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Nikon Coolpix S3600 Digital Camera

20.1MP 8x CCD Nov 2014
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Review and Unboxing - Nikon COOLPIX S3600 20.1 MP Digital Camera with 8x Zoom
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REVIEW (P1): Nikon Coolpix S3600 20.1MP Camera

34 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on six expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Camera Labs this camera has an average expert rating of 74 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Good

Owners have rated this camera on average 83%.

Good Quality Pictures

Fifteen Nikon Coolpix S3600 owners wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Amanda scored the product 80 out of 100 and she mentioned in her review in January last year “The photos are nice and clear”. G Thorndycraft wrote “Excellent fit anywhere camera, not much bigger than my phone, nice pictures too” . Mz/x said “If you want a portable camera which takes better pictures than your phone on a budget, go for it.I think Nikon made the right compromises for the price” in their review of this digital camera.

Some people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Techradar.com wrote “The S3600 has the same 20.1-megapixel resolution and ISO80-3200 sensitivity range as its pred” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar.com also said “Aren't too demanding when it comes to low light image quality or continuous shooting speed”.

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Easy to Use

Several people who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use. Dee wrote “Point and click, with a few extras and not over complicated to use, which is a great thing! Prompt delivery” in his review and rated the product 5 stars. Just2play said in January last year “So found this very easy to use as the instructions are very similar”. Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “It's also designed to be incredibly easy to use”.

Three customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to setup. Just2play wrote on Amazon in January last year “Easy to set up and install”. Kenneth Brassington mentioned in his review of the Nikon Coolpix S3600 on Amazon three years ago “I found this camera very easy to set up” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. In January last year Suzann Aldus wrote in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “Lovely little camera very easy to set up and use”.

One Nikon Coolpix S3600 reviewer thought the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Mz/x mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix S3600 review two years ago “It feels good to hold and use”.

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Good Size

A few people who purchased this digital camera thought it was compact. Three years ago Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “Is a compact camera with 8x optical zoom”. Cameralabs.com mentioned on Camera Labs “The Nikon COOLPIX S3600 is a point-and-shoot compact with an 8x optical zoom”.

One person who bought it thought it was good physically.

One Nikon Coolpix S3600 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was thin. Photographyblog.com scored it 4 stars and mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a slim digital compact camera hosting an array of features, such as an 8x optical zoom, Hybrid VR system, EXPEED C2 processor”.

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Nice Design

A few Nikon Coolpix S3600 reviewers mentioned that it was good looking. Last year Amanda scored the product 80 out of 100 and she mentioned in her review on Amazon “It's a gorgeous colour, nice”. Expert website Techradar.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review “If you're looking for a small, stylish and simple snapper”. Techradar.com/au/ said “Compact, stylish design” in their review.

One Nikon Coolpix S3600 owner said in their reviews that it had a good case. Two years ago Mz/x wrote on Amazon “It has metal casing, fits in virtually any pocket” in their review. One customer reckoned that the product was a good design. Mz/x gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The case design has improved from previous models” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S3600.

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Good Product Quality

Some people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Emac wrote in their review on Amazon “Incredible camera picture quality is fantastic and with 20 million pixels you can't go wrong !”. Mz/x scored it very highly and mentioned on Amazon “The image quality is fine”. Ephotozine.com wrote “Images quality is fine for sharing on the web, with good colour reproduction” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Brand

Nikon has good average ratings for its compact cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Battery Life

A few Nikon Coolpix S3600 reviewers considered that it had a good battery life. Three years ago Kenneth Brassington wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The bonus is the battery and charger supplied with it, which means no more fiddling changing batteries”. Mz/x mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S3600 two years ago “Good pictures, battery life, quality design” . Mz/x also wrote “There are improved solutions around the battery compartment and the SD card slot (the old was adequate, too.”.

Robust

One person said in their reviews that it was well made. Two years ago Mz/x said on Amazon “The USB cable is long and has built in protection; the charger & strap are proper, too” in their review of this digital camera. One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was reliable. Techradar.com/au/ wrote “Reliable autofocussing” in their review.

Good Connectivity

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Mz/x said on Amazon two years ago “And the position of the usb socket is better on the top, too”.

Good Flash

One Nikon Coolpix S3600 reviewer said in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S3600 had a good flash. Mz/x said on Amazon “It has better optics and flash than a smartphone, you'll have better pictures”.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Mz/x said “The servo for the zoom feels quicker, too”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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Quite High Megapixel

When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S3600 that we have checked, the megapixel of the Coolpix S3600 of 20.1 megapixels is one of the highest. The average megapixel of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S3600 is 14MP, and the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

If this Nikon camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] (20.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this compact camera digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-HX60[plb_2166574_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S3600, the Coolpix S3600 has a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price].

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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5152 X 3864 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Coolpix S3600 has a 5152 x 3864 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Nikon camera have still image resolution(s)s of 3648 x 2736, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200 and 5120 x 2880 and 3864 x 3864.

This camera's still image resolution (5152 x 3864) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Coolpix S3600 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes amongst digital cameras of this age. The average maximum memory card size of similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S3600 is 29GB.

