Summary: This camera definitely has some issues, namely slow operational speed, (focusing and write times), which at first frustrated me, but it also has some compelling good points which is why I bought one, (even 12 years after it was released and I being fully aware of it's drawbacks having read the reviews on it for years) and I don't regret it. The colors in the photos look very nice and appealing; warm and saturated.
A nice, practical digital camera even after 10 years
28 May 2013
Summary: We are using these old cameras with a computer (and linux systems) for automatic monitoring of the Nature. The great list of useful and (now, in 2013, when this camera looks like quite an obsolete piece of equipment) very reasonable priced accessories (WC-68, FC-E8, TC-3ED etc.) makes this camera an ideal tool not only for such a purpose but even for inexpensive general photography.
Summary: I bought this same camera new several years ago and it quit working. I could only find two places who were willing to look at it and both are out of state. The cost of the new purchase was less than the shipping, insurance and minimum fee to diagnose the repair on my old camera. I already have a ton of accessories and lenses for this model so purchasing it seemed to be a reasonable solution.
Summary: I purchased this camera to replace this same model which I owned that malfunctioned. I have all the memory cards for this camera and other items and like camera so it made sense for me purchase.
Summary: with all of the available attachments, it is a good little work camera. Accessories such as the AA battery pack make this a good deal. I have located new in box stuff at B+H, Adorama etc for peanuts.
"System Control" Failed after a year: $244 Nikon repair
Scot Angus "nicetempo.com", Amazon
25 October 2003
Summary: Except for it being unresponsive (by the time it's ready to shoot, the moment is gone) it's been a good camera for the 16 months I've had it... but it failed recently, and Nikon had little to say about why, how, or how I could prevent it from happening again. In fact, the people at Penn Camera seemed to be surprised that I wanted to know exactly what work was done ("Nikon never gives that information").
Summary: I am one of many people who recommend this camera. I used many digital cameras including SONY and Olympus camera and got no good impression from those. My recommendation comes from the granularity of pictures taken. Pictures of other cameras found to be deteriorated when magnified using Photoshop. Coolpix 5000 gives clear images even when magnified to 800%! That granularity proves and certifies the sharpest image ever achieved in digital cameras.
A sub $1000 pro-sumer camera, despite Nikon's marketing.
Dave Larkin, Amazon
11 March 2003
Summary: The features mimic, and the performance matches, the best of Nikon SLR cameras. The lense quality is exceptional, and veratile. The one-star off is for the accessories and battery life. Expect to buy 3rd party lense hoods, an add-on battery with more life, and extra memory.