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NikonCoolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black)
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (19)
  • Easy to setup (16)
  • Simple controls (13)
  • Strong construction (11)
  • Easy to keep clean (9)

Cons

  • Long lag time (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (19)
  • Fun (16)
  • Documentary (4)
  • Photojournalism (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (13), Professional (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An excellent compact camera!

I bought this camera for my wife, and she love it because is compact, has a big and bright display, enough zoom (4x) and the lens at 28mm (35mm eqv.) is...Read complete review

I bought this camera for my wife, and she love it because is compact, has a big and bright display, enough zoom (4x) and the lens at 28mm (35mm eqv.) is very good for family portraits and shooting wide. The video capability is very good too.

I have two cons, one is the lag time, I do not know if it is because I am used to shot with SLRs, but sometimes you can miss a particular gesture of your kid. The second one, is that the camera structure is good but not the strongest. Be careful with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but not great.

Balancing size features and cost is not an easy task. Considering the size of the camera, the images are reasonably good. Despite the large 10 mega pixels the images tend to be soft...Read complete review

Balancing size features and cost is not an easy task. Considering the size of the camera, the images are reasonably good. Despite the large 10 mega pixels the images tend to be soft and noisy. I had expected more from Nikon. The strength of this camera is it higher accuracy of skin tones and the 4x wide angle 28 equivalent lens. The small size is a plus but would sacrifice for better image quality and a 5x wide angle lens. My two previous sony cameras created sharper overall images, but they lacked depth in skin tones which very often appeared dithered.

The low light focusing is good, much better than the nikon P80 that i returned for poor focusing issues in room light and dusk conditions. Face detection gets lost occasionally in room light conditions. Shutter lag seems about average and flash time is acceptable for this type of camera.

Navigating the menu is about average. Not entirely intuitive at first. The real nuisance with this camera is quickly returning to shooting while in an adjustment or viewing mode. Depressing the shutter will not return you to shooting mode when in the middle of viewing stored images or making changes to settings. One needs to back navigate the menu a little. I guess the intent was to insure settings were executed correctly. However, when you have kids around or the action is happening and need to take a shot quick and you haven't mastered the menu sequence you will likely miss your shot. A bad thing for infrequent users who are not proficient with navigating the controls.

The rotary selector is a neat feature which allows you to scroll through pix and menus by rotating the dial and works well. For me however the small size of the dial or perhaps the small size of the center "okay" button, frequently cause me to miss the okay button, hitting the up or down arrows if i am not extremely careful. Raising or enlarging the okay button would eliminate that problem. A standard mini usb would have saved on yet another chord requirement.

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4.0

Good Little Camera

By dfudge

from Houston, Texas

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Easy Setup
  • Easy to Keep Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor Operation in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

I use the camera for indoor and out door family photos and scenere. I also use it at work maybe once a month for up cloose shots of hardware. The video is just a novelty for me.

Images are very clear, face detection and image stabilization work very well. 99% of the shotsw are great in normal lighting. Like all cameras you need to play with the settings in low light.

Good form and feel especially with the Slate Black.

Highly recommended.

One feature I'd like to have is bluetooth or other wireless capability to eliminate downloading gear.

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4.0

What a fun camera!

By DJ

from NC

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

  • Battery Life
  • size

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Fun
  • Travel

Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

I bought this to shoot my daughters wedding.
I was amazed at how versatile it is.
After many, many years of 35mm and 120, I bought an Olympus digital P&S. It was "OK" but not great.
This camera was a real joy. They have made wonderful advances in the onboard computer.
Not just in the things it will do for you but in the options you have in overriding the preset definitions.

I am a little disappointed that the battery doesn't last longer w/o recharging.
And the size is a pro and a con.
It's is so small and light that you can pretty much have it with you all the time.
On the other hand, it is so small and light that I have to keep double checking that I haven't lost it and the controls are a bit on the small side.

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5.0

THis is a great camera

By Jenn

from Hoboken, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy Setup
  • Easy to Keep Clean

Cons

  • Long Lag Time

Best Uses

  • Fun
  • Photojournalism
  • Travel

Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

I bought this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he has been carring it around since he got it.

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4.0

Good little Camera

By Mike the Shooter

from Ontario Canada

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Easy Setup
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fun

    Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

    Use as a more portable camera in addition to My SLR.
    Small, quick and easy to carry with me when I don't want bulk.
    Sharp pictures.

