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Nikon CoolPix P6000 - Nikon CoolPix P6000

By Cliff Smith



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Nikon CoolPix P6000


Our Score:


The P6000's overall performance is good, although it does have some fairly serious limits. It starts up in well under two seconds, and in single shot mode at maximum JPEG quality its shot-to-shot time is approximately two seconds, which is reasonably quick, although even with a high speed SanDisk Extreme III memory card the buffer filled up after six shots and it was over eight seconds before another shot could be taken. In Raw + JPEG Fine mode the shot-to-shot time is just under six seconds, which is pretty slow.

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. The reason is quite simple; in the highest quality JPEG mode the files average around 5.5MB, which is a lot of data. In the lower quality Normal mode the file size is around 2.8MB and the camera is able to shoot without stopping at over a frame a second.

One major disappointment with the earlier P5100 was the slow autofocus system, but thankfully this has been significantly improved for the P6000. It now focuses quickly and reliably even in low light conditions or when zoomed in. 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.

For a camera with semi-pro pretentions image quality is obviously a vital factor, and here the P6000 scores high marks, although again it does have its limits. At 64-200 ISO image quality is superb, with stunning colour depth and tons of fine detail. Even with the distortion control turned off the lens performs well, with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness and virtually no chromatic aberration. Problems only arise at 400 ISO and above, where image noise and noise reduction effect cause a significant loss in quality, although there is still a fair amount of detail visible in 800 ISO shots.


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, and the additional feature of the built-in Geotagging GPS system will appeal to those looking for a robust high-quality travel camera.

Ray Hopper

November 8, 2008, 9:55 pm

But for those of us desperately waiting for a quality back-up to our Nikon DSLR's,and who have zero interest in logging where we took the picture (mine are nearly always in the same few places!)the addition of GPS is an expensive waste. So please Nikon quickly give us a cut-down version (P6100?) without the useless technology (nb quickly means before Christmas - hint,hint).


November 9, 2008, 9:30 am

Agrees with first post, no need for GPS & LAN connection for me. I know these 2 features are important for some buyers so Nikon should keep the P6000 but gives us a P7000 with no GPS/LAN but better & faster lens like Panny LX3 with better SLR-like user control, faster focus timing & RAW procssing speed, lower pixel count with better noise & maybe a higher resolution LCD and I will even pay more than P6000 for it. This will be the ultimate Nikon compact back-up for my D300/D80.

Martin Daler

November 10, 2008, 2:25 am

hmm, what - I wonder - made Nikon suppose that their smaller sensor compact would benefit from more pixels than their larger sensor SLRs?


November 11, 2008, 3:15 am

A major misgiving with this camera is not mentioned in this review: there is no AF or AE lock so it is almost impossible to seperate focus from metering. You can, but you need to use the fiddly manual focus point selector or take your chances with the auto focus points selector (which will never choose the point you actually want in focus of course!). This , in my opinion, is inexcusable in a camera proposing to be a Pro back-up. I've extensively compared this camera back to back with the G10 and otherwise agree with this reviews conclusions - the G10 produces crisper images / the P6000 far less chromatic abberations (in JPEG shooting). For me the P6000 is soooo close to being right, but let down by now being able to split the focus from the metering point. The G10 is near perfect, but it is way too heavy and bulky for general shooting - a lead weight if you're into outdoor sports.


February 17, 2009, 12:03 am

The p6000 has a remote control for the shutter (at extraa cost of about 㾶) .none in this class has it .to me,its very important.Samsung is the only other one that l know of that has it (cost about 㿞)

Dose anyone know different? i-e a compact with possible remote control ?

Hal Trachtenberg

July 22, 2009, 5:42 pm

I bought the P6000 simply as a backup to my D90 and D300. For me it's just a handy camera to be able to have with me at all times. I don't care for all the gadgets like GPS or Lan. I don't and won't ever use it. I like the camera, but the one negative issue that I have with it is the battery. It is often the case that I will go for a long period of time without using it. Sometimes maybe 2 weeks straight. When I do go to use it, the battery is drained. It does not hold the charge very long, not like on my two DSLR's. Although it is hard to compare since I am using my D90 and D300 on a regular, almost daily basis. However, there have been times where I did not use them for a long period of time but the batteries were still charged up when I used them.


July 28, 2009, 8:45 pm

Does anyone know if the Nikon P6000 GPS reads the geotag as OSGB36 and other local datums or only WGS84? In spite of the derisive comments GPS can be a very useful addon feature.

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