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Nikon Coolpix 7600

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We've given the 7600 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix 7600 is a plain-looking, 7-megapixel camera that gets consistently poor reviews. Tucked inside its bland exterior, however, are some impressive features including in-camera redeye reduction, a movie mode that minimizes image vibration, and a 16-shot burst mode that captures 1.6 images a second. The Nikon 7600 runs on two AA-size batteries.

Specifications

  • 7.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG format only
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: COOLPIX7600
  • UPC: 018208255283
  • Release Date: Mar 28, 2005

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Nikon Coolpix 7600 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 7600 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Ok but it's not perfect (Jacques Cook — 04/08/2009)

It took me a while to learn how to use the camera. Its settings are not easy to understand or use and it has taken a while to learn how to take indoor shots. I think that is the one drawback. The outdoor shots were generally quite good. Indoor pictures work best with adequate lighting. The flash is simply not strong enough for dark areas such as churches etc.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nikon coolpix 7600...LOVE IT (Suni — 12/11/2008)

I LOVE this camera, i've read alot of reviews where some hate it but you have to keep in mind it's NOT a DSLR, but for what it is and what it's made to do it's an excellent little camera and has worked very very well for me and has given me some excellent shots...Yes it has limits but you work around them and learn what the camera can do instead of what it can't.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not worth buying (vincent bheer — 06/13/2008)

This camers sucks at night or bad lighting scenery. you need a tripod to use at night or you get blurry pictures..
have to wait too long for the flash to recharge for your next pic.

  • 5.0 out of 5
From SLR to digital (Peter — 04/28/2008)

Wife bought itt for me as Christmas present over 3 yrs ago. I didn't use it until June, 6months after purchase.
I haven't had any problems except the short battery life.
Haven't had any low light problems or camera shake problems that others have described. The lens is now making strange noise when switched on or off but I'm prety sure cleaning will fix it. I have used SLR and roll film exclusively from 1980 until I got this camera. Video is great, plus ability to show grandaugter the pictures I've taken. I think some people should actually realise its a precision instrument and should be treated as such

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad bad (Horrible Camera) (Beto — 11/30/2007)

So far the performance of coolpix 7600 is acceptable. Autofocus, motion pictures, and night mood all have good performances, but the main problem is the battery. It can finish up 2 AA DURACELL alkaline battery in taken less than 20 pictures easily. Then I switch to use charging battery, and the result is even worse. The only kind I didnt try yet is lithium battery. I hope someone can answer me why my 7600 suck up the battery so fast.

IThe camera takes good outdoor pictures but when it comes to night or indoor pictures there is no setting that works and takes the picture right. It is a waste of money to have a camera that only works during the day.I just gave up on it.. if you want it, I sell it to you for whatever you can give me...

  • 4.0 out of 5
nikon 7600 (Mike — 11/27/2007)

I've had this camera for 2+ years. Since then I got a canon a640, xti and pentax k10d. I keep this camera in the car and it produces great photos during the day. Inside, performance is poor but I use a large slave flash and it works OK. Even the k10d is not so good indoors unless you use a flash.

  • 1.0 out of 5
My mobile 2.0 MP is better then the 7600 (Alex — 11/23/2007)

I had bought this camera a little over two years ago and took a few shots at work and then just parked it.

Very recenlty we had an addition to our family and out came the 7600 and outcame my disappointments with ths so called "NIKON" digital camera...an insult to NIKON!

The camera has no mannual ISO and as such you can not control the shutter speed ...the night mode has a great backlight effect but try taking a picture with the a slight move in your posture the picture is a total waste....

Youliterally have to tell peopel to freeze else the picture is useless... iwas told go and get a tripod for night mood ...imagine that carrying your compact camera with a tripod sticking out of it!! How stupid of Nikon to haev done this...

Everyone i knwow will be told of this waste of money!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do Not Buy This Camera (Dana — 08/20/2007)

I bought this camera for myself with money I was given when I graduated from high school. I did research online, but unfortunately, since the camera had only been out for about 2-3 months at the time, it was still given pretty good reviews and I suppose no one had realized its serious flaws yet.

I loved the fact that I had my first digital camera, and took it with me everywhere I went for the first few weeks, but right away I realized that the picture quality was awful.

I wanted a camera to take pictures of my friends and I as we were going off to college, but this proved impossible because almost every picture, peoples' eyes were closed since the flash is ridiculously bright. It's also very harsh and unforgiving, shows absolutely every flaw in a person, usually making everyone come out with really blotchy and horrible skin.

Basically I have the same problem as everyone else on here, with the flash your pictures look unnaturally bright, without it you will absolutely never get one that is not blurry.

I completely stopped using this camera about 6 months after I bought it. It is completely unacceptable that a camera which cost me $350 was of such poor quality. And being a Nikon, I really expected so much more. I have absolutely no idea why I did not return it, because it has been sitting in a drawer for the better part of two years.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Loaded with features, my photos come out great (Diane K — 06/07/2007)

After reading the negative reviews, I decided to write one myself. I purchased this camera the day before a trip to Spain. I used it fresh out of the box for two weeks, took excellent photos with superb color and clarity. Several people mentioned having blurred photos indoors. They apparently have not checked out the scene settings on the camera. Taking the same scene with the SCENE setting and with the normal setting will give you two totally different results. You also have to understand the automatic focus feature- pushing the button part way down to activate the focus, and then all the way when it is ready. This is my second Nikon camera and I could not be more pleased both with making vacation photos and with making photos for my professional work.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Blurry pictures!! (Giome — 03/24/2007)

The camera takes good outdoor pictures but when it comes to night or indoor pictures there is no setting that works and takes the picture right. It is a waste of money to have a camera that only works during the day.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great all rounder (Renee — 01/21/2007)

i've had this camera for a good while now since my old camera broke and its been great for me. the flash can sometimes take a while to load but i've taken some great shots that i've even put up on a website and gotten good comments on. as a person getting into photography i think this camera is great for amateurs and a stepping stone into the world of professional photography. so many people have written bad reviews on this camera but they clearly just don't know how to take full advantage of its great functions!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Outside, Having Problems Indoors (Pamela — 12/29/2006)

Gorgeous photos, at least in all outdoor settings.

