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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Review

Review Date: April 5, 2007

Category: Serious Amateur

Nikon Coolpix P5000

HANDLING & FEEL

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is relatively light and compact. A magnesium alloy front panel provides the necessary strength to attach optional lenses to the body; to allow that, the lens ring screws right off. The Nikon P5000 is compact enough to be carried in a large trousers pocket or handbag. As most compact digital cameras do now, the Nikon P5000 also uses the Secure Digital (SD & SDHC) memory card.

The Nikon P5000 is attractive in its black body with silver and chrome accents. It has an very good handgrip that is covered with non-slip rubber. The angled shutter-release button, handy Command dial, Mode dial and control buttons make the P5000 intuitive to use.

Startup time is about 2 sec. Shot to shot time is also about 2 sec. (I took 5 shots in approx. 10 sec.) There is no practical shutter lag. Autofocus is fast though it will sometimes hunt a bit in low-light; it is however precise so you do lock focus.

STYLE
- Colours: overall black with silver and chrome accents
- Looks: rectangular, professional
FEEL
- Comfortable
- Lots of controls
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
- Medium Compact: fits in a large pants pocket, coat pocket or small handbag
- Dimensions: Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections
- Weight: Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
- Takes 1 Li-ion battery EN-EL5 3.7V 1100mAh
SPEED OF OPERATION
- Average startup speed with lens extending about 26 mm (1 in.) and LCD turning on in about 2 sec.
- Shot to shot time about 2 sec.
- No practical shutter lag.

The Terminal compartment is on the left side of the camera (viewed from the front) with a small squarish rubber cover.

Controls

Nikon Coolpix P5000 Top View

The top of the camera has (from right to left) the Shutter Release Button, the Zoom lever around the shutter-release button, the Power ON/OFF button, the Command dial, the Mode dial, and the Hot Shoe. All the other controls are found on the back.

The Mode Dial is reachable by the thumb. Besides the Auto mode (Green camera symbol), it has P (Programmed Auto), S (Shutter-Priority), A (Aperture-Priority), M (Manual), SETUP, Movie, SCENE (Scene Modes), Hi ISO (high sensitivity), and Anti-shake (which turns on VR and BSS).

A Command dial allows you to quickly select a shutter speed, aperture or other menu options. You can use the multi selector (Up, Down, Right and Left arrows) but the Command dial is more intuitive and faster to operate.

As Nikon digital cameras are well known for, there is a Scene Mode for almost everything you want to do. For example, the Panorama Assist scene mode allows you to take a number of panoramic shots and line them up precisely on screen by overlaying the semi-transparent previous image on screen. This is one of the best Panorama implementation I've used.

You can record movies (with sound) at 640x480 at 30fps, limited only by the size of your memory card (though the camera will only show remaining time available for 2GB). You have a choice of Single AF (default, focus locks once movie recording starts) or Full-time AF (camera continuously adjusts focus during movie recording, though focusing sound will also get recorded).

Nikon Coolpix P5000 Back View

All other controls are found on the back of the camera. All the buttons are neatly lined up to the left of the large 2.5-in. 230,000 pixels resolution LCD. From top to bottom: Function button (can be set in Menu); Monitor button, Playback, MENU, Delete.

For those who like to have one, there is an optical viewfinder.

If you need to access the menu, you don't need to scroll page after page to find the desired menu item. A Menu icons feature condenses 4 pages of menu text into 1 convenient page of icons, though you would need to familiarize yourself with what each icon stands for. A short description displays at the top of the screen as you scroll over each one.

Exposure compensation is evoked by simply pressing the RIGHT ARROW key on the Multi Selector, then using UP and DOWN to dial in a +ve and -ve value, respectively.

The Playback function has its own dedicated button, which makes it very convenient to switch between the Record and Playback modes with a press of the button. Half press the shutter-release button to immediately return to Record mode. If you just want to view your pics without turning the camera on, simply press and hold the Playback button for about 4 sec. and Playback will start without the lens extending; when you're done, press the Power button to turn the camera off.

When in Playback mode, the Delete button will delete the displayed picture; to Delete All, you need to access the Menu.

On the bottom of the camera is the tripod socket, which is metal and placed almost in the middle of the camera. You will not be able to change battery and card while the camera is mounted on a tripod.

On the right side of the bottom is the Battery and SD Card Compartment. There is a small latch to secure the battery from falling when the door is opened.

LCD & Menus

As noted earlier, there is an optical viewfinder and the large 2.5 in. LCD monitor is bright. The 230,000 pixels resolution is quite good with a fast enough refresh rate for a smooth display. You can manually adjust the LCD monitor's brightness in SETUP. The LCD monitor gains up only very slightly in low-light but not in extreme low-light. There is an effective AF-assist Illuminator to help achieve focus in low-light. You can also display a Framing Grid of horizontal and vertical lines.

SHOOTING MENU 1 of 4

- Image quality
- Image size
- Optimize image
- White balance
- ISO sensitivity

SHOOTING MENU 2 of 4

- Metering
- Continuous
- BSS
- Auto bracketing
- AF area mode

SHOOTING MENU 3 of 4

- Auto-focus mode
- Flash exp. comp.
- Flash control
- Fixed aperture
- Noise reduction

SHOOTING MENU 4 of 4

- Converter

SHOOTING MENU ICONS

- All 16 Menu options summarized on a single page of icons
- Notice on all Menu screens, ? Help (Tele button) will display a short help description

OPTIMIZE IMAGE 1 of 2

- Normal
- Softer
- Vivid
- More Vivid
- Portrait

OPTIMIZE IMAGE 2 of 2

- Custom
- Black-and-white

- Note that there is no Sepia

CUSTOM

- Custom and Black-and-white allow you to specify a value for Contrast, Image sharpening and Saturation

