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Saturday, Jun 18, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review - DigitalCameraInfo

Jun 18, 2005 | Category: Nikon Coolpix 5600

Nikon Coolpix 4600 / Coolpix 5600The Nikon Coolpix 5600 packs a few cool features into a very traditional silver structure. Nikon advertises the camera’s D-Lighting, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, and Scene Assistance functions as effortless alternatives to improve image quality. These functions do work to a degree and will help salvage some improper exposures; however, many of these flaws stem from the camera’s limitations that would not arise on other similarly priced models. To make the camera a more attractive alternative, Nikon is now offering the 5600 at a reduced price of $249.95 with printer rebates on Nikon website. This does add to the appeal, but the potential audience is extremely narrow. The Coolpix 5600 will grant consumers a 5.1 effective megapixel 1/2.5-inch CCD, with a 3x optical zoom lens and 1.8-inch LCD screen but lacks resolution on the LCD screen and any semblance of user control. It seems as though the majority of the 5600’s automatic in-camera image corrections are designed to cover up the camera’s flaws rather than correct problems that arise from difficult shooting situations. The Coolpix 5600’s primary marketing campaign revolves around these automatic adjustments but the $249.99 price tag is directly correlated with the 5 megapixels of resolution available. This seems to be a bit of a contradiction, as most completely hands-off, near anti-photographers drawn to the camera would not print their snapshots larger than 8×10 and surely will not be doing much cropping and editing after the fact. Therefore, the 5600 will serve a specific type of user; however, for that demographic, there are stronger values out there.

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Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review - PC Magazine

Jun 15, 2005 | Category: Nikon Coolpix 5600

Nikon Coolpix 4600 / Coolpix 5600The Nikon Coolpix 5600’s compact form factor harks back to that of the Coolpix 775 (which debuted in 2001), a camera that was quick, light, and fun to use. For Nikon’s follow-up, integrating two out of three of these qualities isn’t bad, but it isn’t so good, either. The 5600 is light and fun to use, but we take issue with its speed—specifically recycle time. That’s a shame, because the 5600 (as well as the related 4MP Coolpix 4600 and 7MP Coolpix 7600) is nicely designed and fairly easy to use, and it gives users 16 accurate and versatile scene modes from which to choose.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review - Cameras.co.uk

May 31, 2005 | Category: Nikon Coolpix 5600

Nikon Coolpix 4600 / Coolpix 5600The Nikon Coolpix 5600 is aimed at anyone who is looking for a no fuss digital camera that is easy to use. It is a standard point and shoot camera and that you can up and running with more or less as soon as you take it out of the box. It will appeal to the social photographer who enjoys taking pictures on holiday and of family and friends at social get togethers.

The Coolpix 5600 has five megapixels and a three times optical zoom lens. It is relatively small and easy to carry around with you ready for the next photo opportunity.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review - Pocket-lint

May 30, 2005 | Category: Nikon Coolpix 5600

Nikon Coolpix 4600 / Coolpix 5600The Nikon Coolpix 5600 is a true point and shoot model with very few manual control to clutter the small, 85×60x35mm, 130g (without its two AA batteries) camera.

It’s very easy to use as a result with the on/off and shutter buttons gracing the tiny top plate and a single mode dial on the back offering the cameras (fairly standard) shooting options. A great optical viewfinder sits next to the mode dial, as does the camera’s 3x zoom lens control, which drives the optics through their 35-105mm focal range. The lens is however not particularly fast having an f/2.9 to f/4.9 maximum aperture range meaning at full zoom you need to keep the camera very steady as it also has a limited sensitivity range from ISO 50 to 200 controlled automatically.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 5600 Review - Imaging Resource

May 26, 2005 | Category: Nikon Coolpix 5600

Nikon Coolpix 4600 / Coolpix 5600Nikon’s Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, appreciated for their image quality and ease of use. The Nikon Coolpix 5600 continues that trend, offering a 5.1-megapixel CCD and nice range of preset scene modes. The Nikon Coolpix 5600 would be a good choice for anyone who wants an easy to use camera that delivers good-looking pictures with pleasing color and plenty of resolution. For those willing to delve just slightly deeper than “just pushing the button,” its extensive scene modes and unique framing-assist options greatly extend the camera’s capabilities, making it easy to bring back good-looking shots of what might otherwise be difficult subjects. All in all, a good choice for the point & shoot user looking for an easy to use, compact digicam with a surprising range of capabilities. I would liked to have seen much better low-light focusing and exposure capability, less-noisy flash shots at distances greater than 9 feet, and less color left in images shot under incandescent lighting, but the bottom line is that I think a lot of consumers will be very pleased by the Coolpix 5600’s photos, and it clearly goes the extra mile with its scene modes and framing assist options to help novice users bring home good-looking photos.

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