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Nikon Coolpix S6700 Review

Daniel Bell reviews the Nikon Coolpix S6700, it has 10x optical zoom and a 20.1 megapixel sensor.

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The Nikon Coolpix S6700 was announced in January 2014 and is a compact camera with 10x optical zoom. It also has a 20.1 megapixel sensor, retouch menu and a range of digital filters which can be used on your pictures before and after shooting. It is available in red and black for around £141.

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Nikon Coolpix S6700 Features

The Nikon Coolpix S6700 has a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a 10x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-250mm. To help take sharper shots there is optical image stabilisation. When shooting moving objects you can use Target Finding AF which identifies and focuses on your subject.

The Scene Auto Selector automatically optimises the camera settings for the detected scene, or you can choose your own from 18 scene modes. There is the Smart Portrait System which includes Smile Timer, Blink Proof alerting and Red-Eye Fix. After shooting your portraits they can be enhanced using Advanced Glamour Retouch, which includes 12 retouch effects such as add make-up and hide eye-bags. You can also edit your images via the Retouch menu with 32 quick effects, which includes Selective Colour.

Videos are recorded in 720p HD.

Nikon Coolpix S6700 Red (7)

Key Features

  • 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-250mm)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen
  • Retouch menu
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 80-1600 (ISO 3200 available when using Auto mode)
  • 5cm minimum focusing distance
  • Smart Portrait mode
  • Advanced Glamour Retouch
  • Available in black and red
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Nikon Coolpix S6700 Handling

The Nikon Coolpix S6700 has a compact, pocketable body with a metal front. To aid grip there is a number of dots on the rear where your right hand thumb sits. On top of the camera is the on / off button, alongside the zoom rocker and shutter release. On the rear are movie record, mode, playback, menu and delete buttons as well as a d-pad for cycling through the menus. The d-pad also gives quick access to the flash, exposure compensation, macro and self-timer.

Also on the rear is the 3.0 inch screen which has a low 230k dot resolution, but does have an anti-reflective coating, making it easy to see even in bright sunlight. The menu system is simple and easy to navigate.

Battery life is rated at 230 shots according to Nikon / CIPA standards, which is decent for a budget compact camera. 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   0.175 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response   0.55 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   0.65 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   1.5 secs
Shot to Shot without Flash   4.5 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   4.9 secs
Continuous Shooting   0.7 fps

The S6700 is sluggish between shots whether you're using the flash or not. Continuous shooting records in full 20.1 megapixel resolution.

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Nikon Coolpix S6700 Performance

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Nikon Coolpix S6700 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Images have good colour reproduction and are well exposed. The portrait mode takes images with very soft skin and decent tones, with only the slightest hint of red-eye when using the flash. Images in low light are good, even if shooting handheld.

Nikon Coolpix S6700 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Images have a reasonable amount of detail at both ends of the lens, although they are clearly softer in the corners. Purple fringing doesn't present much of an issue, but there is clearly some barrel distortion. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 5cm which allows for a reasonable macro shot.

Nikon Coolpix S6700 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Images are low in noise at ISO 80, 100 and 200. Noise isn't an issue at ISO 400, but images do become a little soft at ISO 800. Images are very soft at ISO 1600 and at ISO 3200 image size is limited to 4 megapixels.

Nikon Coolpix S6700 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well, the incandescent preset performs slightly better though. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB performs excellently, with the fluorescent preset taking an image with a clear colour cast.

Nikon Coolpix S6700 Digital filters

Digital Filters - The S6700 comes with a range of special effects for creative shots - we have included examples of each of above.

Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is good, when using the optical zoom you can hear the sound of the lens movement picked up by the microphone, but it's reasonably quiet.

Value For Money

The Nikon Coolpix S6700 is available for around £140. Other cameras with a similar amount of optical zoom include the Samsung WB35F (12x zoom) at £149.99, Sony Cyber-Shot WX200 (10x zoom) at £132.99, Canon IXUS 255 HS (10x zoom) at £170.82, Fujifilm FinePix T500 (12x zoom) at £74.99, Olympus Stylus VR-370 (12.5x zoom) at £130.00 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 (12x zoom) at £139.99.

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 S6700 Verdict

The Nikon Coolpix S6700 isn't the most feature packed camera available, but it does offer a decent amount of zoom, with optical image stabilisation for a reasonable price. Images produced are of good enough quality to share on the web, and larger prints will be possible if you are able to shoot in good light at lower ISO's. There are a good number of special effects available for creative shots and you can even apply them via the retouch menu, available in playback.


Nikon Coolpix S6700 Pros

Optical image stabilisation
3.0 inch screen
Easy to use
Decent image quality
Lots of special effects which can be applied before and after shooting

Nikon Coolpix S6700 Cons

Basic set of features
Slow between shots
Quite a short battery life
Clear barrel distortion


Nikon Coolpix S6700 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/5.8
35mm equivalent25mm - 250mm
Optical Zoom10x
Image Sensor
Pixels20Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5152
Pixels (H)3864
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230,000
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus10cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity125 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting120fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS60
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19
Battery Life (CIPA rating)230shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19, Charging AC Adapter EH-70P, USB Cable UC-E6

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