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Big zoom, small package and ready to share in an instant.

Expect plenty of "Likes" on the photos and videos you share with the COOLPIX S6500. Packed inside its ultra-slim, stylish design is a powerful 12x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens that's great for everything from wide-angle landscapes to telephoto close-ups; and a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor for maximum photo and video quality in just about any light. When you're ready to share your creations, built-in Wi-Fi® helps you get them online faster and easier than ever.
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Share amazing photos in an instant

Built-in Wi-Fi® for easily sharing your shots anytime, anywhere

The COOLPIX S6500 makes it easier than ever to share beautiful views of your world. Take a great shot and instantly send it to your compatible smartphone, tablet or Wi-Fi® device. Then email your photos, upload to your favorite social media or photo album sites— share your shots the same way you normally share online and amaze friends and family!
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Frame the perfect shot

12x wide-angle NIKKOR glass zoom lens gets you closer to the action

Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that have made Nikon famous. The COOLPIX S6500 12x zoom NIKKOR lens is great for everything from wide-angle group shots to close-up portraits. Plus, lens-shift Vibration Reduction helps keep every shot steady, even if your hands are not.

Superior low-light performance

High-performance CMOS image sensor lets you shoot without a flash

Imagine being able to shoot without a flash at weddings, concerts, parties—anywhere your flash normally fires. You won't have to interrupt a moment to capture it, and your photos and HD videos will look more natural and true to your memory. The COOLPIX S6500 performs so well in low light situations that, in most cases, using the flash is optional. Of course, when the lighting is extremely poor and you need a flash, it'll be there.

Freeze action in its tracks

Hold down the shutter button and fire up to 7 continuous shots per second

Create amazing action sequences with the touch of a button. When the action speeds up, just hold down the shutter button and fire off up to 7 continuous shots per second. You'll get views of fast-moving subjects you may never have seen.
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Focus where you want it

Kids and pets are always on the go. Fortunately, the COOLPIX S6500 includes Subject Tracking, which automatically locks onto a moving subject and keeps it in focus until you're ready to take the shot.

Flatter your friends and family

Create beautiful photos of the people you care about. Smart Portrait System activates several features ideal for portraits, like Face Priority AF, Skin Softening, Blink Warning and more.

Let the camera call the shots

Easily match your situation to one of 20 Scene Modes like Beach, Snow, Night Portrait, Sunset and enjoy effortless shooting. Or, choose Scene Auto Selector and let the camera choose for you.

Dazzle with every shot

Create truly exceptional photos and Full HD videos in nearly any light. A 16-megapixel CMOS low-light image sensor delivers superior image quality, versatility and low-light performance.

± WI-FI COMPATIBILITY

This camera's built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
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User Friendly Even I can do it! (I am technologically challenged.) Actually, this is my second Coolpix S6500. I unfortunately lost my first, and immediately went out and purchased the same to replace it. August 23, 2014
A Gift of Anguish Received this camera 1 year 3 months ago as a gift. Used it outside of the house 3x's after researching how to use it because the provided instructions are minimal at best. ("how to use features" may have been written in another language that completes 75% of these instructions) Now all the camera does is "Lens Fail" when turned on. Nikon wants $79 + S&H to fix it? I'm now a proud owner of a $170 "door stop"! Thanks Nikon .....Now Nikon is asking me MORE information about myself to complete this review, THAN the instructions that came with this product! July 26, 2014
Lens Problems & Poor Support We have owned two of these cameras. They provide everything we look for in a simple point and shoot. However both cameras have developed lens problems. On the first the telescopic function often malfunctions. On the other, the lens aperture does not close completely. On the second, it failed within the warranty period. I mailed to the service center address provided with the warranty. After 3 weeks it was returned by USPS as undeliverable. I called support. She promised to e-mail the correct address. I never received it. I registered at the Nikon site and asked for the correct address. Three days later, I have not received it. I called support again and asked for the address over the phone. I have mailed the camera to the new address at my expense (twice). Let's see what happens now. July 9, 2014
Junk This is my second Nikon. I am going to wait to complete my review until I see how the service is. June 24, 2014
Best little camera ever I have taken great pictures in all kinds of conditions - sun - rain - low light, sunset - museum I like to backpack this is light and small enough to take anywhere I like this camera so much when I lost the 1st one in a museum, I purchased the same thing.... June 22, 2014
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Is the Nikon COOLPIX S6500 compatible with Kindle Fire HD 7" ?

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I need a camera for an upcoming trip and want to send my photos to my Kindle Fire HD 7", if the COOLPIX S6500 is compatible.
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Yes, the Kindle Fire HD 7" is an Android system, and so would be compatible.
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Your device needs to be running Android or ios to work, no idea what the Kindle's os is but if ANdroid then yes.
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I get the following message on my COOLPIX S6500 camera: "Memory contains no images", and cannot seem to get past this screen. How do I take a picture, i.e., how do I get past this screen?
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When that message shows up when the camera is new, "Memory contains no images", and the camera is charging up, no pictures can be taken. Rule: cannot take pictures when charging. Thanks all the same for the effort. :-)
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If possible go in to the menu and format the card / memory and try again.
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What size memory card do I need to record the 29 minutes of movies?

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It is recommended that when recording video at full HD that you are using an approved SD card that is higher than 4GBs and is a class 6 or higher. Please see this list of approved memory cards for the COOLPIX S6500: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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If you are recording in full HD mode, a 4 gb card will work.
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How can I auto focus on myself while using the self timer to photograph myself?

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Dear Nikon Staff:

I just bought my first digital camera about a week and a half ago. Actually I bought another model at the same time. I got the Coolpix S 6500 on clearance at a Walmart after reading a lot of reviews on the internet. I initially wanted the Coolpix S 3600 because it takes 20 MP photos as opposed to 16, but some of the reviews said the 6500 has less noise and graininess through the various ISO settings and additionally yields great images. I also like the idea of 1080 videos as opposed to 720, and the zoom is 12X as opposed to 8X.

My question applies generally to a lot of digital cameras based on the reading I've done. I haven't experimented with this as of yet, but I read on the internet that to take a photo of myself using the self timer, I should find an object the same distance from the camera I intend to stand at and press the button halfway down to acquire a focus for that distance. Next I am to stand that distance from the camera, somehow using the self timer with the already-acquired focus, until the photo is taken.

Do I really have to do all that? For example, I've read the S 6500 videos can use continuous autofocus. Now this is for photos and not videos: If autofocus is used with the 10-second self timer option, can I just activate the timer and go stand where I want, of course in front of the camera within a reasonably centered position, and expect to be in focus when the photo is taken 10 seconds later?

I realize this is a photography question more than a technical camera question, yet it's also a camera question in that it applies to how the camera can or cannot work.

To summarize my question more simply, if I'm using my camera all by myself for this, do I have to acquire a focus from behind it before getting in front for my self-timed photo of myself? I hope you can understand the basic meaning and general implications of my question.

While it isn't relevant to my question/contribution, I'm including a photo I took of myself with my laptop camera in late August of 2014, within a few weeks before my 50th birthday. I later bought the Coolpix camera as a birthday present. Photography may become a new serious passion, so I put that as my level of interest.

Thank You Very Much, John on November 6, 2014
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Hello, Everybody:

This is John again, the original poster of the question. First, I'd like to note that I went over most of the reviews I read about the S 6500 again after I posted my question, and I realized that I INTERPRETED the idea that the S 6500 has less noise and graininess in the ISO settings than the S 3600. Both cameras apparently have automatic electronic reduction systems that reduce noise and graininess, although this also results in loss of sharpness/definition in the higher ISO ranges. The noise/graininess is traded off for this loss. These ideas are all based on my reading of the reviews. In any case, for me to write that the S 6500 takes better quality photos than the S 3600 was completely unfounded, and I owe Nikon an apology. I really don't know which camera takes the better photos. This doesn't matter when one takes the perspective that more goes into a photo than the camera itself. The skill of the photographer and the content of the photo are both important. I imagine that a store like Walmart has cameras that can be used to take great photos, almost whatever model the consumer buys. Therefore, getting the S 6500 or S 3600 probably won't make or break a photographer's adventure in terms of whether one camera is purchased over another. Incidentally, both cameras were said in the reviews to take great photos in the lowest ISO settings, say around 100. These photos would be taken in very light conditions.

