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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Review

Review Date: April 5, 2007

Nikon Coolpix P5000
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 has 10.0MP resolution, a 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and a large 2.5 in. high-resolution (230K pixels) LCD monitor with a wide 170-degree viewing. The Coolpix P5000 is highly responsive, offering a swift start-up time and fast continuous shooting (0.01s release time lag). The lightweight body features a magnesium alloy front panel, an optical viewfinder, a textured finish and comfortable new grip.

Also included is Vibration Reduction (VR) capability, Nikon's version of lens image stabilization originally developed for Nikon's award-winning SLR lenses. VR automatically detects and compensates for small camera movements that would otherwise cause images to blur. The result is sharper pictures when shooting in low light. VR also allows you to take advantage of slower shutter speeds (similar to shooting at shutter speeds three stops faster). The benefits of VR image stabilization also extend to achieving smoother action in the movie shooting modes and taking advantage of the optional optical telephoto converter lens (378mm).

The Nikon P5000 provides full exposure flexibility with Programmed Auto, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority and full Manual modes, plus 16 Scene Modes.

A Live Histogram Function graphically indicates shadow levels on the left and highlights on the right and helps you avoid under/over exposure before shooting.

Shoot movies at 640x480 30fps with sound. Additional time-lapse movie mode (no sound) lets you take pictures over a long period of time and then create movies out of them by speeding up the action.

Nikon's innovative D-Lighting function compensates for underexposed images or insufficient flash by automatically adding light and detail to selected shots where needed -- without affecting properly exposed areas. Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically fixes most typical occurrences of red-eye. Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on people’s faces to ensure clear, crisp focus on people's faces. And Nikon exclusive BSS (Best Shot Selector) enables the camera to take a series of photos and automatically select the one with the sharpest focus.

Converter lens options include a Wide-angle optical lens Converter that realizes a focal length of 24mm (35mm equivalent), and a Telephoto optical lens Converter that extends the reach of the zoom to 378mm (35mm equivalent). The built-in accessory shoe supports the use of Nikon’s advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the Speedlight SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800.

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 should appeal to serious amateur photographers who desire control over the features of their digital cameras.

[Exclusive Canadian Warranty: Nikon Canada offers an exclusive 2-year warranty for all COOLPIX and the D40, D50, D70s, D80 and D200 Digital SLR cameras purchased from a Nikon Canada Authorized Dealer.]

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Nikon Coolpix P5000
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix P5000US | CAN | UK | Coolpix  
  Image Sensor 10.0 effective megapixels (3648x2736)
1/1.8-in. CCD; approx. 10.37 million total pixels
  Lens Zoom-Nikkor  
  Focal Length 7.5-26.3mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 36-126mm)  
  Aperture Range f/2.7-5.3; 7 elements in 6 groups; 6-blade iris diaphragm; 10 steps of 1/3EV  
  Optical Zoom 3.5x; digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 504mm)  
  Focus range / Macro 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]
  Auto Focus Contrast-detect AF; Auto (9 focus areas), manual (99 focus areas), center; AF-assist illumination  
  Vibration Reduction Optical lens shift VR Image Stabilization  
  Shutter Speed 1/2,000s to 8s  
  Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter-priority
auto, aperture-priority auto, manual,
  Shooting Modes

AUTO, 16 Scene modes (Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Close Up, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Dawn/Dusk, Voice Recording), 4 Scenes Modes with Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Sports), Anti-Shake, High Sensitivity


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

  Capture modes

Single, Multi Shot 16, Continuous, Stop Motion Movie, Interval Timer Shooting, Color Options: -Standard -Vivid -Sepia
-B&W -Cyanotype (Cool), Movie Mode w/Audio and Optical VR, Sepia Movie, Monochrome Movie, Timelapse Movie

  Image Size (pixels) 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)  
  Built-in Flash Range: (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.)  
  Hot-Shoe For i-TTL-compatible Nikon Speedlights  
  Interface UC-E6 USB cable  
  Supported languages Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical viewfinder with LED indication; Frame coverage Approx. 80% vertical and 80% horizontal  

2.5-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection
coating and 5-level brightness adjustment;
Frame coverage Shooting mode: approx. 97% vertical and 97% horizontal
Playback mode: approx. 100% vertical and 100% horizontal

  ISO Sensitivity ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800)  
  Light Metering 256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot, spot AF area (with support for 99 AF areas)  
  Exposure Compensation –2.0 – +2.0EV in steps of 1/3EV; auto bracketing  
  White Balance

7 White Balance Options, Exposure Compensation, Best Shot Selector, Date Imprint, In-Camera Crop, D-Lighting, VR Optical Image Stabilization,Image Optimize, Live Histogram

  Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 21MB), SDHC memory cards  
  Power sources

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)

  Battery Life (approx.) Approx. 250 shots with EN-EL5 battery (based on CIPA standard)  

Included Accessories(*)

(*)Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.

USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Battery Charger MH-61, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM  
  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  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card  
  MSRP US $399.95 / CDN $369.95  

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