Nikon Coolpix P5000 10MP Digital Camera with 3.5x Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom
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- 10-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 20 x 30-inch prints
- 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens; 2.5-inch LCD screen with optical viewfinder
- Optical vibration reduction/image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
- Progrram, Aperture, Shutter, and Manual Exposure modes
- Hot shoe for i-TTL compatible Nikon speedlights
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|Screen Size||2.5 in||3 in||2.5 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.61 x 3.86 x 2.56 in||3.08 x 4.47 x 3.74 in||0.9 x 3.5 x 2 in||1.57 x 4.41 x 2.6 in|
|Item Weight||0.53 lb||1.19 lbs||0.75 lb||0.64 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 megapixels||16 megapixels||7.1 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240 30/15 fps, 160 x 120, 15 fps||1080p (30 fps)||—||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Viewfinder||Optical (tunnel)||flexible LCD||None||None|
The CoolPix P5000 features advanced functions that are skillfully packed into a solid body, magnesium alloy front panel for durability in a lightweight package. The CoolPix P5000 includes an optical viewfinder to helps achieve accurate composition in direct sunlight and other brightly lit conditions helping you capture sharp images while minimizing the effects of camera shake. The CoolPix P5000 features 16 specially programmed modes to automatically handle focus, exposure, white balance and other adjustments that help you take great pictures easily. 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. 3.5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor 7.5-26.3mm (35mm format picture angle - 36-126mm), f/2.7-5.3, 7 elements in 6 groups 4x Digital Zoom (35mm format picture angle - 504mm) ISO Sensitivity - 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800) Built-in flash - Wide Range 1 to 26 feet 3 inch (0.3 to 8.0m), Tele Range 1 to 13 feet 1 inch (0.3 to 4.0m) System Requirements - Macintosh Mac OS X version 10.3.9, 10.4.x, Windows Vista (32bit), Windows XP Home Edition/Professional and Windows 2000 Professional Dimensions - Width 3.9 x Height 2.5 x Depth 1.6 inch (98 x 64.5 x 41 mm) excluding projections Weight - 7.1 ounces (200 grams) without battery and SD memory card
From the Manufacturer
The new Coolpix P5000 combines 10.0 effective megapixels and a 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for exceptional image quality and stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches. Optical VR Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake, while the bright 2.5-inch LCD and optical viewfinder make composing and sharing pictures easier than ever. Optional telephoto and wide-angle converters allow you to expand the cameras capabilities and enhance your creativity.
The Coolpix P5000 also features 16 specially-programmed modes to automatically handle focus, exposure, white balance and other adjustments that help you take great pictures easily.
Nikon Coolpix P5000 Highlights
Versatile Shooting Modes 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.
VR Optical Image Stabilization 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!
Strong, lightweight, magnesium alloy construction The 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.
3200 ISO capability See what youve been missing. 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.
Incredible, bright 2.5-inch LCD The Coolpix P5000 includes an optical viewfinder whichs helps achieve accurate composition in direct sunlight and other brightly lit conditions which can sometimes make an LCD monitor difficult to use.
3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with Vibration Reduction High-quality lenses deliver high-quality pictures. Nikon Coolpix VR Image Stabilization technology is incorporated into the lens and helps you capture sharp images while minimizing the effects of camera shake.The power of the 3.5x optical zoom lens, 36-126mm (35mm equivalent), plus 4x digital zoom equals 14x zoom range. Macro capability lets you shoot as close as 1.6 inches, and this combination is supported by Nikons world-renowned optical technology, delivering clear, crisp images backed by image-stabilizing VR assurance.
Innovative Automatic Features The Coolpix P5000 features 16 specially-programmed modes to automatically handle focus, exposure, white balance and other adjustments that help you take great pictures easily.
Nikon In-Camera Innovations
- Auto image rotation Detects pictures that have been taken with the camera held vertically and automatically rotates the image for in-camera LCD playback.
- In-camera cropping Allows you to crop out the part of the image you dont want and keep the part you like.
- Best Shot selector Enables the camera to take a series of photos and automatically select the one with the sharpest focus.
- Noise Reduction mode Minimizes digital artifacts in long exposures.
