Nikon COOLPIX P600 Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 16MP 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor
  • 24-1440mm F3.3-6.5 equivalent lens with lens-shift VR (60x optical zoom)
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • 3" vari-angle LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 201,000 dots and 100% coverage
  • PSAM + auto and scene modes
  • 1080/30p HD video (.MOV/MPEG-4/H.264)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory

Product Description

The bridge-style Nikon Coolpix P600 camera features a 24-1440mm zoom lens with lens-shift vibration reduction and a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor. It offers built-in Wi-Fi, letting you wirelessly share your photos to an Android or iOS device. The P600 will let you have full control with P, S, A, M modes or full auto and scene modes for quick snapshots. The P600's scene modes also include two new modes: new Moon and Bird Watching.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
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
Image
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 - F6.5
Autofocus
  • 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 56MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Built-In
Physical
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

Reviews

User Reviews

  • al porfido, Mar 5, 2014 GMT:
    Super Zoom

    Just got mine today, pre-ordered from Nikon, zoom is great manual focus has been improved greatly. After day one very happy.

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  • RetiredPhotog, Mar 7, 2014 GMT:
    New Nikon P600

    Have had my new P600 one day which is replacing my Canon SX50 HS. The zoom is great, Image Stabilization seems as good as the Canon. Some new features on the Nikon are also nice. Built in Wifi, the manual focus feature is more user friendly and easier to use on the Nikon, has a host of scene modes, one being the Birding mode. Everything setup like I would with my D7100. This will be a great camera for anyone one wanting to shoot wildlife or nature shots. One drawback is no shooting Raw and ...

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  • ShaikhJD, May 13, 2014 GMT:
    Excellent Zoom

    Recently received Nikon Coolpix P600, the more I use it the more I like, Still to explore various options. Off course zoom is the main point and it takes great picture of moon without any big fuss and without tripod too I was able to capture great picture. Nikon Coolpxi P600 Nikon Coolpxi P600

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  • SA FOX MULDER, Oct 23, 2014 GMT:
    Almost, but not quite.

    Initially I really liked this camera after I purchased it. I was taking pictures of eagles, buntings, woodpeckers, bears, deer, and beavers in no time. However the longer I used it the more and more shots I lost due to super slow auto focusing or super heavy noise reduction. Not to mention all the ruined video I have because of the noisy zoom. I got some good photos with it and I may have kept it if it were weatherproof, but at the price tag it was and the options available I decided to ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

P600 firmware update, focus hunting and fungus issue

Dear all, Happened to be a proud owner of P600 till I discovered that ugly fungus on its lens! Contacted the Nikon India service centre at Kolkata and they said that there is no option of cleaning the lens off fungus. The complete lens assembly is to be changed!! Is it so? If yes, this could be a deal breaker for people aspiring to buy this camera. I spent Rs.20 K for this camera here and the lens assy is worth almost Rs.10 K! In this part of the world fungi can be spotted commonly on lenses despite keeping them with silica gel or in desiccators. Is it true for all other similar superzooms? The camera also fails to identify the update file put in memory card (sandisk sdxc 32 gb). I had to take the camera to service centre for firmware update. Bird watching using Auto mode in AF selected fails to focus especially when a dark colour bird sits inside a dark leafy bush. The focus hunts and the subject comes in sharp focus in one instance and blurs away in the next, making it almost ...

amitavasil asked
29 days ago

ANSWERS

Not necessary, weatherproof Fujifilm S1 might be free of that issue. I think you will get better info on that region-specific problem on some local photography forums. Nikon's superzooms are not great in focusing on max zoom in low-light and with low contrast, yep. It is probably the same as in P520, and displays just 2 states: "there are some juice left" and "it's about time to change battery". Continue Reading

errant answered
24 days ago

Dear Errant, Thanks for your reply. Since I have not yet heard anything from any other experts on how to get rid of the fungus that is already there, I am keeping the camera in sun with the lens facing it (battery and memory card removed) . I expect to get rid of residual moisture, if any, thus although having no idea whether the fungus will get killed that way or not. The fungus is still not that dense to interfere with quality of photograph taken. Some suggest to remove it at the earliest as they secrete acid that damages the lens coating. Can't help it right now. Does the fungus need oxygen to live? I mean, if I put the camera in an LDPE bag and suck the air out and seal it will the fungus die? So far opening of the lens assy is concerned I see a retainer ring on top of the lens with three slots for rotation. Will an attempt to open the lens may prove fatal so far optical accuracy of such superzoom is concerned? On the firmware update issue, I apologise. It was my mistake as ... Continue Reading

amitavasil answered
22 days ago

It does need oxygen, but not much (hence it can live inside the lens). Bag might work on a living organisms, but it will require a long time. And spores could survive. I've never done it, can not give any advice, sorry. Continue Reading

errant answered
19 days ago

QUESTION

P600 vs Fuji S1?

I've had my eyes on the announced Fuji S1 http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n140106_03.html and just this Nikon P600 announcement today. This one is being released earlier that the Fuji. which I have pre-ordered on B&H. I am very interested to see how this compares to the Fuji. The price is identical. I think one of these two will be a good compliment to the Fuji x100s for an upcoming trip to Hawaii. Looks like I will have a tough choice ahead of me.

9 months ago

ANSWERS

if they made less super-zoom, like 24-800mm, but put better glass in the lens, I would be happier. for hand-held tele-1440mm shooting, the no-blurring ratio could be very low. ;-) Continue Reading

yudi answered
9 months ago

The lack of raw is a killer for me. I didn't pick up on that. I shoot raw exclusively (although I am starting to use raw+jpg on the x100s, but that's another story) and with these smaller sensors, it helps pull out as much data as possible from an image. Thanks for pointing that out. — Tony Canon EOS 5D Mark III :: Canon EOS 7D :: Canon EOS 30D :: Canon S95 :: Fuji x100s :: GoPro HERO2 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS :: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens :: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L :: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM :: Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX II Continue Reading

9 months ago

The P600 EVF is 201k dots, vs. 920k for the S1. (HS50EXR EVF is very nice.) If one prefers using the VF for shooting, this may also impact selection. Continue Reading

Craig R K answered
9 months ago

QUESTION

P600 Audio quality?

I've been happy with my old Nikon Coolpix 8800 since I bought it, something like 10 years ago. It was fairly high end when I bought it, but the 10x optical/40x digital zoom and 640x480 video is definitely dated these days, something that became painfully obvious while I was taking photos of the last two solar eclipses and video at the last concert I went to. So thinking an upgrade may be in order before the next event of either type. Looking at the P600 since it's been rated highly, has that 60x optical zoom and HD video. And it's another Coolpix that looks just like what I have now, so the learning curve for the features should be pretty low. My question is about the audio. Have tried upgrading to other different cameras, both digital and video, in the past, and with the exception of the Zoom Q3HD video camera (which only has a 4x zoom and NO still photo capability :-P ), nothing else that I've tried seems to be able to handle the high volume of audio at concerts. My Nikon 8800 ...

GoHybrid asked
16 days ago

ANSWERS

If the sound is really important...  you will need a external mic.  I tested it and even a cheapo external mic blows away the build-in mics of todays cams. Wanna have high quality sound? but still nice priced..  go for rodeo mic. But check if your future cams HAS a external (stereo) mic input. regards Continue Reading

SpeedyGonzalys answered
14 days ago
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