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Nikon Coolpix S640
Nikon Coolpix S640

Nikon Coolpix S640

Editor's Review

The Nikon S640 is a slim ultracompact camera that's built for speed. With a super-fast 0.7-second start up time, you'll rarely miss a candid shot. The S640 is on par with many other simple, point and shoot models, carrying a 12.2-megapixel sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens.


  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom, wide-angle lens
  • Fast start-up time, 0.7 seconds
  • 2.7-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage
  • Part Number: S640PEARLWHITE
  • UPC: 018208261840
  • Release Date: Sep 01, 2009

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Nikon Coolpix S640 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S640 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nice images (Rich Saylor — 11/13/2009)

I have a Nikon D3 I've had- with lots & lots of lenses- since it first came out 2 years ago. Great, great camera, nearly too many features, but never mind. However it's neither the lightest or easiest to haul around -with the glass bits that make it work, too- so I've needed a teeny camera I can put inconspicuously in my shirt pocket for shots of opportunity on any occasion. I'm sure there are other very good, similar cameras by other makers but I've been using Nikkor products for well over 30 years without disappointment so far. So I bought the latest of their teeny shirt pocket cameras, the Coolpix S640. I like the optcial zoom range, (35mm equivalent) 28~140 mm; it has nice, easy controls, good ISO range but like all such small cameras very noisy photos at higher ISO ratings; nothing like the superb performance of the D3 at ISO 6400! But if you really must take a very low light shot and "grain" isn't a big problem it can be done, especially if you can hold the camera still! I use available light almost exclusively; I do NOT like to use flash (but unlike the D3 the S640 does give you the option, built-in. If you want it.) As for the Great Megapixel War (between camera makers and their ad departments), well, 12.2 MP is way more than enough...) So far it's done everything I can reasonably hope to expect from it; nice images can be had from this camera. Depends on who's standing behind the display acreen pushing the shutter release, mostly, not so much the camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
S640 User (Pete a — 11/06/2009)

Only had it a week or so and have not put it fully to the test in the field yet. But being a DSLR user I am very critical. So far I am happy. Have done critical image quality comparisons and like any PAS camera, don't compare it to DSLR because the same limitations as other PAS cameras still exist. Optics, imager size etc. But the image quality and speed of start up and focus is certainly 1st rate and has a good set of production features that makes it really handy when you don't feel like lugging all your DSLR kit around. Critical DSLR and PAS camera comparison aside, this is a very good piece of lit.