Nikon B600

 
Nikon Coolpix B600 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1440mm (F3.3-6.5) lens
  • 500g - 122 x 82 x 99mm
  • Released January 2019
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
67
Imaging
44
Features
38
Overall
41

Nikon B600 overview

Nikon B600 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first released on January of 2019. The camera comes with a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The B600 is rated #119 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #641 out of 1421 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Nikon B600 history

The Nikon B600 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full list below.

ModelLensResolutionSensor SizeReleasedWeight
Nikon-Coolpix-B600 front thumbnailNikon B60024-1440mm
F3.3-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2019500g
Nikon-Coolpix-B700 front thumbnailNikon B700
B600 vs B700
24-1440mm
F3.3-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016565g
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Nikon-Coolpix-B500 front thumbnailNikon B500
B600 vs B500
23-900mm
F3.0-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2016541g

Nikon B600 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon B600 based on aspects that are usually viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
does have HDMI support
excellent zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has built in flash
high resolution screen (921 k dot)
includes face detection autofocus
includes tracking autofocus
long reach (1440mm)
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
bad battery (280 CIPA)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have external mic jack
does not have headphone jack
does not have Time Lapse mode
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
heavier than others (500 grams)
lack of manual exposure
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Nikon B600 Sensor features

The sensor measurement on the Nikon B600 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and gives a standard ISO range of 125 to 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the B600's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The B600 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Nikon Coolpix B600 sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon B600 dimensions

Nikon B600 has a weight of 1.10 lb (500 gr or 17.64 ounces) & the size of the camera is 122mm x 82mm x 99mm (4.8" x 3.2" x 3.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Nikon B600 is weightier compared to other competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Nikon B600 besides a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix B600 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the B600.

Nikon Coolpix B600 topview buttons dials

Nikon B600 Lens features

The B600 has an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 24-1440mm giving it a 60.0 x zoom which is very good and could enable you to zoom right in.

At it's widest 24mm, it features an aperture of f3.3 which will be pretty sluggish and not good for low light circumstances and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to boost your ISO setting which causes noisy photos. With the long end, 1440mm is terrific zoom and comes at f6.5 which is very slow and you would have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon B600 Connectivity

The B600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer images and usually change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon B600 Video features

The maximum video quality on the Nikon B600 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance for video quality versus file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with any room to crop. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone jack so you have zero control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to purchase another camera in case you require good sound for your videos.

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Nikon B600 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Nikon B600 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Nikon B600 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon B600 comes with a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 921k dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Nikon B600 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are very useful.

Nikon B600 Shutter features

The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon B600 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon B600 features just integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Nikon B600 Autofocusing features

Nikon B600 features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and exact compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detection which is valuable for taking portraits of people.

It also features Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Nikon B600 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good for low light occasions or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Nikon B600 Battery life

The battery in the Nikon B600 is made to last for 280 shots as per the CIPA measurements making it lower as compared to it's competitors. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest possible (600) battery life for this type of cameras.

Below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Fujifilm-FinePix-HS35EXR front thumbnailFujifilm HS35EXR
B600 vs HS35EXR
1920 x 1080600 yesnono
Nikon-Coolpix-B500 front thumbnailNikon B500
B600 vs B500
1920 x 1080600 nonoyes
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Nikon-Coolpix-L840 front thumbnailNikon L840
B600 vs L840
1920 x 1080590 noyesno
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ200
B600 vs FZ200
1920 x 1080540 yesnono
Leica-V-Lux-4 front thumbnailLeica V-Lux 4
B600 vs V-Lux 4
1920 x 1080540 yesnono

Nikon B600 for varying forms of photography

The following graph provides a overview of the Nikon B600 for varying forms of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Nikon B600

The Nikon B600 receives a score of 37 which is horrible, and means the camera is simply not good for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support together with the potential to utilize external lighting.

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good MP (16 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Nikon B600 Street photography features

Coming in at a horrible points tally of 45, the Nikon B600 is simply not good to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than others (500 grams)

Sports photography with Nikon B600

A reasonable sports photography rating of 47 means the Nikon B600 is reasonably suited for photographing sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery life (280 shots)
lacks phase detect autofocus

Nikon B600 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very important when getting a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon B600 gets a modest 53 as a travel camera which is somewhat suitable to take with you on your holidays.

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good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
great zoom (1440mm)
no Time Lapse recording
bad battery (280 per charge)
heavier than competitors (500g)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

Nikon B600 Landscape photography highlights

If you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor will be image quality. The Nikon B600 with it's horrible score of 40 as a landscape camera is simply not good within the current marketplace.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
not so great battery (280 per charge)
no Timelapse function

Nikon B600 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging should really offer a moving display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Nikon B600 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it gets a horrible rating of 27.

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pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone socket
more heavy than average in class (500 grams)

Nikon B600 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the B600, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph down below shows you a summary of the B600 vs it's highest scored rivals shown earlier.

These are some more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Nikon
Model type
Nikon Coolpix B600
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2019-01-18
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-1440mm (60.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.3-6.5
Macro focusing distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
1 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
6.80 m (with Auto ISO)
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 60i, MP4, H.264, AAC
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
500 grams (1.10 lb)
Physical dimensions
122 x 82 x 99mm (4.8" x 3.2" x 3.9")
Other
Battery life
280 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (3 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots
1
Launch cost
$297