Nikon Coolpix B600 Review

May 13, 2019 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Nikon Coolpix B600 is a super-zoom bridge camera with a 16 megapixel sensor which is paired with a whopping 60x optical zoom lens offering an effective focal range of 24–1440mm. You can extend the range to 2880mm using the Dynamic Fine Zoom.

The B600 offers a range of different shooting modes, but there’s no manual control, and it can’t shoot in raw format either. As such, the intended target audience is beginners and possibly enthusiasts looking for a simple backup or travel camera.

Like many of Nikon' most recent cameras, the B600 features SnapBridge technology, which allows you to maintain a constant Bluetooth link with your smartphone to send images across as you take them, ready to share on social networking sites and the like.

Other interesting features include a 3.0-inch screen which features 921k-dot resolution, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and Full 1080p HD video recording.

The Nikon Coolpix B600 is available now priced at $329 / £329.

Ease of Use

The Nikon Coolpix B600 is a mid-sized bridge camera - not the smallest in size on the market, but also far from being the largest. Measuring 121.6 x 81.5 x 99.2 mm, it's a little larger than the B500 model that it replaces in the Coolpix line-up, laregly because it now has a 60x rather than 40x zoom lens.

It has a large chunky hand grip that protrudes far from the body and makes it feel very secure in your hand. A large proportion of the hand grip is also textured which further adds to the ease of use when holding the camera, be that with one or two hands. The rest of the camera is finished in a smooth, slightly textured plastic coating.

Being reasonably lightweight at 500g, it’s certainly possible to hold the B600 one-handed to get the shot, but you'll probably find that using your other hand to hold the camera underneath and keep it steady feels more natural and comfortable.

On top of the Nikon Coolpix B600 you’ll find a dedicated dial for switching between the various shooting modes that the camera offers. There are no manual modes available here, but there are quite a few options placed on the dial for you to choose from. This includes fully automatic, scene mode, creative, movie mode and more.

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Front of the Nikon Coolpix B600

Also located on the top of the Nikon Coolpix B600 is a zoom rocker switch which encircles the shutter release button. You can push the zoom rocker to move from wide angle to telephoto, but there’s also another way to change the zoom length if you prefer. On the side of the lens there’s another switch marked with T/W which you can push up and down to zoom in and out.

Next to this extra zoom switch is a button which is very useful for helping to frame shots when using longer focal lengths. If you press it, and keep it held down, the B600's lens will automatically zoom out, allowing you to find any subject that may have moved out of of the frame. When you’ve found the subject again, release the button and the zoom will move back in to the same focal length that you were previously using. This proves to be very handy when using the longer end of the camera's massive zoom range.

A built-in pop-up flash is also found on the top of the Nikon Coolpix B600. There’s no dedicated button to press to raise it, instead you have to manually lift it up, which you’ll need to do since it won’t pop up automatically. When you’re done using it, you simply push the flash back into place. Rudimentary but effective.

Moving to the back of the camera, all of the buttons are placed on the right hand side of the camera, meaning you have easy access with your right thumb, which especially useful if you're shooting one-handed.

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Rear of the Nikon Coolpix B600

The control layout here is pretty traditional. There’s a four way navigation pad, with each button having its own particular function - up to control flash mode, down to switch on macro shooting, left to use the timer, and right to adjust exposure compensation. In the centre of the navigation pad is an OK button, which you can use for various menu functions and so on.

Around the navigation pad are four buttons, again each with a specific purpose. There’s a playback button, a display button, a menu button and a delete button. Just above the rear thumb rest is also a direct video record button, which is hidden away just enough to mean you shouldn’t accidentally press it when you don’t want to, but still within easy reach when you need it.

Unlike the previous model, the Coolpix B600 no longer has a tilting screen, which is a real shame. On the B500 the rear screen tilted up and down, pulling slightly away from the body on its bracket, which proved very useful for taking more awkwardly angled shots. On the B600, it's fixed into place, which is much less versatile. As on the B500, the B600's screen is still not touch sensitive.

Despite its name, the fully automatic shooting mode actually gives you the most amount of control over camera settings. While you can’t change the aperture or shutter speed, it is possible to change the white balance and ISO sensitivity. You can also leave both of these settings in automatic too, if you prefer.

