|Nikon Coolpix P6000 digital camera
With the Coolpix P6000, Nikon shows exactly what is meant with a serious digital compact camera for the serious photographer. The camera of the P-series should be able to distinguish itself from the masses, and this is in fact exactly what the P6000 does. Most certainly compared to the other Coolpix models and to be frank, these do not resemble a true Nikon in my opinion. With its allround setting possibilities and unique features such as GPS and LAN support, the Nikon P6000 is currently one of the most remarkable compact cameras.
Nikon Coolpix P6000 camera operation
While testing, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 turns out to be a pleasant camera to work with. The operation is as it should be; fast and intuitive, and keeping the shooting speed at a decent level. That is, if we stick to the JPEG format. The Nikon P6000 falls short if it has to show its power in the RAW format. This RAW format offers the camera its optimal image quality; but sadly we have to practice the virtue of patience here. The limited buffer requires a waiting time of literally several seconds (at least 4) before the camera shows some sign of it being alive again. This has a negative effect on the value judgment of the camera; when it comes to it being the ideal camera for the serious photographer.
Nikon P6000 setting possibilities
Despite some other shortcomings, such as the rather ineffective optical viewfinder and a live histogram lacking, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 offers many possibilities. The customizable Fn and My-menu buttons allow for quick switching between various essential settings which allows you to fully concentrate on taking the picture. You will soon notice the camera functions as an extension of your own hand, perfect. The image quality also stands strongly. The amount of pixels on the other hand is over the top and it is better to stay away from high ISO values from 400 to 800 because of noticeable noise. Other than that, the camera offers quality.
Nikon Coolpix P6000 image quality
The lens of the Nikon P6000 delivers an outstanding performance. Nikon shows its true force with the excellent sharpness, over the entire focal length, in the center as well as to the edges, of this lens. Slight distortion at wide angle, although acceptable, makes this also an excellent element of the Nikkor ED VR 4x zoom lens. Nikon drops a notch in telephoto where chromatic aberration occurs. Speaking in general, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 features a first class lens.
Nikon Coolpix P6000 review conclusion
The Nikon Coolpix P6000 has two strong competitors, the Canon PowerShot G10 and the Panasonic LUMIX LX3; both strong in their own field of experience. Naturally, the ultimate goal is to offer the perfect compact camera solution to the serious photographer. Nikon is close, the concept is there. The only hurdles that have to be taken are to apply a larger buffer and to avoid increasing the pixel amount. The message for the next generation should be to focus on pixel quality. If you have enough patience, you will find the Nikon Coolpix P6000 an all-round digital camera that provides high quality pictures. If you do not have a minute to spare, you should perhaps go for the new generation of Coolpix P cameras. It's all up to you.