Nikon COOLPIX S3600 Brief Review


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  • 20.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD Sensor
  • 8x optical zoom
  • f3.7-6.6 maximum aperture
  • Vibration reduction
  • Manual focus via screen controls
  • Macro close-up mode focuses as close as .8 inches
  • 2.7” LCD screen
  • 25 MB internal memory
  • 720p/30fps HD video
  • In-camera image editing
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/1500
  • Burst mode 1.1 fps at up to six shots
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 230 shots
  • Release Date: 2014-02-06
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon COOLPIX S3600
20.1 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD Sensor; 8x optical zoom; f3.7-6.6 maximum aperture; Vibration reduction; Manual focus via screen controls; Macro close-up mode focuses as close as .8 inches; 2.7” LCD screen; 25 MB internal memory; 720p/30fps HD video; In-camera image editing; Maximum shutter speed 1/1500; Burst mode 1.1 fps at up to six shots; Lithium-ion battery rated at 230 shots
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/11/2015

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix S3700.

Nikon's cheapest Coolpix S-line camera for 2014 still keeps the 1/2.3" sensor, though it switches over to a CCD style. It sports a nice 8x optical zoom with vibration reduction, though doesn't offer wi-fi at this price and has a smaller screen. The video quality also isn't as good. If you can find another $40, the S5300 also has more speed at 7 fps, compared to the S3600's lethargic 1.1 fps. But, if budget is an ultimate concern, the Nikon S3600 certainly isn't a horrible option, since it maintains the same sensor size as Nikon's upper end point-and-shoots.

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