Nikon Coolpix S5200 Review

April 10, 2013 | Matt Grayson | |

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#1 JS

IQ is real bad…a pin hole camera makes sharper pics, I see no point to test cameras like these ones…

2:55 pm - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

#2 ktvauve

Waiting for reviews of more professional cameras…

6:42 pm - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

#3 JP

I find that these types of cameras work fine in the beginning. Use them twice and see what happens…

2:21 pm - Thursday, April 11, 2013

#4 florin

I think it is a decent camera for these money

7:08 pm - Thursday, April 11, 2013

#5 Max

I have Nikon cool pix 5200D I think it is the right name, it’s an older version of S5200 it makes stunning shots and a great quality.

2:46 pm - Monday, April 15, 2013

#6 Gopal I

This is a decent camera for the money one pays!

3:14 pm - Sunday, April 21, 2013

#7 G I

This is a good camera for the money you spend!

3:17 pm - Sunday, April 21, 2013

#8 julie McNally

good camera. my friend bought this, and she loves it really much. :)

5:47 am - Friday, May 3, 2013

#9 jean

So..what about the sd/battery door?  The last compact I had the little plastic piece that locked the battery door broke off..of course after warranty… this latch higher quality??

10:53 am - Monday, May 6, 2013

#10 aperture

is there any sample photos that was made by this camera? i want to look at the image quality- Julie

2:19 am - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

#11 cathy crane

I used the s5200 for 4 days….the next time I turned it on, the lens would not extend.  When the lens finally extended, it would not auto focus so I tried to zoom and the camera would turn itself off and give me a Lens Error.  I returned the camera for another, but I am still afraid it will happen again since I read some reviews of the exact same thing happening to others who own this camera. It takes good pics but if it only last a few days or weeks what good is it?

3:23 am - Tuesday, June 4, 2013

#12 Cathy Crandall

I bought this camera as a Mother’s Day special. Then during a trip to Cancun in early July all of a sudden I got the exact same lens error as stated y the previous person on this thread. I was unable to use the camera for the rest of our vacation. Very upset! Electronics Express exchanged the camera with no questions asked. Now a month later the exact same problem has occurred with the replacement camera. I was unable to take any pictures of our weekend getaway.  Not one single picture! This time around I will not be satisfied with an exchange. I’m hoping they’ll give me store credit towards a different camera. Prior to this camera I had a Sony Cyber-Shot for almost six years and am regretting not sticking with Sony when it came time to replace/upgrade.

1:06 am - Monday, August 5, 2013

#13 Cathy Crane

I just read comment #12 on this thread. My replacement camera has not had this problem again,yet, but I cringe every time I take it on a trip just waiting for it to happen.  Such a disappointment and hate the anxiety of wondering if I will have pictures from my current trip.  Again, it takes beautiful pictures but this “lens error” issue seems to pop up for no reason and also seems to run rapid with this model of camera.  I think Nikon needs to refund our money, replace this camera with a better one or fix the issue instead of saying there is not a problem. Growing weary and just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

1:57 pm - Monday, August 5, 2013

#14 Cathy Crandall

Following up on comment #12. Took the Nikon Coolpix S5200 back to Electronic’s Express and they credited the amount paid towards the purchase of another camera. This time I went running back to Sony and got a Cybershot DSC-WX80. The sale price was $20 more than what I paid for the Nikon but with Tax Free Sales going on the total out of pocket cost was about $8. Very happy Electronics Express customer. Very disappointed Nikon customer

2:36 am - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#15 Ron

bought the camera, unpacked and inserted memory card and battery, charged it for 3 hours—then got error message “lens error”
now i’m on trip with no access to retailer to exchange and camera is no good.
Nikon needs to have quality control on produces they ship before they ship them
last Nikon product I will buy

5:22 pm - Sunday, September 8, 2013

#16 Barbara

bought this camera for a friend’s birthday in June, camera was great until yesterday when she got the “lens error” message and the lens will not open; I expected more from Nikon; glad I purchased an extended warranty, however, think I’ll return it and get another brand

2:12 am - Saturday, November 16, 2013

#17 Jen

Got this in October for my birthday.  Have always had Nikon Coolpix cameras and love them.  Today, in the middle of taking pictures to post on facebook, it suddenly stopped, with no warning or damage.  Got the dreaded “lens error” after the camera tries to focus.  You can see a blurry picture until it finally shuts off with the Lens error.  So disappointed and inconvenienced.

