I just wanted a compact camera that gives me manual control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, access to RAW images and good image quality. Period.
On the surface the P6000 looked promising, but when I started reading the fine print I discovered exactly how incredibly clueless Nikon are: the RAW support is tied to Windows Imaging Component -- meaning that you can forget about the RAW support unless you are running WIC-based applications. On Windows.
I'm not. Nor is the majority of photographers I know.
I am not sure what process governs how these decisions are made at Nikon, but someone needs to make these people aware of the fact that they are clearly on the wrong path. Also, this is not the first time Nikon do things that end up hurting them. Remember their stupid decision to obfuscate white-balance data?
A few tips to Nikon:
- Try to understand your users. Your users want access to RAW images and they want to use their favorite applications. They want to use Aperture, Lightroom, Bibble etc. Ignore this at your peril.
- Nikon Capture is not a compelling piece of software. The fact that I have Nikon Capture but that I never use it should tell you how worthless it is to me: you can't even get me to use it by giving it away to me for free. I still pay to use applications from your competitors.
- You don't need to own the whole value-chain to be successful. The more choice and flexibility you give your users, the more compelling your camera products are to users. Your software offerings are bad. Make them mandatory and it will hurt parts of the value chain that aren't bad (ie. your cameras).
- Guess what platform most artists, photographers, publishers etc use. Do you really want to exclude the core demographic in your choice of platform?