Indoors, no matter (it seems) what mode I use, I can't get good photos. I didn't have this problem with my prior digital, a Canon 3 or 5 megapixel, can't remember.

Recovery time is slow, sometimes annoyingly so, but again, usually inside probably due to flash. I'm going to try cracking down the resolution.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great for the amateur (Ken — 12/15/2006)

I read reviews here of this camera written by people who have been photographing for decades and I wonder why they bought a digital camera designed for point-and-shoot amateurs. When used for the purpose it was designed for, it's a great camera. Not perfect; the focus and flash charge are too slow. But, hey, go pro if you want better. This camera is "expensive" if you compare it to Olympus, but then I've dropped this twice will no ill effects. That's why I buy Nikon, they make great *travel* cameras. I wouldn't travel with many other brands.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery sucker (wing — 12/06/2006)

So far the performance of coolpix 7600 is acceptable. Autofocus, motion pictures, and night mood all have good performances, but the main problem is the battery. It can finish up 2 AA DURACELL alkaline battery in taken less than 20 pictures easily. Then I switch to use charging battery, and the result is even worse. The only kind I didnt try yet is lithium battery. I hope someone can answer me why my 7600 suck up the battery so fast.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Lee — 11/27/2006)

I've had this camera for a year now and I would love to buy another just like it for when it eventually wears out. It is great with batteries and uploading is simple. It takes wonderful, clear, crisp pictures. I get a lot of compliments on photo quality with this camera. Not one thing to complain about, just that I hadn't bought it sooner!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
RTFM does not solve Lens Error (Scott D'Vileskis — 11/26/2006)

1 Months after the warranty expired, I started getting the dreaded Lens Error after focusing then zooming. (In macro mode where it uses continuous autofocus, simply zooming causes this).

I sent it back to Nikon for repair and they sent it back with the message "Can't Duplicate Problem". I turn it on, it does the same exact thing, problem duplicated as soon as I try to zoom.

I bought this camera refurbished from Overstock.com. Many people will state that refurbished goods are the first problem. I am an electrical engineer and at the two companies I have worked at, refurbished goods pass more quality checks by more qualified people than the standard Q/A checks for new products.

I love this camera and read the manual and there are many great features and an great configurable human interface. Each position on the dial remembers the last sub-mode selected, making it very useful to advanced users and novice users.

The pictures I have taken are incredible, focusing is a little advanced for most point-and-shoot consumers, but its really not that hard to figure out.

Some EE talk: There is quite a delay when using the flash, and their power supply switcher could have been a little more stronger/faster, so they didn't have to turn the LCD off when charging the flash.

It would have also been nice to be able to use a pair of 3.6V lithium AA cells (7.2V) instead of the funny shaped lithium battery pack (only 3.6V)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera (Ben — 11/14/2006)

I have had this camera for a few months now and have not had a bit of trouble out of it. From what I have read of the reviews on this site, most of the people who reviewed it poorly simply don't know how to use it. Fact is...it's simple. As far as the "Experienced Photographer" who said they had a weekend of blurred pics, I wouldn't hire them. Why? This camera has a built in feature to eliminate blur and it works great. Anyway, I love this camera and it works great.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not worth it! (meg — 11/11/2006)

I have always had issues with the camera, especially in terms of Flash photography - out
of focus for almost any type of indoor photography. Seemed to be OK for outdoor scenery. Produced the dreaded lens error right in the middle of our dream vacation in the Central California wine country. No rhyme or reason, worked fine one minute and then crapped out the next. Gee Nikon, I guess I can print out the web site photos of where I was and that will have to suffice.

Thank you to the posters that said not to bother with the fix, it saves me the energy and time and I would rather put that into buying a reliable camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money (Tracie — 09/17/2006)

Exactly 1 month after the warranty was up on the camera it showed a lens error and would not work at all. After several calls to different repair shops, I was told it would be a major repair costing $240.00 to replace the zoom lens. A camera should last longer that 1 year. It was not dropped or mishandled, I was told these things are common problems.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Opinion of an experienced photographer - DO NOT BUY! (Jennifer — 09/12/2006)

I've been photographing for years. This camera was meant to be an upgrade from an earlier 3megapixel coolpix and needless to say i'm glad i kept the old one. I wanted an easy camera to take on small trips and photograph family and friends. What i got was an expensive equivalent to a disposable camera (actually it's not even that good). 9 out of 10 photos are blurred. Buy the time I need to take another shot I need to wait at least 5 seconds for the camera to record and recover and i've lost the shot - for crying out loud I'm even contemplating going back to 35mm because at least i had some control in keeping my subjects in focus - with flash and a steady hand!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not worth a penny! (Dave L — 08/30/2006)

Worthless camera. After 1 year and 3 months, the dreaded "Lens Error" I turn on the camera and the lens does not open. The screen tells me "Lens Error" I called Nikon, and for about $220 (half the cost of the camera) they will fix. I've done searched for "Nikon" and "Lens Error" (and suggest you do the same) and turned up many hits. Turns out this happens many times. So basically, I have an over $400 camera that is worthless. I ended up throwing it away (translation, threw away $400!). Don't waste your money on Nikon products!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Works off its Own will (Karan Rajpal — 08/19/2006)

I've had this camera for 7 months now and am yet to get a good shot out of it. Without the Flash on, the AF wont lock and will invariably give an Out-of-focus shot. I'll try the Lock and shoot technique mentioned above and see what happens.

Who wants a camera which baths every focussed photo with Blinding light from the flash? For the money that I paid, I found many Sony and Canon Cameras doing a much better job. Stuck with it for now

  • 1.0 out of 5
Horrible Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having 35 years experience with medium format cameras and 35 mm SLRs, a switch to Digital was not easy. Still I tried Coolpix 7600, for adopting the vogue. Knowing photography well,it was easy to adapt.But the results completely disappointed me. To start with,first set of photographs were not much different at 7.1 mpx setting from simple cellphone cameras of of 1,3 mpx. Secondly, copying at macro failed to focus even on stand mount.TV displays with icon was very annoying, always requiring change of settings and return. Telephotos are always blurred in spite of ok confirmation. Many displays of function keys are confusing. Simply speaking, this camera is a dead-weight without manual and disappointing on most outings on assignments

  • 2.0 out of 5
My 5 year old Olympus C-2040 is waaaay better (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

(Yes, I read the manual cover to cover)

I am very disappointed in the quality of the pictures taken with my Nikon Coolpix 7600. I am an experienced photographer and this is my first (and last, if no one helps me) purchase of a Nikon camera. I started photography back in the 1970s and have had Minolta and Olympus products (including 2 Olympus digital cameras still in use).

