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Nikon Coolpix 5000 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Oct 28, 2015

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Nikon Coolpix 5000 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 10/28/2015
Based on 67 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 14.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.6   above average
Image4.2   average
Resolution3.3   below average
Lens3.0   average
Light3.0   below average
Flash2.5   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"(Come on Nikon you should have forseen this problem) The battery life is very dissapointing...again I will need to buy a spare battery."
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"One more complaint: I don't like proprietary batteries and that's all the 5000 offers."
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"( This can be overridden - but then your batteries life suffers )See impressive product with some serious shortcomings from Robert B below for more detail."
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"You get a camera, a serviceable but hardly adequate flash card, a battery, and an AC charger."
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"Battery - good to outlast shooting a complete 128 Mb disk with display on."
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"The cameral travels well and with an extra battery, or two, the daily usages is limitless."
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"Batteries are not a problem either."
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Flash

Flash:
"This is a very good camera, but the flash..... it's the worst thing ever."
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"Two points that I find most dissapointing about this camera is the flash....which is too close to the lens and causes red eye despite in fill flash."
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"If you dont like the builtin flash - you have to go in for pricey alternatives - Nikon 50DX costs a bundle and only the DX series work with digicams- more powerful Nikon flashes make a ridiculous combination with the little camera hanging from the brick of a flash unit!"
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"It has only one problem (that's why I didn't give it 5 stars): in a few occasions the flash didn't work very well."
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"Rather than list all of its many strengths I will focus on several critical weaknesses that I hope prospective buyers will find insightful.1) images taken with the built in flash are very inconsistent with many underexposed images."
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"( that being said - would also consider a warranty on this camera -from a reputable source - in the current economic climate - they may be out of business in a year or so .. ) Easy to block flash exposure sensor with finger - have to consciously be mindful of where your fingers & camera stap are on this camera.."
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"Recommend the newer faster flash memory cards - to minimize lag between shots - camera has to write shots to memory - the conventional memory cards are slower."
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"The hot shoe makes flash photography easy and allows for multiple flash."
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"This is a very good camera, but the flash..... it's the worst thing ever."
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Image

Image:
"Rather than list all of its many strengths I will focus on several critical weaknesses that I hope prospective buyers will find insightful.1) images taken with the built in flash are very inconsistent with many underexposed images."
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"Image sharpness appears to be very good at all focal lenght and appertures (without any scientific data though),- good image results in point and shoot mode,- very convenient tools for image review after shooting (including zoom to the pixel that makes it easy to assess the sharpness of the image).Downsides:- price,- poor flash results (power and exposure),- poor autofocus when selecting by hand which sensor you want to use."
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"However, on the negative side, images recorded in 5 meg mode take longer to write (i. e. the camera is 'busy' longer btwn shots), use far more battery power, occupy ungodly amts of space on memory cards, and make files so large that they can only feasibly be sent via email if both parties have exceptionally fast connections and can only be posted to websites if the webpage viewer has a very fast connection to open it."
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"I'm glad to not have to be conerned very much at all with adjusting the color).OK, so, in my estimation, the image quality is terrific and overrides many of the downsides."
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"I can make great images with the RAW (NEF) files."
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"The color and detail of the images is astonishing."
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"The image quality is excellent on both, but the Coolpix shows clear signs of chromatic aberration when shooting a bright object against a dark background (I shot a neon sign againts a night sky) the purplish glow is noticeable on the coolpix and non-existent on the minolta.. menus ara also bothersome to navigate on the nikon, and very intuitive on the dimage."
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"Even though it's capable of producing excellent images, it's a slow camera."
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"I've made several 16x20 prints from images taken with the Coolpix 5000 that look AMAZING."
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Lens

