|Nikon Coolpix P5000 - SanDisk SDHC memory card
Instead of including a small flash memory card which you never use, Nikon has provided the camera with a 21MB internal memory. That is not much, but you will always have a reserve capacity with you. For the day-to-day work, you will use the SD (HC) cards. These are available in all sorts and sizes these days. Personally I would choose to purchase a large, type SDHC card immediately. You can never have too much storage capacity at hand! The Nikon Coolpix P5000’s resolution is quite large at 10 Megapixels. And even when you always photograph with the Nikon P5000 in JPEG, you will still need quite a large memory card. A card of 1GB or more seems reasonable. 256MB is the absolute minimum. You do not really need to invest in the fastest cards. A memory card such as the SanDisk Ultra II will be sufficient; the Extreme III is for speed demons. The following table shows how many images fit onto a 256MB card.
Considering a storage capacity of 256MB:
JPEG - 3648x2736 pixels - Fine - 50 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2736 pixels - Normal - 100 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2736 pixels - Basic - 195 pictures
JPEG - 2592x1944 pixels - Fine - 95 pictures
JPEG - 2592x1944 pixels - Normal - 195 pictures
JPEG - 2592x1944 pixels - Basic - 380 pictures
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Fine - 155 pictures
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Normal - 305 pictures
JPEG - 2048x1536 pixels - Basic - 575 pictures
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Fine - 255 pictures
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Normal - 485 pictures
JPEG - 1600x1200 pixels - Basic - 865 pictures
JPEG - 1280x960 pixels - Fine - 390 pictures
JPEG - 1280x960 pixels - Normal - 705 pictures
JPEG - 1280x960 pixels - Basic - 1300 pictures
JPEG - 1024x768 pixels - Fine - 575 pictures
JPEG - 1024x768 pixels - Normal - 1040 pictures
JPEG - 1024x768 pixels - Basic - 1730 pictures
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Fine - 1300 pictures
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Normal - 1950 pictures
JPEG - 640x480 pixels - Basic - 3120 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2432 pixels - Fine - 55 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2432 pixels - Normal - 110 pictures
JPEG - 3648x2432 pixels - Basic - 215 pictures
JPEG - 3584x2016 pixels - Fine - 65 pictures
JPEG - 3584x2016 pixels - Normal- 135 pictures
JPEG - 3584x2016 pixels - Basic - 265 pictures
|Nikon Coolpix P5000 - JPEG file format
As you can see, the Nikon Coolpix P5000 only uses the JPEG file format. For most photographers this will be sufficient, but the Nikon P5000 is meant to be an extra camera for the advanced photographer, who will surely miss the RAW format. It is remarkable that in the beginning RAW was used by a lot of compact cameras, but today it is no longer as frequent, while working with RAW has only become easy thanks to software such as Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. But it is understandable, as withholding the use of RAW will encourage the user to move to a digital SLR camera that almost always offers RAW in its package.
Nikon Coolpix P5000 - Continuous setting
The Nikon Coolpix P5000 camera has a continuous setting as well as a single shot mode. Frankly, Nikon does not score very high on this part. The speed offered is too limited to qualify for action photography, but this is not what the camera is made for. Additionally, the speed in which the buffer is emptied is fairly average, so that a fast card cannot perform optimally. The buffer is above average in size, but the speed in which it processes is not. The amount of images which fit into the buffer, however, is remarkable. With six images the Nikon P5000 leaves its competitors behind.
Nikon Coolpix P5000 - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
An advantage of a faster memory card is that data transfer is possible in a faster tempo, as long as the computer and the card reader are connected with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. If this is not the case, it is advisable to acquire a card reader. This is a handy device that is connected via the USB interface and is able to read a card quickly, and data can also be written onto it. The device is recognized by the computer as an external hard drive. Another advantage is that it saves energy.
Nikon Coolpix P5000 - 3.7V 1100mAh Lithium Ion battery
For power, the Nikon Coolpix P5000 compact camera is equipped with a 3.7V 1100mAh Lithium Ion battery. This is not an incredibly powerful battery and it is recommended to buy a second one as a reserve battery. Especially when you are traveling and you are not able to recharge the battery. With a full battery you should be able to shoot 250 images, under ideal circumstances. I have not been able to reach this amount; I made it to about 200. For those that regularly do studio work and want to use the camera for this can use an AC adapter. You have to purchase this separately; Nikon only provides the battery and its charger with the camera. There is nothing wrong with that.