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Nikon Coolpix P6000 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is a compact camera designed to appeal primarily to serious photographers or even to the professional looking for a second, more portable camera. The P series stands for Performance and knowing this, you'd expect a camera with more options than just the auto mode. Obviously, this is the case for the Nikon P6000. It's a camera packed with possibilities, from P/S/A/M mode to LAN and Wi-fi support. In short, it's a camera for the all-round job without requiring any special photography skills.
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Photograph in auto mode with the Nikon P6000
The command dial on top of the Nikon Coolpix P6000 is the solution for those who'd rather work in auto mode. If you turn the dial to green, you only have to zoom and shoot. This does not make full use of what the Coolpix P6000 has to offer, and as a proud Coolpix owner, you want something more than just auto. If you have worked with a Nikon camera before, you will soon be familiar with the operation. It seems like Nikon has taken out a patent when it comes to a logical and intuitive camera operation. Whether it's a compact or a professional DSLR camera, operation is ever so logical.

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Nikon Coolpix P6000 Main programs
The familiar main programs offer direct access to the main functions. The command dial next to it makes it easy to switch between the different apertures and shutter speeds, which keeps up the speed when photographing. The exposure compensation button, found on the Multi-control button, is used to switch between the A (Aperture) and S (Shutter speed) in M mode. I would have preferred a separate button next to the optical viewfinder. It would mean a more pleasant move for the thumb.

Programmable Fn button & My menu button
The Fn button, found left of the monitor, can be customized and is simply brilliant. Via the master menu, you can dedicate a function to it, with a choice from 18 different functions. Besides that, the 'My menu' button can be customized and dedicated with a maximum of 6 settings, so direct access is possible to the six settings you find the most important. When shooting, it proved a superb and fast feature to work with.
D-Lighting function on the Nikon Coolpix P6000
Photographing with the Nikon P6000 is a pleasant experience. The camera responds quickly to the actions of the photographer, zooming is fast and quite precise; in short, everything is as it should be. Personally, I tend to turn the camera to the A mode and shoot away. However, if you do use the appealing auto mode, you find tools that could be handy to activate whilst shooting and not afterwards. For example, D-Lighting that effectively and optimally corrects high contrast backlight situations. Occasionally, you might find a picture that you would perhaps correct a little bit more or less whilst editing, but in general it delivers a fine result.

Nikon P6000 misses live histogram function
Despite the full equipment of the Nikon Coolpix P6000, we do miss several features we'd like to find on a camera like this. The camera lacks a live histogram function; you can only call up the histogram in play mode. The Nikon P6000 features a monitor as well as an optical viewfinder. Pity is the lack of the dioptre setting. Furthermore, the wide angle shows part of the lens in the viewfinder which covers part of the composition. Therefore, I can't understand the effective function of the optical viewfinder on the Coolpix P6000.

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