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Nikon Coolpix S60
Nikon Coolpix S60

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix S70.

Nikon Coolpix S60

We've given the S60 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The S60 never really caught on -- we named it one of our worst cameras of 2008 -- and its successor, the S70, isn't so hot either. Touchscreen cameras obviously have a long way to go. Here's what we said about the S60 when it was released in September 2008.

The Nikon S60 is a daring new design for digital cameras, but unfortunately has not pleased consumers who complain about poor image quality and battery life. While other manufacturers like Sony and Pentax have flirted with touchscreen control, Nikon is embracing it wholeheartedly. The S60 bears only two buttons: the power button and the shutter release. Everything else is controlled via the incredibly large, high-resolution 3.5-inch LCD display. The S60 simply looks stunning, simple, and elegant. It also has a 10 megapixel sensor and above-average 5x optical zoom.


  • 10 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Optical vibration reduction image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Secure Digital memory storage (20MB internal)
  • HDMI output
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: COOLPIXS60BLK
  • UPC: 018208261338
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S60 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S60 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hate it (Jennie — 12/03/2010)
I can take ten good picures in a row then the next 10 are so blurry you can't see anything don't buy this i have had it in to be fixed 5 times since i have had it and the picture are still blurry and the battery don't stay charged.
  • 5.0 out of 5
I Love it (J Heller — 11/16/2009)

I never really wanted a cam until i saw this cam. I love. The pic that I have taken with it have been excellent. I use my cam a lot. Family, sports, fun pic. I have never been disappointed with the nikon s60.

  • 1.0 out of 5
The worst! (Jose Colon — 09/09/2009)

Worst/grainy pics I have ever seen. the touch screen is so bad that it doesn't even know if you want to move forward, backward or zoom. It does whatever it feels like doing and not what you want it to do. Red eyes on everything even when you set it not to! This is without a doubt the worst camera I have ever owned. Whom ever likes it I will give you a GREAT deal on it if you want it! And I am a Nikon fan!


  • 1.0 out of 5
HORRIBLE (brittany Bennett — 08/29/2009)

horrendous image quality. my touchscreen would freeze a lot. the battery always died, and when i went to give the camera to someone else to snap a quick shot, inevitably the person wouldn't hold the button down right, or would accidently hit the touchscreen and 20 minutes later we are either still trying to take the picture or the shot is over

  • 3.0 out of 5
I like it (herbert wilson — 08/13/2009)

Not a gaget nut but this is an easy to use camera and if you are not looking for wall size blow ups, just what a small convienent camera should be. READ the instruction book before complaining. I like it !!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry as all get out (Heather Slancik — 07/28/2009)

The camera seems to have some cool options, but 90% of the pictures end up too blurry to even use. We have tried adjusting settings, getting the pictures printed at several places, and anything else you can think of. Do not buy this camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
a must have (candace — 07/19/2009)

i love this camera! the charge holds for a long time i love that i can write on it, and that the s60 has a large screen, oh did i forget to mention it takes great pictures!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
BAD BAD BAD (Jay Que — 07/07/2009)

Picture quality is terrible no matter what adjustment/setting...

  • 5.0 out of 5
This Camera Rock... (Eric — 07/04/2009)

Its a awesome camera which gives ya great quality pictures with loads of editing option. M quite impressed with this. In the begining you might face challenges to understand but as soon as you will start playing with it you will find it the best ;)

  • 1.0 out of 5
If I could give Nikon 0 stars I would (Wendy — 05/27/2009)

My husband bought this for me for Christmas so I would not always have to carry around my D40 which I love. We took it on vacation over New Years and was completely dissapointed with the pictures. I had a professional photographer look at it to see what I was doing wrong and she could not figure it out. I took it to Ritz camera since they seem to be pretty knowledgable and was told the camera was probably malfunctioning. I tried to return it to Best Buy but was 1 day past the return date. So I took it up with Nikon. I have been in a fight with them since January. They have had the camera in for repairs twice now and it is still not functioning correctly. I was actually told by one of their customer service reps that what I had was the best I could expect from the camera. I have now spent an additional $40 in shipping cost and the camera still does not work. I love my Nikon D40 but at this point would never recommend any Nikon products based on their customer service.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nikon - japanese for rubbish (Maxim — 03/21/2009)

Bought the camera in april 2008. Looks absolutely gorgeous, nice packaging....that's where the good ends.
Bad: awful construction, cheap plastics, clunkin noises inside the camera body, terrible pictures, RED EYE GALORE, flash is from the 80s - slow and spreads like a shotgun blast, takes about 7 seconds to take a photo AFTER pressing the button half way. Oh one more great thing - it was surrounded with foam and water for about 5 hours - and still works! I trusted Nikon to make a good camera, because that is the first brand I heard of when i got into cameras. Now switched to Canon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Form follows Function (McKenzie — 03/20/2009)

