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.
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: 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,...
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?
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: Nikon is pleased to introduce the COOLPIX P5000 to the Nikon COOLPIX Performance Series of digital cameras. This new model offers advanced functions, ease of operation, and high image quality that is sure to satisfy photo and camera enthusiasts.
Excerpt: The Nikon
Coolpix P5000 ($399) is a compact, full-featured
10 Megapixel camera that is reminiscent of the Coolpix 5000 that was popular
back in 2001. In addition to its 10 Megapixel CCD, the P5000 also sports a
3.5X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 36 - 126 mm), optical image stabilization,
Pros: Very good photo quality when sharpness is bumped up, Optical image stabilization, Generally solid construction (with one big exception), Sharp 2.5" LCD display + optical viewfinder, Many manual controls (though see below), Powerful flash, Custom button on back of camera, Handy features: help menu...
Cons: Sluggish performance, especially in terms of focusing, Soft images at default settings; some details smudged by noise reduction, Some redeye, despite two countermeasures, Bizarre noise from VR system is picked up by camera's microphone, Unimpressive continuous shooting mode, No RAW image support,...
Summary: As a compact that can ‘fill in’ for your DSLR, the P5000 largely does the job it sets out to, although noise is an issue and we’re disappointed that there’s no Raw mode. The focal length range of the lens also disappoints: it lacks true wideangle and telephoto capabilities unless you want to invest...
Pros: Vibration reduction, feature-set, good price.
Cons: No Raw mode, prefer an all-metal body shell.
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.
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-...
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 imag...
Summary: A car company once asked if they could “build one for you”. A nationwide burger chain let patrons “have it your way”. Nikon isn’t in the automotive or fast food business, but Point and Shoot photographers who want to let their camera do all of the work, none of the work or some of the work, rejoice!
Pros: Great ergonomics and image quality, Accurate color reproduction, Vibration Reduction, Full manual controls