Nikon Coolpix S6400 review

Stylish touchscreen compact packs in features

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)150 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.6 mm
Width95.4 mm
Depth26.7 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 54 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS6400
Product NameCoolpix S6400 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA190E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The slender COOLPIX S6400 adds a stylish touch to every photo and movie you capture.

The 16-megapixel, backlit CMOS sensor combines with the 12x optical zoom to deliver vivid photos and movies in any light. Sophisticated touch screen menus allow intuitive navigation and rapid access to a range of photo effects.

Pop this camera into your pocket when you party with friends, or slip it into your bag when you travel the world. From perfect portraits to superb landscapes, shoot with style wherever you go.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S6400 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Stylus TP-1
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with Battery Case)
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software CD
  • Reference Manual CD
Limited Warranty1 Year