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Nikon Coolpix S6200 Lens Extended
The Coolpix S6200 was released by Nikon in August 2010 alongside the Coolpix 8200 and is available now in black, silver, pink, blue and red for £134.00.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 Front
To help take blur free images there is Lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction), ISO up to 3200 and Best Shot Selector (BSS) which automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots. There are also some dedicated light modes to take images in low light even without a tripod including Backlight scene mode, Night Portrait and Night Landscape.
Movie recording is in 720p HD with stereo sound, optical zoom and autofocus available. You can also take a picture while filming. There is also a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support for output to an HDTV.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 Top
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-250mm)
- Lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction)
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Best Shot Selector (BSS)
- 2.7 inch LCD monitor with Nikon’s Clear Colour Display technology
- 720p HD movie recording with stereo sound, optical zoom and autofocus
- Quick response
- Special effects and filters
- Smart portrait system
- Smile Timer
- Blink Proof
- In-camera Red-eye Fix
- 18 scene modes
- Scene Auto Selector
Nikon Coolpix S6200 Rear
On the rear of the camera is a 2.7 inch LCD screen which is bright and clear in most lighting conditions with the cameras menu system clearly laid about and well labelled, making it easy to understand. The camera is ready to take photos within three seconds of switching on and there are no issues with focusing speed. In continuous shooting mode the S6200 shot full-sized images at 1.25 fps in testing. The battery life is rated at a decent 250 shots. If you register the camera within 30 days of purchase you get an extra 12 months free guarantee, taking it up to 2 years in total.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 Battery
Nikon Coolpix S6200 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/400 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/160 sec | f/5.8 | 45.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/80 sec | f/5.8 | 180.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/10 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 80
Images appear to have noise even at the lowest ISO settings of ISO 80 and ISO 100. There is a steady increase in noise levels through ISO 200 and ISO 400, with a loss of sharpness and detail becoming evident at ISO 800. Images at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 have so much noise it looks like you are looking through snow, these ISO settings are best used for images which will be resized for use on the web.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 ISO test images
ISO 80 | 1/5 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO 100 | 1/6 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO 200 | 1/13 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO 400 | 1/25 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO 800 | 1/50 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/100 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/200 sec | f/4.7 | 17.5 mm
The landscape images below show the colour reproduction abilities of the S6200. Portraits have excellent skin tones with no sign of red-eye.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/800 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 80
Landscape with building | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.3 | 11.7 mm | ISO 200
Sport | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 45.0 mm | ISO 200
Backlighting | 1/2000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.5 mm | ISO 80
Black and white copy | 1/320 sec | f/3.3 | 5.2 mm | ISO 80
The auto white-balance setting (AWB) produces consistent results, which is evident under our studio lighting. There is little difference between the AWB, incandescent and fluorescents presets under the respective lighting. There is a very slight magenta cast when using the AWB preset under the incandescent lights and when using the fluorescent preset with the fluorescent lights.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 White-balance test images
AWB incandescent | 1/10 sec | f/3.8 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset | 1/10 sec | f/3.8 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
AWB fluorescent | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
Below are example images taken with the creative filters available including soft, nostalgic sepia, high-contrast monochrome, high key, low key and selective colour.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 Digital filters
High-contrast monochrome | 1/8 sec | f/4.3 | 11.7 mm | ISO 400
High-key | 1/6 sec | f/4.3 | 11.7 mm | ISO 400
Low-key | 1/30 sec | f/4.3 | 11.7 mm | ISO 320
Nostalgic sepia | 1/13 sec | f/4.3 | 11.7 mm | ISO 400
Selective colour | 1/13 sec | f/4.3 | 11.7 mm | ISO 400
Soft | 1/13 sec | f/4.3 | 11.7 mm | ISO 400
Video ModeBelow is an example video shot at 720p HD. An example using optical zoom can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. Videos can also be recorded in iFrame (960 x 540) and VGA (640 x 480) as well as with wind noise reduction.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S6200 is currently priced at £179.00. Other cameras with 10x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensor are the Sony Cybershot H70 @ £178.99 and Sony Cybershot HX7V @ £249.00. With lower resolution sensors you may also be considering the Pentax Optio RZ10 @ £84.99, Olympus VR-310 @ £87.00, Fujifilm FinePix T200 @ £96.00 and Samsung PL210 @ £99.00. The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS @ £171.00 has 12x optical zoom and 14.1 megapixel sensor. The Nikon Coolpix S8200 has a 14x optical zoom lens and is priced at £279.00.
Nikon Coolpix S6200 ProsCompact body
Good colour reproduction
10x optical zoom
Nikon Coolpix S6200 ConsMinimum focusing distance of 10cm
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Nikon Coolpix S6200 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/5.8|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 250mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Continuous shooting||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap AN-CP19, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12, Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, UC-E6, EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM|