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I purchased this camera from Argos in their sale at the cost of £100.00. I chose this camera after reading many reviews about it.
The camera is small and light enough to fit in my trousers pocket. The best thing i like about it, is the fact the lense doesn't stick out when not in use. With the zoom being a Nikkor 5x wide optical zoom you are able fit more into your pictures and get close to those further distant topics. There is also a digital zoom that will get you even closer, but i would not recommend this option as it can make your picture quality unnatural and pixelated.
The 10 megapixel image quality is very good and there is even a wide angle setting, so when you view your pictures on your wide screen TV, they fit the whole screen. The ISO sensitivity is 3200, in the settings you can have it set to AUTO or you can manually change the setting that suits your scene. The white balance also can be changed as there is plenty to chose from, for example, daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy etc, or you can set it to AUTO. There are colour options too, vivd colour, black and white, sepia, cyanotype etc.
When it comes to auto focus, you can change it for face priority, manual or center. This camera also has an electronic stabliser for anyone with a shaky hand, it works quite well, this can be set to off or auto. For scene settings there is an auto scene feature that detects the scene for you and auto changes the setting for your photograph to look right, doesn't always work but is handy if you are looking to take a quick photo and haven't the time to fiddle with the settings. Close ups are very good when macro mode is enabled. The flash is strong and works quite well in night scenes.
The camera has a 2.7" LCD screen which is its biggest and only downfall, it reflects alot and you have to look at the screen in an angle so you can see it right, if you look at it straight on there seems to be too much contrast and results in finding it hard to see what you want to take a picture of.
Also you can choose your own scene mode manually, there is alot to choose from for example, party/indoor, close-up, portait, landscape and many more even one for taking photographs of food. There is also a auto potrait feature that when used, the camera auto detects you and auto focuses and takes your picture automatically, this feature works and is very good.
This camera has a video capture feature too, and works quite well and includes sound, tho i don't use it for this purpose, but could come in handy. The camera has builtin memory but not much so i would advise you to get an SD card, 2 or 4gb should be enough, depends on how much you use it i suppose.
There is a rechargable battery that comes in the box along with a charging pack which is very handy and there is a great long life from it too even if you use the flash alot.
The camera is easy enough to use and setup, it produces a very good picture along with video capturing with sound, if that sounds like your kind of camera then i would recommend you buy one.
this camera is one of my favourites as i own two nikon cameras. the other one i couldnt find so im reviewing this one. the camera its self comes in loads of coloures which i found pretty cool and the battery life is great. it is very thin and very light so its easy to carry around which is great. the pictures it takes are high quality as it is a ten megapixel camera and the flash is strong so you can take loads of pictures in the dark. i love when you switch it on the lens extends out so you dont have to take a lens cover on and off whenever you use it. the features on the camera its self are good but maybe could have a few more and maybe they need to make the focuser a bit stronger because when your tring to get a picture of something and you go to look at it later you really dont want to fund a blur but i guess this cameras focuser/ stabaliser is quite good.
over all this is a great portable camera and i reccomend it.
I Purchased the Nikon Coolpix when i was on a special offer so got a really great bargain but got the best camera that i have ever used. It goes everywhere with me as it is quite small and light it stay in my handbag allowing me to get it out when ever i need it.
The battery seems to last forever! It lasted a whole week with me in Tenerife and i think i took about 800 pic and didnt have too charge it.
One of the other great thing on this camera is the face recongnition box when your just about to take a picture it pick up all the people face and put a box around it.
Im no expert but i think the quality of the pictures are amazing for the price of the camera. I would defintely recommends for a everyday camera and defintely for holidays.
As a professional photographer who is used to using top of the range DSLR cameras, I often worry that I will be a little harsh on simple point and shoot cameras when asked to give my opinion on them. Last week when I was asked to test the Nikon Coolpix S560 and give my opinion on it for my camera club, I was determined to do so with an open mind because as well as thinking I can be harsh on point and shoots, I am also not Nikon`s biggest fan.
The Nikon Coolpix S560 is the latest in a range of Nikon point and shoot digital cameras and a direct step up from the Coolpix S550. In my opinion this was released a bit quickly after the S550 and it makes me wonder if Nikon were ever truly happy with the 550 that they felt the need to release its successor within just a few months of it being released itself.
In the camera market however, you need to give Nikon the benefit of the doubt because they have been producing great cameras since before time itself it would seem. In this day and age when you can buy mobile phones with 8 megapixel cameras built in it is hardly surprising that we are seeing tiny cameras like this S560 from Nikon with 10 megapixel resolution and 5 times optical zooms but we must not be fooled by all this.
Buying a camera should never be based on megapixels alone, take this ten megapixel point and shoot and put it up against a six megapixel DSLR and the DSLR will win hands down every time, this is simply down to the quality of the glass (lens). All that said, Nikon have upped the qualityof the lens since the earlier Coolpix models as well as giving it a larger screen on the rear and including a decent image stabilisation, which has gone on to make this a very decent point and shoot digital camera.
Image stabilisation within point and shoot digitals is becoming fairly common but just because it is there doesn?t mean it works and with some cameras it is no more than a gimmick. With the Coolpix however you really do get away with shooting in poorer light or using a tighter zoom and eliminating hand shake, do not expect miracles but if you don?t have the steadiest of hands and quite often get blurred images then this will certainly help.
The other thing point and shoot cameras try to match the modern DSLR`s for is start up times, the start up time of my Sony A900 DSLR for instance is blink of an eye stuff, a mere fraction of a second so you can catch a perfect moment and not miss it waiting for the camera to start. Nikon point and shoot digitals are never usually the quickest and this one although better than earlier ones is still nowhere near lightning fast at just over 2 seconds.
