The Nikon Coolpix S6 digital camera features a rigid, faintly angular design that has been neatly finished. The front side of the camera comes with a wave-surface, which gives the camera a distinctly stylish air. For this review, I received the black edition with the shiny silver coloured border on the side. The Nikon S6 feels very durable and solid, which means you are instantly aware of holding a camera in your hands. Despite the lack of a grip, the small gap in the back side of the camera, and the Wi-Fi module on its side, ensure the camera is easy to hold. With its measurements of 100,5 x 60 x 21mm, the Nikon Coolpix S6 is small and compact enough to carry along in your inside pocket at virtually all times.
Nikon S6 - Internal optical Nikkor zoom lens
The front side of the Nikon S6 camera is mainly black and, as mentioned above, features a wave-surface design. It is precisely this playful trait on the camera's front that gives its looks that little extra zing. Nikon have positioned the internal optical Nikkor zoom lens at the top right. This small optical zoom lens is an ED lens with a focal length of 35 - 105 mm (equivalent of a 35 mm camera). The internal zoom mechanism ensures the zoom lens does not extend from the housing. In fact, the entire movement takes place inside the housing. The zoom lens is neatly covered by a small lens slide. On the right side beside the lens we see a LED that holds a double function; it serves as an indicator for the self-timer, and as AF assistance illuminator. The small internal flash is located just off centre, and right beside the zoom lens. Apart from this, we see the clearly noticeable stickers, which announce the considerable amount of innovations the Nikon Coolpix S6 has on board.
Nikon Coolpix S6 - Wi-Fi module
Upon turning the camera a quarter of a turn, we reach its side. The reflecting surface features a small eyelet to which the wrist strap can be attached. The opposite side is taken up by the Wi-Fi module, which is confirmed by a Wi-Fi symbol. Below it, a LED signals the status of the possible wireless connection. When looking at the bottom side of the Nikon Coolpix S6, the first thing that catches the eye is the USB interface, which is positioned practically in the centre, and handles the connection with the standard supplied COOLSTATION MV-15. Just off centre, we find a universal (plastic) tripod connection. Almost half of the camera's bottom side is taken up by the compartment that houses the battery and the Secure Digital memory card. Sliding the solid lid sideways opens the compartment. The Nikon EN-EL8 Lithium Ion battery is neatly kept in place by a security lock. This guarantees the valuable battery cannot fall out upon opening the compartment.
Nikon Coolpix S6 - One-Touch button
Nikon's design team has equipped the top side of the camera with an eye-catching silver coloured border, which holds the on/off switch, the LED that serves as an indicator when activating the camera, the shutter release button and the small zoom button. The microphone is positioned just off centre. Entirely towards the corner, we find a button with a function that has been granted a separate spot on the camera, which immediately points out the importance of this function. The so-called "One-Touch" button is a combination of three innovative solutions that should offer the perfect key to help you capture a portrait.
Nikon S6 digital camera - 3 inch LCD monitor
The back side of the Nikon Coolpix S6 digital camera is taken up primarily by a large format 3 inch LCD monitor. It has in fact not been all that long since digital cameras were, as a standard, equipped with a 1.5 or 1.8 inch monitor. Therefore, the application of this new type of large format display is simply a pleasure to work with. This is only emphasised by the fact we all know that the arrival of the digital camera and its LCD monitor has drastically changed the actual process of photographing. Virtually every digital compact camera user holds the camera at an arm's length, whereupon the monitor can be used as a viewfinder. It goes without saying that a 3 inch format is indeed the ideal replacement for an optical viewfinder. Next to the 3 inch display, Nikon have positioned a new rotating multi-selector, which offers fast circular scroll-options to enable the user to swiftly browse through the images (up to 10 images per second). Above it, we find several extra buttons for the play mode, the camera mode, the menu, and the recycle bin.