Nikon S6100

 
Nikon Coolpix S6100 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 175g - 98 x 58 x 27mm
  • Introduced February 2011
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
39
Overall
39

Nikon S6100 overview

Nikon S6100 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera first announced on February of 2011. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The S6100 is positioned #56 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #745 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon S6100 family

The Nikon S6100 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can discover all past and current models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S6100 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S6100 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S6100 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S6100 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S6100 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S6100 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S6100 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S6100 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S6100 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S6100 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S6100 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S6100 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S6100 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S6100 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S6100 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S6200
S6100 vs S6200
25-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S6100 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S6100 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S610028-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S6100 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S6100 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S6100 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S6100 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S6100 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S6100 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S6100 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S6100 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S6100 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S6100 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Nikon S6100 based on criterias which are often viewed as important in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
boasts focus by touch
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
good zoom range (28-196mm 7.0 x zoom)
has face detection autofocus
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
includes HDMI socket
screen size is good (3 inch)
touch screen
bad battery (210 shots)
cannot use external flash
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Timelapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
low resolution screen (460 thousand dots)
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
no aperture priority
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW files
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.7)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
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Nikon S6100 Sensor info

The Nikon S6100 is run by the Expeed C2 processor chip. The sensor dimension in the Nikon S6100 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and has a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath shows the S6100's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The S6100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S6100 dimensions

Nikon S6100 is 0.39 lb (175 grams / 6.17 oz) and the volume of the camera is 98mm x 58mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Nikon S6100 is on par when compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S6100 alongside a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.

Nikon Coolpix S6100 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button design on the S6100.

Nikon Coolpix S6100 topview buttons dials

Nikon S6100 Lens info

The S6100 includes a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 28-196mm making it a 7.0 x zoom which won't be outstanding but it is likely to be handy in some situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.7 and that is fairly slow and not ideal in low light occasions and you might find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You could also have to increase the ISO setting causing noisy files. On the tele end, 196mm comes with f5.6 making it quite sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon S6100 Connectivity

The S6100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send photos and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Nikon S6100 Video info

The maximum video resolution in the Nikon S6100 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should really go for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone socket which means you get little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to find another model if you need better audio in your video clips.

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Nikon S6100 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Nikon S6100 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Nikon S6100 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon S6100 has a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you will be able to change focus points and adjust settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder details regarding Nikon S6100 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really useful in sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Nikon S6100 Shutter info

Nikon S6100 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon S6100 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon S6100 has got only integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Nikon S6100 Autofocusing info

Nikon S6100 has got just Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it useful for portrait photography.

It has 9 focus points to select from. Nikon S6100 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to shift focus points. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Nikon S6100 features manual focus if required in low light or you require more precise focus control.

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Nikon S6100 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL12) on the Nikon S6100 is designed to last for 210 shots as per the CIPA requirements making it less compared with its competition. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life in this class of cameras.

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

Nikon S6100 for various forms of photography

The following chart presents a overview of the Nikon S6100 for various forms of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon S6100 Portrait photography highlights

The Nikon S6100 receives a score of 41 which is terrible, meaning that it is not very good to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the ability to work with off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Nikon S6100 Street photography factors

Coming in at a very good points total of 62, the Nikon S6100 is a fine option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Nikon S6100 as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography score of 38 suggests the Nikon S6100 is not very good for photographing sports. A camera needs good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (210 per charge)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Nikon S6100 Travel photography highlights

Size is pretty crucial in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon S6100 gets a above average 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine fit to purchase for your holidays.

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has touch focus
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (210 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.7)

Nikon S6100 as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon S6100 at it's reasonable grade of 46 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate amongst its competition.

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focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
lack of manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
not so great battery life (210 shots)
does not have Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Nikon S6100

A vlogging camera should offer a moving display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon S6100 is not very good for vlogging as it gets a terrible rating of 32.

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rather wide (28mm)
touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket

Nikon S6100 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the S6100, below is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram below gives you an overview of the S6100 vs it's top ranking competitors shown earlier.

These are various other cameras you may look into as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix S6100
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2011-02-09
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-196mm (7.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.7-5.6
Macro focus range
3cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech
TFT touchscreen LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Slowest shutter speed
4s
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
4.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
175 gr (0.39 lbs)
Dimensions
98 x 58 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
210 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
Single
Retail pricing
$195