Travel Photography with Nikon Coolpix P600

My Travel Photography with Nikon Coolpix P600 (Camera Review)

I’m now a big fan of Nikon camera. It’s been more than 2 years and I’m still loving my travel photography with Nikon Coolpix P600. This 60x optical zoom camera is too handy and easy to use for anyone from amateur to pro. Just a perfect photography gear for me to carry no matter where I go. Hence, I’d like to share my photography experience with Nikon Coolpix P600 digital camera. So, what I like and dislike about Nikon Coolpix P600? Details inside.

What I like most about Nikon Coolpix P600 camera is the 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens. I don’t need to worry about to change lens, as it is the fixed one. This is the main reason I bought Nikon Coolpix P600 in 2015 and enjoyed capturing travel photos in 7 different countries. Still, I’m having a cool experience apart from some issues with this digital camera.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Camera Review

In the meantime, Nikon has released a couple of newer models of this same item and definitely worth to buy. The Nikon Coolpix B700 has more megapixels (20.2MP) with 60x optical zoom NIKKOR super ED lens. And it will also be a great idea if I made a switch to a Nikon Coolpix P900. This Nikon super-zoom camera featuring 83x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with professional video recording function.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Camera Review

I’m happy that I didn’t need to expend much to get high-quality images from Nikon Coolpix P600. I bought this at a reasonable price (within $450) and still getting the best service. I was right to trust on Nikon and Nikon Coolpix P600, my favorite photography gear.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Camera Specifications

Dimensions: 5×3.4×4.2 inches

Pixels: 16.1 megapixels

Max Resolution: 4608 x 3456

Lens: 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens

Display: 3 inches LCD

Viewfinder: Electronic Eye-Level

Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC

Video Recording: Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60i/50i/30p/25p

ISO Sensitivity: 100 – 6400

Shutter: Mechanical and CMOS Electronic (15 – 1/4000 seconds)

Burst Rate: 7 fps

Wireless: Wi-Fi (Built-in)

Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL23

Weight: 1 lb 4 oz / 565 g (with Battery and Storage Media)

Nikon Coolpix P600 Travel PhotographyTravel Photography with Nikon Coolpix P600

Light and Compact

The weight of Nikon Coolpix P600 is too light compared to other super-zoom cameras. It can be easily carried in a backpack or any hand luggage. And so I feel comfortable to carry everywhere. Here you don’t have to carry so many lenses. You’ll just love to play with the fixed lens of NIKKOR. The high performance of the Nikon Coolpix P600 compact digital camera is simply excellent.

Kalapathar Beach in Havelock Island, IndiaKalapathar Beach in Havelock Island, India (1/1000, f/3.3, ISO 100)

Dambatenne Tea Factory in Haputale, Sri LankaDambatenne Tea Factory in Haputale, Sri Lanka (1/100, f/5.2, ISO 500)

Ease of Use

I already mentioned Nikon Coolpix P600 is a very handy device and easy to use for all. The design and every function of this camera are user-friendly. All buttons here are nicely placed to navigate easily and quickly. Any settings can be customized from the Menu button.

For video recording, a separate button is there. For a quick access to any saved images, you can directly press the image button and so on.

I recommend Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P600 by Alexander S. White. Definitely worth to read to know all about Nikon CoolPix P600.

Image Quality

I will say the image quality of Nikon Coolpix P600 digital camera is not less than any DSLR in terms of just 16 megapixels with a small CMOS sensor. It provides excellent super-zoom shot and also close up or macro shot. But I really dislike the function of slow autofocus of this camera. It takes more time to focus especially when trying to increase the level of zooming or fully zoomed.

Jomolhari Mountain in Paro, BhutanJomolhari Mountain in Paro, Bhutan (1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100)

Tourist Destination Thamel in Nepal Popular Tourist Destination Thamel in Nepal (1/8, f/3.3, ISO 500)

The maximum shutter speed of Nikon Coolpix P600 is 15 seconds and so best for night photography. Moreover, I enjoy landscape photography with my Nikon camera. And normally I don’t go for any editing with Photoshop and any other image editing apps. I love using the raw one which just sharp and perfect in all way.

