|Nikon Coolpix P6000 13.5MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom
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Can any photographer be happy with a point-&-shoot camera? Precision built to enable photo and camera enthusiasts of all levels of experience to enjoy real photography, introduce yourself to the compact Nikon COOLPIX P6000. Class-leading imaging ability is a feature trait of the P6000. A new 13.5 megapixel image sensor captures the finest details with sharp resolution. A 4x Zoom-NIKKOR lens with ED lens elements covers focal lengths from a wide 28mm (35mm format equivalent), delivering clarity and precision throughout its range. And an optimized processing system based on Nikon's original EXPEED digital image-processing concept quickly delivers quality results with faithful color reproduction and subtle tones. Wired LAN support offers easy access to the Internet for automatic and secure online image storage using the Picture Bank service of my Picturetown, which also provides the ability to send images directly to a blog or other websites. And a new built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) unit can record the location of shots when taken and attach geotags" with information about latitude and longitude to each image file. This adds the fun of being able to view the location on maps available in ViewNX or my Picturetown, or to edit or add geotag information. New tab-format menu interface adapted from Nikon D-SLR cameras 1 - 1 size (square) format with a choice of three black border options 15 handy scene modes for optimized results in various shooting situations Five movie modes with sound, plus time-lapse movie mode SD SDHC card compatibility for memory expansion / Approximately 48 MB of internal memory for immediate use USB (Hi-Speed) connectivity Up to 4224 x 3168 still image resolution Up to 640 x 480 (TV) video resolution Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-66 (supplied) / Battery life Approx. 260 shots with EN-EL5 battery Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 1
- 13.5-megapixel resolution for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches
- 4x wide-angle optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens; Optical VR Image Stabilization
- 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD and optical viewfinder
- my Picturetown with Wired LAN; automatically upload pictures to Nikon?s my Picturetown
- Captures images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)
- No SLR replacement, but a good take-everywhere camera
I just got this camera yesterday evening and have had time to play with just about all the main features. I also own a Canon PowerShot G9 so I find myself comparing the two all the time. With that said, I wasn't expecting anything with ultra low noise. The G9 noise levels are unacceptable (in my opinion) at any ISO setting over 200. Having come from this same type of CCD, I wasn't expecting miracles so I'm not disappointed. If anything, I think the noise is on par or a little less noticeable on the P6000 than it is on the G9. That was a surprise considering that the P6000 is packing in more pixels on the same sized CCD. Here's my summary:
Noise = not great, but not bad at all as long as you stay ISO 200 or lower. If you go up to 400 and above, plan on using noise reduction software.
Optics = not tack sharp like you can get out of a dSLR, but, again, not bad. It reminds me of a good mid-range P&S camera in terms of optics. I think the G9 might be a little better here.
GPS = great! I really love this. Two words of warning: it eats the battery quickly and it takes a while to lock on to the GPS signal (especially if you are in a city like Chicago). Once it's locked on, the GPS coordinates are pretty accurate.
Speed = Good. I found the camera responsive. No speed demon, but shutter lag isn't a problem and all the camera functions are fairly snappy.
Mac Compatible = 50/50. It's terrible if you're expecting native Mac support from Nikon on it's new RAW format. It's great if you're just shooting JPG images. I only use a Mac, but third-party solutions are already available to let you process the RAW files on your Mac. Lightroom 2.1 is compatible with the new format and so is Adobe's Camera RAW 4.6 plugin for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. I've been shooting almost exclusively with RAW and happily processing them on my Mac with no problems at all.
Size = GREAT! I love the size. It's just about the same physical size as the G9, but it's twice as light. It's much easier to take this camera long and stuff it into a loose pocket. You almost don't know it's there. Anything smaller would have been too small.
Vibration Reduction = a must have. It really works well, especially in lower light settings.
You'll enjoy this camera if you want a high-quality compact camera that has GPS, RAW and great creative control. It is a nice camera to take along with you when you just don't feel like pulling out the dSLR, but don't expect it to be a dSLR replacement because it's not. I'm quite happy with it and look forward to using it more and more....more info
- Coolpix P6000
The Coolpix P6000 is a great little camera. The Vibration reduction feature works flawlessly. However in bright sunlight, the Monitor screen is difficult to see, and the viewfinder is somewhat small. GPS is interesting feature, but, until I cruise around Europe, I'll probably be able to tell where I took the picture from the content. Overall: Great!...more info
- Stunning clarity & color. Solid camera with minor P&S quirks
I was looking for a compact camera to stash under my bike seat when I ride. I already own a Nikon DSLR, so I wanted something with manual exposure controls and Raw capability, only in a smaller package.
