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Nikon Coolpix S230


Nikon Coolpix S230
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Nikon Coolpix S230 has 10MP resolution, a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (35-105mm equiv.), clean lines and is perhaps the prettiest of the Nikon Coolpix series. It is slim enough to easily slip into a pocket.

The extra large 3.0 in. high-resolution (230K pixels) LCD monitor is a touch panel and allows you to operate it using your finger or a supplied stylus. Tap to select options and drag to scroll through pictures in Playback. Tap on the screen to select where you want the camera to focus on.

The S230 lacks mechanical image stabilization but uses electronic vibration reduction to adjust the ISO and shutter speed to help reduce blur due to camera shake and subject motion.

Nikon's D-Lighting function compensates for underexposed images or insufficient flash by automatically adding light and detail to selected shots where needed -- without affecting properly exposed areas. Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on the subject's face to ensure clear, crisp focus on people's face. Smile Mode automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles. The camera will detect the subject's smile and will automatically fire the shutter.

Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.

The Nikon Coolpix S230 should appeal to point-and-shoot beginner photographers who desire a stylish and slim carry-anywhere digital camera.

For about US $80 less, the Nikon S220 features a 2.5-in. LCD (150K dots) and lacks the touch panel feature.


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Nikon Coolpix S230
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix S230 US | CAN | UK | Imaging  
  Image Sensor 10 million pixels; 1/2.3-in. CCD  

Zoom-Nikkor 6 elements in 5 groups

  Focal Length 6.3-18.9mm (equivalent with 35mm [135] format picture angle: 35-105mm)  
  Aperture Range f/3.1 (W)-5.9 (T)
Electronically-controlled preset aperture
2 steps (f/3.1 and f/4.6 [W])
  Optical Zoom 3x optical zoom;
Digital zoom: Up to 4× (equivalent with 35mm [135] format picture angle: approx. 420mm)
  Auto Focus

Contrast-detect AF

  Focus range / Macro

• Approx. 60 cm (2 ft.) to ∞
• Macro mode: Approx. 10 cm (4 in.) to ∞

  AF-area mode

Auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual (focus area can be selected using the touch panel), face priority

  AF-assist illumination


  Vibration Reduction Electronic VR  
  Shutter Speed - 1/1000-2 s
- 4 s (when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
  Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure with motion detection  
  Shooting modes

- Scene modes: (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Draw, Back Light, Panorama Assist)
- Smile mode
- Movie mode


Motion Detection (camera detects camera shake and makes adjustments reduce image blur), Smile mode (shutter automatically released when camera detects that the face framed by the double border is smiling)


- Single
- Continuous 1.2fps up to 6 frames (when image quality is set to Normal and image size is set to 3648 ×2736.)
- Multi-shot 16 (about 7 frames per second and arranges them in a single picture with image quality set to Normal and image size set to 2592×1944)
- Intvl timer shooting (30 s, 1 min, 5 min, or 10 min)


- 640x480 30fps or 15fps
- 320x240 30fps or 15fps

The maximum recording time may vary with make of memory card. This camera can record movies up to a maximum of 25 minutes in length.


Can be selected from 10 and 2 second duration

  Image size (pixels) • 3,648 × 2,736 High (3648P)/Normal (3648)
• 2,592 × 1,944 Normal (2592)
• 2,048 × 1,536 Normal (2048)
• 1,024 × 768 PC screen (1024)
• 640 × 480 TV screen (640)
• 3,584 × 2,016 16:9 (3584)
  Built-in flash TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
[W]: 0.6 to 4.6 m (2 to 15 ft.)
[T]: 0.6 to 2.5 m (2 to 8 ft.)

Hi-Speed USB

  Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish,
Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, German, Hungarian,
Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese,
Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
  Viewfinder None  
  LCD monitor

3-in., approx. 230k-dot, TFT LCD (touch panel) with antireflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Frame coverage (shooting mode): Approx. 97 % horizontal and 97 % vertical
Frame coverage (playback mode): Approx. 100 % horizontal and 100 % vertical

  ISO Sensitivity ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto
(auto gain from ISO 80 to 800), High ISO auto (ISO 80 to 1600)
  Light Metering - 256-segment matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2×)
- spot (digital zoom 2× or more)
  Exposure Compensation –2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV  
  White Balance Auto, Preset manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash  
  Color options Standard, Vivid, B & W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Pastel  
  Playback Functions Full frame, Favorites, Auto sort, List by date, Copy, Slide show  
  In-Camera Image Editing Crop, Paint, Quick retouch, Stretch, Perspective control, D-Lighting, Small picture  
  Storage media • Internal memory (approx. 44 MB)
• SD (Secure Digital) memory cards
  Power sources

One EN-EL10 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (supplied)
AC Adapter EH-62D (available separately)

  Battery life (approx.)

Approx. 160 shots (EN-EL10)


Supplied Accessories*

(*) Supplied accessories may differ by country or area

- Li-ion rechargeable battery EN-EL10
- Battery Charger MH-63
- Stylus TP-1
- Strap AN-CP19
- USB Cable UC-E6
- Audio/Video Cable EG-CP14
- Software Suite for COOLPIX CD-ROM

  Optional Accessories - EH-62D AC Adapter  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 91 × 57 × 20 mm /
3.6 × 2.3 × 0.8 in.
(excluding projections)
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 115 g (4.1 oz.)
(without battery and SD memory card)
  MSRP US $229.95 / CDN $239.95 / UK £189 / €209  

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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