Nikon Coolpix P6000

Last update (07 February’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
– Added New Firmware v. 1.2

Nikon P6000 is a 13.5 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera which is also the successor of Nikon Coolpix P5000. It features 4x Wide Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm) with optical Image Stabilization, RAW mode, Built-in GPS capability, ISO 64-6400, and 2.7″ 240k dots LCD screen. The camera measures 2.6″(65.5mm) x 4.2″ (107mm) x 1.7″ (42mm) and weighs 8.5 oz. (240g). [Download Nikon P6000 Brochure]

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Reviews

LetsGoDigital reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
“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.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPInterface reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
“Image quality is decent but you’d want to limit usage of the camera in bright light/low ISO only… unless you desperately in need for GPS built into a compact-ish camera or own Nikon flashes, and must absolutely have them sync automatically with the camera, I would recommend looking at the Coolpix P6000’s competitors instead. “
Rating: N/A

PhotographyReview reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
“P6000 was basically satisfying… It’s a decent compact camera for most general photographic uses, and I would recommend buyers try it if they want to comparison shop. But you can’t avoid the fact that the P6000 isn’t the best value out there.”

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DCRP reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” Overall, exposure was accurate, though the P6000 and it’s tiny CCD tended to clip highlights here and there. I have no complaints about color… P6000 is at its best at ISO 64 – 200 in good light, especially for those of you making large prints. “
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Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
“P6000 is the top of the proverbial tree in terms of Coolpix models and boasts some very cool kit indeed. It’s great to use and has impressive performance at the core and is well worth considering even if it is a bit pricey”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
“For a compact, the P6000 is pretty good, but if you buy it thinking it’s going to match a dSLR you’re going to be disappointed. The responses aren’t as fast, the viewing system is inferior and the control layout is less efficient. And you can get this level of picture quality without spending anywhere near this amount of cash”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” This is a very impressive, advanced digital camera. Considering the number of features the camera has it retains a degree of ease of use. Picture quality is impressive. Build quality is also very good too.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoxels reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” The Nikon Coolpix P6000 delivers very good image quality at low ISOs. It has many practical features that allow you to face any challenging photographic situations with confidence.”
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TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” The P6000 is an impressive camera, with superb build quality, a great range of features, decent performance and excellent image quality. It’s the strongest contender yet in Nikon’s semi-pro P series. It’s not quite strong enough to take on the Canon G10, but it does come in a decent second…”
Rating: ★★★★½

LaptopMag reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” Thanks to its built-in GPS receiver and Ethernet port, Nikon’s $499 Coolpix P6000 camera is innovative. But as with any invention, it takes time to work out the kinks; its GPS receiver simply wasn’t accurate. Plus, the image quality, while good, didn’t measure up to other Nikon cameras we’ve tested”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

ByThom compares the Panasonic LX3 VS Nikon P6000 VS Canon G10 and writes;
“If you need pixels, you need the Canon, hands down. If you need the fast, wide, defect-free lens, you need the Panasonic. You don’t need the Coolpix…. For my mark, the Canon comes the closest for my types of use, though the Panasonic provides capabilities that I sometimes need and stays in the bag, too. The Nikon will get sold off and I’ll go back to waiting for Nikon to design a decent compact.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” The P6000 performed reasonably well in our lab tests. Start-up time was zippy at 1.5 seconds, and time-to-first-shot clocked in at slightly over two seconds. Shutterlag measured a measly 0.1 second. Overall, the shooter performed almost as fast as we expected it to be… The inclusion of GPS into the P6000 could possibly carve a niche for Nikon, but the shooter has a lot of potential to be a better camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog compares the Nikon P6000 to Canon G10 and writes;
” The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is a good camera, but the Canon PowerShot G10 is better – it’s as simple as that. In terms of both features and handling, the G10 has the edge, and it was invariably the camera that I reached for first…it’s easy to declare the Canon PowerShot G10 as the winner of our first head to head review.”
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LuminousLandscape compares the Nikon Coolpix P6000 to Canon G10 and writes;
” The P6000 holds up well against the Panasonic LX-3, with both of them being similarly sized. The G10 is quite a bit heavier and bulkier, with the trade-off being its higher image quality, better build, and superior features over the P6000, such as a multi-frame raw buffer and live histogram.”
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Video Review by ShinyMedia; reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” Test shots were bright and ‘punchy’ with the elevated contrast and saturation that typifies many small-sensor digicams. Exposures were pitched to record shadow detail so many shots taken in bright sunlight had blown-out highlights. The relatively high contrast and saturation proved an advantage when shooting at night, where the test camera delivered surprisingly good results.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P6000 and writes;
” At ISO 100, the image displayed slight hints of grittiness and was not smooth. It was only under bright lighting conditions that the pictures looked clean.. The bottom line: if image quality is a consideration, you might have to think twice about the P6000″
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Samples

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Nikon Coolpix P6000 User Manual (PDF)

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Nikon Coolpix P6000 Firmware

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Firmware Update 1.2
– When shooting in a user setting mode at an image quality setting of NRW (RAW) + Fine, NRW (RAW) + Normal, or NRW (RAW) + Basic and Distortion control enabled, some JPEG images were corrupted. This issue has been resolved.
– As distortion control cannot be used in conjunction with interval timer shooting, settings have been modified so that they cannot be enabled simultaneously.
– Electric current consumption has been reduced.
– When shooting in P, S, A, or M mode at an image size setting other than 13M 4224 ×3168 and an image quality setting of NRW (RAW) + Fine, NRW (RAW) + Normal, or NRW (RAW) + – Basic, the image size setting switched to 13M 4224 ×3168 when the camera was turned off and then turned on again. This issue has been resolved.

