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The Nikon Coolpix S3300 was announced in February 2012 as a replacement of the S3200. It is a budget compact camera which has a 16 megapixel sensor, 6x optical zoom and is available in black, blue, purple, red, green pink and silver for £99.99. Its slim body and low price make it an ideal camera for the casual user who likes to take pictures when out with friends and family.
Auto mode changes the camera settings automatically depending on the scene. Other shooting modes include 18 scenes and smart portrait system with smile timer, blink proof, skin softening and red-eye fix. The camera has a 99-point autofocus system and subject tracking AF.
Images can be edited after shooting via the retouch menu, which has a range of filter effects. The S3300 shoots videos at 720p which also allows the use of optical zoom during recording.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 6x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-156mm)
- Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
- 2.7 inch LCD screen
- Slim 19.5 mm body
- 720p video recording
- ISO 80 - 3200
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- 18 scene modes
- Smart portrait system
- Available in black, blue, purple, red, green pink and silver
The menu system on the S3300 is easy to understand and navigate. The battery has a CIPA rating of 210 shots, we were able to take well in excess of this amount on one charge during testing. We tested the cameras performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response||0.2 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.7 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.0 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||2.8 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.6 seconds|
|Continuous shooting||1.2 fps|
Continuous shooting mode records images at full 16 megapixel resolution. The S3300 is slow from shot-to-shot.
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Nikon Coolpix S3300 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm | ISO 250
Landscape | 1/400 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Pet Portrait | 1/125 sec | f/5.5 | 21.2 mm | ISO 800
Sport | 1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Sample Photos - Portraits have good skin-tones and are free of red-eye when using the flash. Landscape mode has struggled under fairly cloudy conditions, there are also example images using pet and sport scene modes.
Nikon Coolpix S3300 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/400 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/160 sec | f/6.5 | 27.6 mm | ISO 80
Digital Zoom | 1/80 sec | f/6.5 | 110.4 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Images are well exposed with good colour reproduction, but detail is pretty poor, especially in the corners of the images. There is also quite a lot of purple fringing and chromatic aberration. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, but macro shots aren't particularly good.
Nikon Coolpix S3300 ISO test images
ISO80 | 0.3 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm
ISO100 | 1/4 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm
ISO200 | 1/8 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm
ISO400 | 1/15 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm
ISO800 | 1/30 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm
ISO1600 | 1/60 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm
ISO3200 | 1/125 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm
ISO Noise Performance - Images are free of noise at ISO 80 and 100, with a small amount appearing at ISO 200. Again there is an increase at ISO 400, with images losing some sharpness, and again so at ISO 800. Noise causes the S3300 to take a very soft image at ISO 1600, with detail lost in places as well. Noise again increases at ISO 3200, but file size is limited to 4 megapixels at this setting.
Nikon Coolpix S3300 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.5 | 7.8 mm | ISO 80
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.5 | 7.8 mm | ISO 80
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.5 | 7.8 mm | ISO 80
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.5 | 7.8 mm | ISO 80
White Balance Performance - Auto white-balance (AWB) copes really well, under the incandescent lights, very similar shots were produced, with a slight green cast when using the incandescent preset. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB setting performed well, with a magenta cast appearing when using the fluorescent preset.
Nikon Coolpix S3300 Other sample images
Landscape With Building | 1/640 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Black And White Copy | 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 320
Nikon Coolpix S3300 Digital filters
Colour Options Black And White | 1/4 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 80
Colour Options Cyanotype | 1/5 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 80
Colour Options Sepia | 1/5 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 80
Colour Options Vivid | 1/5 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 80
High Key | 1/6 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 400
High-contrast Monochrome | 1/6 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 400
Low Key | 1/30 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 400
Selective Colour | 1/10 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 400
Sepia | 1/10 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 400
Soft | 1/10 sec | f/6.6 | 14.5 mm | ISO 400
Filter Effect Cross Screen | 1/5 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 80
Filter Effect D-lighting | 1/400 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Filter Effect Painting | 1/5 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 80
Filter Effect Selective Colour | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Filter Effect Skin Softening | 1/60 sec | f/6.0 | 12.8 mm | ISO 250
Digital Filters - The S3300 has a few colour options to add creativity to your pictures. You can also edit images in playback, with D-Lighting, Glamour Retouch and Filter Effects available.
Video - Below is a video shot at 720p. Optical zoom is also available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S3300 is available for £99.99. Other cameras with a similar set of features include the Fujifilm FinePix AX550 at £77, Canon PowerShot A3300 at £94.00, Nikon Coolpix S6150 at £99.00,
Sony Cyber-shot W570 at £99.95, Canon PowerShot A1300 at £109.00 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45 at £119.95.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
S3000 and S3100) we were looking forward to seeing how the S3300 would perform. Sadly we feel a bit let down. The S3300 continues to offer good colour reproduction in a compact body available in a range of colours. Sadly, image quality is poor, particularly if you are shooting at ISO 200 and above, although if you only take pictures to share on social networking sites you shouldn't have too much to be concerned about. What is really surprising is that Nikon have other compacts (S4150 and S6150) that offer more for around the same price.
Nikon Coolpix S3300 ProsCompact body
6x optical zoom
Good colour reproduction
Available at a reasonable price
Good AWB performance
Camera comes in lots of different colours
Nikon Coolpix S3300 ConsSymbols on buttons hard to read in low light
Poor noise performance from ISO 400 upwards
Image quality isn't good at all
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Nikon Coolpix S3300 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 156mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Pixels (W)||No Data|
|Pixels (H)||No Data|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Exposure Comp||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD|