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Nikon CoolPix S230 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith


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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


The level of fine detail is actually pretty low for a 10MP camera; you can barely make out the stirings of the anti-bird netting.


With the Distoertion Control feature turned off the lens produces horrible barrel distortion at wide angle, despite only haveing a wide end of 35mm.


Turning the distortion control on corrected the curved paralells, and apparently makes the sun shine too (not really, it was taken on a different day).


This is the top right corner of the above image with distortion control turned off.


The same, but with distortion control turned on.


Centre sharpness looks pretty much the same in both cases.


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March 26, 2009, 10:16 pm

It keeps amazing me that Nikon can make such incredible SLRs especially in the last couple years, but can't make even a competitive compact or P&S camera. Do they have completely different technical teams on each product category? How can they be so good at in camera noise reduction on an SLR but a compact looks snowy like that at "relatively" low ISOs? Even their flagship P6000 gets trounced by the Panny LX3 and Canon G10. Pathetic. They need to step up or take their ball and go home.


January 4, 2010, 3:37 am

I dont normally write on these review sites but I feel I must tell you about my experience with this camera.

I currently have a 5 year old Nikkon E4200, (4.2 Mega Pixels) I thought it was getting on a bit so I would treat my to the newest Nikkon. I bought the S230 and used it to take pictures of my new daughter when she was born.

All the pictures were grainy and out of focus, I have since tried it on all different settings etc over the last month and I conclude by saying this is the worste camera I have ever born.

I have since got my money back and I am sticking to the old camera.

After researching more on the net it turns out I have been dupped into thinking the higher the Mega Pixels the better the picture quality!.

Please dont be suckered into buying this great looking camera with the fantastic touch screen as the picture quality is TERRIBLE!

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