Nikon Coolpix S6 digital camera review
The Nikon Coolpix S6 proves to be a pleasant digital camera to work with. For a snapshot digital camera, it even performs exceptionally well. Those who appreciate user-convenience will find the Nikon S6 meets the requirements; this digital camera carries out all its tasks without hesitation. Compactness, a lightweight body and an entry-level operation are the keywords that describe the Nikon Coolpix S6 camera. The use of the intelligent in-camera software, however, is what truly makes the Nikon S6 stand out from its competition. This functionality really does add to the value of the camera.
Nikon Coolpix S6 - Wi-Fi function
The Nikon Coolpix S6 is not exactly a camera the hobbyist photographer would take out into the field. On the contrary, this camera mainly aims at the consumers that welcome ease and convenience, as well as appreciate design combined with the latest innovative digital solutions. The Wi-Fi function offers the consumer that already has access to a wireless work environment, or is about to sever those wires, the option to take a digital camera on board of his "wireless workflow". It has to be said that sending the files from one room to the other wirelessly, whilst being able to hold the print in your hands only seconds later, is simply a great experience.
Nikon S6 - Image editing functions
In addition, Nikon have really carried through the automation inside the camera. The varieties of exceptionally handy functions, such as the grid lines, the D-Lighting, but also the automatic face detection, connect flawlessly to the available programme modes. This intelligent software can be used without difficulty by everyone, which proves its integration particularly successful. Personally, I find this method of photographing the ultimate way to snap pictures - things have simply never been easier.
Nikon Coolpix S6 - 3x optical zoom lens
The Nikon Coolpix S6 manages to offer outstanding photo quality in a very user-friendly manner. The 3x optical zoom lens performs very well indeed, and provides the user with an average range to capture his surroundings. I hope that Nikon will eventually seize the opportunity to add more wide-angle and/or tele, as the 3x optical zoom is starting to come across somewhat meagre compared to the competition. The colour rendition of the images is excellent. They feature feisty colours, and are highly likely to appeal to a majority of consumers. Capturing very light areas in images that are high in contrast, which could prove slightly tricky, can be done effortlessly with the application of the D-Lighting function. The Nikon S6 allows you to keep the image editing, both before capturing your image and afterwards, perfectly under control.
Nikon S6 - Exceptionally pleasant digital camera!
I found working with the Nikon S6 digital camera an exceptionally pleasant experience. 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. The Nikon Coolpix S6 is a camera for those who appreciate ease and value design, whilst keeping a keen eye on innovation. Recommended!
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