great camera for being to bring around the pool, picnic, party. just pretty much for close up pictures. I would recommend this if your going to use it for close detailed pictures. But for distant pictures I wouldn't suggest this because of the zoom.
April 11, 2012
Ok for the money.
I got this for Christmas for 1/2 price. If I'd have paid full price, I would be disappointed. But it does a decent job. Decent in auto mode. Can be somewhat complicated in non-auto mode. Acceptable videos.
January 3, 2012
This camera is more than worth for its price
This is the first camera that i purchased. I was impressed my it's shot.
It has lot of scene modes
On screen editing is good
Drawing on photos taken and it stores as separate copy without touching the original pics is awesome
Does not have inbuilt panoramic shot
Digital zoom is not good
Pics are blurred with shots in zoom
December 6, 2011
Pros: Great picture quality. Excellent lens. Plenty of manual image controls. Very useful image stabilizer for shooting in low light.
Cons: Battery life is weak when shooting in 16mp HQ mode. No shooting allowed while the camera is plugged into the charger. Lacking in video format options.
Overall, I am reasonably happy with this camera. It takes fantastic pictures, which matters most of all. However, there are a few significant shortcomings that you should be aware of. First of all, using 16mp mode drains the battery very fast. 8mp mode will double your battery life. On top of that, you cannot operate the camera when it is plugged into the charger. This makes it pretty useless for any light-duty, long-duration studio work. Finally, the HD video format is fixed at 720p - 30 fps. This is not a standard format for authoring HD Blu-Ray Disk movies. You will have to convert your files to either 24 fps or 60 fps to place in a 720p BD. They should have either given us more frame rate options, or set it at a standard frame rate. It works fine if you want to import to 480p projects, but if your goal is to author Blu-Ray movies in HD, I would recommend you choose a different camera.
November 29, 2011
Great Camera for the Amateur Photographer
This is a great camera for those people that would like to have fun taking random snapshots. The setting for this camera are very simple; you have automatic picture taking options as well as customized options. The touch screen contains most of the features to the camera. This camera takes good video.
November 18, 2011
great for family pics
Great for up close pics like taking on fishing trip or family vacations. Just wish it had a higher zoom for further away pics.
November 8, 2011
The product takes good picture
The placement of the video selection button is too close to where most people hold the camera causing accidental pushing of the button. Also, the touch screen is erratic in its response.
November 2, 2011
Great bang for the buck
I like this camera. It is easy to do movies and the pictures are crisp, clear, and the color is supurb. Touch screen is a little small for my finger size but they did give me a stylist. Typical guy no manual just experimentation and it was easy to master.
October 19, 2011
Good camera, slight issue
I bought this camera a 3-4 months ago and after 2 months, my zoom is wacky. It's like the spring is locked in zoom and I have to knock it back constantly to regular. It has great features and works fine except for my zoom which is upsetting.
September 17, 2011
Nikon 6100 8/2011
I did not get the opportunity to use the camera
Because I returned it to the store.
I took it home,ran thru the setups and then discovered that there was no users manual, but a cd instead.
I'm 78 years old,a little slow, and don't have a computer, I use an IPad. If I'm in a car or on a
Bus,plane,or boat& I don't have a computer
I'm in deep sand. My iPad doesn't accept a cd.
Nikon was concerned about the cost of paper &
Apologized for the inconvenience
If I'm in a car or on a bus or on a plane, etc., etc. And I don't have a computer to
Put in the cd but I need to refer to the users manual,I'm in deep sand..
August 22, 2011
Reliable, slim, easy to use
This is a compact, reliable little camera. The battery holds a charge for a very long time, and the quality of the picture is amazing. The only drawback is the touch screen is not 100% efficient on the commands....
August 11, 2011
I took my new Coolpix s1600 on three trips since May. The photos are great quality. Using a heavy duty camera card helped me take shots in quick succession.
The many options still overwhelm me and slow my photography.
In my rushing about, I mislaid the software CD's before i could load them onto my computer. A nice agent on the phone helped me download the software, but it doesn't tell me how to keep the files on my computer. I do not want internet files.
The other problem with the camera is that there is no regular viewfinder, so when the bright sun is behind me, I cannot see what the camera sees. Sometimes it seems the engineers get ahead of themselves looking for gimmicks.
I would still recommend the camera for clarity of shot and faithfulness of reproduction, but the excess technology is too much for me.
July 25, 2011
Needs a printed manual
The camera is great. The unavailability of a printed manual is extremely frustrating.
July 25, 2011
Decent features; somewhat noisy image
Overall, I like the camera.
