Summary: 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.
Pros: Good image and color quality, Very good AF acquisition time
Cons: Disappointing shutter lag, No manual controls
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.
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, r...
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
Summary: The S610 is packed with features which sound fantastically clever on paper, but once you've tried using them and the novelty has worn off, you may wonder if this was their only point. Underneath is a fairly ordinary camera which in itself does little to justify its fairly high price
Pros: 4x zoom; image stabilisation; size and style.
Cons: Average picture quality; price; complexity disguised as simplicity.
Summary: Nikon's CoolPix S610 would have been quite an impressive unit if it wasn't for its extremely slow shutter speed and shot-to-shot lag. As it stands it still captures fairly good snaps and has some nifty features, but can be irritatingly slow at times.
Pros: Good colour balance, wide-angle lens, 4x optical zoom with stabilisation, lightning quick start-up time
Cons: Extremely slow shot-to-shot time and shutter lag, chromatic aberration issues
Summary: Nikon's CoolPix S610c is a solid compact camera with a few notable problems. It takes fairly good snaps and has wireless connectivity; however, uploading photos can be slow. The camera itself is incredibly slow at times, which makes for a frustrating user experience.
Pros: Wireless connectivity, good colour balance, incredibly fast start-up time
Cons: High levels of chromatic aberration, high shutter lag and slow shot-to-shot time, slow wireless transfers
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...