Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S610 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 relatively recently, there was very little competition in terms of wide-angle ultra-compact digital cameras. This is no longer the case, putting the S610 face-to-face with more competitors than ever. The Coolpix S610 turned in an average performance for a high-resolution ultra-compact.
Pros: Wide-angle lens in a very small ultra-compact, FIne noise patter makes it usable up to ISO 800, Good image colors with correct white-balance, Good custom-white balance, Mostly good exposure, but occasional problems, Barely any distortion, Good focusing accuracy, Fast zoom with small increments, responsive, Above average battery life, Great macro focus
Cons: Noise visible at all ISO, muddy shadow details, Gradual increase in softness towards edges, Poor automatic and preset white-balance, Slow shot-to-shot speed but average lag, LCD blanks for 2s or more between shots, LCD is too yellow, Redeye problems
Excerpt: With Nikon still showing the S600 (a camera that reached market in March 2008) on their U.S. website, a quick look at the specs of it and the new Nikon Coolpix S610 leads to the conclusion that this model appears to be a refreshed-for-the-market S600 with a 3.0 inch monitor. Aside from the monitor, a differently contoured metal body and a lower price, the specs of these two read amazingly alike.
Pros: Good image and color quality, Very good AF acquisition time
Cons: Disappointing shutter lag, No manual controls
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix S610 is not the most flexible digital camera around. If you are shooting landscape shots you can get some improvement if you use the landscape scene mode. It is a shame this camera struggles with more distant scenes as I have few complaints with other, closer in photos and the shutter lag and start up times are impressive.
Excerpt: When high-quality compact cameras are available for just £100, models that cost twice as much struggle to justify their existence. The S610 certainly delivers in terms of style, and the 3in screen adds to the appearance. The lens's 4x zoom range starts at a wide-angle 28mm focal length, and highly effective optical stabilisation avoids blur at slow shutter speeds.
Conclusion: Like the S600 before it, an impressive set of features is somewhat undermined but an otherwise lacklustre performance, despite a fast start-up. Image quality is better than the S600's, though, and, at the end of the day, that's what counts, making it certainly worth closer inspection