Internet reviews varied wildly, from very good to abject failure, with particular slams coming from the experts, so I avoided the P6000 and looked at its closest top-perfoming competitors. Unfortunately, each had at least one glaring issue that didn't work for me: Canon G10 (too bulky), Leica DLux 4 (too expensive) and Panasonic LX3 (too unavailable). The Nikon had the right size, weight, and features and it cost 20% less than the Canon! I figured when it's outdated in 3-5 years, I won't kick myself for having paid double for the Leica.
In the field, I'm getting results well beyond what I ever thought was possible from a P&S; great Nikon color from its processor and vivid clarity from its sharp lens. You can finesse some amazing shots out of this camera, but don't expect miracles in all conditions; it's still a P&S with inherent limitations.
* Very light, small, and flat. Looks good, not chunky. Easily and realistically fits into pants or jacket pockets.
* Feels good in the hand, great rubberized grip, solid body. Controls are firm.
* Buttons have a strong tactile feedback; not mushy. You can press them with your finger or thumb instead of your fingernail!
* Built-in viewfinder is great to have in a pinch. Just don't depend on it for perfect framing accuracy.
* "My Menu" keeps 6 of your most-used settings all together under one button.
* Raw images come very close to DSLR quality.
* Two user-customizable modes on dial, so if you're at a party, you can customize U1 for indoor shots and U2 for outdoor shots with appropriate settings for WB, ISO, etc. Then, instead of repeatedly changing settings, you just switch back and forth between the two modes on the dial.
* Scene modes lock out user from making important adjustments,like WB, and you're forced to shoot only JPGs. Likewise, if you select Raw in the user controllable modes, you lose Active D-Lighting and Distortion Control. Not really a big deal for me; I don't use Scene modes.
* Performance of Auto WB for indoor non-flash shots is poor. Not an issue in the PSAM modes because you can just switch to another WB setting for better results. But if you're using Scene mode you're hosed.
* Noise is visible at high ISOs. This is currently a characteristic of any small sensor/ high megapixel camera, so keep ISO as low as possible.
* A little slow saving RAW files, and I'm using an SDHC Extreme III card
* High contrast situations can be challenging, but not impossible.
* Customize 'My Menu' and 'Fn" buttons to help you get to your favorite settings quickly.
* Shoot Raw and use a Raw converter for outstanding results; it's not hard.
* Stay within ISO 64 - 200; maybe an occasional 400 in good lighting.
* Stick to the P,S,A,M,U1,U2 modes and dial in your own settings for better control over exposure. ...more info
- Excelent pictures, bad reception
I bought this camera and I loved most features, but returned it for a few issues. Here they are:
The GPS. A camera that supports built-in geotagging is a wonderful idea, but this is not the camera for it. I almost never got a reception from its built-in GPS. Even a lot of cell phones get better reception. I can say the success rate of getting a signal during the weeks I owned it was 15%.
The lens cover. This was the dealbreaker. The lens cover of this, and many cameras that have similar mechanisms, are likely to fail. Many times the lens cover didn't open or closed completely. I bought a camera you take the lens cover manually (Leica D-Lux 4). It's the safe option.
Battery life. Poor when the GPS is turned on. Since the GPS rarely works, you should turn it off and the battery would be fine. Also, the battery charges directly in the camera. Not a big deal, unless you want to get an extra battery. If so, the external charger is sold separately.
Video resolution. A minor thing, but cameras of this range should have video in HD, not just 640x480.
Good things about the camera:
Picture quality. Amazing. People complain about the proprietary RAW mode. Fortunately, I own Adobe Lightroom and had no problems with it.
Manual controls. Easy to use and learn.
Design and built. Much better and lighter than its direct competitor, the Canon G10.
Price. Cheaper and as feature packed as the Canon G10....more info
- Great Point & Shoot
After reading all the other reviews I couldn't help but laugh....what did you guys think this camera was going to be? For those of you not old enough to remember, I can assure you that back in the Nikon F days of the late 60's & early 70's the 35mm rangerfinders were a compromise vs the SLR's too! That what this camera is, a compromise between a DSLR and a DP&S (glorified digital instamatic).
This is actually the first digital P&S camera I have ever owned, but have in the past owned a D-70 and currently have a D-200 with the extra battery pack and many Nikon lenses including the 300 2.8 (which weighs a ton.
But I needed a very small HQ camera that would fit in my pocket, give some of the creative control I wanted, be durable and most of all be one 20th the weight of my other camera gear so I would carry it with me all the time and the P6000 has filled that need.
