Nikon Coolpix P600 Review

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Review posted 06/18/2014

Quick Take
Pros
  • 60X optical zoom lens
  • 24mm wide angle
  • Lens-shift vibration reduction
  • Full manual mode
  • Programmable function button
  • Two dials on rear panel
  • Swiveling 921,000-dot LCD
  • Low light sensitivity up to ISO 6400
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Auto focus can be slow, inaccurate
  • Slow image processing
  • Flash is weak
  • No flash shoe
  • Auto focus is not continuous in burst modes
  • Auto focus swims during movie recording
  • Zoom motor is noisy
  • No RAW mode
Bottom Line
This super zoom delivers good overall image quality and a fair number of useful features, but the auto focus can be slow and unreliable. This, in addition to slow processing in burst mode, make it ill-suited for fast action photography. The weak flash and lack of a flash shoe further hamper this camera's versatility. But, if you rarely use flash or photograph fast action, this super zoom could meet your needs. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

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Nikon's newest P-series super-zoom (as of 2/2014), the Coolpix P600 boasts some serious specifications, like a 60x optical zoom. This unit covers a 24-1440mm 35mm-equivalent zoom range, with Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) and a 16.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, "capable of capturing detailed photos and Full HD 1080/60i video, even in challenging lighting conditions". Composition, from any vantage point, is made easy thanks to a 3.0-inch Vari-angle LCD display and, once your high power zoom shots are captured, the built-in Wi-Fi allows users to send images to smartphones and tablets in order to share via the web.

Like many powerful zoom point-and-shoots, the P600 is shaped to resemble a DSLR, even going so far as to include full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and an electronic viewfinder. But don't worry if you're a beginner. The P600 has numerous Scene Modes to help your camera take the best photos in any lighting conditions; with little or no work from you, save framing the shot. Finally, this new Coolpix boasts an improved battery life that allows up to approximately 330 shots per charge.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Features
  • 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS Image Sensor
  • 60x Optical Zoom Lens
    • 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom (digital)
    • 24-1440mm (35mm equivalent)
  • 3.0-inch Vari-angle LCD Display
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1080/60i HD Video Recording
  • Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
  • P, S, A, M Manual Controls
  • New Scene Modes, such as
    • Moon
    • Bird Watching
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • SD card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • Improved Battery Life (up to 330 shots-per-charge)

The Nikon Coolpix P600 is available in Black and Red with an MRSP of $499.95. See our buy box at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • Camera body
  • Strap
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • AC Charger
  • USB cable
  • Lens cap


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