New Nikon Coolpix P6000 is Here, But Does It Really Shoot Raw?

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Digital Camera

The much-rumored Nikon Coolpix P6000 is finally around, touting cool new features that a tech-geek photographer can be proud about: 13.5 megapixels, built-in GPS, optical VR, ISO 6400, my Picturetown connectivity, EXPEED processing and what Nikon calls NRW (RAW) files.

Wait a minute, did you say RAW files? Can the P6000 shoot RAW images? Can I open it in Adobe Camera Raw, Aperture or Lightroom? Does NRW = RAW? Maybe not. Well, at least not the RAW files that we normally refer to. Nikon says “NRW (RAW) files” can only be processed in-camera. NRW (RAW) files are compatible for use in-camera, with ViewNX (Windows version only, available early October 2008). Please don’t call it RAW, Nikon. You confuse me.

Nevertheless, the Nikon Coolpix P6000 still looks to be one cool digital camera. Aside from the high-tech features already mentioned, it also offers Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] modes giving users the ability to tap into the creativity of DSLR functions while maintaining the simplicity of Coolpix functionality.

The Nikon COOLPIX P6000 will be available nationwide beginning September 2008 at $500.

[Site: Nikon USA]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.