Nikon Coolpix P6000 review: Nikon Coolpix P6000

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MSRP: $499.95

The Good 4x wideangle zoom; PASM exposure modes; vibration reduction.

The Bad Noise reduction; poor optical viewfinder; sluggish responses.

The Bottom Line For a compact, the P6000 is pretty good, but if you buy it thinking it's going to match a dSLR you're going to be disappointed. The responses aren't as fast, the viewing system is inferior and the control layout is less efficient. And you can get this level of picture quality without spending anywhere near this amount of cash

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7.5 Overall

Digital SLRs may be the big sellers in the enthusiasts' market, but there's still a lot to be said for well-specified compacts. In fact, Nikon's £350 13.5-megapixel P6000 looks so good you might wonder whether you need a digital SLR at all. It even includes GPS and networking.

So what are the reasons for buying a digital SLR? Resolution? The P6000's 13.5-megapixel sensor matches the pixel count of any low-medium range dSLR. A wideangle zoom? The Nikon's 4x zoom offers the equivalent of a 28-112mm, which is more than you get from the average dSLR's kit lens. How about the ability to shoot raw files? Yep, got that too. And finally, what about independent control over shutter speed and aperture? The P6000 has a full set of PASM exposure modes, just like a dSLR, and it has vibration reduction built in too.

The GPS and LAN networking are a whole new territory. Some professional dSLRs will accept expensive GPS add-ons, but here it's built in. This camera can use GPS data to tag your images with the latitude and longitude at which they were taken, pinpointing their exact position on the globe.

The LAN networking is designed for people who want to send their pictures directly to Nikon's MyPictureTown photo-sharing Web site (you get 2GB free). You even get a cable to hook the camera up to the nearest router or network hub.

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