Nikon Coolpix S60 (Ashton's touch-screen camera) is pretty, fun, slow

If you're crazy for touch screens, this camera's got one and it takes decent snapshot photos, too.

Regular TV watchers have likely seen the Nikon commercial with Ashton Kutcher traipsing around a Hollywood cocktail party with a touch-screen camera--the Nikon Coolpix S60. (In case you haven't and simply must, here's the site dedicated to the campaign.) Turns out, that's exactly what the camera is good for.

The S60 is a good camera to take to a party, especially if you want to show it off. While handing it off to others might result in a few "how do I..." questions, it's easy enough to quickly drop it into an appropriate scene mode, show someone how to use the touch-screen zoom control, and let them start shooting away. And with face and smile detection and a blink warning, you've got a pretty good chance of getting some fun photos that you can later draw or write on while they're still in the camera.

The resulting photos are decent for a point-and-shoot camera of its size--good outdoors in daylight and good indoors if there's plenty of light and you don't use the auto white balance. Performance is slow for its class, but still adequate.

The bigger issue people may have with it is that the interface doesn't respond as fast as Apple's iPhone, which has become the touchstone touch-screen device. If you're used to that snappiness, you'll probably be disappointed. But, if you're like me and just happy to poke at icons instead of finding the right button, the Nikon S60 is a fun and attractive camera.

Read the full review of the Nikon Coolpix S60.

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Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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