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Nikon Coolpix S3600

20.1-megapixel digital camera with 8X optical zoom (Silver)

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Item # 054S3600S

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Our take on the Nikon Coolpix S3600

Aperture, shutter speed, ISO...those terms may not mean much to you. But even if you've never owned a camera, you're probably familiar with the word "Nikon." It means you can have confidence that the Coolpix S3600 will capture great-looking photos without having to do anything more than point and shoot. The Nikkor lens and 20.1-megapixel sensor are part of a long tradition of high-quality photography — not just add-ons to a device meant for phone calls. Your photos will look rich and detailed, with lifelike color and contrast. The 8X zoom capability is powerful enough to get close to lots of distant subjects. If not, Nikon's Dynamic Fine Zoom doubles the zoom using sophisticated digital enhancement while keeping images sharp.

The most important spec is embossed on the front

Aperture, shutter speed, ISO...those terms may not mean much to you. But even if you've never owned a camera, you're probably familiar with the word "Nikon." It means you can have confidence that the Coolpix S3600 will capture great-looking photos without having to do anything more than point and shoot. The Nikkor lens and 20.1-megapixel sensor are part of a long tradition of high-quality photography — not just add-ons to a device meant for phone calls. Your photos will look rich and detailed, with lifelike color and contrast. The 8X zoom capability is powerful enough to get close to lots of distant subjects. If not, Nikon's Dynamic Fine Zoom doubles the zoom using sophisticated digital enhancement while keeping images sharp.

Be ready for the big moments

At less than an inch thick, the super-slim S3600 is small enough to slip in your shirt pocket. That makes it easy to take this camera anywhere, so you never have to settle for grainy smartphone photos of life's most important moments. Want a little extra security when shooting those precious shots? Enable Best Shot Selector, which fires off multiple shots with one push of the shutter button. That gives you more options when deciding which ones are the keepers to print out or email to friends and family.

HD video

While still shots are wonderful, some moments, like your child's first successful bike ride, call for video. Record HD video with a press of the S3600's dedicated movie button. Optical and digital vibration reduction keep the picture still and smooth even if your hands don't remain perfectly steady.


    • 20.1-megapixel effective recording
    • 8X optical zoom (up to 4X digital zoom)
    • 2.7" LCD screen (230,000 dots)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 25-200mm
    Special Features:
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • scene auto selector automatically optimizes camera settings for your shooting environment
    • optical image stabilization reduces blur from shaky hands
    • Dynamic Fine Zoom combines optical and digital zoom for up to 16X zoom with minimal image degradation
    • Best Shot Selector snaps several quick shots with a single press of the shutter button, so you can choose the best photo
    • face priority autofocus and blink alert for better portraits
    • smile mode automatically snaps the shutter when the camera detects a smiling subject
    • Glamour Retouch offers skin softening, red-eye fix, and teeth whitening for improving portraits
    • 18 scene modes include Back Light, Landscape, and Sports
    • Motion Detection recognizes fast motion and automatically increases shutter speed and sensitivity (ISO) for sharper photos
    • built-in flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface
    • 3-7/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 13/16"D
    • weight (with battery and media): 4.5 ounces
    Supplied Accessories:

    great little easy to carry camera,takes crystal clear picture,easy to operate,great zoom feature,easy to download to computer. once again Crutchfield delivers with fast free shipping and a quality product, have never been disappointed - thanks Crutchfield

    joe r, westminster maryland

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (silver)
    • EN-EL19 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery in plastic case (3.7V 700mAh 2.5Wh)
    • 59" UC-E6 USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary USB connector on other end)
    • EH-70P AC adapter (DC output: 5V 0.55A)
    • Wrist strap
    • ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty Programs sheet
    • Important Safety Instructions (for AC adapter)

    Nikon Coolpix S3600 Reviews

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    Nikon Coolpix S3600

    edgardo from bayamon, pr on 1/3/2015

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    Nikon Coolpix S3600

    Erving from Arizona on 12/11/2014

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    Nothing but a 5 Star rating, however, I must say that I didn't receive the 2-free 4GB Memory Cards. After setting up the camera everything works good, and I love the smallness and the new features of this camera. However, as with any of the newer cameras, be sure to push the button slowly so the camera gets a chance to focus. 5 stars..Period!!!! P.S. The first few pictures I took with the original size setting, and they took for ever to download to the PC, after changing the picture size to the smallest, it now works flawlessly. Thanks Crutchfield!!!



