My husband got me the Nikon COOLPIX S3000 for my Birthday less than 2 years ago. I don't usually write reviews, but this camera has been one disappointment after another. There have been so many times when we would get somewhere and the camera would be dead (even though it had been charged). It takes forever to take a photo, and most of the photos come out blurry. Today I had to dig out my Polaroid i639, its 6 years old and still takes better pics than the Nikon S3000.
November 9, 2012
A complete fail!
This camera lasted about a year then the battery quits. $30 to replace a battery? No I dont think so. Going with another brand. Will never buy Nikon again. Should have known not to buy at Walmart.
October 28, 2012
Battery dies quick
I bought this a year ago and I can't believe how quick the battery dies. The camera blurs alot when you go to zoom in on something and forget about quick picture taking on a subject! The next camera I am going to buy is not going to be a Nikon. I am sorry that I spent my money on this product!
October 2, 2012
Charger Failed in just over a year
I thought my battery died..It was the wall charger that failed...I bought an after market charger and it works....I don't trust this camera at all.There are many reports of them not lasting...I Will never get another Nikon again..I have an old Canon that is 5 years old and it still works...If this S3000 dies I will get a new cannon and never look at another Nikon again...It would not surprise me that this was made in China with cheap parts or defective parts....
August 26, 2012
will not bother to buy another
Loved the camera at first and then the pics started to blur, the focus would go in and out in and out and when you finally get a clear shot you take the pic and guess what... blurry. Now same thing with the other reviews i took it to the beach kept it in a bag, snapped some pics and come home and have lens error and when you try to zo, om it just completely shuts off. Called customer service and they were no help you have to have your receipt and if you have had it more than a year no warranty and anywhere from fifty to one hundred twenty to fix..ha. for that i can invest in another camera. Will not buy another nikon, i thought they stand behind their name, thats a joke.
July 11, 2012
Wish it worked.
It worked so well for a whole two years, and then after that it died! I loved the color and cuteness of it, but I should have gone with another brand of camera. I bought another battery in attempt to solve my problem, but that battery lasted for less than a month because it wouldn't charge in my Camera. It is so frustrating, because I dont want to spend any more money trying to fix a camera that keeps breaking!
July 11, 2012
Didn't work for me!
I bought a Nikon S3000 two years ago, during that time, I used my camera on holiday and then didn't use it for a while, and it had just died. So I sent it away to Nikon to be repaired, and they sent it back with a new battery. Again, it worked for a period of time and then stopped. I was very disappointed that I could not take my camera on holiday with me. So, I sent it off again and they sent it back with a new battery, so I used it, and again it stopped working and will not charge. I am very unhappy with this camera and I will be sending it back to Nikon now, and I will be requesting my money back.
The only things I liked about this camera, were how clear the photos were and the size of the camera.
June 26, 2012
Takes wonderful pictures. Haven't had any problems and I've had it about a year.
June 12, 2012
Did not last as long as I had hoped
I bought it about two years ago, except about a month ago I tried turning on the camera it said "Lens Error" and it shut off on me. Now I try to turn it on and it wont even turn on for me. I am going to try to contact the company and get it fixed. I am really bummed-I thought these were quality cameras-apparently not.
May 30, 2012
Poor around sand and moister
Had the camera at the beach and around the pool. The len is stuck open with power off. Messages "lens error" . This is my second coolpix camera with the exact same problems.
May 7, 2012
I love this camera! It takes great pictures and I always use it wherever I go.
April 13, 2012
Do not waste your money on this camera. The pictures are blurry & the camera randomly deleted all of my pictures. The battery dies after a few months and the replacement battery will not charge, so it basically does not work any more
February 25, 2012
what wrong ..
what wrong with this camera i got it as a wedding gift and it docent even work . I got lots of card because of it says card not supported and it really is sad.
