Nikon Coolpix S640

Last updated (15 March’10)
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Nikon Coolpix S640 is a 12.2 Megapixels compact camera features 5x Wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm), 4-way VR Image Stabilization System, Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, and a 2.7-inch High Resolution Clear Color Display LCD screen. The camera measures Height: 2.2 in. (55mm) x Width: 3.6 in. (91mm) x Depth: 0.8 in. (20.5mm) and weighs 3.9 oz. (110g).

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

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Nikon Coolpix S640 Reviews

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“Its picture quality is just average, as chromatic aberration and digital noise really got the better of our images; its controls need work and it’s slow to show images on its screen. The redeeming features, such as the smile detector, hardly make up for the fact that it can be a frustrating “
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“Overall, the S640 is very encouraging in terms of image quality. The combination of good lens, optical VR and low ISO image quality combine well here to produce great images. Colour and white balance (WB) are very good though the auto WB settings suffer from (the usual) slight orange colour cast under mixed lighting conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“The good: Nice design; easy to use; excellent photo quality up to ISO 200; improved autofocus and start-up performance. The bad: High-ISO settings not worth using; no HD video. The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix S640 may not be a standout camera, but it’s no slouch either..”

Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“Although it doesn’t live up to Nikon’s extravagent marketing claims, the CoolPix S640 is still a very competent camera. Build quality is good, it handles well, performs briskly and takes a decent picture in a wide range of situations; low light performance is especially good. It’s not quite a bargain, but it is a nice little camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

HardwareSecrets reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“A good wide angle lens, adequate megapixels, and good zoom combine to make the Coolpix S640 a camera that does a good job across the board. It’s a camera that you can use indoors or outdoors and can take from birthday party to soccer game and be sure of always producing good solid photographs.”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“The S640 is tiny, it’s fast, and it consistently delivers first-rate images of both static and active subjects – making it a great choice for family photographers and casual shooters looking a stylish ultra-compact digicam capable of capturing great images outdoors and indoors.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“Good: Quick autofocus • Wide-angle lens • 5x optical zoom. Bad: Quick to start-up but takes a few seconds to actually initialise • No HD video • Noisy above ISO 400”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“This is a fairly standard pocket camera. Picture quality is good, although I did find one or two issues. I like the look, design and feel of the camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBay reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“I recommend the Nikon S640 for those of you looking for something simple, yet capable. It’s a decent point and shoot camera, but not necessarily one that will stand out in the crowd.”
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix S640 and writes;
“In summary, the Nikon Coolpix S640 is a simple-to-use point-and-shoot compact that won’t leave you hanging around, being fast and clever enough to take sharp pictures of both static and moving subjects – exactly what most family snappers want from a camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix S640 User Reviews

Speedy point and shoot camera! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I have been looking for a compact all around point and shoot camera for awhile now. I have used multiple cameras in the last few months, and I think I have found my favorite. I’m not an expert in terms of color reproduction, or other details aspects of the final photo, but I don’t see much to complain about in terms of photo quality.” – by Regan.

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Nikon Coolpix S640 User Manual (PDF)

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Nikon Coolpix S640 Features

Sleek, fast and fully loaded. Get the speed. Get the shot.

Nikon’s sleek, stylish and fast Coolpix S640 combines class leading speed and compact size with 12.2 effective megapixels and 5x wide angle Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for stunning prints as large as 16×20 inches. The sleek all-metal design makes it easy to carry, and the incredible, bright 2.7-inch Clear Color LCD makes it easy to compose and share pictures. The Coolpix S640, with Nikon’s EXPEED image processor concept and new 4 Way Image Stabilization gets you sharp pictures with minimal shutter lag. Subject Tacking will track a fast moving subject, even if they temporarily move out of the frame, and ensure sharp focus.

Ultra-fast focus and quick response for versatile picture-taking and beautiful photos

With an ultra-fast autofocus system, a variety of automated shooting functions, and a 12.2-megapixel resolution combined with the quality optics of a precision 5x zoom Nikkor lens with 28mm wide-angle coverage, the Coolpix S640 enables photographers to securely capture every moment.

