The Nikon COOLPIX B600 is a superzoom SLR-styled ‘bridge’ camera with a wide equivalent length of 60x 24-1440mm and an inexpensive price. It replaces the three-year-old B500, expanding the zoom size considerably from the 40x of the older model. The 16-megapixel sensor of the B500 is maintained and there is no viewfinder as before, but a 3-inch 921k dot LCD screen is used for composition and playback. However, the screen is locked and does not turn up and down like it did on the older B500, which is a real shame. There is a huge change here. In another change of course, in favor of the EN-EL12 battery used in some of its other COOLPIX versions, Nikon has abandoned the AA batteries that powered the B500.
Nikon Coolpix B600: Price
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Along with 720p, a 480p quarter-speed slowmo mode and a 1080/0.5x mode that plays back in real time twice, 1080/25/30p remains the highest quality video mode. There’s also Snapbridge, of course, which transfers images over Bluetooth to your phone in the background. One of the first Nikon compacts to feature Snapbridge was the B500 and it was a little rough around the edges then, but now it’s even more refined and there’s little to top it when you shoot for smooth background transfer of pictures to your tablet.
Exposure control remains largely an electronic business, but the B600 has plenty of scene and function modes, like its predecessor. I compared the COOLPIX B600 in my analysis with the PowerShot SX70 HS, the newest DSLR-styled superzoom from Canon. I have also outlined variations and parallels with the older B500. Read on to find out which superzoom is the best for your cash!
Nikon Coolpix B600: Specifications
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–1440 mm|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Storage types||Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||500 g (1.10 lb / 17.64 oz)|
|Dimensions||122 x 82 x 99 mm (4.8 x 3.23 x 3.9″)|
Nikon Coolpix B600: Controls
Both the buttons are located on the right side of the camera, going to the back of the camera, ensuring you have quick access with your right thumb, which is particularly handy if you aim with one hand.
Here, the control layout is rather conventional. With each button having its own special feature, there is a four way navigation pad – up to monitor flash mode, down to turn on macro firing, left to use the timer, and right to change exposure compensation. An OK button is at the middle of the navigation screen, which you can use for different menu functions and so on.
There are four keys, each with a particular function, around the navigation screen. There is a button for replay, a button for view, a menu button and an undo button. There is also a direct video record button right above the rear thumb rest, which is covered just enough to ensure you shouldn’t inadvertently click it when you don’t want to, but when you need to, it’s always within easy reach.
Nikon Coolpix B600: Screen
The Coolpix B600 no longer has a tilting screen, unlike the previous iteration, which is a total shame. The rear screen rotated up and down on the B500, moving marginally away from the bracket of the body, which proved very useful for taking more uncomfortably skewed shots. They’re set in place on the B600, which is even less flexible. The B600’s monitor is also not touch sensitive, as on the B500.