Nikon Coolpix B600 Review

May 13, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Nikon Coolpix B600 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.

Noise

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)

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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).

24mm

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1440mm

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Sharpening

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

Macro

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.

Macro

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Flash

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)

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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

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Flash On

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