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The best Nikon cameras for travel are the compact point and shoot cameras which support high portability. Available under the Coolpix product line, these cameras are the ultra-zoom models with an optical zoom range of at least 10x. With the ability to capture Full HD videos and images of over 14 Megapixel resolution, these cameras are best suitable for vacation, beginners and party photos and are affordable under the $300 product line.

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Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000


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Nikon Coolpix S7000
Nikon Coolpix S6900
Nikon Coolpix S810c
Nikon COOLPIX S9500
Nikon 1 J3
Nikon Coolpix S7000
Nikon Coolpix S6900
Nikon Coolpix S810c
Nikon Coolpix S9500 Digital Camera
Nikon 1 J3 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Nov 2014
Apr 2014
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Optical Zoom
20.0 x
12.0 x
12.0 x
22.0 x
10.0 x
Weight
0.36 lb.
0.4 lb.
0.48 lb.
0.45 lb.
0.44 lb.
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Compact
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
14.2 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
7.66 mm
15.86 mm

  • The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a simple camera but it offers quite a few useful features which make it appealing, and with a 20x optical zoom, perhaps particularly to those who want a camera to take with them on holiday.
    Although it doesn’t offer full manual control, at least you can change a few key settings (such as sensitivity), and handily, the autofocus point.
    It’s also quite a fun camera to use, with a nice range of digital effects, the ability to create panoramas and other nifty features such as the ability to create a video comprised of short clips with an added soundtrack.


  • A basic but well-specced camera that's worth considering if you're looking for a long zoom compact that will let you capture pleasing images on your next trip with the minimum of fuss.
    Offering a neat little package for your money, the S7000 performs well and boasts some useful features that will appeal to those looking for a simple family or holiday camera.
    The Nikon S7000 offers versatility and value for money.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a compact camera with a small sensor and average resolution for its class. Yet it has enough style in terms of unit design and feature implementation to catch the eye of the casual observer, plus a couple of tricks up its sleeve (flip down ‘arm’/stand and swivel LCD) that should appeal to the self-portrait obsessed generation, or those simply wanting a simple-to-use snapper with the advantage of retractable 12x optical zoom.


  • A range of decent features including a 12x optical zoom, touch sensitive articulating screen and inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC are let down by less than fantastic image quality.


  • With its swivelling touchscreen, gesture control, built-in stand and front-facing shutter button, the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a fun camera for taking selfies. And it's much faster than its predecessor. But if you're looking for a 12x compact, there are many others out there that will give you better picture quality for a lower price.


  • There's been some worry recently and murmurings of smart devices taking over from cameras and compact cameras disappearing entirely. It seems that cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S810C are designed to give you the feature-set of a smart device with the better image quality of a phone or tablet. It works too, Nikon have given the camera a fantastic sensor and noise reduction facility. It really does help to demonstrate why a larger sensor is better.


  • With its long lens and compact size, plus extras like built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the Nikon Coolpix S9500 is a very good point-and-shoot travel companion.


  • Nikon's Coolpix S9500 is a fully loaded pocket camera with a huge zoom range and a sharp lens, but it doesn't quite edge out our Editors' Choice.


  • Ultimately the Nikon Coolpix S9500 offers a versatile zoom lens, good image quality and performance, and enough interesting features to be deserving of your consideration, especially if you don't mind the lack of manual control.


  • The Nikon J3 compact interchageable lens camera is a speedy performer, but it isn't the best in low light, and lacks expansion options when compared with the competition.


  • While the Nikon 1 J3 is a good fit for beginners, it's not so well-suited to serious amateurs. The J3 is a very small, high-quality, discreet and generally fast camera but its interface is quite clearly not geared toward users who like to take full control of the picture-taking process. Most of the features these photographers want are there, but too many of them are buried within the menu, which is bound to be a source of frustration to any power user. The V2 is a much better fit for prosumers.


  • I enjoyed using the Nikon 1 J3. I like its small size, light weight feel and its modern, sleek appearance. The camera's buttons and controls, while small, work well and I appreciated the dedicated movie button. I was not fond of the camera's fragile pop-up flash, which could be a problem if used frequently. Performance is a strong point, as the J3 is reliably quick in all respects. It has very good image quality, even in low light, and excellent movie ability.