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The Nikon Coolpix S6000 is based around a 4:3 aspect ratio 1/2.3-inch CCD image sensor with an effective resolution of 14.2 megapixels, coupled with a Nikkor-branded 7x optical zoom lens. Maximum image dimensions are 4,320 x 3,240 pixels, and an alternate 16:9 aspect ratio is also available. The S6000's lens offers actual focal lengths ranging from 5.0 to 35.0mm, which equates to 28 to 196mm on a 35mm camera - a useful wide angle to a moderate telephoto. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.7 to f/5.6 across the zoom range. Ordinarily the S6000 can focus on subjects as close as 20 inches, but in macro mode this range is reduced to just 1.2 inches. The Coolpix S6000 includes lens-based optical image stabilization, useful for fighting blur from camera shake. Images and movies are framed and reviewed on a 2.7-inch wide-viewing TFT LCD panel with anti-reflective coating and 230,000 dot resolution.

The Coolpix S6000 offers sensitivity ranging from ISO 160 to 1,600 equivalents under automatic control, and as high as ISO 3,200 controlled manually. The S6000 offers 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) movie recording. The Nikon S6000 stores images on Secure Digital cards, or in 32MB of built-in memory. Data transfer to a computer is catered for with a USB 2.0 High Speed connection, while an HDMI port allows connection with high-definition displays. Power comes from an EN-EL12 lithium ion rechargeable battery, said to be good for 210 shots on a charge to CIPA standards.

The Nikon Coolpix S6000 ships from March 2010, priced at $250.