Nikon Coolpix B600
Top of the Nikon Coolpix B600

If you want to, you can change the AF setting to allow you to set your own AF point. Alternatively you can have the Nikon Coolpix B600 decide one for you, track a subject, or always use the central point. Once you have selected “Manual” AF point, in normal shooting mode you can press OK, then use the navigational keys to move around the screen to the point you want to focus on.

Also available in this menu is the ability to change the image mode, continuous shooting, and more. You’ll also find some different movie options, such as frame rate and so on. You can change some settings such as date and time from this main menu too, as well as access the connection settings.

The Coolpix B600 continues to us Nikon’s Snapbridge technology, which means that you can set-up a low power Bluetooth connection with your smartphone that is constantly maintained. This means that images are sent across as you take them, ready for you to share online if you choose.

The camera also has Wi-Fi, which is quicker for sending larger size photos across to your phone than Bluetooth. If you’re using SnapBridge its best to set the images to be transferred at a smaller size than full resolution for better speed. Unlike the B500, though, the new B600 no longer has NFC connectivity.

A few of the other modes on the shooting mode dial are also quite interesting. If you select Creative Mode, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of different “sets”. Take the picture, and the camera will take one as normal, but also apply four different filters to the shot. You can choose between sets such as “Light”, “Memory”, “Classic”, “Noir” and so on.

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The Nikon Coolpix B600 In-hand

The Short Movie Show option is also quite fun for events and so on. You can use it to create short clips of a couple of seconds, then amalgamate them all into one video - everything is done automatically in-camera, perfect for beginners wanting to get more creative.

The Nikon Coolpix B600 is no longer powered by AA batteries, as on the previous B500 model. Instead it uses an EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery which provides around 280 shot battery life according to the official CIPA rating.

In good light, the B600's focusing speeds are generally pretty quick, and usually accurate. With macro focusing, it can take a couple of attempts to get it right, so you should be careful when attempting to take close-up shots that the camera has correctly focused. That said, the B600 does allow you to get very close indeed, down to just 1cm, which can be useful.

When the light does drop, it takes a little longer for focus to be acquired, but the camera generally gets there in the end. Normal operational speeds are reasonable for everyday usage, but when you’re using something like Short Movie Show you may get frustrated with how long it takes the Nikon Coolpix B600 to process each clip.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel High JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.


The Nikon Coolpix B600 has seven sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 125 to ISO 6400 at full resolution.

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)


Focal Range

The Nikon Coolpix B600’s 60x zoom lens achieves a maximum wide-angle focal length equivalent to 24mm, and is capable of a telephoto reach of 1440mm (in 35mm-camera terms).






Here are two 100% crops - the right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images from the Nikon Coolpix B600 are slightly soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can alternatively change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

ISO 64 ISO 64
ISO 64 ISO 64

Chromatic Aberrations

Given the range of the zoom lens, the Nikon Coolpix B600 shows some obvious purple fringing in areas of high contrast, as shown in the examples below.

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ISO 64 ISO 64


The Nikon Coolpix B600’s lens will focus as close as 1cm from a subject, however depth of field becomes very shallow at this extremely close distance.




The pop-up flash on the Nikon Coolpix B600 has four settings: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash & Slow sync. Shooting a white surface from a distance of 1.5m, the flash provides even coverage with the lens zoomed in, though some vignetting is visible in the wide-angle shot.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (1440mm)

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Flash On - Telephoto (1440mm)

ISO 64

Whether the flash is set to standard Auto mode – or Auto with red-eye reduction – the camera successfully avoids any trace of red-eye.

Flash Off


Flash On


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon Coolpix B600 camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel High JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 17 second movie is 33.1Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 38.8Mb in size.

Product Images

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

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Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600

Nikon Coolpix B600


Nikon have refreshed the two-year-old Coolpix B500 by adding an even bigger zoom lens, up from 40x to a whopping 60x on the new B600 model.

Other new features are harder to find, though - indeed, Nikon have actually taken away more features - most notably the tilting screen, NFC connectivity and AA batteries - whilst substantially raising the launch price, making the previous B500 a much more attractive proposition, if you can still find one.

The removal of the tilting LCD screen in particular is hard to swallow, as it reduces the versatility of the camera, making it more difficult to use when holding it overhead or low down. Most camera manufacturers have been quietly removing NFC connectivity from the recent launches, so Nikon certainly aren't alone here, while the switch from AA batteries to a rechargeable unit will likely please some, but annoy others.

