Nikon Coolpix B700
20.2-megapixel camera with 60X optical zoom, Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth®
Our take on the Nikon Coolpix B700 by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The 60X zoom lens on the Nikon Coolpix B700 gets you closer to the action.
Sharp photos, from close-up to telephoto
With a camera like the Nikon Coolpix B700, we tend to notice the powerful zoom lens first. And that's a reasonable reaction, because a 60X zoom lens can do wonders for your photography, by bringing the action closer than ever before. But that's not all this camera can do, not by a long shot. Dual Detect Vibration Reduction (VR) counteracts camera shake to keep your shots steady whether the subject is near or far, and a 20-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor captures every detail, even in low light. Sure, it'll get you the photo you want of the skittish egret on the other side of the lake, but it'll produce warm, intimate portraits and rock-steady action shots as well.
Shoot 4K video
The B700 is an exceptional still-photo camera, but it's also a dynamite movie camera. Think 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) videos with stereo sound. The microphone changes directivity as you zoom — It will capture sound near you when the lens is at minimum extension, and pull in sound from farther away as you home in on something in the distance. And you can review your footage in the camera as you go, and delete anything you don't like, or debut your work for friends and family by connecting to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable.
You call the shots
From the time you frame your shot until you share it, the Coolpix B700 gives you as much control as you're comfortable taking. Its swiveling screen allows for creative composition from a variety of perspectives, while its electronic viewfinder lets you line your shot up perfectly in any kind of lighting. The B700 knows all the right settings to use for most environments, so if you're not sure, let the camera optimize everything for you. Specialized scene modes dial in the perfect settings for capturing tricky subjects like fireworks and sunsets. When you're ready to step things up and create truly one-of-a-kind images, turn the mode dial to explore the camera's manual controls. Later, you can tweak your photos and add cool effects. Combine multiple exposures to create high-contrast HDR images, give your photos and videos an antique feel or turn them into illustrations, all right in the camera. The B700's shooting and editing features give you boundless options for creativity.
- 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
- shoots 4K video (selectable 30p or 25p frame rate)
- records 1080p video up to 60p frame rate
- records stereo sound
- 60X optical zoom (up to 120X Dynamic Fine Zoom)
- 35mm equivalent focal length: 24-1440mm
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
- shutter speed: 1/4000-15 seconds
- variable ISO sensitivity from 100-1600 (ISO 3200, 6400 available in P, S, A or M mode)
- built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for wireless operation and image transfer with mobile devices
- 3" vari-angle LCD screen with anti-glare coating and 6-level brightness adjustment
- NFC touch-pairing with compatible Android™ devices
- high-resolution eye-level viewfinder (EVF)
- mode dial for quick access to auto and manual shooting options
- continuous shooting lets you take up to 5 shots at a rate of approximately 5 frames per second
- Scene Auto Selector automatically optimizes camera settings for your shooting environment
- Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction reduces image blur and camera shake — equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed
- Best Shot Selector snaps several quick shots with a single press of the shutter button, so you can choose the best photo
- face priority autofocus
- Smart Portrait System uses automatic functions like Smile Mode and Blink Warning to ensure great portraits
- 21 scene modes including Party/Indoor, Sunset, and Pet Portrait use optimal settings for specific subjects and shooting environments
- subject tracking and target finding autofocus ensure accurate focus on the intended subject
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- high speed USB port (cable included)
- micro HDMI (Type D) output for viewing photos and videos on a TV (cable not included)
- standard 1/4" thread for tripod mounting
- 5"W x 3-7/16"H x 4-1/4"D
- weight: 20 oz.
- rechargeable lithium ion battery and charging station
- USB cable
- neck strap
- lens cap
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- EN-EL23 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.8V 1850mAh 7.1Wh)
- EH-73P Charging AC adapter (5V 1A)
- LC-CP29 Lens cap
- Lens cap string
- Neck strap
- 35" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Programs sheet
The camera works so smoothly and it's quiet when taking a picture. And I absolutely LOVE the Vari-Angle LCD. I've been waiting for the perfect camera for me for 15 years. Some come close, but this one has it all including 4K video. What more could you ask for.
