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Nikon Coolpix S560
Nikon Coolpix S560

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix S5100.

Nikon Coolpix S560

We've given the S560 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix S560 is an affordable ultracompact that should handle the needs of most casual and novice users. It has an above-average 5x optical zoom, which is nice for a little depth and distance, while the 10 megapixel sensor will provide more than enough detail for excellent photos. The S560 also has fun features like the "smile mode," which will automatically snap a shot when you flash a grin.


  • 10 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Lens-shift vibration reduction image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory storage
  • Part Number: VMA283E1ALM00032
  • UPC: 411378078551
  • Release Date: Aug 07, 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S560 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S560 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Complete disappointment (Gurkan Kiziltan — 01/15/2010)
I bought my first camera beginning of 2004 and it was also a Nikon, Coolpix 2100. The camera had only 2 effective megapixels but the picture quality was awesome. After 5 years of using this camera I wanted to upgrade to a higher megapixels model and naturally went for Nikon again. Now, when I compare the pictures I take with the new and old cameras, I must say that the picture quality of the old one is FAR better than the new one. The pictures taken with the S560 are grainy and blurry. I think it is related to a lower quality immage sensor, than can capture the nice 10 Megapixel resolution but not as precisely. I would not recommend this camera because it was a complete disappointment for me.
  • 2.0 out of 5
Not worth the money (Amanda — 12/22/2009)

I bought this camera in the summer super excited about using it. The first time I dropped it on carpet it stopped working. Since I bought the warranty thing I got a new one, but now my new one will not connect to my mac and it messed up the memory card. It says "this card is unreadable" so all of my DC and camp pictures are gone. But when the camera works I really enjoy it, but I honestly don't think this camera is worth the price. I would of spent the extra $50 to buy a different camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Why all the bad reviews? (Laura — 09/14/2009)

I was slightly concerned when buying this, because of a large number of reviews that mentioned grainy images, and poor color quality. After actually using this camera, and comparing the images to my last camera's images, I am left wondering if the people writing such poor reviews just didn't bother to tweak their settings. My first picture seemed a bit dull in color, but compared to my last camera, the image didn't have such a yellow tone from the indoor lighting. After exploring the settings, I quickly found the 'Vivid Color' mode, which instantly brightened the images. As for low lighting, I walked into my bedroom, and turned the lights OFF. Snapped a picture, and to my surprise, the image looked as if it had been taken with daylight in the room. My last camera had a somewhat dim image, that was lacking. My next test was to see how well the stabilization/anti-distortion worked. I held the camera, and gently shook it, while taking a picture. I didn't end up with a blurred image, only one that seemed to be slightly out of focus.

Now that I was feeling slightly relieved, I decided to really test it out, and imported the images onto my computer. I opened each in Photoshop, and sized them to 100%. This makes such a large image, that it appears to be zoomed in, and the images were just fine.

The monitor is a bit grainy looking, when viewing your images, but after they are uploaded, and being viewed in a quality editor, they are just fine. After going through the different settings on this camera, I found multiple places where someone could cause their images to be a lesser quality, if they don't understand the settings. It seems to me that the issues described by other owners, were really related to using the device improperly.

If you get this camera, and you are having problems with the quality of your images, first read the manual, and check your settings. If they seem to be set properly, call Nikon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Quality (Judy — 08/27/2009)

I 100% agree with a review I just read. Nikon s560 pictures are grainy and blurry. I would not recommend it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fantastic Value (Angela — 08/24/2009)

I am a semi-professional photographer. I purchased this camera for a more portable option to an SLR for everyday shooting.
This camera has been great so far and the quality is very good. Macro shots are especially nice!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great pics, great price (J — 08/21/2009)

Great camera for the money got ours at Best Buy and saved (could do better at Adorama) Outstanding color and tight images. Very good focus. About as good as you can get without a dslr.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Dissapointed (Marsha — 07/03/2009)

