Nikon S220

Nikon Coolpix S220 front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 2000
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 100g - 90 x 56 x 18mm
  • Announced February 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon S220 summary

Nikon S220 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera first revealed on February of 2009. It includes a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The S220 is ranked #146 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #1253 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your customized factors.

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Nikon S220 family

The Nikon S220 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed range underneath.

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S220 vs S3100
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S220 vs S80
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S220 vs S1100pj
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Nikon S220 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon S220 based on features which are typically regarded as useful in a camera.

built in zoom lens (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
great minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
external flash not possible
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
manual exposure not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing HDMI out
missing headphone support
missing microphone support
missing Timelapse function
no phase detect AF
no RAW files
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
small screen (2.5")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
wide angle not good (35mm)
Photography Glossary

Nikon S220 Sensor details

The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon S220 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 80 - 2000. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the S220's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The S220 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S220 dimensions

Nikon S220 weighs around 0.22 lb (100 gr / 3.53 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 90mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.5" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Nikon S220 is less heavy compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Nikon S220 beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S220 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the S220.

Nikon Coolpix S220 topview buttons dials

Nikon S220 Lens specs

The S220 has a built-in lens and a focal range of 35-105mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which is not outstanding nevertheless it is going to be helpful in some conditions.

At the widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.1 and that's somewhat slow and not very good for low light circumstances and you may find it hard to get good bokeh. You might also need to boost the ISO which causes noisy pictures. At the tele end, 105mm comes to f5.9 which is very slow and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S220 Connectivity

The S220 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and at times alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon S220 Video specs

The highest possible video resolution in the Nikon S220 is 640 x 480 and you can capture in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low for today's standards. You should really shoot for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone jack so you have got no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to take a look at another model should you need good audio for your video clips.

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Nikon S220 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Nikon S220 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Nikon S220 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S220 includes a 2.5 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications for Nikon S220 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Nikon S220 Shutter specs

Nikon S220 continuous shooting rate is 11.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Nikon S220 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Nikon S220 features only built-in flash without external flash support.

Nikon S220 Autofocus specs

Nikon S220 features just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

Nikon S220 has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful for low light occasions or you need more accurate focus control.

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Nikon S220 Battery life

The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life for this category of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Ultracompact cameras which have the best battery life:

Nikon S220 for specific forms of photography

The following graph gives a outline of the Nikon S220 for specific forms of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon S220

The Nikon S220 gets a rating of 19 which is awful, meaning that it is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support & flexibility to work with external flash.

Photography Glossary
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Nikon S220 Street photography advice

With a modest points total of 48, the Nikon S220 is relatively suited for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Nikon S220 Sports photography details

A awful sports photography score of 16 suggests the Nikon S220 is simply not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Travel photography with Nikon S220

Weight is super critical when picking a travel camera. All round, the Nikon S220 gets a reasonable 52 as a travelling camera which is fairly suitable for your vacations.

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flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse recording
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)

Nikon S220 Landscape photography information

For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S220 and it's awful rating of 22 for a landscape camera is simply not good within the current marketplace.

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no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.5")
manual exposure not possible
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function

Vlogging with Nikon S220

A vlogging camera should come with a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Nikon S220 is simply not good for vlogging as it comes to a awful score of 22.

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wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
missing microphone jack

Nikon S220 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the S220, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Ultracompact.

The graph below will give you a summary of the S220 vs it's highest scoring competitors listed earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix S220
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Display resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings
Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On, Slow sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
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)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
100 grams (0.22 pounds)
90 x 56 x 18mm (3.5" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Cost at release