Pros Quality pictures, video and audio; 7x optical zoom in a small body; logical hassle-free operation; reasonable price; low light pics are outstanding; has many nice features (too many to list here).
Cons Zoom speed as described above. 2) The S630 requires a special battery so you need to pay about $30 more for a spare battery that you need to keep charged at all times. 3) The software included has no editing capability just viewing and transferring.
Summary I purchased a Nikon Coolpix S630 just before I went to Europe five weeks ago. After 1000 pictures of mountain tops, boat rides, dark rooms and action shots, I am done testing it and am very pleased. For years I wanted a hassle-free camera with a high amount of optical zoom yet small in size, shoots well without a lot of light and a number of other features. I hoped to spend less money but was afraid a cheaper camera would frustrate me due to lack of features, poor quality or confusing operation. The S630 gives me all I want in a camera for a reasonable price.
My cousin was a professional photographer and he is impressed with how well this camera performs. Closeups of flowers are spectacular. Pictures displayed on a 42" TV have great resolution and color accuracy. Pictures in poorly lit rooms come out with amazing clarity. Video and audio quality also are outstanding.
Reading reviews critical of this camera made me a little nervous about deciding to buy this camera but I am glad that I figured out they are overly critical except for the zoom speed. The zoom motor is too fast and you often overshoot where you want it to stop. All too often it will not stop where you want it to and you have to walk forward or backward to frame the shot. No camera will always produce a perfect shot on the automatic setting. Photography is a learned skill. The large screen lets you see if the shot did not come out right. You learn and try one of the other settings available. Battery life was roughly 125 pics. Time between pics is a little slow, but ok.
Pros Menu system is easy and practical to navigate through.
Cons Picture quality is grainy. Slow to auto focus. Color filters constantly being auto adjusted extremely irritating.
Summary I bought this camera assuming WOW!!! twelve whole megapixels! I should be able to see a pin from across my yard. It turned out that twelve megapixels doesn't do a thing for picture quality and is a number that should be disregarded when looking for low end box cameras. when trying to take a picture the auto focus zooms in and out and in and out and in and out like its having some sort of an ADHD attack. the color on the camera looks fine until you hold the button down half way to focus it. Bottom line - Not worth your money.
Pros Good features or specs, nice compact size and design... but that is about it.
Cons terrible pictures produced for a 12 MP camera. too slow shutter to actual photo taken
Summary I have NIkon cameras, from the F2 to the D700. This point and shoot is a disappoinment for a NIkon brand. I tried to use if for 3 weeks and it has not delivered what I expected. I am packing it back up and returning it to the store to get a replacement p&s fron another brand. Nikon should have not put their name on this piece of garbage.
"Disappointing!"on by nrmiley
Pros Light weight; small size.
Cons POOR image quality; zooms way too rapidly; over-priced; definitely not what I have come to expect from many years of owning other Nikon cameras from film cameras like FG-20, 8008, F4s, Coolpix995, D 100 amoung other older point-and-shoot film models.
Summary I have never had a Nikon camera produce such a poor quality (soft, out-of focus) image as this model. My wife who is not much of a photographer slips it into her purse or pocket to shoot at her many meetings but also complains about the resulting images. I have to PhotoShop virtually 100% of her pix so they are usable in the scrapbooks,etc.that she makes to record her various meetings. I would not ever recommend this particular Nikon model to anyone.
Pros small & black, sleek & stylish, lovely curves, easy to use...
very sexy camera baby, yeah!
Cons HOWEVER, it shoots rather mediocre pictures. i was quite let down actually, especially considering it's a Nikon.
Summary 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.