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Nikon Coolpix S600 Review

Review Date: March 24, 2008

Nikon Coolpix S600
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Nikon Coolpix S600 has 10MP resolution, a 4x wide-angle optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (28-112mm equiv.) with optical VR Image Stabilization and a large 2.7 in. high-resolution (230K pixels) LCD monitor with wide viewing angle.

The Coolpix S600 is slim and has clean lines, a solid feel and an all-metal body that easily slips into a pocket. A rotary multi-selector provides quick and intuitive operation. Startup is fast at 0.7 seconds with high-speed auto-focus performance.

Optical VR Image Stabilization automatically detects and compensates for small camera movements that would otherwise cause images to blur. The result is sharper pictures when shooting in low light. VR also allows you to take advantage of slower shutter speeds (similar to shooting at shutter speeds two to three stops faster).

Nikon's innovative D-Lighting function compensates for underexposed images or insufficient flash by automatically adding light and detail to selected shots where needed -- without affecting properly exposed areas. Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically fixes most typical occurrences of red-eye. Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on faces to ensure clear, crisp focus on people's faces. A new Active Child scene mode is designed to let you take pictures of your children or pets, even when they are rushing around.

The Nikon Coolpix S600 should appeal to point-and-shoot amateur photographers who desire a stylish and slim carry-anywhere digital camera with image stabilization.

[ Exclusive Canadian Warranty: Nikon Canada offers an exclusive two-year warranty for all COOLPIX digital cameras purchased from a Nikon Canada authorized dealer. Consumer’s investment is protected by Nikon Canada’s warranties with in-Canada service.]

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Nikon Coolpix S600
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix S600 US | CAN | UK | Imaging  
  Image Sensor 10 million pixels; 1/2.33-in. CCD  

Zoom-Nikkor with optical Vibration Reduction

  Focal Length 5-20.0mm Equivalent with 35mm [135] format picture angle:28-112mm; 7 elements in 6 groups  
  Aperture Range Electronically-controlled ND filter (-2AV) selection
2 steps (f/2.7 and f/5.4 [W])
  Optical Zoom 4x wide-angle optical zoom;
Digital zoom: up to 4x equivalent with 35mm [135] format picture angle: approx. 448mm)
  Auto Focus

Contrast-detect AF
Single AF
Full-time AF

  Focus range / Macro

[W]: 50cm (1ft 7.7in.) to infinity, [T]: 60cm (2.0ft) to infinity
Macro mode: 3cm (1.2 in.) to infinity

  AF-area mode

Face priority, Auto (9-area automatic selection), Manual with 99 focus areas, Center

  AF-assist illumination


  Vibration Reduction Lens shift  
  Shutter Speed 1-1/1500 sec.  
  Exposure Control Programmed AE, Scenes  
  Shooting modes

High ISO
Scene modes: Active child, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close Up, Museum, Copy, Backlight

Movie with sound:
TV 640
Small size 320

Single, Continuous (1fps), BSS

Self-timer: 10 and 2 sec.

  Image size (pixels) 10M* 3648 x 2736 High (3648*)/10M Normal(3648)
7M 3072 x 2304 Normal (3072)
5M 2592 x 1944 Normal (2592)
3M 2048 x 1536 Normal (2048)
PC 1024 x 768 PC screen (1024)
TV 640 x 480 TV screen (640)
  Built-in flash TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
[W]: 0.5-6.5 m (1.6-21.3 ft)
[T]: 0.5-3.0 m (1.6-9.8 ft)

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

  Supported languages Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Greek, French, Indonesian, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai  
  Viewfinder None  
  LCD monitor

Wide vision 2.7-in., approx. 230K dots, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment (equipped with monitor brightness boost function)
Approx. 100% frame coverage

  ISO Sensitivity Auto (auto gain from ISO 100 to 800)
ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  Light Metering 224-segment Matrix, Center-weighted  
  Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in steps of 1/3  
  White Balance Auto, Preset manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash  
  Image Optimization Standard, Vivid, B & W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Pastel  
  Playback Functions Full frame, Thumbnail (4 or 9 or 16 segments), Zoom, Slideshow, Sound playback  
  In-Camera Image Editing Trim, D-Lighting, Small Pic  
  Storage media Internal memory (approx. 45MB)
SD memory card (optional, up to 2GB)
SDHC memory card (optional, up tp 4GB)
  Power sources

EN-EL10 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (supplied)
EH-62D AC Adapter (optional)

  Battery life (approx.)

Approx. 190 shots with EN-EL10 battery (based on CIPA standard)


Supplied Accessories*

(*) Supplied accessories may differ by country or area

- Rechargeable Battery EN-EL10
- Battery charger MH-63
- Strap AN-CP14
- USB Cable UC-E6
- Audio and Video Cable EG-CP14
- Software Suite CD-ROM
  Optional Accessories - EH-62D AC Adapter
- Leather Case for S series cameras
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 88.5 x 53 x 22.5 mm (3.5 x 2.1 x 0.9 in.) excluding projections  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 130 g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card  
  MSRP US $299.95 / CDN $299.95 / UK £230.96  

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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