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Nikon Coolpix S560

alaTest has collected and analyzed 228 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and design. The value for money and usability also get good feedback. Comments about the focus and memory are mixed. Many are negative about the manual image adjustments and water proof.

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

sensor, features, water proof, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S560 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S560


Overall, the Nikon Coolpix S560 does not provide superb photos, but even still the quality, performance, and features are equally valuable and impressive. You may find a better quality camera, but you will end up paying nearly a hundred dollars more...

Stylish and compact- great for quick shots on the goFeature-packed- 10-megapixels, 5x zoom, and vibration reduction (VR)Integrated- built-in image processing, enhancements, and video recordingVersatile- designed for portability and capable of various...

Needs quality- pictures are somewhat grainy, but still good for the price

The Nikon Coolpix S560 digital camera is targeted as an entry-level or...

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Nikon Coolpix S560 Review at Digital Camera Review


Image quality and color are very good, focus acquisition time is good, and shutter lag times are very good; ISO performance is on a par with virtually all the competition.

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Nikon Coolpix S560 Review


It seems like the Nikon Coolpix S550 just rolled out, but with a one-two punch, the manufacturer has refreshed this platform with the launch of the Nikon Coolpix S560.

Very good image and color quality ; Very good shutter lag ; Good AF acquisition times in good light ; One of the better lenses I've encountered in this class of camera

No manual controls ; Disappointing continuous shooting performance ; Awkward memory card removal

The full frame shots look pretty decent across the board, with a much less apparent degradation of quality due to noise even through 1600. Although it's not shown here, ISO 3200 still sticks out as being a setting of last resort, but at least it's...


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Nikon Coolpix S560


Nikon introduces the Coolpix S560, a stylish compact camera that offers photographic performance and easy-to-use features and controls. Sporting 10 effective megapixels, a 5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization...

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Nikon Coolpix S560


The photo quality was poor considering the company was Nikon!

Camera lasted about 4.5 months then broke down. I took it back to the retailer who sent it on to Nikon. Nikon said it had been dropped and wanted $160 to repair. I tried to deal with them and get them to honor their 2 yr warranty but to no avail....

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Nikon Coolpix S560


i did not much/. i comparing with my panasonic fs7 and the panasonic its much powerful and sharper then this one.

out of focus pictures . grainy. and slow

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Nikon Coolpix S560


I bought this camera after previously owning a Panasonic Lumix FS5. Initial impressions were very good. the camera is small, looks good and is well constructed. Unfortunately when the camera is used things go downhill rapidly. In the Auto scene mode...

Fails to recognise faces in face detect mode ; Fails to focus accurately in low light even with AF assist lamp on ; Smile detection useless ; Images have either lots of noise or are dark on indoor shots ; Any ISO setting over 200 results in too much noise

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Nikon Coolpix S560


The S560 has a great design, sturdy and unbelievably compact. However, I find the image quality a bit lacking out of the box -- I have to boost the definition and sharpness a bit to get something that I'm happy with. This might just be a personal...

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Nikon Coolpix S560


Good ease of use, and I like the wider-angle lens. But...NOISY!!! And with jpeg artifacts that are difficult to correct. The noise at anything over iso100 is totally unacceptable; certainly not worthy of a Nikon product in this price range. Back to...

Noise and artifacts

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Nikon Coolpix S560


I purchased this camera as a P&S when I'm not carrying my D80. I was quite surprised at the excellent quality of my prints at 8X10. The features are limited compared to my DSLR but the results on P&S are impressive, and the scene modes are surprisingly...

Product Specifications

The Coolpix S560 is a stylish camera that elegantly packs high performance and advanced functions into the smallest body in its class. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image-processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a Nikkor lens, the Coolpix S560 brings ease and fun to capturing smiling faces in the full beauty of special moments. The Coolpix S560 teams 10 effective megapixels of sharp resolution and the high performance, faithful color reproduction and subtle tones of its optimized processing system with the enhanced compositional freedom of a 5x Zoom-Nikkor lens. Employing four aspherical elements, this high-quality lens ably covers shooting from normal through super-telephoto focal ranges, and also allows macro shooting from as close as 10 cm (4 inches) to a subject.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL11

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
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 / Smile shutter / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.6
Max Focal Length:31.5mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Cherry blossom/Cool blue/Graphite black
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2000 / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-800)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cyanotype / Pastel / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None