Nikon have always had a knack for making good looking cameras, especially when it comes to their more expensive range. And the Nikon Coolpix S6000 is undoubtedly a stunner, but as far as performance goes, we'll get to that a little later. The S6000 is quite sleek and compact, so you can effortlessly carry it in your pocket. However, it isn't quite as light as you might think. The overall button and jog dial placement is convenient and it allows you to navigate between settings with ease. That apart, the implementation of the zoom rocker, first introduced by Canon, is great because it makes it much easier and, most importantly, more precise when zooming in and out.
The S6000 scores an extra point for aesthetics thanks to the black matte finish on the front, which ensures that there's no danger of smudging it with fingerprints. However, it would have been nice if the rear also sported a matte finish rather than the glossy finish, which is a finger print magnet. The camera sports a 2.7-inch LCD display that comes with an anti-reflective coating, which makes reviewing pictures much easier under direct sunlight. The icing on the cake is not only the 14.2 MP CCD sensor that the S6000 has, but also the ample 7x optical zoom that this point-and-shot comes with.
The camera also includes an image stabilizer, which does a neat job of eliminating camera shake. Moreover, the camera also comes with a 28 mm lens that allows you to capture a wider view of the subject, although 24 mm or 25 mm lens would've really hit the sweet spot.
Those who have been using digital cameras for a while would definitely attest to the usefulness of having a manual mode. However, to overcome that void, almost all cameras, the S6000 included, come with a slew of preset scenes, which do the job pretty well. The S6000 has 16 scene modes, a smart portrait mode that automatically clicks when a smile is detected, and a subject tracking mode. In addition, there is also the “Intelligent Auto” mode, which automatically selects the most applicable mode without any sort of user intervention. That's really all there is to it, making this a very easy to use point-and-shoot camera.
In addition to still images, this camera also allows you to record videos in HD, but only at 720p. Nevertheless, the video captured is crisp and smooth, and works well even under low light. However, the reds and blues do seem a little too overbearing when shooting under low light.
The S6000 isn't the best at capturing colors. There are times when the picture tends to look a little too vibrant an unnatural, and this is especially true when taking pictures on a bright and sunny day. As you can see from the picture below, the reds look a little too loud.
The S6000 is an above average performer when it comes to overall sharpness and detail. If you take a closer look at the image below, the leaves on the tree tend to appear a little too washed out and smudged. However, these discrepancies become more apparent when images are scaled to the max.
The night performance of the S6000 isn’t bad, but it isn’t overly good either. There is visible noise that obviously cannot be overlooked. However, resizing the images to 800 x 600 makes it more usable than at full size.
As you can see below, the camera handled close up shots well, with negligible color fringing. In addition, the camera comes with a very decent macro range of 2 cm, which is good. However, there were issues when clicking under low light as the camera simply refused to focus onto the subject.
The Nikon Coolpix S6000 makes for a very straight forward camera with an almost zero learning curve. So you can get started with the camera from the very moment you unpack it. However, there are issues to be kept in mind, such as the camera's slow write speed when saving images onto the memory card. Moreover, there are times when the camera struggles to focus under low light (although this is only apparent under extremely low light conditions). The S6000 is priced at Rs 16,950, which might seem a little expensive, but what you get is an extremely simple point-and-shoot camera that performs decently under good lighting conditions.
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