Nikon® S6100 review, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
The Nikon S6100 is a mid-range point and shoot that has been eclipsed by a few models, but is still widely available on the market today. As a result, you can get this camera for a great price in comparison to the newer models. In this post we’ll look at some of the features that will help you decide whether it’s worth it to save some money or if you should splurge and get a newer model.
Nikon S6100 advantages
The S6100 has several things going for it.
- Zoom and stabilization: The S6100 has 7x zoom, which is very respectable for the price. The camera also has lens shift image stabilization, which means you won’t have to worry about ugly pictures when you’re zoomed all the way in and shooting. There are other cameras with more zoom, but this one has enough for most photographers.
- Price: You’d be hard pressed to beat the great price of the S6100. There are cheaper options, but they generally don’t have the same feature set. Obviously, you can pay more for other, newer models but they might have unnecessary features you don’t really need.
- Video: The S6100 shoots high definition video. It is only in 720p, but that is more than enough for most people’s needs. When are you actually going to need full high definition video, really? Most screens you’re going to display the video on will look fine with the 720p.
Nikon S6100 disadvantages
The camera also has some downsides.
- Touchscreen: Usually we would say that a touchscreen is a good thing, but that’s not the case with the S6100. This touchscreen came out when they weren’t terribly prevalent, and it’s evident. The screen can be finicky and the way you use it isn’t necessarily intuitive. You’ll get used to it fairly quickly.
- Low-light shooting: Unfortunately, the S6100 doesn’t do very well when you crank up the ISO in low-light shooting situations. At these settings you’ll get some noise that will be quite noticeable when looking at the photos at large sizes. If you plan on shooting during the day then don’t worry about image quality, but at night might be a different story.
- Battery: The battery life on the camera isn’t that great, partly because of the large touchscreen display on the camera. You’ll only be able to shoot 210 images per charge with the S6100. If you need more shots you could get an additional battery, however.
The S6100 is a great camera at a discount price. If you’re looking for more, you can look at its bigger brother the S6200. If you’re looking for a bargain, then the Nikon S6100 will definitely fit the bill.