Nikon Coolpix 5000 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 5000


First Look posted 9/18/01
Full review posted 12/13/01

Introduction & Physical Views


Click to take a QuickTime VR tour of the Nikon Coolpix 5000. All photos are (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams
Click on the Coolpix 5000 to take a QuickTime VR tour


The Coolpix 5000 is Nikon's newest flagship of the Coolpix line with a 5-megapixel CCD imager housed in a compact and durable magnesium body.   It's Nikon's first digital camera with the ability to record movies with audio and has both a microphone and speaker built in.   Supplied with a 32MB CF card, Nikon EN-EL1 rechargeable lithium battery and charger and NikonView 4 software.

Building on the feature set of the Coolpix 995, the Coolpix 5000 is equipped with a new 3x optical (28-85mm equiv 35mm) Zoom-Nikkor lens with enhanced wideangle and a stepless 4x digital zoom. It accepts most optional Nikkor- Coolpix lenses (using optional step-down rings) and accessories including Fisheye, a new 19mm Wide Angle, and Telephoto converter lenses. A builtin, multi-mode Speedlight with a hotshoe for external Nikon Speedlights, a real 7-bladed lens diaphram for true depth of field control, Nikon's advanced image-processing algorithms provide exceptional color and a new Noise Reduction system for dramatically improved long exposure pictures. The Quick Review function lets you confirming captured images at the press of a button and then return quickly to record mode.


Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

The fully articulating, 270°, 1.8" LCD monitor swivels in any direction for easy subject framing even in crowded situations. Stop action with top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and 3-frames per second shooting, up to 3 frames or 1.5 frames per second, up to 10 frames. White Balance Bracketing and Noise Reduction Mode for stunning color balance and removal of digital artifacts in 1/4 second or longer exposures. Clear Image Mode gives you highly accurate color, low noise, smooth edged and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below.

The Coolpix 5000 sports a full range of exposure options; Program AE, Flexible Program, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, Full Manual, AE Bracketing of both the exposure value and white balance and Best Shot Selector. Shutter speeds from 8 to 1/4000sec plus Bulb (max. 5 minutes) and aperture settings from F2.8 to F10.3. Drive modes include: Single, Continuous, Ultra High Speed Continuous, VGA Sequence, 16-Shot Multi and QVGA 320x240 Movie with audio. User selectable white balance with Auto, Fine, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent and Speedlight presets as well as a custom manual mode. The ISO sensitivity can be Auto or fixed at ISO 100, 200, 400 or 800. Metering options include 256-element matrix, center-weighted averaging, spot or spot AF that follows the exclusive 5-area Multi AF focusing system.


Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

Coolpix 5000 mated with the compact new Nikon SB-50DX Speedlight, no more brackets or cables are needed to use more powerful flash units thanks to the hotshoe.


Coolpix 5000 Features:

  • 5-Megapixel CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • Large-diameter Nikkor 3x zoom (28-85mm) with enhanced wideangle
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 2cm
  • Fully articulating 270°, 1.8" LCD monitor swivels in any direction
  • CompactFlash Type II card slot
  • EN-EL1 rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Quick Review feature for instant playback
  • Programmed Auto (with Shift), Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Full Manual exposure modes
  • Drive modes: Single, Continuous, Ultra High Speed Continuous, VGA Sequence, 16-Shot Multi and QVGA 320x240 Movie with audio @ 15fps up to 60 secs
  • Coolpix-exclusive Best Shot Selector exposure mode
  • Shutter speeds from 1/4000 sec. to 8 secs (Bulb to 5 minutes!)
  • Aperture settings from F2.8 to F10.3 in 10 steps
  • 7-bladed lens diaphram for true depth of field control
  • Control of color saturation intensity
  • Five-area multifocus system, user-selectable and Spot-AF
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-weighted or Spot
  • Noise Reduction for long exposures
  • Clear Image Mode for highly accurate color, low noise, smooth edged and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below
  • ISO sensitivity of Auto, 100, 200, 400 or 800
  • Matrix Auto White Balance plus Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight and Custom Preset.
  • AE Bracketing with white balance and exposure value
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction.
  • Hotshoe for external Nikon Speedlights
  • Record images in TIFF-RGB (uncompressed) or JPEG Fine (1/4), Normal (1/8), or Basic (1/16).
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching Technology compatible
  • High speed USB port for image download
  • Compatible with most Nikkor-Coolpix auxilliary lenses
  • Compatible with Nikon MC-EU1 wired remote control




Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams





Nikon Coolpix 5000.  Photo (c) 2001 by Steve's Digicams

Here's most of the Coolpix Year 2001 family
The Coolpix 5000, Coolpix 995 and the Coolpix 885.




