Nikon COOLPIX 5600

Nikon COOLPIX 5600
  • Nikon COOLPIX 5600
  • Nikon COOLPIX 5600
  • Nikon COOLPIX 5600
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Novice friendly, D-Lighting option

Cons

  • Lowish battery life

Bottom Line

Nikon's diminutive 5.1-megapixel camera is simple to use, and it delivers more-powerful features than you'd expect from a camera priced at under $300.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 379.00 (AUD)

Both novice and experienced digital photographers will appreciate the Coolpix 5600's intuitive controls. Measuring 85 x 60 x 35mm, the 5600 fits easily in your hand. Some features, like the scene-mode selection wheel, cater to occasional photographers. But even an experienced photographer would find depth in this camera's features, and Nikon's straightforward user interface puts all of them within easy reach.

Novices can choose from the icons on the selection wheel to put the camera into the mode best suited to the lighting situation and scene at hand. Options include an underwater scene mode (but you should use this only if you own a waterproof housing for the camera, since the camera itself is not waterproof).

The camera's advanced, contextual menu system gives you great control over the scene modes, including customising certain aspects of mode settings, such as the minimum shutter speed or aperture. With the dedicated delete button you can quickly trash shots that don't work out--a feature I found quite handy.

The Coolpix 5600 accurately reproduced colour in our tests, and delivered well-balanced exposures.

The camera has a 3X optical zoom lens, but in my hands-on tests, I found its photos slightly fuzzy. The camera's autofocus did a reasonable job and managed to focus quickly outdoors, but indoors, getting the camera settled on the correct focusing distance took a little more effort. The camera's Blur Warning feature alerted me when the camera wouldn't be able to take a clean shot due to movement or low light, but even when I made the camera happy by holding very, very still, it managed to snap some slightly out-of-focus images in our moderately well-lit offices. The camera has no manual focus options.

Some of the Coolpix 5600's bonus features--such as the ability to create sepia-tone or black-and-white snaps--seemed gimmicky, but Nikon's D-Lighting option (which instantly brightens overly dark snapshots) worked very well. The Coolpix doesn't include an SD card, and you'll need one: the 14MB of built-in memory stores a paltry five shots in the camera's highest-resolution mode.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?