Nikon Coolpix B600
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Nikon Coolpix B600 Review
The 3-Minute Nikon Coolpix B600 Review
Is the B600 Really a Nikon?
Nikon’s Coolpix B600 is a new entrant to the budget ultra-zoom market. It comes with a 60x optical zoom lens, a 16MP CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.
It is an upgrade on the Coolpix B500, improving on the 40x optical zoom lens of that camera. The lens is equivalent to 24-1440mm (in 35mm equivalent terms), with an f/3.3 to f/6.5 aperture. The lens allows focusing in macro mode, using the top zoom control, and a side zoom control, on the left side of the lens barrel.
The camera uses a lithium-ion battery, rather than AA batteries the B500 uses. This means a much lower battery life (280 shots).
The Nikon SnapBridge application (available for iOS and Android) will allow the transfer of image over Bluetooth, as either 2MP images or full-size images. Full-size images are noticeably slower to transfer.
Features & Design: 3/5 | Performance: 4/5 | Value: 3/5 | Battery Life: 2/5
Asides great ergonomics, the B600 delivers stunning 60x zoom range by making sacrifices other cameras do not. The f/3.3-6.5 lens captures much less light than the Panasonic FZ300, which retains an f/2.8 f-stop through a more modest 24x (25-600mm) zoom range).
Also, the sensor size is 1/2.3-inch, just as in the majority of smartphones.
Unlike the Nikon Coolpix A1000, the Nikon Coolpix B600 has not had any significant performance-hindering bugs. There are relatively fewer software manipulations to perform in the B600, such as an LCD touchscreen, and SnapBridge plays really well with the gadget.
Is it for you?
The Nikon Coolpix B600 is a bundle of convenience. Many photographers can testify to the joy of a superzoom relatively compact point-and-shoot. The 24-1400mm zoom is sharp and well stabilized, ensuring your images come out decent.
The handgrip lends the B600 a secure grip, and it naturally clings to four curled fingers when carried at the side. This camera is one you can consider giving a try if you’re on the market for a budget flick unit.
What we like
The Coolpix B600 has only a handful of exciting features, but the Short Movie Show Mode is the most fun. The camera creates a short 30-second movie (not more!) by recording and automatically combining multiple short clips. This is reminiscent of the Movie Shaker software Sony bundled with Vaio computers years ago.
The camera is, however usable for most situations an average person is likely to encounter. The delivery is consistently high, which is what almost anyone’s really after.
What we don’t like
The Nikon Coolpix B600 does not include P, A, S, or M modes. The Auto mode is only just similar to the Program mode on similar cameras, not exactly. It is also not possible to select either shutter speed or f-stop. There’s also no RAW format option. It’s basically a point-and-shoot, without an electronic viewfinder or touchscreen. These features inspire creativity with cameras.
This camera is not for photographing action. The autofocus system is fine for still objects but falls extremely short when used to capture wildlife or sports events, for instance.
Should you buy it?
The Nikon Coolpix B600 promises plenty of zoom for a reasonable price. However, this is at the true cost of useful features that are worth spending a bit more for. If it’s really all you want to spend or can spend, then you may buy the B600.
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- The Nikon Coolpix B600 is manufactured by Nikon and was added in January 2019 in the Digital Cameras section
- This product has a rating of 3.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Nikon Coolpix B600 in Canada is $389.99 at Best Buy
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
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