Nikon Coolpix S6900 Brief Review



  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.3
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • ISO range 100-6400
  • 12x optical zoom
  • Lens shift vibration reduction
  • 9 fps burst mode (7 shot buffer)
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Macro shots as close as .8 inches
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • 3” diagonal LCD touchscreen
  • Li-ion battery rated at 180 shots
  • Weighs 6.4 oz (181g)
  • Release Date: 2015-03-01
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S6900 is full of features for selfie-lovers
Tilting touchscreen, front shutter release, built-in kickstand...the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is packed full of selfie features.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/27/2016

The Nikon Coolpix S6900 joins in the foray of cameras designed for selfie-lovers, but does so with quite a bit of flair. With several features designed for selfie use, the S6900 still offers quite a few imaging features for general use as well.

Building on the success of previous models like the S6500 and S6800, the 2015 model still includes a 1/2.3" sensor, a speedy burst mode at 9 fps, and a 12x zoom. Those qualities help to make it a versatile compact, capable of capturing fast subjects like kids and bringing in far off objects too. It's of course not on par with the pricier advanced compacts or interchangeable lens cameras, but appears to be a decent, all around camera for the price and category.

What's new about the S6900 over previous versions is a whole list of selfie-inspired features. The tilting touchscreen flips 180 degrees, making shots viewable from the front of the camera. A secondary shutter release at the front of the camera also makes selfies a bit easier. Gesture control allows users to wave to trigger the camera remotely. If that's not enough, there's even a built-in kickstand. And of course, wi-fi to share those selfies that much faster.

The S6000 line has had solid performance for the point-and-shoot category in the past, and we expect similar performance from the S6900.If you're not a big fan of the selfie, you can save a few bucks by going with the older S6800 and still get a similar image quality. The Panasonic ZS4 is also selfie-inspired but offers a better zoom and manual modes at a slightly higher price; while these features can also be found in higher-quality mirrorless models like the Samsung NX300.

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