Nikon Coolpix S220 Troubleshooting

The Nikon Coolpix S220 is a compact 10.0 Megapixel Digital Camera. Designed with a 2.5 inch LCD Resolution screen and a 3x optical zoom lens. The Nikon Coolpix offers a Smart Portrait System, which includes Red-Eye Reduction and Face Priority. Also included is Image Stabilizer, Motion Detector, and Best Shot Selector.

Camera Won't Turn On ¶ 

Hold switch on ¶ 

This should reset the camera and turn on.

If this fails read on.

Check Battery ¶ 

If battery is not charged, then do so.

If still not turning on, continue reading.

Replace Battery ¶ 

May need to buy a completely new battery.

For the guide to remove the battery, refer to Nikon Coolpix S220 Battery and Memory Card Replacement

Blank Monitor ¶ 

Make sure camera is charged, turned on, and not connected to a computer or t.v.

It is possible that it appears nothing is happening because the monitor is bad. In this case the display is faulty and must be replaced. See Nikon Coolpix S220 LCD Replacement for instructions to do so.

Blurry Pictures ¶ 

Flash ¶ 

Make sure flash is on in a dark setting. Can also try using a tripod to ensure stability.

No Flash ¶ 

Flash Setting ¶ 

Confirm this setting is turned on.

Modes ¶ 

Some modes do not require a flash such as Flower, Video, or Landscape.

If flash is still not working may need to refer to a repair guide on how to replace the flash lens.

Cannot Play Files on Camera ¶ 

The file that holds the images and videos may have been overwritten by a computer when plugging in device. You must undo this so the camera is able to read the images and display them as desired.

Trouble Zooming ¶ 

Optical Zoom ¶ 

If camera is in Video Mode the optical zoom will not work.

Digital Zoom ¶ 

Confirm setting is set to ON. If still not working it may be due to the type of mode the picture is in.

For Example:

  • Multi-Shot
  • Smile Mode
  • Video
  • Protrait
  • Night Portrait

Non of the above allow the Digital Zoom

Playback Zoom ¶ 

If picture is cropped below 320x240 zoom is no longer allowed.

Lens may need to be replaced, refer to Nikon Coolpix S220 Lens Replacement

Date/Time Errors ¶ 

Check Setting ¶ 

Often times the clock will be slightly off as the battery runs low, to fix just check the clock on the camera to a reliable source and reset as necessary.

Recording Time ¶ 

If the clock is not set when recording takes place, the date will be displayed as "00/00/0000 00:00". To change, simply go to the Setup Menu - DATE and enter the correct information.

Display on Pictures ¶ 

Date and Time does not appear on the following settings:

  • Panorama Assist
  • Museum
  • Sports
  • Movies

Noisy/Static Filled Picture ¶ 

Noise in an image is usually caused by the flash reflecting of particles in the air or when a picture is underexposed/Overexposed.

Noise ¶ 


  • Select noise reducing mode
  • Use flash/Turn of flash
  • Specify low ISO sensitivity setting

Underexposure ¶ 


  • Move closer to subject because it was originally out of flash range
  • Confirm that the flash window is not covered or blocked
  • Select Backlight Scene Mode

Overexposure ¶ 


  • Turn off flash
  • Adjust exposure settings

Static may also be caused by a dirty lens, in this case you most access the lens and have it cleaned. Refer to the repair guide, Nikon Coolpix S220 Lens Replacement

Pictures Won't Display on Television ¶ 

Must choose Video Mode or the pictures will not be displayed.

If pictures are in the internal memory (not on memory card) then remove the memory card and the t.v. should be able to display pictures

Non of the Above ¶ 

If non of the above problems match the one you are looking for please refer to the Nikon Coolpix S220 manual. Available online or with purchase of camera

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