Nikon CoolPix S630 review: Nikon CoolPix S630

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Image quality: 6.0
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The Good Excellent design; 7x optical zoom in a compact body; ISO range limiter; good photo quality up to ISO 400.

The Bad Slow performance; photos can look over-processed, soft.

The Bottom Line The Nikon Coolpix S630 puts a little extra zoom in your pocket, but you might not find the high-resolution photos it shoots out pleasurable.

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The Nikon Coolpix S630 is a nice camera. In fact, it's so nice it borders on bland, but is saved from being so by a 7x optical zoom. The photo quality is pleasant enough (though not perfect), its design is excellent, and it has a respectable set of shooting options. It could be a little faster, but otherwise the S630 is just a good compact with some extra zoom range and there's nothing wrong with that.

Key specs Nikon Coolpix S630
Price (MSRP) $279.95
Dimensions 3.8 inches wide by 2.3 inches high by 1.0 inch deep
Weight (with battery and media) 5.7 ounces
Megapixels, image sensor size, type 12 megapixels, 1/2.33-inch CCD
LCD size, resolution 2.7-inch LCD, 230K dots
Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length) 7X, f3.5-5.3, 37-260mm (35mm equivalent)
File format (still/video) JPEG/Motion JPEG
Highest resolution size (still/video) 4,000x3,000 pixels (4:3)/640x480 at 30fps (16:9)
Image stabilization type Optical and electronic
Battery type, rated life Li-ion rechargeable, 220 shots

The S630 is a little thicker than usual for Nikon's S-series cameras. That extra depth is for the 7x zoom lens out front, but it doesn't stop this camera from easily fitting in a pocket or small handbag. Available in five colors--black, blue, purple, silver, and red--it looks more stylish head-on than from the back where things get more functional. The right side swoops out a bit leaving a large thumb rest that was appreciated more and more while using the zoom ring around the shutter button on top of the camera.

Below that are the Mode and Play buttons followed by a scroll wheel/directional pad and two more buttons for the settings menu and deleting photos while shooting or in playback. Controls are very straightforward and even if the menus aren't much to look at, they're easy to navigate and a simple tug to the right on the zoom pulls up the Help system. Plus, you can get through them as fast or slow as you want with either the scroll wheel or directional pad.

General shooting options Nikon Coolpix S630
ISO sensitivity (full resolution) Auto, Fixed-range auto (ISO 64-200, 64-400); 64; 100; 200; 400; 800; 1,600
White balance Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash, Manual
Recording modes Auto, Scene, Scene auto, Sport continuous, High sensitivity, Smile, Movie
Focus Face priority AF, Auto AF, Manual AF, Center AF
Metering Matrix, Center-weighted
Color effects Standard, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cyanotype, Pastel
Burst mode shot limit (full resolution) 4 photos

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Feb 20, 2009
  • Digital camera type Compact
  • Optical Zoom 7 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 12.0 Megapixel
  • Image Stabilizer optical
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.33"