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Nikon Coolpix 5600

alaTest has collected and analyzed 642 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and value for money. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative comments about the low light performance and memory, while there are mixed views on the screen and flash.

usability, portability, image quality, value for money, battery

performance, responsiveness, shutter, memory, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 5600 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 5600 Digital Camera Review


The recently released Nikon Coolpix 5600 targets users looking for a simple and compact digital camera to assume the brunt of the work. The Coolpix 5600 packs 5.36 total megapixels on its 1/2.5-inch CCD with 5.1 megapixels effective in creating images....

-compact palm-sized body -help function -frame assist modes -easy to use

-crammed buttons on back -grainy movie mode -extremely slow start-up and writing speeds -small LCD screen with minimal resolution -short body is tough to grasp with two-hands when desired -lack of selectable ISO settings

The Nikon Coolpix 5600 packs a few cool features into a very traditional silver structure. Nikon advertises the camera's D-Lighting, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, and Scene Assistance functions as effortless alternatives to improve image quality. These...

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Nikon Coolpix 5600


Megapixels: 5.1, Included Memory Amount: 14 MB, Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Re...

Nicely designed. Compact form factor. Has 16 easy-to-use scene modes.

Terribly slow recycle time. Small LCD. Problems with picture quality.

Despite its small size and good looks, picture quality problems and a slow recycle time make it hard to like this Coolpix.

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Nikon CoolPix 5600


The Coolpix 5600 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 5-megapixel effective image resolution and a Nikkor 3x zoom lens. It's an easy-to-use, entry-level model with superior image quality that is priced at less than $300.

Bottom line - Aimed toward the beginner and intermediate user, it offers terrific images without having to fuss with complicated settings. Its 5-megapixel Fine images have sufficient resolution to create photo-quality prints up to 11x14-inch, or cropped p


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Nikon Coolpix 5600 Digital Camera Camera


Both novice and experienced digital photographers will appreciate the Coolpix 5600's intuitive controls. Measuring 3.4 by 2.4 by 1.4 inches, the 5600 fits easily in your right hand. Some features, like the scene-mode selection wheel, cater to casual...

Some of the Coolpix 5600's bonus features--such as the ability to create Sepia-tone or black-and-white snaps--seemed gimmicky, but Nikon's D-Lighting option (which instantly brightens overly dark snapshots) worked very well. The Coolpix doesn't include...

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Nikon Coolpix 5600 Digital Camera (5.1MP, 2592x1944, 3x Opt, 14MB Internal Memory)


Photograph: Rick Rizner

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Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review


The Nikon Coolpix 5600 is a stylishly designed 5 megapixel compact digital camera that was first announced at the PMA show back in February 2005. The Coolpix 5600 is one of the first Nikon digital cameras to feature the new...

The Nikon Coolpix 5600 is a compact, stylish and easy-to-use point and shoot digital camera. The scene modes are both numerous and advanced in their implementation and will really help the beginner, and the in-built help system, although limited, will...

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Digital Cameras - Nikon Coolpix 5600 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Nikon's Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, appreciated for their image quality and ease of use. The Coolpix 5600 continues that trend, offering a 5.1-megapixel CCD and nice range of preset scene modes. The Nikon Coolpix...

High saturation on bright colors, but good handling of skin tones. Very pleasing color overall, Excellent macro capability, flash works well up close too, Manual white balance option handles a very wide range of lighting conditions, Better than average...

Limited low-light exposure capability, Relatively poor low-light autofocus performance, no AF-assist lamp, Auto white balance leaves too much color cast in shots under household incandescent lighting, Ships with only 14MB internal memory, definitely...

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Nikon Coolpix 4600/5600


This review is different than most here at the DCRP since I'll be covering two cameras in one review. For all the product shots I used the Coolpix 4600 as the "model". For the test photos I used one or both of the cameras, and I'll make clear which one...

Good photo quality ; Compact body feels solid for the price ; Tons of scene modes ; Useful D-Lighting, Best Shot Selector, redeye reduction features ; Good redeye test results (probably due to above) ; In-camera help system (though it could be better)...

Poor low light focusing / no AF-assist lamp ; LCD doesn't "gain up" very much in low light ; Only 14MB on built-in memory ; VGA movie mode isn't really VGA; only the Coolpix 5600 records sound ; Sluggish flash recharge time ; Manual controls would've...

While both cameras are decent and earn my recommendation, here's what I'd do: skip both the 4600 and 5600 and get the Coolpix 5900 instead. While I haven't completed my review of that camera yet, I found it to be much better in many areas, most notably...

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There was a yellow tint to every picture taken indoors


Overall, I feel that this camera is awful and was a waste of my money. I wanted to return it, but I am in college and I bought it miles away at home and could not go and return it in time. I would not even sell it to anyone because it is so bad and the...

The images taken outdoors turned out great. The coloring was correct and they were not blurry

Pictures taken indoors has a yellow tint and turn out blurry. I thought that I must have had the camera on the wrong setting, but I took it to several professionals. They all said that the Coolpix cameras have a tendency to do this

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Nikon Coolpix 5600


Coolpix 5600 takes great pictures for a point and shoot. Video also works well for a camera of this size. It takes a while to load after each shot, the screen goes blank for a few seconds which doesn't really bother me because it makes up for it with...

Great quality pictures, Nikor lens, tough construction, SD memory card

Very slow loading after picture taken, not the slimmest or lightest camera available, smaller screen

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX 5600 has been designed to make things simple for you and give you greater versatility, without compromising your enjoyment of the moment. The COOLPIX 5600 features 16 handy Scene modes, four of which offer a Scene Assistance function. These user-friendly modes automatically control camera settings, enabling you to achieve high-quality results with subjects that range from sunsets to underwater. The COOLPIX 5600 stands apart from other cameras in its class with its handy ability to automatically improve the quality of recorded shots with the touch of a button. Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting function, for example, can be selected in Playback mode - automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. Nikon's proprietary Advanced Red-eye Reduction, on the other hand, has the ability to automatically detect and correct red eyes in-camera in most situations. With a high-quality 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and 4x digital zoom, the COOLPIX 5600 gives you a high degree of control over the way you compose your shots.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.9-4.9
Max Focal Length:17.1mm
Min Focal Length:5.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):200/50
Light Sensitivity:ISO 50 / ISO auto/ISO auto (50-200)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical