Nikon Coolpix P5000 Review
After the shiny pebble styling of the previous P series generation the P5000 is a welcome return to the slim shape of cameras such as the Coolpix 7900, complete with a decent grip and anti-slip rubber body panels. It's surprisingly compact yet has a good selection of external controls including - and this is a big plus for Nikon - a thumb operated control wheel behind the shutter release. The design is pleasantly functional, and the construction and finish are excellent.
In your hand
As mentioned above the Coolpix P5000 is surprisingly compact - certainly when compared to other 'serious' models such as Canon's G7 and A640. That said it's not so small that handling in affected; in fact it sits very nicely in the hand with the textured grip making single-handed operation safe and secure. The controls are also well positioned.
Side by Side: Nikon P5000 and Canon PowerShot G7
As the shot above shows, the P5000 is dwarfed by the PowerShot G7; this isn't because the G7 is particularly large, but because the P5000 really is quite petite.