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Nikon Coolpix S6
Nikon Coolpix S6

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Nikon Coolpix S6

Editor's Review

Nikon's new S6 ultra-compact camera is a gadget lover's dream, with a fantastically large 3 inch LCD screen and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities. You'll need that big LCD to take advantage of Nikon's PictMotion features, which allow you to make in-camera slideshows complete your own custom music soundtrack. The S6 rivals Sony's similar N1 slideshow model, outdoing it with 3x optical zoom and the cutting edge Wi-Fi features. With the wireless support, your photos can be transferred to your computer instantly, as they are taken, and can be immediately printed when combined with an optional PD-10 wireless printer adapter. The S6 is chock full of goodies that will satisfy die-hard gadget fans and surely draw the attention of casual users looking for a leg up.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • ISO 50-400
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 3.0 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (20MB internal)
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Nikon Coolpix S6 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S6 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Stopped functioning (Orva — 10/07/2009)

I've had this camera for two years, and it has produces acceptable pictures for it's size. Now, it suddenly stopped working, in between two shots. I didn't drop it or anything like this; the screen just went black. If you look among the other reviews here, you can see thats it a quite common problem for this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad picture and braking fast. (DmitryP — 08/24/2009)

I have the same problem as Deb Nelson - 3/1/08.
One day sensor stop to send picture to processor,
like lens cover not opened. I can see only low white noize and few broken pixels.
I almost not used this camera, since picture is quite bad.
When it works, on pictures where sky or winow can be seen,
sky or window shape repeated on other places of the picture.

  • 1.0 out of 5
malfunction and unfixable (Deb Nelson — 03/02/2008)

Within one month of the warranty expiring, my Coolpix S6 quit working. The camera turns on, it appears to let one take a photo, but the photo is black. For several months I thought the problem was that I accidently changed settings or something, but after searching for a way to get it working, online, it appears this is a fairly common occurence. I paid nearly $400 for this camera and it only lasted a year. I will never purchase a Nikon camera again. I used to associate Nikon with quality, but it doesn't appear the company has any intention of correcting their manufacturing error.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Awesome camera!- figure it out! (Jessie — 01/07/2008)

This camera takes awesome pictures. At first I was leary because it seemed they were all blurry but once I took the time to figure out what settings to use for which kind of picture I wanted to take they all turned out amazing! I even caught motocross bikes jumping in mid air with no blur at all! I love the fact you can actually edit the pic right on the camera too! Brighten it, crop it, etc. I think the previous people who posted bad reviews didnt take enough time to figure the thing out because I absolutely love it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Garbage camera (Hector — 04/04/2007)

Picked the s6 up on sale...clearly on sale for good reason. This camera is garbage, blurry pictures are the rule rather than the exception. Nice LCD screen is about the only positive thing I can say about it.

I've never seen so many blurry/worthless pictures taken with a digi camera...even my old Fuji 4800 blows this thing away.

Awful. Avoid at all costs. I'm taking mine back today.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Mike — 02/24/2007)

Fast shutter, big screen, easy to use. Red eye flash is always blurry, but I have yet to find a camera that does any better.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Problems with computer connectivity (Zigmund — 01/02/2007)

Persistent problem with USB connectivity. My other cameras have no problem in the plug and play mode after loading the software. This is not the case with the Nikon Coolpix S9. Despite following instructions on setting USB options in the camera and setting up the software on the computer - my PC does not recognize the device. Not a good sign give how well my Cannon and Sony digital cameras easily connect and download pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Digital Camera (Nitin Dobhal — 12/28/2006)

Nikon S6 is really a wonderful digital camera, and I strongly recommend it to the people, who are looking for a digital camera for their personal uses. Till now, I have taken around 1000 photos from it, and it clearly satisfies me. It is your careful and correct handling, which helps the camera to perform at its best. Nothing else. Use the appropriate settings, focus correctly, and watch the magic.

