Nikon Coolpix S230 Review

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.

Nikon Coolpix S230

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.

Nikon Coolpix S230

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 S230

(Because of the touch screen navigation we had to take a picture of the menu, please excuse the quality.)

Record mode menu:

    Image mode - 10M* High, 10M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV, 16:9
    White balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent,
      Cloudy or Flash
    Exposure Compensation - �2.0 in 1/3EV steps
    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, BSS, Multi-Shot 16 or
      Intvl timer shooting
    ISO sensitivity - Auto, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000
    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.

Nikon Coolpix S230

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.

Nikon Coolpix S230

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, 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
    Electronic VR - On or Off
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