Nikon��s legendary quality apparently does not extend to my camera. My Olympus C-2040 takes better pictures under almost all conditions.

Problem 1: What is the camera focusing on? Many shots are blurred �� even full daylight pictures where the range visible in the shot is from 6 feet to infinity �� and nothing is in clear focus.

Problem 2: Indoors flash photography. The shutter speed is apparently so slow, that despite the flash, subject movement is apparent. Since the camera is full automatic, I cannot tell what the shutter speed is. Based on experience with manual cameras, I would guess that the shutter speed is 1/15 second or less.

Problem 3: Flash photography leaves much to be desired. Taking pictures of subjects 6-20 feet away leaves most pictures dim and/or out of focus.

Recently I decided to perform a ��camera shoot-out�� with my old Olympus and the Nikon. The only area where the Nikon does better is in bright light outdoor shots, such as scenery and landscapes.

I have tried every available setting that I could find on the camera, including changing everything back to factory defaults. Nothing gives what I would call ��desired results��.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Cannot see whats wrong with some users (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have my coolpix 7600 for over 1.5 years and have to say it has never let me down. As one of the reviewers said "the faults with this camera are the users faults". This camera is classed as an "advanced" camera so if you could not be bothered to read the manual, how do you expect to be able to use the camera to its best if you dont know what anything is for. Battery life is good also. Mine has 2xAA batteries. If you use lithium ion batteries you will get 7X longer than your standard alkaline batteries. Many here have complained about the slowness of this camera. Sure, there is, for example, some delay when using the flash, but nothing out of the ordinary. If you want to catch moving objects put it onto "sport" mode where it will catch anything moving at any speed. It has a setting for every environment. For auto focus push the button down gently at first then it will focus. Then press the full way to take a focused photo. It is like anything you buy, by messing with it you will learn the basics but by reading the manual you will learn how to use the advanced options CORRECTLY. My coolpix has red eye elimination and have yet to print a photo with any form of red eye.

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

In the reviews that I've read so far, many people seem to enjoy the Nikon Coolpix 7600. I sure enjoy it, my Nikon has served me well since I got it for Christmas last year. There are many modes to choose from that will match your current situation to get the most out of your money.
Many people seem to have trouble with the flash on the Nikon. They say that it takes too long to recharge. However, there are several things that you can do.
1) Buy rechargeable batteries and a charger. It's expensive, but belive me- NiMH batteries rule.
2) Go to set-up and fix the battery type. That will maximize the life of whatever battery you are using.
3) Turn off the flash. You don't need to solve the flash problem if you don't use it! Too many times I see people outside with their digital camera in broad daylight, apparently TRYING to use the flash and waste the batteries as much as possible. I yell at them every freaking time.
4) Use museum mode. I like to use museum mode becuase it has high-quality pictures, works great in high to medium amounts of light and in sunlight, and..of course, no flash!
5) Here is something that I've noticed. I may be wrong, but it would seem to me that nighttime settings have a higher flash power than other settings in which the flash is used. However, last night I was using some cheap $5 alkaline batteries with my Nikon Coolpix 7600, and I noticed that if you set the wheel to 'Night Portrait', the flash recharges almost instantaneously. Yes, it's pretty odd. Also, it leaves the shutter open. COOOOL.

Yeah, so, go for night portrait. But watch out for the shutter thing. It's annoying. Anyways, I have a few more pointers/tips/questions about the Nikon that you can email me about.

* What's up with that stupid Auto mode? (Green Camera on the selection wheel) I can never get it working. I lost my freaking manual..ARGH.

*Why is sports mode so dark? ARGH!

*'Fireworks show' leaves the shutter open the longest. You can have great fun by making whatever you want on the wall with a laser pointer and using fireworks show. Or, put the camera in one spot and do 'fireworks show' of a car going by at night. Use your imagination!

*the videos are cool.

*You can take a few hundred (yeah!) more pictures if you set the quality down to 5MP, which is what i usually do.

PLEASE email me with more stuff on this camera!

Ian Olson, joelowe9@gmail.com

  • 2.0 out of 5
More blurry pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera for Christmas and had high expectations for this 7.1 mgpixel. Like alot of other users i was extremely disappointed by the number of blurry pictures. Some photos did turn out great but only outside in bright sun when the object was still. I sent it in for repair only to get it back doing the same thing. When i went back to the store last week and casually expressed my disappointment to the salesman he told me that he would not have sold me that camera. He knew what my problem was before i even told him. I guess i can believe him since he is a photography student and has tested and has access to several cameras. I am currently shopping for another camera for my vacation this week.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon coolpix 7600 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The pictures are perfect. This a good camera! Much better than others I saw!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Perhaps my Coolpix 7600 is different (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm a bit appalled by the most negative comments on this camera. I bought it last week and so far I must say I'm very pleased. No real problems with AF, no serious issues when shooting indoors. I still have to read the manual thoroughly (I owned another Coolpix before this, so it's not really all new for me), so far I've been using the 7600 practically in auto mode with many default settings, yet I think the results are great. It hasn't got some defects in the rendering of colours that were present in previous Coolpix models (e.g. I remember the very very very bright reds in the 885) �� this 7600, in my opinion, gives very good, natural colours.

For me, two interesting features are the post-shot Blur Warning and the D-Lighting (in-camera shadow lightening). The Blur Warning is especially useful when you shoot and the photo you've taken looks fine in the small camera display, but actually it isn't. It can be disappointing to discover, later when you view the photo in your computer, that that shot you liked so much turned out to be slightly blurred. The D-Lighting may not be the best in-camera post-processing tool, but in some occasions turned out more than enough to correct an otherwise dark photo.

Another thing I'm satisfied with is the battery life. In the box with my 7600 were included two NiMH 2000mAH rechargeable batteries and Nikon battery charger. I've been taking photos for almost a week now and I still have to see the "low battery" icon appear on screen. I use the camera moderately, nonetheless my Coolpix 885's batteries last much less.

