Nikon Coolpix P6000 Review

June 18th, 2009 48 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is a premium compact camera designed to appeal primarily to serious photographers looking for lots of control in a form factor that’s more portable and convenient than a DSLR. Resolution in the latest advanced Coolpix has been upped to a DSLR-like 13.5 megapixels on a 1/1.7 inch CCD sensor, and the camera sports a 28-112mm f/2.7-5.9 Nikkor zoom lens.

Designed with serious shooters looking for serious exposure control and processing options in mind, the P6000 carries over several key features including EXPEED processing, manual exposure modes, advanced flash control, metal construction, and seamless GPS integration from Nikon’s consumer and professional DSLR lines. On the processing side, Nikon’s Coolpix Picture Control System allows users to select from a list of processing mode presets, or manually fine-tune parameters like contrast and saturation.

In addition to a range of JPEG processing controls, the P6000 also provides a raw shooting mode, but it doesn’t use the familiar Nikon NEF file format developed for the manufacturer’s DSLRs. Instead, a new raw format (NRW) appears to be designed primarily to process in camera (though the release of Adobe’s latest version of Camera Raw means that the P6000 is now supported in Photoshop CS3 and in beta form in Lightroom 2). The ability to tweak a shot after the fact using the camera’s Picture Control System options isn’t a bad addition, but the use of this nonstandard raw format that’s not compatible with Nikon’s advanced workflow software may be a hang-up for long-time Nikonians. The fact that the camera takes a full five seconds to clear the buffer and ready itself for another shot after each NRW capture, combined with the fact that the files themselves are a healthy 20MB apiece, will probably dissuade most other shooters from shooting too many raws with the P6000 though the addition of the P6000 to Adobe’s supported list is a big step in the right direction.

Basic shooting mode options on the Coolpix P6000 are as follows:

  • Auto: Camera sets all exposure values with highly limited user input
  • Program: Camera sets shutter speed and aperture for optimal exposure, but additional user controls are unlocked
  • Aperture Priority: User selects aperture, camera determines shutter speed
  • Shutter Priority: User selects shutter speed, camera determines aperture
  • Manual: User selects shutter speed and aperture
  • User (U1, U2): Two user-defined shooting modes allow you to pre-program your favorite or most frequently used settings into the camera for easy access.
  • Scene: A total of 15 scene presets are available
  • Movie: The P6000 captures video at up to 640×480/30 fps

The P6000′s mode dial also features two non-shooting modes: a network configuration position for file upload settings, and a position for accessing GPS options. Playback is accessed via a dedicated playback button, but the camera has to be powered on first via the power button.

Users looking for advanced video options will find the P6000 a bit disappointing. Maximum video resolution is 640×480 at 30 fps, meaning no HD video capture on this Coolpix. While AF can be set to work continuously while capturing video something not every still camera can do the zoom is locked during movie recording. Overall, the P6000′s movies look fine and even sound alright, but this limited range of options may put off some power users.

If you’re interested in appending geographic data to your images, the P6000 can oblige. The camera features a built-in GPS receiver that automatically feeds latitude/longitude information into the EXIF data of recorded images when the GPS function is enabled. This in turn makes it easy to sort images by where they were taken or add them to a map in geo-aware photo sharing applications.  More Here

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Nikon Coolpix L100 Review

June 10th, 2009 13 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The good: Comfortable design; reliable auto features; cheap. The bad: Uneven, soft photos; almost no control over ISO; cannot use rechargeable batteriesThe bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix L100 is a decent entry-level megazoom. Just don’t look too closely at the photos and stock up on AA batteries.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix L100 produced images of good quality during the review, particularly outdoors in bright light, where it did not usually resort to using high ISO values. In less light, it would often increase the sensitivity in order to keep the shutter speed high, which resulted in a loss of image quality due to noise and noise reduction.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“ISO100 is a nicely detailed image although I’m sorry to say that noise is coming through on the grey area at this level. Disappointingly, ISO200 has aggressive noise for such a low setting with white flecks littering the area and coloured blobs settling in for the night.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

NeoCamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“Image quality can be good under ideal conditions, good bright light mostly. Speed is rather good as well. Higher sensitivities suffer from destructive processing, so ISO has to be kept low to keep the L100 happy.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“It is well made, sensibly designed, small enough to be readily portable, and takes very good snapshot pictures in almost all situations. It is a bit expensive compared to some possible rivals, but it is a very likeable little camera. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix L100 is the top model in Nikon’s “Life” range of easy to use snappers. Like the recently tested L19, it is indeed very easy to use and capable of excellent results at lower ISOs and it sports a very crisp, versatile 15x wide zoom lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“Despite being a very automatic camera, the Nikkon CoolPix L100 has left us with a good impression overall. We think it’s a good model to consider if you want a camera with a big zoom that’s also very simple to operate.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“pictures taken with the test camera were similar to those from the Coolpix P90 and showed restrained saturation and reasonably lifelike colours. Although the resolutions recorded in our Imatest tests were lower than those for the P90… “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix L100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix L100’s lack of manual ISO adjustment spoils what is otherwise a rather good low-cost superzoom. We also wish Nikon had spent slightly more money on the LCD. The L100 shows a lot of promise, but it’s not there yet”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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Nikon Coolpix L20 Digital Camera

Nikon Coolpix L20 Reviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix L20 and writes;
“L20 performs very well for a cheaper compact digital camera. Many of the photos I produced with it are above average. .. If you are looking for a cheaper digital camera that takes a good picture and is extremely easy to use then you cannot go far wrong with the Nikon Coolpix L20.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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