Lens:
"Cannot add a UV filter with out the fiddley adapter ( no threads on lens barrel ) - with the adapter - the camera no longer fits in your bag - so it is a challenge to protect the cameras lens."
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"Ive met several people with the P5000 whose antireflective coating has been worn off due to stowing the camera without the cheesy lens cap affixed - because it broke of course !"
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"Lens cap is cheesy - mine broke after 5 hours of use."
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"Several reviewers (here and elsewhere) complain about the focal length of the factory lens."
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"Two points that I find most dissapointing about this camera is the flash....which is too close to the lens and causes red eye despite in fill flash."
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"And, the wide angle of the stock lens should be great for landscapes travel photography."
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"The non-threaded lens is an annoyance that Nikon easily could have avoided."
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"The quality of the lens is typical Nikkor quality, which produces some excellent pictures, However I wish Nikon had given it a greater focal length, my feeling is that I will have to buy a convertor just to get me that greater amount of distance."
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"You can argue all you want about which one is the best, but to my eyes (literally) the Dimage 7 lens system is superior."
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Light

Light:
"The NIKON gives pro-model color saturation balance, contrast & brightness - a challenge when shooting diamonds & other brilliant light reflecting things."
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"The colors are terrific also (not true with all digital cameras).The only complaint I have so far is that the LCD screen is a bit hard to see in low light."
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"Yes that camera is small, and yes you could put your finger over the flash sensor resulting in poor lighting... but if the camera was big then the complain would be that it is too big... and they had to put the light sensor somewhere far from the lens (or you could not attach wide angle lens without blocking it)... now if you don't care about adding lens, having the ability to use an external flash, and lack interest in being able to manually control every aspect of a shot then this camera is not for you (and if you are looking in this price range may i suggest you consider the fully automatic and small canon s40)."
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"And another thing, it gets the flash exposure wrong quite often, and not just when light from the flash is bouncing off your finger into the sensor."
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"* Speaking of ergonomic problems, it's VERY easy to accidentally cover up the light metering eye with your hand in the simple process of holding the camera."
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"- Camera feels a little cheap due to its very light weightOverall, the camera is GOOD, but not great."
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"Having recently purchased the 5000, My first impressions are that, the camera feels good, handles well and is fairly light in weight."
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"The NIKON gives pro-model color saturation balance, contrast & brightness - a challenge when shooting diamonds & other brilliant light reflecting things."
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"It's great for daytime shots, but in low light I might as well not have it."
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"3.Low light and night scenes - with the new Rev 1.7 firmware the low light performance of the LCD is amazingly improved."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm glad to not have to be conerned very much at all with adjusting the color).OK, so, in my estimation, the image quality is terrific and overrides many of the downsides."
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"It is a great camera with excellent quality pictures ( day and especially at night with a slower shutter speed).Sure you can find lots of inperfections:- Has a fixed lens."
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"Overall the quality of the hardware and the picture itself is excellent."
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"The image quality is excellent on both, but the Coolpix shows clear signs of chromatic aberration when shooting a bright object against a dark background (I shot a neon sign againts a night sky) the purplish glow is noticeable on the coolpix and non-existent on the minolta.. menus ara also bothersome to navigate on the nikon, and very intuitive on the dimage."
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"The quality of the lens is typical Nikkor quality, which produces some excellent pictures, However I wish Nikon had given it a greater focal length, my feeling is that I will have to buy a convertor just to get me that greater amount of distance."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"Even using a lower resolution setting the delay is unacceptable for this high-end camera."
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"It's not the most expensive or the best resolution but we all thought it did the best job."
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"Mavica CD300: not the best resolution, but now that I've done some prints for publication from it's highest res setting I will not be buying any more 400s....just not a significant enough difference, plus it's not as heavy or bulky."
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"For me, the main past failings of digital cameras have been the lack of resolution and the lack of wideangle capability."
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"I traded up from a Canon Digital Elph (which was a real nightmare to use and had horrible resolution) to the Nikon CP 5000."
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"Third, the resolution is AMAZING."
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"Resolution outstanding and worth the effort to learn the complicated controls."
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"Mavica CD400: best resolution but extremely slow recording time made it impossible to work with most of the time....the CD300 often got 3-4 shots while the 400 was recording one."
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"I'm getting better with it and have been amazed at the resolution."
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"I am very pleased with the resolution, clarity and functionality."
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