The design is ingenious, the features are amazing! and I love the colors! But form follows function, and they definitly didn't think it through. The screen is quite blurry, and doesn't adjust to the light well at all, the flash doesn't even work in the dark! when i was testing it in London Drugs, i looked at the screen, it was really blurry, i had lots of second thoughts, but my sister kept saying "get it! get it! who else has a touch screen camera?" so i got it, but quikley i had regretted it. it's fun camera, you can draw on your pictures, record videos, and just plain voice recordings, but if your looking for actual "high quality-GOOD" pictures, this is not the camera for you. Another thing is that it's really fragile, be very careful.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY (Taylor — 03/16/2009)

Do not buy this camera. My fiance bought this for me in October and in December I set it down and turned it on and the screen was all screwed up. Half of it was blurry with a huge black box so you couldn't even use it. I called Nikon and they told me that if it wasn't broken when I opened the box before I used it that it isn't a problem covered by the warranty? What is the point of the warranty then? Anyways they told me that I could send it in and get a quote but that fixing it would be in the $200 range. Whats the point of fixing it if you could buy a brand new camera! The employee was so rude and this camera isn't even that great for the price. Don't let Ashton suck you in!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Shame on you Nikon!!! (Tim — 02/28/2009)

We were in need of a new compact digital camera to capture our daughters every moment as she grows up. Nikon has the great ad campaign with what used to be a reputable name behind it. After using it for about 30 minutes, I started to panic. Then I started reading reviews and I began to sink into a mild depression. The touch screen is unresponsive (my wife and I both have iphones which no one can seem to replicate), the shutter is delayed, the screen times out way too early, etc. But worst of all, the quality of the pictures is horrible. The pics are grainy -comparable to the quality of disposable cameras with no definition. The video changes color without moving into different light and is grainy and dull. Needless to say, we returned it after about 4 days of feeling duped. It is an esthetically wonderfull design with nice ideas, but it just didn't work out not to mention it is very expensive. Caveat Emptor!

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's a great camera (Deesah — 02/20/2009)

My boyfriend bought this camera for me on vday n I love it... The pictures came out great to it

  • 2.0 out of 5
Horrible Picture Quality (Tonianne — 02/18/2009)

I was really excited about getting this camera and its very cool in a lot of ways. The touch screen and drawing capabilities are fun. But if you are looking for picture quality, this is not the camera for you. The zoom is horrible and all of my pictures were very blurry. I tried playing around with the image resolutions but nothing came out clear. So you if are looking for sharp images, this isn't the camera for you.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I really loved the camara BUT..... (Juan — 02/18/2009)

I really love how the camara looks and how simple it is to use. But the pictures that i take come out way too blurry and when i want to use flash it doesnt let me. and it has a way to close up zoom but it takes nasty pictures im going to exchange it :( sadly.

  • 4.0 out of 5
whats wrong with you people? (James — 02/16/2009)

I dont know whats wrong with people these days. I read a ton of reveiws on this camera. I was suprised by the negative feedback. Most said you cant take a clear photo with the s60 out of the box. ARE YOU CRAZY? mine has taken nothing BUT clear pix. Not only that but it doubles as a video camera too. and all for under 300 bucks. My only complaint is the color choices and why with all the technology we have these days, can there not be a digital camera made with 4 Gigs of internal memory? regardless i found mine at best buy for 270 bones and a great deal on a 4 gig card. While i am (so far) extremely impressed with my s60, i think the best part of buying it was giving my old digital cams to my sons.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good camera~! (jennifer — 01/06/2009)

i got this gift as a christmas present from my boyfriend and i love it. it takes a minute to get use to, but it works great. the touch screen option is fun and the pictures come out blurry right when u take it but if u wait 5 seconds it comes perfect!...bettery hasnt ran out on me yet and i used it for over a week now. the only downfall is if u write on the screen it takes a little time to understand but it catches it and i love it!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Christmas Disappointment (William Wise — 12/30/2008)

Just gave this to my daughter for Christmas - picture quality didn't come out near as good as my old 8 mp Canon camera. She tried everything to see what she could do to sharpen the images and they just arent up to par. Not a good camera. Dont order this one with so many other cameras to choose from.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Cool Digi Cam (Rach — 12/29/2008)

This camera is great. At first it took blurry pictures because I didn't know how to operate it correctly. After a took great pictures. The features are awesome. especially the touchscreen. This was the best Christmas present i have gotten :)

  • 2.0 out of 5
this is a waste of your money (Penny — 12/29/2008)

I was really excited to get this camera and was very dissapointed when i got it. i love the touch screen but the veiw on the camera sucks!! Do don't buy this camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
best camera! (areeyess — 12/28/2008)

i must say the all new nikon s60 is one of the best cameras i have ever had. it is perfect. it works as a camera very well and it does more. you must think on the ashton kutcher commercial the camera doesn't actually work like that, but it does. it comes with a stylus so you don't get fingerprints on the screen. i reccomend you buy it/

  • 1.0 out of 5
Just Plain Bad (Anthony Cassara — 12/27/2008)

After trying everything to get a decent picture out of this thing, I am returning it today. The battery life sucks, the camera software sucks, and every picture it took was grainy an not in focus. Please do yourself a favor and but the Coolpix S550 instead.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Molly — 12/27/2008)

At first, when I started to use the camera, I understood all the bad reviews. I didn't think that Nikon would sell such a product (blurry pics etc etc) I have several other Nikon's the D40 and the D60 (i wanted something smaller to take around so I bought the s60)....however, upon changing settings and taking the time to become familiar with the's awesome!!! Pictures come out great, the touch screen is easy to use, and options on there are great.

