Summary: So I bought this a year or so ago because I needed to retire my old camera. I thought Nikon was a good brand that I could trust, and played around with this camera in person before ultimately buying it. What ensued is a tale of complete horror. This camera is TERRIBLE. First off, most recently while out for my anniversary, it DELETED all of the photos we had taken on the way home because while using the viewer to see them and reminise about what a good day we had it...
Summary: I always enjoyed Nikon and this camera has been a huge disappointed. I takes along time to do quick action pictures compared to other cameras. So, soccer moms...this is not the camera! It also picks up a lot of red in burnette hair! BIG BIG BIG DISAPPOINTMENT for Nikon.
Summary: Purchase around Mother's Day. I decided to purchase the Nikon since I have a D50. To summarize the problems: Couple weeks after purchase the shutter would not close and the camera would not shut down without taking the battery out. The camera was in repair ( Best Buy) for a month. Right after I got it back it would not read ANY memory card without taking the card in and out several times or at all. Plus the camera would not shut down again without taking the battery out.
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.