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Nikon Coolpix S6800 Review -- First Impressions

by Dave Pardue
Preview posted: 01/07/2014

Nikon S6800 review - front quarter view

Nestled in the middle of the pack of what Nikon calls their "Ultra-Slim Zoom Cameras" line, the Coolpix S6800 is the latest addition to the line-up for 2014. Closely resembling last year's Coolpix S6500 (which is still listed as part of their current line-up) the S6800 retails for $50 more than the S6500, and while it boasts a number of enhanced features, the two models are quite similar in most respects.

They share a 25-300mm equivalent NIKKOR ED 12x zoom lens with VR image stabilization, 16-megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, 460K-dot LCD (the S6800 adds anti-reflection coating), 7-shot full-res burst performance (10fps on the S6500 drops to 9.4 fps on the S6800), Full HD video (the S6800 adds 60i as a Full HD option) and built in Wi-Fi functionality. Otherwise, the primary technical specifications are close in most important respects.

In hunting for what is actually new to the S6800, it seems one upgrade is in the Advanced Glamour Retouch department, where they have added four new functions including Glare Reduction, Lipstick, Mascara and Eye Shadow. For any of you readers with young daughters, it might be wise to remember this model for birthdays or the next holiday season, as these glamour options will perhaps have an appeal to the right age group.

Also new is a feature Nikon calls Dynamic Fine Zoom, which is said to improve image quality for the first 2x of the digital zoom. The company doesn't say how this is achieved, but it sounds conceptually similar to Sony's Clear Image Zoom, which works using pattern matching algorithms to boost the quality of the digital zoom's interpolation. In other words, it makes smarter guesses.

The Nikon S6800 uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery rated at 170 shots per charge and supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. It includes 25MB of internal memory as well. In addition to built-in Wi-Fi, connectivity options include a Micro (Type D) HMDI port, USB port and A/V outputs.

The Coolpix S6800 will be available from February 2014 for a suggested retail price of US$219.95 and will be offered in black, white or red.

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