Nikon Coolpix S6900 Review

November 6, 2014 | Gavin Stoker |


The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a compact camera with a small sensor and average resolution for its class. Yet it has enough style in terms of unit design and feature implementation to catch the eye of the casual observer, plus a couple of tricks up its sleeve (flip down ‘arm’/stand and swivel LCD) that should appeal to the self-portrait obsessed generation, or those simply wanting a simple-to-use snapper with the advantage of retractable 12x optical zoom. If you’ve set yourself a budget of £200 and don’t want to make do with last season’s model then there are far worse choices you can make than to opt for the Nikon S6900. That may sound like feint praise, but it’s the reality of the situation.

The touch-screen LCD here is very responsive. And, though it could perhaps write full resolution images a little faster, on the whole the camera is swift given its humble snapshot class. Unless you’re keenly looking for fault, images are sharp and well exposed, with focus falling off a little towards the corners of frame at maximum wide angle and, conversely, a little softening overall at maximum wide angle in daylight shots. But again, such things are only really visible if actively scrutinizing results. We feel, in conclusion, that the Coolpix S600’s target market of existing smartphone users will enjoy playing around with the on-board filter effects and image touch-up options, and anyone looking for a slender camera with a decent amount of poke, in terms of lens reach for a very reasonable price, will not go far wrong.

4 stars

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