Nikon Coolpix S6600 Review

October 22, 2013 | Matt Grayson |


Using the Nikon Coolpix S6600 with its swivel screen is refreshing after the usual run of standard cameras. Let's not beat about the bush, the technology on the S6600 isn't new by any means. It has wi-fi and Eye-fi upload support and HD video, but this is all existing tech. But then it's a sub £200 camera, so what do you expect, really?

Actually, the fact that you have a swivel screen on the Nikon Coolpix S6600 is news enough to suggest that the technology is starting to slide down the ranks, so that more people can enjoy taking those self-portraits ready for upload onto social media.

For a camera sitting slightly higher than the base level, we expect a little effort to be put in the build quality. We're happy enough with the materials used on the Nikon Coolpix S6600. The battery door has no lock, but the times that cameras at this price point do these days is sporadic. It does have a plate of metal on the inside to reinforce it, but there's a degree of play in the hinge that we're unsure about. The screen is nice and bright and strong enough on the arm.

Image quality from the Nikon Coolpix S6600 is a mixed bag. The results are better than we thought they'd be, but we expected more detail for a high resolution camera. We also expected it to be slightly better in the noise performance because of the back-illuminated sensor. Primary colours are punchy, but not over bearing.

We always like to see a camera as cheap as possible and would always like to see it drop a bit. We think the Nikon Coolpix S6600 would be better priced around the £150-175 mark and in time it will most likely drop to this.

If you're an Instagrammer that wants to take self portraits without the inconvenience of a mirror or you want to evenly illuminate your meal for posting online, then the Nikon Coolpix S6600 will deal with that. It even has a selection of retro filters installed.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 3.5