Nikon Coolpix S6150 review

Touchscreen control and 7x zoom in a compact camera body

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Nikon coolpix s6150

As you'd expect from Nikkor ED glass, the versatile 5-35mm zoom on the Nikon Coolpix S6150 compact camera delivers sharp images with plenty of detail. Images exhibit a hint of grittiness even at the lowest ISO settings when viewed at 100%, although you won't notice it unless printing is pushed to extremes.

Like many compact cameras we've tested, the Nikon Coolpix S6150's noise only becomes significantly degrading when you hit ISO 800. Our bench tests indicate that it holds its own up against the S6200, one step up the Coolpix food chain, until ISO 200.

Colours are generally accurate, occasionally erring on the warm side. The reds in particular look a little hot on the LCD monitor, but appear more subdued in the downloaded files.

720p movies from the Nikon Coolpix S6150 are equally as good, appearing smooth and finely detailed. Filming controls are limited, though – you can only change autofocus and white balance, and switch on wind-noise reduction – and the stereo mic has a tendency to pick up the sound from the zoom.

If you opt for continuous focus it also struggles to keep up when zooming, resulting in blurred footage as the camera hunts for a lock. Exposure stepping is also noticeable when you zoom and pan across brighter/darker areas, too.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom7x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)172 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58 mm
Width97.9 mm
Depth26.6 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5 mm to 35 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS6150
Product NameCoolpix S6150 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA131E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Combining touch screen operation with cutting edge technology, the stylish COOLPIX S6150 offers intuitive operation and superb results. The NIKKOR wide-angle 7x zoom lens and 16 megapixel image sensor combine to deliver incredibly detailed photos that make great enlargements.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S6150 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Stylus TP-1
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year