As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix S640 is also often compared to travel zooms. The Nikon Coolpix S640's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the VG-160) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S3700)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S640 compared to other compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs digital) and significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 26 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3") and is older (august 2009 vs january 2012).

Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160
2 years newer
$191

Significant advantages of the VG-160 (vs the S640)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the VG-160 (vs the S640)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the VG-160 and S640

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very small: Super compact (96×57×19 mm) vs Super compact (91×55×21 mm)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S640 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.7).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm) and is older (august 2009 vs january 2015).

Nikon Coolpix S3700

Nikon Coolpix S3700
5 years newer
$200

Significant advantages of the S3700 (vs the S640)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S3700 (vs the S640)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.7

common strengths of the S3700 and S640

  • Very small: Super compact (96×58×20 mm) vs Super compact (91×55×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 118 g vs 130 g