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Nikon Coolpix S6500 review

Stylish compact with Wi-Fi connectivity

Our Verdict

For

  • 12x optical zoom
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Easy to use
  • Tracking AF
  • 1080p video

Against

  • Exposures a little bright
  • Few manual exposure controls
  • Images lack fine detail
  • Wi-Fi can't be used when battery is low

Nikon Coolpix S6500 review

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Taken at ISO 3200, this woodland image shows very little colour noise, and only shows luminance noise along the edges. However, the image is almost completely devoid of any texture due to the harsh noise reduction at this high sensitivity.

Nikon Coolpix S6500 review
Taken at 0EV

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Taken at 0.7EV

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Nikon Coolpix S6500 review
Taken at 0EV

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Nikon Coolpix S6500 review
Taken at 0.7EV

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The Nikon Coolpix S6500 tends to produce very bright images in its Matrix metering mode. We found that in almost all situations it was better to leave the exposure compensation set to -0.7EV.

Nikon Coolpix S6500 review
Taken with 25mm zoom

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Taken with 300mm zoom

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The 25-300mm equivalent zoom range was ideal for a range of subjects, from very wide landscapes to picking out details.

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With Auto white balance

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With Overcast white balance

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Generally we found the Auto White Balance setting to be too strong when removing colour casts. This resulted in some images with very washed out, cold colours. This was particularly the case when shooting in woodland. Here the overcast white balance setting produced a much more realistic white balance.

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In macro mode it is possible to create images with a reasonably shallow depth of field, as shown here. This image also shows that even at ISO 400 the luminance noise reduction removes a lot of textured detail, with the petals of the flower looking like an oil painting.

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The lens of the Nikon Coolpix S6500 is very good in regards to edge detail. Here there is very minimal loss of detail towards the the edges of the scene.

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The Nikon S6500's macro mode does enable some fine details, such as the hairs on the stems of these flowers, to be seen. However, again, on larger surfaces the noise reduction removes a lot of the texture detail.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix S
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom12x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesMotion Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, 3D Shooting, Blink Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)153 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Flash Memory Capacity25 MB
Minimum Focus Distance80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate120 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL19
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58.3 mm
Width95.4 mm
Depth26.3 mm
Autofocus Points99
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.50 mm to 54 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV, AAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Pre-flash
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS6500
Product NameCoolpix S6500 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVNA274E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Share your experiences wherever you go with the 16-megapixel COOLPIX S6500 with built-in Wi-Fi. Upload your shots in seconds, via any smart device*, and share them with your friends and family.

It's easy to capture unforgettable moments with this remarkably slimline camera, which manages to pack in a NIKKOR 12x optical zoom lens. From wide-angle group shots to close-ups of someone special, the backlit CMOS image sensor delivers brilliant detail and clarity-even in low light. And you can switch to filming Full HD movies at the press of a button.

Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction counters the effects of camera shake in real time, so all your photos and movies stay clear and sharp.

The COOLPIX S6500 - Zoom in and share with slimline elegance.

Available exclusively at Currys & PC World

Battery Life150 Shot/25 Minute Video
Package Contents
  • Coolpix S6500 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case)
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-70P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone