Nikon Coolpix S60

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Nikon Coolpix S60 is a 10.0-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 5x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens (35mm equivalent: 33-165mm) with Optical VR Image Stabilization, EXPEED Image Processing, Customizable Touch Panel Display, auto adjusts up to ISO 3200, 17 Scene Modes, High Quality TV Movies with Sound, and a bright 3.5-inch High Resolution TOUCH PANEL LCD offers 160º Wide-Angle of Views. The camera weighs 5.1 oz. (145g) and will be available in Espresso Black, Arctic White, Burgundy, Champagne Pink, Platinum Bronze and Crimson Red. (Download Brochure)

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon S60 Reviews

DCI reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
” Image quality, however, was disappointing due to high noise levels (noise starts to become visible at ISO 100), color fringing and some image softness. Noise starts to get really bad at ISO 200 and pictures look very muddy at ISO 400. “

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix S60 is still a fun camera to use that produces good results in the majority of places that its target audience will use it. If you don’t expect too much from it, then the Coolpix S60 is a stylish, if rather expensive, beginner’s camera with a twist.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photoxels reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
“Coolpix S60 delivers good image quality at ISO 64. Using a high ISO means you might be able to take low-light pictures but be aware that the noise issue and loss of image detail will limit pictures taken at high ISOs to small prints and for Web display only.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
“Picture quality compares well with other pocket digital cameras. The touch controlled LCD screen will appeal to gadget lovers. The camera is easy enough to use, looks good and is certainly an option to add to your shortlist.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Wired reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
” For the casual user, Nikon’s Coolpix S60 is a fun camera to use, especially with all its built-in settings for specific shots. It’s the perfect party companion”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

PCMag reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
” the camera can handle up to ISO 800 before noise makes the picture unbearably grainy. But images did show more than an average amount of noise at lower ISOs”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
“Overall the interface is very easy to use and the touchscreen responsive reacting quickly to our zoom requests for example. On-screen icons are big enough even for the fat fingered.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
The bottom line: Fun features and chic styling make the Nikon Coolpix S60 a tasty choice for casual point-and-shoot use. However, if you need speed or snapshot perfection, this isn’t your camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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CNET.aus reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
“From ISO 64 to 200, images were generally free from digital artefacts and appropriate amount of detail were rendered. The images were not over-sharpened and had a film-like feel to them..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCI reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
” The S60 feels like a definite case of style over substance. It’s as easy as possible to use, and is a gorgeous piece of gear in any set of hands. But if you want any real control of your shooting experience, then this isn’t the camera for you. “
Rating:N/A reviews the Nikon S60 and writes;
“The S60 isn’t the speediest camera around when it comes to startup time. It took a good 2.5 seconds to boot up from power down, but surprisingly shutter lag measured a fast 0.05 second.”
Rating: ★★★½☆


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Nikon S60 User Manual (PDF)

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Nikon S60 Press Release

Amsterdam , the Netherlands, 7 August 2008 – Nikon Europe is proud to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX S60 – an advanced and stylish compact digital camera featuring a large 3.5-inch wide-screen LCD monitor with unique touch-panel control. Its 10-megapixel resolution offers clear, high-quality pictures with a NIKKOR 5x zoom lens for dynamic telephoto shooting. Quality shots are ensured through its Vibration Reduction capability and high ISO sensitivity. The COOLPIX S60 offers advanced features, such as Scene Auto Selector, enhanced Face Recognition, Smile Timer with blink detection, time-lapse movies, in-camera retouch and HDMi output.

Mark Pekelharing, Product Manager Consumer Products at Nikon Europe B.V: “The COOLPIX S60 is the perfect marriage between technology and style. Nikon has introduced a host of features to make this camera easy to use and packed it with superb innovations derived from our professional D-SLR line for optimal imaging. We are confident that the numerous colour options will appeal to those looking for the combination of quality and good looks in a single package.”

Quality imaging

10 Effective megapixels offer high-resolution, high-quality images while the use of Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image-processing system, originally designed for its award-winning professional D-SLRs, ensures the data obtained from the image sensor are processed at high speed and with the greatest precision. The camera’s 5x optical zoom-NIKKOR lens with Nikon’s original folded optics ensures the camera remains slim and stylish while not losing out on image quality.

The human touch

Most camera functions are controlled by directly touching the large, 3.5-inch widescreen TFT monitor. With a wide viewing angle of approximately 160?, viewing is easy even from a diagonal. Anti-reflection coating further enhances viewing ease, while the touch panel makes the camera easy to use. If you want to enjoy your pictures with others in larger format while retaining image quality, simply connect the camera to an HDMi TV.

To help you take better pictures, the camera can automatically select the best scene through its Auto Scene Selector mode. To take a picture, simply touch any subject on the screen and the camera will automatically focus for you and set the best exposure. The enhanced Face Recognition feature keeps track of moving objects, ensuring they remain in focus.

Banish blur

The camera boasts three functions to reduce image blur. High-performance Image Sensor Vibration Reduction (VR) allows sharp pictures with minimal blur even in telephoto shooting using optical zoom and digital zoom. Its superior noise-reduction ISO technology allows a sensitivity range up to ISO 3200 with pixel addition for correct exposure and sharpness even in low-light conditions. Thirdly, with Nikon’s Best Shot Selector, the camera takes a maximum of 10 sequential shots and automatically saves the sharpest image. This is ideal for macro close-up shooting when camera shake is difficult to avoid.

The perfect smile

When photographing friends or family, the improved Face-priority AF recognises up to 12 faces for both superb portrait photography and crisp group images, even when faces are easily underexposed in backlit conditions, overexposed in strong sunshine or moving around. The camera’s movie function and time-lapse movie can shoot 30 fps at up to 640×480 pixels. The 17 Scene Modes, including modes for tough-to-shoot environments such as beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn and fireworks shows, mean you’ll capture even the trickiest subjects perfectly. If you need to retouch any picture, the camera has a wealth of image-editing tools built-in, including a memo function.

Looking good out there

At just some 97 (w) x 60 (h) x 22 (d) mm and weighing in at a mere 145 grams, the COOLPIX S60’s slim and compact body will travel happily anywhere. With a high-quality body, aluminium front panel and altered Wave shape, the integrated curved lines fit any hand-size perfectly. And because the camera’s available in a range of body colours, there’s a colour to suit anyone’s style.

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