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CANON: G11 S95 G10 G9 S90 SX1is
PANASONIC: LX5 LX3 LX2 FZ50 FZ100 FZ40/FZ45 FZ38/FZ35 FZ28
FUJI: S100fs
NIKON: P7000 P6000
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Thursday, August 07, 2008

New semi-RAWsumer, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 (updated)

Nikon has added the 10th RAWsumer of 2008! Yes, RAWsumer fans, this is the first time since the year 2005 that we had a double-digit number of RAWsumers introduced in a year. Although the Sigma DP1 and Casio EX-F1 were pre-announced in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Never-the-less, the Nikon P6000 which was rumored is now official!

Update on Friday!: If you are just now catching up, be sure to read this first: Luminous Landscape has a new update on the P6000 situation, rounding up the criticism of the "crippled RAW" capability, including quotes from forum comments, T. Knoll and T. Hogan.

So to summarize for everyone who is just now coming in, the Nikon P6000 has RAW, but the only way to access it is through Windows and ViewNX. Can't use any of the "advanced" RAW processing software or Macs whatsoever! Maybe Nikon is planning its own demise iPod? :-)

We are now downgrading the Nikon P6000 to a "semi-RAWsumer"! At the risk of sounding dramatic,


The P6000 in a nutshell
This new RAWsumer has RAW in the form of Nikon NRW, a 13.5-megapixel 1/1.7" sensor, a hot-shoe, built-in GPS (and ethernet port too!), along with a lens that starts at 28mm wide, which is music to the ears of wide-angle fans. The starting price is $500, and Amazon is taking pre-orders. No shipping date is given.

P6000 reactions in the blogosphere
So what are people saying about the P6000? Let's take a look at the blogs and at the forums!

Serious Compacts summarizes the new P6000, and a very lively discussion in the comments section, as some people just don't care for it, while others think it's a promising camera to check out. What do you think? Opine in the SeriousCompacts comment section.

The Imaging Insider points us to a blog asking whether the P6000 is a G9-killah.

The "Moose" notes that the P6000 is worth noting.

Incidentally, the P6000 has jumped all the way to the #1 spot in the Movers and Shakers category at the Great River. Obviously on the strength of pre-orders.

It's raining Nikons says the Megapixel.net blog. Yes, Megapixel has started running a blog in parallel with their reviewing site.

Multiple views of the camera body at Photography Press UK.

Blogger Neil Duffin opines on the P6000 and possible future Nikon rawsumers.

More opinions on the P6000 at Transpart Agenda!

P6000 reactions in the forums
We start at the SC Forums, where we read the initial reactions after the official announcement news broke out.

And with so many new RAWsumers and mid-range compacts coming out this year, is this the year of the Serious Compact?

But not all is well in RAWville. There is a long dpreview discussion trying to decipher exactly what kind of RAW format is Nikon offering with the P6000. This is very disappointing if it remains so, and if this is a sign of future-arrogance from Nikon, Canon is going to leap-frog all over them again. Sort of like the battle between good and evil, whoever is #1 is evil and whoever is #2 is evil. Orwell was writing about SLRs after all ;-)

In fact, Nikon expert Thom Hogan has an extended write-up on his site about this situation. He summarizes the RAWness of it all. Do note that his front page does not have links to individual posts, so if you are reading it a few days/weeks later, you have to hunt for the post on his site.

As you may recall, Nikon did silly things like that before, like not including RAW with one of the 5x00 cameras, and then later offering it via a firmware update. It was either the 5400 or 5000, can't remember! In fact that may be the only "RAWsumer" via firmware upgrade. But I digress.

But the beat goes on, and one dpreview forum user has spotted official P6000 sample images.

Needless to say, the whole RAW situation magnified the opinions on this camera, and we have plenty, from No P6000 for me to Give the P6000 a chance.

We could spend the whole night talking about the dpreview forums, here are the rest of the discussions, in the Nikon Talk forum.

The Nikonians forums are members only, so we can't have reactions from there...

A long P6000 discussion in in-play at the Nikon Cafe. Jazz music not included!

And if all these stuff is giving you a headache, help this forum user find a name for his puppy!

Update on Friday


Juha Haataja said...

Thanks for clearing up the new RAW format question. As a Mac user, this is disappointing. I hope users can make Nikon understand that limiting choice (in editing software) is not acceptable.

1001 noisy cameras said...

Especially since Mac usage among photographers/etc is higher than the average computer user.

Creating a second-tier raw format is just a horrible idea. I hope Nikon is not getting "king of the world" thoughts and doing more things like that. Because Canon was almost unstoppable 2-3 years ago, and now they are challenged in just about every segment of the market.

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