Record mode display

Below you can see an example of the live preview image on the LCD just prior to taking a shot (in manual record mode (C.1 - 3) ). Overlaid onto live view image are the current camera settings. In this example we have: User Set 1, Flash cancel, ISO 400 sensitivity, FINE image quality, Matrix metering, Program exposure, 1/15 sec shutter speed, F4.6 aperture, +0.3 EV exposure compensation and 209 frames available on the storage card.

The only difference between the left and right image are the AF Area brackets overlay, in Automatic AF Area Mode the camera selects the AF Area closest to the camera (which is indicated only when you half-press the shutter release). In Manual AF Area Mode (my preference) you select the AF Area manually (using the 4-way direction pad), the camera will use this area for focusing.

Automatic AF Area Mode Manual AF Area Mode

All possible information overlaid in C.A user set (Automatic record mode)

Additional information overlaid in C.1-3 user sets (Manual record mode)

(Reproduced with permission from Coolpix 5000 manual)

Immediate Review after shooting

After fully depressing the shutter release the 5000 provides a review of the image as it is saved to the storage card (you can choose to disable this), at this stage you can cancel (delete) or pause.

Image review just after shooting, the on screen icons indicate that the AF button can be used to discard this image or the flash button can be used to hold the image on-screen. Option to discard the image before it is saved to the storage card

Quick Review

Quick Review is a feature we first saw on the 880 and now seems to be a standard item. It provides you with two different ways to review the last image taken. Pressing the Quick Review button selects the different modes: mode one (quarter) > mode two (full) > shooting mode.

Mode one simply displays a quarter size "thumbnail" of the last shot, mode two switches to a full screen display which can be used to view image information as well as magnification and browsing through images (it's essentially the same as Play mode). During either of these review modes the camera is still in "shooting priority", that is a half-press of the shutter release will cancel them and return to shooting mode.

Quick Review mode one, quarter size thumbnail, live view remains in the background. Quick Review mode two, full size review with all the same functionality as full Play mode (detailed later).

Focus Confirmation

Naturally the 5000 inherits Nikon's excellent focus confirmation feature, this works by applying a strong sharpening mask to the live image preview to emphasize the current focus point. It could be likened to a "digital ground glass". It works surprisingly well and is a feature I'd like to see more manufacturers implement. By default, focus confirmation is only used in manual focus mode, although you can enable it in auto focus mode (menu option).

Focus confirmation off Focus confirmation on

Manual Focus

Just like the 995 the 5000 has a total of 50 focus points in manual focus mode, while focusing the camera applies the same focus confirmation sharpening described above, this makes picking the exact focus point surprisingly easy (see below).

Busy Warning / Activity indicator

Just like the Coolpix 995 the 5000 will warn you if it is too busy to be used because it is writing images to the storage card (normally after a burst of images or writing a TIFF file). There's also the CF card activity icon which will appear in the top left of the screen during a buffered write processes.

Busy Warning CF card activity icon (top left)