Nikon Coolpix S600: Video and Image Quality

by Andy Stanton Reads (1,217)
Editor's Rating
8.00

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Video Quality
The S6000 takes good looking HD videos at 1280×720 resolution at 30 frames per second, with stereo sound. Here’s a video of Koi fish, Japanese carp, taken at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

Image Quality
By far the best aspect of the images produced by the S6000 are their highly accurate color. In virtually every picture I took the colors appeared to be spot on.

Nikon  S6000 Test Image

Part of the reason is the excellent auto white balance that the camera produces, both indoors and outdoors. In case you’re unhappy with the auto white balance, you do have the option of using alternatives such as daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, flash and manual preset using your own white reference.

Nikon S6000 Test Image
Auto White Balance, 3200k incandescent light

The S6000 can focus as close as 3 cm for taking macro shots if the camera is at its extreme wide angle. Macro shots can also be taken by standing further away and using the camera’s long zoom, if getting closer to the object is not possible or shadows will affect the image.

Nikon S6000 Test Image
Wide Angle
Nikon S6000 Test Image
Maximum Zoom

Shooting in bright sunshine was sometimes a problem due to overexposure (clipping). This is evident in most small cameras, to varying degrees. I tried using the camera’s D-lighting feature, which did a good job lightening areas that were too dark, but it did not improve areas that were too bright.

Nikon S6000 Test Image
Original
Nikon S6000 Test Image
After D-Lighting

As the photos below indicate, the S6000 produces moderately sharp, clear images with low noise and good color through 200 ISO. Softness increases at 400 ISO and noise substantially increases at 800 ISO.

Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 100
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 100, 100% crop
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 200
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 200, 100% crop
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 400
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 400, 100% crop
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 800
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 800, 100% crop
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 1600
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 1600, 100% crop
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 3200
Nikon S6000 Test Image
ISO 3200, 100% crop

Images are not much worse at 1600 ISO but at 3200 ISO images are too noisy to be used except for emergencies. Throughout, however, the S6000 maintains good color, which is consistent with my observations about the camera’s dependable color accuracy.

Additional Sample Images

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