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Nikon Coolpix P5000 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The Nikon Coolpix P5000 is visually a very well-organized digital compact camera, which is also a benefit in practice. Both the inexperienced and experienced photographer will not find it hard to find the right set up to take a good photograph. You are not burdened with unnecessary ballast. Especially with advanced models such as the Nikon P5000 it is common that you get lost in all the possibilities that each button holds. It is great to see that Nikon has taken care to avoid this.
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Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Focussing
The only thing that you might have to search for in the beginning is the main switch. It is rather on the small side, and slightly hidden. Turning on the Nikon Coolpix P5000 goes pretty quickly, within two seconds the lens is protruded and you take your first shots. By pushing down the shutter release halfway, the focus is activated. Just like all compact cameras, the Nikon P5000 focuses via an image sensor, which is still a lot slower than the AF sensors in the SLRs. That is why it does not surprise me that the Nikon Coolpix P5000 focuses less quickly than the Nikon D40x DSLR, for example. Nevertheless, the focus on the Nikon P5000 is disappointing. I had expected it to be faster. For immobile objects it will not be a problem, but you will be troubled if you photograph a lot of movement, such as children. After shooting, though, the images are written quickly to the SD memory card or the internal memory.

Nikon P5000 - Function button & Dial
The Nikon P5000 does not have too many buttons, which means that you have to consult the menu quite often. In practice, I noticed it was not so bad, thanks to the Function button with which you can change speed and sensitivity, among others. You can also programme another function with this button, but the sensitivity is what you most likely will use the most. The aperture and shutter speed can be adjusted simply by turning the dial on top of the camera, which is positioned perfectly. The third way to play with the stop and shutter speed is by using the Programme position (P). Although changing the stop will not have so much effect with such a small sensor, as everything from front to back will already be in focus. It is handy that you can adjust the shutter speed, to reduce camera shake.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Camera menu
For certain settings you must consult the menu. Depending on the position of the camera, you will see part of the menu. For example, if you are in shooting mode, you will not see the settings for viewing the images in the menu.
On the one hand I find this pretty handy (it means less scrolling and less tabs), but on the other hand it is tricky, because sometimes something comes to mind that I want to change and then I forget to put the camera in the right mode in order to do it. But this is not an insurmountable problem. To change the general settings, you have to put the camera in Set-up mode with the button on top of the camera. Do not forget to but it back in the right programme position, otherwise you cannot photograph. I find it strange that matters such as VR and memory formatting are also found in the Set-up. I would have found it more logical to find those in the shooting menu and play menu, respectively. I do not think you will change the VR very often; you can just leave it on all the time. A very handy function in the menu is the help function, so that you can get an explanation for each setting, so that you can leave the manual at home.

Nikon P5000 - Optical viewfinder & Live histogram
Although the Nikon Coolpix P5000 compact camera has an optical viewfinder, you will probably take all your photos using the LCD screen. It is quite large and has a fine viewing angle. By pressing the play button you can select more or less information on the screen, such as a grid. However, there is no live histogram, unfortunately. This is really a deficiency, especially since this camera is aimed towards the experienced photographer. You can always consult the histogram afterwards, though.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Good ergonomics
I am very satisfied with the ergonomics of the Nikon P5000. Despite its small size the camera is very comfortable to handle. The small handle and the rubber are just in the right place, which is very helpful. It is clearly noticeable that the Nikon designers know what a photographer wants. The photographer is number one, not the camera and its functions. I wish more manufacturers saw it that way.
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