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Nikon Coolpix P5000

Mark Peters
PMA 2010 Report
Tuesday 20th, February 2007
Posted by: Mark Peters

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 demonstrates the style, performance and ease of use that has earned Nikon its reputation for producing cameras with cutting-edge technology and consistently excellent results. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 combines stylish looks and a solid yet lightweight feel with a range of features that enable the user to explore creativity behind photography. Textured finish gives the appearance of real leather and a new grip with grid-pattern rubber allows the user a comfortable secure hold. It is the range of fun and exciting features that makes this camera stand out from the crowd. 10 megapixels of sharp resolution enable the photographer to capture images with incredible detail, even after enlargement.

Nikon Coolpix P5000

Nikon P5000 - Vibration Reduction
Picture quality is further guaranteed by Vibration Reduction, which compensates for the blurring that can be caused by camera shake or lower light. A light sensitivity range up to ISO 3200 also enables the Nikon Coolpix P5000 to capture quality images of fast-moving subjects or poorly-lit scenes. ISO 3200 is available only for image sizes of 5M (2592 x 1944) or smaller.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Mode dial
This new model is designed to ensure an experience of smooth, easy use for the photographer. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is highly responsive, offering swift start-up and fast continuous shooting. The new Mode dial provides quick access to a selection of 16 different scene-optimised modes, seven movie modes, Anti-Shake mode and High-Sensitivity mode. Images can be composed carefully, and the excellent results appreciated immediately, on the high-quality 2.5 inch LCD screen.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - 36-126mm Zoom-Nikkor lens
The Coolpix P5000 has compatibility with a number of add-on system components that extend the creative possibilities of this new model. A variety of lens options enable the experimental user to explore different ways to use the camera. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 comes equipped with the 36-126mm Zoom-Nikkor lens which delivers excellent results when shooting anything from portrait to panorama, but this can be swapped for the Telephoto Converter lens which extends the reach of the zoom to 378mm for long-distance shots, or the Wide-angle Converter lens which realises a focal length of 24mm.

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Nikon P5000 - Vibration Reduction image stabilization
The Coolpix P5000 features proven optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) technology originally developed for interchangeable lenses used in Nikon SLR camera systems. Angular velocity sensors measure camera movement, calculate the amount of compensation required, and the VR lens unit instantly adjusts position to offset camera shake. Nikonís exclusive VR system provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three steps slower without blurring the image, while also providing a smoother image on the LCD monitor that aids composition. The result is sharper when shooting in low light, when taking advantage of the reach of the 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, or when reaching farther with an optional Telephoto Converter lens.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - ISO 3200 & Anti-Shake mode
Light sensitivity can be manually set as high as ISO 3200. In Anti-Shake and High-Sensitivity modes, ISO control automatically selects the optimal sensitivity setting for the shot across a range up to ISO 1600. A turn of the Mode dial activates High ISO and BSS (Best Shot Selector) in addition to VR (Vibration Reduction), automatically sets the optimal ISO for steady results, and selects the sharpest image from up to ten sequential shots.

Nikon Coolpix P5000

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Compatible lens accessories
The Coolpix P5000 is compatible with optional lens accessories, including the 0.67x Wide-angle Converter (WC-E67) and 3.0x Telephoto Converter (TC-E3ED) lenses. A built-in accessory shoe supports the use of Nikonís advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the Speedlight SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Optical viewfinder
The Coolpix P5000 includes an optical viewfinder, to help achieve accurate composition in direct sunlight and other brightly lit conditions that can sometimes make an LCD monitor awkward to use.

Nikon P5000 digital camera - Menu interface
A new menu interface makes navigating and selecting images straightforward and advanced functions for enhancing or correcting images are easily accessible. This includes the new image optimization settings, which offer a choice of four colour filters for shooting with monochrome filter effects, to barrel distortion control, which can correct images when using a Wide-angle Converter and even display the corrected image on the LCD in real time. The 2.5-inch 230,000-dot LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating makes the menus a greater pleasure to work with, even in bright sunlight.

Nikon Coolpix P5000

Nikon P5000 camera - In-camera correction features
The Coolpix P5000 features a selection of three innovative functions that provide the ability to actually improve the quality of images within the camera. Face-priority AF automatically finds, then focuses on peopleís faces for crisp, clear results time after time. Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically compensates to help eradicate traces of the annoying red-eye effect that can sometimes be encountered during flash photography. Completing the set is D-Lighting, which can be applied to improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much backlight. D-Lighting automatically creates a copy of the image with detail added where necessary, but with well-exposed areas left completely untouched. The Nikon Coolpix P5000 will become available at the end of March at a suggested retail price of £329.99/ Ä489.

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