Many features are packed into a small package. This leads to a problem with the control interface. Nikon should talk to Apple about designing an interface that's both feature-packed and somewhat intuitive.
The picture quality is decent, but I notice noise around the edges of objects in some pictures. Perhaps this is a result of the JPEG compression.
July 18, 2011
great cmera but...
I love the pictures and using the functions is easy. However; I had to return the camera within the first month. The lense cover would not open or close fully. When I received the replacement it was apparent that this could be a problem again if I am not super careful. The lense cover has a lot of "flex". If you put the camera in a pocket/compartment in a purse or a back pack as example, because these are soft sided, something could push the lense cover in. The items doesn't need to be in the same compartment... I hope this makes sense. Anyway, I think this is a weak point to the camera.
July 12, 2011
Nikon Coolpix S6100
Not having a P and S before, this product is quite a surprise. I am more used to large formats and pro-sumer cameras that has a manual option and I am a little bit at a loss at first but I am getting used to it. It is good for composition though, easy to use even without reading the manual. I have only taken 38 photos so far with this but I am quite OK with it. It is something to easily throw in your bag on regular trips around town doing shopping or running errands and when the opportunity comes up, at least I have something to take quickie photos with it.
June 27, 2011
Easy to learn and use.
I've had a Cannon point and shoot in the past and found it a little confusing to use. The Nikon point and shoot was easy and less complicated to use.
It's my wife's camera and she is in the learning curve now. It's hard to get it away from her.
June 14, 2011
why change the design?
Why change the design from S6000? I mean all I was expecting was a bump in megapixels and an increase in lcd screen size but definitely not the design. The S6000's design is just perfect. It makes me think of how iphone 4's design is beating every other cell phone these days.... unfortunately you guys couldn't see that. Ahhh... I'm soooooo disappointed.
February 14, 2011
Although taken many pictures have come out wonderfully, this camera has a very short battery life. Also, you cannot use it while it is charging, which sometimes is necessary. And the amount of time you have to record videos is very short, 12 minutes
March 30, 2013
great camra : slight issue
I got this for my birthday back in summer and i am happy with it but it has a few issues. I love the size the pics are pretty good quality and the touch screen and features are great, battery - not so great. It does not hold it charge very long. Also when i am trying to take a pic, but mostly when i am shooting a video, the zoom gets messed up. When i am taking a video if i zoom in/ out it gets really blurry and stays that way :( also when i take more then 3 videos in a short period of time and i try to shoot another one, the screen goes green and the whole thing freezes and you have to take out the battery to get it back to normal. It also stinks that it wont worked when charging. Also the battery bar will say full then the next minute it will shut off from battery exhaustion. Other then the battery and the zoom, its a pretty good camera for the price.
January 4, 2012
Not very impressive
I'm tired of everything being touch screen. My phone, my camera, and my computer. None of them work properly and this is even worse than trying to type a text message on an IPhone. Tiny little menu tabs and icons that you need to press 15 times before it actually works. Annoying. For a 16mp camera I'm not sure the picture quality is what I expected afterall, it means nothing if it doesn't work in poor lighting or have a decent flash. It also does what my last Coolpix camera does, if you want to snap a moment quick you're out of luck. Not only do you need to count to 3 for it to focus and take the picure, I feel like it needs a 10 count. This is my last attempt at Coolpix cameras. Ashton can keep these.
December 28, 2011
Loved this camera until it failed.
I received this camera for my birthday in the summer and took it to Europe. It took beautiful photos and was easy to use. I took it to shoot a sunset in December and there is a black spot, about in the center, of all my photos. It's off to Nikon for a fix. We'll see what transpires....hopefully they will honor the guarantee, but how long before it fails again?
December 12, 2011
got the camera because it was good with landscape pictures and high megapixels. used it in afghanistan and didjust what i wanted only trouble i have is a lot of my pictures now of family and life at home come out blurry
November 14, 2011
Sorry; I returned this product when I realized I couldn't find a back-up rechargeable battery to fit (in stock in a store here). I also had read reviews about the battery not lasting long. Too bad I didn't read the reviews before the purchase. The battery would cost over $35, if I could find one. I was able to return the camera and bought another Nikon with AA batteries.
September 19, 2011
takes great pictures
Bought this a couple of months ago, as we were going to be doing some traveling... Camera takes great pictures, but am having problems with the lens now (only about 3 months). Does'nt always work.. So am shipping it back to see what is wrong with it already.. Hoping they can get it fixed, disappointed that we are already having some problems...
