Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Review: Nikon COOLPIX S3100

Hey lovelies. Today I've got another review for you, it's of the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 - but it's a little bit different because I don't have all that much good to say about it.

Photo c/o Nikon
As a blogger, you're pretty much buggered without a camera. I felt so lost when my trusty 5 year old, 10 megapixel, Samsung SL102 camera was drunkenly dropped by a friend and died forever :( It was towards the end of term and I was running low on money but after trying to manage without a camera for a few weeks I gave up. Tony and I decided to split the price of a reasonably good, but inexpensive camera.

I had a look around and the best cost-to-megapixel camera seemed to be the Nikon Coolpix S3100 - for the black model it was £70 on Amazon. I've always heard good things about the Coolpix cameras and my mum had recently bought one to use for her jewellery photography.

I've had three major issues with this camera, as well as a bunch of little things too:

1. I was almost immediately disappointed when I started snapping photos because I noticed that they were coming out really dark. I'm not a camera whiz by any stretch, so I just tend to use the automatic scene detection mode and let the camera do all the complicated stuff. The auto setting on the camera leaves shadows around the edges of photos and almost all of my pictures needed some editing in iPhoto to lighten them up a bit.

2. There's some sort of odd compatibility issue between Nikon Coolpix cameras and iPhoto which frustrates me to no end because I LOVE iPhoto - it's such a simple and easy platform for editing photographs. I've been having to seriously muck about with my photos to remove the darkness and other weird and unwanted additions that the Coolpix likes to create, but for some reason only some of the edits will save. Sometimes I can edit a photo to death (I'm talking rotate, crop, highlights - nothing too fancy!) and it will save no problem, other times the file comes up as 0KB and just won't save the edits no matter how many times/methods I try. It had also on occasion happened when all I've done is rotated a photo the right way up, or auto corrected the brightness. I spent hours talking to an Apple Customer Support rep who was so helpful, even though nothing we tried worked. I've yet to uninstall/reinstall iPhoto because I can't find the disc - but that's the only thing left that I can try to fix the issue.

3. Possibly the most frustrating of all though, is what started to happen as soon as I got on holiday. My Samsung SL102 came with me on every Tortola trip before this - it was left in the sand, out in the sun, dropped in a pool (not a waterproof camera!), dropped on hard tile floor and suffered through so much more abuse - yet I never had a single issue with it. The Nikon Coolpix began to show signs of weakness almost immediately. The lens began to stick when closing and opening, which I can only assume was a reaction to the heat because this started to happen before it had it's first beach outing. After taking it to the beach and getting probably two grains of sand on it, the lens now sticks completely half way open.

Basically it's just over a month old, I've looked after it really carefully since it's so new and yet it's already broken. There's nothing more frustrating than being a blogger on holiday in paradise without a camera to document it all. Especially when it breaks before heading out to the hugest and most awesome LMFAO themed fancy dress pool party. HMPH :(

Does anyone else use this camera, or has had similar problems with Nikon and Mac? Is there a better one you can recommend? ♥
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15 comments:

  1. Aw, that sounds rubbish! A month of normal usage shouldn't end up with a broken camera, are you going to try and get a refund for it? x

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    1. Sadly I don't think I can. It was bought on Amazon and I think it was an independent seller. I can't remember if it came with a guarantee or not. I'll have to contact Amazon and see what they say :( x

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  2. Hey this is actually pretty interesting! I'll make a note not to get a nikon cool pix!

    I have a trusty sony cybershot that's lasted me for years. It's all scratched on the front and it's got a couple of dents in it and it still works perfectly so I couldn't recommend it more!

    One thing in your post did stand out to me though and that was where you mentioned the cost-to-megapixel ratio. Honestly the whole megapixel thing is pretty much a myth. The more megapixels doesn't make a vast amount of difference to your pictures. If it's 6 megapixels or more, which I think all cameras are these days, then it's going to come out looking decent, even if you blow it up huge.

    What I've found is most important is actually the lens of the camera. Most of the pictures on my blog I've taken with my digital slr canon 300d. Which has only 6 megapixels yet takes better pictures than my 7/8 megapixels cybershot. If you're looking for good quality pictures but still want something a little more portable than a dslr I'd suggest looking at the mini dslrs. Or just something with a bigger lens. This looks pretty good http://www.wilkinson.co.uk/canon-powershot-sx150-is-black.html or this http://www.wilkinson.co.uk/fuji-finepix-hs30.html

    Also there's some photographic tutorials on shabby blogs' website that are super easy to follow and should help you if you come across any problem like your pictures being dark in future! It's always better to try and get the picture right first time rather than photoshopping them constantly :)

    Hope this helped!
    xxx

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    1. Thanks for the great comment! Although I think we have to agree to disagree on the whole megapixels thing. My Nikon was 12mp and my new Canon is 16mp and I have noticed a huge difference in quality and what sort of environment the pics come out well in. They both have the same lens specs too! x

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  3. Oh no this sounds rubbish, and i was going to get this camera aswell to throw in my bag for when i'm out. Look like i'll be sticking to my iphone camera.
    XO

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    1. There are definitely better cameras out there! This is just my experience of course and it could have been unlucky x

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  4. That is so very rubbish :( I would contact Nikon and see if they will give you a refund or a voucher! I have both a mini & a an SLR canon and they have never let me down <3 x

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    1. It would have to be Amazon because that's where I bought it - I hope I can get something in compensation!

      I've bought a Canon as a replacement and it's amazing! x

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  5. That sounds annoying!! I hope you can return it!

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  6. That's awful! I'm baffled your photos come out dark, i have this camera too and mine all come out really light! I do all my blog photos with it if you want to have a look! I actually really like it too, having said that i literally know nothing about cameras so i wouldn't go by my opinion! xx

    http://laurenjadem.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That's so weird! I looked at your photos and they all look great. I guess I was just unlucky :( X

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  7. I really wanted this camera at one point when they had all the colours out!
    Really disappointed since Nikon are meant to be a really good make!

    Thankyou for this honest review!

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    1. Yeah I wanted to get a nice colour but they cost loads more! x

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  8. just stumbled upon your blog from another one I visit. I bought the nikon coolpix a few months ago as a small point and shoot type of camera while out and about and it was the worst camera I've ever bought. I took it to a few places and everything I took came out blurry, even when standing it on a flat surface on a timer shot! Hubby took it back to the shop who tried to blame us for blurry shots until he tested it on the counter and found the same thing happened.
    If you contact Amazon they'll probably tell you to go direct to Nikon, if they don't it's worth a try anyway. Just send Nikon an email and as long as you have proof of purchase they should do something, (print a copy of your receipt off Amazon). The camera shop we bought ours from couldn't give us our money back but advised us to contact Nikon etc and we did get most of our money back from them.
    Donn x x

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