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The compact Nikon Coolpix S560 digital camera offers 10 megapixel resolution, ISO sensitivities as high as 3200, and a Nikkor-branded 5x optical zoom lens yielding a 31.8 - 174mm equivalent focal range. In Auto ISO mode, the Nikon S560 will select an ISO sensitivity as appropriate between ISO64 and 800. The slim Coolpix S560 has a 2.7-inch LCD with anti-reflective coating, and updated icons for easier menu navigation.

Sensor shift-type Vibration Reduction is also featured, to reduce camera shake in low-light conditions. AScene Auto Selector function allows the Nikon S560 to automatically select the correct scene mode to use, be it Close-up, Portrait, Landscape, Backlight, Night Portrait or Night Landscape modes. There is also a Smile Mode, intended to detect when a Portrait shot subject smiles and immediately release the shutter automatically. The Coolpix S560's Blink Warning in Portrait Mode is another useful feature, detecting when a subject blinks, then allowing the photographer to see a magnified version of the photo to confirm the blink, and retake the photo if desired.

The Nikon S560 also includes Face Priority AF, which can detect and take account of up to 12 faces within a frame. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix detects and corrects red-eye automatically, while Nikon's D-Lighting helps users shooting in difficult lighting conditions. An Auto Sort Mode allows for images to automatically be categorized, and a Favorite Pictures Playback Mode brings photos saved in the Favorites folder into a slideshow.

The Nikon Coolpix S560 accepts SD and SDHC memory cards (but not MMC types), and uses an EN-EL12 rechargeable Li-ion battery rated as good for 160 shots on a charge. Also included is Nikon's Coolpix Software Suite software. The S560 ships from September 2008 priced at US$250, and several body colors are available to choose from - Cool Blue, Cherry Blossom, or Graphite Black.