Nikon S230 Reviews

First published on: Monday, 13 April 2009

Last update (Jun 29, 2009): Nikon Coolpix S230 review by PJ Jacobowitz,

This post is a compilation of Nikon Coolpix S230 digital point-and-shoot compact camera professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to conclude whether the S230 image quality, and the camera itself as a whole, meets your standards.

Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

The Nikon S230 was announced on 3-February-2009 — read the press release.

The main attraction on the S230 is the large, 3.0-inch touch screen LCD on the back. It only has minimal buttons, so making your settings and operating the camera will be done via the touchscreen.

Main specs:

  1. Weight (inc. batteries): 115 g (4.1 oz)

  2. Dimensions: 57 x 91 x 20 mm (2.2 x 3.6 x 0.8 in)

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Nikon Coolpix S230 review by PJ Jacobowitz, — PJ:

Nikon Coolpix S230In our photography lab, I use the Imatest hardware-and-software suite to objectively analyze image quality — and the S230’s results were far from good. Images were very soft, had highly visible amounts of color fringing, and were warped by heavy amounts of distortion.

The S230 was awarded an overall rating score of 2 out of 5 stars (FAIR), and in the conclusion, PJ recommends that you consider the buying the better (and cheaper, based on Amazon prices for both cameras) Canon PowerShot A1000 IS instead.

Nikon Coolpix S230 Review at DigitalCameraReview

Allison J, the reviewer, is of the opinion that the S230 delivers decent image quality with a little flair while offering a fun experience.

She points out that there are only a total of four buttons on the camera since most of the camera’s functions are accessed via the touch screen. Her video clip demonstrates this is more detail.

The touchscreen seems pretty responsive in the video. One feature I liked is that you can touch any part of the screen to let the S230 know which object you want to focus on before taking the picture.

Allison also compared shooting performance on the S230 with four other compact cameras in the same class:

  1. Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

  2. Casio Exilim EX-Z150

  3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

  4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T700

Allison ends the review with the following conclusion:

Did the S230 deliver the basic image quality and fun-factor we were looking for? With a few reservations, I’d say it did. In good light, it captured some nice images. Colors are slightly saturated, but not to an extreme.

Nikon Coolpix S230 Review at infoSync

Mike Perlman, the reviewer, has the following conclusions for the S230:

Pros: Great touch-screen LCD. Cool design.
Cons: Poor image quality in bright and low light. Short on features. Testy zoom toggle.

Mike finds the S230 to have extremely poor image quality, saying:

We don’t know what mind-altering substance the Nikon Coolpix S230 was on, but it produced one of the most unimpressive image performances we’ve seen to date. Aside from chronic fringing, we found most images to be plagued by wretched color splotches in certain areas and the surrounding borders to be out of focus. Colors in general failed to excite us and the Coolpix S230 offered minimal control in that regard, other than White Balance, which choked significantly at night, staining most of our low light shots yellow. Detail was minimal, edges exhibited a fair amount of stepping and the flash was highly inadequate.

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