On the subject of speed, the other thing no point and shoot can do as quickly as a DSLR is auto focus but again Nikon have gone some way to improving this in this particular unit and again whilst not the best it is faster and quieter than previous Coolpix cameras.
As with most point and shoots these days you get an impressive range of settings, such as macro, sunlight, low light, fireworks and the likes. However these are never very accurate and certainly do not come close to being as good as when you set the setting yourself based on what you see through the lens. Thankfully most point and shoots (this one included) now go some way to allowing the user to set up shots manually like a pro would with a DSLR.
This Coolpix offers you the ability to set your own choice of ISO, shutter speeds, aperture and even allows for exposure compensation to be used and also white balance settings to be adjusted. Dont worry though because if you did not understand a word of that, you can still choose auto and simply point and shoot. The white balance settings on this and the exposure compensation modes work well for such a small unit and again although they cannot come close to DSLR standards, I was quietly impressed.
All the mumbo jumbo of what the camera can do often seems to pass people by when they are choosing a camera with many people simply going for the smallest best looking camera with the most megapixels. Perhaps that is why Nikon have gone so out of their way to make this one of the smallest, feature packed, good looking little cameras on the market. With dimensions of only 93 x 54.5 x 23.5 mm and being as light as the proverbial feather this camera will easily fit into a pocket just as it would a small hand bag. It looks really good in all its available colours (black, silver and pink at the minute with probably more to come) and it also looks very state of the art.
Often with cameras as small as this you get a sort of feeling like within a few weeks of owning it, it will simply fall apart but as well as looking good this Coolpix feels quite good to handle and despite its tiny frame the buttons and controls are not too crammed in and the whole thing feels very sturdy and durable.
There are tons of other features within this little camera but giving mention to them all would turn this review into a novel, so my advice would be simply to compare features when looking to buy and see which camera has what and also have some sort of idea what features you would benefit from and I can safely tell you that in this price range if the features are available on a choice of cameras as well as this one then this Coolpix will probably be the best option by virtue of the fact that Nikon have put their years of DSLR experience into making sure they work.
The price you will be looking at if you look to purchase one of these cameras will be somewhere between £165.99 which is the cheapest I have seen it to date and £205.99 which is the most expensive I have seen it on offer at. If you can pick it up for around the lower end of that scale then I say you are getting decent value for money but at the higher end you are getting close to being able to afford a starter DSLR and if you are serious about your photography and not looking for a tiny camera then that is the way to go.
This camera is not designed to compete with DSLR`s of course and it`s more direct competition comes from the superb Sony cyber shots and the ever increasing range of other feature packed tiny point and shoots. The only cameras I would put way out in front of these Coolpix models is the Sony cybershots but to get one with the same features as this you will be looking at spending about £50 more.
Now every point and shoot digital camera has its limits and its faults and this one is no exception, for instance Nikon have gone out their way to prevent the lens from throwing up barrel distortion and chromatic aberration but this seems to have affected the sharpness of the final image and there is in my opinion more detail and colour sharpness in images taken by earlier Coolpix models. The other main problem is one that all point and shoot digitals have and that is the production of red eye in images when the flash is used.
There are settings on this camera to allow you to adjust how the flash operates and this includes a red eye reduced setting but unfortunately red eye is still apparent no matter what you do, this is simply because the flash is so close to the lens and it really cannot be avoided. Another issue I have with this and all point and shoots is their claim to be able to shoot video, what they produce is merely poor quality moving images and in anything less than perfect light the video will be so bad you will wish you had not bothered.
The last real complaint about this unit is the macro setting, Macro settings on point and shoots try to take the place of using a macro lens on a DSLR and they cannot do it in most cases. Some Sony cybershots have good macro settings but in the main point and shoot lenses just cannot cope with this. Macro shooting is basically shooting an image at very close range to capture perfect detail, most lenses cannot focus very close up and that is why you get proper macro lenses for DSLR`s. For me the macro setting on this is little more than a gimmick.
Ok now for the real winning points on this camera, I found the face priority focus setting to work very well and as mentioned earlier the white balance settings are very, very good for a point and shoot camera. I also like the fact that this camera uses a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery rather than relying on AA`s like most point and shoots because digital cameras go through batteries at an alarming rate, our friends at Sony have been using lithium ion batteries in their Cybershots for some time now and it is good to see other manufacturers finally getting this right.
Other good points with this camera are the continuous shooting modes, the clear large screen on the rear, the ease in which it can be linked to a PC or laptop through the USB cable, the instruction manual which is very easy to follow and explained vey clearly and I loved the software that came with the camera, the coolpix software suite will be a great toy for many amateur photographers to tamper with their final images and try to perfect them or just give them interesting effects.
This is a camera that I would recommend but I would also say has limitations, for it`s price it is probably the best in its range but if you want crisper clearer images with brighter more vibrant colours when cropped or zoomed in then you should consider spending a few more pounds and look at the Sony Cybershot range (I can?t say fairer than that)!
LOOKS - 9/10
BUILD QUALITY - 7/10
EASE OF USE - 8/10
FUNCTIONS AND FEATURES - 7/10
IMAGE QUALITY - 6/10
VALUE FOR MONEY - 7/10
OVERALL - 7/10
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The Coolpix S560 is a stylish camera that elegantly packs high performance and advanced functions into the smallest body in its class. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image-processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a Nikkor lens, the Coolpix S560 brings ease and fun to capturing smiling faces in the full beauty of special moments.
The Coolpix S560 teams 10 effective megapixels of sharp resolution and the high performance, faithful color reproduction and subtle tones of its optimized processing system with the enhanced compositional freedom of a 5x Zoom-Nikkor lens. Employing four aspherical elements, this high-quality lens ably covers shooting from normal through super-telephoto focal ranges, and also allows macro shooting from as close as 10 cm (4 inches) to a subject.