Canon G10 vs Nikon P6000, which is better?

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  :

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 🙂 >

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Erwin M.

Saya suka mengikuti perkembangan teknologi digital, senang jalan-jalan, memotret, menulis dan minum kopi. Pernah bekerja sebagai engineer di industri TV broadcasting, namun kini saya lebih banyak aktif di bidang fotografi khususnya mengajar kursus dan tur fotografi bersama

15 thoughts on “Canon G10 vs Nikon P6000, which is better?”

  1. Mungkin pertanyaanya agak gak nyambung tapi saya sangat mengharapkan saran dari mas yang super baik ini. Kalau ada Nikon coolpix s700 made in Indonesia, canon Ixus 85 is made in Japan, sonny dsc w170 made in China dengan harga yang sama, Mas pilih yang mana?
    Please……. tolong dijawab ya…..

    Emang ada ya nikon made in indo? Made in manapun toh mestinya mereka pake standar manufaktur dan QC yg sama. Terlepas dari buatan mana, saya suka kamera yg ada stabilizer dan berlensa wide. Sony W170 bagus karena sudah ada Super Steady Shot dan lensanya wide 28mm tapi sanggup zoom hingga 5x optikal.

    Lensa Ixus 85 dan Coolpix S700 tergolong biasa saja dgn 3x zoom.

  2. mas gaptek, saya tertarik nih sama Finepix S100FS…ada review nya gak mas..soalnya review2 di tempat lain cuma nunjukin kelebihan2 nya aja….thx.

    Dari yang saya baca sih kekurangan fatal dia adalah purple-fringing, dimana semestinya lensa sekelas fujinon tidak boleh mengalami masalah ini. Sialnya, engine RP processor tidak memiliki algoritma penghilang purple-fringing layaknya Venus engine milik Panasonic.

    Dari aspek lainnya sih S100FS ini sarat keunggulan, seperti lensanya yg bisa di zoom manual, stabilizer optik, flash-hotshoe (meski non TTL), dan LCDnya yang bisa dilipat.

  3. Saya lagi di Jerman sekarang,n pas mau pilih kamera kok ada 3 jenis kamera seperti yg saya sebut itu dengan harga yg sama. Awalnya saya pilih nikon karena pixelnya paling gede yi 12 dan yg 10. Tapi pas mau sy bayar ternyata made in Indonesia…. jd agak ragu (nasionalismenya patut dipertanyakan ya.. :)) So walopun nikon pixelnya lebih gede tapi mas gaptek tetap merekomendasikan sonny ya? Di Indonesia, sonny dsc w170 sekarang berapaan mas?…sorry nanyanya banyak banget 🙂

    Pixel lebih gede tidak berarti lebih baik. Soal harga bisa dicek di web saja, banyak toko online di indonesia yg bisa diakses dari luar negeri.

  4. Mas.w mau tny w lg survey kamera udah da 2 option canon a590 n lumix lz7,mnrut mas mna yg lbh bgus dr sgla sisi,dr hsl gmbr,video dll.tlng rkmndasina.n option kamera lg gt yg rangena 1,5an.thanks y mas.

  5. bung gaptek.fuji s700 pa bdana dng fuji s5700 ya?trus mnrut bung kodak zd710 dng fuji s5700 gmn,apa klbhan n kekurangana,tlng dong di revieu bung n after sales.untk option laen yg speckna sma dng kamera itu apa,yg tentuna hrgna trjangkau mhasiswa spt saya.

  6. Mas, mau tanya nih… saya tertarik dengan artikel artikel di sini. dan terus terang saya masih bingung dengan menentukan pilihan kamera mana yang akan saya beli dengan budget sekitar 6 – 8 juta. dengan dasar saya butuh kamera yang jelas untuk mengambil gambar di dalam ruangan dan ruangan yang hanya tersedia sedikit cahaya. Mohon bantuannya, terima kasih

    1. Kalo soal noise di ISO tinggi, meski keduanya sama-sama jelek, tapi LX3 lbh rendah noisenya. Ingat juga kalau bukaan lensa LX3 lebih besar sehingga bisa menghindari memakai ISO tinggi di saat-saat tertentu.

  7. tanya dong mas..
    kalo untuk Nikon Coolpix P90 beda dengan P6000 yang sering dibandingkan dengan G10 ya?
    makasih sebelumnya.. 🙂

  8. menurut mas, super zoom P90 kualitas hasil akhirnya bgaimana mas? saya tertarik dengan P90, tapi masih ragu dengan kemampuan super-zoom’nya . makanya saya mulai melirik high-end pocket seperti G10/G11, yang menawarkan lensa wide, tetapi masih bisa dipasangi tele-converter, walaupun-yang saya baca di beberapa artikel-tidak sejauh super zoom.
    terima kasih sebelumnya.
    artikel-artikelnya sangat menarik . 🙂

    1. Memang nikon bukan merk pertama yang terlintas di benak kita saat bicara superzoom, pamornya kalah dgn lumix, canon bahkan fuji – olympus. Sedang G10/G11 sendiri masuk ke kelas premium/high-end pocket yg lengkap dan ‘sangar’ meski secara kinerja sebenarnya masih lamban.

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