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Nikon Coolpix S6600 Review

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Nikon Coolpix S6600 - a compact camera with a vari-angle LCD monitor and 12x optical zoom.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Nikon Coolpix S6600
Price : £191
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Verdict
Specification

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Red (4)

The Nikon Coolpix S6600 was announced in August 2013 and is a compact camera with a vari-angle screen - ideal for taking perfectly framed self-portraits as well as shooting high up or low down. It also has a 12x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel sensor. It is available for around £190.00

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Red (3)

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Features

The Nikon Coolpix S6600 has a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 12x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-300mm. To help keep your images sharp there is optical image stabilisation.

The S6600 has an auto mode which automatically adjusts the cameras settings for the detected scene. There are also a number of scene modes, easy panorama and special effects. When shooting portraits you can use Glamour retouch which applies digital make-up such as blush or concealer as well as whiten eyes, redden cheeks, whiten teeth and much more.

The camera also has built-in Wi-Fi so you can transfer your pictures and videos to smartphones and tablets, then share them on social network sites. The vari-angle screen makes it easy to shoot from any position, high up or low down.

Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sound.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Red (5)

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 12x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-300mm)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 2.7 inch 460k dot vari-angle TFT LCD monitor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • 2cm minimum focusing distance
  • Glamour retouch
  • Easy Panorama mode
  • Special effects
  • Available in red, black, purple, white and pink
Nikon Coolpix S6600 Red (6)

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Handling

The Nikon Coolpix S6600 looks and feels like a typical camera - the vari-angle screen doesn't make the camera feel much bigger or heavier and you can certainly carry it in your pocket easy enough. You can also turn the screen to face the camera to reduce the chances of it being scratched when not in use. The screen size itself is a little small as many cameras at least now have a 3.0 inch screen.

To make room for the screen on the rear the playback the playback and scene mode buttons are on the top of the camera with the on / off button, zoom rocker and shutter release. On the back of the camera are the movie record, menu and delete buttons as well as a d-pad which allows you to use the menus. The d-pad also gives quick access to the flash, self-timer, exposure compensation and macro modes.

The menu system is easy to use with all the writing in quite a large font. The screen is easy to view from an angle - of course you can adjust the angle of the screen, which is handy if the sun is pointing directly at it. If you flip the screen over you can use it to take a self-portrait. Nikon has included a gesture based method of controlling the camera in this situation. You hold you palm over the screen, and a circle appears which can be dragged to one of the four available options which allow you to adjust the zoom or take a picture / video. It works, but is a little temperamental.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Ios App Screenshot 4 | Nikon Coolpix S6600 Ios App Screenshot 5 | Nikon Coolpix S6600 Ios App Screenshot 6 |

The built-in Wi-Fi allows you to transfer images to a smartphone or tablet and use your mobile device as a remote release, with a preview appearing on the screen. It is easy to use, but if your battery is low you're not able to switch the Wi-Fi function on. You need to download the free Nikon app and connect both devices using Wi-Fi.

Battery life is rated at 150 shots according to CIPA test results, which is quite disappointing. You're going to need to charge regularly or carry a spare. 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   0.5 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   1.0 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   1.5 secs
Shot to Shot without Flash   1.3 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   4.8 secs
Continuous Shooting - H   11.25 fps
Continuous Shooting - L   2.1 fps
Continuous Shooting - H: 120 fps   122.5 fps
Continuous Shooting - H: 60 fps   30 fps

Continuous shooting H & L both record in full resolution with the 120 fps and 60 fps modes restricted to VGA and 1 megapixel sized images only. Using the 60 fps mode we were only able to record at 30 fps.

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Nikon Coolpix S6600 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with excellent colour reproduction. Portraits have decent skin tones and are free of red-eye when using the flash. The night landscape mode gives you the option to choose handheld or tripod - the shutter speed is increased when shooting handheld.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Lens test images


Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail throughout at both ends of the lens, with purple fringing barely noticeable. In the darker areas of the images, detail isn't as good. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 2cm which allows for a decent macro shot to be taken.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and 200, but a little does appear at ISO 400 causing softness. Noise increases a little at ISO 800, but it is ISO 1600 where it is significant, however detail doesn't overly suffer. Although there is more noise at ISO 3200, image quality isn't terrible, but ISO 6400 produces a very noisy image.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - The Auto White Balance (AWB) performs fairly well under the incandescent lights, with a slight colour cast visible. The incandescent preset takes a better shot. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB performs extremely well, the fluorescent preset has a strong magenta cast.

Panorama 180 | 1/1250 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Panorama 180 | 1/1250 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125

Panorama 360 | 1/1000 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Panorama 360 | 1/1000 sec | f/3.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125

Panorama mode - You can shoot 180° and 360° panoramas - detail is good and they are well stitched together.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Digital filters


Digital Filters - The S6600 has five colour options to choose from, or you can apply one of a number of filters, we've included a number of examples above. 

Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Video quality is good - you can also use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.



Value For Money

The Nikon Coolpix S6600 is available for around £190. There are a number of cameras available with a similar amount of zoom, such as the Canon IXUS 255 HS at £189, Sony Cybershot WX200 at £179, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 at £148, Olympus Stylus VR-370 at £170, Samsung WB30F at £99, Fujifilm FinePix T500 at £87. The vari-angle screen is particularly unique for a compact camera and you'd do well to find one cheaper than the S6600.

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 S6600 Verdict

The addition of a vari-angle screen means the Nikon Coolpix S6600 is quite expensive, you can get cameras with a similar set of features without the screen for less money. If the screen is an appealing feature to you, the rest of the camera doesn't really disappoint, except for a couple of niggling issues. The gesture control doesn't really work well and is probably unnecessary anyway. The flash also takes ages to charge and the battery life is quite short. Other than that, image quality is good and there are plenty of useful features such as fast continuous shooting, Wi-Fi, panorama mode and filters.

 
  The Nikon Coolpix S6600 produces good images and is fantastic if you want a camera with a vari-angle screen.

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Pros

Vari-angle screen
2 year warranty
Good image quality
Fast continuous shooting
Has built-in Wi-Fi
Noise isn't too bad at higher ISO's

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Cons

Short battery life
Gesture control is too frustrating
Flash takes an age to charge
Could only shoot at 30 fps in 60 fps mode

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Nikon Coolpix S6600 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.1 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent25mm - 300mm
Optical Zoom12x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus8cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • M
ISO sensitivity125 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19
CIPA Rating150
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera 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
Dimensions
Weight153g
Width95.4mm
Height58.3mm
Depth26.3mm

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