Expert Review of Nikon Coolpix S2600 Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Words that can describe Nikon Coolpix S2600 best are lightweight and stylish. In the looks compartment the camera is indeed stunning. The 14 megapixel CCD sensor compliments the camera best and gives good images. It is coupled with 5x optical zoom and plenty of other features. The camera is ready to be slipped into your pockets and ready to snap shots with many creative filters and even record full HD 720 p videos. The camera words on EXPEED C2 image sensor that enables continuous shooting to up to 0.7 fps. You can view these pictures and videos on the very pretty 2.7 inch LCD screen. The camera has a group of automatic modes that include Red eye correction and Autofocus features. They work very well, to add to this awesomeness you get to see Image stabilization features in many ways that is helped by the HIGH ISO. There are 18 scene modes with other intelligent scene mode feature. Moreover, you see smile shutter, splash proof, self timer and even a perfectly placed flash. The camera is good first buy and an even perfect gift material.
Design and Build Quality
Nikon Coolpix S2600 is certainly very compact, light and hence easy to slide in your pocket and carry around. It’s all metal bodied measures a mere 93.8 (W) x 58.4 (H) x 19.5 (D) mm and scales at a puny 120 gram with its battery and memory card included. It offers a dotted area placed for you right thumb to grab it with firmness, it’s little but it’s still something. The rear to the camera is manifested with a beautiful 2.7 inch bright LCD screen ready to let you preview pictures in different lighting conditions. Accompanying the big bright screen there lies a DPAD control that lets you access the most basic camera functions, other than that you have buttons like one touch movie recording button. This very minimalistic button layout with proper build is very eye catching and to add to its appealing looks the camera comes in a wide range of colors that include edgy colors like pink and purple.
Focus and Face Detection
Nikon Coolpix S2600 has Auto Focus features, it allows focusing in the range of 50 cm to infinity in wide angle and in tele from 80 cm and onwards. For focus in depth photos the camera encompasses AF area, Auto focus, Face detection, AF tracking, Centre, Manual etc. Where Auto focus mode works continuously or not depends upon your demand at hand. If you put it on continuous autofocus the focus will follow your subject. Subject tracking maintains focus on the person wherever it moves as long as remaining in the frame. Macro mode is a given too, it closes up to 10 cm to the subject, thought in regular modes this rises to 50 cm.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The camera is not only a pleasure to carry but a delight to use, it features a 5X optical zoom NIKKOR lens that comes with a focal length of 4.6 – 23 mm and also a focal length of 26 – 130 mm which is 35 mm equivalent. With features like this you can capture large group photos and even close up shots from long distance without having to sacrifice a lot on the quality. Nikon Coolpix S2600 goes a bit further with it’s 4X digital zoom coupling the camera to bring your shot subjects as close as 20X. Further, the camera caters an aperture of f/3.2 – f/6.5. The lens features Nikon’s very own Image Stabilization technology that is available with full zoom. Sadly, it’s all electronic than being optical. The E- VR, electronic vibration reduction, combines a couple of features from High ISO, Motion Detection to Best Shot Selector to give the best precision pictures. What Motion detection does is recompense for camera and subjects movement. High ISO to up to 3200 is adjusted to counter noise problems and The Best Shot Selector clicks ten continuous photos and picks the best quality picture out of them.
Screen and Menus
Embracing most of the rear to the camera there is a 2.7 inches TFT LCD screen. This 2.7 inch is rather small comparative to the idea of how typical 3 inches screen in compact cameras are. Whatever the case, the screen is clear and bright. Also, there is next to none blur seen on it or any haziness when used under bright exposure. Nikon Coolpix S2600 caters 230,000 dot pixels. The menu system is pretty easy to operate and is simply put together; at first there you shall see three tabs in the camera’s main menu that’ll include Shooting, Video and Set up. Resolution, ISO, drive, and white balance are all sub topics to the Shooting menu. Basic information like date and time are displayed on the screen etc. They can be turned off via the settings. The pictures can be zoomed once takes too. Also options are available within the menu to alter or rotate the images etc.
The camera on its lower end has a compartment for the battery and memory cards. Nikon Coolpix S2600 is compatible with SDXC cards and uses lithium ion batteries. Accordingly the camera can take about 220 shots but results have shows it to last even longer so.
Nikon Coolpix S2600 offers a quite common but rather impressive, full HD 1280 x 720 p video recording capabilities. You cannot use the optical zoom sadly. The camera records a frame rate of 30fps. Videos can be viewed on tv via a dedicated USB port. In the end you get good movie output which is enjoyable to watch and share.
Coming with its package is a wonderful and effective CCD image sensor that gives you a high resolution of 14 megapixels to snap pictures away with perfect precision. For its slender self, Nikon Coolpix S2600 offers a nice sensor especially the ones Coolpix point and shoot cameras are known for. The quality is good enough to have your picture taken out or zoomed and further cropped and still be very good in its quality for viewing or printing. Further, Auto noise reduction aids you in getting good low light results and with the electronic VR image stabilization the images are blur free zoomed in or out.
The first and obvious attraction of Nikon Coolpix S2600 comes with the low price tag; plus a pocket able design and respectable features set.
The LCD screen quality in Nikon Coolpix S2600 is a bit low, the images occasionally turn out poorly but other than that the camera is good.