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Top of camera controls

On top of the camera you'll find the power switch surrounding the shutter release button. Behind this are the mode and exposure compensation buttons, just behind to the left the FUNC button and right at the back (overhanging the rear slightly) the command dial.

FUNC button

Unlike the 990 and 995 the 5000 does away with the separate M and A record modes, instead you choose record mode (and user set) by holding the FUNC button and rolling the command dial. Additionally you can also reprogram the FUNC button to any one of five functions (useful if you're always going to stay in one user setting, such as C.1). Each of the five possible FUNC functions are described below:

FUNC programmed as
Press FUNC
&
Hold FUNC and turn
command dial
User setting (default) Display current user setting mode on rear control panel LCD. Select user setting:

• C.A (Full Auto / A-REC)
• C.1 (Programmed Auto / M-REC)
• C.2 (Programmed Auto / M-REC)
• C.3 (Programmed Auto / M-REC)
Focus
mode
Select auto focus mode:

• Normal AF
• Landscape (Infinity lock)
• Macro Focus
• Macro Focus + Self Timer
Manual focus (metric):

2 - 26 cm in 1 cm steps

0.28, 0.30, 0.32, 0.35, 0.40, 0.45, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 1.7, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 7.0, 10.0 m, Infinity
Flash
mode
Switches through each flash
mode:

• Auto Flash
• Flash Cancel
• Auto Anti-Redeye
• Fill-in Flash
• Slow Sync

Select sensitivity mode:

• Auto
800
• 400
• 200
• 100

White
Balance
Display the current white balance setting on the rear control LCD. Select white balance:

• Auto
• White balance preset
• Fine
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Cloudy
• Speedlight (Flash)
Metering Display the current metering setting on the rear control LCD. Select metering mode:

• Matrix
• Spot
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot AF Area

Kudos to Nikon for providing a user configurable button on the top of the camera, this enables the photographer to have the camera setup to suite their style of photography. I personally liked to have the FUNC button programmed to White Balance.

Other Buttons

Button
Press button
&
Hold button and turn
command dial
MODE Toggles between shutter speed and aperture readout on the control panel. In manual exposure mode switch between shutter speed and aperture. Select exposure mode (as described below):

• Programmed Auto (P)
• Aperture Priority (A)
• Shutter Priority (S)
• Manual (M)
Display current exposure compensation value on rear control panel. Set exposure compensation:
-2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
AE-L
AF-L
Auto Exposure &/ Auto Focus Lock button. Press and hold this button to lock Auto Focus and/or Auto Exposure. The exact function of this button can be programmed. No function

Exposure modes

Hold down the MODE button and roll the command dial allows you to scroll through the various exposure modes (displayed as a single letter on the control panel and main LCD). Only available on user settings C.1 - C3.

Mode Description

Programmed Auto - Camera calculates shutter speed and aperture for best possible exposure, rolling the command dial in this mode allows you to choose from a "Flexible program" selection of shutter speeds and apertures which would achieve the same exposure (P* is displayed in this mode), rolling to the right chooses higher shutter speed and larger apertures, rolling to the left chooses smaller apertures and slower shutter speeds, for example a shot in medium light:

Shutter Aperture
P* (turn anti-cw) 1/125 s F2.8
P* (turn anti-cw) 1/125 s F3.1
P 1/60 s F3.5
P* (turn cw) 1/60 s F4.0
P* (turn cw) 1/60 s F4.4

What's interesting from the above is that although the Coolpix 5000 shoots at shutter speeds between 1/30, 1/60 and 1/125 sec it didn't display them when rotating the dial.. It may show 1/60 sec and shoot at 1/56 sec.

Aperture Priority - Aperture can be selected manually by rolling the command dial, the camera calculates the correct shutter speed based on the reading from the current metering mode. If the selected aperture would lead to an exposure outside of the camera's range the aperture will flash on both displays when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. Possible apertures are:

 • Wide: F2.8, F3.1, F3.5, F4.0, F4.4, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0
 • Tele: F4.8, F5.4, F6.0, F6.8, F7.6

As you can see because of the limited maximum aperture at full telephoto you have a selection of just five apertures at telephoto (all of which would give you a very large depth of field).

Shutter Priority - Shutter speed can be selected manually by rolling the command dial, the camera calculates the correct aperture based on the reading from the current metering mode. If the selected shutter speed would lead to an exposure outside of the camera's range the shutter speed will flash on both displays when the shutter release button is pressed halfway.

At shutter speeds slower than 1/4s the shutter speed is displayed in yellow to indicate possible noise in the final image. (In continuous mode Ultra HS the slowest speed is 1/30s, in Movie mode the slowest speed is 1/15s). Possible shutter speeds are:

1/2000, 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8

BULB exposures are only available in Manual exposure mode.

Manual - In manual mode you can select both shutter speed and aperture (switch between the two by tapping the MODE button). A value display on the control panel will indicate how much the image would be under or over exposed with a particular exposure setting. Also, available in Manual Exposure mode are BULB exposures, with this, the shutter will stay open for as long as the shutter release button is held, up to a maximum of 60 seconds (this can be extended to 5 minutes via a menu option).

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