Nikon Coolpix P5000 Performance

Timing and Performance

Slow to average speed for a consumer camera.


Power on
to first shot

1.8 seconds

Time it takes for LCD to turn on and lens to deploy.


2.5 seconds

How long it takes to retract lens.

Buffer clearing time

3 seconds
(3 seconds buffer clearing in LF JPEG)

Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card. Some cameras won't retract their lenses and shut down until the buffer is cleared.

Mode switching

Play to Record,
first shot

0.7 second

Time until first shot is captured

Record to play

2.1 seconds

Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture

recorded image

1.1 seconds

Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.

Shutter response (Lag Time):

Full Autofocus Wide

0.91 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position. On the slow side.

Full Autofocus Tele

0.93 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position. On the slow side.


0.058 second

Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button. Very fast.

Continuous AF
0.92 second
For most cameras, shutter lag is less in manual focus than autofocus, but usually not as fast as when the camera is "prefocused". On the slow side.
Cycle time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
3.12 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots. Only average for a camera of this performance class.

Single Shot mode
640x480 JPEG

2.44 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots. Rather slow.

Early shutter


Some cameras refuse to snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.

Continuous mode
Large Fine JPEG

1.30 seconds (0.77 frames per second);
5 frames total;
3 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first. Rather slow for a camera of this performance class.

Continuous mode
640x480 JPEG

1.03 seconds (0.97 frames per second);
3 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots. Rather slow.

Flash recycling

6.5 seconds

Flash at maximum output. Not terribly fast, but good, considering the power of the flash.

Download speed

Windows Computer, USB 2.0

977 KBytes/sec

Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-769=USB 2.0 Low;
Above 770=USB 2.0 High

*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a Kingston Ultimate 133x SD memory card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode.

The Nikon Coolpix P5000's performance ranges from slow to just above average for a camera in its class. Start-up time is slightly above average, but shut-down is average. Shutter lag times at wide angle and telephoto zoom settings are just over 0.9 second, which is on the slow side of average these days. On the other hand though, "prefocus" time (half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure) is very fast, with a shutter delay of only 0.058 second.

Shot-to-shot cycle times are longer than average at about 3.1 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, but the camera captures frames continuously at this rate. Continuous-mode speed is very slow, at only about 0.77 frames per second (1.3 seconds per shot), and the camera can only capture 5 frames at this rate before slowing down even further to about 0.3 fps. Full power flash recycling time is also a bit below average at 6.5 seconds, but that's not all that bad, considering how powerful the flash is. Connected to a computer, download speeds are about average, so you may want to use a separate card reader to transfer the large 10 megapixel files from this camera. Bottom line, the Nikon P5000's timing performance is a bit of a disappointment for a higher-end "prosumer" model. It's responsive enough for most family and travel photo opportunities, but too slow for sporting events or active kids. (Although the very fast shutter response when prefocused is great, if your subjects lend themselves to prefocusing.)

Battery and Storage Capacity

Average battery life for a Lithium-Ion design.

Operating Mode Number of Shots
LiIon rechargeable battery

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 uses a custom rechargeable Li-Ion battery for power, and ships with a charger. Battery life is about average, so we recommend you pick up a spare battery and keep it freshly charged and on-hand for extended outings.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on either a fresh set of disposable batteries or a fully-charged rechargeable battery as appropriate), based on CIPA battery-life and/or manufacturer standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

The Nikon Coolpix P5000 stores its photos on SD / SDHC / MMC memory cards or in approximately 23MB of internal memory, and no card is included with the camera.

Image Capacity with
23MB Internal Memory
Fine Normal Basic
3,648 x 2,736
File Size
5.2 MB
2.6 MB
1.3 KB
2,592 x 1,944
File Size
2.7 MB
1.4 MB
694 KB
1,600 x 1,200
File Size
1.7 MB
864 KB
458 KB
1,280 x 960
File Size
1.0 MB
542 KB
305 KB
1024 x 768
File Size
678 KB
373 KB
203 KB
640 x 480
File Size
203 KB
136 KB
83 KB

We strongly recommend buying a large capacity SD/MMC memory card at least a 1GB card, preferably a 2GB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings. (Check the shopping link above, cards are really cheap these days, so no reason to skimp.)


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