Nikon Coolpix P6000 Review

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Nikon Coolpix P6000 Ease of Use 9
Features 9
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality9
Colours 9
Photo Quality 9
Style 9
Lowlight 9
Macro 9
Value for Money 8
13.5 Megapixels
4x Zoom
3.5 inch LCD Screen
107 x 65.5 x 42mm
240g

Overview

The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is one of the most advanced compact, digital cameras you can buy. Many of its features can be found on Digital SLR cameras. It has 13.5 megapixels and a 4x wide angle lens. The camera also includes GPS for geo tagging your photos, a hotshoe and a RAW mode.

Why Buy The Nikon Coolpix P6000

The Coolpix P6000 will appeal to someone who is looking for a compact camera that has similar functionality to a Digital SLR. People may also wish to use this camera as a second camera for when a Digital SLR is not convenient. Considering the amount of features it has it is also very easy to use. It also has a pleasingly sturdy feel.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

13.5
4x
3.5 inches
107 x 65.5 x 42mm
240g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

9cm
No
Yes
Lithium-ion Rechargeable
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Looking at the first test picture I can immediately see the quality the Coolpix P6000 offers. Whereas other digital cameras struggle with the lightest areas of this shot and lose detail the Coolpix P6000 handles the problem caused by sun glare very well indeed. It also manages to produce far greater colour accuracy in these conditions than many cameras manage. Overall picture sharpness is also impressive.

The most noticeable point for me about this picture is the amount of light the camera manages to capture. This makes for a much lighter a more pleasing photo that is often the case. Sharpness in this photo is above average.

This is another bright photo. I like the way the light and the colours combine to create vivid scenes. With the lens fully zoomed in sharpness is very good.

My final outdoor test confirms most of my earlier findings. This is another attractive photo. Again the lighting plays a key role. The brickwork in the building is in sharp focus and the lens does well retaining sharpness as you move out towards the edges of the shot.

Portraits

I like this photo. The colours are just right. Sharpness is very good indeed. All in all this suggests that the camera should produce great portrait shots in natural light.

There is plenty of detail in this shot. The colours in the shot are generally good, but some extra pink has been added around the nose.

The Coolpix P6000 manages to focus better than most cameras do. Although the end result is darker than it should be the picture as a whole is still much better than the majority of cameras manage.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Nikon have used a high quality lens with this camera. Therefore it is not surprising it manages to produces one of the better macro shots. You should be able to produce some excellent close up shots with the Coolpix P6000.

As you can see from the comments I have made I am very happy with the colours the Coolpix P6000 produces. The main plus point is the balance of the colours. They are vivid with out being overbearing.

The Coolpix P6000 performs well at ISO 400. There is less noise in the shot than I am used to seeing. By the time ISO is pushed up to ISO 1600 noise is a much bigger problem.

Summary

The Coolpix P6000 offers extra quality when compared to standard digital cameras. There is nothing in particular that really stands out, but you get that bit better all round quality.

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Style

I liked the feel of this camera as soon as I picked it up. The build quality appears to be very good and the controls have a solid feel. As with similar digital cameras the Coolpix P6000 looks a little like a mini SLR camera.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Slow

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.53 seconds
10.39 seconds
1.75 seconds
26.95 seconds
3.95 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy Considering the features it has Nikon have done an excellent job when it comes to ease of use. You can set up your own quick access menu with your top six, most used features. There is also a selection wheel to speed up the process of selecting settings.

Points I Like

Ease of use, features, build quality, picture quality

Where it Could Improve

Shutter lag and start up times are poor

Verdict

The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is an impressive camera. It has a great set of features. These have been put together in a clever way that makes the camera as easy as it can be to use when taking all the features into account. Picture quality is very good indeed. The downside comes with the shutter delay times. These are very disappointing for a camera of this quality.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

 menu menu 2

menu 3 setup

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Related Pages

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Review Nikon Coolpix P6000 Specification Nikon Coolpix P6000 Sample Images Nikon Coolpix P6000 Features Nikon Digital Cameras

Review Date

November 2008

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