Nikon Coolpix B700 Review

July 6, 2017 | Gavin Stoker | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Nikon Coolpix B700 is a bridge camera with a 20.3 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor which is paired with a 60x optical zoom. You can also activate a digital zoom up to 120x. It offers a range of shooting modes, including manual control, and it can also shoot in Raw format. Like many of Nikon’s most recent cameras, it 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 tilting screen, inbuilt Wi-Fi and 4K video recording. The Nikon Coolpix B700 retails for £359.99 / €469.95 / $499.95.

Ease of Use

Want to get closer to your photographic subjects from afar? As in really close? Announced last year, we’ve finally wrestled a 20.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor (21.14 million pixels total) incorporating Nikon Coolpix B700, an impressive 60x optical zoom bridge camera (extendable to 120x digitally), on to our PhotographyBlog test slab.

Available in sober black (the version we had) or shiny, shiny red, unsurprisingly this is a versatile beast. The lens provides the 35mm equivalent reach of 24mm to 1440mm with available aperture stretching from f/3.3 to f/6.5, and, despite that whopping focal range, the camera is not as hefty as you might expect as a result – even though, undoubtedly, it’s more one for the shoulder bag than the back pocket. Measuring an official 125x85x106.5mm, it weighs 570g.

Lens reach aside, key features include a 20.3 megapixel resolution, the latest must-have of 4K video capture at 30fps (with stereo sound), the ability to shoot Raw files alongside JPEGs, a 3-inch, 920k dot resolution vari-angle LCD monitor (Which proves pretty useful), as well as, satisfyingly, an eye-level 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder. Both of these last features sport a 921K-dot resolution. UK manufacturer’s asking price is £359.99, which, whilst not inconsiderable, at least feels fair.

Over the couple of weeks we’ve had the Nikon Coolpix B700 to play with, we found ourselves using it on those occasions when taking a DSLR along might have proved a tad bulky and indiscrete. Certainly it would be hard if not prohibitively expensive to achieve a comparable focal length with a DSLR – and of course this is the central appeal of a bridge camera or superzoom – namely as a more manageable, achievable alternative.

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Front of the Nikon Coolpix B700

Naturally the optical zoom here, with a lens construction comprising 16 elements in 11 groups, is image stabilized – with Nikon claiming its lens-shift based Vibration Reduction system provides the equivalent of five stops. There are also two methods of adjusting the zoom – either via the lever that encircles the shutter release button found atop the handgrip, or via a switch on the lens itself that can be operated by the thumb of the left hand when holding the camera in both to keep it as steady as possible/minimise camera shake. In this way we were able to try and avoid the picture seeming to ‘jump’ about, an inevitable occurrence when zoomed in at maximum telephoto setting. At the other end of the scale we can get as close as 1cm to our subjects in macro mode (otherwise it’s 50cm to infinity). So, the SB700 is shaping up as a truly versatile jack-of-all trades camera, if you're looking for the convenience of an all-in-one.

Naturally, while specification might make the Nikon Coolpix B700 look good on paper, it's the performance that counts. And here the SB700 is no slouch, thanks to a swift start up time that Nikon officially places at 1.3 seconds, with a 0.09 second auto focus response upon a half squeeze of its shutter release button, the Nikon deploying contrast detection AF.

Images and video is written to removable SD, SDHC or SDXC card, with available ISO range modestly ranging from ISO100 and 1600 in full auto mode, or up to ISO3200 if in any of the P, A, S, M options selectable with a twist of the top plate shooting mode dial.

From the front then, the Nikon Coolpix B700 appears pretty conventional in its design and control layout; Nikon hasn’t thrown the baby out with the bath water here. Like every superzoom camera, ever, this model resembles a more miniature version of a DSLR, complete with pop-up flash sitting above the lens which dominates proceedings, and an AF assist/self timer lamp sitting in the gap between said lens and its handgrip to the left, if viewing the camera lens-on. As we mentioned we also get a zoom slider on the side of the lens barrel itself for adjusting its focal length on the fly, plus a button for temporarily pulling back from your subject – useful if you’re tracking action or wildlife and you momentarily lose them from your tight framing, when zoomed in fully.

