Nikon Coolpix P5000?

Started Jul 24, 2007 | Discussions thread
nboyer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,130
Re: I'm surprised...

Hey there DeZ. I have a small Delsey case for it, I tried to find it on BHPhoto but couldn't, don't remember the model number. The P5000 pics are fairly sharp in general. You just don't know how much of it is optical sharpness or in-camera processing. I use the custom settings and have turned off sharpness altogether. I post process all my shots an am a believer that Lightroom can handle any processing better than the in-camera processor.

I bought the P5000 knowing about its slower performance, certainly not in the same league as our D80's. But, I generally do not require fast focus and one can always pre-focus if needed or if possible. I bought it purely for its print quality and VR feature. I'm debating whether to get the add-on 24mm lens, mostly due to the overall cost of everything combined now. I do have an affinity for Fuji point-n-shoots, I own the original F10 and S9000. But the lack of VR/IS kept me from continuing with Fuji. The Panasonic brand can be compelling, the Leica OIS lens is superb, but it all goes back to their tiny 1/2.5" sensor causing too much noise or the Venus III engine smearing detail. I used to own an FZ20 and still own the TZ3. It's really tough to make any recommendations, you really need to sort out what is most important to you and then base your decision on those requirements as you compare camera's. They all have compromises. The trick is to find one that you can work around. -Norm

DezM wrote:

nboyer wrote:
...about the relatively low press about this camera. I bought one a
week or so ago and it can either be a fantastic camera or a
frustrating one. Like you, I own a D80 with a bag of lenses to go
with. I wanted something that could give me very good quality when
printing to 16x20 and the P5000 can if handled properly. The things
that I find a bit of a letdown are the limited focal range without
buying accessory lenses and slowish auto-focus. Depending on what
you are photographing, it may not even be a problem. I also own a
Panasonic TZ3. A great camera in it's own right and nothing from
anyone else comes close in terms of size and focal range. But, in
the end, I'm all about IQ. Here the P5000 edges the TZ3 out when
printing large. The VR works fabulously and I can shoot at slower
shutter speeds than the TZ3, maybe this has something to do with
better ergonomics of the P5000 though. Typical subdued color
signature of Nikon, which can be improved upon in PP. When mounting
the SB-600 on it, it works very well. I was hoping that the P5000
would take advantage of the focus-assist light on the flash, but
doesn't appear to. Overall, it's still a new camera to me, but when
I look at the 16x20 prints, it does put a smile on my face. Good
luck with your choice, there are lots to choose from. -Norm

DezM wrote:

Any opinions or suggestions of getting a Nikon Coolpix P5000 as a
compact backup camera? I've already read the review on DPReview but
am interested in opinions of owners of this camera (if any?).

I have D80 and Im interested in also owning a compact point & shoot.

Any insight or opinions would be appreciated.

Hey Norm. I appreciate the post. I had read that the autofocus is
slow and that it lags at times. I went to B&H on Sunday and found
that to be true. The autofocus is slow but each image I shot looked
pretty sharp to me. I love the feel of the camera and the big 3" LCD.

What case did you buy for the P5000? And what other camera besides
the TZ3 would you or others recommend?

Forgot to mention, I want good IQ, Image Stabilization, a 3" screen
and to be able to use SDHC cards.


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