Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Nikon Coolpix P5000

Nikon announced the Coolpix P5000. It is very interesting as it is Nikon's first prosumer camera to compete directly with Canon's G7.

The P5000 has a 3.5x optical zoom 36mm-126mm f/2.7-5.3 lens. The f5.3 at the wide end is not too impressive, but the lens contains the same Vibration Reduction (VR) technology as inside the Nikon DSLR lens. Like the Canon G7, the Coolpix P5000 has a 10 megapixel, 1/1.8" sensor. Image quality should be very good. Additionally, the P5000 has a hotshoe for external flash and adaptor lens to extend its capabilities.

The most interesting feature is the Best Shot Selector, which automatically selects the sharpest image from a sequence of 10 shots. This would make it easy to capture sharp photos in challenging low light conditions. Unfortunately, like the Canon G7, the P5000 does not support RAW.

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