Full RAW capability and excellent image quality mean the P6000 is a pocket powerhouse. Can it take down the best in class?
Nikon has clearly taken note of the criticisms aimed at the P6000's little brother, the P5100, and made amends with this beefier sibling.
The biggest improvement is the ability to shoot in RAW, which gives the photophiles among you a little more editing scope, due to the extra image detail that's retained until you decide to convert to JPG.
Image quality from 13.5megapixel JPGs is still excellent – colours are punchy, noise is minimal below ISO 800 and fairly acceptable above, and there's bags of detail. Only a little over-sharpening leaves it trailing behind Canon's PowerShot G10 in the picture stakes.
What's your position?
Rather less conventional is the addition of GPS, which enables you to geotag your photos with the location details for where they were taken. It'll be considered a gimmick by most, but a fun one.
Also eyebrow-raising is the Ethernet connection. Yes, Ethernet – on a camera. Hook the P6000 up to your router and you can upload images to Nikon's MyPictureTown image-sharing service.
You have control
The control set-up of the P6000 is sadly not terribly intuitive – the compact-style button layout means multiple button-presses are needed to reach many important functions – but it is still light-years ahead of the clunky interface found on Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX3.
Where it does score heavily over the Canon G10, though, is in size. It might seem that there isn't much in it when you sit them side by side, but unlike the Canon, the Nikon can just about fit in most normal-sized pockets without a fight, and that might be enough to sway you in its favour.
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