Nikon Coolpix P5000 review: Nikon Coolpix P5000

Sample photos from the Nikon Coolpix P5000

When it comes to image noise, the P5000 fares well in some respects and abysmally in others. It can shoot some usable photos up to ISO 2000, depending upon subject matter, though to play it safe for sharpness and artifacts I suggest staying below ISO 800. But across the various ISO settings, color consistency flies out the window. Check out the sample images to see what I mean.

That's too bad, because otherwise the P5000 produces very good photos, with excellent exposure, neutral white balance (though the preset renders a little pinkish under tungsten lights), appropriate saturation, and properly selected flash output levels. Though I've seen better, its 640x480, 30fps movie capture will also serve to preserve those embarrassing moments on YouTube forever. It supports only digital zoom in movie capture mode, however.

Poor performance really drags down the Nikon Coolpix P5000, and unless you absolutely need a hot shoe for an external flash, it's hard to recommend when compared to the less expensive, zippier Canon PowerShot A710 IS, with its faster and longer 6x zoom lens.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Time to first shot  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1050
1.8 
1.6 
0.4 
Canon PowerShot A710 IS
1.8 
1.8 
0.6 
Nikon Coolpix P5000
3 
2 
0.9 

Typical continuous-shooting speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
In frames per second  

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