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.