Now, on to the business of using a tripod to take photos of one's self, I came up with two ideas for the S 6500 that do not require getting BEHIND the camera. First, the photographer might be able to set the Wi Fi option to view the image screen in an android tablet, for example, from the spot in front of the camera where the individual plans to stand. Next, if the Wi Fi operation will allow the acquiring of a focus and activating the self timer, all that remains is to get the tablet out of sight while the timer counts down the seconds. If the position is known, the subject can move away from it to put the tablet somewhere else and return. I haven't tried this technique, so it is only a theory I have at this time, and depends on what the Wi Fi option will allow. Here the focus is LOCKED after being acquired.

Second, I have another idea. The individual starts a 1080 movie with continuous auto focus and takes his/her time posing. Next the movie is turned off. I read that a single frame or photo can be extracted from a video. One has 30 frames per second to choose from at the 1080 option. If the video is a few seconds long or more, perhaps hundreds of photos are available, and I'm guessing the main pose might last for about a second or even less. One drawback is that these extracted frames/photos might not be the highest quality that the camera takes in the normal photography options. I don't know, although I think they might not be.

Mainly I was looking for a way to be auto focused on from in front of the camera while the self timer counts down. This idea was stated or implied in my original question. To me, if this isn't possible, I see a weakness in these digital small cameras that probably spans many brands and models. I will be hoping that somebody provides a good answer as to how to take photos of one's self using a tripod. Knowing where to stand in reference to some position indicator determined by the individual seems like a valuable idea. Such an indicator might be a coin of the floor to stand on, therefore also covering it up so it won't be in the photo, etc., etc. Acquiring the focus for the same distance and locking it might be pretty easy too. This is up to the imagination, and many ideas are possible.

Hopefully somebody will respond with a good technique and/or knowledge of the S 6500's capabilities.
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You are correct about acquiring a focus point first. For photos the camera does not have continuous autofocus, that is only in video mode.
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Please list the Wi-Fi specs (802.11a? b? g? n? 2.4GHz? 5GHz?). What software will be needed to receive photos via Wi-Fi on a PC or tablet?

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The Coolpix S6500 supports Wifi 802.11 b/g/n (maximum range approximately 10-15m/33-49 ft).
Smartphones, Tablets: Android™ version 2.3 or later (smartphone), Android version 3.0 or later (tablet). iPhone® and iPad®: iOS version 6.0 or later.

Images can be transfer to a computer using a USB cable. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on a compatible smart device before it can be used with the S6500 . The application can be downloaded free of charge on Google Play™ on your Android device running Android 2.3 or later (smartphone) or Android 3.0 or later (tablet). For the iOS mobile platform, the application can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes® online store for use with iOS version 6.0 or later.
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Can this camera be charged via the USB cord?

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Yes, the S6500 can be charge via the USB cable.
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When is this camera expected to be released for purchase in the US?

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The Nikon COOLPIX S6500 is expected to become available in late January 2013.
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Is this camera available for purchase yet in US? Press release said late January, but haven't found it for sale yet.

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The S6500 is currently available for sale. Please check with an authorized dealer by clicking 'Authorized Dealers' on the product page.
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When will this camera be available in SILVER?

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Have you ONLY introduced in RED color?
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The S6500 comes in Red, Silver, Black, and Orange. All four colors are currently available for sale. From the product page, select the color that you want and click 'Buy Now'.
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what is the audio format

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The S6500 uses AAC audio format.
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