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Nikon's Coolpix 5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon Inc. with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins Nikon announces Coolpix 5000 digital camera!
(Tuesday, September 18, 2001 - 07:02 EDT)

New camera positioned between the Coolpix 995 and D1 features tilt/swivel LCD display and 5 megapixel CCD...

Nikon Inc. has this morning announced its new Coolpix 5000 digital camera, a 5 megapixel unit with 3x optical zoom, tilt/swivel LCD display and Type-II CompactFlash storage. Nikon provided us with a list of what it considers the key features of the camera:
  • 5.24 Megapixel CCD produces high definition 2,560 x 1,920 pixel images.
  • 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with enhanced wide angle 28-85mm coverage plus a stepless 4x Digital Zoom.
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering; or choose Center-Weighted, Spot, or Spot AF Area Metering. Works in conjunction with TTL White Balance.
  • Fully articulating, 270°, 1.8" LCD monitor swivels in any direction for easy subject framing even in crowded situations.
  • Stop action with top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and 3-frames per second shooting, up to 3 frames or 1.5 frames per second, up to 8 frames.
  • White Balance Bracketing and Noise Reduction Mode [removes] digital artifacts in 1/4 second or longer exposures.
  • Clear Image Mode gives you accurate color, low noise, smooth edged and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below.
  • On board hot shoe with the capability of connecting up to 5 Nikon Speedlights with additional accessories.
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Card Types I and II. Includes 32MB CompactFlash Card.
  • High Speed USB Connectivity for plug and play simplicity.
  • Accepts almost all optional Coolpix lenses (using optional step-down rings) and accessories including Fisheye, 19mm Wide Angle, and Telephoto converter lenses for the greatest expandability and versatility in any shooting situation.
The Nikon Coolpix 5000 will ship in November 2001 at a price of $1100. Full specifications for the camera are already in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Nikon Coolpix 5000
Nikon's Coolpix 5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: E5000
Camera Format: Compact
Price: $1099.99
Date Available: November 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 5.24 megapixel (5.01 megapixel effective)
Image Resolution: 2560x1920, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 28 - 85mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 4x stepless
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity; 20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 2 cm to Infinity; 0.8 in to Infinity
Aperture Range: f/2.8 (wide) / 4.8 (tele) - ???
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image Optical Zoom w/ LED type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch)
ISO Settings: Auto (100 - 800), 100, 200, 400, 800
White Balance Settings: Matrix auto, Manual with fine tuning (Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight), Preset
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 5 - 1/4000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: 256-segment Matrix, Centre-Weighted, Spot, AF Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer: 3 or 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Description: 10 meters (32 feet) at ISO100
Ext Flash: Yes (Hotshoe [SB-50DX, 28DX, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22s])
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type-I and Type-II
Memory Included: 32MB
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, Quicktime
More Information
Weight: 360 g; 12.6 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 102 x 82 x 68mm; 4.0 x 3.2 x 2.7in
Notes & Features: Complies with PRINT Image Matching, Epson's color management technology, and USB 1.1.Magnesium alloy body. Has tilt/swivel LCD display (270 degree swivel). Lens has nine elements in seven groups, three aspheric elements. Optical viewfinder has diopter adjustment (-2 to +1dp). 12-bit analog/digital converter. Has built-in microphone and speaker. LCD screen has brightness and hue adjustment. Battery life claimed at 100 minutes with LCD on using EN-EL1 battery.'Clear Image mode' at resolutions of 1280 x 960 pixels or lower claimed to offer more accurate color, low noise, smooth edges and wide dynamic range. Has 3:2 resolution mode (2560 x 1700 pixels). Burst mode is 3fps up to 3 frames, or 1.5fps up to 8 frames. High-speed burst is 5fps at VGA, XGA or SXGA. Ultra-fast burst mode is 30fps at 320x240 pixels up to 100 frames. Multi-shot 16 captures up to 16 images at 5fps. Choice of 5-area multi or spot autofocus, with continuous or single AF modes. Has white balance bracketing and auto-exposure bracketing (3 or 5 frames). Saturation adjustment offers 4 steps or black & white setting. Noise reduction applied on exposures longer than 1/4 second. Shutter priority mode is 1/2000 second max., exposures longer than 8 seconds available in bulb mode only. Quick-review mode shows captured image and current subject alongside each other. Histogram and highlight point display in playback mode. Advertised as having 'instant startup'.Comes bundled with Lens cap, Neck strap, AV cable, EN-EL1 rechargeable Li-Ion battery, charger, USB cable, Nikon View 4 software, 32MB CompactFlash card. Optional accessories include existing Coolpix addons (Fisheye Converter FC-E8, Wideangle Converter WC-E68, Telephoto Converter TC-E2, Telephoto Converter TC-E3ED, Adapter rings, Lens hood, Power pack, Remote Cord MC-EU1), and a new 19mm wideangle converter lens.
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Nikon's Coolpix 5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon Inc.
Nikon's Coolpix 5000 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon Inc.

