Nikon Coolpix P5000 Review

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Nikon Coolpix P5000

Review posted 7/27/2007

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Nikon is pleased to introduce the COOLPIX P5000 to the Nikon COOLPIX Performance Series of digital cameras. This new model offers advanced functions, ease of operation, and high image quality that is sure to satisfy photo and camera enthusiasts. The P5000 boasts 10 effective megapixels, a 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, an optical viewfinder, and a bright high resolution 2.5-inch LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating. The P5000 incorporates a new advanced image processing engine, which optimizes low light performance and color reproduction, and Nikon's optical VR image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake.

The P5000 is compatible with add-on lens system components to extend the user's creative possibilities, including the 24mm*** Wide-angle lens Converter (WC-E67) and the 378mm*** Telephoto Converter lens (TC-E3ED). A built-in accessory "Hot shoe" supports the use of Nikon's advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the SB-400, SB-600, and SB-800 Speedlights.

Providing optical VR image stabilization, helps compensate for camera shake to produce sharper images. The VR stabilizes images displayed on the 2.5-inch LCD, which makes it easier to frame and capture images. Another advantage of the optical VR image stabilization is that it helps achieve smoother action in the movie mode and when using the optional TC-3ED Tele converter with 378mm of telephoto performance.

The new advanced image processing engine with enhanced noise reduction and an improved signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio helps preserves image quality even when shooting at high ISO settings. The P5000 extends the light sensitivity range to ISO 3200 (5MP only), which makes it possible to capture fast moving subjects with outstanding clarity, even in lower light conditions.

Users can take advantage of the new mode dial which provides quick access to a selection of 15 different scene-optimized modes, seven movie modes, Anti-Shake mode and High Sensitivity mode. A turn of the mode dial to Anti-Shake mode activates High ISO and Best Shot Selector (BSS) in addition to VR, which automatically sets the optimal ISO for steady results and will allow users to select and save the best image from up to ten sequential shots. In addition, the mode dial has the choice of Auto [Camera icon] Program AE [P], Shutter- priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A], and Manual [M] exposure modes for even greater camera control.

The COOLPIX P5000 has three Nikon In-Camera image innovations to correct common photo problems. This includes Face-priority AF**, which can automatically find and focus on a subject's face, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically corrects red-eye, and D-Lighting, an innovation that automatically creates a copy of the image with detail added where necessary, but with well-exposed areas left completely untouched. Because the P5000's 2.5-inch LCD monitor has an anti-reflection coating, viewing the monitor is easy even in bright sunlight. This model also features an optical viewfinder for those photographers who prefer a classic composition aid.

The P5000 also comes with Nikon's PictureProject software, powerful yet user-friendly software that makes transferring, organizing, editing and sharing photos easy. Furthermore, the P5000 has PictBridge support and is compatible with SDHC memory cards.

Coolpix P5000 Features:

  • 10-megapixel effective CCD
  • Nikkor 3.5x optical zoom lens (36-126mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Compact, durable and lightweight body
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) for sharp, blur-free images and movies
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.6 inches
  • Selectable 99-point AF : Auto-multi (9-point) or Center-focus area selection available
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering with Center-weighted, Spot, or Spot AF metering
  • Large 2.5-inch glare-resistant color monitor
  • Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual and 17 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Single, Continuous, Continuous Flash, and Interval Timer burst modes
  • 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode with sound, length limited only by memory card capacity
  • Attach voice memos up to 20 seconds to still images
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's D-Lighting automatically brightens dark images in playback mode
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 6 presets, custom set and bracketing
  • 21MB internal memory and SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger included

The Nikon COOLPIX P5000 is available now with an MSRP of $399.95, and ships with USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Battery Charger MH-61, Strap, and PictureProject CD-ROM.

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix P5000

Nikon Coolpix P5000

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Nikon Coolpix P5000

Nikon Coolpix P5000

Nikon Coolpix P5000

The Coolpix P5000 compared to a standard CD disc.

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Coolpix P5000 Specifications

Effective pixels: 10.0 million
CCD: 1/1.8-inch CCD (10.37 million total pixels)
Image modes: 3648 x 2736 (10M), 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x 1536 (3M), 1600 x 1200 (2M), 1280 x 960 (1M), 1024 x 768 PC, 640 x 480 TV, 3648 x 2432 (3:2), 3584 x 2016 (16:9)
Lens: 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.5-26.3mm (35mm format equivalent to approx. 36-126mm); f/2.7-5.3; 7 elements in 6 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus system: Contrast-detect TTL AF, 9-point area
Focus range (approx.): 1 ft. (30cm) to infinity [W], 2 ft. 4 in. (70cm) to infinity [T]; Macro close-up mode:1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity [W], 1 ft. 4 in. (40cm) to infinity[T]
LCD monitor: 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 21MB), SD/SDHC memory card
Shooting modes: Auto, Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, Hi ISO, Anti-shake

15 Scene modes (Face Priority AF, Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Night Landscape, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Party/Indoor, Panorama Assist, Beach/Snow, Back light, Museum, Sports)

BSS (Best Shot Selector), Date Imprint, Self-timer (3, 10 sec.)

Movie: With sound: With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps/15fps, small size (320) at 15fps, smaller size (160) at 15fps, sepia (320) at 15fps, monochromatic (320) at 15fps; without sound: time-lapse movie at 30fps
Vibration Reduction (VR): Lens shift VR
ISO: ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800)
Built-in flash: (W) 0.3 to 8.0m (1 ft. to 26 ft. 3 in.), (T) 0.3 to 4.0m (1 ft. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync.
Interface: USB, Audio/Video output
Wireless capability: none
Supported languages: Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai
Power requirements: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)
Battery life (approx.): 250 shots with EN-EL5 (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections
Weight (approx.): Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Supplied accessories*: USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Battery Charger MH-61, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM *Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.
Optional accessories: AC Adapter EH-62A, Wide-angle Converter WC-E67, Telephoto Converter TC-E3ED, Adapter Ring UR-E20, Speedlight SB-400, Speedlight SB-600, Speedlight SB-800
PictureProject System Requirements OS Macintosh: Mac(R) OS X version 10.3.9; 10.4.x Windows: Windows(R) Vista (32 bit), Window(R)XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows(R) 2000 Professional pre-installed models. Note: CD-ROM drive required for installation. Only built-in USB ports are supported.
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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