Share your experiences wherever you go with the 16-megapixel COOLPIX S6500 with built-in Wi-Fi. Upload your shots in seconds, via any smart device*, and share them with your friends and family.
It’s easy to capture unforgettable moments with this remarkably slimline camera, which manages to pack in a NIKKOR 12x optical zoom lens. From wide-angle group shots to close-ups of someone special, the backlit CMOS image sensor delivers brilliant detail and clarity—even in low light. And you can switch to filming Full HD movies at the press of a button.
Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction counters the effects of camera shake in real time, so all your photos and movies stay clear and sharp.
The COOLPIX S6500 — Zoom in and share with slimline elegance.
Transfer your high-quality images and movies directly to your smart device¹ ready for uploading on to your favorite social media. You can also use your smart device as a remote control for the camera – handy for self-portraits.
With each pixel receiving more light, this highly sensitive image sensor works in tandem with the EXPEED C2 processor to deliver fast, clear images in all light conditions.
12x NIKKOR optical zoom lens with wide-angle coverage (25–300mm): capture precise, high-resolution shots whether you’re shooting up close or from a distance.
Lens-shift (VR) vibration reduction: Nikon’s automatic vibration reduction technology counters the effects of camera shake in real time, allowing you to capture sharp photos and movies with ease.
Full HD (1080p) movie recording: a dedicated video-record button makes it easy to record life in Full HD motion and stereo sound.
7.5-cm (3.0-in.) LCD screen (460k dots): whether you shoot in bright sunlight or low light, this large screen with Nikon’s Clear Color Display technology offers sharp contrast and clear viewing.
Slim, stylish design: easy to hold, use and carry with you, attention to detail includes color coordination of the lens casing and controls.
Auto HDR mode: allows you to capture images with impressive tonal detail in any situation. In HDR mode the camera combines two shots taken at different exposures during a single shutter release, creating an image with wide dynamic range and rich color gradation.
Easy Panorama 360°/180°: pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas.
High-speed continuous shooting: capture sharp shots of fast-moving action with ease. Shoot up to seven consecutive shots at a rapid 10 frames-per-second.
Smart portrait system: snap perfect portraits every time. Smile timer takes the shot when your subject smiles, Blink proof alerts you when someone’s eyes were closed, and Glamour retouch options help you make portraits look more flattering.
Retouch menu: enhance your photos on the spot with a wide range of filter effects, including Quick Effects mode in playback. Examples include Selective Color, which converts your image to monochrome and then adds a splash of color to the area of your choice, while Cross Screen adds a starry effect to bright objects.
19 scene modes: automatically optimize the camera settings to produce popular photographic styles and effects. Achieve great shots simply by selecting the mode that best matches your situation.
3D shooting mode: create 3D images that can be displayed on 3D-capable TVs and computers.
Subject Tracking AF: capture sharp shots of subjects in motion. Subject Tracking AF keeps the camera focused on a selected subject, even if it won’t stay still.
EXPEED C2: Nikon’s fast and powerful image processing system enables high-speed operation, enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.
Compact digital camera
1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.79 million total pixels
NIKKOR lens with 12x optical zoom
4.5-54.0 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-300 mm lens in 35 mm  format)
8 elements in 8 groups (1 ED lens element)
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1200 mm lens in 35mm  format)
Motion blur reduction
Motion detection (still pictures)
[W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 1.5m (5 ft) to infinity Macro mode: Approx. 8 cm (3.2 in.) to infinity (wide-angle position) (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking, target finding AF
7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 460k-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Approx. 99% horizontal and 99% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode)
Approx. 99% horizontal and 99% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Internal memory (approx. 25 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Storage - File system
DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF, and MPF compliant
Storage file formats
Still pictures: JPEG 3D images: MPO Sound files (Voice Memo): WAV Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels)
16M (High) [4608 x 3456(fine)] 16M [4608 x 3456] 8M [3264 x 2448] 4M [2272 x 1704] 2M [1600 x 1200] VGA [640 x 480] 16:9 [4608 x 2592]
Auto, Scene (Scene auto selector, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Easy panorama, Pet portrait, 3D photography), Special effects, Smart portrait
Single (default setting), Continuous H (images are captured continuously at a rate of about 10 fps), Continuous L (up to 6 images are captured continuously at a rate of up to about 2 fps), Pre-shooting cache (frame rate: up to 18 fps / number of frames: up to 5 frames), Continuous H: 120 fps (50 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/125 s or faster), Continuous H: 60 fps (25 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/60 s or faster), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16
Movie - file format
1080(fine)/30p (default setting): 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 720/30p: 1280 x 720/16:9/approx. 30 fps, iFrame 540/30p: 960 x 540/16:9/approx. 30 fps, 480/30p: 640 x 480/4:3/approx. 30 fps, HS 480/4x: 640 x 480/4:3, HS 720/2x: 1280 x 720/16:9, HS 1080/0.5x: 1920 x 1080/16:9
ISO 125-1600 ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)
Matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (-2.0 - +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
1/2000-1 s 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting) 4 s (Fireworks show scene mode)
Electronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection
2 steps (f/3.1 and f/6.2 [W])
Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Flash range (approx.)
[W]: 0.5-4.0 m (1 ft 8 in.-13 ft) [T]: 1.5-2.0 m (5 ft-6 ft 6 in.)
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Data Transfer Protocol
Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
Audio/video (A/V) output; digital I/O (USB) HDMI micro connector (Type D) (HDMI output)
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (included) AC Adapter EH-62G (available separately)
Approx. 3 h (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-70P and when no charge remains)
Approx. 150 shots when using EN-EL19
Actual battery life for movie recording2
Approx. 25 min when using EN-EL19
1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 95.4 x 58.3 x 26.3 mm (3.8 x 2.3 x 1.1 in.) (excluding projections)
Approx. 153 g (5.4 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Operating environment - temperature
Operating environment - humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-70P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, ViewNX 2 CD
Battery Charger MH-66, AC Adapter EH-62G
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless LAN protocol)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocols
IEEE 802.11b: DBPSK/DQPSK/CCK IEEE 802.11g: OFDM IEEE 802.11n: OFDM
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight)
Approx. 10 m (11 yd)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency
2412-2462 MHz (1-11 channels)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values)
IEEE 802.11b: 5 Mbps IEEE 802.11g: 20 Mbps IEEE 802.11n: 20 Mbps
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocols
1. Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.
2. When recording a single movie.