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NikonCoolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black)
 
3.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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    (9)

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    (2)

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    (4)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Strong construction (16)
  • Great picture quality (14)
  • Large clear LCD (14)
  • Simple controls (14)

Cons

  • Short battery life (7)
  • Long lag time (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • Family photos (18)
  • Fun (16)
  • Photojournalism (8)
  • Art (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Leave your SLR home for family outings

I'm a pro photographer and have owned a zillion Nikon pro DSLRs (currently using the D300 + MBD10). My wife shoots with a D70. But when we're out and about with our 2...Read complete review

I'm a pro photographer and have owned a zillion Nikon pro DSLRs (currently using the D300 + MBD10). My wife shoots with a D70. But when we're out and about with our 2 year old, we just wanted a point a shoot so that we didn't have to deal with the big stuff.

The P6000 has controls that are much more similar to Nikon's DSLR line than to a point-and-shoot. Real knob for selecting exposure mode, and a command wheel! So I can be creative and shoot in Aperture Priority. Exposure compensation is simple, and image navigation/deleting/etc. is very straightforward.

Image quality is very good so far -- best I've seen in a Nikon or Canon point-and-shoot. Battery life is great (uses a real rechargeable battery, though regrettably it can't share the charger with our DSLRs). Focus lock-on is still slow enough to miss child action as with other similar cameras, but for the most part it does what we need it to with the comfort of a pro quality camera. Ergonomics are great and definitely feel like a pro camera, with rubberized grip, etc. If you're shopping online, it's smaller than you might think from just seeing the photos -- I can put it in my coat/jacket pocket.

Overall the new leader of the pack in point-and-shoot cameras.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I hate this camera

I own an SLR and was excited about the P6000 as an alternative to my point and shoot. The P6000 offered many of the controls of an SLR but in a compact package. I...Read complete review

I own an SLR and was excited about the P6000 as an alternative to my point and shoot. The P6000 offered many of the controls of an SLR but in a compact package. I could not be more disappointed with this camera because the battery life is horrible. Every time I go to use the camera it’s DEAD! I thought I had a bad batteries so I replaced it then I thought it was the charger so I replaced that too. Now Nikon is telling me that “some times it just goes dead”. There is no batterie indicator on the camera so it’s a shot in the dark if it will work on your next shoot. Also the images taken at 200 ASA and higher or some of the nosiest I’ve ever had to work with. If you have a pocket full of Nikon batteries and are shooting at 50ASA then you might love this camera but I hate it.

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2.0

Well built but very noisy photos

By Rayaz

from Sri Lanka

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • GPS and Lan useless
  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Limited Zoom
  • Manual mode poor
  • No HD Video
  • Short Battery Life
  • Slow focus

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

Tried the camera for a few weeks to evaluate, or opt for the canon g10/g11 or join the DSLR bandwagon as the point-and-shoot limitations in taking photos indoors under trying light conditions or of fast moving kids was not proving to be successful.

Sadly i guess i tried the wrong camera, as the competitor from canon the G11 is far more superior, but i could not find it to try it out. This camera produces great shots when you take the time and use the flash or use it with good light. The photos outside were sharp and the colors great, and photos indoors with flash were just superb.

However the major problem was that the focus was slow, and you could never take a photo of a kid on the move unless you predict it ahead. Photos without the flash were very noisy, not surprising when it packs so many mega pixels into a small sensor.

The usability of the camera is also not great, and a few more dials like the canon g-series are required, since making the most of it requires an immense amount of menu based navigation.

The manual mode is good as useless! as the implementation is not very use-able. The viewfinder being there is great, but it does not have a diopter correction which means for people like me who uses specs its not of great value :(

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By Danny

from Bronx, New York

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

very practical, and compact

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4.0

GREAT Camera

By Wolffgang

from Denmark

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

    I'm normally using my Nikon D3, but this camera are great to bring with me, in the daily run, where the D3 is to big and to heavy.

    This camera takes great jpgs and also RAWs. Slow in the RAW, but worth waiting for. Don't buy this camera, if you think you should use it for ultra fast photos, then you should by a real prof like the D3 or similar.

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    5.0

    Love the camera

    By just Wayne

    from Fort Worth Texas

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

      I use this camera for work and for personal. and it blows away all the cameras I have used in the past, including my SLR

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      4.0

      Get the Firmware 1.1 Upgrade!

      By GeoJoe

      from Helena, MT, USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

      I loved the camera at first because of its ability for more manual control, but also hated it because it had absolutely NO battery longevity . . . 30-40 shots in lesss than two hours without GPS, flash, etc. I returned it, experienced the same problems with the second unit, and then saw the firmware upgrade from [@]. Now the battery life has increased to almost 300 shots and the lil' 6000 has become my favorite pocketable camera. Also check with Nikon USA if you can't find the firmware 1.1. Happy shooting!

