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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Nikon Coolpix P60

Nikon Coolpix P60 - The Nikon Coolpix P60 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 5x optical zoom lens. It looks a little like a mini SLR camera and has a manual exposure setting as well.

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Nikon Coolpix P60Why buy the Nikon Coolpix P60?
The Coolpix P60 is a step up from a more standard point and shoot camera with its manual exposure mode and better build quality. The 5x optical zoom also gets you in closer to your subject than a more standard 3x lens. Nikon have aimed this camera more at someone who sees photography as a hobby rather than someone looking for a more basic point and shoot camera.

Image Quality

Nikon Coolpix P60 Outdoors 1
Nikon Coolpix P60 Outdoors 2
Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom)
Straight away I can see the brightness of the test photos is likely to be impressive. The colours look natural and sharpness is above average. 

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom)
This is another example showing that the Coolpix P60 can take a sharp shot, even when the zoom lens is zoomed all the way out.
Nikon Coolpix P60 Outdoors 3
Nikon Coolpix P60 Outdoors 4
Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom)
I like the colours in this shot, especially the reddy brown tree towards the centre of the page. On the whole this Nikon digital camera has also coped well with the glare from the sun throughout all my outdoor test shots.

Outdoor 4 (Building)
When it comes to focusing the Coolpix P60 has proved to be comfortably above average. In this test the brickwork stands out and sharpness levels remain high even as you move out towards the edges.
Nikon Coolpix P60 Outdoors portrait
Nikon Coolpix P60 indoor portrait
Outdoor Portrait
I like the colours and brightness of this photo as well. The colours are subtler with this camera than they are with some of the other brands of digital camera I test.


Indoor Portrait without Flash
A surprising amount of noise has found its way into this picture. This reduces the overall quality of the shot and means that you are likely to have to reply on flash once the lighting dips.
Nikon Coolpix P60 indoor portrait
Nikon Coolpix P60 colours
Indoor Portrait with Flash
This is a better effort than the photo without flash. There is even lighting throughout the picture and the Coolpix P60 has managed to retain plenty of pink in the skin tones.

Colours
Nikon digital cameras offer some of the most natural colours to my eye. Many other brands offer stronger colours, but they can have a harshness that Nikon manage to avoid with their softer colours.
Nikon Coolpix P60 macro
 
Macro
The Coolpix P60 can only focus from 10cm away from the subject. I would have expected to be able to get in a bit closer than that to be honest. This means that my test photo has been heavily cropped. It is a very bright photo, but owing to the distance it does not have the clarity that other cameras manage.
 

Overall: This Nikon digital camera has a number of good points and a number of not so good points. Sharpness is some way above average apart from the macro photo and I also like the colours and especially the brightness of my test shots.

Shutter Lag: A single photo took 0.33 seconds and five took 11.03. These times are typical for a compact digital camera, although it is a shame that a camera with a few more advanced features cannot manage slightly faster times. With flash on a single photo was captured in a quick 0.43 seconds. The camera did take quite a time to recycle the flash and this lead to a time of 24.82 seconds for five shots.

Style: This camera is a handy size to use as a second camera if you own a larger SLR camera and you are looking for something smaller to carry around for snapshots. Although it is too large for a pocket it is still a convenient size.

Nikon Coolpix P60 TopDimensions: 63.5 x 95.5 x 36mm

Weight: 160g

Batteries: Two AA batteries. Nikon estimate you should be able to take around 190 shots with a standard set of batteries.

Memory cards: Nikon have built 12mb of memory into the Coolpix P60. This is enough for around 7 photos. The camera is also compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards.

Ease of use rating: Very Good. I had no problems finding my way around. There are a few extra features, but the inclusion of a control dial helps to simplify the camera.

Nikon Coolpix P60 BackPoints I like:
Ease of use – build quality – picture sharpness – bright photos

Where it could improve:

Macro mode – noisy indoor shot

Alternatives: There are not that many alternatives to this camera, especially when you take into account the build quality it has.

David Tymon's Verdict: This camera is a step up from a basic point and shoot camera. It takes a good scenic shot and also has an impressive build quality. Nikon have also found room to squeeze in a viewfinder.

David Tymon works with Cameras.co.uk

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Comments

Tibian
Tibian  5 Australia
14 Nov 2008 - 10:25 PM

I have the Nikon P60 as a convenient-to-carry and to conceal snap-shooting camera, and with convenient video mode. The viewfinder is an asset in bright, sunny conditions. Powered with AA batteries (NiMh or disposable AAs) add to its user-convenience.

I use the P60 when my Nikon D80 (Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens and Sigma 2.8-4.5mm lens) would be bulky and obtrusive, with its Lowepro Micro 100 backpack, in the public eye; and where it may present a theft temptation.

Tibian.

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