Super Zoom Quality Package
My purchase was to upgrade from a 14.1, 26X Optical Zoom camera that was four years old. I read many reviews from third parties and users with samples on Flickr. While my camera was being shipped I downloaded the manual to learn of its features. When it arrived I installed the strap and lens cap string and proceeded to charge the battery fully. The whole process was simple. My first picture was of a squirrel high up a mature pine tree beyond my backyard using the Bird-watching setting. I also took a shot using my other camera but, it was out of optical zoom range. When the little white box turns red it is out of focus. When it turns green it is in focus so then you gently press the shutter button all the way and the shot is processed quickly. I am using a SanDisk Ultra Plus, Grade (10) Speed up to 48 MB/s** 320X so my video and process time is much faster than others were experiencing.
When I attached the camera to my computer the transfer rate was very fast. The squirrel shot was a Wow! You could clearly see the whiskers against a white and dark background. It was beautiful detail right out of the camera. My hobby is wildlife photography and that means the Nikon Coolpix P600 with 60X optical zoom is most important. I was now able to photograph Bald Eagles at their nest using all of the 60X zoom.
After just a little over one month useage the quality, detail and sharpness of images is a huge jump forward from my previous camera. I believe Nikon has advanced the technology substantially with these types of cameras using small image sensors and one lens to cover a huge range. I am used to moving the lens slightly when you land on a spot where the camera has problems with focus. It works like magic. I had a situation where I could see two Bald Eagles on a nesting platform for Osprey that required full optical zoom and one was calling to the other. It was not possible for me to hold the camera still for a video with that much zoom. I put my portable tripod on the hood of my vehicle using the Full HD 1080 30p and shot a beautiful video with her calling to him next to her on the platform. Immediately following those calls she flew to the nest nearby and settled to the center of the nest where she has been on eggs and will be with help from him for 35 days. The camera is amazing.
February 7, 2015
Reasons to buy this camera and tips when buying this camera!
I bought the P600 in red and am SO HAPPY! I am 22 and bought for vacation and travels, even if it's just around town. I wanted a better quality camera than my iPhone (picture and description comparison below)
REASONS TO BUY
1) It's lightweight and easy to carry around. I made sure not to buy a heavy camera that would hurt my neck or hurt my shoulder when it's in a shoulder bag. It has a non-slip grip for your fingers and for when you rest your thumb on the back of the camera.
2) There is a flip screen. That was one of the biggest factors I had when buying a camera. Great for me if I want to be in a picture with someone but I'm outside and don't have a tripod.
3) There are also different settings. I like using "night landscape" and "night portrait" for when it gets dark outside.
4) The red color looks sharp. The black appeared dull and matte to me. That's why I bought the red, for the shiny pizzazz. Red is only available online but this product has free overnight shipping.
5) The quality is amazing! Stunning photographs.
6) There is WiFi, but I'm ok with plugging the camera into the computer. For Mac users, the photos and videos default download to iPhoto, you can select what you want to download, and then you can choose to keep or delete photos from the camera.
TIP - MEGAPIXELS: I kept wondering if I should buy a camera with more megapixels. My friend has a 24 megapixel camera; this one has 16.1 megapixels. I looked online, as long as you have 14 megapixels, you are good! My friend spent over $800 and compared mine and didn't understand why she paid so much. Online it says companies increase the megapixels as a ploy to make you pay more money and believe it's much better. Unless you do a lot of cropping or want to make outrageously large wall-sized printouts of your photos, 16.1 megapixels is enough :)
TIP - VS. IPHONE: The iPhone has 8 mp. Sure, the iPhone takes decent pictures, but there is a definite image quality difference when comparing the P600 to the iPhone. With the P600, I look so much clearer! My skin is smooth, not grainy like the iPhone pictures. The iPhone also can't zoom when you take a picture and doesn't have all these settings, and also does not have a self-timer.
TIP - WHEN TO BUY: I bought in December (Christmas time). It was on sale for $416 after tax, and then I bought the additional 2 year warranty for $50. I bought on this website.
OVERALL: Great camera! I'm extremely pleased and everyone is impressed with the pictures. Bought it for Christmas and everyone and everything looks great in our Christmas photos!
December 26, 2014
Crisp pix; maneuverable screen; Wi-Fi - all what I was looking for
What caught my eye when I saw this was the maneuverable screen, which I have on my old Pentax. I really use that a lot to be able to see what I am shooting from low angles or holding the camera high over my head. No guessing. I had looked for that for some time and saw this camera on display.
The second feature I was looking for was Wi-Fi so if I am out and about and want to send a pic to someone thru my Smartphone. It took me awhile to figure this out, but finally got the phone to read the camera (which acts as a modem). The SSID is built in so you don't have to put anything in. The instruction manual is useless for this, but I looked on line to get a little more help and a techie friend looked at it for me and we quickly figured it out.(You do have to download a free app so these will connect.
I took some amazing night shots on the streets of our town with Christmas decorations and the flash was not needed. I'm very happy with the resolution of these photos.
The zoom is the right dimensions for most pix I want.
This does look like an SLR camera, but it is not. It does have the better zoom than other point and shoot and is easy to figure out the controls.
I've just had this a month and I'm quite pleased with it!
December 9, 2014
Small and convenient, Great for travel.
I was looking for a camera to take with me on trips and for special occasions but I wanted something that was not complicated to operate. Yet had to take a quality picture like my old SLR with multiple lens. So after several months of research I choose the P600. This camera is great. I've only had it about a month and still experimenting with it but it's all that I wanted.
November 5, 2014
Excellent Super Zoom
I am basing my rating on other cameras of this class, I would not expect to get the same image quality from this as I would a full frame, $6000.00 camera. Having said that, this camera pleasantly surprised me with the sharpness and color saturation I got throughout the 60x zoom range. Very impressive. The camera is packed with features and I love taking it out to the zoo to get close up shots of the animals. It is also very good for close up macro images. The camera is packed with features and I highly recommend you give this camera a try if you are looking for the convenience of an all in one super zoom.
September 7, 2014