- Audio voice recordings Records up to 5 hours of sound over the built-in microphone and played back over the built-in speaker.
- In-Camera Red-Eye Fix This in-camera feature automatically fixes most typical occurrences of red-eye.
- D-Lighting Compensates for underexposed images or insufficient flash by automatically adding light and detail to selected shots where needed -- without affecting properly exposed areas.
- Optimize Image options Easily accessed optimization options closely tailor results to the scene at hand or the intended use of the image. Image sharpening, tone compensation, color mode, saturation and hue adjustment is controlled by the user-selected choice of Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, Custom or Black and White options.
- Face-Priority AF Automatically finds and focuses on peoples faces to ensure superb portraits with clear, crisp focus
- Live Histogram function Graphically indicates shadow levels on the left and highlights on the right and helps you avoid under/ over exposure before shooting.
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I can't say enough good about the P5000 - its format is easy to use, and the lenses Nikon uses are superior quality. People get hung up on Mega Pixels; I don't care how many mega pixels a camera has, if the camera has poor quality glass, it won't take a decent photograph. The P5000 is an exceptional camera, and small enough to fit in a shirt pocket!
The camera arrived quickly, and the condition is like brand new. Every function works fine.
First of all, let me say that I have done some research and knew what I wanted/needed in a camera. I'm beyond mere point and shoot type photography although there are times when going fully automatic can be a godsend. My needs were more advanced and also had to consider my budget too in this process.
My first digital camera was an old Kodak CX series 4mp camera that did allow for exposure adjustment, but that and ISO ("film" speed) only and had about a half dozen, if that scene modes, lens range is about the same for both however the Nikon is a 3.5x zoom whilst the Kodak only does 3x, both had digital zoom capabilities too.
When the old Kodak took a tumble to the floor in the fall of 2005, I was able to nurse it along for about a year and a half off and on until it seemingly died this past January. To be honest, the Kodak was pretty good for what it was, it's macro was OK and I did get plenty of use from it which is more than I have with any film camera I've owned previously.
First thing was I had been eying the Nikon cameras after some initial research on the previous 7600 and 7900 coolpix models and came close to buying one then, but my financial situation was dire and the funds had to be diverted to more important things so no camera then. And in that research was the fact that Nikon in it's coolpix line tend to not be as aggressive, generally, in their Jpg compression, nor as heavy handed with noise reduction compared to many companies for this type of camera.
So when the situation finally came for me to be able to actually look into a new camera, I had been looking at several models, including the L12 and the S500 but ultimately, found myself suddenly able to afford a P5000, which is comparable to the old 7900 in features etc.
Now I've also read the reviews here and elsewhere, and on major camera review sites such as DPReview, C/Net and others and the reviews of the P5000 were mixed with both good and negative comments, namely it's slow start up, slow shutter lag and focus, but it had very, very good image quality despite the 1-7/8" 10MP sensor and it had a really good layout, good menu that is along the lines of their DSLR's and a very good grip, which allows for steady 1 handed shooting when needed.
I was not able to get my hands on one to try out and then heard that it was being discontinued so had to act fast if I was going to get one and by that point, I found myself with funds to do so and ended up buying it without a tryout at a local camera store.
In the 3 days since it arrived, I've been snapping pictures like nobody's business, mostly in manual mode and am learning quite fast it's idiosyncrasies and how one goes about adjusting aperture and shutter, sadly, one can't do true manual focus, but one can tell the camera how you want it to focus and one feature allows the user to move the focus metering brackets around to get the best readings for both exposure and focus, in this instance, when shooting a dark scene with a bright spot, I can then scoot the metering bracket to get both the dark and light so when I adjust both the aperture and shutter, I can then see whether I'm over exposing or underexposing in either setting before I pre-focus by holding down the shutter halfway for a second before taking the shot. One thing the reviews do say is that this camera really isn't the best choice for sports type shots or any other fast action type shots although I've seen one case where it proved to be no so useless in that situation due to slow shutter speed and frames per second capture speed.
Some pros/cons of this little darling.
