wi fi function is totally useless
wifi does not work. will not work. wifi is meant to work with any device with wifi period. should be advertised as smart phone ready not wifi. other wise camera is simple to use and takes decent pictures. very unhappy with the wifi function. have spoken with tech support and they seemed to agree that this is a mis use of the wifi terminology. works for what we need and transfer via cable is fine.
March 2, 2014
Requiring Service in Less Than 3 Months
I bought this to replace my still working Coolpix L5. Less than 3 months later it will not power up despite going to technical help center. I am returning it to place of purchase hoping to exchange it for a new one instead of having to ship it off. This is a shame because I was generally pleased with the photos and video clips I shot up to this point.
February 25, 2014
Picture quality good, everything else not so...
The supplied software (for downloading and editing photos taken with the S6500) does not work with Windows 8.1...this in spite of published compatibilities. The WiFi feature is non-operational with Windows 8.1 and the Wireless Utility application is not available for an iPad Air or an iPad mini. In order to charge the battery (life is unknown at this point), the battery must be in the camera and the charger plugged into a 120VAC outlet. Charging via a USB port on a computer takes forever and a day.
All in all, I would not buy another S6500, or another NIkon product for that matter. I'll stick with my Canon products...they work as advertised, are reliable, are flexible and take fantastic pictures.
February 15, 2014
A pretty neat little camera
I just bought this camera as something to use when I have an itch to take a pic. Bought it. Seems okay.
February 15, 2014
So Many Great Features!!
I love this camera. I used to be a canon person, but after going from a canon point n shoot to a nikon... I am not sure I'd go back! I love how many features come with this camera. There are so many different scenes, like fireworks, snow, low light and so much more. There is even a smile recognition feature. So amazing and I love it.
February 7, 2014
Easy to use and takes great pictures. Wife uses it for all her reality shots and loves it!
February 5, 2014
Trouble right out of the box
DVD for View NX2 did not work in my HP machine running Windows 7. Website didn't like my choice of password. This is supposed to be easy!
January 29, 2014
Camera OK, but Poor WIFI
Only owned a few weeks. Purchased this camera to replace my wifes Sony CyberShot DSC-W90. Wanted better low light picture taking and WiFi features. Camera OK, but No WIFI when battery is not fully charged. It will not finish connecting. Charger that came with camera requires battery to be installed in camers for charging. The camera prevents WiFi or taking any pictures while being charged. Plan on getting second battery and separate charger to charge battery outside of camera.
January 23, 2014
I really like this camera because you can take video's & trash pics that don't come out like you like. And you can down load the pics on your computer.
January 13, 2014
this is my 4th Nikon Cool-Pix
first one I dropped -the only damage was that the 'door' to card & battery would not latch.
I was told repair was impossible -I used tape.
Then I bought a 2 AA-battery job. I MUCH prefer the battery arrangement on the older one.
Charging was done outside of camera. A second battery was always ready.
I gave the second one to my husband. more...
The third one, almost new, failed. The lens popped out and stayed out. Camera essentially dead.
Inquired about repair @Best Buy and at Staples. Charges would be higher than purchase price.
So, today I bought another.
I find plenty of fault in design re: placement of on/off. Methods of getting to the battery and the photo card.
VERY DIFFICULT !!!!! In that way, design of original was much better.
January 8, 2014
Around the camera
Nikon COOLPIX 6500 is a all-round good camera. Great imaging and awesome color quality with SCENE mood. Zooming is amazing. Taking photos from a android or apple device and syncing through the Wi-Fi is a amazing feature. No need to plug the camera or SD card into PC and connect phone data cable and put all the photos to phone. When we connect to camera through the Wi-Fi to our mobile device, it will automatically sync the all photos. Manual White Balancing is a great feature too. I saw some reviews talking about Wi-Fi for the internet. Wi-Fi feature is not for the internet or for updating camera firmware. It is for syncing with mobile devices and taking photos remotely with zooming. If you want to update the firmware you should download the firmware and follow the introduction. Nikon COOLPIX S6500 awesome and amazing camera for the price.
January 6, 2014
Not at all pleased, especially for the price
Received this as a Christmas gift to replace my broken Cannon sureshot. So far, I'm not at all pleased, especially after seeing how much this cost!
Just having taken pictures around the house, backyard and at a venue in the last 2 days, I'm not impressed. Picture quality is not that great [compared to an $80 point and shoot I used to have], takes too long to turn on, too long to actually take a photo, etc.
Also not impressed with the 'WiFi' it is advertised as having. The generic 'mobile utility' that the manual says to download is NOT available on the ipad, despite being told. There is no Nikon mobile utility to download to get the 'WiFi' enabled [I don't have an iPhone]. Seems pointless to label the camera 'WiFi' if there's not much you can do with the wifi.
Of course, then there's the 3 or 4 hours I've been sitting at the computer trying to figure out how to enable the WiFi - can't get that time back. Frustrating to spend that time only to find out that the WiFi is useless.
Going to dig in the trash for the packaging so we can try and return it. I'll stick with my $80 point and shoot Cannon and spend the additional money on something else I need.
December 28, 2013
Exactly what I was looking for!
This is my first Nikon and I am thoroughly impressed. It does everything I want it to do plus more. The pictures look amazing, great in low light, panoramic works nicely, and the effects are fun to use. The navigation is smooth unlike other cameras i've used. Switching from picture to video mode is simple, just press the record button, unlike other camera's that make you search through a menu. The camera is durable too.
