Nikon released a new point and shoot camera the P6000. I have been looking for a quality small camera and when I saw that this camera also shot RAW files, I figured this is it! Well not so fast there my friend. It seems that Nikon has decided on a new proprietory RAW format! Seriously, it can’t be read on a MAC, it can’t be read with Nikon’s own flagship software, Capture NX, and no 3rd party software supports it. Nice job!
Thom Hogan wrote an article on his site last week about Nikon shooting themselves in the foot with all of this double top secret software and while I thought it was interesting with good points, it didn’t really move me until I saw this one. The only thing that I can think is that Microsoft (the format creator) gave Nikon a whole bucket of money for deploying yet another standard. So depite the great specs, I’ll on pass on this one. My little silent protest about this software “philosophy”.
Here are some details from DP Review:
|Nikon has announced its flagship compact, the Coolpix P6000. Built around a 13.5 megapixel, 1/1.72 inch sensor (0.41 square cm), the camera has a 4x zoom starting at a respectably wide-angle – equivalent to 28mm. It also records RAW files in a new NRW format that can be converted in-camera or with the forthcoming Windows version of View NX or Windows Imaging Component compatible applications. The other stand-out feature is the inclusion of built-in GPS logging of the locations at which images were recorded. It is expected to start shipping in September for around $500.Full specs are here from Nikon|