Nikon Coolpix S630

Last update (09 November’09):
- Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource

Nikon Coolpix S630 is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 7x Wide-Angle Zoom, EXPEED image processor, 4-Way VR Image Stabilization, Scene Auto Selector, and a 2.7-inch High-Resolution LCD. The camera measures Height: 2.3 in. (57.5mm) x Width: 3.8 in. (96.5mm) x Depth: 1.0 in. (25.5mm) and weighs 4.9 oz. (140g). [Download Brochure]

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

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Nikon Coolpix S630 Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“ISO 64 prints look pretty good at 13×19 inches, though with some evidence of anti-noise processing and some chroma noise left behind. ISO 100 shots are better at 11×14, as detail at 13×19 inches starts to degrade. ISO 200 still looks good at 11×14 inches, though detail in the shadows is fairly soft. ISO 400 shots look okay at 8×10, but with some softness around the edges of even fine detail. ISO 800 shots are good at 5×7, and ISO 1,600 shots are good at 4×6 “
Rating: N/A

PCmag reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“If all you need is a lot of zoom power in a small, attractive camera, the Nikon Coolpix S630 delivers. But if you’re looking for a more well-rounded feature set, consider the Editors’ Choice Kodak EasyShare M1093 IS”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“The main attraction of this camera is it offers some extra zoom in a small body. Picture quality is good and I found the camera very easy to use. You also have access to image stabilisation and a 2.7 inch LCD screen.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“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. “
Rating: N/A

RegHardware reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“On the right hand side is large indentation, which can be used as a thumb rest, but quite frankly, it’s not that comfortable using it for this purpose, especially when operating the shutter – we preferred placing our thumb under the camera body.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

InfoSync reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“The tiny aperture range limited our focal plain and the 1-second shutter speed max put a damper our low light shooting. Contrasts were difficult to deal with and colors were less than impressive. We also noticed a lot of in-camera sharpening. For a point-and-shoot, the Coolpix S630 exhibited an acceptable image performance”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“The Coolpix S630 is one of those cameras that I really wanted to like, but after spending a few months with it, I was disappointed. I like the design and the big zoom in a small package concept, but the photo quality and performance leave much to be desired. There are certainly better cameras out there for your hard-earned money… “
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“ISO64 is understandably smooth and this carries on until around ISO400 where noise starts to creep in to the image and is seen at normal size. ISO3200 and 6400 drop the resolution to 3Mp in an attempt to control the noise problem.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“Overall outdoor image quality is good. The exposures are very accurate based on the cameras focus point…Noise levels are excellent at ISO 400 and below, but increase quickly as the ISO goes up. “
Rating: N/A

DPInterface reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“Coolpix S630’s downfall is pretty anti-climatic, just about everything was smooth sailing (except battery life and movie mode) until we reached image quality. What’s the use of having good ergonomics and a decent set of point-and-shoot features when a camera can’t take good quality photos?.”
Rating: N/A

Nikon Coolpix S630 video review by ComputerTV;

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“The CoolPix S630 isn’t one of Nikon’s best digital cameras. With sub-par image quality and an unconventional shape, it fails to be anything other than halfway decent. Still, if you’re in need of a powerful optical zoom and a versatile continuous shooting mode, this camera will get the job done.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“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.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“Nikon CoolPix S630 does offer excellent handling, Nikon’s impeccable build quality, a big 7x zoom and very good picture quality. It copes well with most lighting conditions, and is ideal for holiday snaps and social situations. Performance is a bit slow, and it lacks some of the latest features, but it’s a nice camera to use and takes good pictures. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“The S630 is a decent compact camera if you need speedy burst shooting in a small body with 7x optical zoom. Apart from that, there’s little else to recommend this camera considering the disappointing image quality and expensive asking price.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S630 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix S630′s specs may be mouth-watering, but real-world shooting quickly reveals the limitations of its technology. While the S630 looks nice, its controls are cramped and awkward, making the camera doubly disappointing. The technology might explain the price, but the results are pretty average”
Rating: ★★★☆☆


Nikon Coolpix S630 Samples

- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @ DCI
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @ RegHardware
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos: 123 @ InfoSync
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos: 12 @ ePhotozine
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @ DPinterface
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Nikon Coolpix S630 Sample Photos: 123 @ Nikon


Nikon Coolpix S630 User Manual (PDF)

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Comment by ai
2009-04-21 00:46:52

video is nice

Comment by techcafe Subscribed to comments via email
2009-05-21 21:38:58

small & black, sleek & stylish, lovely curves, easy to use…
very sexy camera baby, yeah!

HOWEVER, it shoots rather mediocre pictures. i was quite let down actually, especially considering it’s a Nikon.

a significant number of shots are out-of-focus, even though the AF-assist locked-on to the subject, and despite the fact that vibration reduction and motion detection are both enabled.

also, what you SEE is NOT always what you GET. that is, frame composition does not match-up precisely with what is shown on the LCD preview screen; the resultant image file is often askew, from what was originally displayed on the preview screen. so framing a ‘perfect’ shot is hit’n miss with this camera. point… and hope for the best.

white balance is not always correct, especially when the flash is activated; there is often a slight greenish hue to flash pictures, kinda like the shot was taken under fluorescent lighting, without WB correction.

image quality (resolution) of the LCD preview screen is nothing to rave about either… but hey, i’m picky about those kinda things.

most important though – picture quality is not exactly stunning or anything, definitely doesn’t live up to Nikon’s otherwise high standard for great looking pics. the S630 is absolutely not what i was expecting from a Nikon camera… this Coolpix S630 is nice to look at, but it’s beauty is only skin-deep. hard to believe that it’s got all those megapixels and a Nikkor lens… yet, it takes ‘OK’ pictures.

i give this camera an overall rating of 2, maybe 3… and i’m being generous. Nikon really shouldn’t be putting their name on junk like this. hey, i’m just sayin…

OH, and did i mention… i’m disappointed.


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