Nikon Coolpix S630 Review


Record Modes & Screens

Nikon Coolpix S630

AUTO record is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The '12M*' icon indicates the image resolution is 8-megapixels at High quality, there are 301 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above.)

Nikon Coolpix S630

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.

Nikon Coolpix S630

Pressing the mode button brings up this screen which allows you to choose your shooting mode from the selections above.

Scene mode options include: Scene Auto Selector, Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Backlight, Panorama assist and Voice Recording.

Sports mode options include: Sport Continuous, High Sensitivity and Smile

Nikon Coolpix S630

Record mode menu:

    Image mode - 12M* High, 12M Normal, 8M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV,
    White balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent,
      Cloudy or Flash
    Metering - Matrix or Center-weighted
    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, BSS, Multi-Shot 16 or
      Intvl timer shooting
    ISO sensitivity - Auto, Fixed Range Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
    Color options - Standard color, Vivid color, B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Pastel
    AF area mode - Face Priority, Auto, Manual, Center
    Autofocus mode - Single AF, Full-time AF

Nikon Coolpix S630

Pressing the 4-way selector 'up' changes flash modes, 'left' enables the self-timer, 'right' adjust exposure compensation, and 'down' changes the focus mode. You set these options via onscreen pop-ups as shown above.

Nikon Coolpix S630

Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as .8 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.

Nikon Coolpix S630

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.

Nikon Coolpix S630

Movie mode options:

    TV Movie 640* - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps
    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
    Autofocus mode - Single AF or Full-time AF
    Electronic VR - On or Off

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