February 8, 2012
All I have to know buy a new battery due to failure to turn on, it wont even charge. The pictures are ok.. not the best I have seen. Just be ready to spend money on new batteries for this camera. It's not really worth going through all the trouble.
January 12, 2012
Repairs Required twice for same issue
I do not recommend this camera. I had mine for two years and each year it had the same issue of it not being able to charge when plugged in. It required me to ship into Nikon for repair, fist time cost waived, second time asked for $100 to repair. I was not going to pay $100 to repair the same issue when its likely it will occur again as it did the first time after repair. I'd rather take the $100 and put towards a better quality camera and brand. I'm very disappointed in the Nikon brand and customer service.
January 11, 2012
Battery issue caused MANY problems
I have spent as much money replacing batteries for this camera as I spent on the camera itself. It has taken MONTHS to find out that there is a problem with how this camera charges, and that the firmware needs to be updated. Still not sure if this will work as I am waiting for my FOURTH battery to arrive. Nikon should at least reimburse for this expense.
December 5, 2011
I wouldn't recommend this camera even as a backup
Having used this CoolPix S30000 now for over 6 months I would have to recommend against buying it. I purchased it as a replacement to a Sony camera with Carl Ziess optics I had loved, but that froze down in the Antarctic last year. The picture quality just doesn't exist with the CoolPix S3000. Pictures are constantly grainy in all lighting situations, (even with flash inside) color across the picture tends to get washed out in bright light, and as with all LCD viewfinder cameras, you can't see the subject out in sunlight, or with polarized glasses on. Refresh time is ong between shots, but was something I would have lived with had the picture quality been better. I bought this camera as a backup to my D90 thinking Nikon optics would be adequate and I needed a backup camera to stick in a pocket in Antarctica. Bad choice. I will give to my kids to use when I get home and find something else. I have seen digital pictures off of cell phones of better quality. Spend your money on a decent pocket camera with good optics. Some pictures can't be retaken.
November 29, 2011
GREAT cammera but wish there was a 1/3s grid! :(
I got this cammra for my birthday and loved it. takes graet pictures for the most part. I took a photeo class and learned way more about how it and I can work well with it. I love the color options, from Standard, vivid, black-and-white, sepia, and Cyanotype (one of my favirates). ISO could be a little bet faster threres 80-3200 but great for the most part. I just love working with the White balance on it, I can get some really cool pictures with crazy colors!
December 14, 2011
I like this camera
I have had this camera for over a year and I love it! I'm not a professional photographer or anything, just a soccer mom who LOVES that this camera fits in my purse and I can pull it out at the drop of a hat to catch video OR pictures that are great! Doesn't work well in the dark or low light situations. Was a great price and I use it ALL the time. LOVE that I can take high quality video and pictures with something so small. Probably not for a pro, but this mom on a budget gives it an A++++!
December 1, 2011
This camera takes good pictures even though I had issues with the cord. After using it for 5 months the cord which is the only way to charge it died, therefore I wasn't able to use the camera anymore.
October 13, 2011
Love the Camera
Love the camera altho' I don't get great results with indoor shots all the time. Very handy as the camera is small enough to fit in my pocket. Actually, this is the 4th Coolpix I bought. In the past after about 2 yrs., had damage to the screen, partly my fault as it was dropped or sat upon! I travel with 2 cameras just for that reason. Love the menu choices -- just find the camera very user-friendly for someone who's a complete amateur.
September 30, 2011
ehh, its ok
When i first got the camera which was about two years ago, i thought it would take good photography photos of flowers, nature, ect. i thought wrong. i am very dissappointed. Although, it does take good pictures in the sunlight of myself. i like the black and white feature but i wish it had sepia like other cameras. ex.- cannon. Today, i noticed that when i was about to turn it on, the lens was stuck in a weird position. it wasnt fully closed and it was all sunk in. now it wont even turn on. thank god i have a warranty. if i get another camera, it will not be a nikon. i want a camera that can go underwater or a cannon camera. thank you.
