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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Review

Review Date: April 5, 2007

Category: Serious Amateur

Nikon Coolpix P5000


This Nikon Coolpix P5000 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

This review has been submitted to DIWA Awards [Total: 75%].

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The Nikon Coolpix P5000 offers total exposure flexibility in an attractive and durable body with a magnesium alloy front panel. It has a clean design with lots of controls that make the camera intuitive to use. The textured finish looks professional and the grip is comfortable.

Advanced functions include Manual AF area frame and corresponding Spot AF area metering, auto exposure bracketing, manual WB and Best Shot Selector. An effective Vibration Reduction (VR) technology ("Image Stabilization") -- developed for its digital SLR lenses -- allows handholding the camera at slow shutter speeds.

The Nikon P5000 gives very good image quality at ISO 64. Noise is controlled up to ISO 200, but higher ISOs are visibly noisy. It features an optical viewfinder and a real six-blade hexagonal iris diaphragm (10 steps in 1/3EV increments).

Besides AUTO mode and 16 easy-to-use Scene Modes, advanced photographers will appreciate Programmed Auto with Program Shift, Aperture-Priority mode, Manual White Balance, up to 99 Manual AF areas. Macro mode allows you to get as close as 4 cm (1.6 in.). The LCD is large at 2.5 in. with 230,000 pixels resolution and movie mode is 640x480 pixels 30fps, with sound.

With very good image quality and its many practical features, the Nikon Coolpix P5000 will appeal to the serious amateur photographer desiring a compact and light digital camera with an effective image stabilization and full control over camera operations.

See if you fit the Nikon Coolpix P5000 User Profile below:


Nikon P5000
User Profile
Desire a 10MP resolution digital camera with very good image quality.
Want Image Stabilization to prevent blurred pictures due to camera shake.
Want an easy-to-use point-and-shoot with manual controls.
Want full exposure flexibility, plus advanced features.
Want a digital camera for learning and growing in digital photography.


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