- 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
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- Size Comparison
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 #48 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #752 out of 1459 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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Nikon S6100 family
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Nikon S6100 Gallery
You can check the S6100 from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S6100 alongside a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will provide the button design on the S6100.
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.
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.
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.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.
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.
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:
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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 40 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 terrible grade of 45 as a landscape camera is not very good amongst its competition.
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.
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.