This review appears in the December 06 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

The Coolpix S6 is a good-looking product – and a price tag of just £234 for a pocket-size, 6Mp (megapixel), Wi-Fi-equipped camera is even more attractive.

The roomy LCD offers razor-sharp resolution and near-180-degree viewing angles, although it could be brighter. Equally notable is the S6’s slick and innovative settings-selection dial, which doubles as a four-way thumb pad.

The built-in 802.11b/g allows you to make wireless transfers between the camera and your computer – you could take pictures all night at a party without having to worry about filling up your media card (as long as you're within Wi-Fi range of your PC). In practice, connecting wasn't as easy as it should have been, although anyone who manages a home network should be okay.

The S6 has a modest collection of exposure controls, plus 15 scene modes. The only real design glitch is the tiny zoom switch, placed right next to the shutter release button. Photos looked fairly sharp, and colour fidelity was above average.

Nikon Coolpix S6: Specs

  • 6Mp compact digital camera (maximum resolution 2,816x2,112)
  • 3x zoom lens
  • F3.0-5.4 aperture
  • ISO 50-400
  • shutter 2-1/500 sec
  • 3in LCD viewfinder
  • max video 640x480/30fps
  • lithium-ion battery with charger
  • SD slot
  • 20MB internal memory
  • IEEE 802.11b/g
  • 101x21x60mm
  • 140g
  • 6Mp compact digital camera (maximum resolution 2,816x2,112)
  • 3x zoom lens
  • F3.0-5.4 aperture
  • ISO 50-400
  • shutter 2-1/500 sec
  • 3in LCD viewfinder
  • max video 640x480/30fps
  • lithium-ion battery with charger
  • SD slot
  • 20MB internal memory
  • IEEE 802.11b/g
  • 101x21x60mm
  • 140g

OUR VERDICT

Stylish and equipped with Wi-Fi features, the S6 is a very decent camera. The display and selector dial are nice additions, although more contrast and saturation controls would have been welcome.

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