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      5.0

      Read The Manual maybe?!?

      By Walter

      from Sun Valley, Idaho.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Build Quality
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

      I have and use this cam on a regular basis.
      The GPS performs flawlessly, though if you leave it on (it stays on when camera is off), it will drain the battery eventually. It keeps the GPS 'dormant', so that you get a quick fix when you do switch the camera on. As long as you are aware of this, you will learn to manage the GPS vs. battery use just fine. I can shoot more than 500 shots, over a week on one charge, including using the GPS occasionally. It will take a longer time to get a fix from GPS off mode, especially if you have changed locations from where you have last had a GPS fix, this is not a problem when GPS is dormant, then it gets a fix in no time.

      This Camera shoots great landscapes, or portraits, works just as well indoors at a party in poor light and just for fun shots, but its serious side is where it excels!
      Switch to aperture priority or manual for macro, get as much or as little depth of field as you want. AE lock & Focus Lock at your fingertips. Manual focus? not a problem, which is great for macro, set it, and then move the camera back and forth for pin sharp focus on the subject.

      I have adapted an old Nikon SL1 LED ring light for macro photography, and have great results, even in video mode. The ring light does crop the four corners of the shot as it was designed for another camera, so photoshop cropping needed for that.

      Using a slide duplicator that was also originally for the Coolpix 5000 (small adapter ring mod needed), I am getting good results with digitizing my slide collection. Much quicker than a slide scanner.

      I am very pleased with this little camera, its smaller than it looks online, its sturdy build is a plus for taking it rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing and paragliding which is part of my daily life, cameras don't usually survive long with me, but this one is doing great!

      For the reviewers having trouble with GPS and or battery life, read the manual... Get to know how to use it before you review it?

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      5.0

      Good for school use

      By smurray

      from Pitman, NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good battery life
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Art
        • Fun

        Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

        This camera was purchased for our high school art organization to document their activities as well as photograph their work for portfolio development. The camera offers a lot of flexibility for a fraction of the cost of an SLR. The macro setting works really well for taking photos of small, student made jewelry pieces with great detail. The settings are easy for all of the students to use to take reference photos and photos of their activities. We have just started using the camera and have not found any flaws with the functions, quality, or design.

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        4.0

        Good for Underwater and Travel

        By PK

        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Bright LCD
        • Comfortable Controls
        • Easy Setup
        • Easy To Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor Operation in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Underwater
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

        I chose this camera for underwater photography to replace my Canon G7. I am very happy with the choice. The camera has good optional housings that allow the use of external lenses, both Macro and Wide (Canon G series only takes macro). The manual controls and picture quality match the Canon, they are not great in low light but no compact is today.

        The P6000 also beats the Canon G series in size, it fits better in a pocket and is lighter. I'm using it for travel and I'm very happy with it.

        I don't understand the complaints about the GPS, it works fine. The only little problem is that you need to turn it off if you will not use the camera for a few days or it will drain the battery.

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        1.0

        Bad GPS, hotshoe for Nikon flashes only

        By mbphoto

        from Greensboro, NC, USA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Controls
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • GPS does not work

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

          All in all the Nikon Coolpix P6000 an ok little point-and-shoot.

          But I didn't buy it to be an ok little point-and-shoot. I bought it specifically for location scouting and geotagging.

          I have owned the P6000 for several months now, and have NEVER managed to get a signal with the GPS.

          Now, I figured it wouldn't exactly be a Garmin. And a little spotty coverage would have been tolerable, but to NEVER get a signal is unacceptable.

          And an additional frustration: the hotshoe ONLY works with Nikon flashes. It will NOT fire with non-dedicated flashes or wireless flash triggers.

          I have tried it with a Pocket Wizard radio slave, Cactus V2s wireless flash trigger, Canon 430EX speedlite, Vivitar 285HV flash, Nikon SB-19, and Nikon SB-600. The only flashes to work were the Nikon SB-19 and SB-600.

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          1.0

          Long lag tim long lag time long lag time

          By Harry

          from New York

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy Setup
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Long Lag Time
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

            Nikon took the time to make this a durable camera in the field. High quality pictures and ease of use so long as the subject is still forever. Incredible lag time. What is the point.

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            5.0

            Nikon's Little Gem

            By Polar Rigby

            from USA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy Setup
            • Easy to Keep Clean
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Fun
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

              I really love this litte camera! It takes sharp photos and I really love the RAW feature and Manual Controls, which I use most of the time.
              I am currently using a 16GB turbo (class 6)SDHC card which works great with the camera.

              Photo Quality is excellent for a P & S. For Best result use A, P, S, M over any auto settings.

