Originally Posted: April 27, 2009
Last Updated: June 8, 2009
The Nikon Coolpix S630 ($279) is a compact, inexpensive point-and-shoot camera with a 7X optical zoom lens, image stabilization, and a 2.7" LCD display. There are more than enough compact cameras on the market now, but only a select few pack this much zoom power. Other notable features include scene auto selection, a sports continuous mode that shoots at 11 fps (at 3 Megapixel), and enhanced face, smile, and blink detection.
Truth be told, I've been underwhelmed with Nikon's compact cameras in recent years. Will the Coolpix S630 break that unfortunate tradition? Find out now in our review!
What's in the Box?
The Coolpix S630 has an average bundle. Here's what you'll find inside its box:
- The 12.0 effective Megapixel Nikon Coolpix S630 digital camera
- EN-EL12 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
- Battery charger
- Wrist strap
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- CD-ROM featuring Nikon Software Suite
- 163 page camera manual (printed)
Like most cameras these days, the Coolpix S630 has built-in memory, instead of having a memory card included in the box. The S630 has 44MB of built-in memory which, while a little above average, still doesn't hold many high quality photos (seven, to be exact). That means that you'll want to buy a memory card right away. The Coolpix S630 supports SD and SDHC cards, and I recommend a 2GB card to start with. While buying a "high speed" card isn't a bad idea, you certainly don't need to go overboard.
The Coolpix S630 uses the EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery. This battery packs 3.9 Wh of energy into its plastic shell, which is average for cameras in this class. Now, let's see how the S630's battery life compares to other compact cameras:.
The Coolpix S630's closest competitors are the Olympus Stylus 7000 and Ricoh CX1, which offer 7.0X and 7.1X zoom lenses. If I'm not mistaken, the Nikon and the Olympus use the exact same lens. All the other cameras on the above list have 5X lenses. In terms of battery life, the S630 finds itself about 20% below the group average.
I should point out two things about the proprietary batteries used by the Coolpix S630 and all the other cameras in the table above. For one, they're expensive -- a spare EN-EL12 will set you back at least $28. Second, you can't use an off-the-shelf (AA) battery to get you through the day when your rechargeable dies.
When it's time to charge the battery, just pop it into the included charger. It takes around 150 minutes to fully charge the battery. Do note that this charger uses a power cable -- it doesn't plug directly into the wall.
As with all compact cameras, the Coolpix S630 has a built-in lens cover, so there's no lens cap to deal with.
There's just one accessory available for the S630, and that's the EH-62F AC adapter (priced from $20).
There are several software products included with the Coolpix S630. The first is Nikon Transfer, which you'll use to transfer photos from the camera to your Mac or PC. You select which photos are to be transferred, where they're going (and whether you want a backup), and you're done. You can also upload photos directly to Nikon's My Picturetown online photo sharing service using this software.
Once that's done, you'll find yourself in Nikon ViewNX, which you can use for organizing and sharing photos. Here you can the usual thumbnail view, and you can assign photos to various categories, or give them "star" ratings. Naturally, there are tools for printing and e-mailing your photos, as well as uploading them to My Picturetown.
Editing tools include adjustments for exposure, sharpness, contrast, D-Lighting, and more, though you'll want to go to the "View" menu and select "Image Viewer" in order to actually see your changes on something other than the thumbnail.
ArcSoft Panorama Maker 4
Also included with the camera is ArcSoft's Panorama Maker software. You can use this to stitch together several photos into a single panoramic image. Using the S630's panorama assist mode will help ensure that everything's lined up properly.
Nikon includes a detailed and fairly easy-to-read manual with the Coolpix S630. It should answer any question you may have about the camera, without requiring too much work on your part. Documentation for the software bundle is installed onto your computer.
Look and Feel
The Coolpix S630 is a compact camera made of a mixture of metal and plastic. While most of the camera is well built, the plastic door over the memory card / battery compartment is incredibly flimsy (and I'm not a fan of the plastic tripod mount, either). The camera is very easy to hold with one hand, and the important controls are easy to reach. Nikon didn't go overboard with buttons on the S630, though the buttons on the back of the camera are on the small side.
Images courtesy of Nikon USA
It's an unwritten rule that compact cameras must come in several colors. Nikon sells the S630 in black, silver, red, blue, and purple. As you may have noticed, I had the red one. I like the brushed metal appearance -- it's a little more interesting than just a flat color.
