Nikon Coolpix S600 review

Started Aug 18, 2008 | User reviews thread
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Roger Rowlett
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Nikon Coolpix S600 review
Aug 18, 2008

Compact form factor, easy-to-understand and -navigate menus. Exceptionally crisp images in good lighting. In poor lighting, digital noise is what you would expect for a small CCD chip crammed with 10 Mpixels. However, ultra-high ISO values are quite reasonable for a camera of this size. Memory write time is pretty quick, even at the highest quality image mode. Metering is exceptional, even in high-contrast settings. Exposure compensation, flash, macro modes are easily accessed via a "quick-menu" option. A 4X optical zoom is better than most; IS is excellent, and allows a good exposure in almost any lighting situation, especially when combined with automatic ISO adjustment.

Problems:

No real problems encountered. Things you won't get include: a real aperture ("aperture" is really just a 2-stop electronic filter setting); any simple control over exposure settings (shutter, aperture) is missing, except by choosing scene modes; a true battery meter (you only get low-battery and nearly exhausted batttery warnings.); Auto-iso is too eager to ramp up to ISO 800 if necessary to get sharp exposures; battery/memory door is not stout

Roger Rowlett's score
4.5
Average community score
4.0
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