Excerpt: Nikon's newest P-series super-zoom (as of 2/2014), the Coolpix P600 boasts some serious specifications, like a 60x optical zoom. This unit covers a 24-1440mm 35mm-equivalent zoom range, with Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) and a 16.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, "capable of capturing detailed photos and Full HD 1080/60i video, even in challenging lighting conditions".
Conclusion: It seems as if zoom ratio has become the new megapixel—a number people look for to judge camera quality because it's simple to understand. A bigger zoom number sounds impressive, so it must mean a better camera, right? Though it's fun to grab a superzoom and mutter "Enhance" to yourself over and over again as you zoom in on a subject standing 100 feet away, the resulting images rarely look all that great.
Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX P600 is a new super-zoom with a massive 60x optical range squeezed into a compact bridge-style body. The only compact model with a longer range is the 63x Sony H400.
The new model closely follows the style and layout of earlier P series COOLPIX models like the 42x P520 and its successor the P530, with a flip out vari-angle 3 inch LCD screen and a 201k dot electronic viewfinder.
Pros: 60x optical zoom., Compact, lightweight body., Built-in Wifi., 1080p25/300 HD video., Slow and fast movie modes.
Cons: Low resolution electronic viewfinder., No built-in GPS., Video recording lag., No RAW mode., Minimal accessories compared to Sony HX.
Excerpt: Bridge cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix P600 are designed for those who want good zoom capabilities in a lightweight package for the holidays, without the need to change any lenses. In the P600, Nikon is positioning the camera as one that offers quite a bit of flexibility but yet doesn’t cost as much as what you could spend on camera systems, which let you mix and match lenses and other add-ons. Perhaps that’s why the P600 has very “digital SLR” feel.
Nikon's Coolpix P600 is a telescope dressed up like a point-and-shoot
18 April 2014
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix P600 isn't the quickest camera, but that might be a small price to pay for having such a long lens on a relatively compact, lightweight camera.
Cons: While the P600's shooting performance is decent, at times it can feel slow in use. It can be slow to autofocus as well, particularly when fully zoomed in. Also, the lens makes a lot of noise while moving it when recording movies. Enthusiasts might be disappointed by the lack of a hot shoe and raw support.
Excerpt: Nikon's Coolpix P600 is, at heart, a Nikon Coolpix P520 with a new 60X zoom. The new zoom seems better in most areas than the 42X zoom that graced the P520. I was surprised at just how sharp my telephoto images were, especially when I compared them to images from the similar (50x zoom) Canon Powershot SX50 HS and the Nikon P510 (42x zoom).