December 8, 2013
Needing a camera, this was the practical one to own. A beautiful product with additional features and quality zoom for a camera lover and picture fancy person. Being mindful of all the things the camera can do yet a slow in snapping a picture. Finding a glitch in the shutter release button, hence loosing the picture intended in motion. However, I love the capability of the video asset to the camera.. it is a wonderful surprise as to its ability. On closer examining I realize that the shutter release button* is indented to the touch on this camera making the connection apparently delayed to the touch. This is the only fault so far and hopefully it is just this one camera which has it so. This would make a deep annoyance with this picture taker.
November 24, 2013
Takes great pictures and videos
Takes great pictures and videos but the microphone is too sensitive. You can hear the motor in the lens if you are zooming in and out when taking videos. Also the audio is a little distorted if the sound is too loud when taking videos. I wish that there was an adjustment on the camera for adjusting the sound volume, so it would not sound scratchy.
November 20, 2013
Bad as a camera can be.
I recommend anyone looking for a pocket camera, a Cool Pix is not the camera for you, especially if you enjoy taking outdoor pictures. I purchased my first Cool Pix because I need to replace my older pocket camera. That camera latest about 3 weekend and I had it returned to Nikon for repair. Since, I had purchased extra batteries and accessories for that model of camera, I purchased the same make and model again.
I received my first camera back from Nikon but had to return again for repair 2 weeks later with the same problem. Meanwhile my second camera started having the same issues as the first and I send it in for repairs. I received my first camera back and loh and behold, it has been send back for repairs again. I received email notice stating that the repairs to my second camera is not covered by warranty because of "Sand" being found in the camera.
I have never had this much trouble with any other brand of camera then I have with these Nikon Cool Pix's. I spend every weekend traveling outdoors and documenting my travels.
I'm now in search of a good pocket camera other than Nikon. I'll take any recommendations. But my recommendation is not to purchase any small Nikon camera if you plan on being outdoors.
November 2, 2013
easy to use
using cameras for pictures for a wound care clinic. pictures very important to track our progress and these cameras fit the bill
October 28, 2013
VERY BAD PERFORMANCE
Battery back up is very bad. battery is not staying for at least 1 hr also. wi- Fi is not getting connect properly.
September 19, 2013
great camera for the money
Takes great pictures with alot of great features. ALso has great color
August 11, 2013
I've had a few Nikon digital camera's now. My old Coolpix 880 takes better quality pictures than this new S6500. The Wi-Fi feature was attractive... it doesn't work on my Netgear N600 wireless network. Ugh..
July 29, 2013
This is not a user friendly camera and the pictures are blurry. Very disappointed.
July 24, 2013
One of the worst cameras ever
This camera may sound like a good deal, but the truth is, it's not! Photos on the auto setting are very soft and not sharp at all and look terrible when zoomed in on a computer. The focus is not great and takes a while to get it to focus. The zoom is also not very good because photos don't look good when zoomed in. The 16 megapixel sensor is also of little use. The body also has no grip and it feels very slippery. I will say that the one thing I did like about the camera is the colors, they look nice but this camera is just too hard to recommend to anyone. Nikon does make some good cameras, but this one is not a good camera at all. Save your money and look elsewhere. You will regret buying this camera, but you will NOT regret saving your money and looking elsewhere.
June 29, 2013
Lot of things packed in this small package, alas !
In Auto mode the cam's pics are not Sharp, very fuzzy, it takes forever to get the squares to turn green, not at all user friendly. Not a camera I wanted to just put on Auto and start taking pics, no such ease. Battery life is ridiculously short, right in the middle of trip how to charge it? No separate adapter to put the battery in and charge. WiFi which was they touted for so loud is Useless and Does Not Work, save money buy other cams in same category.The On/Off button is Too Sunken in many a times you think you pressed it but the cam does not open, try again. Very Hard to press. No cam case provided. Vid quality is excellent.
Very cute device feels good holding it, I loved the cam I must say but unfortunately can not keep it with faults described above.
June 2, 2013
Setting up the Wi-Fi on the S6500 took 3 phone calls to Nikon customer service and almost 2 1/2 hours with various customer service rests. No one at Nikon seems to know how set up the wifi on the camera and link it to an iPhone. After finally getting it to work comes an unpleasant surprise. Every time you turn off the phone the wifi defaults back to "off". You have go through 3 levels of menus on the phone to set the wifi on again every time you want to use the feature. But thats not all, every time you want to transfer pictures to you iPhone you must scan through all the local wifi networks and reselect the camera. Nikon didn't think this through before they released the phone. I have purchased a few Nikon SLRs over the years but I will never buy another Nikon product.
May 11, 2013
Don't waste your time
won't connect to any internet - have to return! wasted about 4 hours of my time.
May 8, 2013
I ordered another major brand of camera from a major on-line company with the same pixel count. This camera has a larger glass lens and takes sharper, clearer pictures than that other brand. This camera may cost more than that other camera, but takes much better pictures. I also own a Nikon DSLR camera but this on is to stick in my shirt pocket for when it is too inconvenient to carry a larger camera.
April 23, 2013
a lot of features in a small package
camera takes great pictures. I'm new to the digital camera world and so far with me not knowing what I'm doing I am very happy with this product.
Good job Nikon.
Below is a sample of my first pictures.
Now I'm off to Google to learn more :)
Tom from Englewood, FL
March 15, 2013