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Nikon Coolpix 5900
Nikon Coolpix 5900

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Nikon Coolpix 5900

Editor's Review

The all-metal Nikon Coolpix 5900 offers 5-megapixel resolution in a compact and easy-to-use package. Similar to many of the other 5-megapixel cameras available today, the Nikon 5900 operates well as a point & shoot camera and offers multiple preset scene modes that make manual controls largely unnecessary. Two functions make the Nikon 5900 different from competitors' models, however: an in-camera redeye reduction that Nikon claims can eliminate redeye without the need for computer software, and a portrait mode that is capable of locating the subject's face automatically.


  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG format only
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Mar 10, 2005

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Nikon Coolpix 5900 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 5900 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent camera for the money (neparker — 10/26/2007)

I bought this camera to replace an older Kodak camera I had. I love it. I found that if you use the scene modes appropriately, along with the manual modes if you want to, your picture turn out excellent! Even indoor picture can turn out great if you use it right. I am just now looking into getting a newer camera with more MP. Not because I don't love this camera, but because the battery door has broken and I have to tape it shut. To replace it costs almost as much as buying a new one through Nikon - which is to bad, because I would keep it because I like it that much. I have no problems with it, and I use it all the time, and I take it everywhere with me.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken after 8 months (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really liked this camera up until the camera stopped working after only 8 months of ownership. Now it only turns on part way - the lens extends 75%, the screen stays dark, and I'm unable to take photos or turn the camera off. (I had to remove the battery to turn it off.)

My second complaint is attempting to contact Nikon. I'm on a long term travel in S.E. Asia - 9 months - and didn't think to bring the warranty information, etc. I've tried contacting Nikon - talk about a rabbit's warren. With a camera that breaks so soon after purchase and the inability to easily contact the manufacturer's service department, I'll likely buy a different brand camera next time. Too bad -I was thrilled with the product and would've given it a good to excellent rating.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Should be called "Fragilepix" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bough this camera, along with a case it is ALWAYS kept in, new for my wife last Christmas. It starts, cycles, focuses and takes pictures quickly. Big improvement over previous Coolpixes (I've had about 6). At about 6 months, the lens stopped opening properly. It would work fine for a while, then stop, then work. I sent it back for repair. $100.00 later, they said there was dirt in the lense slider mechanism. It worked great for another 6 months. Then one day I took it on a business trip inside my suitcase. That did it. Cracked LCD. Broken zoom. Note, this was inside a Nikon case and inside my suitcase that was checked for one leg of a four leg, 1-day trip. Can you imagine in a million years that happening to a Nikon SLR? I can't. I'm probably going to have it fixed, but I'm very, very dissappointed in the quiality of this product. Nikon should be, too.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Acceptable but awful indoor pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first camera, and I like it very much. However, after few months, I found pictures taken in weak-light environment were awful. Most of it's functions are ok except indoor/party and night. I tried to adjust taking many pictures in weak-light places but the quality was very blurry.
So, I think in future I will find one which can improve this weakness, hopefully in later versions of Nikon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
OK (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was my first digital and it's OK. Several family members have the Nikon coolpix and our greatest problem is the round setting switch esily moves. Thinking it's on camers and it will have moved to landscape. Frustrating!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Terrible Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bumped the lens and it stuck open.
To Repair thru "Best Buy" Nikon wanted $178.00 to look at the camera. It could cost more but
not less. Checked e-bay and found several of these camers for sale with the lens stuck. Very
dissatified with Nikon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Lens problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera replaced a Canon Powershot A70. Although we like that one, and we are a "Canon" family, this camera has been GREAT — taking wonderful photos — EXCEPT that it is now in the shop for the 2nd time — the lens refuses to "retract" and says "lens error" - what will we do when the warranty is expired?

  • 5.0 out of 5
great detail! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Needed a good priced unit to photograph my wife's custom jewelry. Detail was important,so after much research bought the 5900 and we made the right choice! Neither of us are photo takers but the ease of use, picture quality, and included software make us look like experts! Great camera!

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

I finally bought this camera after a year of studying all the cams, I bought it from Goodguys as a demo. I am very impressed with my camera.I paid $175 dollars. I bought extra batteries for $7.50 each (4) all together.And now I am taking lots of pictures.......The camera is fantastic, I also bought a San disk 512 from Best Buy for $29.00 . After rebates ofcourse. Thank you Nikon

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes real good pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I Love It

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very bad experience with LCD screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera with user friendly features for first time owner of a digital camera. A bluish discoloration appeared spontaneously on the LCD screen after 3 months and enlarging in size. I sent it back to the service centre and it was conveniently labelled as mishandling of the LCD screen. Very disappointing indeed and such a big letdown in quality for a potentially fantastic camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera so far this year!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I work in a photo shop and we sell about 5 different
brands. After being there for about 3 years... I finally decided on buying the Nikon 5900.
Small size, yet has a nice grip. Aluminum body with Nikon ED lens. 2 FPS in continues shooting mode. 14.8 feet flash range at wide angle(wow). Fast startup and almost no lag between shots. Picture quality is very good. (I use sharpening on high and saturation +1)
Too many button preses to activate simple functions, ie. flash, self timer. Histogram only available in exposure mode... then disappears in a few seconds.
P.S. There is no lag on this camera. Even with flash, you can take up to about 7 pictures before the camera stops you so that the flash recovers.

