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Monday, Jul 17, 2006

Nikon Coolpix S6 Review - PCMag

Jul 17, 2006 | Category: Nikon Coolpix S6

Sleek, 6-megapixel, 3X optical Nikon Coolpix S6 compact digital camera’s wireless features are sure to intrigue the tech-savvy, and the new menu system interface is easy to use.

However, the S6’s resolution wasn’t impressive. It had just 1,400 average lines of resolution, not good for a 6MP camera. The 2.8 seconds it took for the camera to boot up was excellent, but slower than the Canon PowerShot SD430. The 3.8-second recycle time was just mediocre, more than a second longer than that of the SD430, and there was significant shutter lag. The S6 also showed barrel distortion on both the wide-angle and the telephoto ends of the zoom, which¬†generally don’t see in compact cameras.

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Monday, Jul 10, 2006

Nikon Coolpix S6 Wi-Fi Review - Photoxels

Jul 10, 2006 | Category: Nikon Coolpix S6

Image quality at ISO 100 is very good and, to obtain the best results from this camera (including better low-light capability), I therefore recommend setting ISO 100 as your default.

Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S6 delivers good to very good image quality in “sunny outdoors” situations but is a bit challenged in low-light situations. It does have many practical features, such as BSS, D-Lighting (see User’s Experience) and Manual AF areas that help you get the most in those challenging situations.

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Friday, Jul 07, 2006

Nikon Coolpix S6 Review - Photography Blog

Jul 07, 2006 | Category: Nikon Coolpix S6

As a camera that is good to look at, the Nikon Coolpix S6 fits the bill, but does it take good photos? Thankfully yes - on the whole pictures from this camera are well-exposed, relatively noise-free up to ISO 200, with little purple-fringing. The only flies in the ointment are blurred corners at the 35mm wide-angle focal length and poor night shots.

Obviously, as the S6 is strictly a point and shoot camera, it offers very little in the way of creative controls, but it’s perfectly suited to it’s target audience, and even produces good photos too!

If you’re looking for a stylish, intuitive compact camera with the option of wireless connectivity, then make sure to take a look at the Nikon Coolpix S6.

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Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006

Nikon Coolpix S6 Review - Digital Camera Info

Jun 14, 2006 | Category: Nikon Coolpix S6

The Nikon Coolpix S6, with its sexy all-metal body and big screen, offers some very nice features but still has the “small camera syndrome.” Symptoms include poor handling from overall tiny size, automatic modes, blurry pictures, a weak flash, and a body sexier than its true functionality. Indeed, the Nikon S6 has perhaps the smallest zoom control ever included on a digital camera and is sure to break thousands of fingernails.

The camera is equipped with automatic modes that work well in bright lighting, but lacks the sensitivity needed to capture decent pictures in lower light: users will end up with plenty of blurry pictures if their subjects are moving.

The S6’s tiny flash is powerful in the short range, but can’t reach beyond about 8.5 ft. As with many other small cameras, many pictures from the S6 had red eyes and a harsh flash - despite Nikon’s portraiture technology.

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Nikon Coolpix S6 Review - DigiCamReview

Jun 14, 2006 | Category: Nikon Coolpix S6

The Nikon Coolpix S6 is a very stylish, slim 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and a huge 3″ screen on the back. The digital camera is one of few to include Wi-Fi support for wireless transfer of photos.

The camera has a lot of features built in that aim to produce a better image, such as Face-priority focus, D-lighting, Red-eye reduction, Blur-warning, etc. However all of this is useless if the lens isn’t capable of acquiring a sharp clean image. In this case, the Nikon Coolpix S6 is noticably let down by the lens, as it produces vignetting, distortion, soft corners, and soft edges, so no matter how much post-processing goes on, the image quality will always be a weak point of this camera. Add to that, the very high red-eye in indoor photos, that isn’t removed by the built in red-eye reduction, and the image quality problems start mounting up. Overall image quality is very hit and miss, one photo will come out looking great, (particularly macro photos), whereas another photo will come out looking awful (the worst photos were left out of the gallery).

If image quality was up there with the rest of the cameras features and abilities then this would be recommended, however, as it stands with image quality so hit and miss, it’s very difficult to recommend this camera.

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