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Nikon Coolpix S6

alaTest has collected and analyzed 465 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and design. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the reliability. Many are negative about the shutter and memory.

screen, usability, portability, design, image quality

flash, low-light, features, memory, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S6 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S6200Digital Camera Review


More zoom is usually a good thing, and it's always one of the best ways to help a point-and-shoot stand out from the legions of indistinguishable copycats.

Budget point-and-shoots can follow a few different paths to shine brighter than the rest of the crowded market. One way is with “fun” extras like picture effects and face recognition. Another is to strip down the feature set and focus on picture...

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Coolpix S6 Digital Camera


Nikon's Coolpix S6 presents an attractive package, in more ways than just its appearance. The price tag ($350 as of 6/15/06) is seductive for a pocket-size, 6.0-megapixel, Wi-Fi-equipped camera. And you have to love the roomy, 3-inch LCD: Its...

Built-in Wi-Fi, very sharp LCD display Very useful selector dial and thumb pad

Lacks contrast and saturation controls

Battery life was below average, at 245 shots

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Nikon CoolPix S6


Photograph: Chris Manners

Built-in Wi-Fi, very sharp LCD display ; Very useful selector dial and thumb pad

Lacks contrast and saturation controls

Thin model offers Wi-Fi, sharp 3-inch LCD, and an easy-to-use selector dial and thumb pad. But it lacks some common controls.


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Nikon Coolpix S6


Large LCD. Stylish design. Fun features, such as the Picmotion Slide Show mode.

Picture quality is so-so. Mediocre performance.

The Coolpix S6 digital camera is slim and hip, but it may have more style than substance.

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Nikon Coolpix S6 Digital Camera Review


The slim and sexy Nikon Coolpix S6 was announced in February, along with its compatriot, the S5. Both cameras share similar specs, like 6 megapixels on a 1/2.5-inch CCD and a 3x optical zoom lens, with the main difference being the wireless capability...

- Sexy and sophisticated camera body - Huge LCD screen with wide viewing angle and solid resolution - WiFi enabled - All metal body - Rotary dial - Pictmotion slide shows

- Limited battery life - Weak flash - Wireless setup requires wires - Tiniest zoom control ever - Red eye fix doesn't fix anything - Short ISO range - Short shutter speed range

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Nikon Coolpix S6 (white)


The front of the camera is simple and unassuming. Its sleek, gently curved face holds the lens in the upper-right corner, next to a tiny flash and an autofocus-assist light. The camera's 3X, 35mm-to-105mm lens (35mm equivalent) zooms internally, never...

Great click wheel; slim design; solid color reproduction.

Irritating top buttons; extremely limited Wi-Fi capabilities.

The Nikon Coolpix S6 is a stylish performer with a handy control wheel, but its Wi-Fi implementation feels almost like an afterthought.

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Nikon Coolpix S6


The new COOLPIX S5 and S6 combine high-quality imaging performance with impressive new Pictmotion photo sharing technology. Both the S5 and S6 have sleek, slim wave designs, appealing to users who want their cameras to look as great as the pictures they t

This review is currently in First Look status, please check back later for the conclusion and sample photos.

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Nikon Coolpix S6 Review


The Nikon Coolpix S6 is a slim and stylish compact digital camera with a distinctive "wave-surface" design. The Nikon S6 is one of the few cameras to offer built-in Wi-Fi, which means that you...

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Nikon Coolpix S6 Digital Camera - Review


Nikon's new Coolpix S6 takes Style and merges it with Slim to create a very capable stylecam that you can take with you everywhere. Sporting a 6.2 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom with ED glass, the slimline Nikon CoolPix S6 also incorporates WiFi

Stylish Wave design ; 3.0-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels of resolution ; WiFi image transfer and printing ; Rotary Multi-Selector ; Pictmotion presentations ; Nikon Feature system offers helpful basic tools for improving your pictures ; One-Touch...

Camera slow in low-lightSensitivity only to ISO 400Lens placement gets fingers in the shotShutdown is delayedSoft corners, especially at wide angleNoise suppression blurs fine detailHigh chromatic aberration at wide angleSlight warm cast in both Auto...

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Nikon Coolpix S6


There are plenty of ultra-thin cameras on the market. Find out how the S6 compares in our review, which starts now

Compact and stylish metal body ; Built-in 802.11b/g for wireless photo transfer (though see issues below) ; Huge 3-inch LCD display; screen is visible in low light ; Tons of scene modes ; In-camera help system ; Handy D-Lighting and Best Shot Selector...

Lots of vignetting and blurry edges; images a bit soft too; some color problems ; Redeye (despite the fancy removal tools) ; Disappointing night shot performance ; Poor low light focusing despite having an AF-assist lamp ; Tiny buttons on top of...

Overall I was a bit disappointed with the Coolpix S6. Sure, it looks cool, and some of the features are really handy. But the bottom line is that photo quality is not as good as other ultra-compacts, and it has more flaws to boot. I'd probably skip the...

Product Specifications

The stylish wave-surface design of the Nikon Coolpix S6 means it is as easy in the hand as it is on the eye. With a generous 6.0 megapixel resolution and precision 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, you can capture moments in superb color and detail, then let Pictmotion play them back as a slide show in combination with music and special effects. The large 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD monitor has an impressive 170-degree viewing angle, which makes it easier to share your pictures and slideshows. Built in Wi-Fi means you are free to snap away and transfer pictures straight to your computer or compatible printer without the bother of cables. With these cameras you're ready to capture the moment and relive your special moments with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset/Landscape / Portrait mode / Close-up / Museum / Party/indoor / Back light / Beach/snow / Night portrait / Fireworks / Night landscape / Dawn/dusk / Panorama assist / Copy / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.0-5.4
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Special Functions:Zoom
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
LAN and Wireless Image Transferring Protocols:IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid / Cyanotype/Black & White / Cyanotype / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None