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The aluminum exterior makes the COOLPIX S3 every bit as comfortable in the hand as it is attractive to the eye. What’s more, it’s also available in a range of appealing colors comprising Ivory white, Matte black, Brown red and Platinum silver*. And despite packing a powerful 35-105mm 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens† (35mm equivalent), the COOLPIX S3 retains a surprisingly slim depth of just 19.7mm. The lens also makes use of Nikon’s “right-angled” optics system, which enables the lens to function throughout its focal range without ever protruding from the camera body. A large, bright 2.5-inch LCD monitor does away with the need for a viewfinder, while making it easy to playback shots on the spot. And the COOLPIX S3 also offers extremely easy operation, with a choice of Graphic User Interface (GUI) that gives the user the ability to select functions by either name or icon, and a handy HELP button that displays easy-to-understand explanations for functions on the main menu. Furthermore, all information can be displayed in the user’s choice of 12 different languages.

* Color availability varies according to region.

Tech Specs

Type of CameraDigital Compact
Effective Pixels6.0
Image Sensor1/2.5-in. type CCD (6.40 million total pixels)
Image Size (Pixels)High (2816 x 2112), Normal (2816 x 2112), Normal (2048 x 1536), PC (1024 x 768), TV (640 x 480)
Lens3x Zoom-Nikkor ED; f=5.8-17.4mm (35mm (135])format equivalent to 35-105mm); f/3.0 - f/5.4; 12 elements in 10 groups
Digital ZoomUp to 4x
AutofocusContrast-detect through-the-lens (TTL) AF with AF-assist illuminator
Focus ModesCenter; auto multi AF
Focus Range30cm (12 in.) to infinity, Macro mode: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (middle zoom position)
LCD Monitor Size2.5
LCD Monitor2.5-in., 110,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
Storage MediaInternal Memory and SD Card
File FormatCompressed: JPEG-baseline-compliant, QuickTime Movie, Sound File: WAV
File SystemCompliant with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF), Exif 2.2, and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Shooting ModesAuto, Scene Assistance (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), Best Shot Selector, Color Options, Blur warning, Date imprint
Scene ModesParty/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Voice recording, Underwater
Capture ModesSingle, Continuous (approx. 1.6fps), Multi-shot 16 (16 frame 1/16 in size)
Video RecordingYes(with sound)
Exposure Metering System256-segment matrix metering linked to AF area
Exposure ControlProgrammed auto exposure with exposure compensation (-2.0-+2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)W: +1.2-+15.2 EV T:+2.9-+17.3 EV
Maximum Shutter1/350
Minimum Shutter2
ShutterMechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter; Speed: 2-1/350s
ApertureElectronically-controlled ND filter selection
SensitivityApprox. equivalent to ISO 50,100,200, 400; Auto
White BalanceAuto with TTL control, 5-mode manual with fine tuning (Daylight, Incadescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight), preset white balance
Self-Timer10 sec. duration
Flash ControlSensor fash system
Flash Sync ModesAuto,Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow Sync
Playback Function1)Full-frame, 2) Thumbnail, 3) Movie playback, 4) Playback zoom, 5)Slide show
I/O TerminalMulti connector
Supported LanguagesGerman, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian selectable in menu display
Power RequirementsOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-63(supplied)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)Approx. 190 images with Rechargeable Battery EN-EL8
DimensionsApprox. 89.9 x 57.5 x 19.7mm
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)COOL-STATION MV-11/MV11B, Strap, USB cable UB-10, Audio Video Cable EG-E5000, AC Adapter EH-63, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, PictureProject CD-ROM.