Nikon Coolpix S6 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Just like its competition, Nikon have embraced the Secure Digital memory card. The Nikon Coolpix S6 is equipped with a card slot that supports this small card. The Secure Digital memory card is a true featherweight, and of a particularly small size. The SD card is available is many varieties, which deal, for instance, with a difference in speed for reading and writing, as well as storage capacity and even functions. The large availability of memory cards, especially in the SD assortment, results in an increasingly attractive price tag for cards with large storage capacities. An advantage of a format such as the Secure Digital card is that it can often also be used in a camcorder, MP3 player or PDA, which greatly adds to way the card can be applied.
512MB SanDisk Extreme III memory card
Standard, the Nikon S6 is equipped with approximately 20MB, which is, of course, rather limited for a 6 Megapixel resolution. Granted, such an extra reserve does come in handy, but that doesn't change the fact we would recommend investing immediately into a larger storage capacity. I used the Nikon Coolpix S6 in combination with a fast SanDisk Extreme III memory card. It has to be said one does not really notice a difference between a fast or a standard card. Yes, the buffer does get emptied a little quicker, but that's about as far as things go. After all, the Nikon S6 is not an action camera. To fully enjoy the 6 Megapixels, you will really need more storage capacity. We would recommend purchasing a card that offers a minimum of 512MB or 1GB of storage capacity.
Considering 512MB of storage capacity:
6M - 6 Megapixel - 2816 x 2112 pixels - Fine - 160 images
6M - 6 Megapixel - 2816 x 2112 pixels - Normal - 330 images
3M - 3 Megapixel - 2048 x 1536 pixels - Normal - 610 images
PC - 0.8 Megapixel - 1024 x 768 pixels - Normal - 2090 images
TV - 0.3 Megapixel - 640 x 480 pixels - Normal - 4490 images
TV Movie - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 7 min 20 sec
Movie - 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 14 min 40 sec
Movie - 320 x 240 pixels - 15fps -29 min
Pictmotion - 320 x 240 pixels - 15fps - 2 min
Movie - 160 x 120 pixels - 15fps - 96 min 10 sec
Interval Movie - 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 1800 images
Voice memo - Normal - 10 hours
Voice memo - High - 6 hours 31 min 40 sec
Nikon S6 - Coolstation MV-15 docking station
The Nikon Coolpix S6 is standard delivered with a docking station, the Coolstation MV-15. This station is equipped with an A/C power adaptor, USB, Audio/Video and camera connection. By placing the Nikon S6 camera onto the station, the battery is re-charged directly. The fact that the battery can also be charged directly inside the camera without the need for a station proves to come in particularly handy. The battery compartment is closed securely by a solid lid. Upon sliding it aside, the lid pops open. The battery is held back by a small security lock. The camera's connector is located next to the compartment and serves to connect to the docking station, which allows you to review your images via a television or transfer them to a computer.
Coolpix S6 - Nikon EN-EL8 Lithium Ion battery
It takes approximately two hours to fully charge the standard delivered Nikon EN-EL8 Lithium Ion battery. The small Li-Ion battery is said to guarantee approximately 200 images; in practice I managed to capture 150-175 images, depending on the amount of flash images and the editing of the images. We would recommend purchasing a second battery to those who require more images or will not have the option to re-charge the battery.