Nikon Coolpix S230 Review
By Mike Flacy
Record Modes & Screens
Since the touch screen is used to navigate the options and menus on the camera, we were not able to capture many of the normal screen shots.
AUTO record is the point-n-shoot mode that allows anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The '10M' icon indicates the image resolution is 10-megapixels at Normal quality, there are 584 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. On the left side you see the touch icons for the settings you would normally find on the 4-way controller and the DISP icon. On the right are icons for to turn off the 'touch AF' and enter the menu system.
When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF brackets will turn green, if it fails they will be red and blink.
Record mode menu:
White balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent,
Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, BSS, Multi-Shot 16 or
AF area mode - Face Priority, Auto, Center
Distortion Control - On or Off
Scene mode options include: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Backlight, Panorama assist, and Image mode.
Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 4 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.
Nikon macro tip #1 - a lot of people never read their user manuals and don't know the 'secret of the sweet spot' - in macro mode run your zoom in and out until you see the macro flower icon turn green (or yellow on some Coolpix cameras). This is the setting that allows you to shoot the closest possible shots. And by all means, use a tripod and the self-timer for the sharpest possible shots.
Movie mode screen display. You can record 640x480 .AVI MOTION JPEG Movie clips at 30fps, limited in length only by the amount of remaining memory. Sound is recorded so the zoom cannot be used while recording, but can be preset beforehand.
Movie mode options:
TV Movie 640 - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 15fps Small Size 320* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps
Small Size 320 - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
Electronic VR - On or Off
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