Nikon launches Coolpix S3100, S4100 and S6100New Nikon 'Style' cameras feature touchscreens

09 February 2011

Nikon Coolpix S4100

The Nikon Coolpix S4100 - also available in red and purple

Nikon has added three new models to its popular S-series of Coolpix 'Style' cameras, with two of them being touchscreen models.

The Nikon S4100 and S6100 both sport 3-inch touchscreens. These cameras, costing around £150 and £200 respectively, will be available in late February.

The Coolpix S3100 is the cheapest of the three at £130, and comes with a conventional 2.7-inch screen. It will be available in mid-March.

The S4100 and S6100 aren't the first Nikon cameras to have touchscreens. See how the Nikon Coolpix S4000 did in our full lab tests.

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Nikon Coolpix S6100

The Coolpix S6100 has a 16Mp sensor. Such a high resolution could be useful if you want to create poster-sized prints. Potential buyers should, however, consider that sometimes more megapixels do not translate into better image quality, especially when shooting in low light. We look forward to putting this camera through our lab tests to see how it performs.

The lens on the S6100 has a versatile zoom range of 28-196mm, with a maximum aperture of f3.7. This isn't particularly large, and could impact on photo quality and sharpness for low-light shots. There is a lens-based image stabilisation system that should help counteract shaky hands, as tiny hand movements can be a source of image blur in low light.

The Coolpix S6100 can also record movies in 720p HD, at 30 frames per second.

The S6100 has a 3-inch touchscreen. Touch your subject on the screen and the camera will focus on it and take a picture. You can also quickly adjust many of the camera's settings on the touchscreen, and flick through the photos you've already taken. The S6100's touchscreen can also be used to annotate your photos, to add a short name, for example.

Find out how other Coolpix models, and over 240 models in total, fared in our in-depth digital camera reviews.

Nikon Coolpix S4100

The S4100 has the same 3-inch touchscreen as on the S6100. It has a 14Mp sensor, a 720p movie mode and 26-130mm lens. With this lens, you can zoom out more than you can on the S6100, making super-wide landscapes easier.

Weighing in at 131grams, it is 44g lighter than the S6100, and is a few millimetres thinner too.

Nikon Coolpix S3100

At 118g, the S3100 is the lightest of the three. There's no touchscreen, although you do get the same sensor, movie mode and lens as you do on the S4100. It's available in a wide choice of colours - purple, red, black, blue, pink, citrus yellow and silver. 

Like the S4100 and S6100, it has a range of shooting options to help you take better pictures. One of these is Blink Proof - when this feature is turned on, the camera will take the picture only when the subject's eyes are open.

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