Easily navigated menu system, easily learned
Good button layout and a nice set of separate buttons on the left of the LCD for functions such as preview, view options and to bring up the histrogram, sadly not available in real time but a minor quibble, the menu access and the delete button, on the right is the 4 way control button and OK button for navigating the menus along with accessing flash options, macro etc.
Good low light sensitivity
Wide ISO range (64-3200) However with 3200ISO, the MP count drops to 5MP though
Option to turn off noise reduction
Optical vibration reduction
Definite shutter lag
Noisy at higher ISO's above 200 ISO (I've heard it's quite noisy but have not really tried it yet)
Power button could stand to be a bit larger and in a better location
No RAW capabilities for such a flagship camera for more advanced users while it's direct competition, the Canon G7 has it (I think and it's more expensive too).
LCD is washed out in very bright light although one can adjust the settings and that might help some, don't know though.
Overall, I found the con's to not be of issue to me based on how I use the camera and what I'm shooting. I hope to slowly get more and more familiar with it and slowly begin to stretch it's limits some in the future but from what I've experienced with it so far, it's a very excellent camera, it's easy to use, feels comfortable in a minimum of time spent with it and I'm really impressed with what I'm getting out of it already. One thing is for sure, I'm fast learning what to look for to determine if overexposing (or underexposing as well) as I go along and yesterday's photo shoot proved, 95% of my shots were more or less correctly exposed by the end of the day.
A couple of caveats, it's now discontinued and is being replaced by the P5100, but at 12MP instead (and we don't know if it's image quality will suffer as of yet either and it's the same sensor as what's in the new Canon G9, the G7's replacement and it's proving a disappointment) and has some changes to the AF system which might address the slow shutter lag/focus issues. It's not in stores yet but was announced about a week ago though.
If you are a beginner type or simply prefer a simple camera, this is more camera than you need and some of the reviews here have born that out where people bought it based on price and ended up returning it for it overwhelmed them with too much stuff.
Overall though I really am liking this camera quite a bit.
It's been a year and a half since I bought it and my overall view of this camera has held true. I've tweaked some of the settings and have learned how to expose to get a good image and all that. Most of the time I can get the camera to focus well and have found, despite some of the caveats that it does fine as long as you don't try to do much heavy action shots. That aside, I use it A LOT and really and truly enjoy it and I am now ready to move up to a D-SLR.
I won't go into great detail on the features but I will talk about one I used most often on my trip. It was the Panorama feature. It allows you to align your camera in such a way that taking panoramic pictures is relatively easy... even without a tripod or a bubble level.
The way it works is you set the camera to panoramic mode then take the first picture. The LCD screen will display the edge of the last image so that you can align it up for the next shot. This works very good if you are stitching together 3-4 images but beyond that you may end up needing a tripod and/or a bubble level. Creating a full 360 degree panorama is child's play after that.
Not only can the panorama feature work horizontal but can create vertical panoramas as well. You can tell the camera what direction you want to move next and it will show you the proper alignment. So if you wanted to create one "big" image from 9 images using a 3x3 alignment it is very easy to do.
The camera comes with Arcsoft Panorama maker version 3 which will stitch the images together for you. It works well and I decided to upgrade to the 4.0 version but I liked 3 better though because it seems to do a better job of making interactive panoramas in Apple Quicktime (another very cool feature). Photoshop can do the same thing but I found that Arcsoft ran faster and it did not eat up as much memory.
I posted three panoramic images I took on vacation. See the Product images associated with this product to see them. They are MUCH smaller than the real output.
The camera works with the new SDHC cards. I bought a Kingston 8GB card and will probably never need another card again. Saving images in the highest resolution is very fast. Somewhere between 1-2 seconds.
The biggest downside I personally found is the inability to save in a RAW format. RAW format is an unprocessed/uncompressed image that are very useful with using in Photoshop. It gives the most detail and information for Photoshop to work with. My older Coolpix 5000 did not originally have it but Nikon put out a software upgrade for the camera that gave it RAW format capability. I am hoping they will do the same for the p5000 but so far no dice.
Overall I really like this camera and am glad I purchased it. I was going to go for a DSLR but I decided that I did not want to learn something new while on vacation.