Nikon P600

 
Nikon Coolpix P600 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1440mm (F3.3-6.5) lens
  • 565g - 125 x 85 x 107mm
  • Launched February 2014
  • Refreshed by Nikon P610
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
65
Imaging
42
Features
57
Overall
48

Nikon P600 overview

Nikon P600 is Nikon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on February of 2014. It features a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Nikon released the newer Nikon P610 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.

The P600 stands at #35 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all-around #429 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon P600 family

The Nikon P600 is part of a family of products. You can read the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-P950 front thumbnailNikon P950
P600 vs P950
24-2000mm
F2.8-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2020
Nikon-Coolpix-P1000 front thumbnailNikon P1000
P600 vs P1000
24-3000mm
F2.8-8
16MP1/2.3"2018
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Nikon-Coolpix-P900 front thumbnailNikon P900
P600 vs P900
24-2000mm
F2.8-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-P610 front thumbnailNikon P610
P600 vs P610
24-1440mm
F3.3-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-P530 front thumbnailNikon P530
P600 vs P530
24-1000mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-P600 front thumbnailNikon P60024-1440mm
F3.3-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-P520 front thumbnailNikon P520
P600 vs P520
24-1000mm
F3.0-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-P510 front thumbnailNikon P510
P600 vs P510
24-1000mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-P500 front thumbnailNikon P500
P600 vs P500
23-810mm
F3.4-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-P100 front thumbnailNikon P100
P600 vs P100
26-678mm
F2.8-5.0
10MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-P90 front thumbnailNikon P90
P600 vs P90
26-624mm
F2.8-5.0
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Nikon-Coolpix-P80 front thumbnailNikon P80
P600 vs P80
27-486mm
F2.8-4.0
10MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon P600 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Nikon P600 based on criterias which are generally seen as important in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
comes with HDMI port
comes with tracking focus
fairly wide (24mm)
good resolution screen (921 k dot)
good sized screen (3")
great zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
screen articulates fully
selfie friendly screen
very good min ISO (100)
very long zoom (1440mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
missing headphone port
missing microphone port
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (565 grams)
sluggish at full zoom (f6.5)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Nikon P600 Sensor features

The specification of the sensor on the Nikon P600 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a maximum of 12800. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the P600's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The P600 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon P600 dimensions

Nikon P600 weighs about 1.25 lbs (565 gr or 19.93 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 125mm x 85mm x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Nikon P600 is more heavy as compared with its competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon P600 alongside a soft drink to help you have a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix P600 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button arrangement on the P600.

Nikon Coolpix P600 topview buttons dials

Nikon P600 Lens features

The P600 comes with a fixed lens having a focal range of 24-1440mm making it a 60.0 x zoom which is great and will allow you to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 24mm, it provides an aperture of f3.3 making it really sluggish and not great in low light conditions and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You would also have to increase your ISO setting producing noisy files. For the long end, 1440mm is superb zoom and comes with f6.5 making it quite sluggish and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon P600 Connectivity

The P600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send photos and at times change settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Nikon P600 Video features

The highest video resolution on the Nikon P600 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between quality and file size but FULL HD will not give you much room to downsample. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to take a look at a different model should you want better audio in your video clips.

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Nikon P600 Weather Sealing

Nikon P600 doesn't have weather proofing so damp conditions can ruin the camera.

Nikon P600 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon P600 features a 3" fully articulated display screen having a resolution of 921k dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits and group photos if necessary. Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon P600 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Nikon P600 Shutter features

Nikon P600 has the ability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Nikon P600 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon P600 has got just inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.

Nikon P600 Autofocus features

Nikon P600 has got only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which makes it useful for people photography.

It also features Tracking AF for subjects that move. Nikon P600 has manual focus in case it is required during low light scenarios or you need more precise control on focus.

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Nikon P600 Battery life

The battery power (EN-EL23) in the Nikon P600 is designed to last for 330 shutters with respect to the CIPA standards which is similar to its competition. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest (600) battery life within this class of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Nikon P600 for specific types of photography

The following diagram displays a analysis of the Nikon P600 for specific types of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Nikon P600 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon P600 receives a rating of 45 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos & capability to work with off-camera flash.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detect focusing
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Nikon P600 Street photography details

Getting a modest points total of 51, the Nikon P600 is relatively appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than others in class (565g)

Nikon P600 Sports photography advice

A reasonable sports photography points tally of 54 indicates the Nikon P600 is reasonably suited for photographing sports. A camera should have great autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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long zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Nikon P600 Travel photography information

Size is extremely important in buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Nikon P600 gets a moderate 59 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly appropriate for your vacations.

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resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
decently wide (24mm)
very long zoom (1440mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (565g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

Nikon P600 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon P600 at it's modest rating of 48 as a landscape camera is fairly appropriate in the current market.

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has manual focus
decently wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Timelapse recording

Nikon P600 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should really posses a articulating display, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Nikon P600 is reasonably suited as a vlog camera as it delivers a modest score of 59.

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relatively wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have mic support
heavier than competition in class (565g)

Nikon P600 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the P600, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart below offers you a summary of the P600 compared to it's highest ranked competitors mentioned previously.

Following are additional cameras you may look at as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model
Nikon Coolpix P600
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2014-02-07
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Highest native ISO
6400
Highest boosted ISO
12800
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-1440mm (60.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.3-6.5
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
3"
Resolution of display
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
7.50 m
Flash settings
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/100/30/25p)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
565 grams (1.25 lb)
Dimensions
125 x 85 x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2")
Other
Battery life
330 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL23
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
1
Cost at launch
$750