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Nikon Coolpix S60 Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon Coolpix S60 Assessment

This ultra-compact packs a somewhat wide 5X optical zoom lens and a 3.5" LCD in a 1" thick body, along with a 10 megapixels sensor and vibration reduction. A touch screen interface replaces most controls resulting in a frustratingly slow interface for anything more than pure point-and-shoot operation.

The Nikon Coolpix S60 turns in average image quality and performance for an ultra-compact, so chosing this model requires placing high value on its 3.5" LCD or at least its 5X optical zoom lens which, by the way, is not unique among ultra-compacts. The most important flaw to note is that to change anything, even something basic like exposure compensation, is a slow process with the S60.

Pure point-and-shoot operation is easy with the Nikon Coolpix S60 and results in well-exposed images with natural colors and a reasonable amount of details. That being said, the camera's weak high-ISO performance and slow focus system makes in unsuitable for indoor photography, particularly of moving subjects. This is a problem more prominent of ultra-compacts but there are much better performers under those conditions.

Competion by the present champion of ultra-compacts, the Fuji Finepix F100fd, represents the biggest challenge to the Nikon Coolpix S60. Given that the F100fd performs extraordinarily well in low-light, responds quickly and has a larger feature set, including expanded dynamic range mode and a true wide-angle 5X optical zoom, we highly recommend it instead. Other ultra-compact models with a 5X optical zoom lens include the Sony Cybershot T500 and Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd. Placing more importance on usability than on zoom, the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS and SD950 IS are great options with great image quality and speed of operation, combined with a highly intuitive interface.

See our full-length review for an in-depth look and images samples at all ISO sensitivities.

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PROS CONS
Good automatic white-balance performance Below average image stabilization
Natural image colors Noise at all ISO settings
Good overall exposure based on focus-point Strong softness at ISO 400 and 800
Short shutter-lag Useless ISO 1600 and up
Quick zoom, playback and power-off times High optical distortion at both ends of zoom
Excellent LCD visibility when not smudged Terribly inneficient and unresponsive interface
Good build quality Dificult to hold securely
Poor lens placement
Very short battery life
Poor lens placement
AverageAverage Average

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Nikon Coolpix S60
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By Neocamera on 2008-12-24

Nikon S60 Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 64-2000
5X Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-4s
Built-in StabilizationCustom white-balance
0.7 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital High Capacity
3.5" LCD 230K Pixels
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