Nikon CoolPix S6

Last update: Review by CNET (Added on 25 May’07)

Nikon CoolPix S6 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a huge 3.0″ LCD screen, a Built-in WiFi, measuring Approx 3.9 x 2.4 x 0.8 in. (100.5 x 60 x 21mm ), weighing 4.9 oz. (140g), and it’s running on EN-EL8 Batteries. Nikon CoolPix S6 will be available in stores from march 2006 at $449.95 USD.
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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

>> REVIEWS (last updated: 25.05.07)

CNET reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“Noise performance in the Coolpix S6 is similar to that of other small-sensor point-and-shoot cameras; ISO 50 is very clean, ISO 100 is also clean, ISO 200 has noticeable noise, and ISO 400 is very noisy and speckled but still usable…The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix S6 is a stylish performer with a handy control wheel, but its Wi-Fi implementation feels almost like an afterthought.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“In my simple tests the S6 required an average of 32 seconds to transfer five 6.0-megapixel photos directly to my Mac iBook G4, whether the camera was sitting 50 feet away (at the other end of my house) or right next to the iBook…My photos looked colorful and sharp–pleasing for the most part. The PC World Test Center gave the S6 an overall image-quality score of Good. The camera’s marks for color fidelity and exposure accuracy were a bit above average, but it scored slightly below average for sharpness. Battery life was below average, at 245 shots.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“Like most Nikon Coolpix digicams, the S6’s macro setting performed unusually well, capturing a tiny minimum area of only 1.57 x 1.18 inches (39 x 29 millimeters). Detail and resolution were both excellent, with great definition even in the tiny particles of dust on the top edges of the coins. Corner softness is fairly minimal as well. (Most cameras have some softening in the corners in macro mode, the Nikon S5 shows less than most.) At 1.6 inches from the subject, the onboard flash isn’t very useful, so plan on illuminating Macro shots with available light or external flash.”

PCMag reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“When it comes to the meat and potatoes of the camera—picture quality—I was a little disappointed. In my still-life test shots, I saw some noise in the flash shot. Color accuracy and saturation were quite good, and images showed decent contrast and only a little fringing. Still, the images taken by the PowerShot SD430 were sharper and more dynamic, although the S6’s flash shot had about the same coverage and evenness…
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photoxels reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“You can set the ISO on the Nikon S6 from 50 to 400. The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square) demonstrate that noise at ISO 50 and 100 are under control. Noise starts to be visible at ISO 200 but is usable. At ISO 400, the presence of noise takes the form of coloured splotches…Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S6 delivers good to very good image quality in “sunny outdoors” situations but is a bit challenged in low-light situations..

PhotographyBlog reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“The Nikon Coolpix S6 is not overly complex in terms of the number of external controls that it has. I counted just 10 controls in total, which suits the small dimensions of the camera. The majority of the controls are clearly labeled and common to most cameras, although the Nikon-specific icons will have you reaching for the manual. As this is a style-focused camera, most of the key photographic options, such as ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance, are buried within the menu system, rather than accessible via external buttons, which slows down the operation of the camera.
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigicamReview reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“Image quality is hit and miss with this camera, it can produce some excellent colours, and very good macro photos, with low noise at ISO 50, however, outside on bright sunny days, when you would expect the camera to be performing it’s best, it sometimes seems to be performing it’s worst, with noticable vignetting in corners, generally soft images, soft corners, and soft sides down the left and the right. The camera also disappoints when it comes to the huge amount of red-eye in photos – this is the worst I’ve seen for a very long time, and the built in red-eye reduction doesn’t seem to do anything to fix it.”

DCRP reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“Camera performance is a mixed bag. The S6 starts up quickly and focusing times were reasonable. Despite having an AF-assist lamp, I found the camera’s low light focusing abilities to be poor. There’s also a bit of shutter lag when shutter speeds get slower. Shot-to-shot speeds were reasonable, as was the S6’s continuous shooting mode. Battery life was about average for a camera in this class. ”

Megapixel reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“With the S6, noise is almost absent at the 50 and 100 ISO levels, and minimal at 200 ISO. At 400 ISO is it more readily visible, but images captured at that sensitivity remain quite good when printed to a size no larger than 4 x 6 (10 x 15 cm). On the optical side, the Coolpix S6’s image are free of any chromatic aberration over the entire focal length range of the zoom, and reveal no major distortion, either barrel or pincushion, at any point.”

LetsGoDigital reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“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. ”

CNET reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“The Nikon Coolpix S6 offers generally excellent image quality for snapshots, though critical viewers may notice vignetting and other minor flaws. Color accuracy and range are excellent, and the Coolpix S6’s exposures are generally on target. Its palette is rather neutral and faithful to the scene, not oversaturated as with many other point-and-shoot cameras. The Vivid color setting gives images a little more warmth and pop but doesn’t go too far. Flesh tones are warm but not ruddy, even with flash at close range, and the camera’s automatic white balance is fairly accurate under most conditions. ”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S6 and wrote;
“I was pleased with the overall image quality when using 6-Megapixel Fine mode. Outdoor images showed good overall exposure, with colors being nicely saturated. Noise levels were very low at sensitivity settings of ISO 50 and 100. Shadow noise is present at ISO 200, and noise is noticeable throughout the image at ISO 400, although those images are quite usable.”

Nikon Coolpix S6 User Opinions @ Amazon

>> SAMPLE PICTURES (last updated: 21.09.06)

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Nikon Coolpix S6 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams


– Download Nikon CoolPix S6 User Manual


Nikon UK is pleased to announce two exciting new cameras – the COOLPIX S5 and S6. These stylish new cameras combine high-quality imaging performance with a striking wave-surface design. Both cameras have the ability to improve images in-camera, large LCDs and a powerful new “Pictmotion” function that allows users to create entertaining in-camera shows.

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