In the last week and a half, I have given this little camera a great workout and tried every conrol feature, every image quality feature, time lapse, GPS & more and have had better than good results in many different modes and conditions leading me to say I am more than happy with this camera because I didn't expect too much and judged it on it's own merits.
It will require a bit tweaking to get the image you want but it is well worth it in the end and that is one part of photography I have always liked the best, playing around with the equipment until I get the results I want!
I agree the GPS is semi useless inside a building and the battery life could be better but overall I like this little camera and really enjoy having it with me at all times to capture life's unexpected moments....more info
- Good as a P&S only I think.
let me start out by saying I know nothing about camera's. I am your every day user.
Eric Hwang has put most of the concerns I have about this camera. I have only had this camera for about three hours now and see the power and GPS issues he talks about. I need to take pictures at remote radio sites on public land. I wanted to be able to know where the picture was taken. I order to find the name of the mountain and name of the site after a week or two on the road.
I wise that Nikon would have used the USB power as a charger too. With the GPS on the battery life is short. I think it was about two hours just sitting on the table connected to my laptop. The owner's manual tells you to turn on the GPS off when the camera is not in use so that it does not run the battery down.
The software that comes with the camera is not as good as the FREE software that comes with Canon's P&S cameras. Nikon wants you to pay for their program called Capture NX 2. I have not used it yet, so I don't know why I would pay for the program yet.
My needs for the options that don't work nicely on this camera may cause me to send it back. I will test this camera out for a day or two once I get the memory card, camera came with little internal memory. This is my first and may be my last Nikon. Yes, I am a Canon fain to date and if this is how all Nikon's are than I may stay that way.
This is how I see its faults.
- NIkon Coolpix P6000 is a great camera
Intuitive - - haven't had to read the manual yet (a real plus!) Lots of sharp pics taken thru window of car (on bumpy roads) and thru non-too-clean train window. Good dynamic range tho' closeups not really macro. Like the GPS feature a lot. Not happy with the battery - - runs out of juice quickly if do any reviewing or deleting. Works seamlessly with a Mac and Photoshop - - both important to me & my profession. I'd recommend to anyone who wants a serious digital camera and like the idea of geo-tagging pics....more info
- Poor Image Quility, and even worse software
You can not edit the pictures on picture project a super fast ans easy Nikon software, It's super quick and easy to re-sharpen and crop. the softwart package it comes with, well it might as well have not come with anything.
The camera is built very well and easy to use, lots of options to select from, I would just have expected better picture quality for a Nikons top of the line point and shoot. Maybe I'm just use to my Nikon D-300 cameras.
Very disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
- Coolpix P6000
I received this camera for Christmas to be used as my everyday carry camera. I shoot with a Nikon D200. I have made almost 100 images and have been pleased. I have made both JPG and NRW (raw)format along with a short video. I like the time lapse option on the video. I looked at the canon G10 and it was just a little large for what I wanted.
I would say that knowing what I do now I would still buy again and also recommend....more info
- One Packed Little Camera
Well, this is an early review (more as I run the camera through its paces), but I must reply to the review by TGre. If you want EVERYTHING found in a D-SLR, then you need to buy a D-SLR. I own a D300 and use it professionally. However, I needed a camera that I carry with me at all times and that packed as many features as possible. This camera certainly seems to be it! I still can't believe that this little beauty packs 13.5 megapixels, raw camera mode, aperture and shutter priority, and vibration reduction. My preliminary photos with the P6000 are sharp, vibrant, and solid in color rendition. I am impressed. As for not being able to see the zoom through the viewfinder, I don't get that at all. The wide-angle and zoom functions are clearly viewable. Maybe TGre was referring to an accessory zoom lens. Again, if you want an SLR, go out and buy one, don't expect a small package like the P6000, at a very reasonable price, to replace high-end professional cameras in every respect....more info
- First impressions : disappointing performances
I am a big fan of Nikon and before buying this P&S, I got a D90 which is really phenomenal.
I did not have much time yet to review in details the performance of the P6000 but I want to share the first impressions I had from using it indoors for the past 3 days.
I must admit the performance of this camera is extremely disappointing
- Slow Focus
- Slow file saving on the memory card when selecting fine+raw
- Very slow continuous shooting
- You need to wait 5 seconds for the flash to be ready!!! This can completely ruin the picture you want to take! You cannot ask people to stand still for 5 long seconds to take a spontaneous picture. Nikon must absolutely do something about this.
After years of developments in cameras, this is simply not acceptable.
I had read on the web that P6000 is not as fast as the canon G10 but I would never have imagined I would be so much disappointed.
So think twice before buying this item if performance matters to you.
Should you have suggestions for me, please do so and I will update this review accordingly.
