Nikon Coolpix P600 review

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LCD AND EVF

LCD screen has a 3″ diagonal and 921,000 dots. It is fully articulated and can be closed in order to protect it. Viewing quality is fine but not top of the line; I’ve seen more detailed LCD’s with better color reproduction (this one looks to yellow for my taste).

Electronic viewfinder is a good thing to have, but this one is a disaster. It has very low resolution (I don’t know how low, couldn’t find the specifications anywhere). RGB tearing effect makes it even worse, and photographers with glasses will hate it since the thick rubber around it prevents you from seeing corners.

NIKON COOLPIX P600 MEMORY AND BATTERY

The P600 uses Li-Ion battery strong enough for around 200 shots. It is charged in external battery charger (provided) or in camera using USB cable. Images and videos are recorded on standard SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

MENUS AND RESPONSIVITY

Menu system is the same as found on previous P520 or other Coolpix cameras. It has quite a wide range of features some of which will be interesting only to advanced users.

The camera has relatively slow startup time; it takes around 3 seconds to be able to take the first shot.

It is also slow when you switch between LCD and EVF what can be irritating (2-3 seconds), but now at least there is a button which will allow you to manually switch between LCD and EVF (P520 did not have it).

NIKON COOLPIX P600 VIDEO RECORDING

Video recording is available in Full HD (1920×1080) at 30fps. There are several slow motion options: 1080/15p will emulate the look of early 20th century movies and you can shoot at 1280×720 at 60fps (playback will be twice slower) or at 640×480/120fps which will give you 4 times slower reproduction.

Video quality is generally good, but its usability is ruined with slow auto focus when zoomed in. Also, keep in mind image stabilization cannot fully stabilize the video at maximum zoom; it is usable, but using tripod or leaning the camera against the wall or something similar is recommended.



NIKON COOLPIX P600 REVIEW CONCLUSION 

I am not sure what exactly went wrong with this camera, but Nikon P600 is not what i expected. In theory, P600 could have been a great camera. It has all the good traits of P520 like excellent build quality, tilt LCD, extensive manual controls and even a better lens (not just bigger zoom but also sharper), but in real life use P600 behaves like a half finished product. Auto focus is way to slow when zoomed in and almost unusable in video mode. Image quality suffers from low dynamic range and overly aggressive noise reduction which smears all the details I believe could be delivered if paired to better sensor. LCD quality is fine, but electronic viewfinder is a disaster by modern standards.

All put together, Nikon P600 is not a camera I would buy myself or recommend buying. In this price range, there is a bunch of mirrorless or DSLR models that will blow away P600 to pieces. I would rather recommend getting a cheap used DSLR and some sort of 18-200 or 18-250 Tamron or Sigma lens if you really need to have large optical zoom. If it has to be new, Canon SX50IS is a better choice or even better, try extending you budget for Olympus Stylus 1 (review published several days before) which outperforms P600 in all aspects.

NIKON COOLPIX P600 PROS:

  • Articulated LCD
  • Build quality
  • Extensive controls
  • Relatively light
  • 60x optical zoom
  • Slow motion video

NIKON COOLPIX P600 CONS:

  • Image quality
  • EVF of disappointing quality
  • AF speed
  • Overall slow operation

NIKON COOLPIX P600 PHOTO EXAMPLES

All JPEGS straight out of camera:

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