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Nikon Coolpix S6150 review

Touchscreen control and 7x zoom in a compact camera body

Our Verdict

For

  • Sharp pictures
  • Logical control layout
  • Good focus tracking
  • 7x optical zoom with ED glass and VR
  • 720p HD video

Against

  • Touchscreen interface not responsive enough
  • Battery life
  • 3hr 20min battery charging time

The Nikon Coolpix S6150 sits towards the top of Nikon's Coolpix Style range of compact cameras, and accordingly it packs a rich feature set in a slim, high-class camera body – all for under £160.

At its core is a 16MP CCD sensor and Nikon's EXPEED C2 image processing system that promises enhanced 720p HD video recording and high sensitivity performance.

Motion detection and lens-shift vibration reduction help to compensate for camera shake throughout the 7x zoom range, which offers a useful equivalent focal length of 28-196mm. Meanwhile Nikon's Best Shot Selector automatically selects the sharpest image from up to 10 sequential ones.

ISO can be squeezed to 3200 if you really need to reduce the risk of blurred pictures, but naturally this comes at the expense of detail and colour saturation.

The emphasis is on automatic operation – 19 scene modes and scene auto selector ensure that this Coolpix compact camera will appeal to those who don't want too much asked of them, technically.

A standalone Smart Portrait mode features a range of useful features, such as skin softening, blink warning and the ubiquitous smile shutter.

You can further improve pictures in-camera via the Retouch menu – Nikon's D-Lighting contrast adjustment is probably the one you'll reach for the most.

If you really must, you can draw on your photos and view them in a music-accompanied slideshow, complete with cute animated characters.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
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
Flash Memory Capacity20 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58 mm
Width97.9 mm
Depth26.6 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5 mm to 35 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
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.

Battery Life210 Shot
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
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone