Nikon Coolpix S60 Brief Review


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  • 10 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Optical vibration reduction image stabilization
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Secure Digital memory storage (20MB internal)
  • HDMI output
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2008-09-15
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S60
10 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; Optical vibration reduction image stabilization; 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD; Secure Digital memory storage (20MB internal); HDMI output; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The S60 never really caught on -- we named it one of our worst cameras of 2008 -- and its successor, the S70, isn't so hot either. Touchscreen cameras obviously have a long way to go. Here's what we said about the S60 when it was released in September 2008.

The Nikon S60 is a daring new design for digital cameras, but unfortunately has not pleased consumers who complain about poor image quality and battery life. While other manufacturers like Sony and Pentax have flirted with touchscreen control, Nikon is embracing it wholeheartedly. The S60 bears only two buttons: the power button and the shutter release. Everything else is controlled via the incredibly large, high-resolution 3.5-inch LCD display. The S60 simply looks stunning, simple, and elegant. It also has a 10 megapixel sensor and above-average 5x optical zoom.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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