20 Most Recent Nikon Coolpix S3 Digital Camera Questions & Answers

I cannot be sure but a 4.5 year old camera 'may' have an old battery. Meaning you charge it to 100% and it has something like 25% total capacity. (Especially if you used the camera a lot) You never see a battery indicator on the display when shooting... like 5 minutes after you charge

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Dec 25, 2017

Battery needs replacing. All rechargeable batteries need to be charged at intervals, even if not used

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Jun 23, 2017

I am sorry to say that it sound like the display had been affected by being dropped. I shall do some more research and get back to you shortly


Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Jul 16, 2014

Sounds like faulty a/c adapter.

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Jan 27, 2013


The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.


Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Sep 29, 2010

You might try taking the battery out, and reinserting it. Make sure the battery is charged. There is a chance that a ribbon connector from the lcd screen to the main board needs to be reseated. After reading the following blog, this is probably what they're doing halfway down the blog by "whacking" it:
Sure looks like a lot of people have had serious problems, and this unit has a weakness or defect.
Good luck, hope this helps, and thanks for using FixYa.

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Sep 15, 2010

If all your pics are safely on the computer, try formatting the card in the camera.

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Aug 08, 2010

Remove the memory card from the camera, on the top left side will be a small switch, this switch should be in the up position, when it is down the card is write protected. I'm not sure if anyone really uses these silly switches but they are there. Here is a link to a photo of the switch: http://activerain.com/image_store/uploads/6/9/5/4/2/ar125301563024596.jpg

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Jul 17, 2010

This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Feb 22, 2010

Click on this link below and download the complete guide with pictures on how to correct and fix the Nikon Coolpix S5 lens cover error


Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Dec 19, 2009

The easiest way to identify a picture within the camera might be through date and time. Go to your pictures settings and try to disable the timer display option.

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Sep 01, 2009

Hi , The lens cover error is because the stepper motor in the camera is unable to open the lens cover. I have a solution posted in doc "nikon s5 s6 lens cover error repair.doc"  uploaded on site http://www.esnips.com/web/papputatiyasStuff    It will be helpfull for you. You have written that your lense is broken. In that case you can follow the procedure given in my doc to open the camera. You can replace the camera lens if broken.
Happy debugging Mukesh

Nikon Coolpix S3... | Answered on Mar 23, 2009

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