10:21 pm - Friday, December 6, 2013

#18 Cindy

I’m having the same problem with the lens error as any others. Unfortunately, the receipt is missing, so apparently my one year warranty is void.

2:05 am - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#19 Gail

received Nikon S5200 in October for birthday.  Took pix on Thanksgiving. Brought out camera for Christmas to take pix of our grand daughter from out of state.  LENS ERROR!!!!!

7:03 pm - Thursday, December 26, 2013

#20 Toni

I just got Nikon S5200 for Christmas.  After charging battery for suggested time, then some, it wouldn’t turn on after many attempts.  Returning & researching another product.

2:13 pm - Saturday, December 28, 2013

#21 rudy desmond

I have a Coolpix P90, a little bulky, so I wanted one that I can stick in my pocket and I relied on the Nikon reputation for Quality:WRONG!
Got a Coolpix S5200,new with a Nikon manufactures warranty.I opened the box,charged the battery as per instructions,turned it on and that was all she did. It came on only one time and never did again. So I mailed it in to the Nikon Service location on Wilshire L.A and received a letter that this factory discrepancy is not covered under the WARRANTY.CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?? The repair was $109.00. What a disappointment in Nikon’s reputation,next time anything else but a Nikon product.

Rudy, in Sylmar, Ca.

9:27 pm - Thursday, January 30, 2014

#22 john

new in Sept. 13.  Worked fine(Jan 14) till first re-charge of battery. Camera would not turn on after battery charged. Camera on way back to Nikon.  Shouda bought a Canon. Was surprised when I checked that this Nikon (Japanese) camera was actually made in China.

9:35 am - Monday, February 10, 2014

#23 Ann Saccoccio

Nikon cybershot s5200 is awful camera worked for one week and then kept shutting down.  Returned and exchanged used it four times, just took it out took four pics and got lens error… Garbage Shame on Nikon.. Cannon from here on out..

3:14 pm - Thursday, February 13, 2014

#24 dianne

less than 6 months, and I can’t get the camera to turn on again. Ugh.  What a P O S .

7:24 pm - Sunday, May 25, 2014

#25 Irene LyteHaven

I also bought the Nikon S5200.  It worked the first time I turned it on…but I took video and the battery drained within just a few minutes.  Took it home to recharge.  Recharged it…and it never turned on again.  Can’t get it on, can’t even get my computer to recognize it when i plug it in to USB port…its like it doesn’t exist.  The camera blinks green when I plug it in to the computer or the wall, but it won’t turn on…and after it has stopped blinking green, again, it won’t turn on.  I don’t have a receipt so I am out 170 bucks as I bought mine when they first came out a year ago.  Would not recommend.

11:51 pm - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

#26 Cathy Crane

Following up on comment #13.  July 2014, took a 7 day trip to the Canadian Rockies and then 7 days on Alaskan cruise…If you haven’t guessed, the other shoe dropped.  While on the train (day 3 of our vacation) in the Rockies the “Lens Error” raised it’s ugly head AGAIN!!!! I was so PO’d knowing that I would not be able to take any pictures of these beautiful places we were going. I stewed for about an hour and then kept pushing and pulling on the lens, I mean what difference would it make, it was broke and no warranty anyway, but whatever I did,it started working again.  I have no idea why, but it is still ok today.  I have swore I will NEVER buy another Nikon. I’m planning a trip overseas in 2015 and I am doing my homework, searching for a new camera that will last. Nikon will not get another dime from me.  I am putting a review for this camera on every site I come across to warn people of this issue and Nikon’s lack of customer service and integrity about this defective camera.  I WANT MY MONEY BACK plus the pain and suffering it has caused while on vacations.