It's not your typical point and shoot where it comes out of the box and you don't need to set/learn anything about the camera. You do have to sit down and play with it for a while to see what works best (hence the lengthy instruction manual)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpix (Jennifer — 12/27/2008)

The camera is fun and user friendly. I own another digital camera and I will not be replacing it with the Coolpix. I believe my other camera has a lot more options for portrait taking, doing slideshows, etc. etc. The Coolpix seems to be more for partys, concerts and things like that. You can do a variety of fun things and edit your pics right on the camera without having to download on the computer. It is way to overpriced for what you get. I think you are paying for Ashton Kutchers commercial. Overall review fun-but overpriced.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (Melisa Urrutia — 12/24/2008)

I just received this camera for an early Christmas gift. It takes great pictures. It takes a little getting used to if you are new to the whole touchsceen feature. But I find it very easy to use. I have read alot of negative reviews about this camera. But I have yet to see the negative .

  • 1.0 out of 5
Wait until it has been perfected (S Duckett — 12/16/2008)

"I have always purchased Olympus cameras, I have always gotten decent pictures from those cameras. I wanted a small camera to slip into my purse or pocket this time.
I like the advertised features of this camera and purchase it. I am so sorry, I bought this camera
As a scrapbooker; I enjoy high quality clear photos. A majority of photos with this camera are substandard in my opinion. I do not think this camera is worth what they are asking for at this time. The quality of the photos are not there. This has been worst and most diappointing purchase, I have ever made. I have had this camera a month now and have tried to work with it. The photos are horrible. I would rate it as a, 'zero' for picture quality.
The battery life is very short.
The camera is easy to use and pretty much self explanatory.
I should not have to trade gadetry for quality.
I just recently purchase two cheap cameras at $99 for my children; this camera takes better pictures than this $320 camera. I find myself using their cameras more than this one. I am so disappointed. I have tried working with this camera for a month now. I am now looking for another camera."

Ready to put it on Craig's list or E-bay.

  • 3.0 out of 5
CoolPix S60 (John Ivy — 11/29/2008)

Nice looking camera. Has alot of fucntions. However the cam isnt that great of a camera. Takes to many blurry pictures. Isnt stable no matter the setting you are using.
Really not worth the 350 to 400 you will pay.
Move on to someting better.
Support from the Nikon site isnt very good. If you can get them to email you back than you have done better than I did.
The cams touch screen is slow to react and sometimes it doesnt react to your touch at all.
I give it a 2 star out of 10. Its a pretty cam but thats about it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
THIS CAMERA SUCKS (Andie — 11/23/2008)

This is the WORST camera for the price. It takes terrible pictures, has too many options, you can't adjust the flash when you want to. The screen is WAY too big and if you touch it, you change your settings so you have to reset the whole thing. It's also VERY fragile, mine bumped a tree and broke. BAD PURCHASE. Go with something else

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon s60 (Tim Weinreich — 11/22/2008)

For some of the negative ratings that this camera has gotten it has seemed to be measured up to some of the more expensive cameras even though the price of this camera is a little pricey.

Pros- Some of the great things about this camera is that it does take great pictures but you cant tell on the screen for the fact that when you look at it on the touchscreen it looks like its bad but again it is a touchscreen and not a hd screen. When you zoom in and look at the detail that the camera gets and when you print off pictures the quality is great.

It also takes rather good videos and when listening to the sound you could be in a concert and the fact that when it records the sound that it actually sound the way you hear it instead of really static sounds like normal voice recording which is remarkable and maybe one of my favorite features on the phone.

Battery life is good enough to take pictures of what you want unless your a huge photographer and take hundreds of pictures of the same thing but besides that it makes through the day.

Another great feature of is that it very easy to use on your tv and just plug in and view what you see and when shown on tv it has a HDMI to work on big screens and the resolution then finally shows off how well the picture it really is.

So far while using it i have yet to find one thing with the camera that makes me say "God I wish this camera did or didn't have this feature."

This is a great camera for anyone that takes casual pictures of partys or of friends and familys and likes to record funny incidents.

Con- I really only have one con for this camera and that is its not a camera that you would want to take to a sporting event if you want to get real good pictures of the players on the field or you want far away pictures and well the camera is touchscreen so it does have a little sensitivity to it but for the most part is very easy to navigate the phone and operate it.