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The Nikon Coolpix S2600 was released in February 2012 and is designed to be an easy to use digital compact camera that's exclusively available from Argos for £69.99 in purple, pink, silver and black.
To make picture taking as easy as possible there is Scene Auto Selector which chooses the correct camera settings for the scene. You can also choose from 18 scene modes. There is also the smart portrait system with smile timer, blink proof alert, skin softening and red-eye fix. For capturing moving objects there is Subject Tracking AF. When you've finished taking your pictures you can enhance them further using the retouch menu, which includes selective colour and cross screen.
Videos can be recorded at 720p HD.
- 14 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-130mm)
- e-VR (Vibration Reduction)
- 2.7 inch LCD screen
- Scene Auto Selector
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 80-3200
- 10cm minimum focusing distance
- Slim 19.5mm body
- Smart portrait system
- Retouch Menu
- 18 scene modes
- Subject Tracking AF
- Available in purple, pink, silver and black
The battery has a CIPA rating of 220 shots, we managed just over 350 during testing. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.
|Shutter Response||0.2 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.3 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||3.3 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||6.2 seconds|
|Continuous shooting||0.95 fps|
Continuous shooting records at full 14 megapixel resolution.
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Nikon Coolpix S2600 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.3 | 11.8 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Drive | 1/250 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Pet | 1/250 sec | f/5.5 | 17.6 mm | ISO 250
Sample Photos - The S2600 produces well exposed images with good colour reproduction. Portraits have pleasant skin tones and are free of red-eye when shooting with the flash.
Nikon Coolpix S2600 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/6.5 | 23.0 mm | ISO 80
Digital Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.5 | 92.0 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/13 sec | f/3.4 | 5.3 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Detail is decent when shooting at both ends of the lens, with purple fringing evident in contrasting areas of the image. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10cm, this makes it difficult to take a detailed macro shot.
Nikon Coolpix S2600 ISO test images
ISO80 | 0.3 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 80
ISO100 | 1/5 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
ISO200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 200
ISO400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 400
ISO800 | 1/40 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 800
ISO1600 | 1/80 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 1600
ISO3200 | 1/160 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 80 and 100 but there is some evident at ISO 200. Noise causes images to become soft at ISO 400, with black dots reducing image quality at ISO 800. At ISO 1600 the black dots increase, with areas of the image looking like white noise. Images are ISO 3200 are clearly very noisy, but the size is restricted to 2 megapixels when using this setting.
Nikon Coolpix S2600 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the AWB preset has an orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking the better picture. When using the fluorescent lights, the AWB preset performs well, with a magenta cast appearing when using the fluorescent preset.
Nikon Coolpix S2600 Other sample images
Trees | 1/40 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Black And White Copy | 1/40 sec | f/5.3 | 11.8 mm | ISO 800
Nikon Coolpix S2600 Low light images
Low Light AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 400
Low Light incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 7.9 mm | ISO 400
Nikon Coolpix S2600 Digital filters
Colour Options Black And White | 0.5 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 80
Colour Options Cyanotype | 0.5 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 80
Colour Options Sepia | 0.5 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 80
Colour Options Standard | 0.5 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 80
Colour Options Vivid | 0.5 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 80
Digital Filters - The S2600 has a number of colour options to add creativity to your images, with examples of each above.
Video - The Nikon Coolpix S2600 records videos at 720p, although you can't use the optical zoom.
Value For MoneyAt just £69.99, the Nikon Coolpix S2600 is one of the cheapest compact cameras we have reviewed. Others to consider are the Samsung PL210 at £79.00, Olympus VG-170 at £79.95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 at £84.00, Canon PowerShot A1300 at £89.95, Nikon Coolpix S3300 at £94.95, Canon PowerShot A3200 IS at £99.00 and Olympus VR-340 at 99.00.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Nikon Coolpix S2600 ProsGreat value for money
Available in a range of colours
Compact, metal body
Images have good colour reproduction
Nikon Coolpix S2600 ConsAvailable in limited number of places
Images are noisy from ISO 400 upwards
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Nikon Coolpix S2600 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||14Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD|