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The user interface is clear and easy to use, and will be familiar to anyone who has used the COOLPIX 995. Users can set shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 8 sec, ISO from 100 to 800, exposure compensation of +-2EV in 1/3EV steps and apertures from F2.8 to F8. We would have liked to see a broader range of ISO settings--especially an ISO50 and a faster lens. A key feature of the interface is the ability to store custom settings for quick recall later, although this is comfortably beaten by the infinitely configurable Casio QV-4000. Its worth noting that the Nikon supports the Speedlight flash with integral hotshoe although there is no mechanism for altering the flash intensity.
Images are clear, bright and at full resolution, offer near-print quality results. Extensive control over white balance, use of Nikons Best Shot Selector and extremely flexible bracketing options offer every opportunity to get the right shot. The Nikon View software supplied is easy to use and sets up the camera as a standard USB mass storage device--far preferable to TWAIN image transfer. The COOLPIX 5000 is also compatible with both 512MB and 1GB IBM Microdrives. The camera is supplied with lens cap, camera strap, AV cable, 32MB CompactFlash card, USB cable, rechargeable Li-ion Battery, battery charger, Nikon View 4 CD-ROM and an above average manual. --Paul Keene FRPS
Overall despite the few drawbacks. The quality of the pictures it has produced are absolutely superb and cannot be faulted. If given the choice again I would still choose this camera over any others, even the Minolta Dimage 7.