Summary: Both the sluggish AF and noise issues marr a wonderful-looking package in terms of handling and controls, the excellent set of features and the capability to shoot good images at lower ISOs. I expected much better for this price however.
Pros: Great specification, low ISO image quality, good build, Excellent handling, nice lens, superb control layout.
Cons: Sluggish AF, fuzzy optical viewfinder, lacks RAW mode, overly aggressive noise reduction at high ISO, poor high ISO image quality.
Summary: A few performance issues with the Nikon Coolpix P5000 diminish the appeal of an otherwise nice compact camera for amateurs.
Pros: The Nikon Coolpix P5000 has optical image stabilization and excellent exposure, color, and sharpness.
Cons: 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.
Excerpt: Beginning from March 2007, Nikon is pleased to introduce the COOLPIX P5000 to the Nikon COOLPIX Performance Series of digital cameras on the market. The new COOLPIX P5000 offers advanced functions, ease of operation, and high image quality that is sure to satisfy photo and camera enthusiasts.
Conclusion: Unlike Canon, whose PowerShot G7 is a real 'statement' camera that has undisguised aspirations to be a genuine SLR replacement, Nikon has taken a much more cautious step towards a truly serious high end compact with it's new flagship model. The P5000 - Nikon's first such camera since the days when you could charge the best part of a thousand dollars for a well-specified compact - is a considerably less ambitious product than the G7; it reminded me of a Coolpix 7900 with...
Pros: Very compact and pocketable, Excellent handling for a small camera, Solid build and excellent fit / finish, Good resolution and edge-to-edge consistency, Realistic natural color, subtle processing, Excellent range of manual exposure controls, Extensive system support for a compact - optional add-on lenses and flashguns, iTTL flash hot shoe, Optical image stabilization, Excellent output quality at lower ISO settings - subtle NR means more fine detail preserved, Best Sh...
Cons: Very slow focus and slightly sluggish performance overall, Unimpressive burst mode, Default settings produce images that are a bit soft and a bit flat - may or may not be a problem depending on your point of view, Screen can be difficult to see in bright light, occasional blooming of preview image, Finest quality JPEG is still quite heavily compressed, still no raw mode, Some aspects of the user interface still feel clunky, Lens range (36-126mm) not the most versatile...
Excerpt: Advanced compacts are pocket monsters, with nearly all of a DSLR's abilities and none of its bulk. But can they make noise! Nikon bred a live one in its new Coolpix P5000 ($350, street). It has many of the external and some of the imaging controls of its D80 and D40x DSLRs. Can it match the image quality of its DSLR kin? Yes and no.
Conclusion: Nikon Coolpix P5000 compact digital camera Nikon’s Coolpix P5000 is another of Nikon’s advanced cameras in the top segment of the digital compact camera market. It is still a popular category, because many professional photographers want to have an additional, small camera next to their DSLR, without having to make too many sacrifices in ease of use and quality. The 10 Megapixel resolution places Nikon in the high resolution segment.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Coolpix P5000 compared to a standard CD disc. Continue to the Features & Controls Page Coolpix P5000 Specifications Effective pixels: 10.0 million CCD: 1/1.8-inch CCD (10.37 million total pixels) Image modes: 3648 x 2736 (10M), 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x 1536 (3M), 1600 x 1200 (2M), 1280 x 960 (1M), 1024 x 768 PC, 640 x 480 TV, 3648 x 2432 (3:2), 3584 x 2016 (16:9) Lens: 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.5-26.3mm (35mm format equivalent to approx.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Compact 10MP digicam with many manual features