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Great little camera We bought this camera to take snorkeling with us on a recent trip. The photos on land and of the fish and the reef were great. I would never take my Nikon DSLR on a small boat, so I was quite pleased with the waterproof feature of this camera. It was inexpensive too! May 23, 2013
Special Camera I bought this camera in a pinch after traveling to do an inspection and social function and realizing that I left my main camera at home. I believe the camera works fine - if you read the manual first. Here's some tips: 1. This camera works underwater and in rain. Find another for this price, if you can. I take lots of pictures but there are some places that I would never take my x$1000 DSLR. This jewel goes to the swimming pool where the grandkids are playing. 2. No one beats Nikon in low light situations. The camera will easily adjust to low light. When you press the shutter halfway then the shutter speed and f-stop information will be displayed. Check those numbers. You might be disappointed to get a grainly picture if the shutter is 1/60 or less. 3. The flash is not always automatic when you turn on the vibration reduction; just like the manual says. I leave the VR truned off. When you go to take that indoor picture, the shutter speed and f-stop are displayed and flash ready indicator, a red light comes on. Yes, the computer activiates the flash, not you. So if that red readly light does not come on then re-plan the picture (maybe you are looking into light or something). 4. You get Nikon's NX2 software with this. 5. The zoom looks something like 20- 60mm when comparing with my digital DSLR. The f stop goes from 3.3 to 5.9. This is a good buy for the price. It fits in my shirt pocket and swimming suit pocket easily. No moving lens to get out of alignment if you bump it. If I leave it somewhere, it falls to the bottom of the ocean, or the dog chews it up, then I am not out a lot. December 9, 2012
cant go wrong For an underwater digital camera this is such a bargain. Takes amazing pictures and videos. Has fun features and perfect for all ages and skill levels! December 9, 2012
BEST $120 I've EVER spent!!! This camera is awesome! I never write reviews but always read them this camera deserves all the props it can get! The picture quality is amazing and all of the extra features like color highlighting and underwater are just unbelievable! Don't hesitate on purchasing this camera. Only draw back is that the battery compartment is a little hard to open but I'd rather that then it open up and let water in. August 2, 2012
The "Perfect" all-a-round inexpensive camera I have researched cameras for almost a year trying to find a camera for my soon to be 5 year old granddaughter so that she could to take pictures at our upcoming trip to Disneyworld. I could not find a camera that was big enough for her to hold properly, the lens centered so she could hold both sides securely, had a relatively high megapixel capability and also took 720p HD video. This camera met everything that I was looking for and more. It is even waterproof, shockproof and even came in hot pink. The camera takes great pictures, the colors are phenomenal! The one other feature I like that makes it so much more versatile is the separate buttons for picture and video, great idea. My granddaughter also likes the different shutters sounds you can select. Hats off to Nikon, this camera is perfect for kids and people who want to take good pictures and want to keep it simple. April 7, 2012
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Flash

Jun 21, 2012 by
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How do i turn on flash?
 
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Unfortunately, the flash cannot be forced on. To make matters worse, the implemented auto flash algorithm is seriously flawed. Even in very dark rooms, the flash will typically not fire. I'm not sure what kind of light sensor the camera uses, but I suspect it picks up on infrared or ultraviolet, cause it sure ain't visible light. (see attached picture from under my desk (low light), took a series of 6, all looked like this except 1 where the flash accidentally(?) fired.)
The flash is at best unpredictable, but in my experience useless. What a shame, this could have been a good camera, but bad software got in the way.
My advice, stay clear until a version with manual flash control is available.
(To Nikon SW developers: it can't be that hard to implement?
To Nikon product development testers: How did this one slip through?)
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Usually in the menu, or a button outside will allow...off, red eye, auto, on...for the flash, look for a lightning bolt symbol...should also tell you in the manual for the camera.

Here are specs for flash on this camera, found in "tech specs", below picture of camera on this site...

Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [W]: 0.3 to 3.5m (1ft. to 11ft.)
[T]: 0.5 to 2.0m (1ft 8 in. to 6 ft 7 in.)

Built-in Flash Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

Hope this helps...
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Press any one of the flexible buttons on the left rear of the camera, then press the down arrow on the muti selector on the right side of camera. Push the top flexible button (should say flash mode) then pusn the flexible button next to auto flash.
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how good can it take pictures underwater

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It took some great photos during a cloudy day in Aruba at Palm Island
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Please visit our Learn and Explore website for Photography Techniques:
http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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It is not rustproof, so with the open lens when you zoom, does sand get into it and ruin it?

Apr 20, 2012 by
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I am looking for a camera that i can take to the beach with 100% no worries! Thank you :)
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Answer: 
I would suggest contacting "Support" here in this section...
Jun 23, 2012 by
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The lens on the COOLPIX S30 won't extend while you zoom in or out.
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what is the difference in the three memory cards?

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Best to contact the manufacturer of the cards...Lexar, SanDisk, Kingston, etc...
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There is not enough information to answer specifically, in page# 14 in the user's manua for the COOLPIX S30, there is a list of approved memory cards.
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Battery

May 16, 2012 by
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Is there a rechargeable battery, or does it run on batteries like AA or AAA?
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It uses 2 AA batteries. Look at the tech specs for the camera.
May 19, 2012 by
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It runs on AA batteries.
May 17, 2012 by
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How many pictures can be taken on one battery life.

Jun 11, 2012 by
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Power Sources 2 AA-size batteries

Battery / Batteries
AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium)

Battery Life (shots per charge)
AA Alkaline: 240 shots
AA Lithium: 700 shots
EN-MH2: 410 shots
*Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23(-/+2)°C (73(-/+4)°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image quality set to Normal, image size set to 3648 x 2736 (10M). Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.
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AA Alkaline: 240 shots
AA Lithium: 700 shots
EN-MH2: 410 shots
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Can it use rechargable AA batteries? The Coolpix S30

Jun 22, 2012 by
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Power Sources
2 AA-size batteries

Battery / Batteries AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium)

Battery Life (shots per charge)
AA Alkaline: 240 shots
AA Lithium: 700 shots
EN-MH2: 410 shots
*Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23(-/+2)°C (73(-/+4)°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image quality set to Normal, image size set to 3648 x 2736 (10M). Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.
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Yes
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How many seconds to get from full-off to first picture?

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Cnet review says 3.8 seconds startup and 3.3 seconds between pictures.
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I would suggest asking "Support" for this spec, it doesnt say in the "Tech Specs" about the startup time...
I would imagine with newer point and shoots it’s not very long...
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Photo siza

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I can't get the photo size to a higher resolution. When I go to that section of the menu, it will only let me choose the smallest (2mb) size; the other choices are greyed out. We want better-quality photos so would like the largest setting! Thx
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When shooting with decorate/Frame around your image, the image resolution is fixed at 2 megapixel and cannot be change. Large(10megapixels) and Medium(4megapixel) will be greyed out.
This information is on page 35 of your user manual.
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Are you using a memory card?
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Photo resolution - can I reduce size?

Feb 28, 2013 by
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We use the camera for house component photos and put them in reports. Great camera for this use but the resolution is to large (about 500k) even on the 2-megapixel setting. We need about 100-150k photos to keep from getting to large of a report data size.

The camera is a standout because the lens is behind a sealed glass cover and not prone to dust damage.

Anyway to reduce resolution below 2-megapixel?
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Your other choice is to do it post processing in View NX2. You can resize to any size you want.
Feb 28, 2013 by
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You can create a small picture, compression goes to 1:16. Enter playback >flexible button 2>press triangle image>flexible button 4 (small picture)symbol is a small pic inside a large pic press the multi selector to select image size then press flex button 4 (OK)
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