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Nikon CoolPix P6000 - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith



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Nikon CoolPix P6000


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Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality. These ISO test images are shot indoors using reflected natural light for maximum consistency.


This is the full frame at 64 ISO, the minimum setting.


At 64 ISO the image quality is superb, with smoot tone and good detail.


Not much difference at 100 ISO


Some slight noise is visible at 200 ISO, but not enough to cause a major problem.


At 400 ISO noise starts to become a problem, blurring out fine detail.


At 800 ISO the image quality is greatly reduced.


Colour and detail are lost to image noise at 1600 ISO.


2000 ISO is the highest setting at full resolution.


3200 ISO is available at 3MP.


6400 ISO is also available, but the image quality is extremely poor.


This is the full frame at 6400 ISO.


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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