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Nikon Coolpix S600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and image quality. The responsiveness and portability are also appreciated, but there are mixed views on the energy efficiency and viewfinder. There are some less positive views about the manual image adjustments and low light performance.

performance, portability, responsiveness, image quality, usability

shutter, low-light, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S600


The Nikon Coolpix S600 is a capable and speedy basic point-and-shooter, but at $300, it should offer more than a bare-bones feature set and so-so performance.

Slim body. Lightning-fast boot-up time. Variety of useful in-camera editing options.

Expensive. Limited feature set. Long lag time between shots. Daylight shots slightly muted. Significant barrel distortion. Mediocre face-detection performance.

The Nikon Coolpix S600 is a capable and speedy basic point-and-shooter. But at $300, it should offer more than a bare-bones feature set and so-so performance.

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Nikon Coolpix S600


I admit to having mixed feelings about the Nikon Coolpix S600. On one hand, it's a very attractive-looking ultracompact capable of producing pretty 10-megapixel photos. But on the other, it's a tad slow and underfeatured with an occasionally annoying...

Compact and attractive; very nice outdoor photos; optical image stabilization; relatively wide-angle lens.

Annoying interface conventions; slow shot-to-shot performance.

A good, though not outstanding, compact camera, the Nikon Coolpix S600 is hindered by some shortcomings in its performance and operation.

Editor's Choice!

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Nikon Coolpix S600


Thanks to its fast startup, superior image quality, and handy scroll wheel, the Coolpix S600 is our favorite bang-for-your-buck digicam.

Excellent sharpness in Macro mode ; Good life-like color ; Very fast start-up time ; Easy-to-use scroll wheel

Slow shot-to-shot speed ; So-so movie mode

Though it may be known for having the world’s smallest body and fastest start-up time, there's more to the Nikon Coolpix S600 than just those specs. Most important to photographers, this handsome little camera takes great pictures in a variety of...


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Nikon Coolpix S600


I have to say that for the price, this camera is simply outclassed by the competition. This review would have been immensely different if it weren't for the price point. It's like trying to review a DVD at a Blue-Ray price, it could be a good review if...

10 mega pixel CCDErgonomics shine2.7 inch LCD screen

too many steps for menu commands

The hip Nikon Coolpix S600 is great in style and might earn you some ‘oohs!

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Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera - Review


Trim, compact and stylish, the 10-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S600 is affordable and easy to use, boasting a 4x wide-angle zoom lens and an excellent selection of preset shooting modes. The Nikon S600's point-and-shoot design makes any user level...

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Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Compact Camera Review


Aimed at casual photographers and people who need a sturdy, lightweight, good looking compact camera for unexpected moments, and at enthusiasts who from time to time need a competent camera without the size and bulk of the much bigger prosumer and...

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Nikon Coolpix S600 Camera Review


Our review of Nikon S600 10 Mpixel digital camera.

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Nikon CoolPix S600 Review at Trusted Reviews


The 4x zoom lens performs brilliantly, with good edge-to-edge sharpness that only falls off in the extreme corners of the frame at wide angle. There is visible barrel distortion at wide angle, but it isn't too severe, and there is no trace of...

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Review: Nikon Coolpix S600 — It's Not About The Megapixels


I think every family must have a hobby which all (or at least most) members of the family enjoy.  Such common interests are what tie them together (and gives you something to talk about at family picnics).  For my family, growing up, that common...

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Nikon Coolpix S600 Review


One of four Coolpix S-series digitals announced in January 2008, the Nikon Coolpix S600 takes its place as the most expensive Nikon "style" camera and features "an astonishingly fast start-up time, advanced functions, outstanding photographic...

28mm wide angle lens ; Good color fidelity and image quality ; Good ISO performance ; Optical VR

Disappointing shutter lag ; Quick start up time nullified by wait for shutter to become active

USB cable, A/V cable, wrist strap, rechargeable battery and charger, and CD-ROM software with each camera

Product Specifications

PRODUCT FEATURES: 10.0 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches 4x Optical Wide-Angle Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens - versatile zoom range gets you close to the action while still able to capture expansive landscapes Incredible, Bright 2.7-inch Wide Angle of View High Resolution LCD makes it easy to compose and share your pictures Optical VR Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake Auto adjusts up to ISO 3200 to keep shooting, even in low light All New, Stylish, All-Metal Design slips right into your shirt pocket or purse!

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL10

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.8
Max Focal Length:20mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Slate black
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (100-2000) / ISO auto (100-800)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Pastel / Portrait / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None