Nikon Coolpix P5100

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by PJT, Nov 15, 2007.

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    PJT Guest

    Does anyone have experience of the new Coolpix P5100 from Nikon ?

    Are there any recommendations for a good digital compact at around the same

    PJT, Nov 15, 2007
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    Seamaster Guest

    OK, I'll bite. I have a P5000 which is the predecessor of the P5100.
    It's small enough to carry around everywhere. It provides Program,
    Shutter priority, Aperture Priority and Manual, plus a load of preset
    modes that I never use.

    Image quality is surprisingly good for a small lens and sensor. It gets
    noisy if you use high ISOs, as you'd expect. It goes from ISO 64 to ISO
    1600 (and ISO 3200 at 5MP). It also provides "auto ISO".

    I expected the "VR" (vibration reduction) to be a gimmick, but it does
    work. You can hand-hold outrageous speeds like 1/2 second, and get away
    with it most of the time.

    Would I recommend it? Well, not if you want "RAW" - it only makes JPEGs.
    (Check the P5100 spec on this point.) Other than that, it's a good
    compromise between portability and image quality.
    Seamaster, Nov 16, 2007
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    Akiralx Guest

    I have just ordered a P5100 to replace a Panasonic LX2 (sold). It is fully
    manual, with hotshoe and viewfinder. The only snag is the slowish
    autofocus, so don't get it if you photograph kids, sports, pets or anything
    else moving quickly. The colour rendition is supposed to be good,
    reasonable high ISO performance (though all p&s are mediocre compared to a
    dSLR). The LX2 had RAW and a wider lens but no viewfinder or hotshoe.

    I really got it to use my Nikon SB400 flash which apparently works well on
    it, bounced. I have a Panasonic FX01 for wideangle landscapes when hiking
    and a dSLR (Nikon D200) as well, so the P5100 will really be for general
    photography, particularly indoors, when I don't want to carry the D200.

    See for reviews.
    Akiralx, Nov 19, 2007
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