Many here have complained about the slowness of this camera. Sure, there is, for example, some delay when using the flash. The camera goes "blank" while recharging, but I did not find the wait times to be so awfully slow. Probably it's a matter of which kind of battery is powering the camera, but in my case, with NiMH rechargeables, the delay when using flash was just about 3 seconds. For my photographing, it's absolutely acceptable, and I've seen worse performances.

Criticising video performance of a compact digital camera like this is, in my opinion, fairly pointless. The primary thing a digital camera has to do is photos. Of course the video abilities of tiny cameras like the 7600 will be limited, there isn't much to expect here.

The only thing I don't like, for now, is the lack of exposure information on-screen, and I'm quite surprised by this absence, since even old models like the 800 and the 900 series display it.

In the end, I think this is a very good little camera and a good value for its price. For 200 Euro, I admit I was prepared to much worse.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Too slow for those that can't read the manual. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was first disapointed with this camera. I spent a total of 10 minutes with the manual and found all my complaints were in fact my fault. If you press the button half way it activates the auto focus. When you have your shot lined up press the rest of the way. Have yet to take a bad picure after doing this. Also.. for those that didn't read the manual. There are settings for indoors outdoors and florescent lighting. Have yet to take a bad picture after useing the right settings. Come on folks... read the darn manual. If you want a camera that acts like a disposible...buy one. If not get in the manual and see what this bad larry can do.

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

If you're used to a standard auto focus SLR then you will have no problems with this camera. Simply hold down the shutter release half-way, wait for the blue dot on the screen then shoot. Hell I just did this then in a dark room and it worked. Yes it's not a point and shoot camera, but when used properly is takes the best photo's I've seen for a AU$450 camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
upset at first, thanked later (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In short, was very upset at first, as this was my first bet in d/cam.
But later after learn the features and how to use them, its just a real bet of nikon. no doubt one of the best cam in any std.(7 mpxl at this price)...

as a new users, it took me some time to set hand.
rest i need to see with more of use in the coming days. lets hope better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pro features in a small package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

involvement office products giants was closing out Nikon�probably because Nikon announced it would not make any more. I replaced a Canon G-1�a splendid dinosaur of a digital�which I use in a design studio to take shots of comps, models etc. Nikon lenses are legendary and the 7600 backs this up. At 7mpx I can blow up tiny portions of shots and enlarge them with substantial clarity.

My old Canon's auto focus seemed to "lock-on" nicely�after an extended auto focusing session. The 7600 is a little slow for a digital that came out just last year.

Most people learn cameras using what they figured out when they first get it. Digitals need a lot more involvement�literally hundreds of mode combinations.

This is not a "catch the moment" camera. For a pocket camera that you could use as a professional tool in a pinch the 7600 is impressive.

For a family/office point and shoot, my wife got a Canon digital elph 500 series�this compact is quick and produce sharp pictures consistently�without ever picking up a manual.

The Nikon 7600 is still my choice�it's all about the image.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy this camera, unless ... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

... unless you only take landscape photos in summer. Or possibly small-room indoors shots.
In large indoors environments (ie. where the flash won't light the back walls - eg. in churches) it defaults to ISO50, sets its own exposure time and effectively requires a tripod setup. And the flash isn't one of those flick-up ones which you can simply hold down in order to trick the camera into taking a darker photo.
Likewise outdoors - on a bright day, with static scenes (the awful autofocus can't really handle any target moving more quickly than a recently-fed tortoise), this camera can take fantastic pics. But "bright" means "really bright": I spent this winter in Scotland and had virtually no days, outdoors, where the camera figured it was bright enough not to use a flash. Which left me with all the consequent lighting vs. stability.
Dreadful camera ... leave it on the shelf.

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

Took some getting used to, and the autofocus is a little slow until you play with it and get used to it.

I needed a camera with a very strong macro feature and this was the camera! I tested a lot of others and just didn't find anything out there like it, where I could get the closeups I needed of my jewelry.

That said, it's important to have the proper lighting setup, too, and now I have that as well, so my pics are sparkling clear and the color is perfect.

I really do love this camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great in most areas, but some shocking limitations even at the price. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

To be honest, in most respects I am very pleased with this camera. In bright outdoor light, the colour neutrality, accuracy and sharpness of the images has exceeded every expectation I had. Sadly however, it is next to useless indoors. The autofocus is appalling and frequently simply refuses to lock on to anything. The flash recharge time is seemingly measured in weeks, and even with a fast SD card, the time between shots can be infuriatingly slow.
In true Japanese electronics tradition, plumbing the depths of the menu system unearths more clever features than you will ever use, and a good few that you probably will. For example in Portrait mode, the camera can help you frame your subject by overlaying a silhouette onto the screen. It's a nice feature, even if the useless autofocus will ensure you have a fuzzy blob, albeit a beautifully framed and composed one.
Despite all these criticisms, I have had some truly stunning shots out of this camera. One, out of the window of a Boeing 777 at 41,000 ft over the Atlantic captured the vivid, deep blue of the high altitude sky and the lighting of the clouds as near to perfectly as makes no difference. Landscape shots also tend to be breathtaking. However, as a film SLR user, I bought this for snaps and quick pics, usually inside (parties etc) and at that it disappoints massively.
I would happily sacrifice some of the image quality for a focusing system that worked, a better flash, and a faster frame rate. It seems to me that in chasing a headline 7.1 megapixel spec, Nikon overlooked some of the basics. Worth a 2 star really, but I give it 3 just because of the handful of staggeringly good shots it has produced.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera one small issue (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ok so I got the camera and at first I was dissapointed the picture quality was blurry and the autofocus was poor but after changing the settings and fiddeling around for about 10 mins it's now perfect, working really well and an incredible camera especially for the price! I would recommend this to anyone be it novice photographer an intermediate or an expert! Very Very good well done Nikon!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Functional, reliable camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera in Switzerland and have actually never read the manual because it's not in english. However, the various functions are easy to understand and I've taken a lot of really good quality photos with it.
Agree that low light situations require a long exposure time and I personally can't hold the camera steady enough so have had some blurry photos. If you change the flash this problem is reduced though.
It's a cheap, functional and reliable camera. I'm happy with my purchase.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst digital camera ever owned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

NO UPDATES FROM NIKON !
Where are the product updates from Nikon for this camera ?
The pictures are blurry, camera is slow, slow, slow...Nikon should have put out firmware updates to fix all of the issues by now...
My HP camera I bought for $89 kicks this one in the teeth !

