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Nikon Coolpix P5000

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 features advanced functions, which are skillfully packed into a solid body that features a magnesium alloy front panel, for du...

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Review of "Nikon Coolpix P5000"

published 25/04/2007 | belgian.waffle
Member since : 20/04/2007
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Pro excellent snaps, strong flash, fantastic build quality
Cons expensive and a bit dull looks wise
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Coolpix every time"

For Cool pictures every time you should go out and buy yourself the Nikon Coolpix P5000. It may be expensive at £239, but what you get for your chas is a digital camera packed with as many features as you could possibly dream up. It doesn't look like the nicest camera out there and it certainly isn't one you can slide into your top pocket but what do you expect from what I think is a semi-pro piece of digital hardware.

Picture resolution is 10 million pixels and this captures every moment perfectly. I have never seen such detail, such sharpness from a digital camera before. To add to the picture taking experience the P5000 has an incorporated vibration reduction system within the lense which means taking snaps after a night on the ale won't leave you with blurry pictures! The flash is also very powerful and when used with the fading light setting picks up soft settings beautifully. A greater feature when taking snaps of landscapes in fading light or outside with minimal background light.

There is no LCS screen viewfinder which you find on most low end digital cameras but instead the P5000 uses the traditional viewfinder which reminds me of my first ever camera. Thankfully it does weigh the same as my first camera which need 2 people to hold onto it! Ther P5000 is light but has that heavy, durable build feel to it if you know what I mean.

The battery life is also really good and usually around 150 pictures can be taken before they ned recharging or replacing, When using the flash, this is reduced to around 90 snaps. The memory can only store 10 pictures so buying an SD memory card is a huge must for any potential buyer.

If you need a new camera and are looking for that professional edge and feel, you should buy this camera. If you take snaps on an irregular basis, a lower end mosel would be better for you.

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Comments on this review

  • sghawken published 26/04/2007
    I'm looking for a new camera at the moment, but for a starter digital camera user this is a bit above what I was going to pay ;o(
  • kineticspade published 26/04/2007
    nice review
  • oldwasp published 25/04/2007
    Looks like a good camera
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Product Information : Nikon Coolpix P5000

Manufacturer's product description

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 features advanced functions, which are skillfully packed into a solid body that features a magnesium alloy front panel, for durability in a lightweight package. The new Mode dial gives access to four exposure modes that advanced photographers desire for even greater control over camera operations. Programmed Auto (P) mode automatically selects shutter and aperture settings for optimal exposure. Shutter-priority Auto (S) lets the photographer automatically select a desired shutter speed, and the camera sets the optimal aperture setting. Aperture-priority Auto (A) offers 10-step control over the aperture setting in 1/3 EV increments to let the photographer control depth of field, while the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed to achieve optimal exposure. Manual (M) exposure mode gives the photographer full control over both aperture and shutter speed settings. In addition, a selection of 16 Scene modes and seven different movie modes can be easily accessed via the Mode dial and high-resolution 2.5 inch LCD. Originally developed for Nikon SLR lenses, the Optical Image Stabilization system helps you overcome camera shake. The system automatically detects and compensates for small movements that would otherwise cause images to blur, and enables a shooting experience similar to shooting at shutter speeds three stops faster, while also providing a smoother image on the LCD. The result is sharper pictures when shooting in low light, taking advantage of the 3.5x zoom when using the optical telephoto converter lens. Great for shooting steadier movies as well! High light sensitivity up to ISO 3200 allows you to tackle scenes and situations far beyond the capabilities of conventional compacts, offering new power to capture fast-moving objects with outstanding clarity and gives you great exposure in significantly lower light.

