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Nikon has announced two new high-power zoom cameras, the COOLPIX B600 and the COOLPIX A1000, both planned to be released in February this year.
A lot of amateur and enthusiast photographers are nowadays using smartphones to capture everyday images. But, while modern phones are designed to produce photos of high quality, they often have poor zooming capabilities.
Two new models announced by Nikon are compact and budget-friendly, and along with impressive zooming features, their specs will allow you to make astonishing photos for a small amount of money.
In this article, we will review the more affordable one between these two cameras – the Coolpix B600.
Nikon Coolpix B600 Specs
The Coolpix B600 is built around 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED high-performance image-processing engine. This is a bridge camera with DSLR-like design and its most attractive feature will definitely be a 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens.
The other notable features of this camera are a native ISO range from 125 to 6400, 1080p (Full HD) video, target-finding AF, 19 scene modes, 36 different effects, and advanced connectivity options.
The B600 Has a Macro and Telephoto Mode
The B600 is designed for versatile purposes. The camera has equivalent focal length from 24 to 1440 mm which means that it is useful both for macro and telephoto photography. According to Nikon, Macro mode will allow users to enjoy macro photography with shooting as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.) to the lens at the maximum wide-angle position.
On the other hand, the 60x zoom will allow you to easily shoot and record distant targets, and it should do a great job in photographing wild animals, birds, astronomical objects or on spying your neighbors (I am only joking, please don’t do this).
If this amount of zoom is not enough, the camera offers a 120x digital zoom. There is also a Snap-back zoom button which allows quick zoomed-out view and helps you to keep track of your subject. Additionally, the camera uses Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism and 4-axis Hybrid VR which will help you to shoot sharp images even at high levels of zoom.
The B600 Has Good Connectivity options
The Coolpix B600 has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth technologies.
Images from the camera can be uploaded to a smart device automatically, while SnapBridge app allows many possibilities such as remote shooting.
There are no jacks for microphone and headphones, but there are HDMI and USB ports.
Nikon B600 Price
With a size of 4.8 x 3.23 x 3.9″ inches and a weight of 500 g, this camera is pretty portable. It has 3″ display (921,000 dots) but it does not have touchscreen technology and it is not tiltable. Also, the camera does not incorporate an electronic viewfinder so you will need to rely exclusively on the LCD screen. Still, you can look at this as a trade-off for other benefits this camera offers.
The Nikon Coolpix B600 price is yet to be announced, but according to unofficial information, it will be around $500.
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