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pictures were blurred (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am returning the camera, after a week of reading and working with it, I am not satisfied with the quality. The screen is even blurry. I tried to squeeze the button and work on a/f. Just could not keep it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Horrible Auto Focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I gave this camera two months. I know how to use a camera. (Digital and Film). I even read the entire manual (for those of you that automatically assume that a poor workman blames his tools.) The Auto Focus was horrible! I would press the button to focus and it wouldn't lock in. It didn't seem to want to focus on anything. I tried stationary objects, high contrast objects, faces, bodies... It didn't matter what it was. There was no rhyme or reason to what the camera would and wouldn't focus on. It did better outdoors then it did indoors. Inside shots were the worst. There were so many things that I didn't get any photos of because I was trying to get the Auto Focus to lock on before taking the shot because I knew if I didn't, it would be blurry.
There are some great qualities to the camera, but if it can't focus, whats the point? I gave it a fair shake and after reading through these reviews it seems like it either works or it doesn't. My only problem was with the Auto Focus, and it seems to me that MANY other people are having the same problem. So I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that it isn't possible for ALL of us with the Auto Focus issue to be too stupid to operate a camera. It appears to be a malfunction with a lot of cameras. I know you get what you pay for; and it's not a $1000 camera, but who says that it's right to spend $350 and have to have it repaired immediately before you can get reliably good shots. It's too much of a consistent problem and seems to be one that Nikon ignored.
For those of you that don't seem to have the focus problem I would agree that the features of the camera are great. There are many good qualities. The few clear shots that I did get were absolutely stunning quality! Beautiful clarity, great color. Truly amazing. I just wasn't willing to waste time with 10 shots to get 1 clear one; or miss out on photos from a birthday party, or holiday because I was indoors.
If you own this camera and want to try to have Nikon fix the problem for you, go right ahead. It may be something to look into. As for me, I went and returned it and got myself a Sony.
Sorry Nikon, but poor product should be fixed or taken off the shelves. It's very hard to believe that no one at Nikon knows of this problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
THIS IS A TERRIFIC CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i bought this camera 3 years ago and it has been perfect. The quickest camera to take photos and has had no red eyes in any photos. I think all the people who wrote comments above arent using there camera's properly or are being to impatient when it comes to taking photos. Maybe you should read the manual to actually work out how to opperate the camera properly!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Auto-focus very poor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i've had this camera for 4 months now and time i use it i get more and more disappointed. the auto focus is very poor and don't even think of taking a picture without the flash on because 90% of the time it will come out blurry especially in dark lighting. oh ya and when you use the flash expected a long delay where the screen completely blacks out due to "flash recharge" which is ridiculous there is about a 5 second delay between pics which sometimes seems like 5 min, overall i do not recommend this camera for anyone even beginners.

  • 2.0 out of 5
very slow (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

just got the Nikon 7600 as a gift. Wow by the time the picture takes, your photo op is long gone. Completely terrible for any quick snaps like with my one year old. The red eye reduction is a joke. I spend more time with photo editing software for that then I did with my one megapixel canon that did not have it at all. I would not recommend this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing Christmas gift (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I received this camera for Christmas and I am very disappointed. I have read the manual from cover to cover, adjusted the settings and have tried taking several different types of pictures (i.e stills, action, close ups etc.). my pictures turn out blurry or I miss the shot I was trying for. This camera is extremely slow and when I try to zoom in, the monitor is blurry and thus the pictures turn out out of focus. Needless to say, I missed a lot of good pictures because of this camera. Now I plan on returning it and have to deal with a 15% restocking fee for an item that is in my opinion "defective." I thought with a Nikon 7.1 megapixel camera, I would get the great close-ups I was looking for. I'm going back to my Cannon 35 mm.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy to use, but some flaws (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought this camera before reading these reviews. I am amazed about all the possibilities the camera offers and about the ease of use. There are also downsides, the main one being the autofocus issue. In fact, I found that the problem is not caused by the autofocus itself, but by the fact that it sometimes takes too much time before the photo is being made, especially when you choose the party/indoor settings. It is difficult not to move the camera that long, especially when the camera also chooses a long shutter speed. In those cases choosing the standard setting helps, though the warmth of artificial light is lost (which can also be countered - see the manual). All in all it is an easy to use camera, but you really have to read the manual and make an effort to understand how it 'thinks'.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Toy I've Ever Had (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love mine.. Reading everyone Else's reviews are scary. Maybe some people don't know how to use such an easy camera. Readin g your manual should help. I also own a Cannon and nothing compares to this Nikon. I can't believe how long i can take movies on it. Great investment for me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Just got this camera for X-Mas and... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think its awesome. I did read the manual and learned how to use it first, and it takes amazing pictures and video. I did not have problems with focusing because I push the release halfway so the camera can focus first before taking the shot. It also has sound on the video that is adjustable..just amazing! I Highly recommend it for someone who wants to learn how to use a good digital camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Appallingly bad video, very poor autofocus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I helped select this camera for my sister-in-law thinking that surely the well-known Nikon brand would not be a dud. I was sadly mistaken. It's a dud mainly for four reasons : (1) extremely poor or non-existant autofocusing particularly in macro in even normal outdoor lighting situations, let alone medium or poor light situations where it typically fails to autofocus at all despite following the manual instructions; (2) the screen blanks out completely between shots when flash is used (3) the time the screen is blanked out and the flash is ready again is an interminably long period during which many opportunities are missed; and (4) to my utter dismay, video recordings have seriously bad top-to-bottom-of-the-screen reddish verticle bands in line with and as wide as anything bright in the scenes, ruining them. Note: in movie mode, only movies taken at the highest resolution/frame rate are smooth enough to be watchable, else too jerky on the lower settings.