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Rear of the Nikon Coolpix B700

Just above these controls, sitting beneath the spring-loaded pop up flash, is the button for raising said bulb. Give this a press and the flash immediately reveals itself. Interestingly, Nikon has embedded the B700’s built in stereo microphone in the hood of this flash.

In operation, the rugged feel, rubberized handgrip is sufficiently large to wrap three fingers around, whilst a forefinger hivers over the shutter release and the thumb comes to rest at a slightly curved rubber pad at the back. Falling under forefinger or thumb on the top plate is the partially recessed on/off button that is momentarily illuminated by a cool green light encircling it when activated (this light also blinks when the camera is being charged). Press the power button and with a low familiar buzz the lens extends slightly from within its protective housing to arrive at maximum wide-angle setting. Half squeeze the shutter release button and AF points illuminate in green on the back screen or eye level viewfinder, which usefully and impressively at this price comes with an eye sensor, meaning that a separate button press isn’t required to switch between them, even if there is a brief pause while the camera registers the fact.

The shooting mode wheel, with stiffened feel and ridged edge, features 11 options including standard P,A,S,M selections alongside pre-optimised auto settings. Whilst this, and a command dial that falls under the thumb of your right hand as you grip the camera, both suggest a DSLR ‘lite’ in terms of handling, the rear plate buttons more noticeably match that of a consumer compact camera.

Whilst we get self explanatory ‘display’ and red video record buttons towards the top of the Nikon Coolpix B700 back where they fall readily under the thumb, just below these are even smaller buttons for playback, as well as menu and a dedicated delete control. A four way control dial with rotating edge/scroll wheel also has a familiar ‘OK’ button in its midst for implementing any user selections.

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The Nikon Coolpix B700 In-hand

Unsurprisingly, most of the real estate on the backplate of the camera is taken up with its convenient flip out and twist LCD monitor. Above this is positioned the eye level electronic viewfinder with dioptric adjustment wheel located at its top left for the shortsighted. We do get a dedicated button over on the opposite side of said viewfinder for activating it and switching off the LCD below – but as we say there is also a built in eye sensor that does this for us.

The LCD moved outwards from the back of the Nikon Coolpix B700 in a 180° arc and can, alternatively, be turned so that its screen is facing inwards to the body for an added degree of protection when transporting this Nikon. When fully extended the screen can also be flipped to face the subject for timed group shots or the ubiquitous selfie. The screen here isn’t a touch screen – nor was it expected to be, although this would have been a nice ‘touch’ when reviewing shots previously captured, or if wanting to ‘direct’ focus to a particular portion of your compositional frame with a mere tap of the finger.

What is impressive, however, is the amount of battery life we get from a full charge of its lithium ion cell. Here this betters the performance of an average compact system camera and almost matches a consumer grade DSLR, with up to 420 shots available (or provides enough capacity for an hour and a half of video). The battery slots into the base of the camera, next to a vacant slot for an SD card; adjacent to this, centrally placed, is a screw thread for a tripod. In short then, the B700 would seem an able candidate for anyone needing that bigger/longer lens reach without spending an absolute fortune – or having to engage in an upward learning curve if trading up from a snapshot camera or smartphone.

Whilst the Nikon Coolpix B700 bridge camera handles quite capably, how does the camera fare in terms of image quality, which is, after all, why we’re buying the thing. Read on to find out!

Image Quality

Though the Nikon Coolpix B700 here marries its big lens to a relatively small, bog standard 1/2.3-inch sensor, the shots it delivers are overall better than expected. OK, so under particularly close inspection they may not match the definition of a pricier camera with dedicated lens, but, if you want a jack-of-all-trades camera that is going to let you take shots in a hurry that you may otherwise have had to miss, then naturally you’re going to have to be prepared to make modest compromises. Here these include occasional blown highlight detail, plus slight softness toward the corners of frame. As it is, though, colours are surprisingly vibrant and it feels like we’re getting a lot of camera for the price.

