Nikon Coolpix P5000 Brief Review


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  • 10 megapixels
  • 3.5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 64-3200
  • Movie mode with sound
  • JPEG file format
  • Lens-shift vibration reduction
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital storage (26MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2007-02-20
  • Final Grade: 77 3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix P5000
10 megapixels; 3.5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; Auto and manual focus; Auto and manual exposure; ISO 64-3200; Movie mode with sound; JPEG file format; Lens-shift vibration reduction; 2.5-inch LCD display; Secure Digital storage (26MB internal); Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 introduces some much needed competition into the 10-megapixel point-and-shoot arena. The camera this most resembles is the Canon A640, an extremely popular 10MP mainstream camera that has, until now, been relatively unchallenged. The P5000 charges at it head on, and brings with it some key differentiating features that just might sway consumers there way. For one, the lens-shift vibration reduction offers a level of image stabilization not present in the A640, and the high-reaching ISO levels (note: 3200 only possible at 5MP), give it some versatility when it comes to taking action or low-light shots. The P5000 is surely going to make things interesting, and provides consumers with another choice for a superlative, fully-loaded everyday digital camera.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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