              Love using the SB 400 external Flash for bounce lighting.

              Make sure you have the latest firmware.
              and make sure you use a fast SDHC CARD.

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              5.0

              " Real Cool"Point and Shoot by Coolpix

              By "Normal Norm"

              from Playa del Rey, Calif.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy Setup
              • Easy to Keep Clean
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Fun
                • Low light level compact
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                I purchased the camera for my wife,who at the time wanted the camera for a new grandchild. I started to show my wife the features of the camera and I was so thrilled with them that to this day my wife has not been able to tear the camera away from me. I have a Nikon D200 but much prefer the Coolpix because of its size, quality and features.
                So in the near future I will be purchasing another Coolpix for my wife.

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                2.0

                Nikon Dropped the Ball!

                By Wildcat

                from Telluride, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Nikon compatability

                Cons

                • Long Lag Time
                • No battery life
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Fun

                Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                Battery life on this thing make it impossible to use on a regular basis. Quality is o.k., but as a Nikon pro it's hard to believe I should have bought a G10. The GPS has never worked as well.

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                  4.0

                  The Geotagging is Addictive!

                  By Roger

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Fun
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                    Great camera. The Geotagging in iPhoto is amazing. I'll never forget where I took a picture again. I mean to the nearest couple of feet! This is especially great for work. I am an environmental consultant. Where on a large site I took a photo is important. I also need to log the latitude and longitude and this beats a handheld GPS. It's automatic.

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                    1.0

                    Nikon made this camera?

                    By Anneemarie

                    from Jacksonville, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • LCD is Grainy
                    • Long Lag Time
                    • Picture Quality
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Fun

                    Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                    I love Nikons and I bought this over the Canon G10 - what a mistake. Although this camera is easy to operate and gives you great control, the picture quality is terrible. Perhaps I just got a "bad" camera? None-the-less I am sending it back. What a disappointment!

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                    5.0

                    Cool retro look, great photos!

                    By World traveler Architect

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • GPS
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • RAW
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fun
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I was looking for a small camera with RAW capability. We all know that’s the best new technology so no need to explain that the pictures could be easily retouched almost as if you were in a real lab. There is a before and after RAW in photography.
                      Also this is the only PS camera with GPS.
                      Plan a trip, take you Nikon P600 with you, come back home, download the pictures on your MAC; i-photo will create a map with the exact location where they were taken regardless if you were in NYC or the jungle. One more click and you could share them with the map on facebook.
                      My friends couldn’t believe it!!!!!!!!!!!

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                      4.0

                      Nikon's P6000 Performs Well

                      By Arch-Photo

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Comfortable Controls
                      • Distortion Control
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Hot Shoe
                      • Simple menu structure
                      • Small pocket size
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Bracketing limited
                      • No Cable Release

                      Best Uses

                      • Art
                      • Back up camera
                      • Family Photos
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Prof Photography Preview
                      • Testing Light Conditions
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I purchased the P6000 as a back-up to my professional gear as well as for previewing architectural photography shoots. It is one of only a few point-and-shoot cameras that has RAW capability with a large (13.5) megapixel receptor.

                      I like several things about the camera: 1. It has a hot shoe and a good range of flash settings; 2. The menu structure and short cut dials are very simple and user friendly. 3. I appreciate the 2 user settings; and 4. The VR and noise reduction controls. There are other nice features too numerous to mention here.

                      The manual mentions that the Noise Reduction feature must be set to automatic in order for the bracketing feature to work but NOT under the bracketing feature description. It took me a while to figure that out. It would be nice to have a cable release as the remote trigger will not work with the bracketing feature either. More and more of my work uses HDR in processing and it would be nice to have this steady with a cable release.

                      Overall am happy with the camera and recommend it to others.

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                      4.0

                      great camera but

                      By fivefleas

                      from Baltimore MD

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                          the camera is great over all, it allows for a generous amount of personal customization of menus. works great as an everyday camera that i can throw in my bag and take where ever. the only problem i have had is that the GPS has not worked once since i owned it. but other than that great camera.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent

                          By Boompa

                          from Fort Worth, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Art
                          • Family Photos
                          • Fun
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                          It's smaller than you think but, it feels great in hand. I am visually impaired and althoughmthe written directions are a bit difficult for me to read, I did get everything right. Takes amazing close-ups.

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                          5.0

                          Responsive for s P and S camera

                          By Richz

                          from Hazleton, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Easy to Keep Clean
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Fun
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera (Black):

                            The camera is very well made. I like the menus, it reminds me of my DSLR cameras. I'm still learning with it and it will take some time to grow with this fine camera. I'm thinking about buying a second P6000 for out in the field and keeping my initial one for my on-the-job work.

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