by Rob Williams on August 17, 2006 in Digital Cameras
We’ve taken a good look at a few Coolpix models in the past, but none were like this. The S6 is as sleek as they come, and can easily fit into any pocket for transport. Does it’s small size detract from it’s image quality?
On the other end of the camera, we have a button that changes the camera to portrait mode on the fly. Nikon didn’t include one of their gorgeous models with the review sample, so I didn’t much pay attention to this feature. However, what it’s designed to do is focus on the face more than anything else. This would be better used in brighter conditions, as the camera would have a more difficult time finding a face to focus on in a dark room. In addition to the portrait feature, one of the flash modes will shine a red light at your vict… subject prior to the flash. This is a sure fire way to get the best portrait shots with the S6.
The back of the camera is no doubt the most interesting. Anybody want a bright 3.0″ LCD? Well here you have it. Seriously, this is a gorgeous screen, and one of the selling points of the camera. However, you will have fun trying to see what’s on the LCD if you are shooting outside on a sunny day. Due to the lack of a viewfinder, you will be squinting a lot if you are outside.
Also on the back are the usual subjects. The wheel you see, is actually a rotary wheel. When you are in various menus, you can rotate it to select the option, rather than pushing up or down. Of course if that’s what you prefer, the option is still available to you. The wheel was actually one of the cameras best points… very, very easy to use.
Underneath we reveal a tightly packed area. You can see the port for the USB cable, and also the slot for the battery and SD card.
In the end, I really enjoyed the look and feel of the S6. Some minor adjustments could be made to make things a tad easier, but overall I have no major complaints. Just bear in mind that this is a compact camera, so it’s not supposed to feel like any other digital camera out there.