Grant McWilliams

Photography And yet another G7 replacement!

And yet another G7 replacement!

Nikon has decided to release an update to the Coolpix P5100. Like the Panasonic LX-2 the Nikon P5100 had near perfect specs but fell down on such a major feature that I deamed it unbuyable. It was so painfully slow that you'd be religated to only taking static shots. It's took 2 seconds between shots and in continuous mode it could only muster .3 frames per second. That is in comparison to the G7s 2fps. The Panasonic LX-2 on the other hand had perfect specs but the over diligent noise suppression turned photos taken ISO 400 or higher into Degas paintings.

Now Panasonic has released the LX-3 which according to them has much nicer photos and Nikon has released the P6000. Because there aren't currently any reviews for either we have to speculate on whether they improve apon their forbearers.I've included a chart here that compares the two of them to the Canon G7. I use the G7 here because that's what I have and there's very little reason to buy a G9 if you already have the G7. The only improvements were extra resolution that nobody needed, the ability shoot in raw and a larger LCD screen. The larger screen has the same pixels and cramped some of the buttons and with the CHDK firmware you can shoot in raw with the G7. I did not include every comparison item as many are identical between the cameras so I've included the points where the three differ.

 

Nikon Coolpix P6000 Canon PowerShot G7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Image Nikon Coolpix P6000 Canon PowerShot G7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
       
Click for help Max resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Click for help Low resolution 3648 x 2432, 3584 x 2016, 3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 2816 x 2112, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 3968 x 2232, 3776 x 2520, 3328 x 1872, 3168 x 2112, 3072 x 2304, 2784 x 1568, 2656 x 1768, 2560 x 1920, 2208 x 1248, 2112 x 1408, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Click for help Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 4:3, 3:2 16:9, 4:3, 3:2
Click for help Effective pixels 13.5 million 10.0 million 10.1 million
Click for help Sensor photo detectors 13.93 million 10.3 million 11.3 million
Click for help Sensor size 1/1.72" (7.40 x 5.55 mm, 0.41 cm²) 1/1.8 " (7.18 x 5.32 mm, 0.38 cm²) 1/1.63 "
Click for help Pixel density 33 MP/cm² 26 MP/cm² 24 MP/cm²
Click for help ISO rating Auto (64 - 800), Hi-Auto (64 - 1600), 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, (3200, 6400 at 3MP) Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Click for help Zoom wide (W) 28 mm 35 mm 24 mm
Click for help Zoom tele (T) 112 mm (4 x) 210 mm (6 x) 60 mm (2.5 x)
Click for help Macro focus range 2 cm 1 cm 1 cm
Click for help White balance override 5 positions, manual preset 6 positions & manual preset 5 positions, plus 2 manual
Click for help Aperture range F2.7 - F5.9 F2.8 - F4.8 F2.0 - F2.8
Click for help Min shutter Unknown 15 sec 60 sec
Click for help Max shutter Unknown 1/2500 sec 1/2000 sec
Flash guide no. 8.0 m (26.2 ft) 4.0 m (13.1 ft) 8.3 m (27.2 ft) (Auto ISO)
External flash Yes, hot shoe Yes, hot-shoe Yes
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off,
Click for help Metering Unknown Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Click for help Continuous Drive Yes Yes, 2.0 fps Yes, 2.5 fps, max 8 images
Movie Clips Yes, 640 x 480, 15/30 fps, 320 x 240, 15 fps, 160 x 120, 15 fps Yes, 1024 x 768 @ 15 fps, 640 x 480 @ 30/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 30/15 fps, 160 x 120 @ 15 fps Yes, 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps
Self-timer 3 or 10 sec Yes 2 or 10 sec
Orientation sensor No Yes Yes
Click for help Uncompressed format Yes No (yes with chdk firmware)
RAW
Click for help Quality Levels High, Normal Super-Fine Fine, Normal Fine, Standard
Click for help Viewfinder Yes Optical No
Click for help LCD 2.7 " 2.5 " 3.0 "
Click for help LCD Pixels 230,000 207,000 460,000
Click for help Video out   Yes Yes
Weight (inc. batteries) 280 g (9.9 oz) 380 g (13.4 oz) 265 g (9.3 oz)
Dimensions 107 x 65.2 x 42 mm (4.2 x 2.6 x 1.7 in) 106 x 72 x 43 mm (4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in) 109 x 60 x 27 mm (4.3 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)
Notes Built-in GPS receiver
Photography And yet another G7 replacement!