Nikon P6000 Review

 
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Nikon Coolpix P6000 Performance


Timing and Performance

Slightly slower than average performance here, with some quite slow timings.

Startup/Shutdown

Power on
to first shot

3.0 seconds

Time it takes for LCD to turn on and lens to deploy and capture a picture.

Shutdown

1.5 seconds

How long it takes to retract lens.

Buffer clearing time

3 seconds after
6 L/F JPEGs
6 seconds after
8 RAW + L/F JPEGs

Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card. Some cameras won't retract their lenses and shut down until the buffer is cleared.

About average startup and shutdown times here.

 

Mode Switching

Play to Record,
first shot

0.7 second

Time until first shot is captured.

Record to play

3.3 seconds

Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture.

Display
recorded image

0.7 second

Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.

Mode switching times are on the slower side of average.

 

Shutter Response (Lag Time)

Full Autofocus Wide

0.58 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.

Full Autofocus Tele

0.74 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at telephoto position.

Full Autofocus Wide
Flash enabled

0.88 second

Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position, with flash enabled.

Prefocused

0.058 second

Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.

Continuous AF

0.63 second

This mode usually shows no speed increase with our static subject; we have no way to measure performance with moving subjects.

Manual Focus

0.31 second

For most cameras, shutter lag is less in manual focus than autofocus, but usually not as fast as when the camera is "prefocused".

Shutter response is about average at wide-angle, and a little slower at telephoto, at 0.58s and 0.74s respectively. Enabling the flash at wide-angle increased shutter lag to 0.88 second. Manual focus was faster, at 0.31 second. "Prefocusing" the camera by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure results in a lag time of 0.058 second, which is pretty good.

 

Cycle Time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
2.44 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 6 shots.

Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG + RAW

5.38 seconds

Time per shot, averaged over 8 shots.

Early shutter
penalty?

No

Some cameras don't snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer.

Continuous mode
Large Fine JPEG

1.19 seconds (0.84 frames per second);
6 frames total;
4 seconds to clear

Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first.

Flash recycling

7 seconds

Flash at maximum output.

*Note: Buffer clearing times measured with a SanDisk Extreme III SD memory card. Slower cards will produce correspondingly slower clearing times. Slow cards may also limit length of bursts in continuous mode. ISO sensitivity also affects cycle times and burst mode performance, with higher ISOs generally increasing cycle times and reducing burst performance.

Shot-to-shot cycle times are a little sluggish, at about 2.44 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, and the camera captures about six frames at this rate before stopping to let the card catch up. In its Continuous mode, the Coolpix P6000 captures roughly six large/fine JPEGs at about 0.84 frames per second, which is also slower than average. The flash takes about 7 seconds to recycle, which is about average.

 

Download Speed

Windows Computer, USB 2.0

3,797 KBytes/sec

Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-769=USB 2.0 Low;
Above 770=USB 2.0 High

Connected to a computer or printer with USB 2.0, download speeds are very good.


Overall, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 is on the slower side of average, though results here aren't too bad overall. The camera's Continuous mode isn't speedy, but will help when shooting children or average moving subjects. Otherwise, the Coolpix P6000 should handle everyday shooting needs without feeling too sluggish.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Average battery life for a lithium-ion design.

Operating Mode Number of Shots
Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery,
LCD On

(Based on CIPA standard)
260

The Nikon Coolpix P6000 uses a custom rechargeable lithium-ion battery for power, and ships with a charger. Although battery life is average, we recommend you pick up a spare battery and keep it freshly charged and on-hand for extended outings.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on a fully-charged rechargeable battery), based on Nikon's standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

Storage
The Nikon Coolpix P6000 accepts SD/SDHC memory cards, and includes about 48MB of internal memory.

Image Capacity with
48MB Internal Memory
Fine Normal Basic
RAW
4,224 x 3,168
Images
7
14
27
2
File Size
6.7 MB
3.4 MB
1.7 MB
22.3 MB
3,264 x 2,448
Images
11
23
45
-
File Size
4.1 MB
2.0 MB
1.0 MB
-
2,592 x 1,944
Images
18
36
71
-
File Size
2.6 MB
1.3 MB
671 KB
-
2,048 x 1,536
Images
29
57
108
-
File Size
1.6 MB
835 KB
442 KB
-
1,600 x 1,200
Images
48
91
163
-
File Size
998 KB
524 KB
294 KB
-
1,280 x 960
Images
73
133
244
-
File Size
655 KB
360 KB
196 KB
-
1,024 x 768
Images
108
195
326
-
File Size
442 KB
245 KB
147 KB
-

We strongly recommend buying a large capacity SD/SDHC memory card. (These days, 2 or 4GB is a good tradeoff between cost and capacity.)

 

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