Now, here's how the S630 compares to similar cameras in terms of size and weight:
The Coolpix S630 is one of the biggest cameras in the group, with only the Ricoh CX1 coming in larger and heavier. Even so, the S630 is quite pocketable, and should be able to go where ever you do.
Let's begin our tour now, beginning with the front of the camera.
The main thing to see here is the Coolpix S630's 7X optical zoom lens. The lens is on the slow side, with a maximum aperture range of F3.5 - F5.3. In layman's terms, that means that the lens doesn't let in as much light as I would've liked. The focal range of the lens is 6.6 - 46.2 mm, which is equivalent to 37 - 260 mm. Not surprisingly, the lens isn't threaded, so conversion lenses and filters are not supported.
The S630 features a sensor-shift image stabilization system, which Nikon calls Vibration Reduction. The camera is able to detect the tiny movements of your hands that can blur your photos, especially in low light, or at the telephoto end of the lens. The S630 shifts the CCD itself to compensate for this, which results in a higher likelihood of a sharp photo. Image stabilization won't freeze a moving subject, nor will it let you handhold the camera for night shots like those seen in my reviews, but for everyday shooting they're very helpful. Want to see the VR system in action? Have a look at these:
Vibration Reduction off
Vibration Reduction on
Both of the above photos were taken at a shutter speed of 1/6 second. As you can clearly see, the VR system did its job nicely. For some mysterious reason, you cannot use the image stabilizer in movie mode. My guess is that the sound from the sensor moving around would be picked up by the microphone (the S630's VR system is unusually noisy).
To the upper-right of the lens is the camera's AF-assist lamp. The camera uses this as a focusing aid in low light situations. This lamp also serves as a visual countdown for the self-timer.
Moving to the opposite side of the lens, we find the S630's flash. The flash is pretty powerful for a compact camera, with a working range of 0.6 - 5.5 m at wide-angle, and 0.6 - 3.5 m at telephoto. Keep in mind that (as always) those numbers are taken with the ISO set to Auto, which may not be a desirable setting to use in the real world.
The main event on the back of the Coolpix S630 is its 2.7" LCD display. This screen has 230,000 pixels so, as you'd expect, everything is pretty sharp. The LCD displays 97% of the frame, so you're not getting a completely accurate view of what the final photo will look like. Outdoor visibility was decent, and in low light the screen brightens automatically, so you can still see your subject.
As you can see, there's no optical viewfinder on the S630. In fact, none of its competitors have one either. This may bother some folks, but I figure that most won't even notice.
Now let's talk about the four-way controller and the buttons that surround it. The buttons above the scroll wheel set the shooting mode (auto, scene, movie) and enter playback mode.
|Plenty of scene modes||Help screens tell you what each one does|
While the Coolpix S630 lacks a manual shooting mode, it does have plenty of scene modes to choose from. They include:
- Auto Scene Selection (selects from auto, portrait, landscape, night portrait, night landscape, close-up, and backlight)
- Night portrait
- Night landscape
- Food - the camera lets you tweak the white balance for this one
- Fireworks show
- Panorama assist - helps you line up photos side-by-side for later stitching
- Sport continuous
- High sensitivity
- Smile detection
I'd like to mention those last three items in more detail before we continue the tour.
The Sport Continuous lets you take photos at 3.7, 5.5, or 11 frames/second. You're probably thinking, "what's the catch?". There are two big ones: first, the resolution is cut to 3 Megapixel or less. Second, the ISO range is 640 and above, which can lead to mediocre image quality. The high sensitivity mode has the same issues, except that you're only taking one photo at a time.
The smile detection feature does exactly as it sounds. The camera detects any faces in the frame, and as soon as it sees someone smiling, it automatically takes a picture. It will continue to do so until you exist the smile mode. The S630 also has a "blink proof" feature that's active in smile detection mode. The camera takes two photos, and automatically chooses the one where everyone's eyes are open.