In terms of low light sensitivity, this Nikon Coolpix B700’s performance is more modest, generating rather soft, noise heavy results in the eyes of those schooled in more heavy duty devices, even when the camera is switched to dedicated night time shooting mode. Maximum selectable ISO sensitivity is ISO3200 so the camera isn’t exactly stretching itself when it comes to low light usage. Unsurprisingly image noise/grain starts to creep in above ISO800, but even at ISO3200, while results are softer, we would class them as acceptably so.


The Nikon Coolpix B700 has six sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 at full resolution.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Nikon Coolpix B700’s 40x 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 B700 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.

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Chromatic Aberrations

Given the range of the zoom lens, the Nikon Coolpix B700 shows some purple fringing in areas of high contrast, as shown in the examples below.

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The Nikon Coolpix B700’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 B700 has four settings: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash & Slow sync. Whether the flash is set to standard Auto mode – or Auto with red-eye reduction – the camera successfully avoids any trace of red-eye.

Fill Flash On


Flash Auto with Red-eye Reduction



The Nikon Coolpix B700's maximum shutter speed is 15 seconds, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1 second at ISO 100.



Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon Coolpix B700 camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel High JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Nikon Coolpix B700 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We’ve provided some Nikon RAW (NRW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 35 second movie is 235Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 25 second movie is 63.6Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Nikon Coolpix B700

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Front of the Nikon Coolpix B700 / Flash Raised

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Front of the Nikon Coolpix B700 / Lens Extended

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Side of the Nikon Coolpix B700

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Side of the Nikon Coolpix B700

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Side of the Nikon Coolpix B700

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Side of the Nikon Coolpix B700

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Rear of the Nikon Coolpix B700

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Rear of the Nikon Coolpix B700 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Nikon Coolpix B700 / Main Menu

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Tilting LCD Screen

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Tilting LCD Screen

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Top of the Nikon Coolpix B700

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Top of the Nikon Coolpix B700
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Front of the Nikon Coolpix B700
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


You’re only going to be considering this Nikon superzoom/bridge camera if you need its key feature – that massive focal length equivalent to a broad 24mm to 1440mm in 35mm film terms – and if you consider that key feature is worth paying in the region of £350 for. You’ll doubtless discover a ‘street price’ cheaper in any event; we found online prices at the time of writing offering to shave as much as 30% off that manufacturer’s asking price. 

The fact that the Nikon Coolpix B700 resembles a DSLR that’s been miniaturised, yet with controls that fall between that more sophisticated class of camera and a point-and-shoot compact, ensures that it immediately feels familiar to anyone picking it up from scratch. There was no need to consult an online manual here. On top of being intuitive to use, the Coolpix B700 feels well built and responsive with it. It quickly became our ‘go to’ camera throughout the weeks we had to play with it.

Working just as well for shooting video as well as stills shots when your subject’s in the distance, quality may not be up there with a CSC or DSLR but in truth it’s pretty respectable, especially given the standard 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor at its heart. This may just mean that you take the Nikon Coolpix B700 to your own heart also...

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon Coolpix B700.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a bridge super-zoom camera with a massive 50x zoom lens. The Canon SX530 also offers 16 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, full manual controls and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX530 HS review now...

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 AZ521

The new Kodak PixPro AZ521 super-zoom camera features a massive 52x zoom lens with a focal range of 24-1248mm. Other highlights of the affordable Kodak AZ521 include a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD movies, and a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor. Read our in-depth Kodak PixPro AZ521 review now...

