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The Nikon Coolpix S6500 is a compact camera with a 12x optical zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi. It comes in silver, black, red, blue, white and orange and is available for around £190.
When shooting there is auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically, as well as 19 scene modes. Other shooting modes include Auto HDR which combines two shots, Easy Panorama 360°/180° and 10 fps high-speed continuous shooting. There is also the smart portrait system which includes a smile timer, blink proof alert and glamour retouch. You can also shoot in 3D, the images can then be displayed on a 3D enabled TV.
When you've finished shooting you can edit your pictures in the retouch menu, which includes selective colour and cross screen. Your pictures can be transferred to a smart phone or tablet using the built-in Wi-Fi. This also allows you to use your mobile device as a remote control.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sound.
- 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
- 12x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-300mm)
- Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction
- 3.0 inch 460k dot LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Full 1080p HD movie recording
- ISO 125-3200
- Auto HDR mode
- Easy Panorama 360°/180°
- 10 fps high-speed continuous shooting
The S6500 has a new and improved menu system, with a neater interface that is easy to navigate. When you take a shot, there is an option which pops up with the preview that allows you to apply a quick effect to your image. There is an extensive choice of options such as pop, toy camera and selective colour.
To make use of the Wi-Fi you need to download the Wireless Mobile Utility app to your smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android). This allows you to use your mobile device to download pictures from the camera to edit and share them. You can also use it as a remote release. A preview appears on your mobile device, you can control the zoom or set a timer. Other information appears on the screen, such as shutter speed, aperture, number of shots left and battery life.
Battery life is rated at 150 shots according to CIPA test results, we were able to take nearly 250 shots before the battery went flat, this also include testing of the Wi-Fi. 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||0.45 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.9 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.45 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.8 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.6 secs|
|Continuous Shooting H||9.3 fps|
|Continuous Shooting L||2.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 120 fps||122.8 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 60 fps||60.3 fps|
Continuous Shooting H and L record at full 16 megapixel resolution. Continuous Shooting H: 120 fps records VGA size images, Continuous Shooting H: 60 fps records at 1 megapixels.
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Nikon Coolpix S6500 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.7 | 16.8 mm | ISO 220
Building With Landscape | 1/1250 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Low Light | 0.8 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm | ISO 125
Pet Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm | ISO 125
Sample Photos - Images tend to be well exposed with good colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones with a slight hint of red-eye when using the flash.
Nikon Coolpix S6500 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1250 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Some Optical Zoom | 1/640 sec | f/5.1 | 25.8 mm | ISO 125
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.5 | 54.0 mm | ISO 125
Macro | 1/80 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 125
Lens Performance - The S6500 produces image with a decent amount of detail at both ends of the lens, with softness appearing in the corners and some purple fringing in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 8cm although you can still take a decent macro shot from that distance.
Nikon Coolpix S6500 ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm
ISO 200 | 1/15 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm
ISO 400 | 1/30 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm
ISO 800 | 1/60 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/125 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/250 sec | f/4.2 | 10.9 mm
ISO Noise Performance - Images are noise free at ISO 100, with a small increase at ISO 200 and 400. Images become slightly softer at ISO 800. At ISO 1600 there is a slight loss in detail, but it becomes significant at ISO 3200.
Nikon Coolpix S6500 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/25 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/25 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
White Balance Performance - Under our studio lighting the auto white balance (AWB) performs well, whether it be the fluorescent or incandescent lights. Under the incandescent lights, the incandescent preset also performs well, taking a very similar image when compared to the AWB. The fluorescent preset takes a picture with a magenta cast under our fluorescent lighting.
Panorama | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 5.3 mm | ISO 125
Panorama mode - Panorama have a decent amount of detail and are well stitched together.
Nikon Coolpix S6500 Digital filters
Colour Option - Black And White | 1/5 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option - Cyanotype | 1/5 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option - Sepia | 1/5 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 125
Colour Option - Vivid | 1/5 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 125
Filter - Cross Process | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - High Contrast Monochrome | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 560
Filter - High Key | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 560
Filter - Low Key | 1/50 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Nostalgic Sepia | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Painting | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Pop | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Selective Colour | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Soft | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Super Vivid | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Toy Camera Effect 1 | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Toy Camera Effect 2 | 1/15 sec | f/4.8 | 19.4 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - When shooting you can use a colour option or one of the digital filters to make your pictures creative and unique.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Over on our Youtube page are videos recorded using the optical zoom as well as high-speed at 15 fps, 60 fps and 120 fps.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S6500 is available for around £190.00. Other cameras with a similar amount of zoom are the Fujifilm FinePix T500 at £111.99, Olympus SH-21 at £116.26, Canon IXUS 500 HS at £129.99, Olympus VR-370 at £129.99 and Ricoh CX6 at £197.99. None of these cameras have built-in Wi-Fi which causes the price to be higher. There are many cameras now available with Wi-Fi, if this is the feature which attracts you the most there is the Canon IXUS 240 HS at £152.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 at £109.99 and Nikon Coolpix S800c at £222.70. There are also Wi-Fi memory cards from Transcend and Eye-Fi.
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 S6500 ProsBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Available in a good range of colour
Good image quality
Fast continuous shooting
Well stitched panoramas
Nikon Coolpix S6500 Cons8cm minimum focusing distance not ideal for macro shots
Poor battery life rating
Focus speed is a little sluggish
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Nikon Coolpix S6500 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 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-70P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD|