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Nikon Coolpix S640

alaTest has collected and analyzed 163 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and responsiveness. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Opinions about the exposure and focus are mixed, while the storage and features get less positive comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S640 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S640 (Black)


The Nikon Coolpix S640's MSRP is $50 more than its linemate, the S570. But that $50 buys you optical image stabilization, some slightly improved shooting performance, and a couple extra shooting options. Otherwise, it's the same simple and stylish...

Nice design; easy to use; excellent photo quality up to ISO 200; improved autofocus and start-up performance.

High-ISO settings not worth using; no HD video.

The Nikon Coolpix S640 may not be a standout camera, but it's no slouch either.

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Nikon Coolpix S640


If you're in the market for a true point and shoot camera with decent zoom, small size and light weight, then the Coolpix S640 makes an excellent choice. The camera takes excellent images on full auto, has best in class power-up time, and easily fits...

12.2 megapixel resolution2.7 inch color LCD display5X zoom, 28mm wide angle zoomSmart Portrait System

Relatively low-resolution LCD display

The Nikon Coolpix S640 digital camera is a compact point and shoot 12.2...


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Nikon Coolpix S640 Digital Camera Review


Review of Nikon Coolpix S640, the fastest camera in the Coolpix range with an autofocus speed comparable to digital SLRs. Let's take a look at this 12-megapixel camera.


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Nikon Coolpix S640


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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.

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Nikon Coolpix S640 Review


Bringing the Nikon Coolpix S640 out on the street or to a party won't raise any eyebrows.

Fast ; Tough and versatile ; Easy to use

Lots of noise at high ISO ; No manul exposure ; Weak flash

The S640's Auto White Balance is dependably accurate over a wide range of lighting conditions. In fact, it's the best auto WB I've seen in a camera in this price class - easily equal to Canon's "G" series cameras. The S640's Auto WB mode handled indoor...

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Nikon Coolpix S640


The S640 is attractive in terms of specification, fast 2.7 lens and high ISO6400 capability but the marketing and the experience do not match up. In good light it takes excellent photos. In poor light conditions set on high ISO it does Nikon's...

Will not handle all SD cards. Only one out of 4 worked for me. Works fine with SDHC cards but not all SD despite the spec saying SD ; Soft images on 3200/6400 ISO to the point where the detail is lost completely. Practical limit is 800 ; Delivered with...

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Nikon Coolpix S640


I have been an avid Canon and Olympus camera user and finally decided to buy my first Nikon after reading the great reviews of the S640 online before it luanched in the market in Aug 2009. I bought the camera so I would not have to lug my Canon Digital...

Although the camera got high ratings on being among the fastest shutter lags between shots and from startup, I found it often took more time than i expected for it to reset it's auto focus in between shots when in SINGLE shot mode. If you change the...

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Amazon review summary for Nikon Coolpix S640


alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix S640 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon Coolpix S640 12.2MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Calm Black)Nikon Coolpix S640 12.2MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Precious Pink)Nikon Coolpix S640 12.2MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Calm Black)

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Nice Camera


This camera takes great low light pictures. I am very happy with it

It will take a little time to get use to all the cameras' features. So make sure you play around with it before you really need to use it for an event

Product Specifications

Boast a blazingly quick start-up time and an autofocus to rival that of a D-SLR. Perfectly built for life on the go, the high-quality 5x wide-angle Nikkor lens retracts flat inside the slender camera body when not in use and the 2.7-inch LCD monitor boasts a wide viewing angle that is extremely convenient for showing off stunning spur-of-the-moment shots. Automatic portrait functions like smile mode and subject tracking AF help preserve the fun times, enabling you to capture the smile on your subject's face even if they are rushing around. The Coolpix S640 - a fantastic way to capture fleeting moments

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL12

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-6.6
Max Focal Length:25mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black/Pearl white/Precious pink/Velour red

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33 / 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:12.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto (100-400) / ISO auto (100-800) / ISO auto (100-1600)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None