The Nikon Coolpix S3000–and really all sub-$150 ultracompact digital cameras–is a step-up from a camera phone. It has a better lens, shooting options, performance, image quality, and battery life than a mobile device without weighing you down. However, in the world of point-and-shoots this is a lower-end model and it shows under slight scrutiny. Don’t get this camera if you’re planning to shoot indoors or in low light without a flash, take pictures of fast-moving subjects, or if you want really sharp shots directly from the camera. Consider it for casual photography of well-lit portraits and landscapes that will be shared online or as 4×6-inch prints and the occasional 8×10. It’s a Facebook camera that can do things the average camera phone can’t.

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