Getting back to the tour now, let's talk about the S630's combination four-way controller / scroll wheel. You can use the scroll wheel for navigating menus, reviewing photos, and adjusting certain camera settings. The four-way controller does the same, and also lets you control these options:
- Up - Flash (Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash off, fill flash, slow sync)
- Down - Macro (on/off)
- Left - Self-timer (Off, 2 or 10 sec)
- Right - Exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV, 1/3EV increments)
- Center - OK
I had no idea that you could use the four-way controller to adjust the exposure compensation, since the label for this one item is actually on the right side of the camera. Oops!
The last two items on the back of the Coolpix S630 are buttons for entering the menu system and for deleting a photo.
There isn't much to see on the top of the Coolpix S630. You'll find the power and shutter release buttons, plus the zoom controller. The zoom controller moves the lens from wide-angle to telephoto in just 0.7 seconds. I counted a mere nine steps in the 7X zoom range -- not nearly enough, in my opinion.
On the opposite side of the camera is the S630's sole I/O port. This port does double duty, being used for video output as well as USB. In case you're wondering where the optional AC adapter plugs in, the S630 uses a DC coupler, which is essentially a fake battery with a power cable coming out of it. You feed the cable through that small port at the bottom of the photo.
The camera's 7X zoom lens is at the full telephoto position in this photo.
On the bottom of the camera is a plastic tripod mount (not visible here) and the battery / memory card compartment. The plastic door over this compartment is very flimsy, so be careful. As you can probably tell, there's no way to access the memory card slot while the camera is on a tripod.
The included EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery can be seen at right.
Using the Nikon Coolpix S630
The Coolpix S630 starts up fairly quickly, taking about 1.2 seconds to extend its lens and prepare for shooting.
No histogram to be found here
In good light, autofocus speeds are quite good. The camera takes between 0.2 and 0.4 seconds to lock focus at wide-angle, and 0.6 - 0.9 seconds at telephoto. On the other hand, low light focusing was abysmal. More often than not, the AF would fail when light levels were dim.
Shutter lag wasn't a problem at faster shutter speeds, though I noticed a tiny bit of it at slower shutter speeds, where you should really be using the flash or a tripod anyway.
Shot-to-shot speeds were just okay. You'll wait for roughly 2.5 seconds before you can take another photo.
After you take a photo, you can hit the delete button to review and/or delete the shot you just took.
Now here's a look at the available image quality settings on the Coolpix S630:
I hope this doesn't come as a surprise, but there's no support for the RAW image format on the Coolpix S630.
Images are named using the following convention: DSC_####.JPG, where #### is 0001 - 9999. File numbering is maintained even if you erase your memory card.
|The shooting menu||A help screen is available for most options|
The Coolpix S630 has a simple, easy to navigate menu system. There aren't too many options (it is a point and shoot camera, after all), and if you're confused about any one option, you can get a help screen by using the zoom controller. Keeping in mind that not all of these options are available in every shooting mode, here's the full list of items in the record menu:
- Image mode (see chart above)
- White balance (Auto, preset, daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, flash)
- Metering (Matrix, center-weighted) - no spot metering here
- Continuous (Single, continuous, Best Shot Selector, multi-shot 16, interval timer) - see below
- ISO sensitivity (Auto, fixed range auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, 6400) - see below
- Color options (Standard, vivid, black and white, sepia, cyanotype, pastel)
- AF area mode (Face priority, auto, manual, center) - see below
- Autofocus mode (Single, full-time) - see below
The only manual control on the Coolpix S630 is for white balance. This lets you use a white or gray card as a reference, for accurate color in mixed or unusual lighting.
There are quite a few options in the continuous shooting menu that need to be mentioned. The regular continuous shooting mode is a bit of a joke. At the highest quality setting it takes two photos at 1.1 frames/second, then drops to 0.3 fps for the rest. At the normal 12 Megapixel setting, you'll get four photos at that same frame rate before the camera slows down. For faster shooting there is the sport continuous mode that I mentioned earlier, but it has issues of its own.
The Best Shot Selector is a classic Nikon feature. It takes up to ten photos in a row, and saves the sharpest one. Multi-shot 16 takes sixteen photos in a row (at 7.3 fps) and compiles them into a single 5 Megapixel collage. The last continuous shooting option is interval timer mode, perhaps better known as time-lapse. The camera will take a photo at the interval you selected (which ranges from 30 seconds to 10 minutes). You'll definitely want to use the AC adapter for interval shooting mode.
