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Nikon Coolpix S30

10.1-megapixel waterproof camera with 3X optical zoom

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by David Brown
Nikon

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

Fun in the sun, or the rain

Don't be nervous about bringing your camera poolside. The Nikon Coolpix S30 is designed to get wet, so you won't miss out on great pictures at the pool, the beach or even in the rain. The S30 is waterproof to depths of 9.8 feet, perfect for taking great-looking photos and high-definition video in and out of the water. Small and sporty, it's easy to slip the S30 into your beach bag without having to worry about sand and surf doing damage like they would to a normal camera. Keep your SLR at home and take this rugged point-and-shoot out in the elements, come rain or come shine.

Want to review those photos while you're still outside having fun? Don't let bright sunshine dissuade you, thanks to the S30's LCD display with five-level brightness adjustment. You can even edit photos right on your camera, adding filter effects, borders and cropping out unwanted subjects on the periphery before they even get a chance to see the picture.

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    Specifications:
    • 10.1-megapixel effective recording CCD sensor
    • 2.7" LCD screen (230,000 dots)
    • 3X optical zoom (4X digital/12X total zoom)
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 29-87mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • waterproof to depths of 9.8 feet
    • shockproof up to 2.6 feet
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • electronic vibration reduction minimizes blur from shaky hands
    • macro mode lets you get as close as 2 inches from your subject for extreme close-ups
    • face detection and smile timer for portrait framing and automatic shutter release when subject smiles
    Connections and Dimensions:
    Supplied Accessories:
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • "O"-ring cleaning brush
    • USB cable
    • wrist strap
    • software CD-ROM

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size
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    2.7"
    Adjustable-angle LCD
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    No
    Wi-Fi
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    No
    Touchscreen
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    No
    Waterproof
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    Yes
    GPS-enabled
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    No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent
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    29.1-87.3mm
    Optical Zoom
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    3x
    Digital Zoom
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    4x
    Filter Diameter
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    N/A
    Manual Focusing
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    No
    Manual Exposure
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    No
    Built-in Flash
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    Yes
    HDMI Output
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    No
    Memory
    Internal Memory
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    47MB
    Memory Media
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    SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count
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    10.1
    Total Megapixels
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    10.44
    Image Stabilization
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    Digital
    Highest Resolution
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    3648 x 2736
    HD Video Recording
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    1280 x 720p
    Dimensions
    Width (inches)
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    4-1/16
    Height (inches)
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    2-5/8
    Depth (inches)
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    1-9/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    7.6
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

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    • Digital camera (white)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 5' USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a proprietary USB connector on other end)
    • Wrist strap
    • Cleaning brush
    • ViewNX2 software on CD-ROM
    • Reference Manual on CD-ROM
    • User's Manual (En/Fr/Sp/Por)
    • Warranty Programs Form
    • Important Notices on Waterproof
    • my Picturetown info sheet

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    Features
    Play, Edit and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Software

    Recording Features

    Overview: The Nikon Coolpix S30 can go anywhere with you. Built to withstand trips to the pool or playground, it is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. It has a big 2.7" LCD monitor, a 3x wide angle zoom lens, and a 10.1 MP image sensor for shooting still images and HD movies.

    2.7" LCD Monitor: The Coolpix S30 has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor, featuring approximately 230,000 dots, and an anti-reflection coating. The LCD monitor has approximately 98% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

    Image Sensor: The Coolpix S30 features a 1/3" CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 10.44-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 10.1-million.

    Optics: The Coolpix S30 digital camera uses a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for superb image quality. The 4.1-12.3mm lens has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 29.1-87.3mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 12x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of an approximately 349mm lens (35mm format).

