Nikon Coolpix S630

Powerful zooms do not a camera make

Nikon Coolpix S630

Review Some products remind you of certain things, and in the case of the Nikon Coolpix S630, it’s a banana. You can’t help but notice the curvature of the camera body, which sweeps gently towards the right. But although the Coolpix S630 comes in a variety of colours, yellow isn’t one of them.

Nikon Coolpix S630

Nikon's Coolpix S630

This is a camera designed for the point-and-shoot photographer. Yet having a 7x optical zoom means it offers more than the average compact when it comes to focusing on your subject. Despite its respectable zoom, the Coolpix S630 remains a compact camera, measuring 96.5 x 57.5 x 25.5mm and weighing around 160g with battery and card. On top, is a small power button, shutter button and zoom rocker. The back is dominated by a 2.7in LCD screen composed of 230,000 dots.

On the right, is a tiny flash indicator light, a small camera mode button and playback button. Below is a multi-controller which has a central OK button and can be used for selecting macro, drive move, flash mode and exposure compensation. For some reason, Nikon has hidden the exposure compensation logo on the right hand side of the body, so it’s very easy to miss this function.

On a happier note, the multi-controller utilises a scroll dial that enables easy menu selection. At the bottom are menu and delete buttons. On the right is a small, and not very substantial, plastic cover hiding a mini USB port. Underneath is a cover for the Lithium-ion battery and SD/SDHC card, plus a plastic tripod bush.

The Coolpix S630 features a 1/2.3in CCD composed of 12Mp (effective) with a top image resolution of 4000 x 3000, going down to 1920 x 1080, shutter speed range of 1/1500-2 seconds – this extends to 1/4000-1/15 sec in sport continuous mode. The Nikkor 6.6-46mm, f/3.5-f/5.3 lens is equivalent to a 37-260mm zoom on a 35mm camera.

Nikon Coolpix S630

Faster ISO settings drop the resolution to 3Mp

With an ISO range of 64-6400, the Coolpix S630 only takes 3Mp images for the ISO 3200 and 6400 settings. The camera has 15 scene modes with the usual suspects, portrait, landscape, food, sunset and panorama, plus Nikon’s D-Lighting technology to tweak the contrast and brightness of your shots.

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