FLASH! First *Production Model* Nikon Coolpix 5000 photos online!|
(Thursday, December 6, 2001 - 16:22 EST)
Knowing how **eager** people are to see shots from a production-model Coolpix 5000, I've posted what I have shot so far on the site, via a thumbnail page.
This is only a small subset of the test images, but should be interesting. The resolution is *very* high, this looks like an excellent lens. I have a lot more shooting to do, to experiment with white balance settings, etc before I'll make any judgements about color though. There's a bit of timing data posted on the thumbnail page too, as I've had a lot of queries about speed. (It seems quite fast from shot to shot, with an *8* frame buffer, but is only average on AF speed. - Again though, this is quite preliminary, and I'll be shooting/testing a lot more over the next several days.) Check out the low light shots too - Those are the ones with names like C50LLxxxx. The name format is C50LLiill - "ii" is for ISO, from 10 for ISO 100 to 80 for ISO 800. The "ll" is for light level, according to a convoluted Dave-generated naming scheme. The dimmest ones are those ending in -07 though, shot at 1/16 foot-candle, about 0.63 lux. The files ending in MNR are "minus noise reduction." Very impressive, looks like the 5000 will be a great low-light shooter.
Oh - the link to the thumbnail page: Find it here.