September 13, 2011
Failure of "swiping" pictures to review
Camera failed after initial use.It failed because the review mechanism (stroking) failed to work. Looks like no quality review.
September 13, 2011
Great Photos - Not Great Controls
I bought this camera in May 2011 for a work camera to use as a construction superintendent. I take an average of 40 pictures a day (with a range of 20 – 200 photos per day). In the past I have owned similar Canon, older Nikons, Panasonics, and Olympus point and shoot cameras. I also have a Nikon DSLR for personal hobby use. Typically the point and shoot cameras I have had last me about a year, which is not bad in the harsh environment I use them in.
I carry the camera in a generic cell phone holder that clips to my belt. It is very accessible and easy to get any time I need it. For general construction photos I typically shoot in auto mode with the flash turned off (to prevent “snow storms” from the flash reflecting off the dust in the air).
Great photo quality. Not quite a DSLR, but very respectable images. It is much better than the Olympus and Panasonics I have owned and about the same as the Canon.
The wide angle lens works well in small spaces. This was a big selling point for me.
The low light performance is great. In auto ISO mode, the camera will go up to 1600 ISO and you have to zoom way in on the photo before it looks grainy. Combine that with respectable image stabilization and it has the best low light performance of any point and shoot camera I have owned.
The only item I like about the touch screen control is that you can compose your shot, touch the part of the screen you want to focus on; then take the picture. I don’t use the feature often but when you need it; it takes the frustration away from trying to get the auto focus to do what you want.
The battery life is excellent.
It is tough. I have dropped this camera several times and it still works fine. About 2 weeks ago, it took a 35’ fall onto hard packed dirt. I almost went straight to my computer to start researching my next camera purchase. Imagine my disappointment when I turned it on and it worked just fine. Of all the lousy luck…
My biggest issue with this camera is the touch screen. Except for the touch focusing I mentioned above, it is a cumbersome and inefficient way to control the camera. I have had the touch screen completely and randomly “freeze up” on me and just stop working several times (even before the 35’ fall). Most of my cameras have had control pad similar to game controller. They are easy, quick, efficient, and intuitive. The touch screen on the S6100 is not very hard to figure out but it takes more time and steps to do simple things like turn the flash on and off and set exposure compensation. I have already decided that my next camera will not be an S6100 simply because of the touch screen. I would buy one if they came out with a version that had the standard type of controls.
You have to choose between a 16 megapixel and an 8 megapixel resolution. It would be nice to have a choice in the 10-12mp range.
Startup from "off" is a little slow.
The camera goes into “sleep mode” to save battery life. That is typical of most cameras but this one really takes a long time to “wake up”. It can be very frustrating especially when you intentionally leave it on to wait for just the right moment. It has caused me to miss quite a few shots.
The “Scene” button is one of the few physical buttons. The problem is that once the menu opens; the options are not labeled (symbol only). So if you don’t know what the symbol stands for, you have to touch it, touching it selects it and exits the menu. To get back and change it; you have to hit the “Scene button, select the scene menu, and try your luck at the next icon. The result is that I usually just shoot in auto and miss out on some good features. As I said above, the controls are not hard, just not as easy as other cameras I have owned.
I am not sure why but when I use the USB cable to transfer photos to my computer; Windows cannot erase the photos from the camera. It works fine when I use the computers built in card reader. This may be an issue with my computer though. However, I did not have the problem with previous cameras.
I would not discourage a person from getting this camera nor would I recommend it anyone. The basic functions of the camera and the quality are very good for the price range. Wide angle – 7X zoom is very good for most situations. Had the controls been done a little better, I would love this camera.
August 10, 2011
I've had this camera since May of this year, and it worked great (aside from having a little trouble figuring out where all the features are). However, the other day I fully charged it, and then turned it off. I tried to turn it on later, with no response. Not even plugging it in will get it to turn out, so I'll have to send it back. It seems like fairly new camera that I've never dropped or mishandled shouldn't have this sort of problem, so I'm a little disappointed.
July 22, 2011
great optics, hard to access options
Not my first CoolPix, so I'm hoping that in time I will master the many options and how to quickly get to them. Maybe my fat fingers, but the touchscreen seesm hard to use. Photos, though, are top quality, if it were only faster to switch between modes.
July 18, 2011
Not what I was expecting
My parents bought me this camera last christmas and the screen is already cracked because I dropped it once. Probably bad luck, but I'm still disappointed because I now need another camera. While its nice to have a touchscreen, it can be annoying for others that are not used to it. A lot of the pictures end up coming out blury. All in all I liked my bulky camera more.
November 2, 2012