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Has Six White Balances

The Coolpix S3600 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix S3600. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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99 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

99 auto Focus (AF) pointss

The Coolpix S3600 is a 99 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Coolpix S3600 is more than most compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this type and age. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of cameras of this age and type is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP. The Coolpix S3600 has a very many total megapixels (20.48 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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5152 X 3864 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Coolpix S3600 has a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of this age and spec.

This camera's image resolution (5152 x 3864 pixels) is actually the best image resolution amongst all compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S3600.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.9. The Coolpix S3600 has a fairly small maximum aperture number (6.6) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S3600.

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Has Two Image Editings

The number of image editing modes found on the Coolpix S3600 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Nikon camera. The image editings Crop and Rotating are also found on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix S3600 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Nikon camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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TFT Display

The Coolpix S3600 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S3600 is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Coolpix S3600 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports a WAV audio formats supported, which is the most commonly supported audio formats supported supported by digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S3600.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

At only 80, the Coolpix S3600 has a quite small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivity (min)s of compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S3600 range from 10 to 200.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix S3600 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S3600 do not support video capability. The Coolpix S3600 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support Full HD video. The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.7 inches, the Nikon Coolpix S3600 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S3600. Across all the compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S3600 the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.7" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price].

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ61[plb_2226969_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon Coolpix S3600 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S3600 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] both from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Coolpix S3600 is not 3D. Most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix S3600 are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon Coolpix S3600 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S3600 are also not waterproof.

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Only 320×240@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Coolpix S3600 has a 320×240@30fps resolution at capture speed which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed. This camera also have a resolution at capture speed of 320×240@30fps and 640x480@30fps.

This camera's resolution at capture speeds (320×240@30fps) is actually the worst resolution at capture speeds across all cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S3600.

Across similar types of camera the best resolution at capture speeds is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix S3600 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S3600.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The Coolpix S3600 has one of the narrower field of views (only 97 percent) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years have field of views of between 96% and 100%, and the average field of view is 99%.

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Only Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The Nikon Coolpix S3600 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80, 1600 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon Coolpix S3600 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S3600.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

At 3.7, the Coolpix S3600 has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S3600. The smallest minimum aperture number of cameras of this age and type is 1.3, the largest is 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S3600

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S3600 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S3600.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus SH-60[plb_2273504_price], or the Panasonic DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Kodak Pixpro FZ41[plb_3227932_price] (6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S3600 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S3600.

We compared all the other 8x optical zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot A4000[plb_1488638_price], and the Sony DSC-WX60[plb_1621814_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic DMC-SZ8[plb_2232116_price] (12x), or the Samsung WB50F[plb_2254604_price] (12x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 125 grams, the Coolpix S3600 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S3600.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the GE G5WP[plb_1772971_price] (125g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Multi-Shot
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Carrying Case
Wrist Strap Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Data Network
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Self-Timer

Expert Reviews

(7)
24 January 2015

If you're looking for a small, stylish and simple snapper and aren't too demanding when it comes to low light image quality or continuous shooting speed, the S3600 deserves to be on your shortlist...

Reasonable image quality in good light
Reliable autofocussing
Creative effects
Vibration Reduction
8x stabilised optical zoom
Slow image processing
Basic LCD screen
Underwhelming dynamic range
IS 3200 shots only captured at 4MP
Lacklustre image quality
24 January 2015

If you're looking for a small, stylish and simple snapper and aren't too demanding when it comes to low light image quality or continuous shooting speed, the S3600 deserves to be on your shortlist...

16 December 2014

The Nikon COOLPIX S3600 is a point-and-shoot compact with an 8x optical zoom and 20.1 Megapixel CCD sensor. Released in February 2014 it supersedes the COOLPIX S3500 extending the earlier model's... Read more…

The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a slim digital compact camera hosting an array of features, such as an 8x optical zoom, Hybrid VR system, EXPEED C2 processor and Target Finder AF. It's also designed to... Read more…

7 March 2014

The Nikon Coolpix S3600 is a budget camera with a decent amount of optical zoom and is available in a number of appealing colours. Images quality is fine for sharing on the web, with good colour...

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User Reviews

(19)
Reviewed 25 August 2016 by Amanda
(Verified Purchase)

First one I bought did not hold battery charge. It was returned and replaced 48 hours later without any question. Great service. It's a gorgeous colour, nice and small to fit in your bag, and the... Read more…

Reviewed 1 July 2016 by Suzann aldus
(Verified Purchase)

Lovely little camera very easy to set up and use...

Reviewed 28 May 2016 by Trace

We've had this camera for a few years now, every time we use it, we are disappointed with it. Here's the good - it takes decent pictures outside on a very sunny day of still landscapes. That's it... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Used to have a Coolpix S220, so found this very easy to use as the instructions are very similar. Easy to set up and install.

Reviewed 4 December 2015 by Find
(Verified Purchase)

Ok...

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Brochures and Manuals

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers info vna553e1, nikon vna551e1
Barcodes 00018208264148, 00018208264551, 00018208879663, 00018208939015, 00018208939046, 00018208939091, 00018208939121, 00018208939176, 00018208939206, 05054230448823, 05054230448830, 05054230448854, 05054230448885, 08033737554104

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