3:50 am - Thursday, August 28, 2014

#27 Marian

I bought the Coolpix S5200 in Oct 2013 and after just a few uses got the Lens Error message. Nikon Mexico repaired it without cost (I have to say it was good customer service) and it worked fine when I fired it up on getting it back. Sadly the next time (and when I actually wanted to use it) I got the same message. After a a bit of research online I came across this link and the Autofocus tip worked! So here it is in case it’s of use to someone else, but I won’t be buying another Nikon.

7:12 pm - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#28 Max

Great camera for 8.5 months. Then just flashed a warning and died. Nikon did not support their warranty and I am out another Nikon. My last one did the same thing but I thought it was a fluke. Suggest purchasing a Cannon in the future.

3:49 pm - Monday, September 15, 2014

#29 R Williams

Purchased Nikon S-3100 and S-5200 Both cameras no longer any good due to lens error which apparently must or will happen to all of them from reviews posted.  My bad for not checking reviews prior to buying a second. Don’t buy inexpensive Coolpix Nikon Cameras, they may fail you at the most Inappropriate time.
  I recommend you do not buy

12:38 pm - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#30 Shelley

WORST digital cameras I ever owned. Manual is hard to understand and picture quality reeks. Pictures were great first couple of times I used it. Now 6 months later and maybe used it 6 times,I can’t get a decently focused picture.So disappointed in this camera.Save your money! I want to take a hammer to it, it has disappointed me every time i used it except for the first 2 times!

11:45 pm - Saturday, December 20, 2014

#31 colleen

Bought this camera in April of last year for our sons first trip to Disney.  Read the reviews about the lens not opening but the price was right and I was strapped for time…At Christmas of this last year the lens would not open up!  For 8 months worth of use no deal is a deal.  Sorry to have purchased!

7:32 pm - Sunday, January 18, 2015

#32 Paul Akin

Had this camera for about 1.5 yrs.. quit with “lens error” problem. could not be resolved.. I was a pro for many years and Nikon was what we used however the shutters always had to be repaired (35 MM film FM2). Always carried two bodies because of this issue. Bought this for my wife as she takes lots of pics on her walks and hikes and she liked the feel of it.. I had switched to Canon for my pro cameras years ago because of the Nikon lens/shutter problems.. Thought they had learned.. guess not.. Replaced this one with a Canon. My pro camera is a Canon and have never had a issue with any Canon..

7:24 pm - Sunday, March 29, 2015


Bought this camera in 2013. After one year of good service lens error appeared.Got it repaired by Nikon service center in India by spending $25. Service center removed Video output connector permnently. Worked for 3months and again lens error is coming. Frustrated with this camera and NIKON.What is the use if it does not give service.Nikon should look and give suitable solution.Nikon products became useless

4:27 am - Thursday, June 4, 2015

#34 Jennifer W

Where are Nikon’s responses to these comments/complaints? I purchased Nikon Coolpix S5200 & it has had both lens error & issue of not turning on with fully charged battery. What a dissapointment!

12:00 am - Monday, September 14, 2015

#35 Pepper Morris

Seems I have the same problem as # 34. But I didn’t get a lense error. Just charged up the battery and will not turn on. Damn shame Nikon will not put in there 2 cents worth. Now to solve the problem. Buy anything other than a Nikon.

4:50 pm - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#36 dorothy

had the Nikon S5200 for one year and now the lense won’t open , sorry I bought a Nikon and here I am leaving for mexico and no camera!!!!!!

2:32 am - Thursday, March 10, 2016

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