The Good With big buttons, an easy-to-understand interface, and limited shooting options, the Nikon Coolpix S30 is a family-friendly waterproof and shockproof point-and-shoot.
The Bad The S30 is not a camera you want to use indoors or in low-light conditions.
The Bottom Line The rugged Nikon Coolpix S30 is a simple, inexpensive point-and-shoot to keep poolside, and doesn't try to be anything more.
Nikon Coolpix S30 - digital camera
If you're looking for a good, inexpensive point-and-shoot to take to the beach or for a dip in the pool, the Nikon Coolpix S30 is it. Nikon stripped down the shooting options and the interface to make the camera simple for the whole family to use.
Powered by AA batteries, the S30 is basically ready when you are. It can survive for up to 60 minutes underwater to depths of 9.8 feet and can survive minor drops. I wouldn't necessarily call it rugged, but it'll certainly handle more abuse than a regular $120 compact camera.
However, its photo quality and shooting performance are those of an inexpensive camera: it's slow and turns out above-average photos and 720p HD movie clips, but needs lots of light to do so. And, again, the S30 is a very basic camera. If you're after more than just automatic snapshots for sharing online, this isn't the one you want.
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