WHITE BALANCE 1 of 2

- Auto
- White balance preset
- Daylight
- Incandescent
- Fluorescent

WHITE BALANCE 2 of 2

- Cloudy
- Flash

ISO 1 of 2

- Auto
- 64
- 100
- 200
- 400

ISO 2 of 2

- 800
- 1600
- 2000
- 3200 [Image size = 5M]

METERING

- Matrix
- Center-weighted
- Spot
- Spot AF area

DRIVE (CONTINUOUS)

- Single
- Continuous
- Continuous flash
- Interval timer shooting

AUTO BRACKETING

- Auto bracketing can be set at +/- 0.3, +/- 0.7 or +/- 1.0

AF AREA MODE

- Auto: leave it to the camera to select an AF area to focus on
- Manual: select from 99 AF areas
- Center: camera always focuses on center AF area

AF AREA MODE

- When Manual AF area mode is selected, pressing the MENU/OK button allows you to position the Af area at one of 99 possible positions on screen
- Note that the area of the screen outside the four marked corners (i.e. edges of screen) cannot be selected

 

SETUP 1 of 4

- Menus
- Quick startup
- Welcome screen
- Date
- Brightness

SETUP 2 of 4

- Date imprint
- Vibration reduction: turn this ON to enable image stabilization; choose OFF when camera is placed on a tripod
- AF assist: AF-assist lamp lights to enable focus lock in poor lighting
- Digital zoom
- Sound settings

SETUP 3 of 4

- Auto off
- Format card
- Language
- Interface
- FUNC button: allows you to customize the FUNC button

SETUP 4 of 4

- Reset all
- Firmware version

 

SETUP ICONS

- All 17 Set-up options summarized on a single page of icons

SETUP - Menus

- Text
- Icons

LANGUAGE

- 20 different languages

FUNCTION

- Allows you to customize the FUNC button to one of the following:

- ISO sensitivity
- Image quality
- Image size
- White balance
- Vibration reduction

FUNCTION - ISO

- If you selected ISO above, then when you press the FUNC button, the ISO menu screen displays
- Rotate the Command dial to quickly select a value

 

PROGRAM AUTO

- Clockwise from top left: Programmed Auto mode, Macro ON, Focus indicator, Flash mode, ISO 64, VR, Self-timer, space for 101 images left, Aperture F2.7, Shutter Speed 1/2 sec., Image Quality Fine, Image Size 10M, Exp. Comp. +0.3EV, Vivid color, Daylight WB, Noise Reduction ON

APERTURE PRIORITY

- A = Aperture Priority Mode
- Rotate Command dial to select an aperture

SHUTTER PRIORITY

- S = Shutter Priority Mode
- Rotate Command dial to select a shutter speed

MANUAL MODE

- M = Manual Mode
- Rotate Command dial to select a shutter speed

MANUAL MODE

- M = Manual Mode
- Press Exposure Compensation (Right Arrow) and rotate Command dial to select an aperture

- Pressing Exp. Comp. toggles between selecting a shutter speed and an aperture

SCENE MODES 1 of 4

- Face-priority AF
- Portrait
- Landscape
- Sports
- Night portrait

SCENE MODES 2 of 4

- Party/indoor
- Beach/snow
- Sunset
- Dusk/dawn
- Night landscape

SCENE MODES 3 of 4

- Close up
- Museum
- Fireworks show
- Copy
- Back light

SCENE MODES 4 of 4

- Panorama assist (with semi transparency)

- Voice recording
- Image quality
- Image size

SCENE MODES ICONS

- 16 Scene Modes summarized on a single page of icons

FACE PRIORITY

- Subject must be facing the camera for the face to be recognized and focused on
- When there are more than one possible faces to focus in, the closest face will be selected

MOVIE

- Movie options
- Auto-focus mode

MOVIE ICONS

- Though it is great to have all options of a menu on one screen of icons, here the icons are more cryptic than the text form

MOVIE OPTIONS 1 of 2

- TV movie 640 * - @ 30fps
- TV movie 640 - @ 15 fps
- Small size 320 - @ 15fps
- Smaller size 160 - @ 15fps
- Time-lapse movie * - up tp 1800 stills joined into an 60s silent movie

- Movie records until memory card is full or file size of 2GB reached

MOVIE OPTIONS 2 of 2

- Sepia movie 320 - @ 15fps
- B&W movie 320 - @ 15fps

 

PLAYBACK MENU 1 of 2

- D-Lighting
- Print set
- SLide show
- Delete
- Protect

PLAYBACK MENU 2 of 2

- Transfer marking
- Hide image
- Small pic.
- Copy

PLAYBACK MENU ICONS

- All 9 options summarized on a single page of icons

D-LIGHTING

- Enhances contrast and brightness in dark areas

HELP

- Toggle the Zoom control to T to bring up Help whenever a ? is displayed on screen

DATE IMPRINT

- Date can be permanently part of picture

PLAYBACK DISPLAY

PLAYBACK HIGHLIGHT

- Histogram
- Highlight areas blink [see black patch on Tinker Bell's hair]

 

EXPOSURE COMPENSATION

- Press Exp. Comp. (Right Arrow) and rotate Command dial to select a value

INFINITY

- Auto Focus (W: 30 cm/1 ft. T: 70 cm/2 ft. 4in.)
- Infinity (5 m/16 ft. 5 in.)
- Focusing limit (2 m/6 ft. 7 in.)
- Macro (4 cm/1.6 in.)

(min. focusing distance)

FRAMING GRID

- Thick yellow lines
- No info display

SELF-TIMER

- Off
- 10 s
- 3 s

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is an attractive camera with good handling and lots of practical features. Full exposure flexibility and effective VR technology make this camera attractive to those desiring something with more control than a point-and-shoot.

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