Nikon Coolpix S30 first look – a waterproof, shockproof family camera [Video]

What is the Nikon Coolpix S30?

The Coolpix S30 compact camera is a break from the norm for Nikon. It’s designed for use by anyone of any age with simple menus and features to get kids in digital photography with the added bonus withstanding knocks and spills. It’s a fairly low-spec camera, but for £99 it’s affordable and simple to use, with a few pleasing features to make it a fun point and shoot.

It’s due in stores from the end of March, priced at £99.99 and will be available in black, white, blue and pink.

Nikon Coolpix S30 – what are the key features?

It’s got a 10Mp resolution, which is enough for general purposes and for printing 6×4 inch photos it’s ample. The 3x optical zoom won’t get you close to distant subjects – it’ll be better suited to snaps of holidays and days out.

There are 10 scene modes including underwater mode for underwater shots – the camera is waterproof up to 3 metres.

Filter effects are available within the simple-to-navigate menu structure as well as options to alter the brightness and colour of shots as demonstrated in our first look video at the launch of the Nikon S30.

Nikon Coolpix S30 – what’s it like to use?

The S30 shoots capture up to four stills in continuous mode – at approximately 1.5 frames per second – and can also be used to shoot HD video at 720p – which is a step up from what you’re likely to get from a smartphone.

The big buttons, simple navigation and robustness could make it a good introduction to photography for children. Unlike some more expensive cameras, the S30 doesn’t have its lithium ion battery – it relies on AA batteries. This isn’t such a bad thing, though, as AA batteries are easy to find when you run out of power.

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