Product Details

Product Description: Nikon Coolpix P5000 - digital camera, Nikon Coolpix 5000 - digital camera, Nikon Coolpix 5000 - digital camera - Microdrive, Nikon Coolpix S700 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card, CompactFlash Card

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel, 5.0 Megapixel, 12.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 3.5 x zoom lens - 7.5 - 26.3 mm - f/2.7-5.3, 3 x zoom lens - 7.1 - 21.4 mm - f/2.8-4.8, 3 x zoom lens - 7.9 - 23.7 mm - f/2.8-5.4

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm, 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 2.5", LCD display - 1.8", LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 650 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 740 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, Component video

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Colour: Black, Urban black, Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.8 cm x 4.1 cm x 6.5 cm, 10.2 cm x 6.8 cm x 8.2 cm, 8.9 cm x 2.3 cm x 5.4 cm

Weight: 200 g, 0.4 kg, 130 g

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Localisation: English

Media Type: Micro Drive

Internal Storage: 1 GB Microdrive

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10, 12.1

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Optical Viewfinder

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SDHC Memory Card; SD Memory Card, SD Memory Card

LCD Display Size: 2.5, 2.7

Autofocus: With autofocus

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: Internal

Manufacturer: Nikon

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 3.5 x

Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3 x

Digital Zoom (Ratio): 4 x

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.037

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Image Processor: EXPEED


MPN: VAA700E1, 25565, COOLPIX 5000, 5000RCUK, VAA11698, VAA11699, VAA116EA, VAA700B1, NIK110, VAA951B1, VAA950B1, Coolpix P5000

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Black, Urban black, Silver

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel, 5.0 Megapixel, 12.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 10,370,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,000,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.8", 2/3", 1/1.72"

Optical Zoom: 3.5 x, 3 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9, 5

Digital Video Format: QuickTime, AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG, JPEG, TIFF

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, Component video

Localisation: English

Camcorder Media Type: Micro Drive

Image Processor: EXPEED

Face Detection: Face-priority AF function

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 64, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 2000, ISO auto (64-800)

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot AF area, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Metering Zones: 256

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, i-TTL program flash

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, close-up, museum, party/indoor, backlight, beach/snow, night portrait, fireworks, night landscape, panorama assist, copy, sports mode, sunset

Special Effects: Black & White, Monotone

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, sunlight, Flash, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec, 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec, 60 sec, 4 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Exposure Range: EV -1-17.5 - wide lens ¦ EV 0.9-16.4 - tele lens

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 5 steps in 1/3 EV step

Lens System

Type: 3.5 x zoom lens - 7.5 - 26.3 mm - f/2.7-5.3, 3 x zoom lens - 7.1 - 21.4 mm - f/2.8-4.8, 3 x zoom lens - 7.9 - 23.7 mm - f/2.8-5.4

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 36 - 126mm, 28 - 85mm, 37 - 111mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm, 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 4cm, 2-50cm, 6cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 6 groups / 7 elements, 7 groups / 9 elements, 5 groups / 7 elements

Features: Built-in lens shield, Aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 8 m, 0.3 m - 4.8 m

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 10

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 0.8 frames per second, 3 frames per second, 1.5 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 3sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, histogram display, cropping an image, in-camera red-eye fix, face-priority AF function

LCD Display Information: Frame counter, red-eye reduction, film speed, photo quality, Metering Mode, battery condition, programme, flash mode


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom

Field Coverage: 80%, 82%

LED Information: Flash ready, autofocus ready

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Dioptric Correction Range: -2 to +1.1

Magnification: 0.3 - 0.8x


Type: 2.5" LCD display, 1.8" LCD display, 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in, Rotating


Connector Type: 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card, CompactFlash Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Nikon PictureProject

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 or later, MS Windows Vista

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive


Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Carrying strap, battery charger, USB cable, audio / video cable

Body Material: Magnesium alloy, Stainless steel


Battery Type: Nikon EN-EL5, Nikon EN-EL10

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 650 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 740 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 21 MB, 52 MB

Memory Card Slot: SD card, CompactFlash Card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 1280 x 960 ¦ JPEG 1024 x 768 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2432 ¦ JPEG 3584 x 2016

Video Capture: QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 15 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 15 fps ¦ QuickTime - 160 x 120 - 15 fps

Included Memory Card: 32 MB CompactFlash, 128 MB CompactFlash

Internal Storage: 1 GB Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.8 cm, 10.2 cm, 8.9 cm

Depth: 4.1 cm, 6.8 cm, 2.3 cm

Height: 6.5 cm, 8.2 cm, 5.4 cm

Weight: 200 g, 0.4 kg, 130 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Service & Support: 1 year warranty


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