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Nikon Coolpix 5600

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Nikon Coolpix 5600

Editor's Review

One of two entry-level cameras from Nikon, the Nikon Coolpix 5600 offers point and shoot simplicity, 5-megapixel resolution, and an attractive price. With a 4-megapixel image sensor, and 16 different preset scene modes, the Nikon 5600 is designed for amateur photographers who want high resolution images and a camera that is designed to run on full auto. Unlike the Coolpix 4600, which has a movie mode without any sound, the 5600 offers audio with its movies.


  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG format only
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Feb 25, 2005

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Nikon Coolpix 5600 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Better than later model Nikon S50 (Steve — 09/06/2009)

I've had this camera for over three years. I loved it but got caught up in the new Slim line Nikon CoolPix S50 so I bought it. After about a year of using the S50 it occurred to me that it, though newer, was inferior to the Nikon 5600 so I switched back to it. Its a fine camera, clunky by today's standards, slow by today's standards but bottom line is that the lens is better because the picture is sharper and the colors are truer. Isn't that the point of picture taking. Oh well so much for progress in this case.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great little cam in good light! (Natasha — 02/29/2008)

I have owned this camera for 2-3 years now, I took it on a few trips and my photos turned out awesome! the only Big problem with this camera is the flash is soooooo slow, there is no VB so you can pretty much forget about taking photo's in low light situtations unless you use a tripod otherwise the pictures are extremly blury and pretty much usless. I LOVE this camera for macro shots, the colour is great sharp and bright!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry, slow, I'm giving it to my mother! (Tiffany — 07/19/2007)

This camera seemed good when I first got it.... but as said it is easily blurred when not using a flash... but when you use the flash it is soooo slow. I plan on giving it to my mother, a first timer to the digital world

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slow and Blurry (Alison — 06/12/2007)

For outdoor shots this camera is OK, I won't even say 'real good' compared to other comparable cameras but in low light this camera is the pits. I took this camera to a party the other night and ended up ditching it and using someone elses camera to get shots. Every one I took with my camera came out blurry blurry blurry. I even kept trying different settings to see if that would help and even on party setting the pictures came out worse! This camera just isn't up to snuff. I am a picture junkie and have used Nikons before successfully but this model just doesn't cut it. I even bought the next model up (the 7600) and it has exactly the same problems. Canon or Sony here I come.

  • 4.0 out of 5
nikon 5600 (john smith — 04/27/2007)

I used to sell digital cameras at a Staples a while back and of all the cameras for the price this one caught my eye.
Nikon has been a good name in digital cameras for a while and now that I own this camera i can still stand by that. You get a lot for your money with this camera.
I have had some remarkable photos with this little guy. But i have been good to this camera also not dropping it or leaving it in my car to burn up or freeze under extreme temperatures. These things wernt made to take that kind of treatment.
As far as blurry photos go... the only time i get them is when i dont have a steady hand, or i am shooting them in the wrong mode, like closeup vs sports. These areant the same cameras sport illustrated uses. so you cant really expect a chrystal clear shot everytime. Over all i am happy with this camera. Bottom line... You can have the best camera in the world but if you dont know what your doing, and how the camera works, your photos are going to be poor no matter what.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Lots of nice features (Daniel — 03/12/2007)

I had a 1 megapixel digital and got the 5mp 5600 before my trip to Newfoundland & Labrador. I found it easy to use, and right for just about any situation. I liked the "blurred image" feature that told me when I'd screwed up. Only thing I think is missing is some attachable lenses such as wide angle, fish eye, and maybe some super zooms.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blur (Shiva — 02/18/2007)

This is my first digital camera and i am using this for more than an year, initially it was good but after 6 months it has become too slow, you need to wait for at least 30 sec before you take the next picture, and almost all the picture are coming as blurred, i have to take twice or thrice to take a good one, its not worth buying this camera for its price.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slow & Blurry (Emily Pich — 02/10/2007)

I received this camera as a 2006 X-mas gift—I wish I didn't. It is sooooooooo slow and the picture comes out blurry 7 out of 10 times. The stupid blurry hand is always on so it's never ready to take pictures. Not a good buy for the money. I definitely recommend you choose something else. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry, Blurry, Blurry (Janet Evans — 02/07/2007)

I bought this for it's size, easy to stick in a pocket or purse, however, I have been beating myself up over all of the blurry pictures that I have been taking. Low and behold, I am not alone!
I take pictures of every occasion and I am taking 3 or 4 of the same thing hoping to get a clear one.It has been very frustrating. I am in the market for a new camera RIGHT NOW!!! PS. WHEN I SET THE CAMERA ON AUTOMATIC, THE BLURRY SIGN IS ALWAYS ON THEREFORE IT IS NOT USEABLE AT ALL.

