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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera but lots of motor noise..., May 10, 2007
This review is from: Nikon Coolpix P5000 10MP Digital Camera with 3.5x Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom (Electronics)
I recently bought this camera to replace my well used Nikon Coolpix 7900. It takes fabulous photos and the multitude of manual controls is exceptional but what was Nikon thinking by having such a noisy autofocus motor in this camera? It makes a constant whirring sound--it's almost like you are using a camcorder instead of a still camera. There is no way to shut the sound off. I can hear it quite clearly even when just holding the camera in my hand. This issue is now being reported in the Nikon forums. It was a deal breaker for me. It was just too annoying and I returned the camera to the store. The sound is loud enough to record when using the the video setting so if you like to take videos alot you might want to read up what others have to say in regards to the noise issue. Otherwise, it's a first rate camera that takes photos almost the equivalent of my Nikon D50. What a shame that Nikon didn't address this issue before sending the camera out to customers.
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Initial post: May 12, 2007 8:44:35 PM PDT
I. Gulko says:
I think that the noise you think is the autofocus motor is actually the VR mechanism, which stabilizes the lens to reduce blurring caused by the slight shaking of the camera in your hands. (I have not used this camera, but I use a VR lens with my DSLR. It makes a noise just like the one you describe.)

Posted on May 14, 2007 5:19:39 PM PDT
I. Gulko says:
Update: I just bought this camera, and I have this motor noise too. It is constant, and I have not figured out how to turn it off. It sounds just like the VR motors on my 18-200mm Nikon lens, but it does not go away when VR is turned off, and is very audible in recorded video.

Posted on May 21, 2007 6:51:51 PM PDT
Yes, that's what people are commenting on--the sound can't be turned off. I personally didn't like it that the camera made noise even when it wasn't doing anything which is why I didn't keep it. I was really disappointed as it's a very good camera overall. Other people might not care about the sound. I guess it's just personal preference. Other than the sound the only other thing that I might mark a little lower is that the camera seemed a little sluggish to me. Perhaps that's because it is a 10 MP.
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