Summary: This camera took fantastic photographs. However, the Achilles heel of this camera is the retracting lens. It eventually fails and is not repairable. And, when this happens, the camera is not usable. We've had 2 of these cameras and the same thing happened to both! No more Coolpix, we moved up to the SLR and glad we did.
Summary: I'm a long time Nikon shooter and have had a 5 different Coolpix compact digital cameras and have been quite pleased with the product design, software and most importantly the image quality. When my kids bent the lens on my P3 I was psyched to order the S600 - the specs looked terrific and it was oh so pocketable. The wide angle, high ISO and lightning fast startup all work as advertised. The big issue is shutter lag and auto focus.