And, yes, its screen is like a treat. So big, and clear. You just love it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good bye Camera (KGusta — 12/11/2006)

I thought this camera was my last one for a while but the longer I have it the more I dislike it. I get round white circle on my pictures when taken at night indoors. Wrote to customer service and they totally are no help at all. Said it is from dust. Give me a break!!! would not recommend this camera to anyone. I think I will donate mine to charity and get rid of it!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Fantastic Camera - But far too fragile. (Neil R Ireland — 11/29/2006)

Had this camera for a mere few months and loved it. Feature packed with a setting for almost every scenario. I used while travelling through SE Asia and into Australia and took everything from breathtaking scenery to drunken group shots on a night out and was never disappointed once I used the correct setting.
The Screen is huge and is very handy for really being able to check how good your picture is before moving on - very handy for sceneray shots.
My only gripe is how it all came to an end. I dropped my rucksack from my hip and the camera which was in its case stopped working. I was quoted 330 Australian dollars for repair because apparently Nikon make it difficult to replace the CDC without replacing the entire lens unit. Not ideal for anyone on the move. Avoid unless you plan to bubble wrap it on the move.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Beautiful looking camera - too bad the pictures it takes are horrible (Sidney — 11/24/2006)

I bought this camera and was initially very impressed with it. Beautiful LCD, nice controls, etc. But the longer I had it, the less I liked it.

1) On-off button and shutter buttons are way too small....ridiculously so. This was very annoying

2) Photos of dust in air. I know all cameras pick this up to some extent, but cameras like this (flash very close to lens) really amplify this problem..unless you live in a surgical suite, fully expect 1/2 of your pics to have white orbs in them.

3) Orbs aside, this camera performed well inside, but outside....completely different story. I'd say that 60% of my shots outside were blurry to the point the pictures were worthless. And I not talking about trying to photograph race horses after drinking 300 cups of coffee. I mean taking test shots at stationary objects came out blurry in spite of me kneeling and bracing against wall. The only way to get by this was to use SPorts mode, but in doing this, you lose filler flash if required.

4) The various pic modes (beach, etc) are worthless..all come out blurry.

5) Only has USB 1.0. Again...why??? You include wifi but keep USB 1.0? This may sound picky, but transferring pics with usb 1.0 is painfully slow...and if you take movies you better go have a cup of coffee while you wait.

This camera takes the good name Nikon has for SLR cameras and attempts to pass this off as a great camera.

I returned this to best Buy, spent some extra $$$ on a Canon Powershot SD 630 and have not looked back once. Everything the Nikon did poorly the Canon does flawlessly.

Bottom line...only buy the Nikon s6 if you plan on using it as a fashion accessory, as a camera it's horrible. This is really too bad b/c I did love the way it looked.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A++ (teresa — 11/21/2006)

i won this camera at my company christmas party last week, and at great timing as we were going out of town for our 3 year anniversary. this camera takes GREAT pictues that are so crisp and clean. the screen on the back is huge, this camera is super easy to use, i have yet to upload pictures to my computer, so i don't know how well the software works, but as for the camera itself. its FANTASTIC!! definitely recommended!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy (Mimi Rodgers — 11/16/2006)

I was recommended this camera from the salesperson at the camera store - bad advice. Almost every shot is out of focus, and the flash doesn't work well. Opening files on the computer is difficult, and makes the camera even more frustrating. I had a small Sony Carl Zeiss that was stolen, I'm going back to that one, more expensive, but much more value than this one.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good... could have been better! (bobby — 11/11/2006)

This my first digital camera, i own a Nikon F75 also but thought it was quite bulky to travel so bought the S6.The 3" LCD is Bloody awesome,other features are pretty simple,Wifi which i don't need,photo quality is quite great(way better than Sony T-7 which my buddy owns).But this camera has a horrible battery life,actually its pathetic..50-60 shots at the most.which they could fix this some how.
so guys if you planning to buy this camera..go ahead but also buy a spare battery as well.other than that you can't go wrong with this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great, Compact, On the go everywhere. (Preston — 11/07/2006)

I bought this camera to carry in my pocket to take quick pictures whenever I needed. I love the fact whenever I see something funny or someone doing something I can pull it out and take a picture before they even think of the word "camera." It's very sleek and compact and I carry it just in the pocket of my jeans everywhere I go. I've been very impressed with the battery life and the movie feature. With my 2GB SD card I can record up to 1 and a half hours of video.

This camera is not a micro-sniper rifle however, The zoom will only go a little ways before it starts chopping your pixels in half to get closer and dumps all the quality fyi. Great for anything close to catch the moments. I expected a lot more from the Wifi option, it's very weak range wise and I find it easier and faster to throw it on the charger on my computer and throw files down then to hold it next to my AP to try and throw them on my computer. (Using an expensive D-link Gamerlounge Router/Wifi, It's not just my wireless) So Wifi is pointless and hard to set up (You have to set it up on a computer that connects via wifi. Example: My desktop would not configure it to connect WPA-PSK security yet my laptop would since it has to connect WPA-PSK to my wifi)

Overall I would recommend this camera to anyone that wants to carry it around and catch memories with friends and family. If you need to shoot from distances then this camera is too compact for you. I've been impressed day and night with the results and you can't get a better screen. Most problems described in reviews all over the internet are user errors not mis-interpretations. It's really a lot better than most say.

