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: 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.