Digital camera - Nikon Coolpix S6000 | Review

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Nikon Coolpix S6000 Review  - Nikon issued a pocket digital camera is the newest type S6000. Comes with 14.2 megapixel resolution and comes NIKORR lens "28mm Wide-Angle" with magnification (zoom) optical up to 7x that provides broad coverage and sharp results. The picture can be displayed either in a high-resolution LCD screen measuring 2.7 inches. In addition this camera can record movie sound formats 720p High-Definition (HD) along with an integrated HDMI output terminal.

Nikon Coolpix S6000

The Nikon Coolpix S6000 is a sleek, user-friendly compact ultrazoom camera with a surprisingly long 7x optical zoom (a 35mm equivalent lens range of 28mm to 196mm). It occupies the middle ground between standard ultracompact point-and-shoot cameras with 3x or 4x optical zoom, such as Nikon's own S4000, and compact ultrazooms with 10x optical zoom and higher, such as Nikon's S8000 which was reviewed by this website back in May.

The S6000 is a small, lightweight camera at 3.8 inches wide, 2.2 inches high and 1 inch thick (97x55x25mm), with a weight of only 5.5 ounces (156 grams). It has a 1/2.3-inch, 14.2 megapixel sensor, probably the same sensor that is in the S8000. The S6000 comes in four colors - silver, red (the color of my review model), black and bronze - and its list price at the time of this writing is $249.95.

Nikon packages this model with an EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery, an adaptor for plugging into a power source to recharge the battery, a USB cord for transferring files and battery recharge, an A/V cable, a wrist strap, a CD-ROM containing a 164 page User's Manual and various software programs including Nikon's ViewNX picture transfer and organizing software. The camera I received also contained a paper version of the User's Manual.

The S6000 was my constant companion during the two weeks I had it for review. We endured some of the hottest weather the Washington, D.C. area had seen in quite a while. Throughout my experience shooting with the camera, I was continually impressed with its small size, quick operation and, above all, its ability to produce accurate colors. Let's examine this interesting camera more closely.

Entertain audiences with movies that capture the impact of the scene with HD. The Coolpix S8000 can shoot up to 1.5 hours* of HD movies (720p) with sound at 30fps. HDMI output is also available for easy in camera playback on your TV or computer.

 Compensating for the effects of camera shake to realize sharper results and contribute to a more reassuring shooting experience, lens shift VR stabilization frees you to enjoy capturing special moments without worrying about slight hand movements. High ISO 1600 capability at any image size up to its maximum of 4320 x 3240 pixels allows faster shutter speeds when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects. Motion Detection automatically controls shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for subject movement as well as camera shake. Advanced flash control enables natural and beautiful flash photos even when subjects are backlit or when shooting telephoto by enhancing ISO sensitivity, rather than opting for slower shutter speeds. With advanced flash control, users can shoot with more flexibility in the night and when subjects are far away.

The high quality 2.7-inch Clear Color Display for the Coolpix S6000 features an ultra wide-viewing angle, anti-reflection coating, and screen brightness adjustment. The monitor's structure greatly reduces reflection and improves visibility outdoors for a more vivid, clearer image preview and playback.

As part of Nikon's Smart Portrait System, a series of advanced functions help produce consistently great portraits. The Skin Softening function ensures smooth skin tone on the face of subjects by leveraging built-in face-detection technology. Automatically detecting as many as 12 faces in the shot, Face-priority AF helps produce satisfying portraits by adjusting focus and exposure. Smile Timer helps to faithfully record precious moments by automatically releasing the shutter when the subject smiles. Blink Warning alerts the photographer when it suspects that a subject has blinked, while the Blink Proof function shoots five sequential frames, then saves the one in which the subject's eyes are wide open. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects perceived red-eye effect before saving the image to memory.

Nikon Coolpix S6000 Other Features

  • Macro shooting from as close as 3 cm (1.2 in.)
  • 16 scene modes for optimized shooting in various settings
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • D-Lighting
  • Quick Retouch
  • Auto Sort function
  • Approx. 32 MB of internal memory
  • USB charging via Charging AC Adapter EH-68P/EH-68P (AR) or PC
  • HDMI connectivity 

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