Rear of camera controls

It's good to see that Nikon has moved to a logical dedicated record / play switch. This makes it extremely easy to shoot and immediately review your images. It's so easy (and logically placed) that it almost makes the 'Quick Review' button seem redundant. Otherwise the control layout is fairly logical, although I'd guess it'll take non-Coolpix owners a little while to get used to the idea of doubling up controls on a single button. I'm also still not happy with the three 'soft buttons' along the bottom (or top) of the LCD, they take up LCD real estate and just aren't "neat".

Mode Switch

Play Mode

Switches the camera to playback (play) mode, immediately displays the last image taken or the last image on the storage card.
Record Mode

Switches camera to record mode (still or movie). If the lens has not yet extended then it will do so.

Controls in Record mode

Rec: Controllers

Press button
W / T Zoom towards Wide (28 mm) or Tele (85 mm)
Select AF spot:

If "AF Area Mode" is set to Manual then pressing the 4-way direction pad selects the AF area spot, current spot is indicated on the main LCD by a red bracket. Unfortunately there's no way to "lock" this control and I found myself accidentally knocking it onto the wrong AF spot on several occasions.

Just like the 990 and 995 the 5000 still doesn't have an option to lock the 4-way direction pad or the AF focus point, the 4-way pad is located in a position where it could easily be knocked by your hand and change the AF spot (obviously this is only a problem if you use "AF Area Mode" of Manual).

Rec: Multifunction Buttons

Buttons which have multiple functions when used in combination with command dial.

Press button
Hold button and turn
command dial
Switches through each flash

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

Select sensitivity mode:

• Auto
• 400
• 200
• 100

AF 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
Select image quality:

• FINE (4:1 JPEG)
• BASIC (16:1 JPEG)

Select image size:

• Full (2560 x 1920)
• UXGA (1600 x 1200)
• SXGA (1280 x 960)
• XGA (1024 x 768)
• VGA (640 x 480)
• 3:2 (2560 x 1700)

NOTES: Sensitivity is locked at ISO 200 if you use HS Sequence, Ultra HS or Movie continuous shooting modes.

Rec: Soft Button (below LCD) functions



Switches LCD display between:

• Off
• On, settings hidden
• On, settings shown


Enters menu for current record mode


Quick review:

• Quarter size
• Full screen review


It's good to see that Nikon has stuck with its tradition of providing as much camera control on 'external buttons' as possible. While not completely intuitive at first it does eventually provide you with a far quicker way to change the most common camera settings (such as ISO sensitivity etc.)

Controls in Play mode

Play: Controllers


Press button

W • Press once for 2 x 2 thumbnail view
• Press again for 3 x 3 thumbnail view
T • Press to magnify image, magnification levels: 1.2x - 6.0x in 0.2x steps.
• Once magnified use the 4-way direction pad to scroll.
Browse images:

• Left/Up - Previous image
• Right/Down - Next image
Movie playback (paused):

• Left/Up - Previous frame
• Right/Down - Next frame

The up/down buttons are also used for "marking" images in any of the contact sheet selection modes (multi-delete, protect, hide, print set, auto transfer select).

Play: Buttons


Press button

AF Delete image:

• Displays "delete yes/no" question
Browse images:

No action
Movie playback:

• Play movie

Play: Soft Button (below LCD) functions



Switches LCD display between:

• Off
• On, details hidden
• On, details shown


Enters menu for current mode

No Function