Jogging with a Nikon Coolpix P6000

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This was a occasion to try out the digital still capabilities of the Nikon Coolpix P6000 under 'hostile' conditions. I jogged whilst taking pictures. As my left hand was holding a water bottle, the camera operation was a one handed affair. Clearly point and shoot was also exactly that.

The P6000 was set to 'auto' throughout for still photographs. I carried the P6000 in my right hand and my water bottle in my left hand. To take a photograph I just pointed the camera in the general direction. I did not use the viewfinder or the LCD to inform the process. I did not stop running when taking photographs. I did not worry about light, direction, or any other issues. I pointed the camera in any direction even towards the sun. I wanted to see how the P6000 coped. All resultant photographs are included in the film - poor and good. Many of the photos are also on Flickr. This video illustrates what can be expected regarding quality of photos under such conditions including:

Some blurring due to my movement when taking the photographs
Some exposure issues due to lack of care when pointing the camera
Some issues with framing

My battery ran out before I finished the run but I had taken 350 photos and 3 short videos.

The GPS facility worked well as can be seen in the video.

To create the film I Imported all photos from the P6000 into my Mac. I used ViewNX to reduce file size to 2000x1500 pixels and I saved the files as jpgs. The files were then Imported to iPhoto and were then exported as a slide show m4v format. The Ken Burns Effect was used to simulate some motion. Finally the m4v slide show was Imported into iMovie and it was integrated with the other videos plus new text. The resultant movie was then exported to m4v format for upload to YouTube and was converted to flv format for use on this site.

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