The camera offers three different Auto ISO modes. Regular Auto will boost the sensitivity as high as ISO 800, which isn't desirable. You can select from two fixed range Auto modes (64-200 and 64-400), which keep noisy from getting out of control. You can also set the ISO manually, though the two highest settings will be taken at the 3 Megapixel resolution.
The camera found four of the six faces here
Now let's move onto the AF area modes available on the S630. Auto mode selects from nine possible focus points automatically. Manual mode lets you select one of 99 possible focus points in the frame, which comes in handy when you're shooting on a tripod. There's also a center-point focus mode. And finally, as you'd expect, there's face detection. The Coolpix S630 can detect up to twelve faces in the frame, making sure that they're in focus and properly exposed. The S630 did a decent job with our test scene, finding four of the six faces without much effort.
The last thing to mention here are the two autofocus modes: single and full-time. The former locks the focus when you halfway-press the shutter release button. As its name implies, full-time AF is always focusing, even when you're not touching the shutter release. This can reduce focus times, but it's at the expense of battery life.
The Coolpix S630 has a setup menu as well. Here's what you'll find there:
- Menus (Text, icons) - how the menus look
- Welcome screen (None, Coolpix, select an image)
- Date - set the date, time, and time zone
- Monitor settings
- Photo info (Show info, auto info, hide info, framing grid + auto info) - how settings are displayed on the LCD when taking pictures
- Image review (on/off) - post-shot review
- Brightness (1 - 5)
- Date imprint (Off, date, date & time)
- Vibration reduction (on/off) - you'll want to turn this off when the camera is on a tripod
- Motion detection (Auto, off) - see below
- AF-assist (on/off)
- Digital zoom (on/off) - always a good idea to keep this off
- Sound settings
- Button sound (on/off)
- Shutter sound (on/off)
- Auto off (30 sec, 1, 5, 30 mins)
- Format memory / memory card
- Video mode (NTSC, PAL)
- Blink mode (on/off) - see below
- Reset all
- Firmware version
What's that motion detection option all about? If you have this on, and the ISO is set to "Auto", then the camera will increase the shutter speed if it detects that a subject is in motion. It goes without saying that it does this by boosting the ISO sensitivity, so keep in mind that this may reduce photo quality.
The blink mode feature will warn you if it detects that one of your subjects had their eye closed in a photo you took. This is different than the blink proof feature in Smile mode, where two photos are taken, and the one with open eyes is saved.
Enough menus -- let's talk about photo quality now.
The Coolpix S630 turned in pretty nice photo of our macro test subject, who recently had both of his "arms" glued back on. Colors look very good: the camera's custom white balance feature had no trouble with my studio lamps. The figurine is fairly sharp, as well. I did notice some weird noise, especially in the red channel. This isn't hard to miss: just look at the cloak.
To get as close as possible to your subject, you'll need to put the lens into its "macro sweet spot", which is near the wide end of the focal range. You'll know when that happens with the little "macro flower" on the LCD turns green. Once you're there, the camera can focus on objects just 2 cm away. If you're not in the sweet spot, the focus distance jumps to 60 cm.
The night shot turned out poorly, and here's why. Since there's no way to manually control the shutter speed, you have to use a scene mode and let the camera figure it out. Problem is, none of the scene modes brought in enough light. The only way I could do that was to crank the ISO up to 800, which results in the very soft and noisy photo that you see above. At least there wasn't any purple fringing! Bottom line: the S630 is not for long exposures.
Since I can't control the shutter speed and ISO at the same time, I was unable to perform the low light ISO test. Look for the studio ISO test in a bit.
There's very mild barrel distortion at the wide end of the Coolpix S630's 7X zoom lens. Corners didn't seem any softer than the rest of the image (more on that in a moment), and vignetting wasn't a problem.
The Coolpix S630 reduces redeye in your flash photos in two ways. First, it fires off several preflashes, which helps to shrink your subject's pupils. After the shot is taken, the camera analyzes the photo, looking for redeye. If it finds some, it removes it digitally. Unfortunately, neither of those methods seemed to work -- at least in my test photo. Do note that there's no way to remove redeye in playback mode, so you'll have to use software on your PC instead.
