Nikon S6000

 
Nikon Coolpix S6000 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 156g - 97 x 55 x 25mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
38
Features
25
Overall
32

Nikon S6000 overview

Nikon S6000 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on February of 2010. The camera has a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The S6000 is placed #155 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #1026 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon S6000 history

The Nikon S6000 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S6000 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S6000 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S6000 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S6000 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S6000 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S6000 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S6000 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S6000 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S6000 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S6000 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S6000 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S6000 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S6000 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S6000 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S6000 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S6000 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S6000 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S6000 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S6000 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S6000 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S6000 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S6000 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S600028-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S6000 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S6000 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S6000 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S6000 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S6000 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S6000 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon S6000 based on features which are typically seen as important in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
decent MP (14MP)
does have HDMI socket
good zoom range (28-196mm 7.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
really wide (28mm)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of headphone socket
lack of manual focus
lack of mic socket
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Time Lapse function
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW format
low fps (3.0 frames/s)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no manual control
no moving screen
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Nikon S6000 Sensor info

The Nikon S6000 is powered by the Expeed C2 processor. The sensor specification in the Nikon S6000 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the S6000's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The S6000 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S6000 dimensions

Nikon S6000 weighs in at 0.34 pounds (156 grams or 5.50 ounces) & has exterior proportions of 97mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Nikon S6000 is lighter when compared to various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S6000 with a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S6000 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the S6000.

Nikon Coolpix S6000 topview buttons dials

Nikon S6000 Lens info

The S6000 features an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 28-196mm giving it a 7.0 x zoom which might not be very good but it could be very helpful in certain situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.7 making it very slow and not the best for low light occasions and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to increase the ISO setting which results in noisy images. For the tele end, 196mm comes to f5.6 making it fairly sluggish and you would need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon S6000 Connectivity

The S6000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer files and at times alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Nikon S6000 Video info

The highest video quality in the Nikon S6000 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should go for at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have little control over the audio. It is probably best to buy a different model in case you need decent audio for your videos.

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Nikon S6000 Weather Sealing

Nikon S6000 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions may ruin the camera.

Nikon S6000 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon S6000 has a 2.7" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix S6000 screen and viewfinder Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

The ViewFinder specs for Nikon S6000 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be particularly valuable.

Nikon S6000 Shutter info

Nikon S6000 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Nikon S6000 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon S6000 has only inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.

Nikon S6000 Autofocus info

Nikon S6000 has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and exact when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Nikon S6000 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus is useful during low light or you need more accurate control on focusing.

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Nikon S6000 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life within this class of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:

Nikon S6000 for specific categories of photography

The following diagram gives a analysis of the Nikon S6000 for specific categories of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Nikon S6000 Portrait photography details

The Nikon S6000 gets a score of 29 which is subpar, and means the camera is simply not acceptable for portraits. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Nikon S6000 Street photography information

With a modest points total of 57, the Nikon S6000 is fairly adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Nikon S6000 Sports photography highlights

A subpar sports photography score of 35 means the Nikon S6000 is simply not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Nikon S6000

Portability is pretty crucial when getting a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon S6000 gets a nice 65 as a travel camera which is a respectable choice to take on your holidays.

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megapixel count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)

Nikon S6000 Landscape photography features

For anyone who is looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Nikon S6000 at it's subpar score of 38 as a landscape camera is simply not acceptable amongst it's competition.

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decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
screen is small (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Nikon S6000 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging really should come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Nikon S6000 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 29.

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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)
does not have selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic jack

Nikon S6000 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the S6000, here is a list of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph underneath gives you a summary of the S6000 versus it's top scoring rivals suggested earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S6000
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2010-02-03
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-196mm (7.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.7-5.6
Macro focus range
2cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
8 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video format
H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
156 gr (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions
97 x 55 x 25mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
Other
Battery model
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes (3 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
1
Cost at launch
$300