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Nikon Coolpix P5000 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
Previously Nikon’s top line of compact cameras was shaped by the swivel body, like the Coolpix P4500 and other earlier models such as the well-known Nikon Coolpix 995. Additionally, Nikon also made Megazoom cameras such as the Coolpix 8800. The latter was then surpassed by the digital SLR cameras. Now the concept of the tilting body has been abandoned, making way for the more traditionally shaped camera. On the one hand that is too bad; the swivel had quite unique characteristics. But the Nikon Coolpix P5000 still cuts it. It is a very compact camera with a very strong body. Behind this seemingly simple body hides quite a bit of technology. Let’s look at the camera carefully.
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Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Lens
On the front the Nikon Coolpix P5000 looks like an ordinary compact camera. The lens is on the right, surrounded by a ring to mount converters onto. The ring releases rather easily, and I have almost lost it a couple of times because of this. When the camera is turned off, the lens is hidden nicely within the body. Above and to the left of the lens is the optical viewfinder. To the right of that is the built-in flash. It sits fairly close to the lens, which can increase the chance of red-eye, for which the built-in red-eye correction software needs to do the job. To the left of the lens there is also an autofocus light and a miniature microphone for sound recordings.

Nikon P5000 - Camera strap & USB interface
On the right side of the camera we see a speaker at the bottom, which is quite large and gives good sound. Above that there is a loop for the camera strap. It is a decent strap, which makes carrying it very pleasant. The other loop is on the other side. Underneath the camera there is a port for the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface and a hatch for the power adapter if you want to connect the Nikon Coolpix P5000 to an electrical socket. Normally you will photograph on the battery, which goes in underneath the camera. This is also where we find a universal tripod mount.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - 2.5 inch LCD display
The back of the Nikon P5000 is filled by the 2.5-inch LCD screen. This has become the standard size for digital cameras. Remember the 1.8-inch screen that we had to work with a couple of years ago? Centred above the LCD screen is the optical viewfinder, although it is not likely that you will use this very often. It is small and only shows a small portion of the composition. Such a viewfinder is handy at best if you need to save the battery. Next to the viewfinder are the flash indicator and the signal if the camera has been able to focus. This position is handy, because you can also see the lights if you look through the optical viewfinder.
Nikon P5000 - Function button & Release button
There is a row of buttons next to the viewfinder. The top button allows for you to access a function setting quickly, which is usually light sensitivity, which I find a handy choice. Under this button is the image display button. Unfortunately there is no live histogram, and that is an unexpected deficiency for a camera of this calibre. With the middle button you can review photos, even if the camera is switched off, which is very handy. As usual for Nikon, you are in shooting mode as soon as you press the shutter release. The bottom button is the recycle bin, and the one above that is the menu button.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Four-way switch
To the right of the LCD monitor is the four-way switch, with the Ok button in the centre. With the four-way switch, you can access the timer, the flash and the exposure compensation or macro function quickly. The latter is a well-known and still pleasing function. The piece of rubber above the four-way switch is very smart, because you can rest your thumb on it for the perfect grip, especially in combination with the rubber handle on the front. Nikon receives my compliments for this.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - i-TTL flash system
If we look at the camera from above, we see the flash mount in the left corner, The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is i-TTL compatible. This is in my opinion still the best flash system around. Of course you can always attach another flash, but then you miss the advantages of i-TTL. The metering programme function switch is in the middle. It is exactly as we have known it for years, it is simple and effective. Al the way to the right is the dial, which is the perfect spot, because you can easily access it with your thumb. This is great ergonomics. In front of that is the main switch, which is very small, but you can press easily, and in my case, also accidentally. Finally, we see the shutter release button surrounded by the zoom ring. As you look through the menu, the zoom ring is used to activate the help function. This is a handy solution!
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