Ten Essential... Budget Compact Cameras
Summer snappers for less than 150 quid
Nikon Coolpix S3000
At less than 18mm wide, the Coolpix S3000 is a super-slim camera, and its metal body comes in a choice of seven colours. You get a pretty decent spec for the price, including a 12Mp CCD and 4x optical zoom (27-108mm), plus four anti-blur systems - which, at this price point, means high ISO and digital systems rather than optical. There are also smile and blink detection systems, plus subject tracking. A nice touch is a choice of AC or USB charging, and battery life is rated good for 220 frames. Colour reproduction was good, but a number of shots suffered from slight softness and overexposure.
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