Conclusion: Armed with 10 megapixels, a 5X zoom lens with optical image stabilization and a large 3.5 inch touchscreen, the Nikon Coolpix S60 is set to compete with the plenty of ultra-compact cameras in the market, creeping closer to its direct rival, the Sony T900 in terms of feature set. The Nikon Coolpix S60 does several things right â€“ such as the great touchscreen interface, decent feature set, plenty of scene modes with auto scene selection and the big bunch of retouch...
Pros: Nice 5X optically stabilized zoom lens in a compact body, Huge 3.5 inch touchscreen, Very good touchscreen interface â€“ easy to use and responsive, Decent camera performance, Auto scene selection, face, blink and smile detection for beginners, Many retouch options in playback
Cons: Below average image quality: Visible noise at low ISOs, softness and color fringing (chromatic aberration), Disappointing battery life, Not much playback info shown, Low resolution LCD, Camera lacks manual controls
Elegant 10 megapixel Coolpix with 3.5-inch touch screen and internal 5X zoom
30 November 2011
Summary: The Coolpix S60 is an elegant, small and handy camera with a fully internal 5X optical zoom and a unique touchscreen interface that replaces almost all hardware controls. The camera is small enough to fit anywhere, yet has a very large and sharp 3.5-inch LCD that remains quite readable outdoors thanks to an anti-reflection coating. The design is clean and uncluttered, though the touchscreen requires a bit of getting used to.
Pros: Terrific hi-res 3.5 inch touch screen, Internal 5X optical zoom, Elegant metallic design, Optical lens-shift image stabilization, Face recognition mode with smile and blink detection, Voice recording, Full speed VGA movies with sound
Cons: No optical zoom during movies, Touch screen has learning curve, Costly
Conclusion: Viewing your pictures on this camera is a blast, thanks to its iPhone-esque touch screen. Image quality, however, is lacking, so the fun of its flashy touch interface will likely fade quickly.
Pros: Sleek and good-looking. Big, responsive touch screen. Simple touch gestures make photo playback a snap.
Cons: No hardware zoom control; zooming in and out with the touch screen can be very difficult. Captures fewer resolution lines than competitors. HDMI-out, but no HD video recording. Flash shots are underexposed. Poor battery life.
Summary: Pure point-and-shoot operation is easy with the Nikon Coolpix S60 and results in well-exposed images with natural colors and a reasonable amount of details. That being said, the camera's weak high-ISO performance and slow focus system makes in unsuitable for indoor photography, particularly of moving subjects. This is a problem more prominent of ultra-compacts but there are much better performers under those conditions.
Pros: Good automatic white-balance performance, Natural image colors, Good overall exposure based on focus-point, Short shutter-lag, Quick zoom, playback and power-off times, Excellent LCD visibility when not smudged, Good build quality
Cons: Below average image stabilization, Noise at all ISO settings, Strong softness at ISO 400 and 800, Useless ISO 1600 and up, High optical distortion at both ends of zoom, Terribly inneficient and unresponsive interface, Dificult to hold securely, Poor lens placement, Very short battery life, Poor lens placement
Summary: This Nikon Coolpix S60 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified. If you like the idea of a touch screen, then Nikon Coolpix S60 should appeal to you. It is an ultra-compact point-and-shoot digital camera in a sleek and stylish all-metal body with a 3.5-in. touch panel LCD.
Summary: Introduced this past summer, the Nikon COOLPIX S60 is a stylish camera that carries on the form and functionality of this popular point-and-shoot product line. The bold, compact display of the Nikon COOLPIX S60 is highlighted by a 3.5-inch LCD screen and its unique touch-panel control system. The 10-megapixel resolution of the S60 consistently delivers high-quality pictures, and the 5x zoom lens allows for dynamic telephoto shooting.
Summary: The $349 Nikon Coolpix S60 is an excellent, truly fun-to-use point-and-shoot camera that will appeal to the hipster crowd. TheSony Cyber-shot DSC-T700, which costs $50 more, has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a much higher resolution and 4GB of built-in memory; however, it's more sluggish than the S60, whose display is more responsive and iPhone-like. It may not be the fastest or the highest quality of its peers, but the Coolpix S60 makes good use of its touchscreen.
Conclusion: If you are attracted by the touch screen then there are not many alternatives out there. The Nikon Coolpix S60 is as good if not better than its competitors when it comes to picture quality. Nikon appear to have most things right with the Coolpix S60.
Pros: Touch screen control - build quality - help text - touch control auto focusing and auto exposure
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S60 is a very eye-catching camera thanks to its slim, "wave-design" profile, non-zooming 5x lens and massive 3.5 inch LCD screen. The wave design basically means that the camera is thinner at one end than the other. At 9.7cms wide and 2.2cms deep, the Nikon Coolpix S60 will fit into your trouser or shirt pocket without too much trouble.