Nikon’s S3300 is an affordable alternative to the rest of the company’s extensive Coolpix lineup. Debuting in February of this year as a replacement for the S3100, the Camera Charger Nikon S3300 has received upgrades to optical zoom, megapixel count, and image stabilization; all while retaining that coveted 140-dollar price point. Idly the front panel is smooth and slippery. Not even the raised Nikon logo gave us something to hold onto. Overall balance is fine though, given the light weight of the small lens barrel.
All buttons on the rear panel are small and of only mediocre quality. Legibility may also be a problem for some, the labels are etched into the buttons and aren’t colored, so you may need to squint or tilt the camera to figure out what you’re doing. This is especially true in darker environments. The layout is fairly simple though, anyone who’s handled a camera in the past should have no trouble making the transition.
Topside, the shutter release button isn’t bad, and actually boasts a decent stroke and good tactile feedback.

The zoom lever protrudes sufficiently from the button to give your fingertip something to latch onto Battery Charger Nikon. Without an electronic or optical viewfinder, your only method of framing is with the 2.7-inch LCD monitor on the rear panel. Unfortunately, it’s a very cheap display. Viewing angle is as narrow as can be, and previews aren’t reproduced accurately compared to the final image. Certain shots may appear more washed out, for example, due to the monitor’s poor contrast ratio. Brightness can also be an issue, though only in direct sunlight.
The specs claim this camera uses a real glass lens, but we would’ve guessed plastic if we didn’t know better. The S3300 falls victim to some of the worst chromatic aberration we’ve ever seen. High contrast edges are consistently bordered by thick, dark yellow or blue fringes. This is a very cheap lens. Barrel and pincushion distortions are corrected in software before the final image is outputted, resulting in very strong distortion scores across the board. This is especially true at the middle focal length, which suffers from almost no detectable distortion at all.
There are certain situations for which the S3300 Nikon Digital Charger may be useful, or certain situations you should try to find if, say, you received the camera as a gift. You’ll want to stick with bright daylight, and restrict your shooting to ISO 100 and maybe 200. It would also be wise to ignore the rule of thirds and keep your subjects directly centered, to avoid problems with fringing. If necessary, you can always crop the shots later. There’s no reason to manually white balance, since you will see slight benefits only under incandescent lighting, which you shouldn’t be using anyway.

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