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Coolpix 5000 Specifications

 CCD 2/3-in. high-density CCD; total pixels: 5.24 million
5.0 million effective pixels
 Image sizes FULL (2560 x 1920)
3:2 (2560 x 1700)
UXGA (1600 x 1200)
SXGA (1280 x 960)
XGA (1024 x 768)
VGA (640 x 480)
 Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with enhanced wide angle coverage
f = 7.1-21.4mm (equivalent to 28-85mm) F2.8-4.8 with macro; 9 elements in 7 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded aspherical lens elements included
 Digital Zoom 4x stepless digital zoom
 Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF
7,123-step autofocus control including macro range
5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
 Focus modes 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor)
2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu)
3) Manual [50 steps from 0.8 in. to infinity with focus confirmation indication]
 Shooting distance 19.7 in. to infinity
0.8 in. to infinity in Macro mode
 Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
magnification: 0.3~0.8x
frame coverage: approx. 82%
diopter adjustment: -2~+1 DP
 LCD monitor Fully articulating, 270°, 1.8", 110,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD
Adjustable brightness (5 levels)/hue adjustment (11 steps)
Frame coverage: approx. 97%
 Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
 Image Storage RBG EXIF, uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG compliant with design rule for camera file system (DFC)
 Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or II
 Shooting modes Fully automatic ([A]-REC) mode
Custom ([M]-REC) mode (three combinations of mode settings can be memorized)
 Shooting menu 1) White balance
2) Exposure metering
3) Continuous
4) Best-Shot Selector (BSS)
5) Image Adjustment
6) Saturation Control
7) Auxilliary Lens
8) Exposure Options
9) Focus Options
10) Image Sharpening
11) Auto Bracketing
12) Noise Reduction
 Capture modes 1) Single
2) Continuous (3fps up to 3 frames or 1.5fps up to 10 frames.)
3) Multi-Shot 16 (16 frames in 1/16 size)
4) VGA Sequence
5) Ultra High-speed Continuous (approx. 30 fps for 70 QVGA-size images)
6) Movie with audio (up to 60 sec. of 320x240 at 15 fps)
 Exposure metering 4-mode TTL metering:
1) 256-segment Matrix
2) Center-Weighted
3) Spot and
4) Spot AF Area
 Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Shutter-priority: 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Program AE and Aperture-priority: 8 - 1/4000 sec
Manual: 8 to 1/2000 sec
Bulb (max 5 minutes)
 Aperture 7-blade iris diaphragm
F2.8 - F10.3 in 10 steps
 Exposure control 1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto
3) Aperture-Priority Auto
4) Manual; Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
5) Auto Bracketing (3 or 5 steps within ±2/3 EV)
 Exposure range EV -2.0~+18.0 (W), EV -0.5~+18.0 (T) (ISO 100 equivalent)
 Best-shot Selector Camera takes up to 10 shots (at approx 2fps) and records the most detailed image of the 10 using anti-jitter logic which is effective for telephoto and macro shooting. Not available when the speedlight is on.
 ISO Sensitivity 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto (auto gain to 800);
can be controlled in any exposure mode
 White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control
2) 5-mode Manual with 7-step fine tuning (Fine/Incandescent/Fluorescent/ Cloudy/Speedlight)
3) Custom Preset
4) White balance bracketing
 Self-timer 10 sec. or 3 sec. duration
 Built-in Speedlight Guide number 32/10 (at ISO 100, ft/m)
 Flash control Flash modes:
1) Auto Flash
2) Flash Cancel
3) Fill Flash
4) Slow Sync
5) Red-Eye Reduction
 External Speedlight Connects to builtin hotshoe. Nikon Speedlight SB-50DX/28/28DX/27/26/25/24/23/22s; built-in Speedlight can be cancelled when using external Speedlight(s)
 Playback menu 1) 1 frame
2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
3) Slide show
4) Zoom playback (25 steps up to 6x)
Histogram indication & highlight point display
Peaking indication
Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image
 Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
 Interface USB interface
 Supported Platforms Windows 98/98SE/Me
Mac OS 8.6, 9, 9.1
 Video output NTSC or PAL (selectable)
 I/O terminal Power input
Video output
Digital output terminal (USB)
Hot shoe for external Speedlight
 Special Features Fully articulating, 270°, 1.8" LCD monitor swivels in any direction for easy subject framing even in crowded situations. Stop action with top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and 3-frames per second shooting, up to 3 frames or 1.5 frames per second, up to 8 frames. White Balance Bracketing and Noise Reduction Mode for stunning color balance and removal of digital artifacts in 1/4 second or longer exposures. Clear Image Mode gives you highly accurate color, low noise, smooth edged and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below. On board hot shoe for greater versatile use of flash with the capablility of connecting up to 5 Nikon Speedlights with additional accessories. Accepts almost all optional Coolpix lenses (using optional step-down rings) and accessories including Fisheye, 19mm Wide Angle, and Telephoto converter lenses.
 Included Accessories Lens cap, neck strap, AV cable, 32MB CF card, USB cable, EN-EL1 rechargeable battery, battery charger, Adobe PhotoShop Elements, NikonView and QuickTime software.
 Optional Accessories Fisheye Converter FC-E8, Wideangle Converter WC-E68, Telephoto Converter TC-E2, Telephoto Converter TC-E3ED**, Adapter rings UR-E5,UR-E6, Lens hood HN-E5000, Power pack MB-E5000, Remote Cord MC-EU1.
 Power requirements Nikon EN-EL1 lithium rechargeable (supplied)
or 2CR5/DL245 one-use lithium. Optional Nikon MB-E5000 battery pack/handgrip with 6 x 1.5v (AA) batteries. Optional Nikon EH-21 AC adapter.
 Battery life Approx. 100 mins. (EN-EL1) when using LCD monitor
 Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 4 x 3.2 x 2.6 in.
101.5 x 81.5 x 67.5 mm
 Weight
(without battery)
Approx. 12.6 oz.






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