Nikon Coolpix B600 review

Nikon’s B600 bridge camera – or super zoom – puts a powerful focal range in the palm of our hands for a value price

Nikon Coolpix B600
(Image: © Gavin Stoker/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Those seeking big zoom power from a relatively compact all-in-one set up are directed to the 16 megapixel Nikon B600. Frill-free and a little lightweight in build it may be, despite its mini DSLR type looks, but that is reflected to an extent in the price, while the simplicity of operation and handling makes it accessible to a wider audience. Some three years on from its original pre-pandemic release, this camera offers plenty of visual ‘poke’ for everyday family photography and video capture


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    60x optical zoom reach

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    Great value for money

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    Nore practical compared to a DSLR with equivalent lens

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    Contrast-y and detailed images achievable shooting handheld at maximum zoom with plenty of light around


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    Frill-free construction feels a little lightweight

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    Rear LCD screen is fixed rather than angle adjustable

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    No 4K video

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Nikon Coolpix B600

(Image credit: Gavin Stoker/Digital Camera World)

Available in no-nonsense matt black or shiny maroon red, the headlines here of the Nikon Coolpix B600 a 16 megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensor and lens-shift Vibration Reduction. Both these help users achieve steadier, blur free photography towards the telephoto end of the camera’s lens or in lower lighting conditions. In fact the Nikon Coolpix B600’s 60x optical zoom offers the 35mm equivalent of a generous 24-1440mm along and f/3.3 maximum aperture, with images composed and reviewed via the 3-inch, 921K-dot resolution LCD screen on the backplate. Unlike a DSLR or mirrorless camera there is no separate eye level viewfinder; the location where one would usually sit instead houses the B600’s built in speaker.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.