Sherri, Canon City, CO
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-1440mm|
|Highest Resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||20.2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3.0" LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix B700 has a 3.0" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a six-level brightness adjustment. The Vari-Angle monitor can swing out 180° and rotate forward 180° for low-angle and self-portraits, and backward 90° for high-angle shots. The LCD monitor has approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in both the shooting mode and playback mode.
Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the B700 has a 0.2", 921,000-dot LCD viewfinder for framing and viewing your photos and movies. The viewfinder has a diopter adjustment that lets you focus the viewfinder to your eyesight. You can switch between the viewfinder and monitor manually through the Monitor button, or automatically through the eye sensor.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix B700 features a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 21.14-million total pixels and 20-million effective pixels.
Optics: The Coolpix B700 digital camera uses a Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for superb image quality. The Coolpix B700 uses a 4.3-258mm lens that is equivalent to a 24-1440mm lens in the 35mm format. The lens has a 60x optical zoom, and a 4x digital zoom for a 240x total zoom. You can use the 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom (60x optical 2x digital) to zoom in without degrading the images. The equivalent angle of view at total zoom is equivalent to that of a 5760mm lens (35mm format).
Vibration Reduction (VR): The Coolpix B700's Vibration Reduction allows you to shoot sharper and clearer images without blurring. When camera shake is detected, the camera compensates using lens shift. The camera automatically detects when the camera is panning horizontally and corrects vertical camera shake, and detects vertical panning and corrects horizontal camera shake. Active VR compensates for severe camera shake which is likely to occur when shooting from a car.
Recording Media: Images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards, including SDHC and SDXC cards that are compliant with UHS-I. Cards rated Speed Class 6 or higher are recommended for HD movie recording. When recording 4K movies, cards with a UHS Speed Class 3 or higher are recommended.
SnapBridge: Nikon's SnapBridge app for smartphones and tablets helps you to stay connected to your camera. Using Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the Coolpix B700 can automatically transfer photos directly to your smartphone or tablet for sharing, editing, or uploading to social media. The SnapBridge app also lets you control the camera remotely. SnapBridge is compatible with Android devices (requires version 4.4 and up), and with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (running iOS 8.4 or later).
Still Image Size: The Coolpix B700 records still images in JPEG format. You have a choice of the following image size options:
- 20M (5184 x 3888)
- 10M (3264 x 2448)
- 4M (2272 x 1704)
- 2M (1600 x 1200)
- 16:9 15M (5184 x 2920)
- 3:2 18M (5184 x 3456)
- 1:1 15M (3888 x 3888)
RAW Images: The camera can also take uncompressed photos in RAW (NRW), Nikon's own format. When RAW is selected, the image size is fixed at 20M 5184 x 3888. Nikon's Capture NX-D software is needed to fine-tune or change the settings for RAW pictures and save them in other formats. Capture NX-D is available for download from the Nikon website.
4K Ultra HD Movies: The B700 can record 4K Ultra HD and 1080p Full HD movies in MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video format with AAC stereo sound in the following resolutions:
- 4K UHD: 3840 x 2160 (30p/25p)
- Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p, 30p/25p)
- HD: 1280 x 720 (60p/50p, 30p/25p)
- 0.25x Slow Motion: 640 x 480 (record 7:15, playback 29:00)
- 0.5x Slow Motion: 1280 x 720 (record 14:30, playback 29:00)
- 2x Fast Motion: 1920 x 1080 (record 29:00, playback 14:30)
Continuous Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following continuous shooting modes:
- Single: The camera records one picture each time the shutter release button is pressed.
- Continuous H: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 5 pictures are taken at a rate of about 5 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 20M (5184 x 3888).
- Continuous L: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 200 pictures are taken at a rate of about 2 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 20M (5184 x 3888).
