quality in a Small Package

                By brath

                from Hazlet, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I use this camera to carry around all the time. It's small size makes this easy to do. It give much better results than the cameras built into cell phones. The thing I like least is that you have to use a USB cable to charge the battery. I would prefer to plug the battery directly into the charger.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great camera for the money

                  By Natasha

                  from Michigan

                  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
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Silver):

                    I use this product to take picture and video of my kids. It is slim and just the right size to carry around in a purse or even pocket.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Cant beat it for the price

                    By cfeldman

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Silver):

                    Bought for my wife to throw in her purse. Works great and takes fantastic picture. Super slim.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great value for a high quality camera!

                    By caipirinha

                    from New York, NY

                    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

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Plum):

                      Used this to take vacation pictures. High quality shots and easy to figure out how to use right out of the box for basic pictures. Nice small size and color choices. Also nice to find a camera with video for this price. I wish the battery could be taken out and charged separately from the camera, but that's a minor preference. Overall very happy with this.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love new Coolpix

                      By cricket918

                      from Houston, Tx

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • No cons so far
                      • Poor Flash

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Plum):

                      Personal pictures of pets and vacations. Also pictures of flowers.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good compact point and shoot

                      By old building guy

                      from Washington

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon CoolPix S3000 Digital Camera (Green):

                        Good for family snapshots, or as a small traveling camera. Definitely a step up from our previous point and shoot (Nikon Coolpix L20). The smile finder feature works well, and the flash is good at not washing out everything.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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