Performance features include ultra-fast autofocus, the fastest start-up time in its class* of a mere 0.7 seconds and a short shutter-release time lag. This level of performance makes it easier to capture once-in-a-lifetime expressions with just the right timing.

The Coolpix S640 also features a custom-optimized auto white balance system based on D-SLR technologies, producing beautiful pictures that benefit from more natural color adjustments.

Optical lens shift VR images stabilization combines with high sensitivity to achieve sharper and clearer photos in a wider variety of unsteady or low-light situations. The Coolpix S640 can shoot at any image size up to its maximum of 4000 x 3000 pixels with light sensitivity settings of as high as ISO 6400. And Fixed range auto allows you to limit sensitivity from ISO 100 to 400 or 800 for effective control over image quality.

The Coolpix S640 is equipped with Nikon’s new Clear Color Display technology, greatly reducing reflection and improving visibility, even outdoors in the sun. Complementing its attractive aluminum finish, the Coolpix S640 will be available in a choice of, Calm Black, Peal White, Precious Pink or Velour Red body colors.

EXPEED digital imaging technology

Nikon’s smarter approach to digital imaging technology. From image capture to processing, Nikon’s comprehensive EXPEED digital imaging concept encompasses the entire picture-taking operation. EXPEED is much more than a processing engine; it is a revolution in digital photography.

Nikon’s optical lens shift VR image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake. High ISO 6400 capability at any image size up to its maximum of 4000 x 3000 pixels allows faster shutter speeds when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects. Motion Detection automatically controls shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for subject movement as well as camera shake. And, Nikon’s original BSS (Best Shot Selector) function automatically shoots a series of sequential frames and saves the one with the sharpest focus.

High-quality 2.7-inch Clear Color Display provides a wider, clearer view

The high-quality 2.7-inch Clear Color Display for the Coolpix S640 features an ultra wide-viewing angle, anti-reflection coating, ant-fogging and water repellent layer, and screen brightness boost function. Automatic color correction and contrast adjustment at playback optimize image quality to match the viewing conditions, while also maximizing power savings. The monitor’s new structure greatly reduces reflection and improves visibility outdoors.

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System with Skin Softening

As part of Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, a series of advanced functions help produce consistently great portraits. The new Skin Softening function automatically detects and analyzes your subject’s skin and then adjusts smoothness for enhanced results. Automatically detecting as many as 12 faces in the shot, Face-priority AF helps produce satisfying portraits by adjusting focus and exposure. Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when the priority subject smiles while the Blink Proof function automatically shoots two sequential frames and saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are wide open. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects any perceived red-eye effect before saving the image to memory.

Subject Tracking with auto lock-on

Subject tracking with its new auto lock-on capability automatically detects a human face and then continues to track and focus on that subject. Particularly useful when capturing children as they move naturally, Subject Tracking even functions if the subject moves out of the frame and returns within three seconds.

Quick Retouch

Quick Retouch automatically adjusts the contrast and saturation of selected photos to create an enhanced copy with the right finishing touch.

Nikon Coolpix S640 Other Features

* Macro shooting from as close as 2 cm (0.8 in.)
* 16 handy scene modes for optimized shooting in various settings
* Scene Auto Selector
* D-Lighting
* Active Zoom
* Auto Sort function
* Two movie modes with sound
* Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
* Approx. 45 MB of internal memory
* Hi-Speed USB connectivity with USB charging via Charging AC Adapter EH-68P or PC

2 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix S640”

  1. David says:

    I’m disappointed with the pixel clarity on the Nikon S640. With the highly touted Nikon EXPEED digial imaging processor and VR image stabilization, I was expecting clear pixels. What I find is I can not zoom in on an image to more than 50% and get a decent picture on the computer. When I zoom in to 100% to see each pixel and the full size picture, every pixel is fuzzy. Am I missing something? -David

  2. peter gough says:

    i got my lovely nikon coolpix s640 for christmas and am very happy with it great quality pictures and video i showed to my work mates they were very impressed, my only problem is the instructions are not in english if i could get one i would be very greatful

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