Nikon Coolpix S6150 review

Touchscreen control and 7x zoom in a compact camera body

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Nikon coolpix s6150

For the most part, the Nikon Coolpix S6150 is easy to live with. Start-up times are sharp, and its slim, but sturdy build, rubberised finish, raised lens mount and thumb rest result in confident, assured handling.

The touchscreen, ironically, is less tactile – although it does make pictures glorious to look at.

Image processing time occasionally slows shooting down too, but navigating the menus is a breeze and the zoom travels rapidly through the range. Most importantly, the Nikon Coolpix S6150 is capable of pleasingly detailed, well-balanced images.

We liked

The 7x zoom delivers a practical everyday reach, taking in everything from family portraits to tree tops – and the decent image quality comes wrapped up in a solid, good-looking body that's intuitive to use.

We disliked

The disappointing touchscreen interface could end up frustrating more committed photographers. At 210 shots, battery life isn't class-leading, and the lengthy charge time for a flat cell, coupled with USB-only camera charging, means that you'll probably want to factor a spare battery into the cost.

Final verdict

Overall then, this Coolpix update offers an attractive slice of camera technology for the money. If you're not in the market for more manual control options but want a feature-packed digital camera in the £150 price range, the Nikon Coolpix S6150 certainly represents one of the best value compact cameras around, however the disappointing touchscreen certainly lets it down.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
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