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August 08, 2008

Nikon swings and misses by a hair with the Coolpix P6000

The newly announced Nikon Coolpix P6000 sounds like a real winner when you judge it by the specs reported by DPreview:

  • 13.5 megapixel CCD (effective)
  • 4x wide-angle zoom lens (28 - 112 mm equiv.) with optical stabilization
  • 2.7" LCD monitor (230,000 pixels)
  • ISO 64 - 1600 at full resolution (3200 and 6400 at three megapixels)
  • NRW RAW format (although "Windows Imaging Component" and "Windows only")
  • Built-in GPS receiver records location (latitude and longitude for automatic geotagging)
  • External flash and lens accessories
  • Wired LAN port
  • Face-priority AF
  • D-Lighting

All sounds great, right? But when you dig further into the details of some of the features you're left wondering, "what the hell was Nikon thinking?"

First and foremost the Windows only RAW file is going to be a deal killer for so many photographers that are quite frankly at least 2:1 Mac users. Yes, Nikon has confirmed that there will be updates for Mac software down the road but by introducing a new closed RAW file, does nothing to help inspire sales.

While they thrown in a GPS receiver and Network support you'll be puzzled that it is not WiFi Network support. It is an ethernet port for a wired ethernet connection and it can only be used to upload photos to Nikon's my Picturetown. Not Flikr, not SmugMug, not anything else! Do you know anyone who has used Picturetown or used it long? Again, "what the hell was Nikon thinking?"

Nikon needs to learn that these closed minded proprietary solutions aren't going to help them increase market share. Detractions like this don't help sell cameras. They only insure the boxes sit on the shelves and collect dust.

This camera gets so close to being the perfect point and shoot camera it's upsetting they boned these key features with proprietary junk that isn't defendable and has absolutely no advantage.

Posted in Nikon , Photography , Product Reviews & Purchases , WiFi by usrbingeek at 2008-08-08 03:08 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink



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