Now here's our studio ISO test. Since this is taken under controlled lighting conditions, it's comparable from camera to camera. Be sure to view the full size images (and not just the crops) when comparing noise levels! And with that, here we go:
The ISO 64 and 100 shots are nearly identical, with just a slight hint of noise reduction artifacting. Noise starts to pick up a bit more at ISO 200, but this won't keep you from making midsize or large prints at that setting. There's more "speckled" noise at ISO 400, and color saturation goes downhill, as well. This is definitely as high as I'd take the Coolpix S630, since details start to get quite mushy at ISO 800 and above. And forget about the ISO 3200 and 6400 settings -- they're really only there to look good on the spec sheet.
I was disappointed with the Coolpix S630's photo quality. On the positive side, exposure and color were both very good in most situations. The problem lies in the details: photos are very soft, with substantial loss of detail due to heavy-handed noise reduction. You'll especially notice this in things like trees, grass, and the sky. None of this matters if you're making 4 x 6 inch prints, but if you're making larger prints or viewing them on your computer screen, you'll easily notice. You may also notice some highlight clipping and purple fringing in your photos. The bottom line here is that you can do better in terms of photo quality with other cameras.
Don't just take my word for it, though. Have a look at our photo gallery -- perhaps printing a few of the photos -- and then decide if the quality meets your expectations.
The Coolpix S630 has the standard Nikon movie mode (complete with A/V sync bug). You can record movies at 640 x 480 (30 frames/sec) with sound for up to 25 minutes. At this high quality setting, 15 minutes of video takes up about 1GB of space on your memory card.
Three other movie quality settings are available. If you want to keep the same resolution, you can drop the frame rate to 15 fps, though movies will appear choppy. You can also lower the resolution to 320 x 240, with your choice of 15 or 30 fps frame rates.
You cannot operate the zoom lens while you're recording a movie. As I mentioned earlier, the image stabilizer is not available either, probably because it's so noisy. An electronic VR system is available, though these digital effects are never as good as the real thing.
Movies are saved in AVI format, using the M-JPEG codec. The movies have the same A/V sync problem that I've been complaining about for years, where the sound cuts out too early (Earth to Nikon: fix this).
Here's a train movie for you, taken at a different angle than normal:
Click to play movie (11.4 MB, 640 x 480, 30 fps, AVI format)
Can't view it? Download QuickTime.
The S630 has a fairly nice playback mode. Basic features include slideshows, DPOF print marking, image protection, voice captions, thumbnail view, and zoom and scroll. This last features lets you enlarge an image by as much as 10 times, and then scroll around. This comes in handy for checking for open eyes, proper focus, etc.
Images can be viewed one at a time. as thumbnails of various sizes, or via the calendar interface you see above. You can rotate, resize, and crop your photos, right on the camera.
There are two ways to enhance your photos on the S630. The Quick Retouch option increases contrast and saturation, and you can adjust how much. D-Lighting (another classic Coolpix feature) brightens up shadows, though it's not adjustable, and a little over-the-top in my opinion.
The camera doesn't tell you much about your photos. Not even the shutter speed, aperture, or ISO. Boo! On a more positive note, the S630 does move through photos instantly.
How Does it Compare?
On paper, the Nikon Coolpix S630 sounds like an impressive camera. It offers a 7X zoom lens in a stylish, compact body that would normally house a 3X or 4X lens. It has all the required point-and-shoot features, including auto scene selection, face/smile/blink detection, and help screens for every menu option. Unfortunately, the Coolpix S630 fails at its most important task: taking a quality photograph. There are numerous other issues, ranging from poor low light focusing to annoyances in movie mode. If you're going to spend $280 on a digital camera, I'd suggest choosing a camera other than the Coolpix S630.
The Coolpix S630 is a compact and stylish camera that comes in five colors (the red is especially sharp). The body is made of a mixture of metal and plastic, and it feels fairly solid, except for on the bottom. There you'll find a very flimsy door over the memory card and battery compartment, plus a plastic tripod mount. And, since the two are so close together, you won't be able to access the memory card slot while the camera is on a tripod. Nikon did a good job at making the S630 easy to hold with one had, with plenty of room for your thumb. The buttons are on the small side, but it didn't bother me very much in the real world. The S630 features a 7X optical zoom lens, with a focal range of 37 - 260 mm. As is often the case with compact lenses, the one here is on the "slow" side, with a maximum aperture of F3.5 - F5.3. The camera uses a very noisy sensor-shift image stabilization system, which does an effective job of reducing blurry photos. Do note that you cannot use it in movie mode, though. On the back of the camera is a 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 pixels. I found the screen fairly easy to see outdoors and in low light situations. Like all compact cameras, the S630 lacks an optical viewfinder.
