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Nikon Coolpix S6100

16-megapixel digital camera with 7X optical zoom (Silver)

6 Reviews

Item # 054S6100S

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A traveling companion that won't let you down
For your summer vacation, you need a camera that can hike with you into the Grand Canyon. The Nikon Coolpix S6100 has a 7X optical zoom that will get you close enough to capture the excitement on everyone's faces as they raft down the Colorado River. The camera recognizes and automatically focuses on the faces in your shots, and can smooth out uneven skin tones for a flattering look. It even alerts you if one of your kids blinks while you shoot, so you can try again.

A traveling companion that won't let you down
For your summer vacation, you need a camera that can hike with you into the Grand Canyon. The Nikon Coolpix S6100 has a 7X optical zoom that will get you close enough to capture the excitement on everyone's faces as they raft down the Colorado River. The camera recognizes and automatically focuses on the faces in your shots, and can smooth out uneven skin tones for a flattering look. It even alerts you if one of your kids blinks while you shoot, so you can try again.

Generous touchscreen for easy operation
The 3" touchscreen makes it easy to frame your photos, and navigate the menus and settings. The size also makes reviewing your photos and watching your videos a real pleasure.

HD movie recording and easy playback on your HDTV
The S6100 also lets you record high-definition video clips when you prefer to capture a moment with movies instead of photos. And when you're ready to share your pictures and videos, a mini HDMI output lets you show them on your compatible HDTV (mini HDMI cable sold separately).

Product Highlights:

  • 16-megapixel effective recording
  • 7X optical zoom (4X digital/28X total zoom)
  • 3" LCD touchscreen
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-196 mm
Special Features:
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
  • face priority autofocus and blink alert for better portraits
  • smile mode automatically snaps the shutter when the camera detects a smiling subject
  • in-camera automatic red-eye correction
  • pet portrait mode
  • optical image stabilization
  • in-camera slide show
  • 20MB internal memory
Connections and Dimensions:
  • mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 3-15/16"W x 2-3/8"H x 1-1/8"D
  • weight (without battery and media): 6.2 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

this is the second Nikon that I have owned- truly a great unit- cant be beat for the price. was given as a gift to my wife who is hard o stuff. its holding up well and takes a great shot every time. + you cant beat the crutchfield staff for the help and service.

stever, centerville,md

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (silver)
  • EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery (3.7V/1050mAh) with plastic terminal cover
  • EH-69P AC adapter (DC output: 5V / 0.55A)
  • Stylus
  • 5' UC-E6 USB cable with a USB Type-A connector on one end and a proprietary connector on other end
  • 5' EG-CP16 A/V cable with composite video/stereo audio RCA connectors on one end and a proprietary connector on other end
  • Wrist strap
  • Nikon ViewNX2 CD-ROM
  • User's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide (Eng/Span/Fren/Port)
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty information
  • Online Registration sheet
  • "my" sheet
  • For Your Safety sheet

Nikon Coolpix S6100 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

nice but

Anonymous from NH on 3/20/2012

I really love the features of this camera, the touch screen, the stylus, the size, the quality of the pictures however I haven't even owned it a month and yesterday it all of a sudden wouldn't turn on, it has not been dropped or banged, I thought maybe the battery just went dead so I plugged in to charge and it won't even charge. It's just completely dead, I am debating wether to reorder the same camera as I really like this one . There are no reviews on the site about this problem but went on other sites and read reviews quite a few people have had the same problem as mine, some owning theirs a little longer than me and some owning it less time than me. Called Crutchfield and the girl was very nice, I am sending it back for a full refund and will have to do more research before ordering the same camera again




stever from centerville,md on 1/30/2012

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this is the second Nikon that I have owned- truly a great unit- cant be beat for the price. was given as a gift to my wife who is hard o stuff. its holding up well and takes a great shot every time. + you cant beat the crutchfield staff for the help and service.

Pros: small, good batery life,great pic's

Cons: every body wants one or to use it! it might walk away

Nice, but...

Schmoosuf from CA on 11/28/2011

Overall, I am reasonably happy with this camera. It takes fantastic pictures, which matters most of all. However, there are a few significant shortcomings that you should be aware of. First of all, using 16mp mode drains the battery very fast. 8mp mode will double your battery life. On top of that, you cannot operate the camera when it is plugged into the charger. This makes it pretty useless for any light-duty, long-duration studio work. Finally, the HD video format is fixed at 720p - 30 fps. This is not a standard format for authoring HD Blu-Ray Disk movies. You will have to convert your files to either 24 fps or 60 fps to place in a 720p BD. They should have either given us more frame rate options, or set it at a standard frame rate. It works fine if you want to import to 480p projects, but if your goal is to author Blu-Ray movies in HD, I would recommend you choose a different camera.