Sorry for those who think this is a great product: this camera goes back to the shop for refund/exchange as fast as we can get it there. No wonder it was on special at the same discounted price at every camera shop we went to here in Sydney today! Nikon trying to get rid of it's duds as fast as possible? - shame on Nikon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Stellar performer for point and shoot camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Make sure you use the right SD memory card that Nikon has tested with this camera! With small cameras like this, you require a very steady hand for quality picture taking, ESPECIALLY in low light with ISO 50 condition. With Sandisk ltra II, 512MB SD card, w fine and 7* setting, you will have 143 jpegs with steller pictures. Cycle time or delay between shots with this card, was fast in my opinion. The prints off my Canon IP4000 are fantastic from pictures taken with the 7600 using accompanied Nikon picture software. Nikon's external flash unit, SB-30, using the SK-9 bracket screwed to the base of the camera, with camera in auto flash mode, produces vivid indoor pictures in low lighting conditions. The auto focus when using in low lighting conditions, will not always work. The MANUAL explains and you can compensate or adjust so will work with patience. This camera replaces my 2 year old Nikon 4300 and could not be happier with my 7600 since Nov 05

  • 2.0 out of 5
not quick enough if your pictures are of kids (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I time it takes between pictures is way to slow. Despite what consumer reports says. The time between pictures is way to long. I guess if my pictures were of people who could stand still for a period of time, I'd be ok. But if your subjects are kids, forget it. I'm buying a Cannon SD 450, which is what I should have bought from the beginning.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good depth in landscape pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have very much enjoyed taking landscape pictures, there is a very good depth in them, you really get the feeling of how far away the mountain is.
Indoor pictures is more difficult to take, here you have to learn the different modes of the camera, before you get really good indoor pictures.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Read the manual (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I believe that almost everyone that has given the camera a poor rating are beginners to digital cameras and have expected super SLR quality pictures with their 7600 without even reading the manual first to see that there is more to it then just having it in Manual mode all the time. Please read the manual and maybe even "Digital Photography for Dummies" before you decide to criticize something that your low IQ imagination has created. I find this camera amazing, the menus are really easy and straight forward, anyone with common sense could easily figure it out and get amazing results with this camera once they have played around and mastered it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
So slow (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

All I wanted in a camera was to point and shoot. When my Fuji 410 broke I thought instead spending money to repair it I 'll use the money to replace it. Big mistake. I am still struggling to get a a picture as good as th 410. And the delay between 2 shots is painfully slow. I am hugely disappointed with this camera

  • 1.0 out of 5
I Must Be Doing Something Wrong (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't understand the In-Camera Red Eye Fix. All of my pictures came out with very bad red -eye. Not only did this camera not fix it, it seemed to almost delight in how prolific it is in causing red eye issues. I know there is a red-eye removing setting, but lord knows I don't want to add to the already painfully slow shutter speed, but I believe this camera is supposed to do some type of automatic removal or at least, reduction, in camera. That was one of the reasons I bought the camera Also, there are significant blurring and color management issues. I guess my point is that out-of-the box default settings are disgusting. I have a 3.1 megapixel Kodak that has none of these issues. Sure, I had to set it for red-eye reduction, but it still has a much faster overall shutter speed than this, and I bought that about 4 years ago. As you know, 4 years is an eternity in the digital world. Empty promises, empty wallet.

  • 3.0 out of 5
You get what you pay for. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently bought a Nikon 7600. One can't expect a camera in this price range to be perfect. The first one I bought had to be changed for a new one because it had a few faulty pixels in the CCD (they always appeared blue). They were extemely visible in dark photos. And the second one has one faulty pixel, always red. I'll put up with this one given that it's hardly visible unless you go looking for it zooming up the photo. I agree that the camera has poor quality in dark areas but you must admit that the specifications say that the camera's sensibility is equivelent to ISO 200 at best. Before this camera I had a 3Mp Sony that had a ISO 400 equivelent sensibility and took better pictures in the same poor lighting conditions. So if one knows a little bit about "old fashioned" photography one would know what to expect from the nikon 7600 specifications sheet.
The 7600 cost me 199 euros, in November 2005. For that price I'm quite happy with this camera, in spite of all it's defects.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Failure (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

So far the pictures aren't bad but in low light they are not good either. I don't use the camera a lot and this will be the second time I am sending it out to be repaired for lens failure. The lens failure message comes up, the lens drive mechanism starts to click or chatter and the lens will not go back in. After this the camera will not work at all. Took over a month to get it back the last time and I missed a lot of picture taking events. Hopefully I will have it back by Christmas but no Thanksgiving pictures this year. I don't like to talk like this but the camera SUCKS. I wonder is I can trade it in on a Cannon?

Tom

  • 2.0 out of 5
after six month use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I take this camera only for outdoor, still image use, e.g. visiting a sunny city with beautiful outside architecture. Forget anything else, like indoors, museums, or anything that moves : if the subject moves and/or if there is no bright light, it simply won't focus in time for you to get the subject or won't focus properly. This is NOT a point and shoot camera. It is a slow, inefficient , ill-designed product.

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

I bought the camera as i was boarding a plane to new Zealand to ski. Without reading the manual i took great pictures on Auto in the high mountains with great detail in the snow scenes. Then jsut took it to India, where I read the manual. A little fussy to use sometimes, and can be slow when changing settings. However it does take good pictures on Auto. The colour settings it gives on the Sunrise/sunset settings are dubious but all in all it took good pictures. I took over 600 whilst there. (Take your IPOD to down load the files to.) Most were great. Can't use the screen in anysort of bright light however, and the viewfinder does not show what the whole photo is. pity about this if you are used to an SLR. It's Panorama feature was great. Just a bit slow on start up time. But it does take good photo's but you need to know how to use it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
This camera plainly makes me angry. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have just started to get into photography and this is my first digi cam and maybe my last. I started to take pictures and found that they came out blurry so I changed the setting around and found unless I had a tripod the pictures would still come out blurry. I suggest avoiding this camera altogether saving you allot of frustratingly blurry and warped pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Red Eye Reduction (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the Camera, but the "red Eye Reduction" is either broken on my camera or didn't come with it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very disappointed with Nikon on this one (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this unit to replace an Olympus D 480 and find that it is a poor substitute..The Nikons' low light capabilities are very poor, capture time is very slow and auto focus not dependable..Have to tweak most every shot with photo editor. Always thought Nikon was top line but have changed my mind. Would not recommend it for any purpose........

