Nikon COOLPIX S6800 Brief Review


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  • Get even closer to what matters - 12x Optical Zoom and in even farther with 24x Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • Your smartphone"s new best friend - Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible iOS or Android devices
  • Focus where you want it - Target Finding AF for accurate, intelligent autofocus
  • Release Date: 2014-02-13
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon COOLPIX S6800
16 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor; 3” LCD; 12x optical zoom; Maximum aperture f3.3-6.3; Vibration reduction; 0.8 in macro mode; Manual focus via LCD screen; 1080p/30 fps HD video; In-camera image editing; Maximum shutter speed 1/2000; 9.4 fps burst mode (up to seven shots); Wi-fi; Lithium-ion battery rated at 170 shots; Weighs 5.2 ounces
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 2/10/2015

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix S6900.

Nikon's S6500 was one of our favorite compacts of 2013 and we expect the S6800 to be a top performer in the category as well. The 16 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor, 12x optical zoom and 9.4 fps burst mode are good features considering the $200 price tag. The camera also includes wi-fi with several in-camera image editing options for fast uploads to social media without a computer. We wouldn't mind seeing a longer battery life, but for the price, the Nikon S6800 looks to be a good buy.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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