The Good Great click wheel; slim design; solid color reproduction.
The Bad Irritating top buttons; extremely limited Wi-Fi capabilities.
The Bottom Line The Nikon Coolpix S6 is a stylish performer with a handy control wheel, but its Wi-Fi implementation feels almost like an afterthought.
Nikon Coolpix S6
The 6-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S6 is an overly stylish little snapshooter with nice design points, useful features, solid performance, and attractive photos. Its nifty click wheel is a great way to browse settings and pictures, but the rest of its controls are irritating and the Wi-Fi capabilities underwhelming. If you want a stylish camera, you should go with the Nikon Coolpix S5, and if you want a Wi-Fi-enabled model, you should probably wait until consumer Wi-Fi cameras develop more broadly applicable features. If you're desperate for a sleek, pretty camera you don't have to plug in to sync, the NikonCoolpix S6 could be a good choice, but the Canon PowerShot SD430 might be a better one. The Nikon Coolpix S6's Kit Kat-size metal body is sleek, stylish, and generally well designed. It suffers from a few irritating compromises where Nikon clearly emphasized style over substance, but on the whole, it's a logically designed, easy-to-use digital camera.
The front of the camera is simple and unassuming. Its sleek, gently curved face holds the lens in the upper-right corner, next to a tiny flash and an autofocus-assist light. The camera's 3X, 35mm-to-105mm lens (35mm equivalent) zooms internally, never extending to mar the S6's smooth lines.
The worst aspect of the Coolpix S6 is its minimalist top edge, apparently designed so that the buttons barely extend past the camera's body, if at all. The power button is uncomfortably recessed, and the tiny shutter release is only slightly better. The zoom rocker is a tiny lever no larger than a grain of rice that you'll just as likely forget. The camera's top also has a small special-function button to enable portrait assist and other features.