Possibly even more galling than the reduction of features in order to cut manufacturing costs is an accompanying price hike. The Nikon Coolpix B500 retailed for $299 / £219 when it was launched in 2016 - now Nikon are asking $329 / £329 for a camera with fewer features, other than the bigger zoom lens, with the massive £100 increase being a particularly bitter pill to swallow for UK residents, Brexit or no Brexit.

All of which makes it hard to recommend the new Nikon Coolpix B600 - it's still an easy to use camera with a big zoom, but so was the previous B500 which had more features and a cheaper price tag...

3 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 2.5
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 3
Value for money 3

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon Coolpix B600.

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

The new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS super-zoom camera has an astonishing 65x lens with a massive focal range of 21-1365mm. The Canon SX60 HS also offers a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, RAW format support, 6.4fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and full 1080p HD movies. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review to find out if it's the ultimate do-it-all camera...

Fujifilm Finepix S9900W

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W is a bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S9900W also offers built-in wi-fi, full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, 10ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9900W review now...

Kodak PixPro AZ901

The Kodak PixPro AZ901 superzoom camera has a jaw-dropping 90x optical zoom lens, which offers a maximum telephoto length of 1980mm - try doing that with your smartphone! Other stand-out features include 5fps burst shooting, an articulating LCD screen, RAW file support and wi-fi connectivity. Find out if the Kodak PixPro AZ901 can live up to its far-reaching potential by reading our in-depth review...

Nikon Coolpix B500

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 40x zoom lens. Retailing for around $299 / £219, the 16 megapixel Nikon B500 comes complete with built-in wi-fi connectivity, a 3-inch tilting screen and 1080p HD movie recording. Read our Nikon Coolpix B500 review to find out if this super-zoom camera is worth considering...

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ82 super-zoom camera (also known as the DMC-FZ80) features a massive 60x zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm. Other highlights of the FZ82 / FZ80 include a 3 inch LCD touchscreen, 4K movies, 10fps burst shooting, P/A/S/M modes, RAW support, a flash hotshoe and an 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ82 review now...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is a new superzoom compact camera with a incredible 63x zoom lens. The Sony H400 also features a 20 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p HD video with stereo sound, 3-inch screen, electronic viewfinder and a range of manual shooting modes. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 review to find out if it's the right super-zoom camera for you...



Compact digital camera

Effective pixels

16.0 million (Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)

Image sensor

1/2.3-in. type CMOS, Total pixels: approx. 16.76 million


NIKKOR lens with 60x optical zoom

Focal length

4.3 to 258 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24 to 1440 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)


f/3.3 to 6.5

Lens construction

16 elements in 11 groups (4 ED lens elements and 1 super ED lens element)


Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 5760 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)

Vibration reduction

Lens shift (still images), Combination of lens shift and electronic VR (movies)


Contrast-detect AF

Focus range

[W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 2.0 m (6 ft 7 in.) to infinity, Macro mode: [W]: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 2.0 m (6 ft 7 in.) to infinity (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)

AF-area mode

Face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking, target finding AF


7.6 cm (3-in.) diagonal; Approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment

Frame coverage

Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

Frame coverage (playback mode)

Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

Storage media

SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal memory (approx. 83 MB)

File system

DCF and Exif 2.3 compliant

Storage file formats

Still images: JPEG, Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)

Image size (pixels)

16 M (High) 4608 x 3456 (Fine), 16 M 4608 x 3456, 8 M 3264 x 2448, 4 M 2272 x 1704, 2 M 1600 x 1200, VGA 640 x 480, 16:9 12 M 4608 x 2592, 1:1 3456 x 3456

Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 720/30p, 720/25p, 480/30p, 480/25p, HS 480/4x, HS 1080/0.5x

ISO sensitivity

ISO 125 to 1600, ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using Auto mode)

Exposure metering

Matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)

Exposure control

Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)

Shutter type

Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

Shutter speed

1/1600 to 1 s, 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting), 25 s (Star trails in Multiple exp. Lighten scene mode)


10 s, 3 s


Electromagnetic 6-blade iris diaphragm

Aperture range

8 steps of 1/3 EV (W)

Built-in flash


Flash range (approx.)

