Mar 11, 2005

Nikon Coolpix 5900 Review

Nikon Coolpix 5900 Review

Here's is an out-take from DigitalCameraInfo where they give us their Nikon Coolpix 5900 First Impression Review

Several weeks ago at PMA in Orlando, Florida, Nikon announced their new point-and-shoot Coolpix digital camera lineup for 2005. Just below the flagship model of the lineup is the Nikon Coolpix 5900. The only notable difference between the Coolpix 5900 and the slightly more expensive Coolpix 7900 is the reduction in effective megapixels from 7.1 to 5.1. The Nikon Coolpix 5900 has the same hardware with a 1/1.8-inch type CCD, a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens with a 38-114mm (35mm equivalent) focal range, along with a 2-inch, 115k LCD screen. The Coolpix 5900 will be available in March 2005 at an MSRP of $349.95 (USD).

Handling in conjunction with navigation and performance are elements I consider when discussing ease of use. How quickly can I get around the camera? How fast can I make a manual adjustment? How reliable are the automatic features? Will I be pleased with this camera’s performance in “easy” mode? Down the line, I am pleased to report that during my handling of the Nikon Coolpix 5900, I was quite impressed. The camera had great response time for making automatic adjustments, the menu and collaborative buttons and dials are easy to reach and use, and together they work in concert to help users take better photos. The camera is well-built and evenly weighted both physically and aesthetically.

The menu system is one of the best on the market this year, which scores huge points in the ease of use department. All too often, ease of use and handling go out the window when I find I’m lost in a menu, or I can’t decipher the icons. The Nikon Coolpix 5900 is extremely easy to use, and I dare say that most users will find that they can cruise through the menu system to make quick manual adjustments as needed.

In short, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a great buy at $349.95 (USD); you get all the frills of a more expensive camera (Nikon Coolpix 7900) at a lower cost. The only reduction that I can spot is a diminished megapixel count. With 5.1 effective megapixels and an all-glass 3x optical Nikkor zoom lens, performance should be solid. Applying a 2-inch LCD, a host of preset modes and some manual control options, along with an innovative help button, smart design and an intuitive menu system, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is a great solution to your low budget digital imaging needs regardless of photographic competence.

Without having properly tested the model, the conclusion may read somewhat hollow, but from a handling perspective, there are fewer cameras on the market that compare (at this price point) to the Nikon Coolpix 5900. Evenly weighted, well-stocked with features and trinkets, and still laid out intuitively enough for even the most despondent technophobe. Stay tuned for the full review, which will run the camera through the digital imaging performance gauntlet.

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