Intro

The Nikon COOLPIX B600 is an SLR-styled ‘bridge’ superzoom digicam with an enormous 60x 24-1440mm equal vary and an inexpensive worth. It replaces the three-year-old B500, considerably extending the zoom vary from the older mannequin’s 40x. The B500’s 16 Megapixel sensor is retained and, as earlier than, there’s no viewfinder, as an alternative a three inch 921ok dot LCD display is used for composition and playback. There’s one large distinction right here although, the display is fastened and doesn’t flip up and down because it did on the older B500, which is a superb disgrace. In one other change of course, Nikon has deserted the AA batteries that powered the B500 in favour of the EN-EL12 battery utilized in a few of its different COOLPIX fashions.

1080/25/30p stays the highest quality video mode, together with 720p, a 480p quarter-speed slowmo mode and a 1080/0.5x mode that performs again at twice actual time. There’s additionally in fact Snapbridge, which transfers images to your telephone within the background over Bluetooth. The B500 was one of many first Nikon compacts to function Snapbridge and it was a bit tough across the edges then, however is far more polished now and there’s nothing to beat it for seamless background switch of images to your telephone when you shoot.

Publicity management stays largely an computerized enterprise however, like its predecessor, the B600 has a number of scene and have modes. In my overview I’ve in contrast the COOLPIX B600 with Canon’s newest DSLR-styled superzoom, the PowerShot SX70 HS. I’ve additionally highlighted variations and similarities with the older B500. Learn on to find which is the perfect superzoom on your cash!

 

 

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As you’d anticipate, the COOLPIX B600 is somewhat greater than its predecessor however, contemplating it’s packing an enormous 60x zoom, it’s truly remarkably compact. It has a bigger grip, however design-wise it’s just like the sooner B500.

 

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Right here’s the COOLPIX B600 side-by-side with the PowerShot SX70 HS which, as you’ll be able to see, is somewhat greater all-round. The SX70 HS does have the benefit of a viewfinder in addition to a flip out display although.

 

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The principle distinction between the B600 and earlier B500 from this angle, is the display. It’s the identical three inch 921ok dot panel, nevertheless it’s fastened in place. The flip up/down display on the B500 was higher for taking pictures from excessive and low angles. Higher nonetheless are the vari-angle screens on the COOLPIX B700 and Canon PowerShot SX70 HS which may be positioned in any course together with forward-facing.

 

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This view will likely be very acquainted to COOLPIX B500 homeowners. Not a lot has modified with the mode dial that includes Auto, Scene Auto selector, which chooses the scene mode for you, and a bunch of scene modes. No PASM modes although, for that you simply’ll have to look to the COOLPIX B700 or the PowerShot SX70 HS

 

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The 60x zoom on the COOLPIX B600 extends from 24mm to 1440mm. That’s a helpful wide-angle protection that’s nice for landscapes, teams and small interiors. It’s not as spectacular because the 21mm of the PowerShot SX70 HS, however ask your self how usually you’re going to wish to go that broad (and don’t neglect there’s a panorama mode for those who want it).

 

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Right here’s the angle of view on the different finish of the zoom vary, 1440mm – barely longer than the 1365mm of the SX70 HS. At this focal size it may be a battle to maintain your topic within the body; the B600’s optical stabilisation helps, and there’s additionally the ‘Snap-back zoom’ button on the lens barrel, which works in the same, although not fairly as subtle, option to the Framing Help Search button on the PowerShot SX70 HS, quickly zooming out so you’ll be able to re-acquire your topic, earlier than zooming again in while you launch the button.

 

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The COOLPIX B600 is nice for road images, however it may be a little bit of a problem to blur backgrounds. The autofocus also can battle to maintain up when zoomed in in poor lighting situations. The PowerShot SX70 HS fares somewhat higher in that respect.

 

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Just like the PowerShot SX70HS, the COOLPIX B600 can focus all the way down to 1cm in macro AF mode with the lens on the broad angle setting. That’s shut sufficient to get good pictures of one thing as small as a butterfly.

 

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To efficiently seize fast paced sports activities at a distance you want three issues – an extended lens, fast correct autofocus and quick steady taking pictures. The B600 solely has a type of. Its AF is somewhat on the sluggish facet and it might probably shoot a brief 7 body burst at a quoted 7.7fps, after which you’ll have to attend just a few seconds whereas it writes the pictures to the cardboard. I felt far more comfy – and acquired higher outcomes – with the 10fps PowerShot SX70 HS.

 

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When issues aren’t shifting round a lot, like this flamingo, the COOLPIX B600 does a significantly better job. There’s truly a Birdwatching scene mode on the B600, however I most well-liked the liberty of taking pictures in auto mode.

 

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There’s a Moon scene mode too, however guess what? I felt I acquired higher outcomes taking pictures in auto mode – right here with the lens zoomed all the way in which in to 1440mm and the B600 on a tripod.

 

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The COOLPIX B600 options Snapbridge which auto downloads 2 Megapixel images to your telephone within the background when you shoot utilizing a Bluetooth connection. You want the Snapbridge app put in in your telephone, then you definitely simply flip it on and it really works. You may also obtain images manually utilizing Wifi and use your telephone to shoot remotely, albeit with out a lot management aside from with the ability to regulate the zoom.

 

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With the mode dial set to Artistic the B600 saves your authentic shot plus 4 further photographs every with a unique inventive filter utilized – on this case pop.

 

It’s somewhat disappointing to find there’s no 4K video mode on the B600 – so this clip and the others under are shot in its highest quality 1080/25p mode. Right here’s the B600 handheld with the stabilisation enabled and I’ve to say the stabilisation does a really stable job of ironing out the wobbles even when zoomed in to 1440mm equal.

 

Right here I’ve mounted the B600 on a tripod and disabled the stabilisation. Fascinating which you could’t hear the zoom motor on this clip – in all probability due to the wind noise – the place you may on the earlier clip.

 

The COOLPIX B600 makes a fairly good job of this low-light inside with good publicity and white steadiness, you can also make out somewhat little bit of noise although.

 

I hooked up the B600 to a tripod for this Moon video. There’s a few factors at which the autofocus wanders somewhat, however other than that that is fairly spectacular with nice publicity and white steadiness producing a really pleasing consequence and the Moon nearly filling the body.

 
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