PS : I will update this review with more details in the coming weeks when I test the camera a bit more in other contidions (outdoors, etc). I am sure it has many pluses...
- great camera
Great camera. I ahd a Sony ALpha 100 and it did not have as much control as this camera does. Pictures are great. Highest of quality. Don't need external flash for most issues.
Panoramic software is grreat as is the in-camera panoramic setting to assist you intaking the pictures. ...more info
- Pro-photographer needing somthing light.
The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is a great camera. I have two Pentax k-1000's, Nikon 808, Nikon D-100 and now this! I had an accident In Jan 06' and since then i haven't been able to work professionally as my d-100 was too heavy for me to carry on my shoulder and hold. I'd been discouraged with so many light weight cameras out there, too much noise, light sensors were horrible and the list went on and on. So finally this came out and still looking after two years i found this one. I was skeptical at first and turned off, since amateur photographers rave about the digital little point and shoots and even their cell phone cameras for that matter! But i decided to give it a try. Within a week i had shot over 500 pics and now have my true love for photography back. I love the fact it has a manual focus, which really works and shows your depth of field. The colors are awesome and even has settings you can set yourself to increase your contrast and tonality. Depending on if you are inside or outside the iso's matter. Shooting above 800 iso w/o a flash, you will start to see some noise. WIth flash, obviously that is eliminated. Now i know for the pros, flash is always a huge reluctance, but ahhhh with this camera you can turn down the flash to use it as a fill light or increase it for a more dramatic affect. You can shoot in black & white, sepia, and blue (can't remember the technical term), plus you can change the saturation on these as well, and or the contrast. I love the wide angle, and was even surprised by the digital zoom! Most digital zooms are worthless, but this looks pretty good and is useful. The light sensor is great for reading available lighting and you have the option of changing your white balance and even customizing one of the WB settings. For a little camera you have lots of control with how YOU want your photo to look like. I am absolutely impressed!...more info
- A Good Point & Shoot Camera
Once again Nikon goes all out with the latest edition of the P series point and shoot cameras. The Coolpix P6000 is the newest addition to the P series family, replacing last year's P5100. Loaded with onboard GPS, ethernet connection, VR(Optical Vibration Reduction),13.5 Mpegs, D Lighting and wireless flash, the P6000 finally brings to the table Vista compatible raw format.
Even though wireless flash has been around for a couple of years now and most notably on Olympus systems, it is still rather uncommon in point and shoot systems. As far as external lighting support goes, the P6000 operates with a single external speedlight. I am not totally sold on the wired ethernet connection but Nikon is betting that somewhere out there, someone may have the need to connect the camera to a router.
Like all point and shoots, the Coolpix P6000 does have limited flash capability. For those insistent on shooting in auto mode in low light situations, the noise gremlins are indeed going to be noticeable due to a higher preset ISO. To alleviate that scenario I suggest that if auto is the preference, try shooting in a programmed auto mode. This will at least give the photographer options to work with.
Unlike earlier models in the P series line, Nikon opens new doors with the NRW raw format. NRW is compatible with Vista's Windows Imaging Component codec API whereas NEF format is not. NRW format allows using raw files more transparent under the Windows umbrella. Simply put, the operating system does the format transcoding rather than the application. So much for scratching your head wondering about application support. This is a sweet bonus for amateur photographers trying to go the extra distance in achieving quality photographs. For NEF format and Nikon Capture junkies (Raw Processing Software) no worries. With all the dollars sunk into Capture software Nikon is not going to abandon NEF format anytime soon. Not as long as it remains a bankable money cow at least.
Of note, the P6000 utilizes a 1/1.7-inch 13.5-megapixel CCD that supports sensitivities up to ISO 3200 at full resolution. A 4x 28-112mm optically stabilized lens does an all around sweet job. The well lit, wide view 2.7-inch LCD is standard. Taking a page from its family of DSLRs Nikon incorporates the Picture Control settings feature. Manual and semi PASM shooting modes remain the same.
The onboard GPS worked well with no hiccups and is a sweet addition for allowing the user to immediately id shooting locations. Similar to its predecessor the Coolpix P5100, I still encountered a sluggish feel in between shots. Other then that, the P6000 operated smoothly in transition and delivered some great shots. As with all new digital cameras it comes down to memory card speed and quality batteries. I highly recommend SDHC cards and rechargeable batteries.
Novice camera owners should remember that like all point and shoot cameras, the Nikon P6000 will only go so far. It is by no means a DSLR and does have limitations. Point and shoots are all about convenience. Overall, I remain quite impressed with the Nikon Coolpix P6000....more info