- 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 25-200mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
- 125g - 97 x 58 x 20mm
- Launched January 2014
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- Size Comparison
Nikon S3600 summary
Nikon S3600 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on January of 2014. The camera houses a 20MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5152 x 3864.
The S3600 comes in at #41 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #734 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your personalized criteria.
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Nikon S3600 history
The Nikon S3600 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full range underneath.
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Nikon S3600 Gallery
You can see the S3600 from different angles in the gallery below.
Nikon S3600 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon S3600 based on factors which are usually regarded as important in a digital camera.
Nikon S3600 Sensor info
The measurement of the sensor on the Nikon S3600 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 5152 x 3864 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CCD sensor has 20 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the S3600's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The S3600 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon S3600 dimensions
Nikon S3600 weighs 0.28 lb (125 grams or 4.41 ounces) & the sizing of the camera is 97mm x 58mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon S3600 is less heavy when compared with other rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Here is a image of the Nikon S3600 next to a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the S3600.
Nikon S3600 Lens info
The S3600 offers an inbuilt lens providing a focal range of 25-200mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which isn't really outstanding nevertheless it is going to be convenient in some situations.
At the widest 25mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.7 which is very slow and not ideal for low light situations and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost the ISO producing noisy images. Towards the tele end, 200mm comes to f6.6 which is quite slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.
Nikon S3600 Connectivity
The S3600 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and usually change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Certain applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Nikon S3600 Video info
The highest possible video quality on the Nikon S3600 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to purchase another model should you want better audio for your videos.
Nikon S3600 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing on the Nikon S3600 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Nikon S3600 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon S3600 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon S3600 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be rather helpful.
Nikon S3600 Shutter info
Nikon S3600 can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1500s.
Nikon S3600 Flash and Hot shoe info
Nikon S3600 comes with only built-in flash with missing external flash support.
Nikon S3600 Autofocusing info
Nikon S3600 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection which is helpful for portrait photography.
The Sensor supports 99 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Nikon S3600 has not got manual focus. Manual focus can be useful during low light situations or you want more exact control on depth of field.
Nikon S3600 Battery life
The battery life (EN-EL19) on the Nikon S3600 is made to last for 230 shots as per the CIPA standards making it similar to it's rivals. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life within this type of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:
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Nikon S3600 for various types of photography
The following diagram gives a outline of the Nikon S3600 for various types of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon S3600 Portrait photography factors
The Nikon S3600 has a score of 39 which is awful, meaning that it is just not appropriate for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support plus the flexibility to use off-camera lighting.
Nikon S3600 Street photography highlights
Coming in at a above average rating of 65, the Nikon S3600 is a respectable fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon S3600 Sports photography info
A awful sports photography rating of 44 indicates the Nikon S3600 is just not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera must have very good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon S3600 Travel photography factors
Portability is really critical when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Nikon S3600 gets a very good 70 as a travel camera which is a respectable option to buy for your travels.
Nikon S3600 Landscape photography information
When you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon S3600 with it's awful score of 41 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate amongst it's competition.
Nikon S3600 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera really should have a moving screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon S3600 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a awful rating of 33.
Nikon S3600 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the S3600, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram down below offers you a bird's eye view of the S3600 versus it's top scoring rivals suggested above.
There are more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To go through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.