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    joe r from westminster maryland on 10/31/2014

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    great little easy to carry camera,takes crystal clear picture,easy to operate,great zoom feature,easy to download to computer. once again Crutchfield delivers with fast free shipping and a quality product, have never been disappointed - thanks Crutchfield

    Pros: quality,well built,great zoom easy to operate,charger, usb cable included,and a free carry case

    Cons: does not come with sd memory card,but no biggie

    Good Camera

    JohnE from Lockport, NY on 9/1/2014

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    Needed a 'point and shoot' camera to replace the wife's broken one. The Nikon Coolpix S3600 turned out to be more camera then her old one, with a few more features and way more mega pixels then she'll ever need. The camera is easy to setup and you don't need to be a camera guru to take clear vibrant pictures. Once setup you simplly point and shoot. What more can you ask of an everyday carry around camera. Small in size, light weight and when turned off the lens closes and is protected, great if you want to put it in your pocket (or purse, in this case). Hopefully this camera will be around longer than her old, she just needs to stop dropping

    Pros: Small size, light weight. Has many pictures features, but you don't need to be a expert camera person to use. Quick point and shoot with excellent results. Good battery life.

    Cons: None I can think of.

    This camera is Fawesome.

    JadeRainbow from InArAinbowCloud, AL on 8/25/2014

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    All I can say is WOW. The pictures are so crisp and clear. Colors are so accurate (maybe even enhanced? I think so) This camera is ah-mazing, and I do not regret spending this chunk of money!

    Pros: Super compact, light, comes with (almost) everything you need.

    Cons: I think it should've at least had a small memory card included? That's just me.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 2.7"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-200mm
    Optical Zoom 8x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output No
    Internal Memory 25MB
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1/2.3" CCD
    Megapixels 20.1
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 5152 x 3864
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1280 x 720
    Width (inches) 3-7/8
    Height (inches) 2-3/8
    Depth (inches) 0-13/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.5
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

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    Play, Edit and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    2.7" LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix S3600 has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 97% horizontal and vertical coverage in shooting mode and 99% coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

    Image Sensor: The Coolpix S3600 features a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 20.48-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 20.1-million.

    Optics: The Coolpix S3600 digital camera uses a 8x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and image sensor combination. The lens has a 4.5-36mm focal length that is equivalent to a 25-200mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 32x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of approximately 800mm lens (35mm format).

    Vibration Reduction: The Nikon Coolpix S3600 offers Vibration Reduction (VR) to reduce blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. The camera uses the lens-shift method of Vibration Reduction. When recording movies, lens-shift and Electronic VR are used.

    File Formats: The Coolpix S3600 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in AVI format (Motion JPEG-compliant). You have a choice of eight still image size options and three movie options:

    • Still Images:
      • 20M: 5152 x 3864 (high quality 1:4 compression ratio)
      • 20M: 5152 x 3864 (standard quality 1:8 compression ratio)
      • 10M: 3648 x 2736 (1:8)
      • 4M: 2272 x 1704 (1:8)
      • 2M: 1600 x 1200 (1:8)
      • VGA: 640 x 480 (1:8)
      • 16:9 12M: 5120 x 2880 (1:8)
      • 1:1: 3864 x 3864 (1:8)
    • Movies (Frame Rate 30 fps):
      • HD 720p: 1280 x 720
      • 480: 640 x 480
      • 240: 320 x 240

    Recording Media: The camera uses SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards to record still images and movies. In addition, the S3600 has a built-in 25MB internal memory for saving images.

    Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:

    • Auto Mode: A "point-and-shoot" mode with some user adjustments to suit the shooting conditions and type of shot you want to capture.
    • Scene Auto Selector: The camera automatically selects the optimum scene mode when you frame an image. The camera selects from: Portrait (close up of one or two people), Portrait (three or more people), Landscape, Night Portrait (one or two people), Night Portrait (three or more people), Night Landscape, Close-up, Backlighting (for subjects other than people), Backlighting (for taking portraits of people), and Other Scenes.
    • Scene Mode: You can manually select a scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Black & White Copy, Backlighting, Panorama Assist, and Pet Portrait.
    • Special Effects Mode: You can choose from the following six effects: Soft, Nostalgic Sepia, High-contrast Monochrome, High Key, Low Key, Selective Color, Pop, Super Vivid, Painting, Toy Camera Effects 1 & 2, and Cross Process.
    • Smart Portrait: When the camera detects a smiling face, you can take a picture automatically without pressing the shutter-release button (smile timer). The Skin Softening option can smooth the skin tones in faces.

    Continuous Shooting: In the continuous shooting mode, you can select in the menu from the following options:

    • Single: One picture is taken each time the shutter-release button is pressed.
    • Continuous: Takes up to 6 pictures at about 1.1 frames per second while the shutter button is held down. Image size is set to 5152 x 3864.
    • Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is selected and saved.
    • Multi-shot 16: Camera takes 16 shots at about 30 fps and arranges them in a single image of 5M 2560 x 1920.

    Color Options: With the following color options, you can make colors more vivid, or save images in monochrome:

    • Standard Color: images in natural color
    • Vivid Color: to achieve a vivid "photoprint" effect
    • Black-and-White: save images in black-and-white
    • Sepia: save images in sepia tones
    • Cyanotype: save images in cyan-blue monochrome

    Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10-second timer for self-portraits, or you can select a 2-second timer to help prevent camera shake. In addition, the camera can use face detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected (Smile Timer).

    AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine where the camera focuses.

    • Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically.
    • Target Finding: When the camera detects the main subject, it focuses on that subject.
    • Manual: You can manually select one of 99 focus areas in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still.
    • Center: The camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame.
    • Subject Tracking: For taking pictures of moving subjects. The camera moves the focus area automatically to track the registered subject within the frame.

    Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 2cm (0.8"). This feature is best for taking close-up pictures of flowers or other small subjects.

    Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.

    AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 6'-6" at the maximum wide-angle position and 4'-11" at the maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.

    Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.

    Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

    ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:

    • Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 80 when there is sufficient lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 1600 when lighting is dim.
    • Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 80 to 400, or ISO 80 to 800.
    • Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200.

    White Balance:You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset White Balance and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.

    Built-in Flash: The Coolpix S3600 has a built-in flash with a range of 1'-8" to 11' (Wide angle) and 5' to 6'-6" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:

    • Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
    • Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce red-eye effect.
    • Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
    • Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
    • Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.

    In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.

    AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:

    • Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and locks at this position during recording.
    • Full-time AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the shutter-release button is not pressed.

    Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be recorded over the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's built-in speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length, and are stored as WAV files.

    Play, Edit and Print Functions

    Copy: You can internally copy images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD card.

    Slide Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.

    Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, or 16) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.

    Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.

    Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.

    Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.

    Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix S3600 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:

    • Quick Effects: You can apply the following effects: Pop, Super Vivid, Painting, High key, Low key, Toy Camera Effect 1 & 2, Cross Process (red, yellow, green, blue), Soft, Fisheye, Cross Screen, Miniature Effect, Photo Illustration, Soft Portrait, High-contrast monochrome, Sepia, Cyanotype, and Selective color.
    • Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
    • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
    • Glamour Retouch: The camera recognizes faces in pictures and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones. You can apply effects, such as Small Face, Skin softening, Powder, Glare reduction, Hide eye bags, Big eyes, Whiten eyes, Eye shadow, Mascara, Whiten teeth, Lipstick, and Redden cheeks.
    • Small Picture (Resizing): You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x 480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments). Photos taken at 1:1 3864 x 3864 are reduced to 480 x 480.
    • Crop: Create a copy containing only the portion visible in the monitor.

    Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 36 different menu display languages including English, Spanish or French.

    Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print. Pictures can be printed as followed:

    • Printer or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
    • PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB cable
    • Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them via USB

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Coolpix S3600 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL19). The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-70P AC adapter and UC-E6 USB cable. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 230 shots or 45 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 2 hours and 50 minutes with the AC adapter or 3 hours using a computer.

    Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack for connecting the supplied AV or USB cable. This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied UC-E6 USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the optional EG-CP14 AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.

    Supplied Software

    Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains the following software:

    • Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
    • ViewNX 2: for viewing your images and movies on the computer
    • Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies.
    • Panorama Maker: for creating panoramic images from the camera's recorded still images

    System Requirements: The supplied software will work with the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:

    • Windows: Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
    • Macintosh: OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9

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