- 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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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 #1249 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your customized factors.
The following is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.
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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Nikon S220 Gallery
You can see the S220 from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Down below is a image of the Nikon S220 beside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the S220.
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.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.