The S630 is a point-and-shoot camera at heart, with just one manual control, and that's for white balance. The camera has the ability to select a scene mode for you, or you can pick one of the numerous scenes yourself. Naturally, the S630 has face detection (which works well), and takes things a step further by adding smile and blink detection. One thing I like about Nikon's compact cameras is the built-in help system, which explains each and every scene mode and menu option. The playback mode is decent, with resize/trimming/cropping functions, plus Quick Retouch and D-Lighting options (though I wish the last item was adjustable). The camera's movie mode is a mixed bag. It does indeed record at 640 x 480 (30 fps) with sound, but you can't use the optical zoom or image stabilizer, and the sounds cuts out before the movie is finished (this bug has been on Nikon cameras for years).
Performance is a mixed bag. The S630 starts up fairly quickly, and focusing is great when light levels are high. In low light, however, the camera struggled to focus -- big time. Shot-to-shot speeds were slower than average. The camera offers two continuous shooting modes: regular and sport. The regular mode is unremarkable, firing off 2-4 shots at 1.1 frames/second. If you want to go faster, you'll have to use sport continuous mode, which shoots as fast as 11 fps. The problem is that it does so at ISO 640 and above, at a resolution of 3 Megapixel. If you've seen the sample photos, then you probably know why that's not a good thing. The Coolpix S630's battery life numbers are below average in its class.
Photo quality is undoubtedly the Coolpix S630's weak spot. Exposure is generally spot-on, though like most compact cameras, the S630 likes to clip highlights. I have no complaints about color: the camera handled everyday shooting and my studio lamps without an issue. The big problem is detail, or rather a lack of detail. Images are soft, overprocessed, and fuzzy -- even at IS0 64. The reason for this is that Nikon is applying a ton of noise reduction to photos. So, instead of seeing grainy photos as the ISO increases, you just lose detail. If you're only printing 4 x 6's or downsizing your photos for viewing on your computer screen then it's probably not an issue, but if you're not, then you'll certainly notice what I'm talking about. Purple fringing popped up here and there, though overall it wasn't a problem. The camera has a two-pronged approach to redeye removal and, at least in my tests, it didn't work as promised (your mileage may vary). There's no tool in playback mode to remove redeye, so you'll have to deal with it on your computer if it's a problem for you.
The Coolpix S630 is one of those cameras that I really wanted to like, but after spending a few months with it, I was disappointed. I like the design and the big zoom in a small package concept, but the photo quality and performance leave much to be desired. There are certainly better cameras out there for your hard-earned money, and I'd suggest taking a look at them instead (see below for some starting points).
What I liked:
- Accurate color, generally good exposure
- 7X zoom lens in a compact, easy to hold body
- Sensor-shift image stabilization (but see issues below)
- Sharp 2.7" LCD is visible outdoors and in low light
- Fast AF in good light
- Tons of scene modes, plus an auto scene selection option
- Face, smile, and blink detection all work fairly well
- Time-lapse photo feature
- In-camera help system
What I didn't care for:
- Soft images with substantial detail loss due to noise reduction
- Occasional highlight clipping
- Poor low light focusing
- Lens is on the slow side (in terms of aperture)
- Noisy image stabilizer; cannot be used in movie mode
- Unimpressive continuous shooting mode; faster option requires high ISO and lower resolution
- Sluggish shot-to-shot times
- Audio cuts out early in movies (still!)
- Below average battery life
- Cheap plastic door over memory/battery compartment; plastic tripod mount
- Cannot access memory card slot while camera is on a tripod
- Camera provides no exposure info in playback mode
- No optical viewfinder
Some other compact cameras with a little extra zoom power include the Canon PowerShot SD970 IS, Casio Exilim EX-FC100, Fuji FinePix J250, Kodak EasyShare M380, Olympus Stylus 7000, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15, Ricoh CX1, Samsung SL420, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290.
As always, I recommend heading to your local camera or electronics store to try out the Nikon Coolpix S630 and its competitors before you buy!
There are plenty of sample photos to look over in our photo gallery!