Why no viewfinder?
Try to take a picture in bright sunlight. It's guesswork.
When zoom is out, very hard to get a stable image.
Make a camera, not a toy.
November 22, 2011
DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!
This camera takes horribly blurry pictures no matter what setting you use. Even in perfect lighting most pictures come out blurry. Granted, the camera can take a nice picture, but this is a very rare occurrence. I feel like I just wasted $100 on a camera that can't even take a clear picture. I am very disappointed in my S3100 and will not be buying another Coolpix product.
November 9, 2011
Not worth the price!!!
This was my first nikon s3100. when i would rec a video sometimes it would only record the sound. The pictures were really hazy and blurry when taken indoors,when i used zoom at anytime the pictures were really blurry. not to mention the color quality was awful. most the time the colors were different shades of orange. i only had it for 35 days, called nikon, they wanted me to pay for shipping there and back, and if they couldnt find anything wrong with it, then i had to pay for the labor.. needless to say i ended up getting rid of it and getting a different camera.
November 3, 2011
This is the worst Nikon I have owned.
The lens constantly malfunctions. It pops out when turning on and than closes. This happened the second day of a trip. I specifically purchased this camera because of the size and weight for this trip. It did not work again for five days. As I was getting ready for a second trip the same thing occurred.
October 19, 2011
Does not take clear pictures.
There's so many different scenes and it does not matter what one you pick there all blurry and looks bad.
October 10, 2011
I bought this camera because of the reputation of Nikon, but have been extremely disappointed; have taken over 500 photos with this camera & not one of them has turned out well, many of which was on a holiday of a life time to Disney world Orlando , I took photos with my daughters Fuji film on that holiday to & they are all fine.
I wrote letters to Nikon explaining this & detailing the problems with the photo's , the last one 2 months ago & to this day have had no reply. I would certainly never recommend this camera for anyone.
October 6, 2011
The 3100s worked for 9 pictures and the lens Broke
Two 3100s camera had the same problem. First I trashed and brought a second and the same thing happened. Sent it back for repair.... to be continued!
October 4, 2011
Might be a nice camera if it wasn't defective
I bought this camera for my wife as a birthday gift for our trip to Europe. She took over 300 photos with it in and around Italy. when we downloaded the photos, we noticed a line of orange pixels from top to bottom of each picture about a quarter of the frame from the right edge. It appears that the image sensor is bad and so are virtually all of the photos. I have returned the camera under warranty for repair. Too bad I can't return my wife to Italy to reshoot the pictures.....
October 3, 2011
It seemed like a great deal, with good features. I love the extreme compact-ness. But within just a couple months, one of the gears in the lens mechanism broke, and now it doesn't work. I've been super careful and never dropped it - I expected it to last a long time.
September 22, 2011
The camera broke down after 3 months of use.
it broke down after 3 months. It is still under warranty but you need to incur all shipping costs. When I called in the service person was not knowledgable at all.
September 5, 2011
Don't buy this camera..
Don't buy this camera. It broke after three days. I placed the camera in my car console and gently closed it. The screen broke and I was out of luck. It would cost just as much to fix it as a new one..I bought a Canon and love it
September 5, 2011
Worst camera I have ever had
Color is off on about every picture. Tried every setting to fix it and still takes horrible pictures. So bad I can't even send pictures to friends, family without editing every one. Tried to get $ back and couldn't.
September 4, 2011
The lens mechanism seems prone to failure.
Having just returned this Nikon to the warrantee folks, I can't evaluate their service yet. This is my 3rd Nikon. The other 2 had similar failure, but it was well over a year down the road and I really really use my camera, so I felt I had gotten my money's worth out of them. This time it was a month since purchase and I am disappointed, because I was really treating it with kid gloves, blaming myself for the other malfunctions. I get "lens error" and it won't retract or partially retracts. The other one would come out and then retract in a fraction of a second and display "lens error." Deep sighs. This particular Nikon also required a loooong time to recover between pix, even with no flash use.
August 22, 2011
This product is less than three months old, and the battery failed to charge the first time that funcgtion was attempted.
July 26, 2011
Broke in the first few weeks
I was deeply disappointed when my camera broke in England during my vacation for which I had bought the new camera so I have a very bad impression of this product and am waiting to hear from Nikon
July 25, 2011
With in a week of use, it had a renz problem.
The renz don't come out saying "renz erro" when I make the camera on. I couldn't take pictures in my vacation, I am going to return the camera at Best Buy as soon as i return.
July 20, 2011
The Nikon Coolpix S3100 broke within 24 hours after using it for the first time. I was in Europe, the trip I specifically bought this camera for, and I couldn't use it. Extremely frustrating to say the least. What kind of quality is that, when your camera breaks within a day of opening it.
July 10, 2011
I keep getting a lens error
I have had the camera for 2 months, it was working fine at first then one day while using it I was trying to take a picture and the picture stayed blurry on the screen, it finally closed and said 'lens error" it now works a few times after it has been sitting a while then after 3 or 4 shots it will give me the 'lens error again and shut off. Of course this always happens when I am in a situation where I want to take pictures, like a wedding that can't be re lived. The camera was a gift so I don't have any type of receipt to prove the purchase.
July 5, 2011
camera broke immediately
Purchased a new S3100 May 7th right before vacation. I read the book, charged and test it. The camera operated normally that weekend.
One week later, 2000 miles from home, It would not turn it nor would it take a charge.
Thank you for selling me a defective product. Hopefully you will fix it quickly.
May 30, 2011
I have owned this camera for exactly 30 days, and already it needed to be sent into Nikon for service. The screen just goes blank in between photos, or when ever it feels like. I'm pretty unhappy with this product since I have taken maybe 10 photos with this camera.
April 15, 2011
acheté appareil coolpix s-3100 en jiun 2011. la batterie rechargeable est déja finie !!!Et au prix d`une nouvelle ($ 49.00 ) JE SUIS TRÈS MÉCONTENT DE CE PRODUIT
March 12, 2013