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Nikon's Coolpix S230 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Nikon announces Coolpix S230
(Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 00:05 EST)

Next up in its raft of digicam announcements, Nikon Inc. has today unveiled its new Nikon Coolpix S230.

The Nikon S230 has a ten megapixel imager, 3x optical zoom lens, and a 3.0" LCD display. The Coolpix S230 stores its images on SD / SDHC cards or in 44MB of built-in memory, and draws its power from an EN-EL10 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Priced at about $230, the Nikon Coolpix S230 will ship from February 2009 in Plum, Jet Black, Night Blue, Gloss Red and Warm Silver. For more details read our Nikon S230 preview.

Nikon Coolpix S230
Nikon's Coolpix S230 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click here for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberS230
Dimensions3.6 x 2.2 x 0.8"
91.0 x 57.0 x 20.0mm
Weight115.0 g
4.0 oz
Planned Price$229.95
Planned Availability 2009
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
10.00 megapixels (effective)
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0", 230,000 pixels
Lens TypeNikkor lens
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length6.3 - 18.9mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.1 (wide) / f/5.9 (tele) - ???
Focusing RangeNormal: 24" - infinity (60 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - infinity (10.0 cm - infinity)
ISO SensitivityAuto (80 - 800), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000
Digital Zoom4x
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
OtherDC Input
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary EN-EL10
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1 x EN-EL10 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory44.0MB built-in memory
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Nikon's Coolpix S230 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click here for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Nikon Unveils New S230 Touch Screen Digital Camera

Playback and Zoom Controlled with the Swipe of a Finger

MELVILLE, NY (February 2, 2009) – Hot on the heels of the successful COOLPIX S60 camera, Nikon today introduced the new S230, which incorporates Nikon’s innovative touch screen LCD, offering the cutting-edge of elegant design and intuitive operation. The S230 combines a 3.0-inch high-resolution touch panel LCD design with a new graphic interface that lets users switch modes, view and edit images and change camera settings with the touch of the screen.

“Touch technology is one of the hottest things in consumer electronics today and our new S230 is no different,” said Bill Giordano, General Manager Marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon Inc. “With the S230, our touch screen brings a new level of sophistication and interaction to consumers, by putting the power of the camera right at their fingertips.”

Touch controls also give users a fun, creative way to do more with their pictures. The camera comes equipped with a stylus that brings an element of personalization and expression. With the Draw Function, users can write or draw on their pictures. The S230 also has the Paint Function, which enables users to add fun frames and stamps to their pictures. The camera saves the images as copies, so the user always has access to the original picture.

In addition to the Touch Screen LCD, the S230 includes several innovative features introduced across the entire COOLPIX line. The S230 incorporates Nikon’s world-class NIKKOR lenses, which deliver extremely accurate and high-speed focusing, and Nikon’s EXPEED™ digital image processing concept, which ensures high-quality pictures with stunning color and sharpness.

The S230 camera also includes new shooting modes, which Nikon has seamlessly integrated into the camera’s interface. These include:

  • Scene Auto Selector, which automatically recognizes the scene in your camera and adjusts the camera settings:

    • The camera will select between six common scene modes: Close-up, Portrait, Landscape, Backlight, Night Portrait, and Night Landscape.

  • Smart Portrait System, which integrates the following to make it a snap to capture stunning portrait photos of friends and family:

    • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, which automatically fixes most instances of red-eye.

    • Enhanced Face-Priority AF, which can detect up to 12 faces from a variety of angles, including straight on, from the side, or even in a multitude of three-quarter positions.

    • Smile Mode, which automatically detects when your subject smiles and releases the shutter.

    • Blink Proof, which automatically takes two shots and saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are open.

  • 4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization, which helps enable blur-free pictures, even in low light or unsteady conditions with the following features:

    • Electronic VR, which compensates for camera shake within the image processing, which minimizes blurriness in photos and helps ensure crisp, clear images.

    • Motion Detection, which automatically sets a faster shutter speed and higher ISO if the camera detects movement from camera shake or if the subject moves.

    • ISO 2000 Capability, which makes it easy to take sharper, more natural-looking photos in lower light conditions.

    • Best Shot Selector (BSS), which takes a maximum of 10 sequential shots while the shutter button is pressed, and saves the sharpest image, making sure photos are crisp, clear, and detailed.

The new S230 camera will be available nationwide beginning February 2009 and will retail for $229.95. The camera will be available in five colors: Plum, Jet Black, Night Blue, Gloss Red and Warm Silver. The new S230 is one of four new S-series cameras introduced by Nikon today. Other cameras include the S630, S620 and the S220 (for more information, please see press release, “NIKON UNVEILS S630 NEW POCKET-SIZED 7X ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA,” Feb. 2, 2009)

For more information about the new COOLPIX cameras, please visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. 


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