Nikon Coolpix S6 review

Started May 19, 2006 | User reviews
Shango
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Nikon Coolpix S6 review
May 19, 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 more than 1/60 of a second in bright sunlight (some shots were 1/29th or something
similar!). 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 4300. 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 extremely good (<=1 second most of the time) but that is all I can say that is good.

I am going to send a cd of pictures to Nikon and see what they say. Maybe they just got a bad batch, but I got my camera from two different stores. If you do buy this camera, I hope you don't have the same problems as I did. I returned the S6 for a refund and am going to buy a D70s instead. The S6 is nowhere in the same league as the D70s, but I expected the S6, being 2 or three generations later than my 4300, to take better pictures.

Problems:

Bad focus problems, random flash, needs new firmware

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