Nikon US has today posted firmware 1.6, this firmware solves the 'lens cap left on' problem which affected more than a few of our forums posters not long after they'd received their new cameras. Noted changes are "The Coolpix 5000 will continue to function, even if it is turned on with the lens cap still in place, no matter what focal point the lens was set to when the camera was last turned off."
An alternative method (req. a CF card reader)
Method as described by Jim Eastman:
Requires a CF Card Reader. Download the either the PC or Mac version and extract the firmware.bin file. Then use what I call the direct from CF Card Firmware Update Process:
1. Be sure camera has fully charged batteries or that you have it connected to the AC power adapter before performing the update. (I personally believe that batteries are safer -- they are not susceptable to power blackouts...)
2. Format the CF card in the camera.
3. Go into camera Setup menu, change Auto Off value to the maximum setting which is 30M.
4. Set menu language to English (this procedure only verified in English).
5. Turn off camera, remove CF card.
6. Put CF card in a reader, create a folder called "Firmware" off the root directory of the card. (Using Windows Explorer simply highlight the drive letter of your card reader and click on File - New - Folder. Once it's created rename it to Firmware).
7. Unzip the downloaded firmware zip file (or appropriate file for your OS) and copy the firmware.bin file to the Firmware directory of your CF card.
8. Put the CF card in the camera and set the Play/Record Switch to "Play" for the CP5000, or the Mode dial to "Play" for the CP990/995, or the Mode Dial to "Setup" for the 880. Note: These are the only cameras I know for sure from personal experience.
9. A screen comes up telling you the current firmware version and the upgrade firmware version and asks to proceed Yes/No. If the upgrade firmware is a higher number than the current firmware answer YES.
10. The next screen warns you not to turn the camera off until upgrade is complete. Be patient even if screen goes blank for a moment...
11. Final screen says "OK Complete" - you can now switch off camera.
12. Wait a few seconds, turn it on to Play again and both the Current and Upgrade firmware revision numbers should be the same - that's it!
13. Format the CF card to erase the firmware upgrade software and use your camera normally. Don't forget to reset the Auto Off value...
Note: Original credit goes to someone else... I picked it up somewhere here or on Steve's Digicams and forget the name of the original author. I've done some editing to cover the CP5000 and CP880.
It works on the 990/995... I did it for mine. It also worked for my 880 when new firmware came out for it, but I had to use "Setup" (if my memory serves me correctly) rather than "Play" in order to get the camera's internal firmware update routine to initiate. I've pre-tested on my CP5000, but, of course, do not have the final/gold release of the new v1.6 firmware.
Of course, this is at your own risk... Blah, blah, blah. And, your results may vary... Blah, blah, blah.
Using the recommended method
2.0 About Firmware and The Firmware Uploader Software
The firmware is a program which runs inside the camera and controls its operation. The Firmware Uploader Software for the COOLPIX 5000 Version 1.6 is a computer program which, when run, will update the firmware in your COOLPIX 5000 (E5000) Digital Camera. This particular Firmware Uploader Software installs firmware version 1.6.
Both the uploader software and the new firmware for the camera are supplied in a single file, which is compressed for distribution over the Internet. Before executing a firmware update, you must de-compress the files back to their original format.
The process of transferring new firmware from the computer to the camera is sometimes called uploading. The processof updating firmware is sometimes called upgrading.
3.0 Improvements in Version 1.6
The Coolpix 5000 will continue to function, even if it is turned on with the lens cap still in place, no matter what focal point the lens was set to when the camera was last turned off.
4.0 Restrictions on Usage
This utility will update the firmware in your COOLPIX 5000 Digital Camera to version 1.6. It should only be used if the version of the firmware in your COOLPIX 5000 is version 1.5. It is not suitable for use with any other model of Coolpix Digital Camera.
5.0 Confirming the Current Firmware Version
1. Turn the camera off.
2. While holding down the Menu button, turn the camera on. (Continue holding down the Menu button until the image appears an the monitor.)
3. The monitor will display E5000V***, where*** represents the version number. If it reads E5000V1.5, your firmware should be updated.
4. Turn the camera off. This completes the version confirmation procedure.