  • 5.0 out of 5
artdirector/mom loves it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a mom who takes family shots, and a designer who takes product shots. I love it, I carry it in my purse in a cosmetic case with a spare pair of batteries, I never have to think about it, it is always there, Beautiful macros shots, and I find the focus to be very good, remember to hold the button down half way and put the focus object in the middle of the frame, then move to frame your photo and take it. and it takes great everyday pictures. comfy to hold. easy easy interface, from photo album prints to product catalogs it does its job very well.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Auto Focus Horrible !!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had high hopes for this camera, Auto Focus just simply struggles in any medium or semi-low light level. If you take 10 pictures you will delete 5 if taken in your house. I have a bright interior and it still struggles. I have made every possible adjustment on every setting and cannot maintain a consistant picture with clarity. I have read the manual 10 times and even watched Nikon's 101 camera lessons and still cannot master. Bottom line this is a poor design on focus but everything else is ok. The screen is dull and hard to see what you have taken. Goes back to Best Buy tomorrow!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was surprised how long I can take photos without replacing bateries. I was taking photos, recording movies and so on for three days. Menu is very easy to use. Despite some lag between taking photos it is excellent choice. I would recommend to buy at least 512Mb memory because of high video quality and HIQ pictures you'll need that.

  • 4.0 out of 5
compact, easy to use and gives great video (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The other reviewers might require more of a learning curve. I had a first camera that I used to learn what was important in a next camera. I have NEVER regretted the performance.
You can hook it up directly to a TV to show your pictures and video. NO need to print or carry a laptop.
The autofocus has worked flawlessly. It will shoot a dozen pics in rapid sequence. The video is HUGE.
In low light you DO need to use the flash to get a clear picture. Same with anyone else.
All that and I can carry it in my shirt or pants pocket. I don't feel like this is a burden.
When will the others catch on???
If you want to get poster-size 18x24 pics, then plan on spending $$$ for the right unit and carrying a bag of accessories with it..

  • 1.0 out of 5
I hate this camera so very, very much. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It may be small, but it's not thin. As such, it doesn't fit in purses, pockets or anything. It's also very fragile and the battery door has a tendency to fly open when bumped. It eats batteries like nobody's business, and it takes FOREVER to take pictures. Also, it takes ages and ages to look through the pictures. DO NOT buy this thing.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Happy with results and ease of use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I sold my Canon G5, as my wife found it too big and bulky for our purposes, to replace it with a smaller camera, though I wasn't prepared to sacrifice image quality. Did a lot of research on this and other sites, tried many cameras out at various stores, and decided, for the price, this camera was a good deal, for a 7 mp camera. I paid a great price for the camera through Butterfly Photo, but the "high speed" 512mg s-disk was way over-priced. I would recommend you buy the camera through them, (best price), and get accessories elsewhere.
I have not had the problems with focus that others have had. We had it on our vacation in Florida, and took over 128 shots in numerous settings, indoor and out. We took spectacular sunset shots, and did find shots taken in twilight settings to be out-of-focus, but I should have used a tripod for these anyway.
My wife and I agreed that the images in the LCD didn't appear to have the same quality as the G5, but when we uploaded these to the computer, they looked much better. The flash tends to overpower some shots, so I don't use it unless absolutely necessary. Videos tend to be a little "pixel-ated," particularly when viewed on the computer, so it may not be a good substitute for a video camera. I only shot video with the G5 once or twice, but I don't recall it looking as bad.
Overall, I certainly wouldn't warn people to not buy this camera. It is so easy to bring along, and it really is easy to use. The quality of the images can be checked by zooming in as much as you can when viewing images through the LCD. I did some macro shots, and the detail was just as amazing as the G5. The Koolpix 7600 doesn't completely satisfy the artist in me the way the G5 did, but I would expect that in a camera which is considerably less in price than the G5.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not what I have Expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

LCD pictures are dull, taken a dozen pictures, 4 are hazy. Great for taken pictures one after another.Over all I would prefer a less in Megapixel, 5 megapixel will probably be enough, it is too bad about the LCD Screen being Dull.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpix 7600 simply cannot focus properly (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What is the point of having 7MP if you cannot focus with accuracy ? I have tried everything : unless there is a lot of light and the subject does not move at all, the Coolpix 7600 simply cannot focus precisely. In fact, I have not found what it focuses on, if anything : side, background ? e.g. the face recognition does not help : if you shoot a portrait, the focus will be on the background, not the person ! And because the AF cannot focus on anything, it takes an awful lot of time before the camera shoots. Nikon Switzerland has kindly tried and repaired it for me, almost to no avail. I am frustrated by the dismal results of this camera and would not recomment it to anyone.

  • 3.0 out of 5
solution with autofocus does not work (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

it's too easy to say "It's a poor workman who blames his tools" because now I have the two sides of the story. My 7600's autofocus simply did not function properly, unless there was a lot of light. I tried everything, nothing worked; it's simple as that. So I sent it back to Nikon here in Switzerland. They (I am quoting the invoice) : "changed CP-1 Print, fine tuned the focusing, controlled and fine tuned DTC, updated the software, and did a general control of the camera". All this of course for free, which is fair for a new, unsatisfactory camera. Now the camera focuses properly, most of the times (I compare pictures : a totally different result). I still get a number of blurred pictures, and the AF still does not work at all in extended digital zoom. But then, this extended digital zoom did not function at all before <g>. Taking pictures and storing them on the memory still takes an awful lot of time : 4 secs just to shoot. This means you cannot shoot anything that moves. I suspect the AF still does not function if the subject moves anyway. To summarize : Nikon has repaired/improved my camera significantly, but the result is still average and not what is traditionally expected from Nikon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The bar has been raised to this level (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've taken 600 pics with this unit on vacation in Alaska. It has been great. The 7Mp images I can turn into posters!!! No need to have the extensive 10x zoom of other units since I don't use those for posters anyway. The max zoom will give good pics since it is a 7mp camera. Nikon folks got this one dialed in.
Only drawback has been in low light situations(VERY LOW LIGHT) These seemded to require a bit more exposure. That I may have caused being inexperienced in selecting the correct function.
I spent a month looking at ALL brands of cameras - this has got them beat. Serious. Movies are HUGE resolution - talk about wishing to have taken more....
IMHO, Get rechargeable batteries and a 1Gb memory card and you're good for life! No need to buy another unit.

