Should I get a Compact? (Nikon Coolpix S6)

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  1. Rian1988

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    Well been here for over a year and never once been in this forum, sorry :(

    The only camera I use at the moment is on my phone, don't hate me! But I have been thinking about getting a nice compact after seeing people with ones. I am only 16 so I just want a compact like the Nikon Coolpix S6, it looks like a nice camera to use. Is this camera ideal? It will be used in cold enviroments like Skiing Holidays and also used out an about.

    However my main question is do I actually need a camera, if so is the Nikon good? If not what others are available?

    Thanks,

    Jonny
     
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    I don't know much about cameras, but would say avoid optical zoom, it's pants, IMO.
    Get one with a proper zoom lens:smashin:
     
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    I don't know much about cameras but I am sure your thinking of digital zoom. Optical zoom is the zoom where it zoom's (I'm saying zoom alot!) without loosing quality.
     
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    Erm... don't take this the wrong way, but I have to agree with your first point...
    If this is your advice...
    Optical Zoom is the best quality. I take it you got it mixed up???!!! :)
     
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    So should I buy? Im going on holiday on Saturday!!
     
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    jstw if you want to shoot skiing you want the highest optical zoom you can afford. the best shots are close crops of just the skier. 3x zoom won't be enough. 10x is more like it. Some cameras also have a 'snow' setting to help you expose properly.

    That's about all the advice I can offer I'm afraid I don't have much experience of P&S cameras.

    Good luck! :thumbsup:
     
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    Orite ok, hopefully someone will be able to point out one I should have a look at.
     
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    @ JSTW

    You may be right :) :suicide:
    Like I said, I know nowt about 'em, but that one doesn't look like a proper zoom lens :confused:

    Whatever, I bought the missus a Nikon 2 years ago (coolpix 2200, about £140 at the time). It's proved to be reliable, but I wouldn't say it's a good camera, even though it was highly rated. In fact, I'd say the quality is poor sometimes. Perhaps they've come on since then. In all fairness it's a good point and shoot camera though and IMO, that's about all you can expect.
    As for whether you need one, that's your choice.
    I would say avoid Olympus like the plague, I had a bad experience with one of theirs :thumbsdow
     
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    Whatever you go for - do make sure you carry an already charged spare battery, in your pocket. Battery life is much, much shorter in the cold.
     
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    Yep :D :suicide:
    I looked at the picture.
    A previous camera had digital zoom and was absolute garbage, a total waste of time, IMO.
    In all honesty, the only decent digital camera I've ever seen was about £600 quids worth.
    If I wanted to take proper photos, I'd buy a proper film camera :rolleyes:
     
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    You might be surprised by the increase in quality these days... digital cameras are like PCs in a lot of respects - they're faster, better and cheaper.

    That doesn't tend to apply to SLR lenses though - glass is glass.
     
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    Ah, fair enough :smashin:

    Sorry for sidetracking your thread OP :(
     
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    Yep - sorry jstw.

    Hopefully someone with some P&S knowledge will be along soon to help you out more :lease:

    You haven't told us your budget though - just that you were looking at the Nikon Coolpix S6?
     
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    £100-200, round about £162.36 tho.
     
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    Just bought the S6 for the GF for Xmas.

    Great little camera for the money - 162 from Jessops, pricmatched with amazon. The auto focus and flash settings are a little fiddly, but then i'm used to a DSLR.

    Can't get the wireless transfer to work at the moment, but then I had to install from USB pen drive, after discovering that the GF's laptop CD drive was not working.

    Other than that, it has some great little features, like the Pictmotion, which is a great little auto slideshow movie maker which combines video and stills with pans, and zooms etc.

    The zoom is optical, but the lens moves within the camera, rather than outside. It's not digital zoom at all, (although this is also available) there is no real loss of quality, but it does have less moving parts, which is a plus side for battery life.

    From a few days use, I would say it's easily as good as all the other compacts of this type, has some nice Nikon styling, and the wireless transfer, pictmotion and 3" LCD make it rather nice indeed.

    I'm not sure it's the best camera for a ski holiday though for these reasons.

    It's small, and the buttons are even smaller. Not great if you're wearing gloves or have cold hands.
    The screen is great, but it has no viewfinder, bright snow environments are going to be tricky
    Snow = cold = shorter battery life. The battery life isn't great at the best of times, but not a real problem normally.

    Looking at the sig, it appears that you're not short of a bob or two.. get a proper camera ;)
     

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