Summary: What I wanted was a good quality point and shoot that has a viewfinder! For some reason, viewfinders are becoming rarer and rarer. View screens devour batteries and are not very useful in bright light. What I also wanted was something that fit in my pocket. I have a D200 and about 30 pounds of lenses and have discovered that the best camera is the one that you have with you. The P6000 has all of the controls that I need and is not simply a "program exposure" camera.
Summary: I'm just going to give basic views here because there are a lot of great reviews. I've already taken several thousand photos with this camera and am very pleased with the daylight shots. It excels in good light at ISO 100 to 400. I've set the color enhancement to vivid as I've done with my Canons and the colors come out rich and beautiful! If too much color or I want B&W, I make changes via iPhoto - a very simple process.
Summary: No problems. I liked the package deal for example the tripod stand the extra 8 GB memory card, the extra batter, case and other items where all included for less than just a Nikon P6000 purchased from Nikon themsleves.
Summary: A real nice camera, small in size but large in picture quality and features. Love the rotary program button, just like in the old days when one could quickly and easily switch from mode to mode without having to go through endless menus. Have had it only a few weeks but one minus so far, the Zoom lever is much too sensitive. Just touch it and it jumps from wide angle to about half way zoom.
Summary: 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.
Summary: This is a real quality camera for a point and shoot. It features an exceptionally sharp lens (Nikon quality is why you buy this camera). The buttons and settings are relatively easy to master, though like all digital cameras, a read of the manual and an occasional look-up afterwards are required to really master its use. The 4x zoom is nice for general photography, though limited if you need to bring distant subjects in close.
Summary: I'm a long time Nikon DSLR user that purchased a Nikon P5000 as a backup and a walk around camera when I didn't want to pack all my big stuff. When the P6000 came out I thought I would upgrade to get the raw capability. Overall I'm satisfied with the camera with a couple of exceptions. The raw files are not the normal NEF format Nikon usually uses, but NRW files that are not easily read.
Summary: About my background: I have had the P6000 for about 3 months now and have probably taken over 1000 photos on summer travels, local excursions, and family gatherings. I am not a professional photographer, though I can put myself somewhere along the lines of an advanced amateur (not sure I would say that I am an "enthusiast" without having used RAW/photoshop- at this time I only shoot in jpeg).
Summary: I bought this camera and I loved most features, but returned it for a few issues. Here they are: The GPS. A camera that supports built-in geotagging is a wonderful idea, but this is not the camera for it. I almost never got a reception from its built-in GPS. Even a lot of cell phones get better reception. I can say the success rate of getting a signal during the weeks I owned it was 15%. The lens cover. This was the dealbreaker.
I will make this reveiw as short and clear as possible.
Shing Shen Chang "Chang Shing-Shen", Amazon
14 March 2009
Summary: Reason for four star, not five. Mainly two problem caused this final grade. The first is the GPS, it can't work that fancy as you imagine, and it will use lots of battery life to maintain this function. Second,the optical viewfinder is totally useless without doubt. I told you I will make this review very short, so be patient. Good news is, this camera works well. It's tiny, light, and it can take good pictures much more than your expectation.