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Nikon Coolpix 5900

alaTest has collected and analyzed 418 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and value for money. The image quality and usability also get good reviews, but there are some critical comments about the manual image adjustments and shutter. There are some mixed reviews about the build quality and responsiveness.

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

performance, flash, viewfinder, shutter, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 5900


Solid image quality; lots of scene modes; versatile burst mode; in-camera help; innovative shooting and processing aids.

Few fully manual controls; tiny, inaccurate optical viewfinder; slow autofocus in dim light.

A few fun and useful features spice up this competent 5-megapixel point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix 5900, aimed at snapshot photographers.

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Nikon CoolPix 5900


The 5.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5900 and the 7.1-megapixel Coolpix 7900 combine state-of-the-art technology, image quality, and speed, with a unique all-metal design to give consumers what they truly desire in a digital camera.

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 will please a lot of families with its high quality images, ease of use and diminutive size. Set everything on automatic and beginners will have fun taking well exposed snapshots without being burdened with the details of camera set

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Nikon Coolpix 5900 First Impression Review


Several weeks ago at PMA in Orlando, Florida, Nikon announced their new point-and-shoot Coolpix digital camera lineup for 2005. Just below the flagship model of the lineup is the Nikon Coolpix 5900. The only notable difference between the Coolpix 5900...

In short, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a great buy at $349.95 (USD); you get all the frills of a more expensive camera (Nikon Coolpix 7900) at a lower cost. The only reduction that I can spot is a diminished megapixel count. With 5.1 effective megapixels...


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Nikon Coolpix 5900 Review


The Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a stylishly designed 5 megapixel compact digital camera that was first announced at the PMA show back in February 2005. The Coolpix 5900 is one of the first Nikon...

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a compact, stylish and easy to use digital camera that produces great image quality. Noise and chromatic aberrations were both very well controlled, with only ISO 400 exhibiting a visible level of noise and hardly any evidence...

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Digital Cameras - Nikon Coolpix 5900 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 5900 continues that trend, upgrading the design with a 5.1-megapixel CCD and a good-quality lens. The Coolpix 5900...

Attractive design, well-built

Very "tight" optical viewfinder, shows only 75% or less of the final image area

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Nikon Coolpix 5900/7900


Before we go on, two notes. First, this review is different than most in that I'm reviewing two cameras at the same time. I will be using the Coolpix 7900 as the "model" in the product photos. I will use one or both cameras for the photo tests where...

Very good photo quality (with sharpness adjusted) ; Compact metal body ; Tons of scene modes ; Useful D-Lighting, Best Shot Selector, redeye reduction features ; Good redeye test results (probably due to above) ; AF-assist lamp ; LCD "gains up" in low...

Images a little soft at default settings; some corner blurriness ; Manual controls, at least over shutter speed, are needed ; Sluggish flash recharge time ; Live histogram only available (briefly) by adjusting exposure compensation ; No exposure info...

Trying to decide between the Coolpix 5900 and 7900? Unless you're making huge prints or if you must have the black-colored body, the 5900 is fine for just about everyone. The 7900's electronic VR feature is nice, but I don't think I'd pay extra for...

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"Terrific Camera!"


This camera was rated a lot higher when I bought it. I love using this camera. The pictures come out beautifully and that is what I am looking for in a camera. I have had this camera for almost 2 years and I have had NO problems with it.

GREAT image quality, easy to hold and use, great battery life.

slow between picture shots.

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 5900 (Julian BaileyWatts, 7 Jan 07)


Had camera for about 18 months, taken thousands of photos with it, excellent take anywhere compact camera.

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Nikon Coolpix 5900


This camera was rated a lot higher when I bought it. I love using this camera. The pictures come out beautifully and that is what I am looking for in a camera. I have had this camera for almost 2 years and I have had NO problems with it.

GREAT image quality, easy to hold and use, great battery life

slow between picture shots

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"Buyer Beware"


Loved the camera until at 11.5 months I had to send it in to Nikon as the battery cover door would not stay closed.

Great pictures

Can't get warranty honored

Product Specifications

Get exceptional results with ease! The COOLPIX 5900 not only takes great pictures but it looks great too with its stylish metal body and ergonomic design. A sophisticated digital camera packed with advanced features and innovations, it will help you take the best photographs in all kinds of settings and conditions. The COOLPIX 5900 comes equipped with a 3X Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with 38-114mm (35mm equivalent) range. Snorkeling enthusiasts and scuba divers will enjoy the Underwater Scene Mode - shoot true-to-life colors automatically, while under water. Unique Face-priority AF feature makes portrait shooting more accurate than ever by automatically detecting the human face and setting the focus accordingly. Nikon's innovative D-Lighting feature adds light and detail to dark areas while leaving bright areas as they are. A handy Blur Warning function alerts you when an image is blurred because of camera movement and Nikon's proprietary Best Shot Selector (BSS) saves the best of a series of several shots. Record VGA-size movies with sound at a very smooth 30 frames per second.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:23.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
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):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 64-400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical