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Nikon Coolpix S31 review

Rugged waterproof compact for the whole family

Our Verdict

This is a basic camera, for a basic price. Although the waterproof function works well, we can't help wishing the day to day shots had a bit more punch and brightness.

For

  • Waterproof
  • Durable and solid feel
  • Easy for children to use
  • HD video recording, even underwater

Against

  • Limited shooting options
  • Power button can be fiddly
  • Underexposed in some situations

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The Nikon S31 produces well exposed images.

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There are some lens flare issues when shooting in direct sunlight.

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When shooting during the day colours are well represented.

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However, some images are not as bright as expected, especially when shooting during cloudy weather.

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There is some noise on light shots.

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Taken at the wide angle zoom.

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This shot was taken using the optical zoom.

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Here we used the digital zoom - there is a large loss of detail.

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Underwater shots are crisp and clear.

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Macro mode does a good job of capturing fine details.

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The Nikon S31 sometimes underexposes when shooting landscape scenes.

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An example of the Diorama tilt-shift feature.

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Underwater shots work best when focused on something fairly close - this sea shot has lost far away details.

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Image quality and resolution test - full ISO 200 image. See the cropped (100%) version below.

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Sensitivity and noise image - full ISO 400 image. See the cropped (100%) version below.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
Image StabilizationElectronic
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityFreeze Proof, Dust Proof, Water Proof, Shock Proof
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Motion Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smile Detection, Live View
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity26 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50.80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution10.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL12
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card
Height64.8 mm
Width105.4 mm
Depth41.5 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.10 mm to 12.30 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesPre-flash, Auto Flash
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS31
Product NameCoolpix S31 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA320E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Sturdy, simple and fun, the 10-megapixel COOLPIX S31 is a camera for all the family.

Packed with exciting features and designed to fit comfortably in any pair of hands, it is so simple to operate that everyone from grandparents to kids will enjoy using it. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, the COOLPIX S31 it can be used practically anywhere.

The function menu uses bold, colourful icons for easy navigation and large, dedicated one-touch buttons make it simple to take a photo or start filming a video clip. Automatic anti-blur technology ensures sharp shots of even the fastest-moving friends or relatives.

Fun in-camera filters can keep everyone entertained for hours as they add their own special touches to the photos they've taken.

The COOLPIX S31 - Welcome to the family.

Battery Life260 Shot/2 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • Coolpix S31 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery EN-EL12 (With Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger MH-65 (With Power Cable)
  • USB Cable UC-E16
  • Brush
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Reference Manual CD
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone