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Ilse Jurriën : February 21th 2006 - 07:00 CET

Nikon Coolpix S6

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NikonNikon Coolpix S6 : Nikon Corporation is delighted to announce an exciting new camera, the Nikon Coolpix S6. The Nikon S6 has been built with the sharing and enjoyment of digital photography in mind, combining high-quality imaging performance with a striking wave-surface design, the ability to improve images in-camera, outstandingly large LCDs and a powerful new Pictmotion function that allows users to create entertaining in-camera shows. The Nikon Coolpix S6 digital camera has been specially designed to be visually appealing as well as easy to use. The eye-catching wave-surface designs are more than just about great styling, its thin, compact dimension and form make the Nikon Coolpix S6 really comfortable to hold.
Nikon Coolpix S6Nikon S6 - Entertainment camera
The new Pictmotion function lets users create much more than just a slideshow, indeed it enables a radically new form of in-camera entertainment. This allows users to select favourite images and movie files, pick a style, and then select a music file from one of the five pre-installed files in the camera, or even add their own music via PictureProject for Windows only, to suit the show. Pictmotion then automatically analyses these elements to produce highly entertaining shows that are coupled with pace and transition selected to match the chosen music and style.

Nikon Coolpix S6 digital camera - Monitor and 6 Megapixels
These shows can then be played back anywhere, anytime on the 3.0 inch LCD monitor, and because this monitor offers a surprisingly wide viewing angle of 170° (both horizontal and vertical), such in-camera entertainment can be enjoyed by everyone at the same time. The Nikon S6 also features+ Auto Image Rotation, which detects pictures that have been taken with the camera held vertically, automatically rotating them to suit in-camera LCD playback. With the Nikon Coolpix S6, image quality is a top priority: the camera offers a 1/2.5-inch CCD and 6.0 effective Megapixel resolution to produce images that stay sharp even when significantly enlarged. The Nikon S6 also features a high-quality 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a range of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) that gives the photographer the flexibility to zoom out for beautiful landscapes, zoom in for tightly-composed portraits, and enjoy macro photography from as close as 4cm.

Nikon Coolpix S6 camera - Menu and Icon
In terms of control, the Nikon Coolpix S6 camera features a new Rotary multi-selector that allows fast circular scrolling for speedy image browsing at up to 10 frames per second, a range of buttons that further simplify operation and an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks circular scrolling, making it easy to select desired features. Furthermore, users can select functions by name or icon according to their personal preference, and all menus and icons have been made easier on the eye with a new color scheme and optimised icon dimensions.

Nikon S6 digital camera - Button and Auto focus
The Nikon Coolpix S6 also boasts a new One-touch portrait button, conveniently located at the top of the camera body, making it much simpler to take better quality pictures by offering easy access to Nikon's unique Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and D-Lighting functions. With Face-priority AF, the camera can automatically detect people's faces in the frame, no matter where they are located, to produce sharply focused portraits.

Nikon S6 camera - Red eye removal
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix detects the unfortunate red-eye effect that can sometimes happen in flash photography, automatically compensating for it in-camera to produce more pleasing results. D-Lighting (available in playback mode) enables users to improve images that are underexposed or taken with too much back light, creating a copy of the image with light and detail added where necessary while leaving the well-exposed parts exactly the way they were.

Nikon Wi-Fi communication
The Nikon Coolpix S6 delivers the additional advantage of Wi-Fi capability. Offering IEEE 802.11b/g support, it allows users to send images wirelessly to a computer as soon as they are taken or to transfer in one go all images stored in memory to a computer. The Nikon Coolpix S6 also supports cable-free printing, enabling images to be sent directly to PictBridge-compatible printers without the need to use a computer.

Nikon Coolpix S6 compact camera - Program and Video
A selection of 15 Scene modes, 4 with Scene assist, allows Nikon Coolpix S6 users achieve satisfying results, aided by clear focus and optimal exposure in diverse situations. All the user has to do is select the most appropriate Scene mode best for the scene and compose the shot, leaving the camera to automatically select the optimum settings. Three movie modes with sound are also available for capturing action at up to 30 frames per second. The Nikon S6 also features Time-lapse movie shooting capability that allows dramatic results to be created out of slow-moving action, such as shooting a flower blooming or a movie of clouds rushing across the sky, for example.

Nikon S6 - Docking station and PictureProject
The Nikon Coolpix S6 helps speed up the user's search for recorded images thanks to a Calendar function that automatically sorts images according to the date they were taken. For further versatility, the Coolpix S6 comes complete with the COOL-STATION MV-15, to allow batteries to be recharged while they are still in the camera. It also offers USB connectivity and can even be hooked up for TV display. On a final note, the Nikon S6 comes bundled with Nikon's complimentary PictureProject software. The beauty of PictureProject is that it makes editing pictures, organising shots and sharing images remarkably simple, while a range of available plug-ins lets users extend capabilities as they like. This camera is scheduled for release in February 2006.

Nikon Coolpix S6 features
• Highly compact dimensions of (W x H x D) of 100.5 x 60 x 21mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 0.8 in.)
• Light weight (without battery and memory card) Approx. 140g (4.9 oz.)
• 20MB (approx.) of internal memory, SD Card compatibility
• Best Shot Selector identifies and saves the sharpest shot automatically
• Exposure BSS
• USB connectivity supports easy transfer of data to computers and other peripherals
• Swift startup of approx. 0.8 seconds
• Continuous shooting at up to 2.2fps
• Date Counter visually records countdown of days
• Help Button provides easy-to-understand explanations for functions on main menu
• Blur Warning informs user after shooting if an image is blurred
• Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
• Noise Reduction produces better results during low-light conditions
• Time zone function enables the camera clock to be set to local time
• 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
• Rechargeable EN-EL8 Li-ion Battery (supplied) can shoot approx. 200 shots
• Field Jacket FJ-CP1 water-resistant case (optional) for underwater depths of 3 meters
• Dock Insert PV-10/PV-11 (supplied) enable direct printing
• ImageLink support
• Auto white balance with TTL control, 6-mode manual
• Voice recording available for duration of up to 5 hours

Nikon Pictmotion software - Audio and Picture
Nikon's new Pictmotion is much more than a simple slideshow function. Available on the new Nikon S6, it allows you to select your favorite images and movie files, then pick a style and add a music file of your choice from among 5 pre-installed ones, or load your own choice of music (via PictureProject for Windows only) to suit the images. The Nikon Coolpix S6 then automatically analyzes each element to produce an entertaining show with pace and transitions determined by music and style for in-camera viewing anywhere on the generous LCD with an impressive 170° viewing angle that makes it easy for everyone to see. Furthermore, to heighten enjoyment of audio elements, the new camera also features a large speaker that delivers heightened sound pressure and a sampling frequency increased from 8 to 22kHz that makes for noticeably enhanced sound clarity.

Nikon S6 - Design and LCD display
The Coolpix S6 has been created with a unique wave-surface design that is both esthetically appealing and very comfortable in the hand. The S6 is also available in an attractive range of colors (availability may vary by country or region), with each exterior combining a range of attractive textures comprising a high-grade glossy main aluminum body with elements of protective acrylic, resilient stainless steel and silicone paneling. The Nikon Coolpix S6 features a large 3.0-inch 230,000-dot TFT LCD. Such generous size does away with the need for a viewfinder and makes for easier composition. The LCD also offers an impressive 170° viewing angle that makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the playback of still images, movies and entertaining Pictmotion shows anywhere, at any time.

Nikon Coolpix S6 - Operation and GUI
Operation has been made smoother, simpler and faster. A new Rotary multi selector incorporated into the camera back enables high-speed image browsing with circular scrolling action at up to 10 frames per second, while a range of buttons built into the Rotary multi selector make for more intuitive operation. There's also an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks Rotary multi selector scrolling to make function selection even simpler still. The Nikon Coolpix S6 features various screens and menus created with a color scheme that's easier on the eye, functions can be selected by the user's choice of name or icon, and all icons have been optimized and made clearer for easy viewing.

Nikon Coolpix S6 camera - Face AF and D-Lighting
A standalone One-touch portrait button is conveniently located on the top of the Nikon Coolpix S6, giving direct access to three innovative Nikon features for in-camera improvement. Face-priority AF automatically finds and then focuses on people's faces no matter where they are in the frame for pleasingly sharp portraits time after time. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix can automatically detect the annoying red-eye effect that sometimes occurs in flash photography, then compensate for it in-camera to give natural-looking portraits. And D-Lighting can improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy with light and detail added wherever necessary and well-exposed areas kept exactly as they are.

Updated : Nikon Coolpix S6 review
"The camera truly lives up to its word; ease, excellent image quality and superb innovation packaged in a stylish design. Although the Coolpix S6 camera does leave Nikon room for improvement on a few minor points, such as adding optical image stabilisation, and extending the optical zoom range, this is something for a future generation of Coolpix S-series cameras." Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S6 review now to find out about our experiences with this digital compact camera.

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