November 12, 2011
I purchased this camera a little over a year ago and I've been very disappointed in it. At first it took good pictures, then I noticed they started to be blurry if the flash was not used or if myself or the target was moving. Also, the battery worked great IF it was being used in 70 degree weather or indoors. You try to use it at an outdoor event in the summer heat and it lasts about 15 minutes. The screen was not useable if taking pictures in the sun, and there is no viewfinder to use to avoid taking "blind" pictures. The pictures took forever to save to the card, I missed a lot of shots from that. Either the target moved before it finished capturing it or I was unable to take another picture as quickly as I wanted to. Now, though I did nothing but leave the camera sit by my computer, it wont even turn on or charge. Overall the worst camera I've ever owned and would never buy a Nikon again.
September 12, 2011
I had an earlier version of a Nikon camera( Coolpix L11) but the screen broke. I decided to get a newer model and so I bought the S3000. I have been very disappointed. Consistency is a HUGE problem!! The S3000 does not take good pictures consistently.. The images are OFTEN blurry, the zoom is Poor and picture quality is especially poor in low light. If you are not up close to the object/ target of the photo 95% chance that your picture quality will be poor. I am so disappointed it is highly unlikely that I will purchase another Nikon camera ...I will try another brand..... The S3000 is just A Big Disappointment!!
September 11, 2011
I was very disappointed.
I saw the commerical for it and I thought it looked amazing! I saved up for it, but then, I used it. It's a terrible camera for taking pictures indoors. Very Blurry. I should have gotten a Sony Camera.
September 3, 2011
I have never been so disappointed in a product...
I saved for many months to get this item since my sister had the one that came out just before the Coolpix S3000. I got this to take pics of my new grandson! I have tried everything and it just does not take consistantly good pics. I will put it on auto and it will be blurry and too light. I will push the shutter release and have to wait like a count to 3 before it will take. You have to be quicker than that with a baby. I have tried to communicate this to Nikon and gotten no response. I am sooo very disappointed in what i thought was supposed to be a good company.
August 24, 2011
Only thing i like is the size of the camera.
This camera looks nice but is hard to work, hard to even see any of the emblems and the instruction manual is hard to understand. I have had it since Christmas, opened it for the first time in April and used it like three times and now the stupid thing is dead. Of course, it died at our class reunion when I needed to take important pictures and we cant find the receipt to take it back and exchange if for somthing else so I guess we will buy a new camera. I will not even buy this brand...I am so upset with this whole thing and we are leaving for vacation (which we never take...ever) to go from Illinois to North Carolina and I have no camera. I would not tell anyone to purchase this or any model close to it. I am so very bummed out.
August 8, 2011
Great, easy-to-use camera!!!
This camera is great for general photo taking. The image quality is great when not in low-light settings. I love the small, streamlined body. It fits easily in my pocket. The battery life is really long, too.
Pros: Long battery life, small, stylish body, speed
Cons: Sports setting, low-light shots
Overall, I love this camera. I would recommend it to people who just want a basic, fun-to-use camera, nothing professional, though.
July 30, 2011
love it then....what happened?
well my aunt and uncle got me this nice camera as a Christmas present in December and ive been using that camera ever since i got it. i love that camera i loved taking pictures , the picture was clear and never blurry the video was great. ive taking good care of that camera ive never dropped it never got it wet never got sand in it nothing i tooking good care of that camera ive charged it everything cleaned the lens everything for a good 8 months till recently i went to the beach and it wouldn't take pictures anymore it kept saying lens error and the pictures where all blurry after i charged it thinking the battery was probably low and even then it just didn't want to take pictures. so im still like what happened?
July 18, 2011
Did the same thing as Jenny and got same result at San Diego beach not with 1 but 2 identical cameras. Both were fine then both pulled up LENS ERROR Nikon better stand behind there products or else....
July 29, 2011