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.
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.
20.1 megapixel CCD sensor
10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-250mm)
Optical image stabilisation
3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen
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
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.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot without Flash
Shot to Shot with Flash
The S6700 is sluggish between shots whether you're using the flash or not. Continuous shooting records in full 20.1 megapixel resolution.
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.
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
A super wide-angle zoom aimed primarily at landscape and architecture photographers with a more affordable price and a slightly wider range than the camera makers' own models...is there a catch? We aim to find out.
3 Aug 2009 11:34AM