Nikon CoolPix P600: Hitting The 60X-Zoom Mark!

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The Nikon Coolpix P600 has a 60x zoom lens, but unlike options from Panasonic and Samsung that start at an ultrawide-angle 20mm, Nikon’s lens starts at 24mm. That means while those other cameras stop at 1,200mm, the P600 can be extended to 1,440mm.

If that’s not enough, you can use Nikon’s new Dynamic Fine Zoom to digitally increase the focal length to 2,880mm. Keeping the lens steady probably won’t be easy, but to help with shake you do get optical image stabilization. And there’s an electronic viewfinder so you don’t have to hold the camera out in front of you when shooting if you don’t want to.

Those who prefer to frame shots on something larger, there’s a 3-inch 920K-dot-resolution varyingly LCD. Other features include a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, manual and semi manual shooting modes, and video capture in 1080i at 60 frames per second. Also, Nikon built Wi-Fi in to the P600, unlike last year’s P520, which required you to buy an external adapter.

Speaking of the P520, Nikon updated that model into the Coolpix P530. It has the same 42x, f3.0-5.9, 24-1,000mm lens as its predecessor, but gets a new 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a fixed 3-inch LCD, and, like the P600, can shoot movies in resolutions of up to 1080i at 60fps. If you want Wi-Fi, you’ll have to buy an adapter. Anyone interested in something a little more pocket-able can look for the Coolpix S9700 with a 30x 25-750mm lens. You’ll also get the same 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor as on the P600 and P530 as well as the same shooting capabilities (though you’ll lose the manual controls over shutter speed and aperture). It has a 921K-dot-resolution 3-inch OLED display and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, too.

Go on and try it out..Its one gadget you gotta have if you wanna stay on top of the photography league.