(Extensive) First Look review posted for Coolpix 5000!|
(Tuesday, September 18, 2001 - 07:10 EDT)
Dave Etchells examines the latest from Nikon...
Seeing the 5 megapixel cameras coming out from Minolta, Sony, and Olympus lately, many people have been wondering what Nikon might be up to in that area. Well, wonder no more! Today, Nikon's announced the Coolpix 5000, a logical extension of the high end of their Coolpix line into the 5 megapixel arena.
There's a lot new about this camera (as Nikon fans will immediately be able to tell just by looking at the photo above right.) A totally new body design, with an "articulated" LCD display instead of the signature swivel-body of the 900/950/990/995 line, for one. Also a new lens design and a top-mounted hot shoe flash connection. (Hooray.)
There's a lot that will be thoroughly familiar too though, as there are only minor tweaks to the user interface that's worked so well for Nikon across their Coolpix line. The prototype unit we received was a pretty early version though, so our report is necessarily somewhat limited.
While the full tale won't be known until we can get our hands on a production model and see how it really performs, we think there's more than enough here to whet the appetites of Nikon aficionados, and get them counting their pennies. (We suspect this will prove to be the camera that many current Coolpix owners were waiting for to upgrade to.) Check it out!