Nikon S630 Reviews, Samples and References

First published on: Saturday, 11 July 2009

Last update (Aug 25, 2009): Review at PCMAG.COM.

This post is a compilation of links to the following Nikon Coolpix S630 compact digital camera resources:

  1. Introduction.

  2. Professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, ratings, conclusions and feedback.

  3. Sample photos and examples, image galleries and user pictures, movie / video clips and footage.

  4. References and other resources.

Nikon has made the S630 available in the following five colors:

Introduction, and basic specs

The Nikon Coolpix S630 was introduced on 3-February-2009 (read the press release), and has a 7x zoom lens that has a range of 37 — 260mm (in 35mm equivalent terms).

An extract of the press release reads:

The S630 – fit for anyone
With a Sure Grip that comfortably fits your hand, taking pictures with the S630 simply feels right. Its performance is right on the mark too. With 12 million effective megapixels, image-sensor shift VR (Vibration Reduction) and a superb 7x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, the quality of the images it produces will enhance any occasion. It boasts cutting edge features such as the all-new Blink Proof feature, which combines Smile mode and Blink Warning. This function detects a face and automatically takes two sequential shots when the subject smiles, then saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are open. Add Scene Auto mode, which automatically adjusts the settings to suit the scene, a Sports Continuous Mode with up to 10 fps and a Quick Retouch function, and this is clearly a camera to be reckoned with. It is available in Black or Ruby Red.

Resolution is 12.0 MP, and the size of the CCD sensor is a 1/2.33 ” (6.13 x 4.60 mm, 0.28 cm²). This gives a pixel density of 43 MP/cm².

Basic specifications:

  1. Storage: SD / SDHC, Internal.

  2. Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery EN-L12 (supplied).

  3. Battery Life: Approx. 220 shots with EN-EL12 battery.

  4. Weight: Approx. 140 g (4.9 oz) (including battery).

  5. Dimensions: Approx. 96.5 x 57.5 x 25.5 mm (3.8 x 2.3 x 1 in.) excluding projections.

Visit DPReview for the complete specs on the Coolpix S630.

Professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, ratings, conclusions and feedback

In the Coolpix S630 review at, PJ Jacobowitz notes the whopping 7X optical zoom and good image quality on the attractively designed Nikon camera, but reveals some issues like sluggish shot-to-shot times, unintuitive user interface, and no HD (high-definition) video capture.

Nikon Coolpix S630 Digital Camera Review at — Tim Barribeau, the reviewer, concludes:

The Nikon Coolpix S630 is an eminently respectable point-and-shoot camera. While not heavy on controls, its still image quality was excellent, with low noise, above average color accuracy, and minimal lens distortion. Where the camera faltered was its image stabilization system, a slow continuous burst mode, and standard definition video with very little control.

There is also a gallery of full-sized sample images (you have a landscape, macro / close-up, color & low-light tests and ISO / image noise comparison vs the Canon SD780 / IXUS 100 IS, Panasonic FX580 and Sony DSC-T900).

Sample photos and examples, image galleries and user pictures, movie / video clips and footage

Full-resolution Nikon S630 Sample Photos at DC.Watch (Google’s English Translation)

Full-resolution Nikon S630 Sample Photos at DC.Watch

Image noise performance is tested at ISO64, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800 and ISO 1600.

References and other resources

Official websites for the S630 — There’s Nikon Imaging Products, and also Nikon USA, where you can obtain the full list of features, specifications and accessories.

For technical and support matters on the S630, do a search on the Nikon Support Knowledge Base.

For the owner’s operating / instruction manual, go here to select the printable version (requires registration and serial number), English User Manual (non-printable, 7.38 MB PDF document) or Spanish User’s Manual (non-printable, 8.2 MB PDF document).

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