Pros: Great picture quality. Excellent lens. Plenty of manual image controls. Very useful image stabilizer for shooting in low light. Wide ISO range.

Cons: Battery life is weak when shooting in 16mp HQ mode. No shooting allowed while the camera is plugged into the charger. Lacking in video format options.

Great gift for your wife.

Chuck from Pineville,Ky. on 10/5/2011

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Nice Camera,Small,Light Weight,Love the Touch screen !!



Sweet Surprise!

Anonymous from Princeton, WV on 8/20/2011

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Learning to operate the Nikon s6100 w all the features kinda intimidated me:( However, it has been a sweet surprise since I have been using the camera. It comes with an instructional cd which is a tremendous help. Also, the auto features w scene selection, self-timer and great zoom are my favorites!!



Mega Bang for Tiny Bucks

Chuck from Houston Texas on 7/3/2011

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Huge 3" touch screen. Stylus connects conveniently to the wrist strap. 16.1 megapixels and 7xOptical. Motion correction-not gonna read the spec sheet to you; suffice to say that at the moment, It's my hands-down winner for an entry-level digital camera at a "sweet spot" price. Video recording too, and, of course, it's a Nikon.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-196 mm
Optical Zoom 7x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory 20 MB
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CCD
Megapixels 16
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 4
Height (inches) 2-3/8
Depth (inches) 1-1/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

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

Recording Features

3" LCD Touch Panel Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix S6100 has a 3" TFT LCD touch panel monitor featuring approximately 460,000 dots, an anti-reflective coating and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 97% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

Image Sensor: The Coolpix S6100 features a 1/2.3", high-density CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 16.44-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 16.0-million.

Optics: The Coolpix S6100 digital camera uses a Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and CCD combination. The Coolpix S6100 uses an 7x wide-angle optical zoom lens, that is equivalent to a 28-196mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 28x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of approximately 784mm lens (35mm format).

Image Stabilization: The Nikon Coolpix S6100 compensates for the effects of camera shake by lens shift vibration reduction. Vibration reduction reduces the blur caused by slight hand movement, which commonly occurs when shooting with telephoto zoom applied or at slow shutter speeds.

File Formats: The Coolpix S6100 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo). You have a choice of eight still image size options and two movie options (see chart below).

Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 20 MB internal memory for storing still images and movies with sound.

Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the internal memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards over 32GB. The capacity of the internal memory and optional memory cards is as follows:

Image Size/
Image Quality
(Compression Ratio)
Number of Storable Images (approx.)
Internal Memory
20 MB
SDHC Memory Card
4 GB
4608 x 3456
High (1:4) 1 620
Normal (1:8) 3 1060
3264 x 2448
Normal (1:8) 7 2050
2592 x 1944
Normal (1:8) 12 3240
2048 x 1536
Normal (1:8) 20 5120
1024 x 768
Normal (1:8) 65 16400
640 x 480
Normal (1:8) 108 24100
4608 x 2592
Normal (1:8) 5 1380
Movie OptionMovie BitrateMaximum Recording Time
Internal Memory
20 MB
SDHC Memory Card
4 GB
HD 720p
1280 x 720
9.1 Mbps --- 55 min
640 x 480
3.1 Mbps 29 sec 2 hrs 45 min

Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29 minutes, even if there is sufficient free space on the memory card.