  • 5.0 out of 5
"It's a poor workman who blames his tools" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Even a point & shoot requires one to at least look at the manual. I have taken several hundred shots, most in very challenging conditions, and am impressed with the results. I had 45 pictures of our recent vacation printed at a drug store for $.18 a print with NO editing and everyone remarks that they look great! (I might also add that we were there for one week, I took 168 photos total and two sets of Sanyo 2100 NiMH batteries lasted the whole trip!) Having invested in a 512MB memory card (cheap on sale!) I just shot anything that caught my eye and picked out my favorites when we got home.
I took indoors action shots of a martial arts event (in Sport Burst mode) and it beat my 35mm hands down. Just press the shutter as the action begins and hold it to the finish. Great action shots!
I find this camera easy to use one handed and the controls are intuitive (if you don't know how to set a digital clock, VCR you might have problems!). This camera really shines in Macro more, though. Just use a tripod. I use it for work and do 10x enlargements with decent clarity.
Bottom line; if you read the manual, get two sets of good quality NiMH batteries and spend a little time with it this is a great camera. If you can't be bothered with learning how to use something you invested over $300 in, use disposable cameras.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Powerhouse in your pocket for the non-expert! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is little bigger than a deck of cards, but with its 1.8" LCD and full auto settings it takes great speedy shots right out of your pocket. When put with a 1gb Ultra II fast memory card the camera is speedy and svelte. All slowness goes away when the manufacturer's recommendation for memory is heeded. Even without a memory card the camera has more than 13mb built in and performs well. I opted for the 7600 (nearly identical to the 7900 except for a 2.0" LCD and no lithium battery) because I wanted to have options when in the field with regard to batteries. Two Alkaline took about 150 shots with flash and about 10 minutes of video...all with the LCD on. A great camera that is small to take everywhere, but powerful enough that you can crop down to small details and not lose clarity. Highly Recommended.

  • 3.0 out of 5
How to solve the problems of Nikon 7600 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just read all the comments. I totally agree with them because I faced the same problems before. This camera is "extremely" difficult to use and not easy to take good and sharp pictures. Without a deep consideration of different lighting conditions and make appropriate exposure and focus adjustments before you take the picture, you definitely could not get a good result from the Nikon 7600.
But it is fun to use it once you could find out how to solve the problems and adopts the necessary procedures to control the camera…. Because you know how to control it but not the camera control you. I think the conclusion is Nikon wrongly grouped this camera as a camera for the beginners!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Takes too long to take a picture! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is good if you are taking pictures of still items that will not move for the next minute. Every action photo I took resulted in missing the key item that I was trying to capture. By the time the camera actually took the picture, people had moved and the picture was ruined. Results were also blurry. Very disappointed and am returning this camera today!

  • 1.0 out of 5
No end of trouble and problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Such potential, totally failed to meet even simple expectations. Battery management was awful, auto focus poor, capture time was really long. Even stationed on a table this camera failed to capture a crisp image. I can't image that Nikon didn't know what this units failures where.

Bottom line, we paid to get rid of it. Best Buy charged us $57 to return it and it was still worth it to get rid of it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not what I expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the 7600 before I read the reviews on this web site. I was so disappointed by the picture quality (especially in low light) and the long shot setup time (by the time the camera decided it was ready to take a picture my baby was graduating from high school) that I started looking around the web to see if anyone else had the same problem. They did. I took the advice of another reviewer and checked out the Canon SD500... WOW!!! $150 dollars more, but 10 times the camera. Don't waste your money on the 7600.

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

I am using only Nikon cameras. I own Coolpix 5700, 3700, 4500 cameras. I am utterly happy with all these cameras. But I purchased Coolpix 7600 recently for 7 megapixel resolution. When I used this, I become frustrated. Thought Nikon should not have devised such a horrible camera. Auto Focus is poor, Time between two snaps with flash on is considerably more, file saving time is also more, can not be compared with 3700 even. I returned the camera to the shop and asked for Sony P200.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good options and functionality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just picked this up and worked through the functions. I selected this because it had an easy to read menu system, options galore, and turned out great pics. The focus worked flawlessly. It has so many features it may take time to test all of them out. My previous camera had icons without any explanation - which I just could not recall what they all meant!! I prefer the option of text. This thing even has a help menu function - although not for everything (hopefull some day)....After spending days reviewing camera features and options, this is a great choice.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Auto-focus does not work!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The auto-focus on this camera is way less then what you would expect from a digital camera. I have had nothing but problems. I have taken about 350 photos and probably only have about one third of those worth keeping. Takes great outdoor pictures but indoors is another story. I plan on taking it back and paying the restocking fee. Then I will buy a real camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
It just can't Auto-focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The biggest problem with this camera is the fact that I could not get it to autofocus reliably or quickly. If the subject was a highly contrasted subject in bright sunlight, then you could get a good shot, but at any lighting condition less than bright light, the AF suffered from either long delays (and thus missed shots) or from not being able to lock a focus at all.

And this condition was exacerbated if any zoom was used. Also, with any zoom the image quality greatly suffered--the non-zoom images were soft to begin with, but with zoom the images were very soft. I did careful tripod comparisons on still images to test this, and when zooming it seems to just not focus correctly, it's almost as if butter is smeared on the lens when zooming.

In summation, nothing else matters since this camera is in the 'point and shoot' category--if you can't just point and shoot to get a good, quick shot, then all the Scene Modes and Assist modes (which produced decent output) don't really matter, to me anyway.

I ended up returning it and paying $150 more for the Canon SD500--a 7.1 MP compact in a similar category. The price difference was significant, but overall I'm stunned with the performance of the canon and I don't regret shelling out the extra cash.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Less than stellar images. Won't focus in low light (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I guess I expected more from Nikon, but the picture quality of this camera just wasn't that great. Part of the problem was that so many of my shots came in out of focus, because the autofocus didn't lock in half the time, but I wanted a shot--any shot, so I had to click before the scene was gone. I guess an out-of-focus shot is better than no shot but it's really frustrating.

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