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Firmware Update 1.1
– When pictures were taken with the Wide Converter WC-E76, with the Wide-angle converter and Distortion control items in the shooting menu set to On, the effects of distortion control were weak. This issue has been resolved.
– When Autofocus mode in the shooting menu was added to My Menu and autofocus mode set to Full-time AF, the setting was displayed as Single AF in My Menu. This issue has been resolved.

Download Nikon Coolpix P6000 Firmware Update 1.1 for Windows | Mac

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Press Release

Nikon UK is pleased to announce its new top-of-the-line Performance series COOLPIX model, the P6000, Nikon’s first camera with built-in GPS.

The camera’s superb image quality is guaranteed by an effective 13.5 megapixels, the wide-angle 4x zoom NIKKOR lens including 2 ED glass elements and Nikon’s image-processing system EXPEED. The built-in GPS, RAW support, and integrated Ethernet connector for image sharing via Nikon’s ‘my Picturetown’ make it one of the most advanced compact cameras on the market today. Thanks to its attractive, intelligent design with an SLR-like grip for perfect handling, user-friendly button layout and 2.7-inch high-resolution TFT screen, it’s easy to use – allowing you to concentrate on the shooting.

Mark Pekelharing, Product Manager Consumer Products at Nikon Europe B.V, says: “This new compact camera sets new standards for the compact camera market. Nikon is known for introducing advanced features in both its D-SLR and compact cameras. With the introduction of this GPS model, Nikon proves to be at the forefront of technology once again. The high-quality materials and feature list otherwise only found in high-end cameras will appeal to the discerning user.”

Only the best images

The COOLPIX P6000 is packed with groundbreaking technology to ensure the highest possible image quality from a compact body. Its 13.5 effective megapixels, the use of Nikon’s exclusive image-processing system EXPEED (originally designed for its professional D-SLRs) and a wide-angle 4x Zoom-NIKKOR lens with two ED glass elements (28-112 mm) leave nothing to be desired. The camera’s image quality is further reinforced by its ability to shoot images in RAW format, and Picture Control capabilities, taken from D-SLR products. Furthermore it features three functions to reduce image blur. High-performance Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) allows sharp pictures with minimal blur and offers the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed three stops faster. Its superior noise-reduction technology allows a sensitivity range up to ISO 6400. Nikon’s Best Shot Selector allows the camera to take a maximum of 10 sequential shots and automatically saves the sharpest image. This is ideal for macro close-up shooting when camera shake is most likely.

The easiest operation
To get the most out of the COOLPIX P6000’s technology, Nikon has invested the greatest care to ensure it is easy to use. For freedom in exposure control, there is a choice of four exposure modes (P/S/A/M) allowing the user to finely control the camera or to let the camera decide what’s best. Fifteen Scene Modes, including modes for tough-to-shoot environments such as beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn and fireworks shows, mean you’ll capture even the trickiest subjects perfectly. There are six colour options for special colour effects similar to those obtained using a filter. The improved Face-priority AF recognises up to 12 faces for both superb portrait photography and crisp group images, even when faces are underexposed in backlit conditions or overexposed in strong sunshine. Should ‘red eye’ occur, the In-camera Red-Eye Fix activates at exposure and automatically reduces and corrects it.

D-Lighting automatically ensures images look natural, rescuing underexposed images caused by excessive backlight or insufficient flashlight. Distortion Control ensures precise subject reproduction and avoids the image distortion that occurs at wide-angle zoom settings or at the peripheries of an image. COOLPIX in-camera Picture Control, based on the technology from Nikon’s award winning D-SLRs, allows the user to flexibly control shooting situations. The camera’s movie function, with the built-in time-lapse movie mode (at up to 640×480 pixels in 30fps), further strengthens the range of creative options.

Share your quality
The COOLPIX P6000 is the first consumer camera with a built-in Ethernet connector, allowing users to share images effortlessly. Upload images to Nikon’s ‘my Picturetown’ – simply connect the camera by LAN cable and share them with others over the internet. This is also useful as a backup when on the road. The camera’s incorporated GPS function will attach a Geotag with positioning information to image files which can then be used on Nikon’s ‘my Picturetown’ website, ViewNX or any other website that can handle Geotags, to indicate the precise location of your images.

The COOLPIX P6000 inherits the design of Nikon’s award-winning P5000 series with further refinements. Its SLR-like grip, for example, is of perfect size, shape and texture for great handling. The ergonomic button layout has been designed considering finger movements during shooting and, to make sure it looks its best, the light and durable magnesium alloy on the front surface of the body will make the COOLPIX P6000 desired by all who recognise quality.

The COOLPIX P6000 comes with a strap, rechargeable battery and AC adapter, USB and audio/video cables, COOLPIX software suite and free 2GB online storage at Nikon’s ‘my Picturetown’.

One Response to “Nikon Coolpix P6000”

  1. Graham Hk says:

    Have had this camera for a few weeks. Researched thoroughly the LX3, D-LUX 4, G10, and P6000. Intended to get the G10 but economics won out. As an image recorder this camera surprises. Shots at night are better than expected. Day time shots in clear light sometimes fail. Have no idea why. Use Leica film and Nikon SLR cameras so have good idea of subject area. Overall this camera is to my mind better than reviews suggest. There is that little ‘but’ however. Size wise a good compromise. Would not swap for the Canon. Results too close and Canon too big. Would not swap for the LX3. Images only as good and no viewfinder. So basically I wait to see what the G11 and P7000 will be like. The G11 needs to be smaller in size while the P6000 needs to come up to speed.

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