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I happily received my pink nikon s2600 last christmas, I excitedly set it up using the short manual (I'm female so I use these things!) and within 5 minutes I was happily taking pictures. The set up is quick and easy, and the function control is simple, even for a camera novice such as myself! Picture quality is fine, or so i am told, exactly what you should expect for the price! I uploaded to my laptop with no help from my more tech minded better half, and was very pleased with the results! I was even able to enlarge and print out a couple!
The camera accompanied me on trips, holidays and special events for 7 months, with no issues. Picture quality was always good, and the flash was hardly needed because of this. However, after 7 months, my camera wouldnt switch on. We replaced the batteries (I find you have to do this quite often - battery life certainly lets this little camera down) but to no avail. We tried to recharge and enter another battery - still nothing! We connected it to the laptop - NOTHING! The camera was simply dead, and along with it, a lot of very precious photos/memories. We contacted amazon who told us to contact nikon - we did so, through several increasingly loud emails. We never had any reply other than the standard "thankyou for your email, someone will contact you shortly". After 8 weeks, we gave up, we through the camera away (having stamped on it etc first) and have stuck to taking photos with our phones!
For the price, the camera is fantastic value, picture quality great, ease of use excellent. However, if it breaks - you have had it, nikon customer service is worst than pathetic!
I brought this camera on a whim because I was bored of taking poor quality photos on my handheld mobile phone. I wanted to capture my memories in a better quality, so I brought this camera from Argos for a shocking £49. At the time I brought this from Argos I noticed it was on sale in one of their in store show cabinets. Whilst browsing through their catalog I found that they had a lot of different models of this Nikon Coolpix but I admired this model the most. I was set at first on getting a blue one but unfortunately, even though it was in the catalog I was told Argos didn't sell it, so I settled for this colour. What really caught my attention with this product is that the design was swift and smooth in its shell casing. The designed was matched well with its vibrant colour. I think this handheld digital camera could pass for an accessory because of its colour and slim rectangular shape alone.
The product itself is really easy to use and it functions really well. It doesn't crash and neither does it lag. On the back of the design there are several buttons. One that lets you stop and start video recording, one to take pictures and another to view pictures, a circle button to navigate and change settings and a center button as a somewhat action button. There is a button on top of the product that you use to capture. The pictures themselves when on your PC or Laptop are huge. I re-size mine to the standard 800 x 600 pixels because keeping the original size photo takes up way too much space. This is efficient if you have been on holiday and have way to many photos. I usually keep the iconic photos they're original size just encase in the future I want the blown up. The pictures can be held on an SD card, which you have to buy yourself and does not come free with the camera. I have a nice 8GB and have taken over 400 photos whilst on a day trip and it filled up half of the SD Card space.
The only downside to this digital camera is that it doesn't have a timer so if you want to be in the photo too, there is no way of taking the photo, other than to get a stranger to take the photo.
The product comes with a charger and a computer wire, however I have never used the plug adapter because you plug the USB computer wire into it and whilst you are uploading pictures to your PC or Laptop the camera charges through the laptop anyway. So this is very efficient.
I don't have the exact specs for the camera but I am sure they can be found on the technical page here or on a Google engine search. However, I would thoroughly recommend this product to a friend and to anyone who has little money but wants a decent long lasting camera. I would also recommend this to a person of any age because it is really easy to function. I have recommended this item to the family and now my nan has one.
Cool or Cheap & Nasty?
What did we do before digital cameras, they're so convenient, no more waiting to develop your film to find you had your finger on the lens and sarcastic stickers from the people you're paying to develop them.
This is my third digital camera, Nikon have a good reputation, in the past I'd only tried Olympus cameras. I chose this camera because it has a good specification for the price.
The camera itself is nice and compact, which was an important consideration for me as I like to put it in my bag if possible, even in the case, it fits in nicely. It looks quite sturdy. It is also very stylish and modern looking. It's available in a pink, red, gold and black so should suit most tastes, mine's pink.
The important factor is of course the quality of the pictures. The camera boasts a large 14 Megapixels , my first had 1.3 now that's progress. Of course more megapixels does not a good camera make, unless you want to blow them up. I can happily confirm that the images are good, nice and crisp. They would do not stand up to close scrutiny but for day to day use they're fine.
I took some test night shots using a tripod and the results were good if not great. I think my old Olympus compact was better in this department. Low light photography has always been a bit of a black art I find.
It had a 5x optical zoom, which is a reasonable amount for a compact camera, with a 26mm wide angle lens. This won't be worrying SLR users but for nice holiday pictures etc. you won't be disappointed for the price paid. One complaint I have it that speed of focus is a bit slow.
The screen is a little small, but it adequate. It has a rechargeable battery, which is nice but does mean you are limited if it runs out on the road. It is supplied with a USB cable that also plus into a charger, and strap, I had no problems upload the images to my PC.
It is a simple camera to use; it really is point and click. Face detection is a nice feature, and generally works well. It will record video up to 720p HD resolution. The video looks good but I'd rather use a dedicated recorder. You will definitely need to purchase a memory card, or you'll be restricted to about 14 photos!
Summing Up, this is a budget camera, so do not expect the world. It's main use I see is for taking family and holiday shots, it's would be ideal as a second camera when you want to leave your expensive camera at home. I think it certainly beats the camera on a majority of phones.
I am pleased with the quality of the pictures and the ease of use, for the price it is excellent value. Amazon currently sell this for £50.