Nikon Coolpix P6000

$629
  • 13.4 MP
  • 4x f/2.7
  • 1/1.8" CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
Released August, 2008
The GPS location data is added to the EXIF data when you take a photo, and this can be used to accurately locate the place at which the photo was taken on a map.
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Conclusion Check out the Nikon Coolpix P6000

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Nikon Coolpix P6000

Back view of Nikon Coolpix P6000
Google's Picasa image handling program has a Geotagging feature that integrates with Google Earth to automatically place your photo on the correct map position.
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megapixels

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The leader in this sector of the market is the impressive 14.7-megapixel Canon PowerShot G10 (£350, review coming soon), but there are a few others.
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However Nikon has just launched the P6000, a 13.5-megapixel, 4x zoom semi-pro compact that is an altogether more serious proposition.
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sensor size

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Canon PowerShot G15
Nikon Coolpix P7100
2000 ISO is the highest setting at full resolution.
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This was shot inRaw mode and then converted using Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop, but the JPEG results are just as good.
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wide angle lens

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Samsung NV20
Canon PowerShot G15
The wide angle lens is equivalent to 28mm, great for landscape shots.
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With the distortion control switched off the lens produces very little barrel distortion at wide angle.
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aperture size

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Canon PowerShot G15
Nikon Coolpix P7100
Even with the distortion control turned off the lens performs well, with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness and virtually no chromatic aberration.
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It now focuses quickly and reliably even in low light conditions or when zoomed in.
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zoom range

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Two less usual features are the distortion control, which corrects the slight barrel distortion at the wide angle end of the zoom range, and the Active D-lighting mode, which enhances shadow detail in high contrast shots.
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Its photographic features are impressive enough, with a high quality f/2.7-5.9 lens with a focal length range equivalent to 28-112mm, a 1/1.7-inch 13.5-megapixel sensor and optical lens shift image stabilisation.
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body size

107 x 65.2 x 42 mm
97 x 60 x 19 mm
114 x 77 x 45 mm
If you're a keen photographer looking for a high-spec semi-pro compact camera, your choices are rather limited.
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Performance Real world tests of Nikon Coolpix P6000

shutter lag

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battery life

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Nikon claims a 260-shot battery life, but in fact I found that I was down to one bar on the battery meter after about 170 shots, some with flash, although they were taken over a period of several days on a brand new battery.
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On the subject of charging, the battery is charged in place, via a charging socket on the side of the camera.
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max continuous shooting

In continuous mode too the buffer only allows a burst of six shots in just under eight seconds, and then again it fills up and you have to wait.
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DxOMark low light performance

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Canon PowerShot G15
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The AF assist lamp is nice and bright, but even so focusing in very low light could be better, but at least it keeps the hunting to a minimum before it beeps.
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At 64-200 ISO image quality is superb, with stunning colour depth and tons of fine detail.
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Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • Records the location of your photos automatically
  • Yes
  • Optical
  • 20 mm

cons

  • 230 k dots
  • Aug, 2008
  • 35.0
  • 2.7"
  • 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
  • f/2.7
  • 1/1.8"
  • 3,000 ms
  • 10.2 ev
  • 580 ms
  • 6,400 ISO
  • 19.0 bits
  • 0.9 fps
  • 129 ISO
  • No automatic HDR
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 260
  • No automatic stitching
  • Won't have that film look
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • 1/2000 s
  • 30 s

Reviews Word on the street

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It has a 2.7-inch 230k wide-view monitor and an optical viewfinder, external flash hot shoe, Raw and Raw + JPEG modes and of course a full range of manual exposure options, but its real party piece is its built-in GPS receiver, which adds global position data to your photos, allowing them to be automatically linked to mapping programs such as Google Earth, ideal for the growing hobby of "Geotagging.

GPS

There are a number of accessory GPS locators on the market, such as the ATP PhotoFinder and the Sony Location Recorder, but this is the first time I've seen it built into a camera.
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It's not quite strong enough to take on the Canon G10, but it does come in a decent second, and the additional feature of the built-in Geotagging GPS system will appeal to those looking for a robust high-quality travel camera.
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Measuring 107 x 65.5 x 42 mm the P6000 is a little larger than the P5100, mostly extra width to accommodate the GPS receiver, and also 40g heavier at 270g fully loaded.
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Sensor

The level of fine detail is extremely high, thanks to the excellent lens and high powered sensor.
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At 800 ISO the image quality is greatly reduced.
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In Raw + JPEG Fine mode the shot-to-shot time is just under six seconds, which is pretty slow.
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Image quality

At 64 ISO the image quality is superb, with smoot tone and good detail.
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It substantially improves the effective dynamic range of the camera without increasing the noise in the affected shadows too much.
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The P6000 has a very comprehensive menu system, with four pages of options including fully customisable presets for contrast, saturation and sharpness, and noise reduction can also be turned off.
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Flash

It is simple to activate and works very well, locking on to multiple satellite signals within a couple of minutes and maintaining its connection while moving about, although like most GPS systems it won't work indoors.
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Flash coverage and metering are very good, filling the frame and freezing the action.
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Battery

This is not a problem, but if you buy a spare battery it does mean that you can't leave it on charge when you go out shooting.
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Competition What else you should consider

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Editions Editions of the Nikon Coolpix P6000

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$629
1/1.8" 230 k dots 28 mm 13.4 MP
 
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