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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A First Hand Review of the Nikon S6200


There is a growing demand in the digital camera market for compact superzoom cameras. The demand is pushed predominantly by consumers who are looking to have a compact pocketable camera that has great focal length and produces stunning shots each time and every time.
Let's compare the Nikon S6200 with the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS its main rival.
The lens
The Nikon S6200 comes across as a small compact frame with a high powered zoom lens. It features Nikkor's ED glass elements for reduced chromatic aberrations.
The sensor
The Nikon S6200 camera features one of the most popular compact point and shoot sensors in the market today; the 1/2.3" CCD (Charge Coupled Device) sensor. CCD sensors are infamous for being power hungry. However they also have a better light gathering technology which definitely gives them an edge when compared to CMOS sensors of the same size. One more factor that works in favor of CCD sensors is that they are cheaper to make. The sensor of the S6200 boasts 16 megapixel. The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS also features a 1/2.3" CCD sensor but gives an effective 12.1 megapixel.
Optical zoom
The focal range of the Nikon is 4.5 - 45mm (10x optical zoom) which is equivalent to 25-250mm on a 35mm format. Add to that the 4x digital zoom which further extends the reach to 1000mm (for a 35mm equivalent). Comparatively the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS has a 12x optical zoom that ranges from 28-336mm on a 35mm equivalent format.
LCD screen
Turn the camera backwards and the 2.7" bright TFT-LCD screen immediately greets you. It features a bright display resolution of 230,000 dots and has a 98% coverage of the frame while shooting. The anti-reflection coating helps to use the screen to compose shots and review them even under a bright Sun. conversely the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS has a 3" polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD screen.
Image stabilization system
Nikon's Lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) system is a part of this camera. It allows hand held shots to be crisp and without the fuzziness usually associated with non VR based shooting.
A whole range of Nikon compact superzoom cameras now come with the 9 point Auto-Focusing (AF) system. This comes handy when using the camera to shoot videos when the camera always keeps track of the subject even when it is moving at great speeds. Manual focusing makes use of the 99 focusing areas. Apart from these there is also a center focusing and face priority mode where the camera tracks a face and identifies it to give it more focusing priority.
Video mode
The Nikon S6200 shoots videos in 720p HD mode in 30 fps. It supports both MPEG-4 and the latest AVC H.264 formats while recording stereo AAC sound with it.
Scene modes
There are a total of 19 preset scene modes. Select the one that best matches your shooting requirements and the camera automatically adjusts exposure, aperture, shutter speeds and ISO to give you the best possible shots. The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS also features several scene modes, PhotoEffects modes and Shooting modes for maximum creativity with the camera.
Continuous shooting speed
The S6200 is not exactly the first choice when it comes to fast action continuous shooting. It shoots a humble 1.2 shots per second for a maximum of 6 shots before it starts to stall. The Canon conversely shoots a meager 1 fps when in normal mode.
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