  • 5.0 out of 5
So many features, yet easy to use! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am so impressed by the ease of use and the choices in settings. I graduated from a very basic 2MP to this camera and have been nothing but happy with camera. It has rekindled my enthusiam in photograpy and I am thinking of someday getting a DSLR (Nikon of course). I was very surprised at how small the camera was and didn't think it would have so much to offer.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera to use with excellent results. Menu system a little large but soon becomes intuitive. Quick to start up if you turn of the movie and jingle. This is my second digital camera and I spent a lot of time reading reviews before I spent my money on this camera it was time very well spent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
amazing video quality ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

last three months i m using this camera & definitely i m happy with it.

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

I am absolutely new to digital and needed an incredibly easy starter camera for a wonderful trip through Africa! A co-worker who was a hobby photographer advised a camera w/ a big lens and more extensive zoom than the more accessible Kodak cameras.

I am very glad that I listened to her! The bigger lens captured more light and I got some really fabulous shots in the game parks and at giraffe feeding stations! I also got breath-taking shots of South Africa's coastline and the panorama-assist feature gave me the photographic beginnings of a fabulous wall mural once I blow it up!

The software is even easier than iPhoto (I work from a Mac - thus the online moniker) - and that's saying a lot.

It's a great starter camera for the money and I love the long-life rechargeable battery and the flexibility of the multi-current capable recharger (I didn't need an adapter to charge the battery in London or in East or South Africa - a big and appreciated savings for ME!).

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great starter camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a Canon digital, and got rid of it. Too hard to figure out, and the manual was terrible. This is easy to use, and the software makes it very easy to send pictures. I got the memory card, so it stores alot of pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Better than any Sony Cybershots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a replacement for my AWFUL sony cybershot DSC-T1. That so called 5 took very grainy pictures and the cybershoty's optics were less than stellar compared to the Nikon Coolpix 5900. Buy a 236 MB card, that way, you'll have about 100 photo's of storage.

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

Very nice camera. Easy to use. Buy the Nikon S1 if you can affored it. It is the same camera but with a larger LCD and easier to store in a purse.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes Great Pictures and very fast (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own 4 Nikon cameras. 5900 is new in my camera family. I purchased Nikon 7600 2 weeks back and returned for its awesome demerits. This one is really excellent camera and intend to gift to my sister. It is great camera for advanced user as well as novice. Video is also excellent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera as an early birthday gift, and from the moment i got this camera, i loved it! This camera takes great movies with great sound, and great pictures. This camera is most definitely worth the price!!!! I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best in it's class. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just bought this model and completely love it. I did, however, have to return it for a replacement as I immediately noticed a bad pixel in the lcd viewer of the original. It is the easiest to use and takes great pics. I compared it to the Canon A520 and the Sony DSC-S90. I chose the Nikon in the end because it was best overall.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great for the Money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera at Costco and it is wonderful. I was still using 35mm and reluctant to go digital. I was very impressed with the clarity of my prints. I've taken close to 200 pictures and I've been please with about 98% of them. If you're thinking digital, good starter camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
An awesome camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is terrific; combining small size, excellent quality photos, numerous helpful features, long battery life and competitive pricing.
I previously owned a Coolpix 3100, which took great photos. The Coolpix 5900 has improved on almost everything.
This camera is perfect for traveling, as it does everything exceedingly well along with the quality that only Nikon can produce!

  • 1.0 out of 5
horrible quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My camera needs to be repaired. Very slow in processing in between flash pictures. Face priority auto focus doesn't work well. I've seen red eyes on one of every ten flash pictures I took. Nikon should do a recall on this rip-off camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had a Sony DSCP-30 for the last 3 years and have finally upgraded (from 1.3 megapixels). The price of the 5 megapixel cameras came down considerably which prompted my need to start shopping.

The features on the camera are great, including the panorama option. The button and menu set ups are very easy to navigate and control. The battery life is amazing compared to my old Sony. The 5900 should take ~200 picture before a charge is necessary.

Positive features include being able to purchase various brands of memory cards as well as rechargeable batteries. Nikon has made it possible to do so.....Sony does not. This allows you flexibility if for some reason you loose your battery, you can easily find a replacement and shop around for a better price.

The camera comes with very good software for organizing/email photos and creating the panorama prints.

The only downside is a slight lag in processing time when taking a flash photo. I'll estimate it's around 3-4 seconds. If that doesn't bother you, there's no reason not to buy this camera.