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The Nikon Coolpix S6400 is a stylish compact camera with a 16 megpixel sensor and 12x optical zoom. It is available in blue, purple, red, silver and black for £214.00.
As well as auto mode which sets the camera settings for you there are 20 scene modes. You can take 360° and 180° panoramas, either vertically or horizontally and there is also a 3D shooting mode for playback on 3D-capable TV's and computers. High-speed continuous shooting is available at seven fps for up to a maximum of seven shots. When you've finished shooting you can add effects to your pictures through playback, including toy camera, cross process, selective colour and painting.
Videos are recorded at full 1080p with stereo sound and optical zoom. There is also a pause function so you can pause and continue recording with the camera creating just one movie file.
- Back-illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
- Nikkor 12x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-300mm) with ED glass
- Lens-shift Vibration Reduction
- 3.0 inch 460k-dot LCD touch screen
- Intelligent AF Control System
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 125 - 3200
- 10cm minimum focusing distance
- 7fps high-speed continuous shooting
- Easy Panorama 360°/180°
- Available in blue, purple, red, silver and black
Battery life is rated at a disappointing 160 shots according to CIPA test results, we were able to take exactly 160 shots before the battery went flat. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.25 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.8 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.4 secs|
|Continuous Shooting H||12 fps|
|Continuous Shooting L||2.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 120 fps||120 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 60 fps||60 fps|
Nikon say the camera can manage 7 fps in continuous shooting, but we managed 12 fps! The 120 fps and 60 fps modes record at VGA and 1 megapixel respectively.
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Nikon COOLPIX S6400 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 12.6 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/1600 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Sport | 1/320 sec | f/5.1 | 25.8 mm | ISO 125
Pet Portrait | 1/125 sec | f/5.0 | 22.4 mm | ISO 640
Sample Photos - The S6400 takes images that are well exposed and have excellent colour reproduction. Portrait shots have pleasant skin tones and are free of red-eye. Pet portrait mode automatically switches to continuous shooting to improve your chances of taking a sharp shot of your pet.
Nikon COOLPIX S6400 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/640 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Some Optical Zoom | 1/800 sec | f/5.0 | 22.4 mm | ISO 125
Full Optical Zoom | 1/100 sec | f/6.5 | 54.0 mm | ISO 125
Digital Zoom | 1/60 sec | f/6.5 | 216.0 mm | ISO 125
Trees | 1/50 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Macro | 1/80 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail when shooting at either end of the lens, although they are a little softer in the corners. Purple fringing is well controlled in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10cm, but this doesn't stop it from being able to take a good macro shot.
Nikon COOLPIX S6400 ISO test images
ISO125 | 1/6 sec | f/4.7 | 16.8 mm
ISO200 | 1/10 sec | f/4.7 | 16.8 mm | ISO 200
ISO400 | 1/25 sec | f/4.7 | 16.8 mm | ISO 400
ISO800 | 1/50 sec | f/4.7 | 16.8 mm | ISO 800
ISO1600 | 1/100 sec | f/4.7 | 16.8 mm | ISO 1600
ISO3200 | 1/200 sec | f/4.7 | 16.8 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 125 and 200 with a little appearing at ISO 400. Images lose a little detail and become softer at ISO 800 with a number of black dots reducing image quality at ISO 1600. The highest setting of ISO 3200 sees a very noisy image taken, with the black dots becoming more evident. Colours are still reproduced well when viewing them at a smaller size, so even at the highest ISO setting, the images will be fine for sharing on the web.
Nikon COOLPIX S6400 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 8.2 mm | ISO 125
Incandescent Preset | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 8.2 mm | ISO 125
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.8 | 8.2 mm | ISO 125
Fluorescent Preset | 1/4 sec | f/3.8 | 8.2 mm | ISO 125
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights in our studio, performance is good whether using the AWB setting or incandescent preset. Under the fluorescent lighting, the AWB setting takes the better picture, with the fluorescent preset having a slight magenta cast.
Panorama | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Panorama mode - Panoramas are well stitched together but detail isn't all that good when you view them full size - they are best for sharing on the web.
Nikon COOLPIX S6400 Other sample images
Backlighting | 1/500 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Drive | 1/400 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Landscape With Building | 1/1600 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Black And White Copy | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Above are a range of shots taken with some of the scene modes available.
Nikon COOLPIX S6400 Digital filters
Special Effects Cross Process 1 | 1/400 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Cross Process 2 | 1/400 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Cross Process 3 | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Cross Process 4 | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects High Contrast Monochrome | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Hi Key | 1/400 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Low Key | 1/800 sec | f/6.5 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Pop | 1/640 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
NiSpecial Effects Selective Colour | 1/1250 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Selective Colour 2 | 1/1600 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Sepia | 1/1600 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Soft | 1/1600 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Super Vivid | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Toy Camera Effect 1 | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Special Effects Toy Camera Effect 2 | 1/400 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Digital Filters - There are a number of special effects available, with examples of each above. Images can be edited in playback with options including quick retouch, d-lighting, stretch, perspective control and glamour retouch.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good, you can also use optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S6400 is available for £214.00. Below are a number of cameras with a similar amount of zoom.
|Olympus SH-21||Olympus SH-25MR||Nikon Coolpix S8200||Ricoh CX6||Canon IXUS 510 HS|
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 S6400 ProsFast high-speed shooting
Decent image quality
Responsive touch screen
Compact solid body
Available in a good range of colours
Nikon Coolpix S6400 ConsMinimum focusing distance is 10cm
Battery life is poor
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Nikon COOLPIX S6400 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.1 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 300mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||125 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Stylus TP-1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD, Reference Manual CD|