Shooting Modes: You can choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Auto Mode: A "point-and-shoot" mode with some user adjustments in brightness, hue, and vividness.
  • Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select a scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation:
    • Scene Auto Selector: By simply framing a picture, the camera automatically selects the appropriate scene setting. Choices include: Auto (General Shooting), Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Close-up, or Backlighting.
    • Portrait: Useful for photographs where you want the main subject to stand out clearly from the background.
    • Landscape: For vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines, colors, and contrast in such subjects as forests and skyscrapers.
    • Sports: For dynamic action shots that freeze the action in a single shot or record motion in a series of pictures. About 2 frames are captured at a rate of about 1.2 frames per second when the shutter button is fully held down. Image size is set to 16M: 4608 x 3456 pixels.
    • Night Portrait: This mode is for taking portraits at night or at sunset using the flash. The background lighting is preserved to achieve a natural balance between the subject and the background ambience.
    • Party/Indoor: Shots include details of the background behind the main subject, or to capture the effects of candlelight and other indoor background lighting.
    • Beach: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects such as snow fields.
    • Snow: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects such as beaches or sunlit expanses of water.
    • Sunset: Preserves deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises.
    • Dusk/Dawn: Preserves the colors seen in the weak natural light before sunrise and after sunset.
    • Night Landscape: Slow shutter speeds are used to produce stunning night landscapes.
    • Close Up: Used to capture vivid colors in close-up shots of flowers, insects and other small objects, with the background artistically blurred.
    • Food: Used when shooting pictures of food. Macro mode is enabled for clear closeups.
    • Museum: Use indoors where flash photography is prohibited or in other settings in which you do not want to use flash.
    • Fireworks Show: Slow shutter speeds are used to capture the expanding burst of light from fireworks.
    • Black & White Copy: Provides clear pictures of text or drawings on a white board, business card or in other printed matter.
    • Draw: Using the stylus, you can write a memo or draw a picture on the touch panel display and save it as an image.
    • Backlighting: This mode is used when light is coming from behind the subject. The flash fires automatically to provide fill light.
    • Panorama Assist: Use to take a series of photographs that you will later join to form a single panoramic scene.
    • Pet Portrait: Use this mode to photograph dogs or cats. The camera detects and focuses on the face of the dog or cat. When the subject is in focus, the shutter is released automatically.
  • Smart Portrait: The camera uses face detection technology to detect human faces, then automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected. The skin softening option can be used to smooth skin tones.

Touch Shutter: Pictures can be taken by simply tapping the monitor. Only one picture can be taken at a time in this manner. For continuous shooting, and other multiple image shooting modes, you must use the shutter button.

Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and 2 second timer for self-portraits. 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. The camera can recognize up to 3 or 12 faces depending on shooting and exposure mode.
  • Auto: The camera automatically selects the focus area (up to 9) containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Center: The camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame.
  • Touch: You can manually select a focus area by touching the area you wish to focus on the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still.
  • Subject Tracking: By registering a subject, the focus area will automatically track and focus on the subject.

Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 1.2". The flash may be unable to light entire subject at distances less than 1 feet 8 inches.

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'-2" at the maximum wide-angle position and 3'-7" 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 160 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 80-400 and 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 S6100 has a built-in flash with a range of 1'-8" to 14' (Wide angle) and 3'-8" to 7'-10" (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 Memo 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.

Play, Edit and Print Functions

Playback Modes: The Nikon Coolpix S6100 allows you to view all images one at a time, or in one of the following playback modes:

  • Auto Sort Mode: Pictures and movies will automatically be sorted in any of the following folder names after shooting them for convenient playback: Smile, Portrait, Food, Landscape, Dusk to Dawn, Close-Up, Pet Portrait, Movie, Retouched Copies, Other Scenes.
  • Favorite Picture Mode: Images can be sorted to albums. The "Favorite Picture Mode" can be used to play back only the images in a specific album. You can add a single image to multiple albums. An album can contain up to 200 still images; no movies can be added to albums.
  • List By Date Mode: Images captured on the same date can be played back together when the camera is in the "List By Date" mode. Still images and movies can be played back in this mode. All images in a selected date can be deleted at once, if desired.

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 touch the monitor to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.

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 S6100 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:

  • Paint: Using the supplied stylus, you can draw on images or add decorations to images.
  • 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.
  • Stretch: You can stretch the image horizontally to make the subject appear thinner or wider.
  • Perspective Control: The perspective of images captured in landscape orientation can be adjusted.
  • Filter Effects: You can apply a variety of effects using the digital filter: Color Options, Soft, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, or Miniature Effect.
  • Glamour Retouch: Glamour retouch can be used to soften the skin tone of faces detected in an image and make the faces look smaller with larger eyes.
  • Resizing Pictures (Small Picture): 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).
  • Cropping: Create a copy containing only the portion visible in the monitor when displayed with playback zoom.

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 26 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 S6100 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL12). The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-69P AC adapter and UC-E6 USB cable. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 210 shots or 1 hour 35 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 3 hours 20 minutes.

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

HDMI: The Coolpix S6100 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.

USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack on the bottom of the camera 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 supplied EG-CP16 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 Nikon Transfer 2, ViewNX 2, and Panorama Maker 5. Nikon Transfer 2 is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and ViewNX 2 is used for viewing your images and movies on the computer. Panorama Maker 5 is used 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 7: Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
  • Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
  • Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack 3)
  • MAC OS X Versions:
    • 10.4.11
    • 10.5.8
    • 10.6.5

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