  • 1.0 out of 5
nikon coolpix 5600 (Daniel — 01/26/2007)

My husband bought me a coolpix 5600 nikon camera for mothers day.I wanted a camera real bad. I would never tell anyone to buy this one.It comes out blurry and you miss a lot of memories.I had this camera back to the company 3 times.they even gave me a new one.It still does the same thing now I'm waiting to here from the manager from this company.I paid alot of money for a camera, that I thought would give great pictures because of the people at best buys said it was a great camera.The guy at nikon services said he took 42 pictures and all came out great. I asked him if any pictures he took were pictures of something moving or in low lighting. He said no why would you take a picture of something moveing or in low lighting?I said because I have kids that play sports or move.Also you go to weddings.He said the camera isn't made for this.that isn't what I was told when I bought it or when they made me sound each time I sent it back like I was to dumb to run this camera.I had a person that deals with cameras look at it he said it is junk.Ibought my daughter a $80 camera and you can move go into any type of lighting you want and every picture comes out.It just uses a lot of batteries.We will see how the company respond.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LENS BROKE!! (kristy — 01/13/2007)

I've had my camera for about 18 months. I never really liked how long it took for the picture to take and just recently after I took a picture my lens would not go back in!!! Very frustrating!! I will never buy Nikon again!! I'm buying a Pentax!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
blurry,blurry,blurry (Daniel — 01/05/2007)

i bought the coolpics 5600 for my wife a year and a half ago. She wanted a nice digital inexpensive camera. I cant believe she still talks to me. She has spent countless hours on the phone, returned the camera twice due to blurred,out of focus pics. We have small children and have missed alot of memorible school and home pictures due to the blurred pics. If you cherish memories, save your money on this one and find something else.

  • 4.0 out of 5
slow but it works! (JFR — 12/14/2006)

I have own this camera for about a year, and some of you are right..Yes the flash, the...the... But it's really works!..I was in Korea and you can't imaging all the beautiful pictures that I took with this little camera...If you don't know how to take a picture, this camera will help you..

  • 2.0 out of 5
Recomended, but disapointing (BT — 12/14/2006)

The Coolpix 5600 was given to my girlfriend and I by her Father, who happens to be a pro photographer! We encountered problems after about the first 4 months or so. Slow shutter, yes, but HUGE problems with the batteries, and we think, the memory card. We have dropped it once, but never got it wet. Sometimes it will come up with a warning that freezes the camera - it says there is a problem with the memory card, and you have to turn it off, then back on again. Really annoying if you want to take pics quickly, but still not too bad at first if you don't mind taking your time.

  • 2.0 out of 5
too slow, not working (yadi g — 12/12/2006)

yep...very slow!! i agree w/all the previous coments. one day crazy thing stopped working. the lens would not come out into focus and then when it did come out half way, it would not go back in!! what a waste of money. very disappointed!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Decent Camera...extremely slow flash! (Jamie Nordlund — 12/10/2006)

I received this camera as a birthday gift the day before I went to Italy with some friends. At first I thought it was great and it took some beautfiul pictures while I was on my vacation, but when I returned home, I realized that the flash on the camera takes FOREVER!! My husband and I have two children that are constantly doing cute things and I keep missing them! Or I say, WAIT! Stay there! Don't Move!! Tough to keep a 3 and 5 year old still! Daylight pictures are beautiful and if you have a tripod you can get beautiful night pictures, but the indoor flash pics are killing me! Way too long!! If someone can figure out a way to decrease this time, please let me know!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD screen made to fail ?? (Bruce-Michael Zapotocky — 12/05/2006)

A year ago this camera appeared to be a great contender in the compact 5 MP market. The camera performed fairly well under most conditions as mentioned by many of the other users. I agree with disappointment by some of the flash recycle latency, but this is true of many compacts. My complaint is after 9 months the LCD screen one day came out of the padded case looking like a spider webbed ink blot. Nikon advised this is considered user abuse and the repair would not be covered under warranty. Nikon quoted a medium repair cost of about $175-$200 with shipping. My rep mentioned this is a "common problem"! If so, why not include a plastic protector like they have for the DSLRs? Unlike some, I don't feel that a $250 camera should be considered disposable after 9 months when used with care. As a D-70 user I will now reconsider my purchase plans for the D-200. I couldn't afford to learn what Nikon would consider user abuse for a "common repair" on that model!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
nice for close up (milind — 11/28/2006)

This is a good camera to start with and to continue for six - seven months. Nice for close ups. Nice for indore photography. not too good for light effects and outdoor. good in cloudy weather but not too good in bright sunlight

  • 3.0 out of 5
I think something is wrong with the auto flash? Can anyone help? (Molly — 11/25/2006)

Ok, I loved this camera when I first got it but for some reason, lately all o fmy photos come out either too light or too dark from the flash not working properly. I have it set on auto flash, and it's bizarre because sometimes it just doesn't flash at all when it should. Or it flashes and all the objects in my picture come out white. Daytime photos are fine, it's juts night-time or indoors. I have read the manual, tried all the flash settings, but to no avail. I used my dad's Nikon the other night and I took 90 photos without any probelms at all...? I am wondering if there is something wrong with my camera/flash? Has anyone else had this problem?? I'm frustrated because I just want to be able to take photos without having to reshoot 4-5 times to get one good shot.

