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Nikon Coolpix S600 Review

Review Date: March 24, 2008

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Nikon Coolpix S600

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This Nikon Coolpix S600 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

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The Nikon Coolpix S600 is an ultra-compact point-and-shoot digital camera in a sleek and stylish all-metal body. It has intuitive controls and produces good image quality with good detail and vivid colours at ISO 100 for a digital camera in this category. As is common with point-and-shoot cameras, higher ISOs are visibly noisy.

P&S models do not usually provide the photographer much control, but advanced photographers will appreciate that, besides Program Auto and 14 easy-to-use Scene Modes, the Coolpix S600 offers the following practical features:

  • Optical VR Image Stabilization to reduce effects of camera shake.
  • 4x wide-angle optical zoom captures wide landscapes and pleasant portraits.
  • Preset (manual) WB -- for accurate colour reproduction in artificial lighting situations.
  • AF Area -- select where camera focuses from 99 focus areas; great for off-centre subjects, especially in macro photography.
  • Best Shot Selector -- camera selects the sharpest out of 10 shots.
  • Manual ISO -- in bright daylight, use the lowest ISO for the best image quality.
  • D-Lighting to brighten up shadows.

The LCD is large at 2.7 in. with a high 230,000 pixels resolution and a wide viewing angle. Movie mode is 640x480 pixels 30fps, with sound.

The Nikon Coolpix S600 is well designed and intuitive to operate. The beginner will appreciate the point-and-shoot ease of use; more advanced photographers will appreciate the practical features that help obtain well-exposed pictures in challenging situations.

See if you fit the Nikon Coolpix S600 User Profile below:

Nikon S600
User Profile
Desire a 10MP resolution digital camera with good to very good image quality.
Want Image Stabilization to prevent blurred pictures due to camera shake.
Want an easy-to-use point-and-shoot digital camera.
Desire a bit more exposure control when facing challenging lighting situations.
Want a compact, carry-anywhere elegant camera.

 

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