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    5.0

    Extremely pleased

    By Larry

    from Albuquerque, NM

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy Setup
    • Short Lag Time
    • Simple to understand menu
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Noisy at high ISO's

    Best Uses

    • Fun
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

    For a fast, easy to use, and always available camera I find the NikonS600 perfect. It is noisy at very high ISO's but for most purposes it does a first rate job. It is versatile, quick to set up and produces excellent results. It fits a shirt pocket so is easily at hand. The menu system is straight forward and after a few uses I found it quite simple and logical.
    There are no significant problems for routine use.

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    3.0

    OK, but not the best I've used

    By Snaketail

    from Dallas

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Pocket size
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

    • LCD hard to see in sun
    • Poor Operation in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Documentary
    • Fun
    • Training
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

    We bought 20 of these for a research project based on the price and pixel count. Generally it performs well, but there are some shortfalls.
    *The LCD is difficult to see in the sun - may be a universal problem
    *The camera sometimes won't "take" a photo - no explination given.
    *The zoom is difficult to use - moves in what seem to be pre-set focal lengths - like 28mm, 50mm, 100mm. Difficult to get in between.
    *Users often turn the camera off by pressing the on-off button when they attempted to press the shutter.
    *Camera is very small = easy to carry in a shirt pocket. But the size makes it easy to misplace.
    *Images are OK, best to use the highest quality setting to lessen noise in the shodows.
    Generally I like the camera. I personally found it easy to use the to carry. The flash is great.

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    5.0

    SUBLIME AT POINT SUBLIME

    By Racer

    from Page, Arizona

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy Setup
    • Easy to Keep Clean
    • Short Lag Time
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

      S600 replaced 3 year old coolpix. Old model had bad door for battery slot, S600 major correction. View screen upgraded, VR lenses great on dink cameras for 35MM hands. Used at Grand Canyon on tripod for moonrise, flash off, good slow exposure.
      Not a D200, but perfect for candid shots. Excellent lag time for quick candid people photos.

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      5.0

      Good camera

      By LC

      from CT, USA

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy Setup
      • Good clear pictures
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Coating chipped easily

      Best Uses

      • Art
      • Documentary
      • Fun
      • Photojournalism
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

      I got this camera to use on films as a script supervisor.
      It works well and quickly and takes good pictures.
      It's a good size and has a nice sized screen.
      It's light with a sleek design.
      Works great with iPhoto.

      I wish I could find a good case for it. I like to keep it in my pocket and the cases I've found are too big for that.
      The coating on one side chipped off a bit in the first week I had it.

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      3.0

      Good but not great.

      By Fotolite

      from NJ

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 4x zoom
      • Bright LCD
      • Nice wide angle
      • Small pocket size

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

        Balancing size features and cost is not an easy task. Considering the size of the camera, the images are reasonably good. Despite the large 10 mega pixels the images tend to be soft and noisy. I had expected more from Nikon. The strength of this camera is it higher accuracy of skin tones and the 4x wide angle 28 equivalent lens. The small size is a plus but would sacrifice for better image quality and a 5x wide angle lens. My two previous sony cameras created sharper overall images, but they lacked depth in skin tones which very often appeared dithered.

        The low light focusing is good, much better than the nikon P80 that i returned for poor focusing issues in room light and dusk conditions. Face detection gets lost occasionally in room light conditions. Shutter lag seems about average and flash time is acceptable for this type of camera.

        Navigating the menu is about average. Not entirely intuitive at first. The real nuisance with this camera is quickly returning to shooting while in an adjustment or viewing mode. Depressing the shutter will not return you to shooting mode when in the middle of viewing stored images or making changes to settings. One needs to back navigate the menu a little. I guess the intent was to insure settings were executed correctly. However, when you have kids around or the action is happening and need to take a shot quick and you haven't mastered the menu sequence you will likely miss your shot. A bad thing for infrequent users who are not proficient with navigating the controls.

        The rotary selector is a neat feature which allows you to scroll through pix and menus by rotating the dial and works well. For me however the small size of the dial or perhaps the small size of the center "okay" button, frequently cause me to miss the okay button, hitting the up or down arrows if i am not extremely careful. Raising or enlarging the okay button would eliminate that problem. A standard mini usb would have saved on yet another chord requirement.

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        4.0

        Love it!

        By Mom on a mission

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright LCD
        • Comfortable Controls
        • Easy Setup
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Long Lag Time

        Best Uses

        • Fun
        • Travel

        Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

        I mainly bought this camera for a family vacation to Disney and a long awaited family reunion. It proved to be just what I wanted. It is compact and produces very clear and nearly fool proof pics.

