I've already looked at some of the higher-end models of Nikon's current digital camera range, including the P100 super-zoom, the L110, also a superzoom, and the cheap but relatively cheerful L22, a AA-powered 12-megapixel compact. However it's been a while since I saw any of the more stylish S-series cameras. In fact the last ones that I looked at were the S640 and S570 ultra-compacts, back in January. Nikon has recently launched a number of new models, including today's camera, the CoolPix S3000, a tiny 12-megapixel ultra-compact with a 4x zoom lens.
The CoolPix S3000 is a type of camera that Nikon has always done well, a simple, easy-to-use point and shoot camera aimed at casual and social photographers. It's a pretty little thing, and is available in a range of seven colours including champagne silver, magenta, green, blue, orange, red and the rather more sober matt black seen here. It is an exceptionally small camera, measuring just 94.3 x 55.9 x 19.0mm, making it slightly longer but a couple of millimetres thinner and less tall than the S570. It is also very light, weighing only 116g including battery and memory card. Nonetheless the build quality is excellent, with an attractive and well-finished all-metal body. The rounded shape and flush-folding lens make it an ideal choice for slipping into a pocket or handbag for a night out.
The S3000 is essentially what you would get if you were to cross the CoolPix S570 with the older S225. It only has a 4x zoom lens instead of the 5x glass on the S570, and there are a few cosmetic differences, but other than that the specification is virtually identical. The S3000 is quite a cheap camera, currently selling for around £90, so one shouldn't expect too much from it, but for the price you get a well made and stylish camera with the extra cudos of the Nikon badge.