  • 4.0 out of 5
water rebirth (Erick — 11/17/2006)

I got the camera for my brithday as a gift to venture into photography with friends. i'm pretty happy with how it served me. recently, i went to take pictures at a lake and as i was climbing up a rock, it slipped out of my pocket. after letting it air out and dry above my heater it managed to work. although the 1/2 shutter focus button doesn't work as well, it still takes crisp day shots. The battery life is also amazlingly long. it also fits comfortably in my pocket.
The only real complaints with the camera is the slow flash.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not worth the price tag if you're not a camera guru (Missi — 11/01/2006)

I bought this camera when I was 8 months pregnant to photograph my impending bundle of joy. I am in no way an experienced photographer or a technology savvy person, so I was very disappointed in this camera. I just wanted something that I could take out of the box and point and shoot with...I didn't want to read the manual repeatedly to figure things out. I think that I may have a defunct, because immediately after I take a picture I have to hit the "review" button, or else after the picture writes to my SD card, the camera goes into a standby-like mode where you cannot do anything with it. Even when I do hit the review button, it take 20-30 seconds for the picture to write to the card. Oh, and forget taking video in even remotely low-light areas...they'll just be black sound clips. I just hate this has been the bane of my existance for the last year. I just want to take good pictures of my baby without having to be a professional photographer or a Nikon/digital camera guru. I should have gotten a Canon or Kodak instead. Don't waste your money on this camera...even if your actually works, you could do better with a similar camera from a different manufacturer.

However, I must say that I have gotten some really good pictures with this camera (granted, I've missed more good pictures waiting for the flash recycle than I have GOTTEN good pictures). The image quality is good, and I've gotten great prints up to 11x14. But that doesn't make up for all the adorable faces and stunts that I've missed, or the wasted time, headache and stress that this camera has caused me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great introductory camera (Sarah Prisk — 10/19/2006)

This camera is great to use. Read the manual and get to know it and you will find it does what you want. Of course for the price this was a year ago you can get far more advanced cameras now.
NB: The delays between pictures is not a fault of the camera but the "write speed" of the SD card you are using. Buy a card with a high speed and your troubles will vanish (or reduce to say 5secs).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpix 5600 - a great point and shoot! (Mitch Lueck — 09/29/2006)

I have taken excellect quality photos with the Nikon Coolpix 5600 purely by accident. My photography skills rate slightly below that of a retarded gerbil and I can still take great photos with this camera. The battery life is excellent! I have taken over 100 photos, and have yet to change the orignal set of 2 - AA Standard alkaline batteries. This is by far the best and most economical camera for taking daily snapshots I have owned yet!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good for what it is (Buzz — 09/28/2006)

I have had 3 of these and been quite happy. My only concern was the shutter delay which was not uncommon for the era and market target of this camera - it is definitely not state of the art now. I have made beautiful blow ups to 14X20 when I didn't have the D2X along. I think the negative comments of most reviewers is based on their expectations for something more like the current crop, see, eg, Kodak v705. And yes Nikon is terrible in customer serviece - I am still waiting for $200 in incentive rebates after 3 years.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA!! SUPERB Macro (close up) shot (Katie Berger — 09/02/2006)

I don't know what those people above are talking about besides the shutter speed being slow, this is a great camera! It's no good for taking pic's of babies, but for adults and children, I think it's good enough! So far nothing has gone wrong, knock on wood. I think this is a great first time digital camera! I was afraid to buy a digital and then I received this as a gift. I am thinking of buying two more to give as gifts, now. Definately beautiful close up shots of flowers! They could be sold as postcards, easily! Wow! Don't wait...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Take the time to figure it out. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used the 5600 for about a year. I am not a professional, but get near-pro results with it. Here are the salient points:
1) It's not a professional's camera
2) It will work great in most situations if you read the manual.
3) It will take some time to figure out the auto settings.
4) Don't use it if you need to take flash photos quickly.
5) It takes great low-light photos when not using the flash if you choose your settings and use a tripod.
6) Color, focus, resolution, detail are all good if you use it right (did I mention to read the manual?)
My main complaint is that there's no way (that I have found) to know what exactly the settings are doing to the shutter speed, aperture, etc.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Pathetic excuse for a camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for one year now, and it has broke 3 times now, and i'm bringing it back to the store for the FINAL time today and demanding a different camera! When I say it breaks, it's always something different. First, the lens cover wouldn't close, second and third time it just REFUSES to turn on!

