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
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
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