Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
17
Overall
28
Nikon Coolpix S630 front
 
Ricoh CX2 front
Portability
93
Imaging
33
Features
35
Overall
33

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 Key Specs

Nikon S630
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-260mm (F3.5-5.3) lens
  • 140g - 97 x 58 x 26mm
  • Announced February 2009
Ricoh CX2
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 185g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Launched August 2009
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Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Nikon S630 versus Ricoh CX2, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Nikon and Ricoh. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the S630 (12MP) and CX2 (9MP) but both cameras have the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The S630 was unveiled 6 months before the CX2 which means that they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the S630 grades versus the CX2 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S630 over the Ricoh CX2

 S630 CX2 

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Nikon S630

 CX2 S630 
Manually focus More exact focus
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S630 and Ricoh CX2

 S630 CX2 
LaunchedFebruary 2009August 2009Similar age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon S630 provides exterior dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 140 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Ricoh CX2 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the S630 and the CX2.

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the S630 and CX2 is 95 and 93 respectively.

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizes only by reading technical specs. The image below may offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the S630 and CX2.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Nikon S630 to offer you greater detail having an extra 3MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs more aggressively.

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon S630
Portrait photography with Ricoh CX2
21
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
26
manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S630 Street photography info
Ricoh CX2 Street photography info
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (185 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S630
Sports photography with Ricoh CX2
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
26
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S630 as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Travel photography camera
56
has built in flash
great reach (260mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low MP (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
66
lighter than others in class (185 grams)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
great zoom (300mm)
megapixel count low (9MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S630 Landscape photography information
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography information
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
42
manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S630 Vlogging features
Ricoh CX2 Vlogging features
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have mic support
30
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (185 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
no external microphone support
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Nikon S630 vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S630 and Ricoh CX2
 Nikon Coolpix S630Ricoh CX2
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Ricoh
Model Nikon Coolpix S630 Ricoh CX2
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-02-03 2009-08-20
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 37-260mm (7.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.3 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range - 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8s 8s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 11.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On, Slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 140g (0.31 lbs) 185g (0.41 lbs)
Physical dimensions 97 x 58 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.0") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model EN-L12 DB-70
Self timer Yes (3 or 10 sec) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at release $240 $341