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Friday, July 29, 2016

Nikon Coolpix P600 Review

The Nikon COOLPIX P600 is a DSLR-styled super-zoom camera with an impressive 60x optical zoom ranging from an equivalent 24mm to a whopping 1440mm telephoto. Introduced in February 2014, it has a side-hinged fold-out 3 inch LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 201k dots. Alongside the P600 Nikon also launched the P530, an update of the earlier P520 with the same 42x optical zoom. Both these models share a new 16.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor.

The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a mechanically-stabilized 60x optical zoom that offers a massive focal range of 24-1440mm. It also offers an innovative side zoom control, a 1/2.3” Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor with 16.1 megapixels, sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6400, and full HD 60i video recording with stereo sound and slow-motion video at up to 120fps. The Nikon P600 appeals further to the keen photographer with a full range of manual shooting modes, burst shooting at 7fps, 99-point autofocus system, focus peaking, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch 921K-dot vari-angle RGBW LCD screen.

Nikon Coolpix P600
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The P600’s control pad functions in the familiar compass switch configuration, and the rotating dial around the OK button makes for super-fast menu scrolling and function selection. Where Nikon’s nifty rotary multi-controller really shines is in its easy back-and-forth review and comparison of saved images.

The P600’s one-touch video Record/Stop button, meanwhile, is a bit smaller than it should be and it’s somewhat awkwardly positioned — but it can still be used without requiring the shooter to look away from the LCD/EVF when starting or stopping video.

The COOLPIX P600's combined battery and card compartment is located in the grip and accessed via a door in the base of the camera. It takes a new EN-EL23 battery with a power rating of 1850mAh. That delivers enough power to take 330 shots, broadly comparable with the Sony HX400V's 300 shots, the PowerShot SX50 HS's 315 shots or the Panasonic Lumix FZ70 / FZ72's more generous 400 shot capacity. The P600's battery is charged in the camera via the USB port using the supplied cable and either the supplied charger, or, as I've mentioned, by plugging it into a USB port on your computer.

The COOLPIX P600 has a built-in flash which is raised mechanically by pressing a button on the left side of the body just below the flash head. Once in the raised position you can select the flash mode by pressing the top position on the multi selector four-way control wheel. The options are Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Slow sync and Rear-curtain sync. When you've finished using the flash you just push it back down into the closed position.

The COOLPIX P600 has 20 manually-selected scene modes. Three of them - Landscape, Night landscape and Night Portrait have dedicated positions on the mode dial and the rest are accessed from a menu when the mode dial is in the Scene position. In addition to the usual suspects from Portrait to Party via Landscape, Sports, Beach, Fireworks, Backlighting and Sunset, there are two new additions - Moon and Birdwatching. Moon provides a selection of tint options which you can select on screen. More usefully, a small square in the middle of the frame indicates the area framed when fully zoomed in, so with the camera on a tripod you can frame the moon in the small square then press OK to automatically zoom the lens all the way in. Theoretically, at least, in practice, as anyone who has tried to shoot the moon wil now, framing is a tricky business. That said, the new Moon scene mode may be enough to encourage first timers to have a crack at lunar photography.

Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–1440 mm
Optical zoom 60×
Maximum aperture F3.3
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 7.50 m
Flash modes TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Continuous drive 7.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/100/30/25p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 56MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Built-In
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-ion EN-EL23
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 565 g (1.25 lb / 19.93 oz)
Dimensions 125 x 85 x 107 mm (4.92 x 3.35 x 4.21)
Other features
GPS None
Price Nikon Coolpix P600 From Amazon : $375.20
Price Nikon Coolpix P600 From Ebay : $375.20

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