Nikon S230

Nikon Coolpix S230 front
  • 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
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #118 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all around #1180 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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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-Coolpix-S230 front thumbnailNikon S23035-105mm

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.

built-in flash
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Digital)
built in lens has zoom (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
good min ISO (80)
screen is a good size (3")
can't use external flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW support
lack of manual exposure
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10MP)
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no manual focus
no mic jack
no shutter priority
no Time Lapse mode
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
wide angle not good (35mm)
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

Photography Glossary

Down below is a shot of the Nikon S230 besides a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S230 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the S230.

Nikon Coolpix S230 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

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.

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image stabilization (Digital)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

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.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Digital)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

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.

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built-in flash
no Time Lapse function
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)

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.

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pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual exposure
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

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.

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touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external microphone jack

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.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix S230
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
11.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On, Slow sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
115 grams (0.25 lb)
91 x 57 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at launch