Nikon Coolpix 5900 Review

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Record Modes & Screens

AUTO record mode screen display. The Zoom indicator displays briefly whenever the Zoom is operated. The "5M Fine" icon indicates the image resolution is 5-megapixels at Fine quality. Flash is set to Auto and will fire when needed and there's 189 pictures remaining at the current image resolution.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is blue-green, if it fails it is red and blinks.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

AUTO record menu:

    Image Quality/Size - (5M)2592x1944, (3M)2048x1536, (2M)1600x1200, (TV)1024x768 or (VGA)640x480 - Fine, Normal or Basic quality

    White Balance - Auto, Manual preset, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shady or Speedlight

    Metering - Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot or Spot-AF

    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, 5-shot buffer, Multi-Shot 16

    BSS - Best Shot Selector

    Color Options - Standard, Vivid, Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype

    Image adjustment - Auto, Normal, More contrast, Less contrast

    Image sharpening - Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off

    Sensitivity - Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400

    Auto bracketing - Off, AE bracketing, WB bracketing

    Saturation control - Enhanced, Normal, Moderate

    AF area mode - Auto, Manual or Off

    Auto-focus mode - Single-AF or Continuous-AF

    Noise reduction - On or Off

Nikon Coolpix 5900

If the Menu option is set to "icon" then this is what your menu will look like.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "right" enables self-timer and "down" to enable macro focus mode. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Press the 4-way controller to the "Right" to adjust the exposure compensation. While adjusting you get a live histogram display to visually show you the exposure level.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Scene mode options include: Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Back Light, Panorama assist and Underwater. The last two options let you set image size and quality.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

The Panorma Assist mode will let you create multi-picture panaormas easily with an on-screen guide that shows you the proper image overlap to create the best panorama.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Some of the portrait scene modes have onscreen framing guides to help you properly position your subject for the desired effect.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Whenever you are making a menu selection you can press the Help button (telephoto zoom) to display a brief explanation of the mode or option.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Each of the other specific scene modes on the Mode Dial; Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait, have their own sub-menus of further choices.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

One of the unique Portrait modes is Face Priority AF, as you can see from the frame above it can identify the "face" in the frame and properly focuses on it.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime MOVie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory. Sound is recorded with the moving image, the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording - it can be preset before recording begins.

Nikon Coolpix 5900

Movie mode options:

    TV Movie* - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps

    TV Movie - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 15fps

    Small size* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps

    Smaller size* - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 30fps

    Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous AF

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