Excerpt: Straight Shooter Nikon’s 8.1-megapixel Coolpix P60 entices novice shooters to delve deeper into the camera’s functions and gives experienced photographers the opportunity to flex their muscle with its manual controls.
Excerpt: The P60 boasts a 8.1 MP sensor with a 36-180mm 5x optical zoom lens that also includes Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) anti-shake system. It gives a great range of shooting modes to choose from including 13 scene settings and a night portrait mode. The ISO range that's offered will cover all different lighting situations from ISO 80 all the way up to ISO 2000.
Summary: Stolid rather than sexy, competent rather than classy, the boxy Nikon Coolpix P60 is a belt-and-braces, real ale-supping point-and-shoot. The cool kids won't be impressed, but we're always glad to see a compact that gives such reliable images
Pros: Simple operation, Reliable image quality
Cons: Badly placed viewfinder and flash, Pedestrian styling
Summary: Assessing compact cameras is difficult. Measured against the standards set by the best digital SLRs they are all inadequate. Images are noisy. The cheap lenses distort. One eminent reviewer says of a similar compact: "The question this camera raises is: if the extra megapixels added are too mushed-up by noise reduction to allow for large prints or cropping-in on images, then what are they good for?" There is a destructive numbers race on.
Pros: The quality of images is satisfactory. Colour reproduction is generally accurate. The vibration reduction slightly increases the opportunities for hand holding in low light.
Cons: The electronic viewfinder has no dioptre adjustment, so everything looks out of focus to spectacle wearers. Presumably an EVF is cheaper to make than an optical viewfinder. At wideangle the lens exhibits extreme barrel distortion. Dynamic range is restricted with highlights tending to blow out — a problem with most high pixel count compacts.