Nikon Coolpix P6000 Review

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

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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.

GPS
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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Canon powershot G10

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“The G10 is compact but it packs plenty of manual features and is ideal for an enthusiast who doesn’t want to lug around a D-SLR. We found it to be very well-suited to low-light photography and macro shots, but it will perform well in any situation. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“It is beaten on picture quality and portability by the smaller, lighter and slightly cheaper Panasonic LX3…. It’s still an impressive camera and can produce excellent results, especially in Raw mode ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Cameras.uk reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“I am struggling to think of a more impressive compact digital camera than the Powershot G10. It is simply the best. Yes the price tag is high, but you pay for great picture quality, build quality and set of features. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Adorama reviews the Canon Powershot G10 and writes;
“Where the Canon PowerShot G10 really excels is sheer image quality, and here its performance can only be described as awesome—noticeably better than the G9 (which is very good indeed) and far better than other digital cameras of comparable size and price.”
Rating: N/A
CNET reviews the Canon G10 and writes;

“The good: Functional and fun shooting design; great enthusiast-oriented feature set; very nice photo quality The bad: Should be a little faster shot to shot. The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot G10 is a solid enthusiast digital camera for those who want something compact to complement a dSLR.”
PhotographyBlog compares the Canon G10 to Nikon P6000 and writes;
” The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is a good camera, but the Canon PowerShot G10 is better – it’s as simple as that. In terms of both features and handling, the G10 has the edge, and it was invariably the camera that I reached for first…it’s easy to declare the Canon PowerShot G10 as the winner of our first head to head review.”
Rating: N/A
DCR reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“The bottom line in our opinion is that in spite of some minor imperfections, the latest Canon PowerShot G10 camera proves to be a very well rounded package. In short, even in the face of high expectations, Canon delivered the goods with its latest flagship PowerShot.”
Rating: N/A

KenRockwell reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“I’d buy a Canon G10 and use it for landscapes, travel, nature and the weird stuff I shoot instead of dragging along an SLR. Even if I was carrying an SLR, I’d rather grab a G10 than change lenses on an SLR. The G10 is that good.”