Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S600 is a very small ultra-compact camera with a stabilized wide-angle lens, offering a 4X range from 28 to 112mm, in 35mm-equivalent terms. Up to last year, there was very little competition in terms of wide-angle ultra-compact digital cameras. Now, there is much more competition which the S600 has to face.
Pros: Wide-angle lens in a very small ultra-compact, Fine noise pattern, Good exposure overall, highly center-weighed, Good lens sharpness with low optical distortion, Fast startup and shutdown, Durable build quality, Above average battery-life, Good macro focus
Cons: Fine details destroyed by noise reduction, Noise visible at all ISO, White-balance struggles in artificial light, Color over-saturation, particularly greens, Frequent chromatic aberrations, Slow shot-to-shot speed, Below average focusing speeds, Inefficient user interface, Difficult to hold securely, Poor LCD visibility in bright light, No optical viewfinder
Excerpt: Aimed at casual photographers and people who need a sturdy, lightweight, good looking compact camera for unexpected moments, and at enthusiasts who from time to time need a competent camera without the size and bulk of the much bigger prosumer and small DSLR bodies, the Nikon Coolpix S600 is an interesting choice both for those of us on a budget and for those of us who prefer something significantly better than a bargain basement cheapie.
Pros: The Nikon Coolpix S600 works well in a wide variety of family, personal, social, business and public situations for casual snap-shooting, amateur photography in good light, and all sorts of events with friends, family and kids. It starts quickly, makes good quality images (in the hands of a competent or careful photographer), and is very easy to use. Nikon has integrated a good quality lens which proves the old adage about good things coming in small packages. The cam...
Cons: The Nikon Coolpix S-series seems to be a direct competitor to Canon's SD/Ixus line and the Nikon models succeed in many of the same ways. However, the Canon user interface is somewhat more intuitive. Nikon's merry-go-round on-screen selector relies on screen icons rather than a hardware selection dial. Control is average using the scroll wheel/command dial, and the center OK button can only be pressed reliably with the tip of a fingernail. Nikon should use a subset of...
Summary: There’s a lot to like about the S600, but it is not perfect. The small size is a big plus. You will get good color and out-of-the-box usability. You can take as much control as you like. Image quality is excellent and the camera also offers a large range that covers everything from close-up portraits to panoramic landscapes.
It’s great for outdoors and produces adequate indoor photos as well, but you may have to purchase an extra battery if you are a heavy user.
Summary: Though it may be known for having the world's smallest body and fastest start-up time, there's more to the Nikon Coolpix S600 than just those specs. Most important to photographers, this handsome little camera takes great pictures in a variety of shooting situations, making it the best sub-$300 pocket camera on the market.
Excerpt: One of four Coolpix S-series digitals announced in January 2008, the Nikon Coolpix S600 takes its place as the most expensive Nikon "style" camera and features "an astonishingly fast start-up time, advanced functions, outstanding photographic performance and a slim and stylish body." Other excerpts from the press release claim the camera has the "fastest start-up time for any camera in its class," allows shooters to take "stunningly sharp photos, faster and easier than...
Pros: 28mm wide angle lens, Good color fidelity and image quality, Good ISO performance, Optical VR
Cons: Disappointing shutter lag, Quick start up time nullified by wait for shutter to become active
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S600 is an ultra-compact point-and-shoot digital camera in a sleek and stylish all-metal body. It has intuitive controls and produces good image quality with good detail and vivid colours at ISO 100 for a digital camera in this category. As is common with point-and-shoot cameras, higher ISOs are visibly noisy.
Conclusion: From time to time I find a digital camera I just cannot get on with. This is the case with the Nikon Coolpix S600. It is a shame because the camera has a number of impressive points such as start up time and shutter lag delay.
Pros: Ease of use - wide angle lens - shutter lag times - camera start up time