Thursday, October 15, 2009

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

Technical Details

- 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)
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Customer Buzz
 "a clownish cam - nrw format" 2009-10-14
By John Brookes (Silicon Valley)
this clown cm can't emit raw in a non-propietary format (honk honk) this is unacceptable - look elsewhere (honk) Hey, did you hear that clown honking noise? Where is that coming from? (honk)

Customer Buzz
 "Works great for me!" 2009-10-13
By Donald Morgan (Coventry, CT United States)
This is a real quality camera for a point and shoot. It features an exceptionally sharp lens (Nikon quality is why you buy this camera). The buttons and settings are relatively easy to master, though like all digital cameras, a read of the manual and an occasional look-up afterwards are required to really master its use. The 4x zoom is nice for general photography, though limited if you need to bring distant subjects in close. I haven't given it a real work-out, but the battery seems to have plenty of capacity for a normal day's use. I don't like the fact that the only included charging method is via a 110v cord that connects to the camera, and I bought spare batteries and an external charger. Thus far I have never had to go to a 2nd battery, however. At least the dedicated batteries are relatively cheap.

Having said all that, I bought this camera strictly to use for digiscoping (taking pictures through a spotting scope). For that purpose it is the best camera I have ever had, and the first one I am really satisfied with. For this purpose you will probably need the Nikon UR-E21 adapter ring. If this camera suits your needs it is definitely worth the relatively high price.


Customer Buzz
 "GPS Excellent Feature for Trips" 2009-09-28
By Greg Farrand (So California)
In June 2009, I purchased the Nikon P6000 camera one month before I went on a 1,500 mile long river trip down the Yangtze River in China. My main purpose was to photograph landslides, geologic formations, karst terrain, historical monuments and other features along the river and on side trips. Without lugging around a separate GPS unit, I wanted to know fairly accurately where my photos were taken. The Nikon P6000 performed without failure, especially since some sections of the river were not visible due to fog, and it was easy to get lost. Even in the deep canyons of the Three Gorges, the GPS unit was able to detect 6 to 12 satellites. Before leaving on the trip, I tested the camera at home in San Diego, and found the GPS accuracy at about 20 to 50 feet horizontally, good enough form my purposes. The accuracy is largely due to the signal frequency and the Nikon P6000 runs on conventional commerial frequencies, not high frequencies allowing more accuracy such as surveying and military frequencies. To save battery life, one needs to shut off the GPS function when not taking photos. Even still, I was glad that I had purchased extra rechargeable batteries.

When I got back home, nearly all of my outdoor photos could be uploaded to Google maps on my computer, showing the location of the photos. The camera and Nikon software worked flawlessly.

My next objective is to purchase a SLR camera with built-in GPS capability.

Gregory Farrand

Engineering Geologist

San Diego, CA

Customer Buzz
 "P6000" 2009-09-10
By Alfonso Momene
The only problem I see with this camera is the battery. You are going to be charging it every 30 minutes. Never saw anything like this before. Also I believe the GPS function is something worthless.

What I really love of this camera is the capability of shooting square format.

Nikon guys, whats going on?

Should we change to Canon?

Alfonso MomeƱe/ professional photographer


Customer Buzz
 "Sophisticated point-and-shoot with lots of features" 2009-08-09
By Busy Executive (Long Island, NY)
Like many of the other reviewers in here, I was shopping for a point and shoot to supplement my DSLR, and the P6000 stood out as the ideal candidate.

I like the Canon G10 and a few others, but I use Nikon's DSLR cameras and the P6000 feels more comfortable and familiar to me. Nikon's intuitive menusing system and well laid out controls are actually a major advantage, especially if you're already familiar with them. I felt confident with even the advanced features of the P6000 with nothing more than a glance at the instructions. Can't say this about most of the competitors.

As for image quality, so far I've been pleasantly surprised. Nikon kept the lens zoom range fairly low (4x), which generally adds up to better picture quality. It's also a fast f/2.7 at the short end of the zoom range, giving you more flexibility in lower light situations. It also takes amazing close-ups. Mine seems sharpest in the middle of the zoom range, showing a bit of distortion (curved lines) at the short end, and fuzziness in the corners at the long end, coupled with some flare when shooting into any type of light and purple color fringing if you look at the image close-up. I'd rate all these defects as minor - overall, I'd say excellent lens performance for a point-and-shoot.

Still, many people are lured in by the megapixel count, but in reality, point-and-shoot cameras have too small a sensor to take advantage of all those dots. On the small sensors, the pixels are packed too close to each other, to a point where the lens really can't make much use of them, and this gets more noticeable at higher ISO settings. If you're thinking the 13.5M pixels in the P6000 compare directly to, say, a DX D300 or FX D700 (12MP), you're in for a surprise. But for prints up to about 8x10, taken in good light with proper technique, there's not a huge difference between the P6000 and a DSLR.

The P6000 has a ton of sophisticated features, some I find useful and others not. On the positive side:

- The image stabilization works well (nearly as well as that found in Nikon's pro lenses).

- The built-in GPS is handy, although it only works outdoors and takes a few minutes to acquire a strong signal. If you're the type who turns the camera on, takes the picture, then turns it off, you'll find you almost never get GPS data. Turn it on and leave it on.

- The camera can generate RAW images, resulting in a bit higher quality than JPGs, although the files are much larger (so you'll want bigger/more memory cards).

- The accessory flash shoe is very handy, although most of Nikon's add-on flash units are larger than the camera itself. Still, considering that I own several Nikon flashes, this comes in handy.

- Wide range of manual adjustments and controls, although the camera takes generally wonderful pictures on full-auto mode.

- The built-in Ethernet connection is also great when you want to share pictures but don't want to lug a computer around. Plug the camera into an Ethernet cable and your pictures are automatically uploaded to Nikon's "My Picturetown" site (you can also use something called a wireless Ethernet bridge to do this wirelessly)

I can find few negatives to complain about, but among them would be:

- High ISO performance isn't very good, mostly due to the small sensor. Nikon is dreaming with ISO 6400 - I wouldn't use anything above 400 if I were planning on getting a high quality result.

- Battery life is somewhat less than ideal. Since I tend to leave it on so it can get good GPS signals, the battery tends to drain quickly. Plus, the built-in LCD panel is very high quality and must draw quite a bit of power. Add to this the relatively small size of the batteries and you find yourself with not a lot of shots per charge.

- Although the camera generates RAW images (a positive), the raw file format is different than Nikon's NEF format used in Nikon's DSLRs. This required additional software and plugins, although eventually I was able to get it all working properly.

- There's a fair bit of lag time between when you press the shutter button, and when the image is actually taken. This is a common problem in all of the point-and-shoot cameras I've used, but if you're used to the near-instantaneous operation of (say) a D700, it can be a bit annoying.

- Although it's a small camera, it's not quite small enough to fit into a pocket.

Overall, I'd say that I'm very happy with the camera and it's exceeded my expectations in every regard.

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