I got this camera just before a big vacation. Thanks to its ease of use, I was able to take great pictures starting off. It is the perfect size and the big zoom is my favorite part. Also what you see in the window is what you get, clear picture and all. I did have a little trouble with night pictures, which would not have been a problem if I had had a full manual to explain, as I didn't have time to see CD or check online before leaving and no way to do it there. A written manual would have been quicker and easier on the spot. The only other thing I noticed was the on/off button is so tiny, you must press pretty hard to make it work. Other than that, I love my new camera!
June 14, 2014
Just bought, already broken.
We just picked up this camera and it broke on the first real attempt to use it. Missed out on graduation photos thanks to the lens getting stuck. It was never dropped or damaged in any way. The camera will be returned today and replaced with a different brand.
If you insist on getting a Nikon product, go through a store with a good return policy. I've read some troubling reviews of customer service and so I won't even be going that route.
June 4, 2014
Point and shoot
Have had the camera for a little over one year. Used mostly for vacation shots in Oregon last September. Battery life was good and chargeable feature is nice unless you go out with low power. Auto focus works well if you are not trigger happy and wait for the focus to engage. Quality of photos was good to excellent and that is above average for me. Screen size is generous. Reliability has been good. I also have an older Canon Power Shot and the cameras are comparable with the Nikon having more pixels and a better zoom. I recommend the camera for the casual user.
May 18, 2014
Nice camera, simple to use, good for amatuers
I bought this camera for my wife. She loves it. Very light, simple to use which is what she wanted. I have a complex camera. it is not simple and heavy.
I see the biggest problem with the camera is the slick finish, which makes it easy to drop if you don't have the strap around the wrist. Need some rough edges somewhere so it is easier to hold on to.
May 14, 2014
Excelente cámara con muy buenas funciones extras.
Excelente cámara, buen zoom, buena calidad de vídeo, buenos efectos y muy útil el Wi-Fi
May 13, 2014
great camera in a small package
easy to use, wonderful pics, clear instructions,light weight
April 14, 2014
Easy to Set Up and start using
great picture quality and so easy to download pictures to my computer
April 13, 2014
MIS USE OF WIFI TECHNOLOGY
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 25, 2014
Battery life too short, great pics!
the battery life is too short.I charged it all night and then took a 3 min video plus some other pics and the battery still died that same day. the camera shows more battery life but then just shuts down. I got clear pictures of birds in mid flight while on a boat! I was very impressed with that. The camera has a great zoom too. I wish there was a way to charge a battery while using one so I didn't lose out on the second half of the day of pictures from my trip.
March 18, 2014
Steer clear of this!!!
I purchased this camera last spring before a family vacation. Used it a couple days prior to make sure it was ok. Went on vacation & the 4th day in the middle of taking pics the screen went black. The lens would open but the screen stayed black. I did everything the troubleshooting said to do to no avail. Called the company & they had me return it, which I did. I received it back, charged it & the lens totally wouldn't open at all! Called again, to which I was basically told I was stupid as they wouldn't return an item if it didn't work. Sent it back again & received it back in the same condition I sent it. Called again & was told to resend it again (for the THIRD time) which I did, Then I receive an email that it would cost $116 to repair!!! Called letting them know I shouldn't have to pay anything since it only worked a week & was told they would give me a "complimentary repair" Well I have now gotten it back again & when I turn it on the lens does not open & the screen is white!!!! The company has had 3 attempts to repair their product & haven't managed to do so, obviously this is a total LEMON!!! This has been the WORST experience EVER!!! The company has been horrible in their service as well...DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA if you intend to use it!!!!!!
March 9, 2014
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