For those who seeking a serious but compact camera with advanced features and sophisticated specification (usually for back-up their DSLRs), this battle might make you interested. Yes, it just another Canon vs Nikon battle, at least at prosumer level cameras. Canon with their top-of-the-line Powershot series, Powershot G10, continues a tradition of G series with premium-class prosumer cameras with superb built and advanced control, including direct dial to adjust Ev value. As a direct head-to-head competitor, Nikon has introduced a Nikon’s pocket flagship, Coolpix P6000 with high-end features including a built-in GPS receiver. Both cameras sport a nice 28mm wide angle lens, full manual control, image stabilizer, flash hot-shoe, RAW file format and optical viewfinder with about the same price (US$ 500).
First check out the Canon Powershot G10 spec sheet :
- 14.7 effective Megapixel CCD
- F2.8-4.5, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 140mm
- Optical image stabilization
- Digic 4 image processor
- 3.0″ LCD display with 460,000 pixels
- Full manual controls, RAW image format supported
- Intelligent Contrast Correction (i-Contrast) brightens shadows while leaving highlights alone
- Face detection has been enhanced with a “face self-timer” feature that waits for the photographer to get into the photo
- Automatic redeye correction
- Hot shoe for external flash
- Optional telephoto lens, underwater case, and remote shutter release cable
- Can record movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps) until 4GB file size is reached (uses H.264 codec for longer movies)
- SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus card slot
- Uses NB-7L lithium-ion battery; 400 shots per charge
Then, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 spec fact :
- 13.5 effective Megapixel CCD
- F2.7-5.9, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 112mm
- Optical image stabilization
- Fairly compact magnesium alloy body
- 2.7″ LCD display with 230,000 pixels
- Built-in GPS records coordinates where a photo was taken, saves info in EXIF headers
- Built-in Ethernet port for uploading photos directly to my Picturetown
- Full manual controls, with ability to go to ISO 3200 and 6400 (at 3MP); customizable buttons and menus
- Supports new NRW RAW image format
- Supports Picture Control System, just like on Nikon’s D-SLRs
- Hot shoe for external flash; supports one group of wireless flashes
- face detection, redeye removal, and D-Lighting
- VGA movie mode
- 48MB onboard memory + SD/SDHC card slot
- Optional wide-angle lens and wireless remote control
- Uses EN-EL5 battery; 260 shots per charge
On paper, this seems like a fair battle, don’t they? Since so many photogtrapher are curious about which one is better, these links might worth to visit :
- Luminuous lancdscape : Pocket battleship
- Thom Hogan : The Coolpix, PowerShot, Lumix Challenge
- Photography blog : Canon G10 v Nikon P6000 review
- Serious compact : Canon G10 vs Nikon P6000
- Radiant lite : Nikon P6000 vs Canon G9 Bridge camera showdown
To answer the question “which one is better”, surely it’s not an easy thing. Both are pro-level compact cameras which designed for enthusiast that need a high quality camera. Sadly, both use the same small sensor (worsen by too many pixel) and of course noise will be visible even at the base ISO. For those who wonder about their high ISO performance, get ready to be disappointed. Both produced a noise image at ISO 400 above, and at ISO 1600 test, they both outperformed by Lumix LX3 which has better noise reduction algorithm. Perhaps these following quotes can help us figure out who’s the winner :
This is the quote from Phorography blog :
The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is a good camera, but the Canon PowerShot G10 is better – it’s as simple as that. In terms of both features and handling, the G10 has the edge, and it was invariably the camera that I reached for first. The contest would be a lot closer if the P6000’s unique features – GPS and LAN connectivity – had actually lived up to expectations, but they are both rather weak in their current implementation. In most of the comparative areas, the G10 has the edge, with a bigger zoom range, faster lens, bigger and higher-resolution LCD screen, larger shutter speed range, more megapixels and better battery life. It also offers a rather unique and intuitive user interface, with the retro exposure compensation and ISO dials being particularly appealing, and doesn’t suffer from the ultra-slow RAW processing speed that plagues the P6000. Only the noticeably smaller size and weight of the P6000 swings things back in its favour. Both cameras produce very good images, but both suffer from too much noise at too slow an ISO speed. Obvious noise at ISO 400 and faster is the logical consequence of squeezing too many pixels onto a relatively tiny image sensor. If you take a lot of pictures in low-light, then a DSLR camera is a much better fit for you. Otherwise there’s little to choose between the two in terms of image quality. With both cameras available for the same price (around £400 / $500), it’s easy to declare the Canon PowerShot G10 as the winner of our first head to head review.
Interestingly, Thom Hogan, a Nikon DSLR professional reviewer, says : :
The Coolpix just doesn’t excel in any of the four performance categories. Unfortunately, this just means the same thing is still true: we’re still waiting for a state-of-the-art Coolpix to reappear. I’d say we’ve been waiting since as far back as the 5400, maybe longer. For a company that prides itself on serving professional and very serious amateur photographers, the Coolpix lineup simple isn’t rising up to the levels that others are achieving. Sure, the P6000 does a pretty good job. Indeed, a better job than the last few generations of high end Coolpix. But the current mark to hit is higher than Nikon is aiming. The clumsy design elements don’t help things. And adding an Ethernet interface pretty much solely to enable MyPicturetown is an arrogant design mistake. All of us end up paying the extra cost for something almost none of us would use. Nikon is not Flickr. This is a Microsoft like mistake, and not the only one in the camera. Bottom line: the P6000 is overpriced for what it achieves and how it achieves it.
Meanwhile, the G10 delivers more of what we serious shooters want, with no institutional baggage. Now that Canon has fixed the top plate controls, I hope they’ll spend some time thinking about how to lower the mis-hit rate on the back controls (hint: the designers need to wear gloves, even thin ones, while testing). Almost everything about the G10 speaks to purpose: serious build, serious controls, serious image quality. I always felt the G9 didn’t quite get above the bar. The G10 is above the bar.
If you need pixels, you need the Canon (G10), hands down. If you need the fast, wide, defect-free lens, you need the Panasonic (LX3). You don’t need the Coolpix (P6000).
So, it looks like Canon G10 has manage to win this competition, mainly due to it’s build, lens, feature and image quality (at ISO below 400). Nikon Coolpix camera department seems still has a lot of job to be done to catch up Canon Powershot series. No wonder Ken Rockwell also use Canon G10 as his back-up gear when travelling around.
<my apologize for bad english 🙂 >