I came to this website to see if anyone else was having the same repeated problems as I am, and I see one review with a similar problem. Nikon has been useless with customer service, the manual doesn't help for **** and even the small, experienced camera store is fed up with this camera!

Not to mention (as everyone else already has...) the wait between taking pictures is just inexcusable. The flash having to recycle itself like that is unheard of. I never thought i'd have to wait so long between shots. When I photograph friends and family, nobody wants to stand around while I repeat myself over and over again "It's almost ready! Just a sec... okay.... okay... okay NOW say cheese!"

To anyone who hasn't bought this camera yet and is thinking about it.... with all the cameras in the world for this price, please do yourself a favor and look for something else!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera.. Good Value for Money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have taken more than 4500 snaps from it in last 8 months and the results are very satisfactory. Yes night photos comes little shaky but if u use tripod or can keep your hands stable then its brilliant. What else can you expect in a cam in that price range.
I have compared this camera with all my friends cameras (in same price range) and only sony cybershot gave better result in noght mode. In daylight this was the best.
The only annoying thing is the flash recharge takes lot of time.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great until it stopped working (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera until one day it just froze up and quit working. I had it only 5 months when it stopped. It turns on but won't do a damn thing after that. All features and buttons do not work. I can't even shut it off without taking out the batteries. So sad and disappointed. Company website and manual are useless.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great pictures - lousy screen and service (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Like many others I now see, the screen on this baby cracked while in my pocket, while driving. We were in between stops while on vacation. Took picture. Put it in case in pocket. Got in car. Got out of car. Took out of case. Screen cracked and unviewable.

As as noted many times below, the extended warranty does not cover this - they ALWAYS say that it was your fault- "abuse". What a complete and utter rip-off. I was recommending this camer to everyone. Now I will no longer buy a Nikon product. They stand behind their product.....WAAAAAYYYYY behind it. Behind a cracked screen.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Disappointed in this Nikon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am primarily a Nikon user. I have purchased film SLR's and other P&S from them.

However, I am sadly disappointed in this camera. :( I am not a professional photographer. I have two children and the time between shots is 12 seconds with lithium batteries. The others who say they have 5 seconds between shots are doing good and I hope they will email me and let me know their secret.

The major problem is that while the flash recycles, the LCD goes blank and you can't take any pictures. 12 seconds is a loonnggg time to go between pictures.

I'm not rich and chose the Nikon because of their reputation. I wish I had chosen something else. Stick with Olympus for digital P&S.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was touted by the salesman as a camera that would be useful for a long time. He couldn't have been more wrong! I've missed literally 100's of shots of my toddler daughter because it is so slow. The pictures I do have are blurry. I took 442 pictures to get a decent shot of my daughter for our Christmas cards. Spend your money somewhere else!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Should be recalled (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If you have kids and you want to take pictures of them, don't buy this camera! Waiting for the ridiculously long flash recharge has convinced me to never buy another Nikon again. If Nikon would just fix this one problem they would have a nice camera. Maybe I can dump it on Ebay....

  • 4.0 out of 5
very efficient camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've been taking pictures with 5600 eversince I bought it from Best Buy a month back and they've been very good indeed.I've nothing to say as far as the pic quality is concerned-but the speed problem should be taken care of.It's slower a bit than its peers.But its real good value for money.And of course a good camera!

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD broke, extended warranty denied (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The LCD screen broke in two months! I had been enjoying it and took excellent care of it. It never was dropped and it lived in it's case. I had bought the $40 2-year extended Nikon warranty just to be sure. Yet the LCD screen cracked when it was in my backpack, in the case, and they denied my claim. $170 to fix it. I just read another review here that said EXACTLY THE SAME THING! And what use was that extended warranty? Who cares what the pictures looked like, it broke apparently on it's own in two months and Nikon didn't stand behind it at all. Now I know it's a common problem. But they just pocketed my $40 warranty purchase. I was cheated. Reprehensible business practices. Support their competitors.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera, HORRIBLE customer service (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ok, so I got this camera for my birthday in October and I was sooo excited. It takes great pictures, and the quality's really good. The only problem is Nikon's customer service's...ugh it's unthinkable. See, on my Christmas vacation, the LCD screen broke (which I don't understand why cuz I handled that camera like it was a baby) and so my brother sent it back 2 Nikon 2 get it fixed. Well I get a call bout 2 weeks later and tha person said they couldn't fix tha screen cuz it wasn't under warranty. I was like, "What tha heck?!" Why would a camera be under warranty, but its LCD screen wouldn't be?! Oh, and by tha way, the manual didn't say anything about this. So Nikon said tha only way they wuld fix it is if I gave them $170! ???!!!! Ugh I'm so mad at them. I called them back later and demanded them 2 fix tha camera, and the customer service guy just said "Sorry, we can't do that." I also asked why they don't have the thing bout tha LCD screen in the manual, and he said "I dunno."