[W]: 0.5 to 6.8 m (1 ft 8 in. to 22 ft), [T]: 2.0 to 3.4 m (6 ft 7 in. to 11 ft)

Flash control

TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes


Micro-USB connector (Do not use any USB cable other than the included UC-E21 USB Cable.), Hi-Speed USB Supports Direct Print (PictBridge)

HDMI output

HDMI micro connector (Type D)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

IEEE 802.11b/g (standard wireless LAN protocol)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency

2412 to 2462 MHz (1 to 11 channels)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) maximum output power

11.3 dBm (EIRP)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security

Open system, WPA2-PSK

Bluetooth standards

Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1; Bluetooth: 2402 to 2480 MHz Bluetooth Low Energy: 2402 to 2480 MHz; Bluetooth: 3.1 dBm (EIRP) Bluetooth Low Energy: 2.12 dBm (EIRP)

Power sources

One EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (included), EH-62F AC Adapter (available separately)

Charging time

Approx. 2 h (when using EH-73P/EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter and when no charge remains)

Battery life

Approx. 280 shots when using EN-EL12

Actual battery life for movie recording

Approx. 1 h 5 min (when using EN-EL12)

Tripod socket

1/4 (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 121.6 x 81.5 x 99.2 mm (4.8 x 3.3 x 4.0 in.) (excluding projections)


Approx. 500 g (17.7 oz) (including battery and memory card)

Operating environment - temperature

0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

Operating environment - humidity

85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Strap, LC-CP29 Lens Cap (with cord), EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-73P Charging AC Adapter (A plug adapter is attached depending on the country or region of purchase. The shape of the plug adapter varies with the country or region of purchase. The EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter may be included instead of the EH-73P, depending on the country or region where you purchased the camera.), UC-E21 USB Cable


Nikon have announced a new super-zoom camera, the Coolpix B600. The Nikon B600 offers a 60x optical zoom (24–1440mm), a 3 inch, 921k-dot monitor, Full HD video and a sturdy grip. It will be available from February 2019 in the UK priced at £329 and in March in the US at $329.95.

Nikon UK Press Release


RRP/Sales Start:




On Sale




February 2019

London, United Kingdom, 17th January 2019: Nikon introduces two new COOLPIX super-zooms packed with powerful features and boasting NIKKOR optics for stunning images. From distant views to city streets, these lightweight, easy-to-use compact cameras deliver sharp wide-angle to super-telephoto images—even in low light.

The COOLPIX B600 bridge camera packs a 60x optical zoom, a large monitor, and a sturdy grip. Whether it’s a family trip to the park or a city break, this camera is a brilliant all-rounder. It shoots Full HD video in stereo sound. A host of in-camera creative modes make it simple to add an artistic touch to photos or movies.

Yoshihiro Katakami, Product Manager at Nikon UK, comments: “Both of these cameras are fantastic options for users who want to explore their creative side. The wide-angle to super-telephoto zoom range frees users to shoot almost any subject. Nikon’s 16 MP back-side illuminated CMOS sensor and Vibration Reduction help deliver superb results in low light. And SnapBridge makes it easy to share the best shots, or use a smart device to shoot remotely.”

Nikon COOLPIX B600 Key Features

NIKKOR 60x optical zoom lens. Focal length of 24–1440mm. Extends to approx. 2880 mm with Dynamic Fine Zoom.

Full HD movies. Simply press the dedicated movie button to begin recording Full HD (1080p/30p) with stereo sound.

Large monitor. 3 inch, 921k-dot LCD monitor with adjustable brightness. Treated with an anti-reflective coating.

Fast autofocus. Target finding AF ensures subjects snap into focus quickly, even in low light. 

Easy artistry. Creative Modes for photos and movies. Macro Mode for great shots of tiny wonders.

Image Gallery

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Preview Images

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Nikon Coolpix B600 super-zoom camera. The Nikon Coolpix B600 is a bridge compact camera with a 60x zoom lens (24–1440mm), 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, tilting 920k-dot 3-inch LCD screen and 1080p video.

A gallery of sample JPEG images and videos taken with the Nikon Coolpix B600 compact camera.

Nikon Coolpix B600 Sample Images

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 17 second movie is 33.1Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 38.8Mb in size.

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