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The bridge-style Fujifilm FinePix S100FS compact camera seems to offer everything that you get in a DSLR camera, and more. There’s a 28-400mm lens which should cover most eventualities, 11 megapixel sensor, RAW mode, tilting LCD screen, and a full range of creative shooting modes. And that’s not even scratching the surface. Gavin Stoker got to grips with the Fujifilm S100FS to find out if it really is a DSLR in compact camera clothing…
Nikon has been fallling a little short of Canon’s more advance featured G9, which features RAW capture – a rarity in point and shoots these days. This is no longer the case. The Nikon P6000, a follow up to the Nikon P5100, includes RAW capture along with a number of other advanced features.
As a consumer I would say it is an overall good camera.
The lens of the Nikon P6000 delivers an outstanding performance. Nikon shows its true force with the excellent sharpness, over the entire focal length, in the center as well as to the edges, of this lens.
Well, as one might expect from a 13.5-megapixel camera, the P6000 produces excellent images at low ISO and acceptable quality at higher ISO settings.
The Coolpix P6000 also gets mixed reviews in terms of photo quality. Overall, exposure was accurate, though the P6000 and it’s tiny CCD tended to clip highlights here and there.
Our impression of the P6000 at first blush is that it’s a very capable camera. It handles well and manual features are in easy reach.
New Performance Series Camera Enables Users to Test the Photography World with Creative Control and “Geo-tagging” Capabilities with built-in GPS
MELVILLE, NY (Aug. 7, 2008) – Nikon Inc. today introduced its newest flagship COOLPIX compact camera, the COOLPIX P6000. Featuring 13.5 megapixels, a new, built-in global positioning system (GPS) unit, my Picturetown connectivity and the power of Nikon’s exclusive EXPEEDTM image processing concept, the P6000 offers the perfect photographic tool for photo and camera enthusiasts seeking the creative control of a D-SLR in the compact body of a COOLPIX camera.
“We are eager to see the response to the integration of the new capabilities for COOLPIX cameras, as the demands of our consumers are always a priority in product design,” said Bill Giordano, general manager marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon Inc. “The P6000 is an exciting product offering for Nikon’s COOLPIX line, as it not only provides expanded creative control for photo enthusiasts, but also empowers them with GPS functionality and my Picturetown connectivity.”
The P6000 knows where the “best shots” are taken, thanks to the integration of the new GPS unit. With the added GPS function, P6000 users will be able to record “geotags” of the location where their images are captured based on latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. This further heightens the photographic experience, allowing users to pinpoint the location via maps available in Nikon ViewNX Software, my Picturetown, Nikon’s photo sharing and storage website, or any other software or website that recognizes GPS data.
Additionally, the P6000 makes my Picturetown connectivity for uploading and sharing photos simple and easy, thanks to added wired LAN support via a dedicated Ethernet port built into the camera. Users can upload their images and data directly from the P6000 with an Ethernet cable to the secure Picture Bank service on my Picturetown.
In line with other COOLPIX P-Series cameras, the P6000 includes intuitive controls via dedicated command and mode dials, providing easy access to shooting controls and exposure mode settings. The P6000 offers Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] modes granting users the ability to tap into the creativity of D-SLR functions while maintaining the simplicity of COOLPIX functionality. Owners can utilize two user-defined settings, a shooting menu, an efficient, tabbed menu interface, as well as customizable Function buttons to quickly switch between camera settings.
Additional shooting innovations engineered to maximize image quality and offer greater control over the final results include Nikon’s original COOLPIX Picture Control System and a new NRW* (RAW) support. The COOLPIX Picture Control System features intuitive controls that enable users to adjust their images to pre-set parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome and apply tweaks to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation. Furthermore, images shot in the all-new NRW* (RAW) format can be opened and viewed in Nikon ViewNX Software (available early October 2008) for increased editing abilities.
Adding even more synergy between D-SLR cameras and compact COOLPIX cameras, the P6000 incorporates a pop-up flash, optical viewfinder for easy composition and the added bonus of system expansion with an optional convertor, Speedlights, and wireless remote control. Nikon’s new 0.76x Wide-angle Convertor WC-E76 offers users the option to utilize focal lengths as wide as 21mm (35mm format equivalent). P6000 users can also take full advantage of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System with the built-in accessory shoe that supports Nikon’s i-TTL flash control, which enables wireless control over one group of remote Speedlights including the newly announced SB-900 Speedlight.