So now I'm left with a broken camera that won't be fixed unless I hand over $170. Uh, hello!! That's how much the camera costs! I'm sorry, but I'm never buying anything from Nikon again, and I suggest you don't either. Nothing's wrong with their cameras, they're perfect, but if your screen gets broken, you're stuck with nothing. Also, I've seen MANY reviews just like mine, saying the LCD screen broke on this specific camera, and Nikon's doing nothing bout it. Please, if you really wanna buy this camera, handle it with EXTREME CARE.

  • 2.0 out of 5
BLURRY!! and SLOW!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We bought this camera so we could take pictures of the kids wrestling. I am very disappointed in the picture quality and the camera itself. The pictures are either blurry with any little bit of motion, or very dark from the low lighting inside most gyms. I have tried the various settings to get better light, but the pictures turn out very blurry. I am planning to take it back and see if I can exchange it or trade it for something different. My old Sony 3.1 mp camera takes MUCH better pictures, it is just lacking an optical zoom, but at least I can see the picture!

Not worth the money, so many better options out there.

  • 5.0 out of 5
my only baby (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have used this camera for over a thousand shots,
Yes Low Light shots are frustrating with a flash, yes just pointing it and pushing down on the shutter button before allowing the auto focus to work properly will create blurry shots. Yes the flash recharge time takes 18 seconds, (count it!).

I read the manual thoroughly, and I understand that it is possible to adjust the exposure for low light without using the flash and get good clear images, but a Tripod is absolutely necesary.

The Fireworks shots also benefit from a tripod if you want smooth tracers to appear, otherwise they will be wavy and cool looking.

Action shots were taken in BigSky uphill of a snowboarder riding through poweder, 9 of the cleanest shots I have ever seen in sequence, mostly because I took the time to pre focus with the 1/2 shutter press prior to the subject entering the view. really this was impressive in it self for the type and size of camera we are talking about.

I have the 5600, I use NIMH batterys, and a 1 GB SD card. anything less is too mutch to maintain.
the battery time is great with the monitor on, and if you can learn patience, you can turn the monitor off and almost double your photo time!!!
just turn on the shuttewr sound so you know you took a shot.

probably the best and most notable function of any camera this size, here is where it SHINES! past most or all of the competition. I saw the hairs on the sepal petals of the flower, and on these hairs was small pollen grains, clear as day. (yes I uused flash, and yes I waited patiently 18 seconds for the flash cycle to take another crisp shot)

I continue to discover the usefulness and practical functions of this little camera, and basically put, if I lose this camera, or it gets destroyed somehow, I will not live without another in its place.

the Nikon 5600 is arguably the most capable, and adaptable 5.1 MP subCompact camera in its class!!!! take one macro shot! just ONE!!! and see for yourself! 30 years ago James Bond would have used this camera, now every one can.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera to take on a trip to Zion and Bryce National Parks last summer and I am very happy with the pics that I took. I took almost 200 pics and almost all came out very sharp with incredible detail. The prints that I had made look like postcards.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too Slow (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Only noticed the problems with this when I got it home and started shooting. The picture quality is fine for the price, but the recharge on the flash and the delay between shots is just far too slow - I keep missing my baby's elusive smiles. Will be bringing it back to the retailer for a swap, even if it means spending more for what I need.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Misses the mark (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

More attention on easy focus pictures. All of the pictures are blurry and fuzzy. Bad quality in them and badly filtered like through a dirty piece of glass.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon is Japanesse for Blurry (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Every third picutre was blurry Why?
I wasn't monving, the light was bright, had to take at least 3 shots for one to take..
So slowwwwwwwwwwwww between shots could have drawn picutre faster

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty Good For the Money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I do have a some complaints about the 5600.... Flash recharge..... and Mpeg quality... For the most part I cant complain..... Most of the people that have issues probably need to adjust the exp. etc.... I have to lern how to use it... the pics are beautiful.

