Nikon Coolpix S6000
14 megapixels; 7x optical zoom; 4-way image stabilization; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video (30fps); Smart Portrait System; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Nikon's S6000 looks like a decent point-and-shoot with an above-average 7x optical zoom. The inclusion of 720p HD video is standard for point-and-shoots, though still a nice touch. We've tested all of this year's Nikon S series cameras besides the S6000; the others showed a significant improvement in image quality compared to older models, so we'll give this one the benefit of the doubt. It's now out of production (replaced by the Nikon S6100) and the price is seeing the typical late-life spike, we're knocking the grade down a notch.