Nikon Coolpix S230 Review

Overall 42
Imaging 2
Features 17
Size 93
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 2000
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 11.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 91 x 57 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 115 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Nikon Coolpix S230 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix S230 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Feb 03, 2009. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #352 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #791 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix S230 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix S230 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 11.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 137 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 2000
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix S230 With Other Cameras in Ultracompact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix S230. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Ultracompact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix S230

Nikon Coolpix S230 has the following external dimensions 91 x 91 x 20 mm (35.83 x 22.44 x 7.87″) with the weight of 115 g.

The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon Coolpix S230, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix S230 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 20mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix S230 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix S230 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix S230 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix S230 — 20 mm
Min: 13 mm
Average: 20 mm
Max: 33 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix S230 — 115 g
Min: 87 g
Average: 137 g
Max: 221 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix S230 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix S230 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Coolpix S230 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix S230 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix S230 has the following ISO range 80 - 2000 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix S230. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix S230 features a 10.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix S230 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix S230 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix S230

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix S230 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix S230 are its 11.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix S230 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix S230, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix S230 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Nikon Coolpix S230 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix S230 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix S230 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix S230’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix S230’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix S230 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix S230 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S230 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 0. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S230 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon Coolpix S230 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S230 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 15. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S230 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (91 x 57 x 20 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix S230 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S230 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S230 can be called a 44 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (11.0 fps)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (2000)
  • Small size (91 x 57 x 20 mm)

Nikon Coolpix S230 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S230 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 22. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S230 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (115 g)
  • Small size (91 x 57 x 20 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix S230 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix S230 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 15. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix S230 can be called a 15 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (2000)

Nikon Coolpix S230 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix S230
Announced Feb 03, 2009
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 10
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 8 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 2,000
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 115 g
Physical Dimensions 91 x 57 x 20 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model EN-EL10
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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