Nikon Coolpix S2600

8/6/2012 5:25:49 PM

“The S260 captures accurate exposures with colours that are true to life”

This compact is a slim 19.5mm – the lens lies flat until you hit the power button, when the 5x optical zoom lens will spring into action.

The scene auto selector automatically chooses the best scene mode for the shot you’re about to capture.

If feature a video capture at 720p HD, with a dedicated record button at the rear of the camera.

Description: Nikon Coolpix S2600

Nikon’s latest addition to the stylish line-up shoots with the beginner in mind

The compact camera market is a crowded one, meaning your money can go further. Nikon’s S2600 is one such camera that comes with specs way above its £70 (approx $114) station. It’s extremely pocketable at only 19.5mm thick, comes with 14 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom for flexible shooting. However, the low price tag does mean that it comes with some flaws.

This is an entry-level model that controls all the settings for you, featuring an auto scene selector that chooses from 18 scene modes. The results are fairly reliable, capturing accurate exposures with colours that are true to life, but it suffers in bright conditions. Purple fringing occurs around the edges of objects where light meets dark, and highlights are usually blown.

What is more of an issue is the length of time it takes for the photos to be written to the memory card in between shots. This results in missed opportunities and impatient subjects if you’re capturing a portrait.

The camera comes in a variety of different colours and our test model – the purple version – even sports some line art around the lens that would certainly appeal to the more fashion-conscious shooter.

The lens itself sports a 5x optical zoom, which is enough to capture group shots and landscapes, as well as average close-ups but a minimum distance of 10cm prevents you from shooting any dramatic macro photographs. It’s straightforward to operate with labeled buttons and a menu that doesn’t boast many options. The LCD screen has a low 230k-dot resolution and it is slightly smaller than average at 2.7-inches.

It’s far from perfect but the price means it is a good option for a child’s first camera, a teenager’s casual shooter, or an adult’s budget back-up, but anyone looking to take photography seriously will grow out of this compact far too quickly.


The S260 is simple to use straight out of the box thanks to its lack of buttons and fully automatic modes. It’s the ideal point-and-shoot for beginners as there aren’t any confusing or advanced features.

Description: The low-res LCD is slightly smaller than the average three-inch screen

The low-res LCD is slightly smaller than the average three-inch screen

We answer your questions

I’m a novice, is this a good option?

The Nikon Coolpix S2600 is a fully automatic point-and-shooter that is suited to beginners. You can select the appropriate scene mode or opt for fully automatic mode so that the compact does all the work for you. It also features a movie mode for video capture practice.

What’s good about it

ü  You can purchase this high-spec model for less than $84

ü  It’s small, pocketable and functions rather well as a point-and-shoot

What could be better

ü  The back LCD screen is only 2.7-inches with a low 230k-dot resolution

ü  Image quality is only really suitable for printing as standard-sized snapshots

How good is it for

Portraits: Skin tones are flatteringly smooth and Face Detection works well

Landscapes: Well-lit scenes are often overexposed, appearing leached out

Sports: Despite Motion Detection, some action shots were still blurred

Low light: The autofocus takes a while to lock-on when shooting in dark situations

Macro: The minimum focusing distance of 10cm is rather limiting

The info

Price: £70/ $84

Megapixels / 14MP

Morc megapixels camera the ability to print larger images

Zoom / 5x optical, 4x digital

A focal range of 26-156mm with the optical zoom

Shutter speeds / 4-1/2000sec

The fastest shutter speed is average for a compact camera

ISO sensitivity / 80-3200

There is a broad range of ISO speeds for low-light shooting

Exp. modes/ 18 scenes, A, P

Beginners will love the simplicity of the scene and auto modes

Aperture: f3.2-6.5

Flash modes: TTL Auto

Weight: 121g

Dimensions: 93.8 x 58.4 x 19.5mm

Batteries: Lithium-ion

Storage: SD/ SDHC/ SDXC

Screen: 2.7 inches



Features: 3/5

Design and handling: 3/5

Build quality: 3/5

Image quality: 3/5

Value for money: 4/5

The Nikon Coolpix S2600 is slim, stylish and sports impressive specs considering the low price tag. A fine point-and-shooter but the image quality is compromise: 3/5

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