Pre-PMA 2007: Nikon has chosen today to announce its new Coolpix digital camera lineup, debuting at PMA in a couple of weeks. By far the most interesting new model is the P5000, a fully-featured 10 megapixel camera with stablized 3.5x zoom, 2.5-inch screen and very compact design. Could this be the camera to put Nikon back on the high-end compact map?

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Nikon is pleased to announce the COOLPIX P5000

The new COOLPIX P5000 demonstrates the style, performance and ease of use that has earned Nikon its reputation for producing cameras with cutting-edge technology and consistently excellent results.

The COOLPIX P5000 combines stylish looks and a solid yet lightweight feel with a range of features that enable the user to explore creativity behind photography. Textured finish gives the appearance of real leather and a new grip with grid-pattern rubber allows the user a comfortable secure hold.

It is the range of fun and exciting features that makes this camera stand out from the crowd. An impressive 10 megapixels of sharp resolution enable the photographer to capture images with incredible detail, even after enlargement. Picture quality is further guaranteed by Vibration Reduction, which compensates for the blurring that can be caused by camera shake or lower light. A light sensitivity range up to ISO 3200 also enables the COOLPIX P5000 to capture quality images of fast-moving subjects or poorly-lit scenes.

This new model is designed to ensure an experience of smooth, easy use for the photographer. The COOLPIX P5000 is highly responsive, offering swift start-up and fast continuous shooting. The new Mode dial provides quick access to a selection of 16 different scene-optimised modes, seven movie modes, Anti-Shake mode and High-Sensitivity mode. Images can be composed carefully, and the excellent results appreciated immediately, on the high-quality 2.5 inch LCD screen.

The COOLPIX P5000 has compatibility with a number of add-on system components that extend the creative possibilities of this new model. A variety of lens options enable the experimental user to explore different ways to use the camera. The COOLPIX P5000 comes equipped with the 36-126mm Zoom-Nikkor lens which delivers excellent results when shooting anything from portrait to panorama, but this can be swapped for the Telephoto Converter lens which extends the reach of the zoom to 378mm for long-distance shots, or the Wide-angle Converter lens which realises a focal length of 24mm.

With the COOLPIX P5000, the user can achieve results that should be shared with family and friends. This camera comes bundled with Nikon’s complimentary PictureProject software which makes editing pictures, organising shots and sharing images remarkably simple.

Nikon COOLPIX P5000 Feature Highlights

Superb image quality
Excellent imaging quality is a priority for the COOLPIX P5000, from the 10.0 effective megapixels of outstanding resolution produced by its 1/1.8-inch RGB CCD and improved high-performance image -processing engine, to its powerful 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens and lens shift VR.

VR image stabilization
The COOLPIX P5000 features proven optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) technology originally developed for interchangeable lenses used in Nikon SLR camera systems. Angular velocity sensors measure camera movement, calculate the amount of compensation required, and the VR lens unit instantly adjusts position to offset camera shake. Nikon’s exclusive VR system provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three steps slower without blurring the image, while also providing a smoother image on the LCD monitor that aids composition. The result is sharper when shooting in low light, when taking advantage of the reach of the 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, or when reaching farther with an optional Telephoto Converter lens.

ISO 3200 capability
Light sensitivity can be manually set as high as ISO 3200*. In Anti-Shake and High-Sensitivity modes, ISO control automatically selects the optimal sensitivity setting for the shot across a range up to ISO 1600.

Anti-Shake mode
A turn of the Mode dial activates High ISO and BSS (Best Shot Selector) in addition to VR (Vibration Reduction), automatically sets the optimal ISO for steady results, and selects the sharpest image from up to ten sequential shots.

Diverse selection of practical shooting modes
The new Mode dial gives access to four exposure modes that appeal to photographers at all levels for greater control over camera operation. Programmed Auto [P] mode automatically selects shutter and aperture settings for optimal exposure.

Shutter-priority Auto [S] lets the photographer select a desired shutter speed, and the camera sets the optimal aperture setting accordingly. Aperture-priority Auto [A] offers 10-step manual control over the aperture setting in 1/3EV increments to let the photographer decide depth of field, while the camera automatically adjust the shutter speed to achieve optimal exposure. Manual [M] exposure mode gives the photographer full control over both the aperture and shutter speed settings. In addition, a selection of 16 scene-optimized Scene modes and seven different movie modes can be easily accessed via the Mode dial and high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD.

Compatibility with system-expanding accessories
The COOLPIX P5000 is compatible with optional lens accessories, including the 0.67x Wide-angle Converter (WC-E67) and 3.0x Telephoto Converter (TC-E3ED) lenses. A built-in accessory shoe supports the use of Nikon’s advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the Speedlight SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800.

