What Are They?: Nikon has released two cameras that are almost the same camera. The S220 and the S230 differ in only a couple of areas. The S220 has 10 Megapixels, a 3x Optical Zoom lens and a 2.5 inch LCD. The S230 has a 3 inch LCD. The lens is of the boring variety, it’s not wide, it’s not fast and it’s not really that sharp. It can be found in a few cameras like the Olympus FE20 and other forgettable cameras.
The camera does not have optical image stabalisation but rather ‘electronic’. Which means is increases the ISO to give a faster shutter and in the procerss destorying the quality of your photo.
Nikon’s original Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the shutter is pressed and then saves the sharpest image. The screen is of the 2.7-inch LCD variety and is not bad actually. It’s quite bright and easy to see even outdoors.
The camera is small though, and for those looking for something cheap, it’s does fit the bill. Battery life is below average, the S220 does 200 shots and the S230 does 180 because of teh larger screen.
The Good: Well, it is small and the image quality is better than some of the others in the same class. It’s actually much better value than say the Canon Ixus 95. The IXUS 95 though, is a better built camera.
The No So Good: The image quality is ok, but it is still not spectacular. The lens is not fast at the wide end, and it’s very slow at the long end. Image quality is only good at ISO 100 in outdoors. Poor battery life.
Verdict: If you’re looking for small, this is probably the camera to get, though it’s more expensive than the Olympus FE20. However, the FE20 is slow to focus and has a terrible screen. Spend a bit more and stop buying junk, i reckon.