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The shots we want don't always happen right in front of us; they're often out on the sports field, up on the stage, across the room or just too far away for many smartphone cameras—but not too far away for the stylish COOLPIX S3600. Its NIKKOR glass zoom lens makes it easy to catch those shots. Zoom in with the power of 8x optical zoom and 16x Dynamic Fine Zoom for detailed close-ups from the sidelines. Add convenient features like Scene Modes for difficult shooting situations, Smart Portrait System for flattering no-fuss portraits, Target Finding Autofocus for keeping focus where you want it, fun Image Effects and so much more, and you've got a camera you can count on in nearly any situation.
Dynamic Fine Zoom
VR image stabilization
Motion Detection
ISO 3200
Smart Portrait System
Scene Auto Selector
Target Finding AF
Subject Tracking
HD Movie Mode
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Get even closer to what matters

Zoom in close with Dynamic Fine Zoom

Every COOLPIX is designed around a genuine NIKKOR glass lens, the legendary optics that have helped make Nikon famous. The COOLPIX S3600’s 8x optical zoom lens goes from wide-angle—great for portraits and landscapes—all the way up to telephoto—great for closeups of sports, concerts, nature and more. When you need even more reach, zoom up to 8x with optical zoom and 16x with Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom function that effectively doubles your reach.

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Let the camera call the shots

18 Scene Modes for effortless photos

Experienced photographers optimize their camera settings to match the situation. The COOLPIX S3600 does that work for you. With 18 Scene Modes, including Beach, Snow, Night Portrait, Sunset and more, it's easy to match the moment to a Scene Mode. You can even get creative and use Scene Modes to alter ordinary shots. Or, select Scene Auto Selector and let the camera choose the best mode for your situation. 

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Flatter your friends and family

Smart Portrait System makes everyone look their best

Smart Portrait System makes it easy to create beautiful photos of the people you care about. Turn it on, and several portrait-optimizing features activate. Face Priority AF finds and focuses on faces. Skin Softening applies an attractive soft focus effect. The camera can even automatically take a photo the instant someone smiles! Your loved ones will always look their best.
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Capture the sights and sounds

HD 720p videos with sound bring your memories to life

When a photo alone won't do, press the dedicated movie button and instantly start recording HD 720p video in widescreen format while the built-in microphone captures the sounds of the moment in high fidelity. When you're ready to share your creations, use an optional audio video cable to connect to your compatible TV. Your friends and family will see your movies come to life on the big screen.
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Focus where you want it

Target Finding AF for accurate, intelligent autofocus

It's frustrating when a smartphone camera focuses on the wrong thing. With COOLPIX S3600, Target Finding AF instantly and accurately determines your intended subject and focuses on it—not on just whatever is closest to the camera. Catch the shot you want on the first try. No more out of focus shots or the frustration of trying to get the camera to focus on the right thing.
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Get the best of what's seen

Turn on Best Shot Selector and get the best of what's seen. With a single press of the shutter button, the camera takes a quick sequence of photos and automatically saves the best ones for you.
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Change it up

Wondering how that photo would look in black & white? As an artistic illustration? Easily preview a selection of fun Quick Effects on photos you’ve already taken, then save your favorites alongside the original.

Dynamic Fine Zoom magnification is calculated from the full-wide end of optical zoom.

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Excellent quality in a small package! I bought this camera after returning a very subpar Polaroid digital camera and am just amazed at how high quality the photos are! My mom had a Nikon Coolpix camera several years ago and she was very pleased with hers so I decided to get a Nikon Coolpix as well based on that and the fact that the Walmart Photo Center also uses this model. If you want great quality photos, go with this camera! You WON'T be disappointed. September 1, 2014
Great little pocket camera! Picked up this camera to replace a S3500 model that I broke. This is an old friend format. Got the camera for having a "Pocket Camera" with me all the time. As a working professional photographer, I want a camera with me all the time, but I don't like to haul around the "Big Gun" everywhere. As a Crew member on a running steam locomotive, I want a camera that I can carry with me and get good pictures at a moments notice. The S3600 fills the bill. 20MP size, good enough for 16x20 prints, Light weight and size to cary in your pocket. And it's functions give me a wide range of choices to handle most anything I've come across. Good wide angle, and close-up ability. BTW the video is pretty darn good too. Came with Battery, Strap, Charger w/cord, Software, Instruction Book(printed) and a full Nikon warranty. All said, Great little general use, everyday camera. April 30, 2014
Just the right size for a pocket and great pictures Unlike the review form Canada, my camera came with everything. Plus a CD to download my pictures to my laptop for editing. March 29, 2014
Great camera! Just got this a few days ago, used to own a Canon. Gave up on that brand for multiple reasons. This camera will take a little to get used to, but so far it is far superior. Crisp images, good video quality. So far, I am very impressed with the quality. Only beefs - video format is mov, would have preferred avi. When taking video in highest resolution you need a large capacity memory card if you want more than 8-10 minutes of video. If you're looking for a decent point and shoot, this is a great one despite the above beefs. Once you get used to how it works (which even I am still doing) you will love it. May 15, 2014
Hope this one will be better I bought the model before this one and had some connectivity issues at first, but then it stopped. Thought it was my computer USB port. I used it only 7 mos and it quit connecting or charging alltogether. I bought it at Target and they couldn't scan it in their system since it was over 6 mos old and I had lost my receipt, so I couldn't send it back to Nikon. I searched again for cameras and thought I would try it again because it is a cheap camera that takes very good pics and videos along with easy to use. But...this time I bought the Target service plan real cheap and will keep all those papers in the box! It's not top of the line of course, but for someone that takes a lot of digital pictures and rarely prints them, it's OK. June 26, 2014
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where is the transport area?

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I am trying to use the camera with my mac to make animation movies and it is telling me to go to the transport area and "manually update the preview, by pressing the preview button in the transport area".....where can I find this?
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Since this is not a message that would be created by the COOLPIX S3600, please check with your animation software manufacturer for assistance with this question.
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Will only take a 6 second video on internal memory?

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I bought this camera for the internal memory, however on internal you can only take a 6 second video. Please say that if I buy an addition sd card I can take more than a 6 second clip.
The manual is useless as well as support.
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The internal memory for the COOLPIX S3600 is Approx. 25MB which will only allow very few seconds of video to be recorded. To record a movie, use a memory card (Class 6 or higher is recommended).The maximum movie recording time (maximum movie length for a single movie) is 4GB or 29 minutes, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card. The maximum movie length for a single movie is displayed on the monitor during movie recording.
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Is there a program mode in this camera , if there is how do you get to it?

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The Auto Scene Mode is a mode in which the camera automatically selects the optimum combination of shutter speed and aperture. This mode can be found in the Scene Mode Menu of the COOLPIX S3600. To optimize the camera, there are several scene modes that adjust to any shooting condition. Please see page 51 and 52 of the User's Manual for the list of scene modes.: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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