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Digital Photography Nikon Coolpix 5000



Features Include:

  • 5-megapixel sensor (resolutions as high as 2,560 x 1,920 pixels).
  • Real-image zoom optical viewfinder and 1.8-inch color LCD monitor with swivel design.
  • 3X Nikkor 7.1-21.4mm lens (equivalent to a 28-85mm lens on a 35mm camera).
  • Automatic and manual focus control.
  • Maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.8 depending on zoom setting.
  • Available shutter speeds from 1/4,000-second to 8 seconds, or five minutes in "bulb" mode.
  • Seven White Balance modes with a White Balance Bracketing mode.
  • Auto sensitivity or ISO equivalents of 100, 200, 400, and 800.
  • Built-in self-timer.
  • Built-in flash with five settings.
  • External flash hot shoe.
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I or II memory cards.
  • Rechargeable battery life of approximately 80-100 minutes under normal conditions.

In addition, each workstation has a Card Reader installed, which accepts the memory cards from the Nikon.


The CoolPix 5000 is geared to both beginners and advanced users, so it is useful to take a few moments to orient yourself with the camera:

OPTICAL VIEWFINDER (Back). The standard way of framing shots, especially in conditions where using the LCD monitor is difficult. Inside the viewfinder are two sets of brackets. The larger of the two is approximately the outer frame of your photograph, whereas the inner brackets are the focal point where the camera focuses in either auto or manual focus mode.

MONITOR (Back). The monitor is also helpful for framing shots, as well as checking various camera settings, viewing saved shots and navigating through menus. The monitor swivels out and rotates 270°, making it easy to frame awkward shots like self-portraits. When the monitor is not in use, lock it in place with the screen facing inwards. This will conserve battery life.

CONTROL PANEL (Back). The indicators on the control panel display the status of many of the camera's various functions and settings.

POWER SWITCH (Top). Turns sideways between on and off. When turned on, the camera will beep and indicators will appear in the control panel.

SHUTTER-RELEASE BUTTON (Top). The shutter-release button has two "stages." When the shutter is pressed down half-way and the green "AF" button next to the viewfinder is lit, the camera is automatically focused on the subject framed in the viewfinder's inner brackets. The focus will be locked while the button is held in this position. Pressing the shutter down all the way will take the picture.

MODE SELECTOR (Back). Use this switch to toggle between camera mode and playback mode.

ZOOM (Back) . In camera mode, using this button will let you zoom toward or away from a subject.

COMMAND DIAL (Top). The command dial is used for a variety of operations in different modes: to select options in the shooting menu, to page through photo information and thumbnail images, and to set shutter speed and/or aperture.

FLASH/ISO BUTTON (Back). Controls both the flash mode and, when used with the command dial, the sensitivity (ISO equivalency).

AUTO-EXPOSURE/AUTO-FOCUS LOCK (Front). Pressing this button while the camera is in focus locks both exposure and focus.

MULTI-SELECTOR (Back). The multi selector is used to navigate through camera menus, to page through images, and to highlight thumbnails.

MONITOR BUTTON (Back). Turns the monitor on and off, and cycles through display indicators.

MENU BUTTON (Back). Using this button will display the on-screen menu and cycle through pages if a menu has more than one.

QUICK VIEW BUTTON (Back). In shooting mode, the quick review button is used to view the results of earlier photographs while setting up the next shot.