Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Nikon Coolpix 5000: (5 megapixel prosumer) Based largely on the Coolpix 995 'engine' the 5000 carries all of its great features and builds on them. The quick access user settings concept is a great way to have the camera set up for different situations, it's also a good way to work around things you may see as limitations (programming one user setting for movie clips for example).
Pros: Good metering, good automatic white balance, average resolution capability, Control over all processing algorithm parameters: contrast, saturation, sharpness, Good build quality, small and compact design, Wide angle zoom (28 mm), Concept of three user memories is very useful, Still largest control feature set (but the competition is catching up, fast), Great control over 'photographic' features such as AF point, Spot metering can be tied to AF point, Unique focus conf...
Cons: Slow startup time, Chromatic aberrations just as visible as previous Coolpix digital cameras, High noise levels from ISO 200 upwards, Video camera like clipping of highlights ('video camera' look to some images), Stuck pixel (on the camera I had for review), Useless 'Clear Image' mode, Rear "Control Panel" LCD is dark and difficult to see in anything but good sunlight, LCD 'soft button' labels use up some of the LCD screen, Slow lens (F2.8 - F4.8), Poor low light Auto...
Excerpt: As a fifth-generation refinement, the Nikon Coolpix 5000 is probably one of the best, most powerful and versatile consumer digital cameras on the market. Nikon has worked out most of the rough edges and engineering quirks of its predecessors (the 900 series) and has added new functions and features. Its default-mode images were the best of the bunch.
Conclusion: Frankly, space forbids detailing every manual control in the 5000's bag of tricks. Naturally, you'll find a choice of shutter or aperture priority exposure, or fully manual selection of both; the ability to lock in a specific focus distance; and 100, 200, 400, or 800 ISO sensitivity, with a noise-reduction option for the latter settings.
Coolpix 5000 ($1099) is probably the most anticipated digital
camera of the year, up there with the Sony
DSC-F707 and Minolta
DiMAGE 7. After all, it's Nikon's first consumer-level 5 Megapixel
Coolpix. The Coolpix line has long been known as the benchmark for
digital photo quality. For the CP5000, Nikon has abandoned the traditional
swiveling lens design that many of us grew to love on the 900-series.
Pros: All the manual controls you'll ever need, Usually excellent photo quality, CompactFlash Type II slot - Microdrive works fine, Handy swiveling LCD, Lens is very "wide" for a consumer digicam, Hot shoe for external flash, Lots of external lens options
Cons: Blew out the sky in too many pictures, especially with spot metering, Some chromatic aberrations, Rear controls cluttered, Optical viewfinder hard to use when LCD is not flipped out, Proprietary battery costs a lot and doesn't last long, especially with Microdrive, Expensive
Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two Coolpix 5000 Specifications CCD 2/3-in. high-density CCD; total pixels: 5.24 million 5.0 million effective pixels Image sizes FULL (2560 x 1920) 3:2 (2560 x 1700) UXGA (1600 x 1200) SXGA (1280 x 960) XGA (1024 x 768) VGA (640 x 480) Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with enhanced wide angle coverage f = 7.1-21.4mm (equivalent to 28-85mm) F2.8-4.8 with macro; 9 elements in 7 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded...
Excerpt: In December 2001, Nikon released their first prosumer 5 megapixel digital camera, the CoolPix 5000. Originally announced in September, this camera is a worthy successor to the immensely popular CoolPix line that includes Nikon's CoolPix 950, 990, and 995.
Excerpt: Tentokrát se podíváme novému Coolpixu 5000 na zoubek po stránce technologické. Jaké jsou jeho parametry a funkce ve srovnání s konkurencí? Proč je tento fotoaparát v podstatě papírově nejslabším 5Mp na trhu?
Summary: Nem túlzás azt állítani, hogy nagy várakozás előzte meg a Nikon félprofesszionális Coolpix sorozatának új modelljét. A korábbi Coolpix 900-as gépek egyedülálló elforgatható optikája ugyan számos előnnyel járt, de erősen korlátozta a továűbbfejlesztést. A Nikon rájött: itt az idő a váltásra.