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Nikon Coolpix P600
16.1-megapixel digital camera with 60X optical zoom and Wi-Fi® (Black)
Our take on the Nikon Coolpix P600 by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The Nikon Coolpix P600's built-in lens features 60X zoom and vibration reduction for crisp long-distance photos.
Zoom waaaay in
Many cameras can bring your subject 3X closer, or 10X closer, but 60X closer? That's the high level of zoom the Nikon Coolpix P600 brings to the party. For those times when a colorful bird lands high in a nearby tree, or your seats put you on one end of the field, far from half of the action, this camera can snap colorful, detailed images even at a distance. Built-in vibration reduction helps you keep the image steady even when the lens is at full zoom.
Coordinate with your mobile device
The Wi-Fi® built into the Coolpix P600 is your doorway to instant sharing. Take sharp, clear photos and wirelessly send them to your compatible smartphone or tablet. Then you can text them, email them or upload to your favorite social networking site. You can even use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for the Coolpix P600, making it perfect for self-portraits and group shots that actually include you.
Shoot video in full HD
Sometimes you want to freeze the action in a still photo, but sometimes it's nice to watch it flow in living color. When you're ready to make movies, the Coolpix P600 can shoot full HD moving images that are better than any smartphone can manage, and equal to most camcorders. Video can be uploaded and shared via Wi-Fi in the same way as still photos, allowing you to pass along game footage or baby's first steps, even to distant relatives.
At first, you may want to stick with the camera's preprogrammed shooting modes that automatically adjust to your environment. As you become more familiar with your camera, you'll likely want to take more direct control over the camera's settings. The dial on top of the P600 lets you switch easily between preset scene modes and manual control. It's ready to grow with you.
in general this camera works "as advertised". It has lots of features (as do most cameras these days). The feature I was most interested in is the 60x zoom. it does work; however pictures can be blurry. it takes some practice to get it to focus on the place you want. the camera is very fast
central NJ, Edison, NJ
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- EN-EL23 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.8V 1850mAh 7.1 Wh) with plastic terminal cap
- EH-71P AC adapter (DC Output: 5V/1A)
- LC-CP29 Lens cap
- Lens cap cord
- Adjustable neck strap
- 36" UC-E21 USB cable (with Type A USB connector on one end and a Micro USB on the other end)
- Quick Start Guide (Eng/Span/Fren)
- Warranty Programs sheet
- Important Safety Instructions (for the battery charger)
- high-powered 60X optical zoom lens captures vivid detail at a distance
- lens-shift vibration reduction with active mode helps reduce camera shake
- built-in Wi-Fi® lets you upload and share images and videos instantly
- 16.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor
- 3" (921,000-dot) swiveling LCD monitor provides flexibility when framing a shot
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
- 35mm equivalent focal length: 24-1440mm
- built-in flash brightens photos
- adjust film sensitivity within an ISO range of 100-1600
- motion detection combats blur in action photography
- shutter speeds of 1/4000-15 seconds
- full HD 1080/60i movie recording
- able to shoot still images during video recording
- auto modes for bird watching and photographing the moon
- 4-15/16"W x 3-3/8"H x 4-1/2"D
- weight: 20 oz.
- warranty: 1 year parts and labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-1440mm|
|Internal Memory||56 MB|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3" CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/30p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||20|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3" Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix P600 has a 3" high resolution LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a six-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in both shooting and playback modes. The Vari-angle display swivels out and rotates 270° for high- and low-angle shots.
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD monitor, the camera has a 0.2" Electronic Viewfinder with approximately 201,000 dots, and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in both shooting and playback modes. The EVF has a diopter adjustment to allow you to set the image to your eyesight.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix P600 features a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with approximately 16.76-million total pixels and 16.1-million effective pixels.
Recording Media: Images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the 56 MB internal memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards of up to 128 GB. In addition, the camera is compatible with Eye-Fi cards.
Optics: The Coolpix P600 digital camera uses a 60x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Zoom-NIKKOR lens is designed for the specific camera and image sensor combination. The lens has a focal length of 4.3-258mm that is equivalent to a 24-1440mm lens in 35mm photography. There are two stages of digital zoom: Dynamic Fine Zoom and full Digital Zoom. Dynamic Fine Zoom is approximately 2x the optical zoom value (up to 120x total) with little or no degradation of image quality. Beyond 2x, the full digital zoom enlarges the image up to 4x the optical zoom (up to 240x), but with a noticeable reduction in image quality.
Zoom Memory: When the zoom control is operated, the zoom stops at the following preset focal lengths: 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm, 1200mm, and 1440mm. The function is similar to having 16 different prime lenses on a D-SLR camera. You can select any or all of the presets in the menu. (Zoom Memory is only available in the P, S, A, M, or U shooting modes.) You can set the camera to a specific Startup Zoom Position in advance (24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, or 135mm).
