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Nikon Coolpix S230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 587 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and value for money. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon COOLPIX S230


The Nikon COOLPIX S230 is another entry by Nikon in the budget camera section. The S230 comes with a 3 – inch touch screen which will make it an upper hand in its category because not many camer

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Nikon Coolpix S230


The Nikon Coolpix S230 ($229.95 list) may be the least-expensive camera on the market to offer a touch-screen LCD. With its compact build, large LCD, and brushed-aluminum case, this camera may feel expensive and sophisticated, but for a 10-megapixel...

Compact build. Responsive touch screen

All-around poor image quality. Slow

The Nikon Coolpix S230 is one of the least-expensive touch-screen compact point-and-shoots on the market, but its image quality isn't even average.

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Nikon Coolpix S230


Nikon's second touchscreen camera is lightweight, affordable, and ideal for casual shooters.

Responsive, simple touch interface ; Good macro performance ; Accurate colors

Lacks optical image stabilization ; Some photos underexposed

The ’29 Nikon Coolpix S230 has one of the most responsive touchscreens on a camera that we’ve tested, and we like the colorful, compact design. If you like playing with the settings on your camera, though, this digicam isn't for you, as it has no...


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Nikon CoolPix S230 (gloss red)


Nikon has no trouble pulling off small and stylish with its Coolpix point-and-shoot cameras--even with its lower-cost models. The 10-megapixel S230 is a good example, offering up all the point-and-shoot basics, a couple extras like face, smile, and...

Very good touch-screen LCD; simple operation; overall excellent design for its class.

Generally soft photos; mixed performance.

The Nikon Coolpix S230 is a decent ultracompact camera with a little extra wow factor of a touch-screen interface.

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Nikon Coolpix S230 Digital Camera First Impressions Review


The Nikon S230 is a small, compact, point-and-shoot camera that features a 3-inch touchscreen display. The rest of the features are pedestrian, with a 3x optical zoom and 10 megapixels onboard. Not surprising given the S320's tiny size, this is...

The Nikon S230 isn't going to set anyone's heart aflutter with its features. Priced at $229.95 we're pretty sure that price will drop down relatively quickly. The signature feature, the 3-inch touch screen LCD, does a solid job, as good as any other...

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Nikon Coolpix S230 Review


The Nikon Coolpix S230 is a touch screen camera.

Warm, generally neutral colors ; Flashy 3.0 inch touch screen ; Attractive build and design ; Reliably speedy performance

Images are noisy from low ISOs on up ; Some corner softness and fringing in shots ; Only packs a 3x zoom ; Some weirdness with the Scene Auto Selector

More noise is introduced at 1600, and cranking it up to 2000 produced an extremely noisy image. Colors also lose their saturation as we climbed up the ISO ladder, giving us some flat yellows and blues by ISO 2000.

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Nikon Coolpix S230


The Nikon Coolpix S230 comes in a variety of colors – Plum, Jet Black, Night Blue, Gloss Red and Warm Silver.

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Nikon Coolpix S230


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Horrible Picture Quality!!!!


Bought this camera as I was very pleased with an older Nikon L3 camera I'd bought for my wife, then usurped by our daughter. I needed a replacement and the S230 seemed perfect. My wife used it on a cruise and, oh my, all of the pictures were terrible....

Nice compact, well constructed

Picture quality is the worst I've seen in all of the digital cameras I have ever purchased

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Nixon really dropped the ball with this camera line, I exopected MUCH better with Nixon. I hace a Nikon D40X DSLR and was very impressed with the photo quality. Bought the cool pix for my wife to use, she wanted something small and easy to use. A...

The camera is small and portable

Picture quality is the worst I have ever gotten from ANY digital camera I owned in the last 10 years

Product Specifications

Slim, compact stylish and with touch screen technology the Coolpix S230 redefines the compact digital camera category. It's designed 3-inch touch screen has all shooting and playback functions at one's fingertips. Advanced features such as scene auto selector, motion detection and smile mode add to the Coolpix S230's appeal.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL10

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Food / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.1-5.9
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Glossy red/Jet black/Night blue/Plum/Warm silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):2000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2000 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (80-1600) / ISO auto (80-800)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None