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Best Nikon cameras

For £199.99/AU$290/US$249.95 the Nikon Coolpix S6400 is around the top of its price bracket for this type of camera, but then it's hard to find many bad things to say about it.

The Nikon S6400 does a number of things pretty well and offers a lot of flexibility from its wide range of creative filters to its responsive touchscreen, accurate AF system on down to the all-important thing: image quality.

We liked

The touchscreen is really fantastic to use. Swiping through images in playback mode is wildly preferable to furiously clicking a button, and by the end of the day we were using touch shooting exclusively. The range of filter effects added to the fun. In short, we like the Nikon S6400's options.

We disliked

Some of the menu systems could use a rethink, though. Particularly the method for deleting photos, which requires several unnecessary steps. And our biggest complaint would have to be the compact camera's short battery life. You'll need a second battery if you plan to shoot for more than an afternoon.

Final verdict

The Nikon Coolpix S6400 is one of the more expensive compact cameras of its class on the market, but its speed, image quality and range of options help justify its position.

If you're looking for a fun, carry-everywhere camera, whether that's for a beach holiday or a children's birthday party, the Nikon Coolpix S6400 won't let you down. Just make sure you have a spare battery.