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Nikon Coolpix 5900 Digital Camera

5.1MP 3x CCD 4x Jun 2010
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
- Friendly and easy to use.- 3 x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED LensBright and Silicon amorphous claire 2.0 inch TFT LCD monitorD-Lighting control adds to the light and dark areas of the image... More
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Average Expert Reviews

Based on twelve expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Techradar and T3.com the average expert rating of this compact camera camera is 77%.

Good Size

Several customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix 5900 agreed that it was compact. Photoradar.com mentioned on Photo Radar “The meagre 1.5-inch screens on the CoolPix range (the smallest available on any compact) ha” in their review.

One person said in their reviews that it was a good weight. Seven years ago Photo Radar wrote “Product Summary Coolpix 5900 Price at launch 250 Key specs Optical Zoom 3 Price at Launch MPN Weight (g) Full spec For” in their Nikon Coolpix 5900 review.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 19,122 expert and user reviews, Nikon has good reviews for its cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically within its compact camera digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Pictures

Three people who bought the product thought it was able to produce good images.

One Nikon Coolpix 5900 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “The two cameras are identical except for the pixel count -- the 7900 has a 7 megapixel sensor and the 5900 has 5”.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Cnet.com said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix 5900 “Digital camera, 5,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color” .

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Good Support

A number of Nikon Coolpix 5900 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it had good technical guidance. Expert website Cnet.com said “Few fully manual controls; tiny, inaccurate optical viewfinder; slow autofocus in dim light” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix 5900 but in spite of that they scored this digital camera 3 stars.

Good Product Quality

A number of customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was good quality. Eleven years ago Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on CNET.com “Solid image quality; lots of scene modes; versatile burst mode; in-camera help; innovative shooting”. Photographyblog.com scored it 4 stars and wrote on PhotographyBlog.com also eleven years ago “Easy to use digital camera that produces great image quality”.

Nice Design

A number of people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Photographyblog.com said eleven years ago “The Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a stylishly designed 5 megapixel compact digital camera that was first announced at the PMA show back in February 2005” and scored it 4 stars.

Robust

Some people said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made.

Good Technical Features

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Cnet.com said on CNET.com “A few fun and useful features spice up this competent 5-megapixel point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix 5900, aimed at snapshot photographers.”. Cnet.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.com.au “A smattering of gee-whiz features lifts this compact point-and-shoot model above the busy crowd of highly automated 5-megapixel pocket cameras”.

Easy to Use

One customer who purchased this digital camera said that it was easy to use.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an sd memory card, which is typical of many cameras of a similar spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Canon PowerShot N100[plb_2118439_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix 5900 supports video recording, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video recording to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price], and the FinePix JX500[pl_1672380_price] both from Fujifilm or the Samsung EX2F[plb_1609335_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900, the Coolpix 5900 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Coolpix 5900 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Nikon camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The Coolpix 5900 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Nikon digital camera. The auto focus continuous auto focus and single auto focus are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Minimum RAM Requirement

The minimum RAM requirement of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 64MB to 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM requirement is 360MB. At only 64 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 has a quite small minimum RAM requirement compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Low Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement

The average minimum hard disk space requirement of cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900 is 290MB. At only 60 megabytes, the Coolpix 5900 has a quite low minimum hard disk space requirement compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900.

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Narrow

Compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix 5900 have widths of between 16mm and 470mm, and the average width is 100mm. At only 80 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is very narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix 5900.

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15 Reasons Against

Very Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix 5900 is 14MP, and the megapixel counts range from 0.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel count of only 5.1 megapixels, the Coolpix 5900 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age.

If this compact camera camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] (8MP and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix 5900.

Other cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 2.7x and 63x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix 5900 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A800[plb_1399055_price] (3.3x), or the Samsung EX2F[plb_1609335_price] (3.3x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Coolpix 5900 does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Exilim EX-ZR700[pl_1722253_price], or the Exilim EX-ZR400[pl_1892885_price] both from Casio or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of digital cameras of this spec and age is 1", the largest is 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". At only 2 inches, the Coolpix 5900 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix 5900.

If you want a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Ingo VIC002O[plb_2322518_price] (2.4").

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix 5900 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Coolpix 5900 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Coolpix 5900 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 5900, the Coolpix 5900 does not have a GPS.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Coolpix 5900 is not waterproof.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

The combined zoom of cameras of this age and type range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. With a combined zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix 5900's combined zoom is one of the smallest amongst comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix 5900.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix 5900 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 115,000 pixels, the Coolpix 5900 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix 5900 the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 has a 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst image resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The best image resolution amongst similar types of camera is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Coolpix 5900 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The best video resolution of all cameras of this age and type is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Thick

With a depth of 36.5 millimeters, the Coolpix 5900 is one of the thicker cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix 5900 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The average depth of digital cameras of this age and spec is 38mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix 5900

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when Nikon released the Coolpix 5900.

Average Digital Zoom

The Coolpix 5900 has a pretty typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900.

Other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P3[plb_2003_price].

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon IXUS 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Coolpix 5900 has a fairly typical weight (150 grams) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
I/O Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery
Battery Size
System Requirements
Mac Compatible
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
Interface
Dimension
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Camera CCD Sensor
Minimum System Requirement
Lens System
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

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15 July 2009

So it's easy to understand why well-known, market leading brands such as Nikon have such a die-hard following.While nobody doubts the quality of Nikon's optics, the meagre 1.5-inch screens on the... Read more…

Product Summary Coolpix 5900 Price at launch 250 Key specs Optical Zoom 3 Price at Launch MPN Weight (g) Full spec For
Solid image quality
Lots of scene modes
Versatile burst mode
In-camera help
Few fully manual controls
Tiny, inaccurate optical viewfinder
Slow autofocus in dim light
Wenige manuelle Steuermglichkeiten, winziger, ungenauer optischer Sucher
Autofokus langsam bei sprlichem Licht
1 December 2006

Picking out the best digital camera from the massive selection on offer can be intimidating. So its easy to understand why well-known, market leading brands such as Nikon have such a die-hard... Read more…

14 October 2005

A few fun and useful features spice up this competent 5-megapixel point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix 5900, aimed at snapshot photographers...

14 October 2005

A few fun and useful features spice up this competent 5-megapixel point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix 5900, aimed at snapshot photographers...

12 October 2005

A few fun and useful features spice up this competent 5-megapixel point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix 5900, aimed at snapshot photographers...

6 October 2005

Spec: Digital camera, 5,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color
Good: Solid image quality; lots of scene modes; versatile burst mode; in-camera help;... Read more…

21 June 2005

Idiot-proof is the new black. If your photos are a collection of red eyes, chopped-off heads and blurred landscapes, this is the camera for you. Itll hold your hand through composition, exposure,... Read more…

4 June 2005

The 5.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix 5900 and the 7.1-megapixel Coolpix 7900 combine state-of-the-art technology, image quality, and speed, with a unique all-metal design to give consumers what they... Read more…

29 April 2005

Nikon has just released a pair of cameras in the superior point-and-shoot category, the Coolpix 5900 and the Coolpix 7900. The two cameras are identical except for the pixel count -- the 7900 has... Read more…

12 April 2005

The Coolpix 5900 and 7900 ($350 and $450 respectively) are the upper-end models in Nikons point-and-shoot line of cameras. Theyre upgrades to the Coolpix 5600 and 7600, with these being the major... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon vaa340, nikon vaa340e, nikon vaa340ec
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