Review based on an production Coolpix 5000, firmware 1.6
The Coolpix 5000 was first announced
back in September this year. Its design with a compact metal body,
extending lens and flip-out and twist LCD surprised quite a few Coolpix
aficionados. Clearly the Coolpix 5000 doesn't follow the previous line
of prosumer Coolpix cameras, all of which had a longer split swivel design
with an 'internal focusing' lens. It enters the all new 5 megapixel market
as only the fourth such camera announced. Competition is made up of the
Minolta DiMAGE 7, Sony DSC-F707 and Olympus E-20.
The Coolpix 5000 is aimed at the prosumer market, carrying
a slew of manual features, a large amount of image processing controls
as well as details such as the AE / AF lock button, command dial and flash
hotshoe. One curiosity could be targeted at its lens, with an effective
focal length range of 28 - 85 mm it provides a good wide angle 'bottom
end' but a relatively limited telephoto ability.
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