Nikon S640 summary
Nikon S640 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on August of 2009. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The S640 comes in at #176 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #1067 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personalized factors.
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Nikon S640 history
The Nikon S640 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range underneath.
Nikon S640 Gallery
You can check the S640 from different angles in the gallery here.
Nikon S640 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Nikon S640 based on things which are generally regarded as crucial in a digital camera.
Nikon S640 Sensor details
The Nikon S640 features the Expeed processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Nikon S640 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture underneath displays the S640's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The S640 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon S640 dimensions
Nikon S640 has a weight of 0.29 pounds (130g or 4.59 ounces) & has external size of 91mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Nikon S640 is less heavy in comparison with other rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S640 next to a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will provide the button layout on the S640.
Nikon S640 Lens specs
The S640 includes a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really amazing nevertheless it could be useful in certain scenarios.
At the widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.7 which will be somewhat slow and not great for low light circumstances and you will probably find it difficult to get good bokeh. You could also need to up the ISO leading to noisy photos. At the tele end, 140mm comes with f6.6 making it pretty sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.
Nikon S640 Connectivity
The S640 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send images and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
Many applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.
Nikon S640 Video specs
The highest possible video resolution in the Nikon S640 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should aim for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone socket which means that you have little control over the audio. It is probably best to order an alternative model if you need better audio for your videos.
Nikon S640 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing for the Nikon S640 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.
Nikon S640 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon S640 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specifications for Nikon S640 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be quite valuable.
Nikon S640 Shutter specs
The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.
Nikon S640 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon S640 comes with only inbuilt flash with no external flash support.
Nikon S640 Autofocus specs
Nikon S640 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing.
Nikon S640 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus is useful in low light occasions or you want to have more precise control on focusing.
Nikon S640 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life in this group of cameras.
Below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:
Nikon S640 for specific kinds of photography
The following illustration displays a outline of the Nikon S640 for specific kinds of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Nikon S640 Portrait photography advice
The Nikon S640 gets a score of 21 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not appropriate to use for portrait images. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support along with the option to work with external flash.
Nikon S640 as a Street photography camera
Coming in at a nice score of 63, the Nikon S640 is a very decent option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon S640 as a Sports photography camera
A really bad sports photography points tally of 34 suggests the Nikon S640 is just not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs good autofocus and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon S640 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is pretty crucial in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon S640 gets a above average 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a good fit to take on your holidays.
Nikon S640 Landscape photography advice
When you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S640 at it's really bad score of 33 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate within the current market.
Nikon S640 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon S640 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a really bad score of 31.
Nikon S640 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the S640, below is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram down below gives you a bird's eye view of the S640 versus it's top ranking competitors suggested above.
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