Nikon Coolpix 5000: Opinions?

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    Posted: 01 February 2002 01:16 PM

    I was at a camera store before Christmas looking at the Nikon Coolpix 5000. I really liked the design and features of the camera, and the sample pictures from an online review looked excellent.

    Does anyone have this camera? I didn’t read anything about a red cast to the images and I’m hoping that’s not a problem across the line. The 5000 has both automatic and manual white balancing, so I would hope it could be corrected for if it was an issue with the CCD.

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    Posted: 23 January 2002 08:03 AM #1

    That looks tasty.  What’s the price?

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    Posted: 23 January 2002 01:52 PM #2

    It’s in the ballpark of $1000.

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    Posted: 23 January 2002 02:14 PM #3

    That’s not a bad price for that baby at all.  I would like to know if it shares the red-oversaturation problem with its siblings.  It was Jinkies that helped find some information on the 885 for me; perhaps she can help with information on this.  She told me about this outstanding site that does exceedingly in-depth reviews on cameras; I just don’t remember the name of it.

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    Posted: 23 January 2002 02:57 PM #4

    It may have been http://www.imaging-resource.com/—some very good information. I was looking up the Nikon there in December. Of course, now I’m hearing good things about the Sony DSC-F707. Sounds like it’s time for another trip to the camera store for a little hands-on!

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  • Posted: 23 January 2002 07:16 PM #5

    Another good source for digital imaging is robgalbraith.com. Awesome site for pro information.
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  • Posted: 25 January 2002 08:50 PM #6

    Hm, while we plug digital sites let me mention my favorite of the lot:  Digital Camera Resource Page at http://www.dcresource.com/  Jeff’s reviewing style is a favorite, plus the message boards are excellent.

    The consensus on the CP5000 seems to be that it’s not quite the stellar product it could have been, not quite as compelling as the 9xx series has always been, even though the latter is 4Mpixel to the 5Mpixel of the new unit.

         
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    Posted: 26 January 2002 10:42 AM #7

    Thanks for the links! From what I’ve been reading, the Sony DSC-F707 is sounding all the more appealing. The F707 isn’t listed on Apple’s compatability chart for OS X, but the F505 is, so I’m not too concerned (and there’s always the USB card reader).

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  • Posted: 26 January 2002 03:14 PM #8

    I think they probably just haven’t tested a F707 yet.  Should work with OS X.  The review at DCRP says it worked with 10.1. I know Jeff has a G4 or similar around that has OS X, and he tests it himself for the reviews.  (It’s not just specs given by Sony or anything.)  I’m sure it would have been pre-iPhoto, but if it worked with Image Capture, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with iPhoto.

    http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/sony/dsc_f707-review/index.html
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  • Posted: 31 January 2002 02:12 PM #9

    I usually start at http://www.photographyreview.com/ and http://www.pcphotoreview.com/.

    PMA is less than a month away.  I would wait to see what gets introduced there before I bought anything.

         
  • Posted: 01 February 2002 01:15 PM #10

    The reviews here were mixed, but there was no mention of a red shift.  The auto color balance on some of these cameras can be hit or miss though, and some people have more of an eye for color and really notice when it is off a little.  There is also an issue of proper icc profiles or other color management methodology to get the printer calibrated just right and making sure the screen color space is correct, etc.  However, if Bryan saw a pattern of reports that the color on the 885 was skewed to the red, it probably was.  I have not seen anything about that with the 5000 though. 

    At any rate, here is the link to the reviews:

    http://www.photographyreview.com/pscDigital+Gear/Digital+Cameras/Above,3,Megapixel/Nikon,CoolPix,5000,/PRD_97207_3098crx.aspx

         
  • Posted: 01 February 2002 01:16 PM #11

    Wow, that link really screwed things up.