Apologies to our readers for not having this information up as early as some other sites... Unfortunately, it seems that no camera manufacturer is able to give people an even playing board any more - this time Nikon Japan blew their own NDA time by 4 hours. At that point (and unfortunately, whilst Mike was asleep) the DPReview decided that since specs were available, they'd go ahead and publish all their info. This included information not publicly available at that point, such as US pricing and the text of the US press release. (We disagree with their handling of this.)

As you can understand we work very hard to have info like this available for our readers at the earliest moment, and it is thus galling (to say the least) to be given a time and make the effort to get up at 5:45 in the morning only to find that the time we've been given is not what others have been. Once again, we apologize.

Source: Nikon Inc.

Original Source Press Release:


Coolpix 5000 Is Powerful Enough to Deliver Brilliant Images, Yet Compact Enough To Carry Virtually Anywhere

MELVILLE, NY, September 18, 2001 - Nikon (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today added a new dimension to its popular Coolpix® digital camera line with the introduction of the Coolpix 5000, a digital camera featuring a 5.24 megapixel CCD (5.0 effective), 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and a top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second and shooting speed of up to three frames per second at full resolution. The high-speed Coolpix 5000 is designed for professional and amateur photographers looking for truly spectacular images. The camera is a perfect compliment to any photographer's existing digital or film SLR camera for those times when smaller is better.

The Coolpix 5000 takes the unique Coolpix swivel design to the next level with its 1.8-inch LCD monitor that swivels in virtually any direction for easy subject framing. The Coolpix 5000 also packs a Macro shooting mode to capture images as close as 3/4 inch and a Movie mode that shoots up to 40 seconds of video with audio, into a compact magnesium alloy body weighing a mere 12.6 ounces. Along with feature sets traditionally found only on professional digital cameras, the Coolpix 5000 is one of the most complete, versatile digital cameras on the market today.

"The Nikon Coolpix 5000 is a testament to Nikon's dedication to provide photographers with the ultimate digital experience," said Deborah Sauer, general manager, marketing for Nikon. "This camera appeals to both the professional photographer and photo enthusiast because of its advanced features, unique compact design and greater creative control options. With the introduction of the Coolpix 5000, Nikon now has a digital camera in the Coolpix brand family to meet the needs of every level of photographer."

Ultimate Digital Image Quality
Superior quality images start with superior quality glass and the Coolpix 5000 incorporates a high resolution, wideangle, 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with a 28-85mm focal length (35mm equivalent). Three aspherical lens elements minimize color blur and distortion, even in extreme close-ups. This lens is combined with a 2/3-inch 5.0 effective megapixel CCD and 12-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converter resulting in sharp images with vivid color and excellent saturation.

The Clear Image mode of the Coolpix 5000 provides highly accurate color, low noise, smooth edges and wide dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below. The camera also features additional custom mode settings to enhance picture-taking capability by putting the photographer in control.

Built-in Hot Shoe and Advanced Focus Maximize Shooting Capability
For greater flash versatility the Coolpix 5000 comes with a built-in Five-Mode flash, and also has a dedicated hot shoe to add a speedlight, such as the Nikon SB-50DX for maximum creative control and flash coverage.

The Coolpix 5000 comes equipped with Nikon's exclusive Five-Area Multi Autofocus system for quick focus and sharp, accurate image detail, as well as a Macro mode to produce crisp photos from as close as 3/4-inches. To ensure the desired shot is taken, the camera features multiple capture modes including continuous shooting of up to three frames per second in full size (2,560 x 1,920 pixels) and a top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second.

Unique New Features Enhance Creativity
The Coolpix 5000 features a fully articulating 1.8-inch color LCD monitor that tilts and swings to virtually any angle to allow for easier framing of subjects. Additionally, the Coolpix 5000 includes audio with its Movie mode function that captures 40 seconds of QuickTime™ video.

Greater Clarity Through Built-in Controls
Not only glass and pixels ensure an amazing image from the Coolpix 5000, the camera delivers accurate exposures with Nikon's exclusive 256-segment Matrix Metering in a four-mode through-the-lens (TTL) metering system, with center-weighted, spot and spot Autofocus capabilities. Exposure can be further controlled through programs such as Automatic with Flexible, Shutter-Priority Automatic, Aperture-Priority Automatic and Manual. The camera can reach an ISO equivalent of 800.

Simple to Use Right Out of the Box
Even with all of these professional style features, the Coolpix 5000 offers a completely simple out-of-box experience. The camera comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and charger, and also supports a new optional power pack that uses six 1.5-volt AA batteries and enables easier vertical shooting. Also included is a high-speed USB cable for plug-and-play simplicity and NikonView 4 software to store and enhance photos. A 32MB CompactFlash™ Card is included with the camera, and the Coolpix 5000 is compatible with CompactFlash Card types I and II for enhanced media versatility.

The Coolpix 5000 works with the full range of existing Coolpix lens and accessories as well as a new 19mm wideangle converter lens (35mm equivalent) designed exclusively for the Coolpix 5000.

The Coolpix 5000 will be available November 2001 at an MSRP of $1099.95.

About Nikon
Nikon Inc., the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance in consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras; Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; Nikonos® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. The company plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For product information, contact Nikon at (800) NIKON-UX or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.
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