Nikon Coolpix P5000

Last update: Nikon has officially announced the Nikon Coolpix P6000 (07 August’08)

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is a 10 effective megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor (35mm equivalent: 36-126mm), Lens-shift VR Image Stabilization, ISO settings ranging from 80 to 3200, and a 2.5″ wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating. The camera measures 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.), weighs Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card, and will have a recommended retail price of around £329.99/ €489.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Nikon Coolpix P5000 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“Noise levels were average, becoming more noticeable as the sensitivity is increased…However, shooting performance is not quite up to par with many similarly priced cameras. That said, with an MSRP of US$399 or less, the Nikon Coolpix P5000 is competitively priced for a 10-megapixel consumer model, and is sure to be a popular digicam this year.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“..the design of the Nikon P5000 facilitates that sort of use, keeping the buttons simple and efficient with a prominent Command Dial and programmable Function button. The large-type menu system is very attractive on the 2.5 inch LCD. And the return of a hot shoe to the Coolpix lineup is just one more reason to like this little camera…let’s call it a “Dave’s Pick” by a nose. (If its autofocus were just a bit faster, it’d be a hands-down winner.)”
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DigitalTrends reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is a good camera and would’ve gotten a higher grade if there weren’t issues with responsiveness—saving files as well as focusing. It has a nice feel and is light enough to take anywhere. Overall photo quality was good, not dazzling. Is it a replacement for a D-SLR? Of course not. Still, at under $350 USD, it’s definitely worth considering. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“Focusing, while slow, is nevertheless accurate when it finally gets there and once used to the focus lag, it did not let me down. Colour and white balance performance are both excellent with the default “Normal” mode for colour producing pleasing, naturally rendered images. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The camera displayed very average performance across the board, with moderate color accuracy, limited dynamic range, and an average handling of noise at best….The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is meant to bridge the gap between compact digital cameras and DSLRs, but it is definitely weighted towards compact models.”
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Let’sGoDigital reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“There are plenty of details and as a fervent DSLR user you are almost surprised that this small device delivers such high quality… The power of the Nikon Coolpix P5000 is found in the camera itself. The camera will feel comfortable for most photographers, and that makes it worth it. You have to settle for a few shortcomings, but if you can live with that, you truly have a great camera. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is in my opinion one of the nicest compact cameras available right now, it is really well built…I recommend it! ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The colour rendition is good, and largely what you’d expect, with those bright blues designed for pleasing results straight out of the box. What is an issue is noise with that 10Mp resolution, and here the results are not that impressive. While the levels that are visible at ISO64 and 100 don’t really cause concern, it is alarming to see colour shifts at ISO400 and the ISO3200 mode is more like an artists impression than a photo. If the ISO is kept down, you don’t mind average performance, then the high resolution, good image quality, the plethora of metering and focussing options and the powerful flash features are all worth having.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PopPhoto reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“In use, the P5000 proved far less frustrating than the typical compact. It’s nice in the hand, and the shutter button is well positioned. While the AF sometimes take a moment to hunt, once it locks on, the camera fires with no delay. You can move the focusing point to a nutty 99 different positions, and couple the spotmeter to any one of them…keep the ISOs down, and you can pack nearly the picture-taking power of a D40x in a shirt pocket.”
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Cameras.UK reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“At ISO 400 you can still get an acceptable photo. Although noise is creeping in at this point the photo is still worth taking. Once you push the rating up above this the Coolpix P5000 starts to struggle. At its maximum rating of 3200 picture quality is extremely poor… The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is an impressive digital camera. It has plenty of features and is likely to appeal to someone who sees photography as a hobby. One of the attractions of the Coolpix P5000 is that so many key features are packed into a very compact body. Recommended”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The Nikon CoolPix P5000 isn’t the top-drawer semi-pro compact that many were hoping for, but it is a well-made and well-specified camera suitable for more experienced photographers. Its lack of performance and slow AF system are handicaps, but comfortable handling, a good range of options and features, and excellent photographic results more than compensate. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The good: The Nikon Coolpix P5000 has optical image stabilization and excellent exposure, color, and sharpness. The bad: Slow; LCD unusable in bright sunlight; highly inconsistent color across different ISO sensitivity levels; unusually strong barrel distortion at widest angle despite relatively narrow 36mm-equivalent angle of view. The bottom line: A few performance issues with the Nikon Coolpix P5000 diminish the appeal of an otherwise nice compact camera for amateurs”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalCamerarReview reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P5000 provides a 10 megapixel sensor, excellent image and color quality, and an ergonomically excellent camera in a compact, easily portable package. Not only does the camera come with the full auto and specialty modes found in virtually every P&S, but a complete set of manual controls as well. This combined with the optional wide and telephoto converters gives the P5000 a versatility that could attract a varied group of shooters: those new to digital imagery can use the auto functions and be assured of quality images, while photographers who want or need the ability to go semi-automatic or manual get their wish as well.”
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PhotoReviewAU reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“Flash performance was generally good and the flash produced enough light to illuminate an average-sized room at all ISO settings. Low light performance was also satisfactory, although shots taken at high ISO settings were noise-affected. Some shadow noise was also observed in normal exposures, particularly when backlit shots were adjusted with the D-Lighting function.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P5000 delivers very good image quality at low ISOs. Its many practical features allow you to face any challenging photographic situations with confidence…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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DigitalCameraInfo has a preview of the Nikon Coolpix P5000 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is meant to bridge the gap between point-and-shoots and DSLRs. The “performance series” digital camera has some features that will attract Nikon DSLR owners. The P5000 has a hot shoe so users can attach their Speedlight accessory flashes. There is a variety of recording modes from manual to automatic and even a control dial and function button that will be familiar to the DSLR crowd. The camera is compact but still has great handling features. With this in mind, the Nikon Coolpix P5000 is perfect for DSLR owners who don’t want to lug their D200s to dinner or a party and would rather have something compact but still full of features.”
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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Samples

