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
Does everything I need it to do in a small, light package
I've been camera shopping for quite some time, and waited for what I considered to be the best camera with the features I wanted--extended zoom, fully articulated monitor with simple monitor-to-viewfinder switching, one camera to replace a multi-lens SLR collection with flash, motor drive, etc. The HD video capabilites really sealed the deal, as well. I now have one camera that I can take to airshows and camping areas; one that I can keep with me everywhere I go. I've had it for about a week and I couldn't be happier even though I've not given it a thorough workout just yet. To make the best use of the camera I bought the book you can find online about the P600 and I am going through it now so that there is nothing about the camera that I don't understand even if I don't use 80% of the features available. The one recommendation that I have is that you buy a spare battery right up front. On a trip this past weekend my battery gave out on the second day of shooting and I did miss a few opportunities, but only because I did not recharge it the first night and learned that I should go ahead and get the spare battery (which has already been ordered). When my wife saw the camera she decided that it should be hers and I've had to keep a close eye on it since! It's my first Nikon, and I can find no downsides to it. None. It will probably be my last camera, so I wanted to get the one that fits me best and I did.
August 7, 2014