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...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Nikon Coolpix B700 from around the web. »

The Nikon COOLPIX B700 is an SLR-styled super-zoom with a 60x range, 20 Megapixel resolution and 4k video capability. It also has a detailed electronic viewfinder as well as a 3 inch monitor that’s hinged and can be adjusted to face in any direction.
Read the full review » »

The Nikon Coolpix B700 updates the P610 and features the same 60x optical zoom lens, but upgrades the insides to offer a new 20 megapixel sensor, and 4K video recording. Wi-Fi and NFC is built-in and has been joined by low-power Bluetooth to enable low-power transfer of images to a smartphone or tablet.
Read the full review »


    • Type

    • Compact digital camera

    • Effective pixels

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

    • Image sensor

    • 1/2.3-in.type CMOS, Total pixels: approx. 21.14 million

    • Lens

    • 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-number

    • f/3.3 to 6.5

    • Lens construction

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

    • Magnification

    • Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 5760 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format), Up to 2x when Movie options is set to 2160/30p or 2160/25p (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2880 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)

    • Vibration reduction

    • Lens-shift VR (still images), Lens shift and electronic VR (movies)

    • Autofocus

    • 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 close-up mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (wide-angle position) (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)

    • AF-area mode

    • Target finding AF, face priority, manual (spot), manual (normal), manual (wide), subject tracking

    • Viewfinder

    • Electronic viewfinder 0.5 cm (0.2-in.) approx. 921k-dot equivalent LCD with the diopter adjustment function (–3 to +1 m-¹)

    • Frame coverage

    • Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

    • Frame coverage (playback mode)

    • Approx. 100% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

    • Monitor

    • 7.5 cm (3-in.) diagonal, Approx. 921k-dot (RGBW), wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 6-level brightness adjustment, vari-angle TFT LCD

    • Storage media

    • SD, SDHC, SDXC

    • File system

    • DCF and Exif 2.3 compliant

    • Storage file formats

    • Still images: JPEG, RAW (NRW) (Nikon’s own format), Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)

    • Image size (pixels)

    • 20M [5184 x 3888], 8M [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]

    • ISO sensitivity

    • ISO 100 to 1600, ISO 3200 (available when using P, S, A, or M mode)

    • Exposure metering

    • Matrix, center-weighted, spot

    • Exposure control

    • Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)

    • Shutter type

    • Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

    • Shutter speed

    • 1/4000 to 1 s, 1/4000 to 15 s (when ISO sensitivity is 100 in M mode), 25 s (Star trails in Multiple exp. Lighten scene mode)

    • Self-timer

    • Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s

    • Aperture

    • Electromagnetic 6-blade iris diaphragm

    • Aperture range

    • 8 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)

    • Built-in flash

    • Yes

    • Flash range (approx.)

    • [W]: Approx. 0.5 to 7.0 m (1 ft 8 in. to 22 ft), [T]: Approx. 1.5 to 3.4 m (5 ft to 11 ft)

    • Flash control

    • TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

    • Exposure compensation

    • In steps of 1/3 EV in the range between –2 and +2 EV

    • USB

    • 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) security

    • Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK

    • Bluetooth standards

    • Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1

    • Supported languages

    • Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

    • Power sources

    • One EN-EL23 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (included), EH-67A AC Adapter (available separately)

    • Charging time

    • Approx. 3 h (when using EH-73P/EH-73PCH Charging AC Adapter and when no charge remains)

    • Battery life

    • Approx. 420 shots when using EN-EL23

    • Actual battery life for movie recording

    • Approx. 1 h 30 min when using EN-EL23

    • Tripod socket

    • 1/4 (ISO 1222)

    • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    • Approx. 125.0 x 85.0 x 106.5 mm (5.0 x 3.4 x 4.2 in.) (excluding projections)

    • Weight

    • Approx. 570 g (1 lb 4.2 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

    • Camera Strap, LC-CP29 Lens Cap (with cord), EN-EL23 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-73P Charging AC Adapter (A plug adapter is included if the camera was purchased in a country or region that requires a plug adapter. The shape of the plug adapter varies with the country or region of purchase.), UC-E21 USB Cable

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