  • 5.0 out of 5
fine machine,fine package, fine pictures !! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

after reading the other reviews, I question the
experience of some of the other users. digital by its nature has a long write time, and only very expensive, powerful flashes recharge much faster than 5-6 seconds. That being said, I think
the 5600 is a great little camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
For beginning is great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Once you read manual fully ,you ll have no problem in any situation ,just need quick wits to find the setting you need.Ok flash time slow but dont all flashes take time to charge?
For the price, you get great pictures, all rounder,thumbs up.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good digital "Starter" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It was a gift to me by my boss.
Its my first digital camera. Yes it takes longer time to recharge but the picture quality is superb.
I have tried out all the situations like night, fireworks, sports, natural, closeups.
It works great in all these situations.

But sometimes the images are blurred, especially in party time.
I feel its a great camera for daylight photography.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera!! Great buy for the price!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera! I have never owned a digital camera before this one. I found that it was super easy to use right out of the box. I used the batteries that came with the camera....but drained them out the first day. I am having much better luck with Energizer batteries. I have had no trouble taking pictures with this camera. The night shots are wonderful, so are the day shots, and indoor shots. The monitor is fuzzy and dark when taking an indoor shot, but the picture that results is sharp, clear, and bright. I couldn't ask for anything better plus its stated in the manuel that it does this. The shutter speed is a bit slow, but this isn't a professional's camera. Also, I haven't got the red-eye to work yet. And there is a flash recharge delay, but it is only when the flash is used. On a sunny day, I haven't had any recharging going on. No problem there. I would recommend this camera for personal use, not professional. Its great for a new user, an amateur, or a senior not familiar with all this new digital stuff coming out. The software isn't great, but its good enough. You can download a similar program from Microsoft for free last I heard and it works well. Its great for the price and I would definitely buy one if I hadn't received it as a gift.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not a good camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Its a terrible camera. dont ever waste ur money in buying this stuff. The pictures are blurred and flash takes a days time to recharge. The battery is awesome, only 25 snaps and gone.... Anyway, for home use its a cheap option.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent nature closeup pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera provides High quality digital pictures, excellent nature closeups with minimum setup.

Video movies at 160, 320, 640 resolution. Added a 1 Gig memory card to take 30 min of 640 res movies, or 55 min 320 res.

I took closeup pictures of Flowers and use them as desktop background screen with amazing color reproduction.

Am using a carrying case with spare memory, re-chargable batteries and other accessories.

I also love the fact that I can connect the camera to the TV Video input RCA jacks to view pictures and movies on my TV. The video cables came with the camera.

I had no problem using the menu system which is logically laid out.

The 3x zoom is limiting, I would like to see a 10x instead.

Also would like to see a rotating viewing screen for camera shot positioning, or self portrait.

Otherwise I am very happy with this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is quite good as far as i am concerned . I photographed a rotating fan and what i got was the blades with every minute detail including the dust . The resolution is a plus as well . One disadvantage is you can photograph long-off objects at night .Of course, you can use a tripod + nightmode for an amazing picture.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Often blurry pictures--cheap body (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Do not buy this camera. I agree with many of the other owners—very often the pictures are blurred—even stills. The battery cover cracked after only two months (it closes in a very untraditional manner). Nikon would not honor the warranty—saying that it was excessive wear and tear. Good—they lost a customer for life for a $117 repair bill (plus any one else I hopefully convince to buy another brand at every chance I can get). Please pass the word! I intend to tell everyone I can in the Army!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Slow with blurred pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I only purchased this camera two weeks ago and I have already returned it. I found that I never got the picture I wanted it had a very slow response time missing the picture I wanted. Although it has many features making it seem good the picture quality was terrible almost all pictures came out blurred. It also took sometimes 20 to 30 sec before I could take the next picture. I would recommend a different camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
A trick for shortening the charge time! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have a 5600. as (almost) everyone said, the picture in low light is awful, but there is a way for reducing the charge time: just press the review botton immediately after shooting! and then press it again to go back to shooting mode... but do it on your own risk!!! it may harm your camera, (I do it myself) have fun...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Don't buy it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recieved this camera as a gift, and like others I assumed that the word NIKON would mean "good camera". This is not the case. I have taken some good pictures with the camera. It is by no means useless. If you want to take a picture of something in a wel lit setting and you've got plenty of time, the camera can take some good quality sharp images. The primary reason I need a camera though is to capture moments. Moments don't tend to wait 10 seconds for the camera to be ready, and more often then not for you to need to take a second picture because the first one didnt come out so hot. It just kinda sucks, and now I have to buy another camera with my OWN money... thanks for doing NO research uncle John... jerk...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blurred pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Terribly disappointed, thought Nikon's name would produce something better then this. Bought it as a gift for wife. All family pictures are blurred, red eye doesn't work, a waste of money

  • 4.0 out of 5
Packed with Features and Easy to Use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I absolutely LOVE this camera!! I have read so many reviews about blurred pictures. I for one do not have that problem. My pictures a clear and of great quality. I also haven't had a problem with the quality of night pictures. They too are of great quality. I have tested the many features this camera has and am completely satisfied. It is extremely easy to use..once you read the manual and understand its capabilities. My ONLY dislike is how long the flash takes to recharge. Two thumbs up for this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Beware of the Blur! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