    Waterproof-Shockproof-Dustproof: The S30 is designed for extreme conditions:

    • Waterproof: rated equivalent to IEC/JIS waterproof grade 8 (IPX8) for shooting images underwater at a depth of 3 meters (9.8 feet) for up to 60 minutes.
    • Shockproof: rated compliant with MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock (drop test from a height of 80 cm (31.5 inches) on a 5 cm (2 inch) thick plywood panel).
    • Dustproof: rated equivalent with JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IP6X)

    Vibration Reduction: The Nikon Coolpix S30 offers Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR). Vibration Reduction reduces blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. Slight hand movements causes blurred photos, especially when shooting at slow shutter speeds or when zoomed in.

    Recording Media: The Coolpix S30 uses SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards to record still images and HD movies. In addition, the S30 has a built-in 47 MB internal memory.

    File Formats: The Coolpix S30 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in AVI format (Motion JPEG compliant). You have a choice of three still image size options and two movie options:

    • Still Images:
      • 10M: 3648 x 2736
      • 4M: 2272 x 1704
      • 2M: 1600 x 1200
    • Movies
      • HD 720p 1280 x 720 Bit Rate: 30 Mbps
      • VGA 640 x 480 Bit Rate: 10.7 Mbps
    Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29 minutes or 4 GB file size.

    Flexible Buttons: The S30 has four Flexible Buttons down the left side of the monitor. You can select items in the shooting mode or playback mode according to the icon in the display adjacent to each button.

    Shooting Modes: Using the camera's Flexible Buttons, you can select a shooting mode that is suited to the scene. You can select from Point and shoot, Shoot close-ups, Shoot under water, Take a series of pictures, Shoot at intervals, Photograph food, Highlight colors, Take soft pictures, Create a diorama effect, and Photograph fireworks.

    Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second self-timer for self-portraits or to prevent camera shake caused by pressing the shutter release button. With the Smile Timer activated, the camera can detect human faces and automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected.

    Flash: The built-in flash has a range of 1'-11' (Wide angle) and 1'-8" to 6'-7" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes: Auto, and Off.

    Change Colors: In the shooting menu, you can adjust the brightness (exposure compensation), vividness (saturation), and hue (white balance).

    Decorate: The Decorate function lets you add a frame around your images when you take pictures. You can choose from 5 different frames.

    Movie Button: The S30 has a dedicated Movie Record button on the top of the camera to let you start recording movies at any time.

    Play, Edit and Print Functions

    Playback Menu: You can view photos one at a time in full frame, or in a Thumbnail Playback of 9 images. You can also zoom in to magnify a single image up to 10x. When playing back movies, you can pause/resume, rewind/advance, and adjust volume. Other playback menu options include:

    • Have Fun With Pictures: Select playback functions such as Change colors, Highlight Colors, Decorate, Soften Pictures, Add Starbursts, Add a fisheye effect, or Add a diorama effect.
    • View: Select from View, Favorites, Photo Albums, Slide show, Choose by date, Rotate pictures, Small Picture, Print Order, and Copy.
    • Exchange Messages: Add voice messages to your images.
    • Erase: You can delete selected images.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Coolpix S30 is powered by two "AA" batteries (included). You can use Alkaline batteries, Lithium batteries, or rechargeable Ni-MH batteries:

    Battery Type Still Pictures Movie Recording
    Alkaline 240 shots 50 minutes
    Lithium 700 shots 3 hours 45 minutes
    Ni-MH rechargeable 410 shots 2 hours 25 minutes

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack for connecting the supplied USB cable or an optional Audio Video cable. This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the optional EG-CP14 Audio Video cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.

    Software

    ViewNX2: The Nikon ViewNX 2 software is downloadable from the Nikon website (URL provided in the Reference Manual). The ViewNX 2 CD contains the following applications:

    • ViewNX 2: (consists of three modules below)
      • Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
      • ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your images
      • Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies
    • Panorama Maker 6: for creating a single panorama photo using a series of separate images.
    • QuickTime (Windows only)

    System Requirements: The supplied software will work with the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:

    • Windows 7: Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
    • Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
    • Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack 3)
    • MAC OS X Versions: 10.5.8, 10.6.8, 10.7.2
     
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