- 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 2000
- Digital Image Stabilization
- 640 x 480 video
- 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
- 115g - 91 x 57 x 20mm
- Revealed February 2009
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon S230 overview
Nikon S230 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera originally launched on February of 2009. The camera includes a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The S230 is ranked #119 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all around #1177 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your custom factors.
The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon S230 family
The Nikon S230 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can identify all earlier and new models along with main features.
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Nikon S230 Gallery
You can view the S230 from several angles in the gallery here.
Nikon S230 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon S230 based on criterias which are oftentimes viewed as essential in a camera.
Nikon S230 Sensor specs
The sensor size on the Nikon S230 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 10MP and features a native ISO range of 80 to 2000. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the S230's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The S230 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon S230 dimensions
Nikon S230 weighs about 0.25 pounds (115 gr or 4.06 oz) & the size of the camera is 91mm x 57mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Nikon S230 is on par as compared to its competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Down below is a shot of the Nikon S230 besides a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the S230.
Nikon S230 Lens details
The S230 has an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 35-105mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which won't be outstanding nevertheless it will probably be very helpful in some circumstances.
At it's widest 35mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.1 and that's very sluggish and not the best for low light conditions and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to raise your ISO setting producing noisy photographs. With the long end, 105mm comes at f5.9 which is quite slow and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Nikon S230 Connectivity
The S230 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and sometimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Certain apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Nikon S230 Video details
The maximum video quality on the Nikon S230 is 640 x 480 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful for today's standards. You should really target at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone jack which means that you have got zero control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to order an alternative model should you want good audio for your video clips.
Nikon S230 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Nikon S230 so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.
Nikon S230 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S230 includes a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you are able to adjust focus points as well as adjust settings using your fingertips.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The ViewFinder details for Nikon S230 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful for sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Nikon S230 Shutter details
Nikon S230 continuous shooting rate is 11.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Nikon S230 Flash and Hot shoe details
Nikon S230 comes with just built-in flash lacking external flash ability.
Nikon S230 Autofocus details
Nikon S230 comes with only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
Nikon S230 has no manual focus. Manual focus option can be good for low light scenarios or you want more accurate depth of field control.
Nikon S230 Battery life
The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest possible (320) battery life for this category of cameras.
Following is a collection of Ultracompact cameras with the highest battery life:
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Nikon S230 for specific categories of photography
The following graph presents a analysis of the Nikon S230 for specific categories of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Nikon S230
The Nikon S230 has a points tally of 19 which is subpar, and means the camera is simply not very good for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support plus the potential to use external lighting.
Nikon S230 Street photography features
Coming in at a moderate score of 57, the Nikon S230 is fairly suited to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon S230 Sports photography features
A subpar sports photography rating of 26 suggests the Nikon S230 is simply not very good for shooting sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon S230 Travel photography info
Weight is pretty critical when selecting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Nikon S230 gets a decent 51 as a travel camera which is reasonably acceptable to buy for your journeys.
Nikon S230 Landscape photography features
If you find yourself planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S230 with it's subpar score of 31 as a landscape camera is simply not very good in the current market.
Nikon S230 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon S230 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 28.
Nikon S230 Alternatives
If you are shopping for replacements to the S230, here is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Ultracompact.
The chart here shows you an overview of the S230 vs it's top scoring competitors shown earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might look at as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.