Nikon S630

 
Nikon Coolpix S630 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-260mm (F3.5-5.3) lens
  • 140g - 97 x 58 x 26mm
  • Released February 2009
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  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
17
Overall
28

Nikon S630 overview

Nikon S630 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera first announced on February of 2009. The camera features a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The S630 stands at #225 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #1157 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized factors.

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The following is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon S630 family

The Nikon S630 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can find all past and newer models as well as main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S630 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S630 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S630 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S630 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S630 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S630 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S630 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S630 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S630 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S630 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S630 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S630 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S630 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S630 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S630 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S630 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S630 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S630 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S630 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S630 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S630 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S630 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S630 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S630 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S630 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S630 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S63037-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S630 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S630 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Nikon S630 based on factors which are normally seen as useful in a camera.

above average min ISO (64)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good zoom range (37-260mm 7.0 x zoom)
long zoom (260mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW support
lack of aperture priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
manual exposure not possible
manual focus not available
MP count low (12 megapixels)
no articulating screen
no external mic socket
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no shutter priority
no Time Lapse function
screen is small (2.7")
slow at full zoom (f5.3)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
wide angle not great (37mm)
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Nikon S630 Sensor info

The spec of the sensor on the Nikon S630 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 64 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the S630's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The S630 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.

Nikon Coolpix S630 sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S630 dimensions

Nikon S630 weighs around 0.31 lb (140 grams / 4.94 oz) & the volume of the camera is 97mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.0"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon S630 is lighter in comparison with various rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Nikon S630 besides a soda so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S630 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the S630.

Nikon Coolpix S630 topview buttons dials

Nikon S630 Lens info

The S630 provides a built in lens and it has a focal range of 37-260mm making it a 7.0 x zoom which is not at all amazing however it may be convenient in a few scenarios.

At the widest 37mm, it has an aperture of f3.5 making it really slow and not the best for low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to boost the ISO setting which results in noisy photographs. For the tele end, 260mm is brilliant zoom and comes with f5.3 which is really slow and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S630 Connectivity

The S630 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer photos and sometimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Nikon S630 Video info

The highest video quality on the Nikon S630 is 640 x 480 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low for today's requirements. You should target a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone jack so you have got little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to have a look at an alternative model should you need good audio for your video clips.

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Nikon S630 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Nikon S630 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Nikon S630 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S630 features a 2.7 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon S630 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Nikon S630 Shutter info

Nikon S630 continuous shooting rate is 11.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Nikon S630 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon S630 has only inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.

Nikon S630 Autofocusing info

Nikon S630 has just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

Nikon S630 lacks manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful for low light occasions or you want to have more precise control on focusing.

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Nikon S630 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Nikon S630 for various categories of photography

The following graph displays a analysis of the Nikon S630 for various categories of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon S630 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon S630 has a score of 21 which is really bad, meaning that it is just not suitable for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Street photography with Nikon S630

Having a reasonable score of 57, the Nikon S630 is relatively suitable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Nikon S630 Sports photography advice

A really bad sports photography score of 28 indicates the Nikon S630 is just not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Nikon S630 Travel photography info

Portability is extremely important when choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon S630 gets a decent 56 as a travel camera which is relatively acceptable to take with you on your travels.

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built-in flash
great reach (260mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)

Nikon S630 Landscape photography advice

When you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Nikon S630 with it's really bad grade of 28 for a landscape camera is just not suitable within the current market.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function

Nikon S630 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should offer a moving display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon S630 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a really bad rating of 25.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone socket

Nikon S630 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the S630, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph down below shows you a bird's eye view of the S630 vs it's top rated competitors shown previously.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S630
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Released
2009-02-03
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
37-260mm (7.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.5-5.3
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7"
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
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
Features
Lowest shutter speed
8 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
11.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash options
Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On, Slow sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
140 gr (0.31 pounds)
Dimensions
97 x 58 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.0")
Other
Battery model
EN-L12
Self timer
Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
One
Retail pricing
$240