We bought the Nikon mainly because we thought all Nikon cameras must be good with the high quality lens, and high megapixels, and optimal zoom... but the pictures are terrible compared to our other camera (Sony cybershot). The Nikon s560 pictures are grainy and blurry, especially indoors. I would not buy this camera or recommend it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Terrible Picture Quality (Abbey — 07/02/2009)

I bought my Nikon Coolpix to take with me on vacation and I wanted to test it out before I brought it. The pictures were blurred. The camera, although, is very easy to use. I'm not satisfied with the quality for the price I paid.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nice Camera (Stewart — 06/23/2009)

This is a nice Compact camera. It takes good pictures for a small camera. Everyone compares these to the $700.00 - $1000.00+ cameras.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon S560 (PDX — 12/27/2008)

How can you go wrong with a Nikon? Great camera for it's small light weight portability. I will NEVER give up film, but I do agree there are times that small, easy to use, great quality pics can be achieved by a digital source. Also, I purchased this at Costco for $179.00!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Super great for a point and shoot picture taker (Arthur Kirsch — 12/13/2008)

I have enjoyed owning Canon and Nikon camars, lugging varied lens in a large bag, and then in 2002 I got my first Coolpix. The 995. A great camera, but somewhat bulky. I then got another coolpix (5600) which I liked a lot, until it was stolen in Paris three weeks ago. And so to the S560. I love everything about it , except the need for a special battery instead of AA. The pictures are great, the 10 mp lets me crop with very good clarity, and in moderate low light it still is very good. And the 5x zoom is clear. Ordinary picture takers will love it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Pro (Joe Lively — 11/24/2008)

I purchased this camera primarily as a light weight, durable camera to carry along on hikes, provide research documentation and do macro & copy work. Its reported ability to capture superior low light, non-flash images was of particular interest. I was not disappointed.

Until recently, Canon projected an image that it had dominated the digital market and maintained a considerable technological lead over competitors. They do have some fantastic pro-oriented equipment. However, in the real world of small P & S cameras, there are legions of dissatisfied owners. Many have been frustrated by poor construction quality and unresolved "Error 18" messages. As one who has shared this frustration, change has come. Nikon has closed the gap."

Don't be fooled by the compact size of the Coolpix S560. lt is loaded with features. Once you get through the learning curve for the multiple menus, you will find a versatile workhorse. I really like the optional manual controls and found that they allow creativity beyond the world of all "autopilot." If you are a novice or one making the transition from a manual or autofocus SLR camera to the digital world, you will find the S560 user friendly. Additionally, Nikon has made a tradition of excellence in customer support, available online or live should you have a problem.

Image quality is superb and quality control is very good for a camera in this price range. Capturing images in extremely low light is where the S560 really shines. I agree with other reviewers that low light performance is well beyond any other compact camera on the market. Noise is not really a problem until you go past ISO 1600. D-lighting, exposure compensation, vibration reduction functions are a delight. Being able to manually select the zone of focus is also a plus for precise work. Small flash is adequate, but expect a limited range.

There is only one possible downside. If you are taking a lot of detailed shots, where you need to custom tune performance between each exposure,
you had better have more than one spare battery. But, in fairness, that would be true of any compact digital brand.

Overall, this is a top choice in point and shoots. It is a joy to use. Nikon
has produced another winner.

  • 3.0 out of 5
A good but not a great camera (Simon Hall — 11/21/2008)

I bought this camera on the back of a good review on another website. I was also attracted by its small size and good looks. In these areas the camera does not dissapoint.
However on using the camera I found that it does leave a lot to be desired. Image quality is not great, with noise apparent on images on anything over an iso setting of 100.
Also indoors, unless you have the iso setting at around 200 or above the photo's come out very dark.
Outdoors for landscapes the camera scores pretty highly, although I have seen sharper images from my previous Advent MP8 camera.
I also find that on occasion the camera does not focus correctly, even after trying various focus settings I often fing a subject out of focus but the background in focus.
As a simple point and shoot camera is it somewhat lacking.

If I was choosing again I would probably look at a Canon Ixus 90is as it has comparable spec and price, but will hopefully produce better images.