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3.0 out of 5 stars Kid-Focused Camera, May 5, 2012
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom Nikkor Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Blue) (Electronics)
I purchased this camera approx. 2 weeks ago and wanted my 4 year old son to get some use before rating. I feel I can provide a pretty fair summation now.

So far he likes the camera a lot but there are a couple items that annoy me as the parent supervising said 4 year old.
First the Gripes
Number 1- The constant clock and date reset when changing batteries drives me nuts. If you skip it you get an annoying flashing warning!
Number 2- Picture quality in lower light is poor to say the least. The camera has to be held very still and then it's a gamble. When the image does come out it looks like VGA phone cam quality. The auto-flash works when it wants, most times its out to lunch.
Number 3- The resolution of the screen is marginal so its hard to see if the shot is ok or poor.
Number 4- As another reviewer wrote, it would be great to disable the digital zoom. It blows right through optical and into the digital very easily.
Number 5- It tends to make very vibrant colors look fake. See Hibiscus of the pictures I have attached...

Now the Positive Stuff
Number 1- The flash is in the center so the little guy won't cover it with either hand.
Number 2- Battery life is outrageous- I got 532 outdoor shots out of a single pair of rechargeable Sanyo Eneloops and had battery life to spare but it was time to go home.
Number 3- In outdoor use, in direct sunlight, the pictures are very vibrant.
Number 4- There is virtually no delay when hitting the button for pictures. This makes a 4 year old very happy.
Number 5- We spent 4 hours plus with the camera directly in water and often submerged. We were merciless as we're still within the return period.
Number 6- Underwater shots are terrific and fun!

My initial impressions when my son used the camera in our home were very bad mostly due to poor, blurry indoor images. Had we not given it a thorough tryout at a water park yesterday this review would look very different. The great pictures this camera created yesterday really helped me like the camera much more.

In summary, this camera is good for a 4 year old with little adult assistance. This is not, however, a "Family Cam" as people old enough to use a more advanced camera will insist on doing so.

Update 9/16/12
We went swimming this weekend and after a few shots underwater I noticed condensation in the lense and display... Will contact Nikon this week. Only the third time in water and less than 5 feet deep. Hope to resolve soon.

Update 9/18/12
Called Nikon. Connected with a rep very quickly but sound quality and accent made it difficult to communicate. Rep said camera should not have been taken in the water and the camera is not waterproof!!! WOW!!!
I stated the body of the camera, packaging and manual said otherwise. He said maybe he was wrong. Asked for my name and email and is supposed to be sending me a link with warranty info etc.

Update 9/21/12
Reviewed emails sent by tech. These aren't even form letter type emails. They are just links to the Nikon help website. In the email I was directed to an automated form to setup return. Guess what? The camera I am trying to return for service is not on the list. So called tech support again. "Estimated hold time is 2 minutes..." Took 13 minutes to connect. I mentioned the camera model is not on the service site. He informed me just to type up a note, print it and drop in the box. He then provided the address and recommended I ship with UPS. As I live next to a Fedex facility I asked if I could use FedEx. He mentioned he only recommends UPS as they give you a tracking number...hummm...

Update 10/15/12
Received camera back from Nikon. Everything was exactly as I sent it. I received a $0 invoice for cleaning and testing. There were no notes about anything found, just a poor photocopy of a page from the owners manual about the possibility of lens/ display moisture. I assume this means moisture in the body is normal? The phenomenon described in the paper was similar to what I experienced so I will try to use again and see what happens...
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Initial post: Sep 20, 2012 8:36:48 AM PDT
I am having trouble finding a battery for my Nikon COOLPIX 2.7 inch LCD. Would appreciaete any help.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 8:52:03 AM PDT
Ryzeldorf says:
eneloop AA with 4 Position Charger, 1800 cycle, Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 4 Pack (discontinued by manufacturer)

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 8:51:28 PM PDT
Thank you for listing updates. Your review has definitely helped me!
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