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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Nikon Coolpix P5000 Sample Photos @ Let’sGoDigital
Nikon Coolpix P5000 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Nikon Coolpix P5000 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Nikon Coolpix P5000 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Sample Photos @ Photoxels

Nikon Coolpix P5000 User Manuals (PDF)

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Nikon Coolpix P5000 Press Release

The new COOLPIX P5000 demonstrates the style, performance and ease of use that has earned Nikon its reputation for producing cameras with cutting-edge technology and consistently excellent results.

The COOLPIX P5000 combines stylish looks and a solid yet lightweight feel with a range of features that enable the user to explore creativity behind photography. Textured finish gives the appearance of real leather and a new grip with grid-pattern rubber allows the user a comfortable secure hold.

It is the range of fun and exciting features that makes this camera stand out from the crowd. An impressive 10 megapixels of sharp resolution enable the photographer to capture images with incredible detail, even after enlargement. Picture quality is further guaranteed by Vibration Reduction, which compensates for the blurring that can be caused by camera shake or lower light. A light sensitivity range up to ISO 3200 also enables the COOLPIX P5000 to capture quality images of fast-moving subjects or poorly-lit scenes.

This new model is designed to ensure an experience of smooth, easy use for the photographer. The COOLPIX P5000 is highly responsive, offering swift start-up and fast continuous shooting. The new Mode dial provides quick access to a selection of 16 different scene-optimised modes, seven movie modes, Anti-Shake mode and High-Sensitivity mode. Images can be composed carefully, and the excellent results appreciated immediately, on the high-quality 2.5 inch LCD screen.

The COOLPIX P5000 has compatibility with a number of add-on system components that extend the creative possibilities of this new model. A variety of lens options enable the experimental user to explore different ways to use the camera. The COOLPIX P5000 comes equipped with the 36-126mm Zoom-Nikkor lens which delivers excellent results when shooting anything from portrait to panorama, but this can be swapped for the Telephoto Converter lens which extends the reach of the zoom to 378mm for long-distance shots, or the Wide-angle Converter lens which realises a focal length of 24mm.

With the COOLPIX P5000, the user can achieve results that should be shared with family and friends. This camera comes bundled with Nikon’s complimentary PictureProject software which makes editing pictures, organising shots and sharing images remarkably simple.
Nikon COOLPIX P5000 Feature Highlights

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