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Nikon Coolpix 5900 Digital Camera

5.1MP 3x CCD 4x Jun 2010
Megapixel 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

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

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 Camera Reviews

Nikon compact cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Nikon is one of the superior 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 digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age. 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 compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an sd compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of this age and type. 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 compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 supports video capability, unlike most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 5900 which do not support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix 5900 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price] is also worth considering.

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Has Seven White Balances

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900. The white balances "Cloudy", "daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "manual" and "Shade" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix 5900 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix 5900. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Coolpix 5900 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Nikon camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess continuous auto focus and single auto focus are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Small Minimum RAM

Compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900 have minimum RAMs of between 64MB and 1.1GB. With a minimum RAM of only 64 megabytes, the Coolpix 5900's minimum RAM is one of the smallest amongst compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900.

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Quite Low Minimum Hard Disk Space

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 has one of the lower minimum hard disk spaces (only 60 megabytes) amongst compact cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix 5900 have minimum hard disk spaces of between 25MB and 1.1GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 270MB.

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14 Reasons Against

Very Low Megapixel

Cameras of this age and spec have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP. With a megapixel of only 5.1 megapixels, the Coolpix 5900 has one of the lower megapixels amongst compact cameras of this age.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] (8MP), or the easypix V1016[plb_1721318_price] (10MP) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix 5900 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average optical zoom of digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix 5900 is 9.3x, and the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 63x.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] (3.3x), or the Canon A800[plb_1399055_price] (3.3x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix 5900 have an image stabilizer, however the Nikon Coolpix 5900 does not have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 does not support Full HD video, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix 5900 is 1", the largest is 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". The Coolpix 5900 has a quite small display diagonal (only 2 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix 5900.

If this compact camera camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Ingo VIC002O[plb_2322518_price] (2.4").

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Coolpix 5900 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900 also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price], or the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix 5900 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Nikon Coolpix 5900 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix 5900 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

The combined zooms of compact cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 49x. When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 5900 that we have checked the combined zoom of, the Nikon Coolpix 5900's combined zoom of only 3 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 115,000 pixels) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average display resolution (numeric) of similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years is 450,000 pixels.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Coolpix 5900 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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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 most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This digital camera's image resolution (2592 x 1944 pixels) is in fact the worst image resolution across all compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 5900.

Across comparable types of digital camera the best image resolution is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution. Across all compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix 5900 the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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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 Nikon Coolpix 5900 has a fairly average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix 5900.

Other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might 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 camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Coolpix 5900 has a relatively standard weight (150 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix 5900.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
I/O Ports
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery Technology
Battery Type
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Minimum RAM
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
Camera CCD Sensor
Minimum System Requirements
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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