- Pre-shooting Cache: If you want to avoid missing an event, you can start recording in a pre-shooting cache by pressing the shutter release halfway. The camera captures about 20 images continuously at a rate of 15 fps. When the shutter release is pressed fully, the camera captures the current images, as well as the five images captured just before the button was pressed. Image size is fixed at 1M (1280 x 960).
- Continuous H 120: Each time the shutter release button is pressed all the way down, the camera captures about 60 images at a rate of 120 fps. Image size is fixed at VGA (640 x 480).
- Continuous H 60: Each time the shutter release button is pressed all the way down, the camera captures about 60 images at a rate of 60 fps. Image size is fixed at 2M (1920 x 1080).
- Interval Timer: The camera can automatically shoot a series of images at regular intervals. The interval between shots can be set between 30 seconds and 60 minutes. Once the desired number of images have been captured, you can press the shutter-release button to end shooting, or, if the memory card becomes full, shooting stops automatically.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10-second and 2-second self-timer mode. The 10-second self timer gives you time to get into the photo, while the 2-second self-timer helps to prevent camera shake.
Smile Timer: When the smile timer is activated, the camera waits until it detects a smiling face in the frame and releases the shutter automatically.
Auto-Focus Modes: There are three auto-focus modes that you can choose from when shooting still images or movies:
- Single AF: Camera focuses when shutter-release button is pressed halfway and locks at this position during shooting.
- Full-time AF: Camera adjusts focus continuously until focus is acquired and locked.
- Pre-focus (still image mode only): The camera focuses when subject movement is detected, even if the shutter-release is not pressed halfway, or when the composition of the framed image significantly changes.
AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine where the camera focuses: Face Priority, Subject Tracking, Target Finding, and Manual (spot, normal, wide).
Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 3.6". The flash may be unable to light the entire subject at distances less than 2'.
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 just about 13 feet. You can turn this function on or off.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
- Auto: Use this mode for general shooting in a variety of conditions.
- Scene: When the mode dial is set to Scene Mode, you can press the menu button and select from the following scenes: Scene Auto Selector, Portrait, Sports, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Fireworks show, Backlighting, Easy Panorama, Pet Portrait, Moon, Bird-watching, Soft, Selective Color, Multiple Exposure Lighten, Time-lapse movie, and Superlapse Movie.
- Night Landscape: You can select Hand-held or Tripod in this mode. When hand-held is selected, the camera will capture a series of images, which are combined into a single image and saved. If the camera is tripod-mounted, one image is captured at a slow shutter speed.
- Night Portrait: You can select Hand-held or Tripod in this mode. If the camera is tripod-mounted, the camera captures an image at a slow shutter speed. When hand-held is selected, the camera sets a slightly faster shutter speed to prevent camera shake.
- Landscape: In the menu, you can select Noise Reduction Burst or Single Shot in this mode. When Noise Reduction Burst is selected, the camera will capture a series of images, which are combined into a single image and saved. With Single Shot, the camera saves the image with emphasized outlines and contrast.
- Creative: You can apply up to five effects to your images as you shoot: Light, Depth, Memories, Classic, and Noir.
- Programmed Auto (P): The camera sets the shutter speed and aperture based on the lighting conditions. You can adjust the combination to achieve a faster/slower shutter speed or a more open/closed aperture, and the camera will adjust the other factor accordingly.
- Shutter-priority Auto (S): You can set the shutter speed, and the camera automatically selects the aperture setting (f-number).
- Aperture-priority Auto (A): You can set the aperture setting (f-number), and the camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
- Manual (M): The Manual setting allows you to select both the shutter speed and the aperture setting (f-number).
- User (U): You can save the frequently used settings in the P, S, A, or M modes in the User Setting mode.
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 steps.
Metering: The camera features three metering modes:
- Matrix: Camera sets exposure for entire frame; recommended in most situations.
- Center-Weighted: Camera meters entire frame but assigns greatest weight to subject in center of frame (when digital zoom less than 2x)
- Spot: The camera meters the area within the circle in the center of the frame.
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 automatically selected within the range of ISO 100 to 1600.
- Fixed Range Auto: You can choose a range in which the camera automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity between ISO 100-400 or ISO 100-800.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the specified value: ISO 100, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, or 3200.
