Nikon S620

 
Nikon Coolpix S620 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.7-5.8) lens
  • 120g - 90 x 53 x 23mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
36
Features
20
Overall
29

Nikon S620 summary

Nikon S620 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera initially announced on February of 2009. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The S620 stands at #209 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #1127 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should test our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Nikon S620 family

The Nikon S620 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S620 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S620 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S620 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S620 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S620 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S620 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S620 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S620 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S620 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S620 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S620 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S620 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S620 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S620 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S620 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S620 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S620 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S620 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S620 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S620 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S620 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S620 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S620 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S620 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S620 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S620 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S620 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S62028-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S620 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon S620 based on factors which are usually considered important in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (120 grams)
relatively wide (28mm)
very good minimum ISO (100)
display isn't selfie friendly
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of external microphone port
lack of HDMI port
lack of headphone port
lack of manual focus
lack of Timelapse recording
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
MP count low (12MP)
no aperture priority mode
no manual exposure
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW format
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
slow fps (1.0 fps)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Nikon S620 Sensor information

The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon S620 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the S620's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The S620 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 S620 dimensions

Nikon S620 is 0.26 lb (120 gr or 4.23 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 90mm x 53mm x 23mm (3.5" x 2.1" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Nikon S620 is less heavy as compared with its competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Nikon S620 besides a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S620 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the S620.

Nikon Coolpix S620 topview buttons dials

Nikon S620 Lens information

The S620 offers a fixed lens having a focal range of 28-112mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be perfect nevertheless it is likely to be valuable in certain scenarios.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.7 making it fairly sluggish and not good for low light situations and you will probably find it difficult to get good bokeh. You might also need to raise your ISO causing noisy pictures. With the long end, 112mm comes to f5.8 which is fairly slow and you might have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S620 Connectivity

The S620 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Nikon S620 Video information

The max video resolution in the Nikon S620 is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not have a microphone and headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to buy a different model should you want good audio for your video clips.

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Nikon S620 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Nikon S620 so you have to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Nikon S620 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S620 includes a 2.7" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Nikon S620 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be particularly helpful.

Nikon S620 Shutter information

Nikon S620 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Nikon S620 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon S620 features just inbuilt flash without external flash support.

Nikon S620 Autofocusing information

Nikon S620 features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

Nikon S620 has not got manual focus. Manual focus ability is good during low light situations or you want more accurate focus control.

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Nikon S620 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life within this category of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:

Nikon S620 for various types of photography

The following bar chart gives a rundown of the Nikon S620 for various types of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon S620 Portrait photography info

The Nikon S620 receives a points total of 21 which is horrible, and means the camera is just not good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the potential to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Nikon S620 Street photography info

Getting a very good points total of 63, the Nikon S620 is a respectable option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (120g)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Sports photography with Nikon S620

A horrible sports photography rating of 26 suggests the Nikon S620 is just not good for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Nikon S620 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is very important when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Nikon S620 gets a nice 62 as a travelling camera which is a respectable fit to purchase for your trips.

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lighter than competitors in class (120 grams)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
low resolution (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)

Nikon S620 Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Nikon S620 with it's horrible rating of 33 as a landscape camera is just not good amongst its competitors.

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really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse function

Nikon S620 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera ought to offer a articulating display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Nikon S620 is just not good for vlogging as it gets a horrible score of 31.

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quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (120g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone socket

Nikon S620 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the S620, below is a number of the top rated cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart down below provides you a bird's eye view of the S620 versus it's highest ranking competitors listed above.

These are various other cameras you might see as alternate options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S620
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2009-02-03
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Max native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
f/2.7-5.8
Macro focus distance
2cm
Focal length multiplier
5.9
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
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
Features
Min shutter speed
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
640x480
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
120 grams (0.26 lbs)
Dimensions
90 x 53 x 23mm (3.5" x 2.1" x 0.9")
Other
Battery model
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
1
Pricing at release
$37