5.24 Megapixel Coolpix to show up next month

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Coolpix 5000
There's a new Coolpix camera coming from Nikon: the US$1,099.95 Coolpix 5000, which will pack a 5.24 megapixel CCD (5.0 effective), 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and a top shutter speed of 1/4,000 second.

The camera, targeted to pro photographers and really serious amateur photogs, will offer a shooting speed of up to three frames per second at full resolution. The Coolpix 5000 has an 1.8-inch LCD monitor that swivels in virtually any direction for easy subject framing, according to Deborah Sauer, general manager of marketing for Nikon. It 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. And it's light. It has a magnesium alloy body that weighs in at 12.6 ounces.

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, Sauer said. This lens is combined with a 2/3-inch 5.0 effective megapixel CCD and 12-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converter that offers sharp images with "vivid color and excellent saturation," Sauer added in announcing the new camera.

The Clear Image mode of the Coolpix 5000 provides dynamic range images at resolutions of 1280 x 960 and below. Additionally, there are custom mode settings available to the photographer.

The digital camera comes with a built-in Five-Mode flash. If that's not flash-y enough for you, there's a dedicated hot shoe that can be used to add a speedlight such as the Nikon SB-50DX.

The Coolpix 5000 comes equipped with Nikon's Five-Area Multi-Autofocus system, as well as a Macro mode for taking photos from as close as 3/4-inches. 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. What's more, the Coolpix 5000 includes audio with its Movie mode function that captures 40 seconds of QuickTime video.

Nikon's new baby comes with the company's 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.

The Coolpix 5000 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 with Mac and Wintel systems. A 32MB CompactFlash Card is included with the camera; the digital camera is compatible with CompactFlash Card types I and II.

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

This story, "5.24 Megapixel Coolpix to show up next month" was originally published by PCWorld.

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