White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto (normal), Auto (warm lighting), Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash, or Choose Color Temp. You can also choose Preset Manual and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.
Coolpix Picture Control: In the P, S, A, or M shooting modes, you can change the picture settings as follows, plus adjust sharpness, contrast, and saturation in detail:
- Standard Setting: Standard processing is applied for balanced results.
- Neutral: Minimal processing is applied for natural results.
- Vivid: Images are enhanced for a vivid, photoprint effect, with blue, red, and green colors emphasized.
- Monochrome: For shooting monochrome photographs in black-and-white or sepia.
- Custom 1/Custom 2: You can save changes to the settings in one of these two Custom positions.
Flash Modes: The Coolpix B700 has a pop-up flash with a range of 1'-8" to 19 feet (Wide angle) and 5' to 9'-10" (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 a stream of light effect behind moving subjects
- Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor
Slide Show: You can play back images one-by-one in an automated slide show. The interval between images can be set to 2 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, or 10 sec. The slide show can repeat automatically for up to 30 minutes if you select "Loop" in the menu.
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.
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 B700 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions: You can add the following effects to your photos:
- Quick Retouch: You can enhance the contrast and saturation by applying Quick Retouch.
- 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: You can enhance the skin tones for up to 12 faces in a photo.
- Filter Effects: Multiple digital effects can be applied to images, including Soft Portrait, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Painting, Vignette, Photo Illustration, and Portrait (Color + B&W)
- Small Picture: You can create small copies of large images for adding to websites or sending in emails. Copy sizes include: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, 640 x 360 (for 16:9 images). Edited copies have a 1:8 compression ratio.
- Crop: You can enlarge the image or refine the composition and create a copy containing only the portion visible in the monitor.
Protect: The camera allows you to protect selected pictures from accidental deletion.
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 33 different menu display languages including English, Spanish or French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by connecting the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer (Direct Print). In the menu, you can select the number of copies and paper size, and print images one at a time or select multiple images for printing.
Power Requirements: The Coolpix B700 is powered by the EN-EL23 rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.8 volts, 1850 mAh, 7.1 Wh). The battery will last for approximately 420 shots (still images) or 90 minutes (movies) on a full charge. The battery charges in approximately 3 hours when using the EH-73P Charging AC Adapter and the UC-E21 USB cable (both included).
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 Micro Connector: The Coolpix B700 is equipped with an HDMI Micro Connector (Type D) for connecting the camera to a TV. If you are playing back 4K video from the camera, you must use a 4K-capable HDMI cable. No HDMI cables are included with the camera.
Micro USB: The camera features a single proprietary jack for connecting the supplied USB cable to your computer. This output allows you to upload your photos to your computer or to printer via USB, or to connect the camera to the EH-73P Charging AC Adapter for charging the battery. The USB interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
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Why did you buy this?
Superzoom and picture quality. [ Matthew Aug 30, 2017 ]
I have the Nikon Coolpix B500 and really like it, however it does not have the viewfinder and sometimes it is hard to take pictures with just the 3inch screen. I purchased the B700 because it has the viewfinder and also great 60x zoom. [ Ronald Jun 30, 2017 ]
3 questions already asked
One year warranty from the date of purchase as stated on my warranty card that came with the camera. [ Gary Aug 07, 2017 ]
Yes if you purchase it from Crutchfield or another authorized Nikon dealer. [ Jon Aug 06, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. Yes the full manufacturers warranty applies as well as Crutchfield's 60 day satisfaction guarantee. [ Kenny Jan 17, 2017 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. There are several items included. Take a look at the product page, on the left side you will see the section "What's in the Box". I've copied that information below. Hope this helps. Digital camera (black) EN-EL23 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.8V 1850mAh 7.1Wh) EH-73P Charging AC adapter (5V 1A) LC-CP29 Lens cap Lens cap string Neck strap 35" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end) Quick Start Guide Warranty Programs sheet [ Kenny Nov 19, 2016 ] Staff