100% disappointed with this camera. 9 out of 10 shots are blurry - no matter who takes the picture. Absolute waste of money.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Duped myself (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera after borrowing a similar 4600 for a holiday in Cyprus. The pix from the 4600 in the Cypriot sun were fantastic, clear, vibrant, NOT blurred. However, when I bought the 5600 and started firing away in the UK, not so good. A lot of 'action' shots are blurred. 'Action' means anything that is slightly moving at all, by the way. There is a sport button, which alledgedly increases the shutter speed, but not by much. I bought this camera over the Canon A510, which is a great looking bit of kit with all sorts of manual control. I was looking for a point and shoot camera and to be honest, the Canon didnt cut it. The manual controls are there for a reason, it wouldnt take a good picture without them. So, back to the Nikon. Lots of scene modes (fairly useful),very compact (useful), easy to use (useful), pretty good battery life (useful), slow recharge on flash (can live with that), not very good with moving objects (useless), mixed results with indoor flash pix(useless). That said, I have still got it because I dont think there is anything any better in the price range. Learn to live with what it can do and work with it. If only Nikon had built a faster shutter speed into the automatic setting, it would be 100% better though.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Digital camera for a novice (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Nikon Coolpix 5600( Original ) is a Camera you can buy with your eyes shut. Image quality is excellent and it's Nimh ( Nikon's ENMH1 Batteries )pack of batteries lasts real long. With 1 Gb Memory 1000 Photos are not a Problem. Nikon Picture Project & Nikon Photoshare S/W installation is a breeze on Win XP.Only glitch is its inability to catch moving objects and the 5 sec delay b/w the shots. For a Novice it is excellent Camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The salesman at Best Buy suggested this camera and I am very pleased with the photos. They are all very sharp and even when you change the settings you get excellent color when developing. When I compare my pictures to others in the office that have different camera my pictures are better quality. This is my second digital camera and one has to remember that is why camera companies have settings on their camera to allow for specific photo shootings. Use the settings & you will see an increase in your photo quality.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Major disappointment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I expected so much more from a Nikon camera. Most of the pictures that we took with it (80%+) were useless. The flash takes sooooooo long to recharge… its unreal!!! Let’s not even get started on the subject of taking pictures in low light conditions. On the other hand, pictures of still subjects taken outside turned out beautifully. I’ve just brought the camera back to the store and exchanged it for an Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom. (I had the chance to use my buddy’s last weekend and painlessly took some wonderful pictures with it.)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like the Nikon 5600 Coolpix, it takes really nice pictures but I found that the flash time is a little slow, and when i take pictures at night time, no matter what feature I am using on the camera they always come out blurry.

  • 2.0 out of 5
not up to the expectations.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i went to purchase hp but finally ended up with this model on vendor's persuasion.. almost 50% of the pictures came blurred.. my enthu has gone down.. this is a piece of junk.. trying to sell it at half of its actual price..

  • 4.0 out of 5
Over all rating (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think this camera is well worth the money. Yes the flash is slow in recharge but I, not being a professional photographer don't need that speed. It has taken great pictures for me. If better quality is what you are looking for then go ahead and spend $500.00-$600.00.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Value for Money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is one camera you can buy with your eyes shut. Image quality is excellent and the battery lasts long.installation is a breeze on Win XP.Only glitch is its inablity to catch moving objects and the 5 sec delay b/w the shots. Not meant for the pros.

  • 1.0 out of 5
very bad camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes way too long between shots. Pictures come out blurry most of the time. Red eye reduction does not work most of the time. It is a piece of junk.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not that great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am not impressed at all with this stated already it takes way too long between photos and low light conditions are horrible. My cousin was married this past weekend and most of the pictures came out blurry or weird coloring. I also do not like that there is not a flash to use in the sports mode (for my son's evening soccer games) I will be returning this as soon as I am able.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The salesman said the lens was great, and steered me strongly to buy this camera. Unfortunately, I am very unhappy with it and will be taking it back. Although I ranked the camera as "bad," I am very tempted to rank it as "terrible." It is very difficult to use -- it performs very poorly in even moderate light situations—photos are often blurred if there is any motion in the subject or photographer at all (I've used SLRs for years and can count the number of blurred photos I took on my fingers and toes). The recycle time is very slow. The flash recycle time is 6 seconds or so -- you are sure to miss many shots with this camera if you are using it indoors or in moderately low light, and you will find that many of the shots you do get are blurry. Although its listed as 5.1 megapixels, I am impressed neither with the color nor the sharpness of the photos. Maybe it works well in perfect lighting conditions, but how often are perfect lighting conditions present? This was a very poor introduction to the world of digital photography; I strongly recommend against buying this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
The Camera Doesn't work as well as my HP315 3.1 MP (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The software is an uphill climb! Doesn't work well with AOL. Won't let me put the pics where I usually put them!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible Flash Recycle Times (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pictures only come out nice with vibrant turned on. Flash takes an average of 5 seconds to recharge to take next picture. I missed a lot of pictures because of it. After 3 months the lens end fell off.

