Excerpt: The Nikon COOLPIX S230 is another entry by Nikon in the budget camera section. The S230 comes with a 3 – inch touch screen which will make it an upper hand in its category because not many cameras of this range run on a touch screen interface.
Conclusion: It is a reliable, highly portable unit overall with a sleek and simplified design complimented by the intuitive touch screen interface that many users are likely to favour ahead of external buttons and controls.
Summary: The $229 Nikon Coolpix S230 has one of the most responsive touchscreens on a camera that we've tested, and we like the colorful, compact design. If you like playing with the settings on your camera, though, this digicam isn't for you, as it has no manual or program modes, and the image quality is generally underexposed (and often soft). For an extra fifty bucks, the Canon PowerShot SD780 IS has similar specs, but offers better image quality.
Conclusion: It’s probably the only camera in the ‘entry-level’/budget group with a touchscreen: it’s the Nikon Coolpix S230. The Coolpix S230 is a 10 megapixel, ultra-slim camera that packs a 3X optical zoom lens and 3 inch touchscreen. And it’s priced at $200, about half the price of other full-fledged touchscreen cameras on the market.
Pros: Decent image quality till ISO 200 for medium sized prints, Slim design and affordable price, Responsive 3 inch touchscreen display, Nice, well-implemented touchscreen interface, Smart Portrait, motion detection and auto scene selection features, Lots of playback Retouch tools
Cons: Cheap lens with below average sharpness and a lot of color fringing (chromatic aberration), Camera doesn’t show a lot of information in shooting/playback, Crummy low-light autofocus, Lacks real image stabilization, Below average battery life, Movie audio sync problems
Excerpt: Assume these things when considering the quality of the Nikon Coolpix S230 : the potential buyers for this camera are not looking for a high-end, near DSLR quality compact. They are looking for a camera with a little flair, but they don't want to sacrifice decent image quality. They want a nice set of specs, like the S230's 10 megapixel CCD sensor and 3x Nikkor zoom lens.
Pros: Warm, generally neutral colors, Flashy 3.0 inch touch screen, Attractive build and design, Reliably speedy performance
Cons: Images are noisy from low ISOs on up, Some corner softness and fringing in shots, Only packs a 3x zoom, Some weirdness with the Scene Auto Selector
10-megapixel Nikon compact camera with 3in LCD touch screen.
Good Gear Guide.au
30 January 2010
Summary: The Nikon CoolPix S230 is an impressive compact camera that ticks every box on the casual photographer’s wish-list. With that being said, the cheaper Nikon CoolPix S220 offers an identical imaging performance, albeit without a swanky touch screen.
Excerpt: The entire range of Nikon Coolpix cameras are physically well designed and appealing to the eye and the 10-megapixel S230 is no exception. With an RRP of $379.00 and a list of features aimed mainly at the point-and-shoot market, it is likely to be a hit with those wanting consistent image quality coupled with portability and style. The S230 is as neatly designed as the S220 and while...