Sari River in Sylhet, BangladeshSari River in Sylhet, Bangladesh (1/200, f/5.5, ISO 100)

LCD Screen and Viewfinder

The smart 3 inches LCD screen of Nikon Coolpix P600 will definitely provide you a professional shooting experience. It has an electronic eye-level viewfinder which can be easily tilted to provide a vari-angle display. It will give you different perspectives to take any perfect shot from up to bottom.

This particular feature works great for me as a solo traveler to take selfies and recording any video on the way.

Royal Botanic Gardens in Kandy, Sri Lanka Peradeniya Royal Botanic Gardens in Kandy, Sri Lanka (1/640, f/3.3, ISO 100)

Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, India Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, India (1/400, f/3.5, ISO 100)

Nikon Coolpix P600 Shooting Modes

There are many auto shooting modes under Nikon Coolpix P600 which can be easily used while shooting. If you don’t want to customize any settings manually then best option to go for many modes according to your photo subject.

Rural Landscape in Kanaighat, BangladeshRural Landscape in Kanaighat, Bangladesh (1/400, f/5.5, ISO 100)

I found Scene Auto Selector Mode is the helpful one, and even Night Landscape or Landscape Mode is the best one to use to get a detail landscape capture. User Settings Mode is to customize the total settings before photographing.

kushma-gyadi suspension bridgekushma Gyadi Suspension Bridge in Nepal (ƒ/5.0, 1/40, ISO 400)

You can even try to a bit creative by using any filters or effects and can change the color or just keep any single color.

Before Edit

Nikon Coolpix P600 Photography

After Edit 

Nikon Coolpix P600 (Selective Color Effects)

Nikon Coolpix P600 Video

Nikon Coopix P600 gives you the general video recording facility in full HD 1080 pixels with the stereo audio system. You can monitor all time through LCD screen whatever you’re recording. The video file format is MP4.

Overall this device is ok for recording despites some drawbacks. Sometimes it suddenly stopped recording at the time of zooming. And also this camera creates more noises when need to move to record.

Battery Life

The longevity of Nikon Coolpix P600 battery is excellent. This is another reason I like using Nikon digital camera. Still, I didn’t buy any new battery. Neither I need to recharge whole night nor day to fully charged.

Paro Airport Birds Eye View in BhutanParo Airport Birds Eye View in Bhutan (1/1000, f/3.3, ISO 100)

In one-time charge, you can capture 330 photos and this is more than enough for one day. And for charging, I do use Nikon EH-67A AC Power Supply Adapter.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Camera Accessories

Some listed and recommended camera accessories according to the model of your Nikon compact digital camera.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Camera Apps

Some free Nikon apps you can directly download from the Nikon Website. And mostly all apps are accessible from Android to iPhone users.

I found Wireless Mobile Utility app is the useful one which helps to access photos from camera to my iPhone. It supports Nikon’s built-in Wi-Fi feature.

If you like to use Bluetooth then better to go for SnapBridge app, it quickly moves your all camera photos to smartphone and easy to share as well.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Camera Tips

  • If you don’t use your camera for long days then take out the battery from the camera to help it not to be easily drained.
  • It is always recommended not to turn on the feature of Wi-Fi on camera to save the life of a battery.
  • Night Landscape Scene Mode works simply great to get a perfect night landscape shot.

Sum Up

Nikon Coolpix P600 is a perfect travel photography gear for light travelers. In a reasonable price, this camera gives you more than your expectation. And from this Nikon Coolpix P600 camera review, you found that Nikon has already fixed all issues in their newly released Nikon Coolpix P900 / Nikon Coolpix P900s models.

So, as a Nikon lover, you can anytime switch to another Nikon device. You’re right to think as I don’t like to carry so many lenses, so in that aspect, Nikon Coolpix P600 is a perfect travel photography gear for me as well.

Share your thought. What brings you to use Nikon camera?

Nafisa Habib loves nature and often got fascinated by old beautiful architecture. Here she is with My Own Way To Travel to share her adventures on the road. To her nothing is so interesting than exploring new destinations around. And knowing a new culture and meeting new peoples on the road? Oh, yeah she just loves that too.

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