  • 4.0 out of 5
device driver error 31 (Ross — 10/26/2006)

Well my kids and I like the camera a lot, the audio feedback when you take the shot is great. But alas we can't view the pictures as we have a device driver error 31. Unlike my other digicam after plugging in the usb connection the camera does not show up as another drive. We love the camera but its pointless if you can't get the pictures from it. If we try to connect using the wireless the camera can't find my network, it repoerts it looking for a printer, another dead end. The Nikon web site has no support that I could find. I havn't given up yet though!

  • 5.0 out of 5
exellent (himanshu — 10/08/2006)

good best....not is exellent

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great upgrade! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I started in the digital photography world having used 35mm film for many years professionally. The Nikon Coolpix 775 gave me semi-guick shot abilities for quick web administration. Now that I have upgraded to the Nikon Coolpic S6, I'm personally satisfied that I have the best product for my use in both publication and web administration. I still shoot at "medium" for later rendering for my purpose, but the 6mp is super for PhotoShop adjustment and transporting to my CMYK required documents. I'm sure other brands are equal, but the ease and simplicity of my S6 is just right for my immediate high rez photos. The 3" screen is boss!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor focus, flash comes on in daylight, needs new firmware (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought an S6 just before my trip to Disneyworld. Excited as anyone would be, I took a bunch of shots outside my house and then looked at them. Not only were most of the pictures out of focus, but the flash would come on when in full zoom in broad daylight. I chalked it up to a defective camera and exchanged it for another at Best Buy. Now I had to leave for my vacation the next day and did not have any time to play with it other than charge the battery and take a couple indoor shots. Just in case, I brought my Nikon 5600 also.

Long story short, the focus problems still existed with the S6, the flash still came on for no reason, the camera would use a shutter speed less than 1/60 of a second in bright sunlight. Pretty much all the photos need one or two sharpening passes in Photoshop to make them look decent, and it basically took worse pictures than my 5600 and my 4200. I would not recommend this camera until they work out the bugs in the firmware. The LCD display is great (3"), and the recycle time for the flash and saving pictures is great (<=1 second most of the time) but that is all I can say that is good.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's just so - so (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like the camera's physical features. I bought this camera so I could have a compact camera to carry everywhere in my purse so that I don't have to carry the SLR one. Anyhow, the camera is ok most of the time. It has problems focusing when you zoom in. Night photos don't come out too great. Almost like it's not too well pixelated when it should be.

  • 4.0 out of 5
HUGE REWARD small package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera! Pics are of awesome quality. A little samll for big hands and the portrait button is easy to accidently turn on. Macro close ups have a little trouble focusing on some objects, but no worse then anything else I've tried. Pictmotion is really cool!!! Still a little pricey but it is state of the art!! LOVE IT!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera but..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i've been playing with the camera for about a couple of days now and there are some things that bothers me. the camera itself is great. it takes sharp and crisp picture. i really like the wifi aspect of it. however, it has its flaws and that really bothers me. i really want to use the shoot and transfer feature but i'll have to pass on it now. the document says that it'll use all the default settings when the shoot and transfer feature is in use. clearly, we need to be able to change the camera setting in this mode. the end result is that the pictures taken are blurry. they're not as clear as the ones taken directly to flash memory. if someone has a workaround, let us know.

i wish there was a way to set the wifi settings on the camera directly rather than setting it on a computer and transfer the settings onto the camera. another thing is that the setting only works for the computer you set it from. this is pretty much useless if you are traveling and forgets to bring your laptop or installation cd. in order to configure the wifi, you must have the wifi program setup on a computer. if you want to be able to communicate between multiple computers, you have to install the wifi setup program on every single machine. at least, that's from my experience anyway. i've tried to setup a configuration file for a different computer than the one where i have the wifi program installed on to see if the camera will be able to communicate it. the result is disappointing. i wasn't able to communicate with it at all.

some of the other features that i like to use just doesn't make much sense to me. for example, the panaroma scene feature. if you use this scene, the flash is disable... what is this???? with the flash disable, i'll get blurry pictures in low light situation such as my living room. this is not the only scene feature where the flash gets disable.

maybe i didn't fully read the documentation but i can't seem to find anywhere on the camera display the battery meter. guess i won't know if i'm running low on juice until i can't take anymore picture.

besides some of these set backs, i've really enjoy this camera.