Nikon Coolpix S6100 Review

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Review posted 05/16/2011

Quick Take
Pros
  • Compact
  • Easy to use and carry
  • Versatile 7x optical zoom
  • Lens Shift image stabilization
  • Excellent features for the price
  • Huge 3.0-inch touch screen
  • HD video capture
  • Dedicated video recording button allows recording anytime
Cons
  • Noise at all ISO levels
  • Poor battery life
  • No external battery charger
  • Touch screen can be difficult to operate
Bottom Line
The Nikon CoolPix S6100 is a compact digicam loaded with features. It has very good performance but the images show a lot noise for all of the ISO settings. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
S6100_BK_front34l_lo.jpgIn addition to seven other models announced for 2011, Nikon's COOLPIX S6100 offers the highest level of resolution seen in a Coolpix model (as of 2/2011). The 16-Megapixel image sensor is paired with a 7x optical zoom using NIKKOR ED glass to cover a wide range of photographic needs, and the S6100 also comes equipped with a 3-inch 460K dot touchscreen. In addition to stills, the S6100 shoots 720p video.

The camera has an ISO sensitivity range of 80-3200 and uses Nikon's EXPEED C2 digital image processing. The S6100 also comes with automatic scene selection as well as red-eye fix, face tracking, Smile Mode, Blink Warning and Skin Softening features. You can also use a new Pet Portrait mode to capture the perfect face from your cat or dog.

Nikon COOLPIX S6100 features:
  • 16-megapixel 1/2.3" CCD image sensor
  • 7x optical zoom (28-196mm equivalent zoom range)
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • 3.0-inch LCD Touchscreen (460,000 dot resolution)
  • 720p HD video recording
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Face-Priority AF, Face Priority AE, Smile Mode, Blink Warning and Skin Softening modes
  • Scene Auto Selector / Easy Auto Mode
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack

What's in the box?:
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Nikon ViewNX 2 Software CD

The Nikon COOLPIX S6100 comes in four colors to choose from: Black, Silver, Violet and Red; with a suggested retail price of $199.95 US. See our buy box below for more accurate online pricing.

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