Nikon Coolpix S6100 Review

Review posted 05/16/2011

Quick Take
  • 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
  • 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.
In 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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