Vibration Reduction: The Coolpix P600 offers Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization to reduce blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. The camera automatically detects the panning direction (horizontally or vertically) and compensates for camera shake by shifting the lens. You can select from Normal or Active VR Modes.
Motion Detection: Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts the shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The Coolpix P600 has built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect the camera with your smartphone or tablet. Through the wireless connection (IEEE 802.11b/g/n), you can automatically load photos and videos to your device as you take them, use your smart device to remotely take photos on the camera, or download existing pictures from the camera's memory card to your device. Once you have downloaded images to your smartphone, you can share them via email, texts, or social networking sites.
Note: The smart device must have the Wireless Mobile Utility application, available for devices running Android 2.3 or later (smartphones), Android 3.0 or later (tablets), or iOS 6.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).
File Formats: The Coolpix P600 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: LPCM stereo). You can choose Fine (1:4) or Normal (1:8) compression ratios for still images. There are nine still image size options and nine movie options:
- Still Images:
- 16M: 4608 x 3456
- 8M: 3264 x 2448
- 4M: 2272 x 1704
- 2M: 1600 x 1200
- VGA: 640 x 480
- 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592
- 16:9 2M: 1920 x 1080
- 3:2: 4608 x 3072
- 1:1: 3456 x 3456
- HD 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
- HD 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
- HD 720p: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
- iFrame 720: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
- VGA: 640 x 480 (30 fps)
- HS Movies:
- HS 480/4x (640 x 480): 1/4x speed playback (record up to 7 min 15 sec; playback 29 min)
- HS 720/2x (1280 x 720): 1/2x speed playback (record up to 14 min 30 sec; playback 29 min)
- HS 1080/0.5x (1920 x 1080): 2x speed playback (record up to 29 min; playback 14 min 30 sec)
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Auto Mode: This is an automatic "point-and-shoot" mode recommended for first-time users of digital cameras.
- Programmed Auto Mode: The Programmed Auto Mode is a simple point-and-shoot mode in which the majority of camera settings are controlled by the camera. The camera will automatically set the shutter speed and aperture. This mode is recommended for most situations.
- Shutter-Priority Auto Mode: The Shutter-Priority Auto Mode allows you to choose the shutter speed and lets the camera select the aperture value for best results when freezing or blurring motion.
- Aperture-Priority Auto Mode: The Aperture-Priority Auto Mode allows you to choose the aperture value and lets the camera select shutter speed for best results when using to blur background or bring both foreground and background into focus.
- Manual Mode: The Manual Mode allows you to control exposure by adjusting the shutter speed and aperture manually.
- User Setting Mode: Settings that are frequently used for P, S, A, and M shooting modes can be saved in the User Setting Mode. The saved settings can be immediately retrieved for shooting by simply rotating the mode dial to "U".
- Special Effects: Lets you apply special effects during shooting. Choose from: Soft, Nostalgic sepia, High-contrast monochrome, Painting, High key, Low key, Selective color, High ISO monochrome, and Cross process.
- Scene Mode: You can select Scene Auto Selector to let the camera choose the appropriate scene setting, or manually select one of 17 scene modes: Portrait, Sports, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Easy Panorama, Pet portrait, Moon, and Bird Watching.
- Night Portrait: Lets you shoot evening and night portraits that included background scenery.
- Night Landscape: For capturing the atmosphere of night landscapes. You can choose between hand-held and tripod settings.
- Landscape: Enables you to shoot a sharp landscape with a wide depth of field. You can choose between a Noise Reduction burst and a single shot.
Continuous Shooting: In the P, S, A, M, or U shooting modes, you can select in the menu from the following single or continuous shooting options:
- Single: One image is shot each time the shutter-release button is pressed.
- Continuous H: Up to 7 pictures are shot at a rate of about 7 frames per second each time the shutter button is held down. Image size is set to 16M: 4608 x 3456 pixels.
- Continuous L: Up to 200 pictures are shot at a rate of about 1 frame per second each time the shutter button is held down. Image size is set to 16M: 4608 x 3456 pixels.
- Pre-shooting Cache: To avoid missing a shot, the pre-shooting cache begins when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway, and continues when the button is pressed all the way. Frame rate is up to 15 fps. Up to 20 frames are captured, including up to 5 frames captured in the pre-shooting cache. Image size is fixed at 3M: 2048 x 1536.
- Continuous H 120 fps: Each time the shutter-release button, 60 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/125 sec or faster. Image size is fixed at VGA 640 x 480.
- Continuous H 60 fps: Each time the shutter-release button, 60 frames are captured at a speed of about 1/60 sec or faster. Image size is fixed at 1M 1280 x 960.
- Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is selected and saved.
- Multi-shot 16: Camera takes 16 shots at about 30 fps and arranges them in a single image of 5M: 2560 x 1920.
- Interval Shooting: The camera shoots still images automatically at a set interval. You can choose an interval of between 30 seconds to 60 minutes in 30-second increments.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and 2 second timer for self-portraits. In addition, the camera can use face detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected (Smile Timer).
AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine how the camera selects the focus area for Auto Focus:
- Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically.
- Manual: You can manually select one of up to 99 focus areas in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still. You can choose spot, normal, or wide to change the size of the movable focus area.
- Subject Tracking: Once you select a subject to focus on, the focus area will move and follow the subject.
- Target Finding AF: The camera will adjust the focus on what it determines to be the main subject. If no main subject is detected, it automatically selects the subject closest to the camera as the subject.
Focus Modes: You can choose a focus mode according to the subject and composition. The choices include:
- Auto Focus: Camera automatically adjusts the focus. Focusing distances: 1' 8" to infinity (W), 6'-7" to infinity (T).
- Macro Closeup: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 0.4"
- Infinity: For use when shooting distant scenes through window glass or when shooting landscapes.
- Manual Focus: The focus can be adjusted for any subject 0.4" to infinity from the lens. The rotary multi-selector is used to adjust the focus while viewing the image on the monitor. (Only available in certain shooting modes.)
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 9'-10" at the maximum wide-angle and 11' at maximum telephoto positions. You can turn this function on or off.
Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps, using a rotary dial on the top of the camera.
Exposure Bracketing: The exposure can be changed automatically during continuous shooting. With Exposure Bracketing, the camera takes three images, one at the set exposure, one overexposed, and one underexposed. You can set the compensation interval to +/-0.3, +/-0.7, or +/-1.0
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:
- Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 100 when there is sufficient lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 1600 when lighting is dim.
- Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 100-400 or ISO 100-800.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Hi1 (equivalent to ISO 12800).
White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto Normal, Auto Warm, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (FL1 to FL3), Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset Manual and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.
Color Temperature: You can choose one of 11 different Color Temperature settings (instead of a preset White Balance setting): Sodium-vapor lamps (2700K), Incandescent/Warm-white fluorescent (3700K), Cool-white fluorescent (4200K), Day white fluorescent (5000K), Direct sunlight (5200K), Flash (5400K), Cloudy (6000K), Daylight fluorescent (6500K), High temp. Mercury-vapor (7200K), and Shade (8000K).
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix P600 has a built-in pop-up flash with a range of 1'-8" to 24' (Wide angle) and 5' to 13' (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
- Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
- Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
- Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
- Rear Curtain Sync: Fill flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating the effect of a stream of light behind moving objects.
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.
AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:
- Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and locks at this position during recording.
- Full-time AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the shutter-release button is not pressed.
Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be recorded over the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's built-in speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length. Memos are saved as WAV files.
Slide Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, 16, or 72) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.
Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix P600 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:
- Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
- Skin Softening: The camera recognizes faces in pictures and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones.
- Filter Effects: You can apply the following digital filter effects: Soft Portrait, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Painting, Vignette, Photo Illustration, and Portrait (color + B&W).
- Resizing Pictures (Small Picture): You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x 480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
- Crop: Creates a copy containing only a portion visible on the monitor.
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 36 different menu display languages including English, Spanish and French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print. Pictures can be printed as followed:
- Printer or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix P600 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL23). The battery is charged using the supplied EH-71P Charging AC adapter. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 330 still image shots or 1 hour 20 minutes of movie shooting on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 3 hours using the supplied EH-71P Charging AC Adapter. You can also charge the battery in the camera in about 6 hours when it is connected to a computer via USB.
Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.
HDMI: The Coolpix P600 is equipped with a Micro-HDMI (Type D) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. The camera's HDMI output can be set to Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.
USB Port: The camera features a Micro USB port on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable (UC-E21) to download your photos to your computer or printer. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible.
ViewNX 2 Software CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains the following modules:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing, and printing your transferred images
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies
- Panorama Maker: for creating a single panoramic image from a series of images shot in panorama assist scene mode
System Requirements: The supplied software will work with the following Operating Systems:
- Windows: Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
- Mac: OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
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1 question already asked
Hi Carole, I'm sorry I just got your message today as I was away from my computer all day yesterday. The answer to the first question is Yes, the screen swivel 180 degrees so you can cover it if you don't need it and it switches on the EVF automatically so you can save battery power. As for the second question, the answer is unfortunately NO, it doesn't write RAW files, only JPEG in different formats and compression. I bought this camera only because of the huge focal length it has (1440mm equivalent) so I can take pictures of hard to reach animals and birds. The drawback is it's so slow to start, to zoom in and to focus that in most cases I miss the shot. If you have any other question please ask. Good day. George [ GEORGE Jul 27, 2014 ]
The screen on the back of the camera can be swiveled in many directions, including facing inward, in which case you would need to look through the smaller "view finder" to see what you were photographing. I don't know what RAW files means but it does create JPEG files which seem pretty standard. [ Robert Jul 26, 2014 ]
Yes, the LED can be swiveled to face inward to protect the screen. I don't think this camera does RAW files. [ Arun Jul 26, 2014 ]