This spring, Nikon's Coolpix P series of compact cameras--a steady, solid, mainstream family of midprice models--will be welcoming its geeky uncle Coolpix P5000 to live in the attic.
With the P5000, Nikon belatedly returns to the the market with an enthusiast-oriented compact. With features such as the full set of manual and semimanual exposure modes and a flash shoe, the black P5000 looks ready to take on the
Of course, there's another thing it has in common with the G7: no raw format support.
On the upside, the P5000 will have a relatively attractive price for enthusiasts craving a second camera--only $399.95 when it ships in March. We'll see then how it measures up.