Movie mode

As is now the norm on cameras of this type the P5000 offers a maximum movie size of 640x480 pixels - enough to fill most television screens at 30 frames per second (though it doesn't have any of the fancy higher resolution - or wide screen - capabilities now seen on some top of the range models). It does however offer a larger range of options than many of its competitors:

  • TV Movie (640 x 480 pixels at 15 or 30 fps)
  • Small Size (320 x 240 pixels at 15 fps)
  • Smaller Size (160 x 120 pixels at 15 fps)
  • Time Lapse Movie (up to 1800 stills at specified intervals, combined into a movie up to 60 secs long)
  • Sepia movie (320 x 240 / 15fps)
  • Black and White movie (320 x 240 / 15fps)

The AVI files are actually pretty small - at the best quality setting (640x480 / 30fps) you're burning around a megabyte every second. Despite this the image quality is - though not the best - actually pretty good; there are mild compression artefacts, but the motion is smooth and for most users there will be little cause for complaint. The image stabilization works well too; one of the real advantages of a lens-shift (as opposed to CCD shift) system.

Just like the P3 we tested last year the only serious issue is that the sound drops out for the last second or so of every single clip. Annoying? You bet.

You cannot use the optical zoom during filming, but you can enable and use the digital zoom, though you will see a distinct loss of quality if you do.

The movie screen is a simplified version of what you see when shooting stills, with an indication of the time remaining on the card.
The movie menu is very basic; here you'll find movie options (size, frame rate and special effects) and autofocus mode (single or continuous).
As mentioned above there are plenty of options for the size and quality of movie clips. There are no in-camera movie editing options.

Sample movie

640x480 pixels @ 30fps
8.3 seconds
File size: 8.8 MB

Shot at telephoto (126mm equiv.)

Click on the thumbnail to view the movie (caution: large file!)