Nikon Coolpix S230 Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The Coolpix S230 is equipped with a 3x Zoom-Nikkor optical zoom lens with a 35 - 105mm (in 35mm equivalent) focal length coverage. The maximum aperture is f/3.1 - 5.9. When powered down the lens retracts into the body and is protected by a built-in shutter, no lens cap needed.
Auto focus is handled by a contrast detect AF, the focus range is from 2 ft. (60cm) to infinity, Macro close-up mode: 4 in. (10cm) to infinity.
The built-in speedlight has a shooting range of approx. (W) 2.0ft. to 15.0 ft. (0.6 to 4.6m), (T) 2.0 ft. to 8.0 ft. (0.6 to 2.5m) at ISO Auto. Available mode are: Auto Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Disabled or Slow Sync.
On the top is the Power button and Shutter Release with zoom control.
On the back is a large 3.0-inch Touch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels. All of the cameras features and menus are controlled here via the touch screen.
To help you with using and navigating via the LCD touch screen, Nikon has included an easy to hold stylus. It also makes using the draw feature in the playback menu much easier than using your fingernail.
On the bottom is the PC/AV port, which handles both the USB 2.0 (High-speed) connection for downloading images and movies to your PC, and the Audio/Video output for TV display.
The Coolpix S210 is equipped with ~44MB of internal memory and a SD/SDHC memory card slot, no card is supplied with the camera. Images and movies can be copied from internal memory to SD card or vice-versa. We recommend the purchase of at least a 1GB (or larger) SD/SDHC card or your picture taking will be quite limited.
The S230 is powered by a proprietary EN-EL10 rechargeable Li-Ion battery that is charged in the included MH-63 battery charger. Nikon claims this pack provides approx. 160 shots (CIPA standard) per charge. An optional power adapter EH-62D allows the camera to be powered from an A/C wall outlet.
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