The P6000 features a quality finish and a front panel constructed of solid Magnesium alloy, as well as a comfortable grip and well-placed controls for streamlined performance. The new P6000 camera is compatible with new high-capacity SDHC cards, and utilizes a Nikon EN-EL5 rechargeable Li-ion battery. The P6000 also comes bundled with the COOLPIX Software Suite for editing, organizing and sharing images.
The Nikon COOLPIX P6000 will be available nationwide beginning September 2008 at a MSRP of $499.95.** For more information about the P6000 and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
* COOLPIX Picture Control NRW (RAW) files can only be processed in-camera. NRW (RAW) files are compatible for use in-camera, with ViewNX (Windows version only, available early October 2008) or with WIC-based applications. Capture NX, Capture NX2 and NEF files are not compatible with NRW (RAW) images.
** Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
Below are some of the best photography links from other sites that I came across this week. Enjoy!
Man Arrested For Unlawful Photography – TriCities.com – In this nearly unbelievable story, we learn that a man was arrested in Tennessee when he took a photo of a police officer with his iPhone. He was actually charged with, no joke, “Unlawful Photography”. The arrested man, Scott Conover, recounts the incident, “He [the sherriff’s deputy] says you took a picture of me. It’s illegal to take a picture of a law enforcement officer.”
Photoshop Action Pack – 90 Automator Actions – Photoshop Support – The Photoshop Action Pack features a collection of 90 Automator Actions that allow you to script nearly all of Photoshop’s functionality from within Apple’s Automator (i.e., Mac users only).
Nine Reasons to Manually Focus When Taking Pictures – DIY Photography – Yeah, autofocus rocks; however, there are times when manual focus works better or it’s the only real option. Expand your horizons and learn when to turn the focus ring on your own.
5 Tips on Shooting Stock – HyperPhocal – With everyone and their brother trying to make a buck or two on stock photography, here’s 5 simple tips to help give you the leg up on point and shooters.
Canon Rebates Expire Saturday, July 19 – Photography Bay – If you’re going to get that new lens, 5D, or 40D, you’d better order ASAP or you’re going to miss out on some significant savings.
And, finally, here’s the only reader request for the week.
Dear Nikon – It’s a blog where users can leave their feedback to Nikon – unofficially, of course.
If you want your photography-related site on Free Links Friday, just drop a comment or an email asking nicely. Leave a link and a short description of what your site or particular post is about. Spammers need not apply.
Thom Hogan has piped up on bythom.com with some thoughts and possible insider info on the coming Nikon D3x and D90 cameras. Word is that a D3x with the rumored 24+ megapixels should be announced around Photokina in September. The D80 replacement (the D90) may creep out past Photokina (perhaps PMA 2009).
I received a message out of Japan that the high-resolution camera is in the D3 body. I trust that message more than my guess, though please note that having one (usually good) source does not mean something is verified. . . . It seems that a D80 replacement should also be in that set of announcements, which should come just before Photokina, but we just haven’t seen any of the kinds of leaks and rumors we have with previous consumer bodies out of Thailand, so maybe the D80 replacement is going to be later than Photokina.
I don’t have any insider info myself; however, my money is on a for sure showing of the D3x (or whatever they call it) at Photokina. I’m also starting to wonder whether or not Nikon will replace the Nikon D80 at all. I’m beginning to think that they’ll let the D40/D60 line handle the entry-level consumer and let the D70/D80 line die off.
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – Samsung today unveiled its 2008 second-half digital camera line up with the launch of four new models – the TL34HD, TL9, SL310W and SL201. Joining the company’s growing array of advanced digital imaging solutions, these four new digital cameras bring new technologies to the industry and will be on retail shelves nationwide in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season.
Boasting an impressive resolution of 14.7 megapixels and renowned Schneider lens yielding a 28mm wide-angle focal length with 3.6x optical zoom, the TL34HD promises sharp, clear and detailed images with every shot. The most advanced point-and-shoot digital camera in Samsung’s history, the TL34HD builds upon the success of its predecessor, the NV24HD, with the ability to capture high-definition video at a resolution of 720P along with Dual Image Stabilization.
Featuring an all-metal build, the TL34HD is pocket-sized with dimensions of 3.68″ x 2.34″ x 0.80″. Available in all-black, or silver with a red accent adding to the camera’s elegance, the TL34HD takes camera design to a new level. Although compact, a large three-inch touch-screen hVGA LCD dominates the back of the camera and is sure to turn heads no matter where the TL34HD may be used. [Read more…]