  • 5.0 out of 5
First Camera I Ever Owned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this little camera. My mom has a 15 years old Nikon that has the turning knob thinger to get a clear picture... that camera even takes pictures faster than mine does. But its an excellent camera non the less. The only thing that isn't so great about it is how long is takes for the flash and everything takes before you can take another picture.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Happy! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good look, good price! Just small trouble with speed between shots!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slower than Molasses (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I missed more pictures then I captured. The response time is tooo slooow. The flash is similarly lagging. The images it did capture were clear and crisp. I am going to return it never the less.

  • 4.0 out of 5
just what I wanted (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I already have a Nikon film camera and was impressed with the engineering. This one is just the same, well made with easy to use features. My first pictures were clear and easy to transfer to my computer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Kodak was cheaper & better (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like some of the modes, like sunset, but if anything moves at all in the picture, it's blurry. Night shots don't work well either. I would have liked it better if it was rechargeable. I switched from a much less expensive Kodak DX4530, but sure wish I hadn't. I don't like having to fix almost every picture on the computer before being able to print it, and the software, while having some nice features, is mostly annoying. I use the Photo Explosion instead. Worst of all, while loading the software, I received a "malicious file" warning and the hard drive completely crashed. After a week in the shop, loading the software a 2nd time resulted in the same message, but the tech was able to remove it before it caused damage again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Love the Size, Hate the speed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved everything about this camera, even though you can get a 6.1 MP or even a 7.1 of another brand for like $20 more, I thought the compact size of this camera made up for it. However the time it takes between each picture is prehistoric.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Once you learn how to use this camera, it takes brilliant pictures. Far superior to anything else for the same price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very impressed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Only had this camera a couple of weeks but I must say I am very impressed. Slight flash charge time, but other than that everything about this camera is well above average.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Slow boat to China (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In the time it takes for the flash to recharge the party is over. Very disappointing.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Looks good with few disappointments (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera is okay with good picture sharpness. I like the panorama mode very much. Camera is very good to take pictures in day light, not happy about the performance given by night shots (Sony P73 was giving good result).
Also I am very much disappointed about the flash recharge timing (takes more than 6 secs). Good that Nikon provided more scene modes, should have provided a control over multi shot selection from one of the arrows available (as given for flash mode change and timer settings). Generally saying camera is compact and looks good for this price range.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to capture great shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

While using the CoolPix 5600 in tandem with another pricier model, we found that it was easier to take nice pictures with this one. With the more expensive digital camera we got pictures that were frequently blurred. The Coolpix 5600 took sharp images time after time. We took pictures at the beach, under moonlight, and through glass. Nearly every picture came out crystal clear and with bright, life-like contrast. The Coolpix small size and ease of use has resulted in our using it far more frequently than the more expensive Canon we bought.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pictures eventually worth waiting for...... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I agree totally with other reviewers, in as much as the time lag between pressing the shutter to eventual exposure is very frustrating. However, by using the many varied options, included in the scene mode and generally tinkering around once the images are viewed on a computer, they are both crisp and clean. To echo another reviewers sentiments - it is a Nikon and sometimes they do just understand the big picture but are not too good at letting us all know.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very slow between each click (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Though I was initially confused in choosing the right camera, finally jumped for this 5600 only to later find that this camera is too slow in capturing pictures...I mean we have to wait after each picture taken, the flash has to refresh, and then next pic..not the case with Sony P200..whic his quite fast....really fast!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Intuitive, capable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just purchased a Nikon 5600 while on a trip and immediately began using it with great results. The learning curve is steep and manual does a good job of explaining the many features on the camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice package but confusing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is selling like hotcakes apparently. I bought one this afternoon and was a little upset that it didn't take pictures as well as the other digital camera we had - Fuji fine pix 5600z - or wasn't as intuitively obvious. was concerned that there's a delay between pressing shutter release button and when camera decides to record the image so the image you get isn't what's in the viewfinder or lcd. finally figured out how to synch this -- press half-way for focus and wait for just a bit until the image you want is presented in the viewfinder...then press down fully. doing this captures the image you want. still haven't figured out how to get better quality pictures but there are so many settings its bound to come out right eventually. after all, this is a Nikon.