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Nikon CoolPix S630 - Test Shots - Detail and lens performance

By Cliff Smith

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Summary

Our Score:

8

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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.

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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.

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While the level of fine detail and the sheer size of the 12 megapixel image are very impressive, the result looks slightly soft to my eyes.

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Isaac Sarayiah

March 14, 2009, 2:14 pm

Hi. Can you do a review of Nikon's P90 which has just been released?

jeff Falco

March 17, 2009, 9:55 am

so zenereffect what do you think about its competitor the olympus Stylus 7000

Guest

May 22, 2009, 8:11 am

small & black, sleek & stylish, lovely curves, easy to use...


very sexy camera baby, yeah!





HOWEVER, it shoots rather mediocre pictures. i was quite let down actually, especially considering it's a Nikon.





a significant number of shots are out-of-focus, even though the AF-assist locked-on to the subject, and despite the fact that vibration reduction and motion detection are both enabled.





also, what you SEE is NOT always what you GET. that is, frame composition does not match-up precisely with what is shown on the LCD preview screen; the resultant image file is often askew, from what was originally displayed on the preview screen. so framing a 'perfect' shot is hit'n miss with this camera. point... and hope for the best.





white balance is not always correct, especially when the flash is activated; there is often a slight greenish hue to flash pictures, kinda like the shot was taken under fluorescent lighting, without WB correction.





image quality (resolution) of the LCD preview screen is nothing to rave about either... but hey, i'm picky about those kinda things.





most important though - picture quality is not exactly stunning or anything, definitely doesn't live up to Nikon's otherwise high standard for great looking pics. the S630 is absolutely not what i was expecting from a Nikon camera... this Coolpix S630 is nice to look at, but it's beauty is only skin-deep. hard to believe that it's got all those megapixels and a Nikkor lens... yet, it takes 'OK' pictures.





OH, and did i mention... i'm disappointed.

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