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Nikon Coolpix S6200 review

A stylish 16MP compact with a 10x zoom lens, 720p video and choice of five colours

Nikon coolpix s6200

By using a CCD sensor instead of the latest backlit CMOS sensors found in many of the latest compact digital cameras, the Nikon Coolpix S6200 isn't a trailblazer when it comes to producing quality images at high sensitivities.

Images at low sensitivities are chock full of detail, and although a little noise can be seen in the shadows, the image quality is still very good. Raising the sensitivity to ISO400 results in slight softening of fine details, but this is only noticeable on close examination, and images taken at this setting will still produce decent prints.

Increasing the sensitivity further results in increases softening due to noise reduction, but the noise doesn't begin to become intrusive until ISO1600, where colour saturation takes a noticeable drop, and the noise present becomes more granular.

Images taken at the highest setting of ISO3200 are really quite noisy and are probably best kept for sharing at small sizes on the web, or for those times when there is no alternative but to use such a high sensitivity.

Colours could be described more as vibrant than accurate, using default settings. Reds especially are very strong, whereas blues and green appear more subdued. There are different colour setting available for those who like their colours more or less vibrant than the default settings produce.

The 720p videos recorded by the Nikon Coolpix S6200 are clear, sharp and smooth. A mini HDMI port connection is provided, so footage can be watched on a high definition television (HD TV) straight from the camera.

Options for recording are limited, with controls for resolution, autofocus and wind noise reduction being the only options provided. Moving the camera from light to dark and dark to light areas shows up a lag in exposure adjustment, and the continuous autofocus setting struggles to keep up with the slowest moving subjects, especially if using the zoom while recording.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Blink Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.7 mm
Width93 mm
Depth25.4 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 45 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS6200
Product NameCoolpix S6200 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA862E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The pocket-size, 16 megapixel Coolpix S6200 makes shooting great images easy.

Ideal if you aren't sure what tomorrow will bring but don't want to miss a thing, it packs a Nikkor 10x super-zoom lens that captures anything from candid portraits to crisp shots of the band - all the way from the back of the crowd.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S6200 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
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year