Any interest in some P5000 samples?

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I attended the Malaysian launch event for the P5000 and other PMA stuff this morning; have some sample shots with the P5000 at various ISOs. I can post full rez shots if there's any interest...

FYI, the D40x was there too, but I didn't have enough time to give it a try too. I have plenty of SLRs but still looking for that perfect compact...sorry!

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I'm still looking for the perfect compact too (passively, not actively). The P5000 doesn't have raw, but I'm starting to despair of Nikon or Canon ever putting raw on a compact again. I'd like to see your samples. I'd even more like to know your opinion, because I know you've used lots of these.

Are you going to ty the Sigma DP1 also?

Canon G7 or A640 are the closest to my ideal right now.

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Okay, nothing scientific or of any photographic merit - just a few snaps at different ISOs. EXIF should be intact. Wish I had a bit more time to play with it. First impression is that it's nicely built, sufficiently responsive (though the shutter button feels a bit dead) and smaller than expected. Image quality wise, I can't say I'm blown away but noise levels are reasonable for a 10MP compact, detail is pretty good at low ISOs and okay at 400 and above. There is some visible detail-mushing going on though, even at the lowest sensitivities. Changing sharpening didn't seem to have much of an effect. Lens looked reasonable clean as far as I can see - not that much CA, sharp enough, contrasty enough (actually, I find that less contrast is better to preserve dynamic range for digital cameras). However, I wish it went wider and longer - if Panasonic can do it in their new TZ3 (28mm HFOV, 300mm tele!), I'm sure Nikon can too, especially given their experience with the very good 18-200VR...

They're on my flickr page here (click through for full size unedited originals):

Nikon P5000 samples

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It's hard to tell too much from these samples, although to my eye, even the ISO 100 looks noisy. Maybe that's because I haven't used a P&S in a very long time.

It sounds like the P5000 didn't give you enough reason to give up your GRD.

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It's hard to tell too much from these samples, although to my eye, even the ISO 100 looks noisy. Maybe that's because I haven't used a P&S in a very long time.

It sounds like the P5000 didn't give you enough reason to give up your GRD.

DAB
Yes, I found it either noisy or with too much NR. If it had the 24-85 lens of the 8400 I'd buy it in a flash, but I think I'd miss the wideangle of the GR too much. And I can clean up the noise quite well in PS.

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