Optical viewfinder
The COOLPIX P5000 includes an optical viewfinder, to help achieve accurate composition in direct sunlight and other brightly lit conditions that can sometimes make an LCD monitor awkward to use.

User-friendly menu interface
A new menu interface makes navigating and selecting images straightforward and advanced functions for enhancing or correcting images are easily accessible. This includes the new image optimization settings, which offer a choice of four colour filters for shooting with monochrome filter effects, to barrel distortion control, which can correct images when using a Wide-angle Converter and even display the corrected image on the LCD in real time. The 2.5-inch 230,000-dot LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating makes the menus a greater pleasure to work with, even in bright sunlight.

Innovative Nikon in-camera correction features
The COOLPIX P5000 features a selection of three innovative functions that provide the ability to actually improve the quality of images within the camera. Face-priority AF** automatically finds, then focuses on people’s faces for crisp, clear results time after time. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically compensates to help eradicate traces of the annoying red-eye effect that can sometimes be encountered during flash photography. Completing the set is D-Lighting, which can be applied to improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much backlight. D-Lighting automatically creates a copy of the image with detail added where necessary, but with well-exposed areas left completely untouched.

*ISO 3200 is available only for image sizes of 5M (2592 x 1944) or smaller.
** Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.

Nikon COOLPIX P5000 Other Features

  • Image optimization
  • Light weight with highly compact dimensions
  • BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from ten
  • sequential shots
  • Macro shooting enables shooting from as close as 4cm (1.6 in.)
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Histogram display
  • Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
  • Help function displays simple explanations for functions on the main menu
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery EN-EL5 is capable of shooting approximately 250 shots on a single charge
  • Time zone function allows setting of home town and the new city time zone for easy image
  • sorting after traveling
  • SDHC card compatibility
  • Approx. 21 MB of internal memory
  • USB connectivity enables swift data transfer to computers and other peripherals
  • PictBridge support
  • Nikon PictureProject software included

RRP: £329.99/ €489
Sales Start date: End of March

Nikon Coolpix P5000 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 10.37 million pixels total
• 10.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3648 x 2736
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 3648 x 2432 (3:2)
• 3584 x 2016 (16:9)
Movie clips

• Motion JPEG(AVI) with sound
• TV movie (640) at 30fps/15fps,
• Small size (320) at 15fps
• Smaller size (160) at 15fps
• Sepia (320) at 15fps
• Monochromatic (320) at 15fps
• Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps

File formats JPEG
Lens • 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor (36-126mm equiv.)
• f/2.7-5.3
• 7 elements in 6 groups
Image stabilization Lens-shift VR
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus Contrast-detect TTL AF
AF area modes • Auto(9-area automatic selection)
• Manual (99-area manual selection)
• Center
• Face-priority AF mode
AF assist lamp Yes (LED)
Focus distance • 30cm (1 ft.) to infinity (∞) [W], 70cm(2 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞) [T]
• Macro close-up mode: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞) [W], 40cm (1 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞) [T]
Metering • Through-the-lens (TTL) metering
• 256-segment matrix
• Spot
• Center-weighted
• Spot AF area
ISO sensitivity • ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200 (ISO 3200 5MP or lower)
• Auto (ISO 64-800)
Exposure compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Exposure bracketing Yes
Shutter speed 1/2000 to 8 s
Aperture • Six-blade iris diaphragm
• 10 (in steps of 1/3 EV)
Modes

• Auto shooting mode
• Program (auto)
• Shutter Priority Auto
• Aperture Priority Auto
• Manual
• Movie mode
• Scene mode
• High-sensitivity shooting mode
• Anti-shake mode

Scene modes Face-priority AF, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Voice recording
White balance • Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash
• Auto, White bal. Preset
White balance fine tune n/a
Self timer 10s, 3s
Continuous shooting Single, Continuous(approx.0.8fps ,image quality Normal, image size 10M), Interval timer shooting, Continuous flash
Image parameters Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom, Black-and-white
Flash • Built-in
• Range: (W) 0.3 to 8.0m (1 ft. to 26 ft. 3 in.), (T) 0.3 to 4.0m (1 ft. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
• Flash Hot Shoe
• Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync., Rear-curtain sync.
Viewfinder • Real-image zoom viewfinder
• Approx 80% coverage
LCD monitor • 2.5-in wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
• 230,000-dot
• Approx 97% coverage (record mode)
Connectivity

• USB
• AV out

Print compliance PictBridge
Other features • Time zone function
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• D-Lighting
• In-camera Red-Eye Fix
• Histogram display
• Voice memo
• Optional wide, tele converters
• Optional Speedlite flashguns
Storage • SD / SDHC card (optional)
• Approx 26MB internal memory
Power • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied)
• AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)
Weight (no batt) Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Dimensions Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections

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