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        4.0

        Good, beautiful and cheap

        By Luis Miguel

        from Spain

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright LCD
        • Easy Setup

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

          I use it to save my memories in travel and special moments.

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          5.0

          Love it - great point and shoot digital

          By Yogini 16

          from New York City

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy Setup
          • Easy to Keep Clean
          • Short Lag Time
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentary
            • Photojournalism
            • Travel

            Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

            Bought for a trip to Europe - easy to use, love the simplicity of the make & fun directions for each function on screen - takes clear beautiful shots - great zoom but the lens extends everytime you turn it on, not REALLY a big deal- good color and good at night/ no light. Only thing - where is the red eye reduction - guess I have to read the manual and I'm used to Sony's where I charge the whole camera on the base for the battery - this one you have to remove the battery and charge it separately - i highly recommend picking up a second battery since its so cheap - i lost mine half way through my vacation but now I know better!

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            5.0

            Wow - very impressive

            By Raks

            from South Africa

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy Setup
            • Easy to Keep Clean
            • Short Lag Time
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fun
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

              Small and compact, very functional. Love it

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              4.0

              "second cool pix" Value for monnies

              By thankey

              from Nj

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy Setup
              • Easy to Keep Clean
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Fun
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

              user's friendly uses most of the day with good result.

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              5.0

              Great Camera - Recommended to anyone

              By Jamie318

              from Boston, Ma

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Art
                • Fun
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

                I bought this as an upgrade to my old Coolpix camera from over 4 years ago. I have a Nikon D70 and I stayed with Nikon for my point & shoot. I found the menus easy to navigate without looking at the manual only because it was almost the same set-up as my old Coolpix point & shoot.

                The pictures from this camera come out crisp and clean. Some of my recent best shots have been taken with this camera.

                This is great for everyday use or if you are just getting started with photography and dont want to spend over $1,000.00 for a nice camera.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By Sweet Candy

                from Southern California

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Comfortable Controls
                • Easy Setup
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentary
                  • Fun
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

                  I use this camera to take pictures of sports and also big social gatherings. It is terrific and takes great distance and close up shots. The vibration isolation works fantastic!

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                  5.0

                  NIkon Does it Again

                  By O Dark 30

                  from Aliso Viejo, CA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright LCD
                  • Easy to Keep Clean
                  • Short Lag Time

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fun
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

                    This is a great point-n-shoot camera. Excellent shutter speed and great photos. It is a compact camera and you will find the buttons to be small. It takes a little time to familiarize yourself with the operation of the camera but once you do it is a snap.

                    Note to Nikon: Change your celebrity rep fast. I mean really. Ashton Kutcher. Do you need a celebrity rep.

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                    5.0

                    More than expected

                    By BillyD

                    from Wellington, New Zealand

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Easy to Keep Clean
                    • Ideal weight
                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Catch them unawares
                      • Fun
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

                      The S600 is by my side at all times. An integral part of my everyday carry bag. The weight and speed are exceptional. Ease of use goes without saying. A BIG handed person might find it a bit small. I have basketball player hands and do fine.

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                      3.0

                      Nice Camera

                      By Rob

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Easy to Keep Clean
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

                        I shoot Nikon DSLRs for professional shots, and I carry this around for family and convenience. I am very happy with the camera's size, battery life, and general picture quality.

                        Downsides:
                        1. The menus are awkward. I don't know who could use all of the scene settings.

                        2. The video recording is only for emergencies. I shot my daughter's piano recital - 4 minutes - and wound up with a momento but something barely worth posting to youtube.

                        3. No RAW/NEF setting. Maybe just too much to ask from an inexpensive P&S, but it would have been really nice.

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                        4.0

                        An excellent compact camera!

                        By Rafa

                        from Monterrey, MEX

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Easy Setup

                        Cons

                        • Long Lag Time
                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon Coolpix S600 Digital Camera (Slate Black):

                        I bought this camera for my wife, and she love it because is compact, has a big and bright display, enough zoom (4x) and the lens at 28mm (35mm eqv.) is very good for family portraits and shooting wide. The video capability is very good too.

                        I have two cons, one is the lag time, I do not know if it is because I am used to shot with SLRs, but sometimes you can miss a particular gesture of your kid. The second one, is that the camera structure is good but not the strongest. Be careful with it.

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