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Nikon COOLPIX P600
Hands On Review

A little zoom goes a long way when it comes to what photos you're able snap—and with a 60x optical zoom, the Nikon P600 has more than just a little zoom. The P600 currently leads the extended zoom category while most competitors sit down around a 50x optical zoom. Add in a macro mode that can shoot as close as .2 inches from the lens and the Nikon P600 looks to be a pretty versatile camera.

The P600 steams from the P500 family and had enough of a jump in the zoom to warrant a new line (The P530 is a new more budget-friendly option but with less zoom). With that big 60x zoom and a price right around $450, where does the camera stand in such a competitive category? We put the Nikon P600 through a battery of tests—here's what we discovered.

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Nikon COOLPIX P340
Hands On Review

The advanced compact market has long been defined by the Sony RX-100, but $600+ for a compact camera is a little bit much to ask for some consumers, considering the price of an entry-level DSLR. That's where this little sub-category of budget advanced compacts comes in, and exactly where the Nikon Coolpix P340 sits. There's just a handful of cameras hanging out at the under $400 price point that still sport enough features to be considered an advanced compact—so where does the P340 fit in?

The Nikon Coolpix P340 uses a 1/1.7” backlit sensor, larger than your average consumer compact, but on the smaller end for enthusiast cameras. The lens, however, starts at a nice bright f1.8 for solid low-light performance (at full zoom, however, the maximum aperture is f5.6). While speed is often sacrificed to keep a price low, the P340 has a solid 10 fps burst speed.

While all of that looks good on paper, how does the camera actually perform? I spent some time with this little shooter for a Nikon P340 review. Here's how the camera fared.

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Latest Articles on Digital Camera HQ

Why You Should Use the “Wrong” White Balance
Photography comes from Greek words that mean writing with light—but exactly what type of light you are writing with will change the color of the image. That's where white balance comes in.


At the most basic level, white balance is used to make sure the objects that are white in real life are still white in the image. But what if you don't use white balance this way? What if, instead, you use white balance to change the color of light you are writing with?


Using the “wrong” white balance can do just that. Watch what happens when the same RAW image is adjusted to the different white balance options.


Auto White Balance

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A Beginner's Guide To RAW Photography
Back before digital cameras, photographers weren't finished after just taking the photo. The image was developed, fine tuned and perfected in the dark room, and each photographer did their developing a little differently, depending on the result they wanted. In a digital camera, a JPEG file is automatically processed, but a RAW file isn't—giving the photographer a little more freedom in the digital darkroom, i.e. post processing with Photoshop or another editing software.

Editing a RAW file in Photoshop

What is RAW?

Think of a RAW file as a digital negative. A RAW file hasn't been processed yet, so it leaves more of the processing up to the photographer, creating more options for fine tuning. A RAW file isn't ready to be shared right away, but is used when the photographer intends to edit the shot. RAW files contain more data, so you can do things with them that you can't otherwise accomplish with a JPEG. RAW isn't available from every camera, but most advanced cameras offer this feature.

Why use RAW?

RAW offers more control over the post processing of an image. With an image shot in RAW, you can adjust the white balance if it wasn't shot right the first time, for example. Exposure is easily adjusted in a RAW file, and sharpness can be controlled more as well. With more data inside a RAW file, you gain more flexibility over what you can and cannot do in post processing.


While RAW is an excellent tool, it's not always the best format to shoot in. RAW files are large, so they take up a lot of space on the memory card and on your computer. Because RAW files are larger, they also slow the camera down—some cameras maintain the same burst speed but can't take as many right in a row while others can take the same amount of images but at a slower rate. For this reason, RAW isn't often used in sports and action photography. RAW also must be edited before it can be shared on the internet or opened with most photo viewers, so it's not for quick uploads either. But for shots that will be edited, it's the best way to go. If you aren't sure, you can always shoot in RAW + JPEG mode and your camera will save both file types of each image.

How to shoot in RAW

Shooting in RAW is actually quite simple. In the camera menu, select image quality. Select RAW (or RAW + Normal to end up with both file types). If you can't find these options in your menu, consult your user's manual (and make sure your camera is equipped with RAW). Once you've told the camera you want RAW files, shoot just as you normally word. While it's easier to edit RAW files, it's still best to get the shot as accurate as you can before editing, just like when you shoot with JPEG.

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Latest User Comments & Reviews

Cj (05/29/2014)
Won't power on I replaced batteries
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Hillary Grigonis (06/04/2014)
Hi CJ. This camera has unfortunately probably just reached the end of it's life cycle. It's over ten years old and electronics like phones, computers and digital cameras have short lives, sadly.
Max video length ? (Rajkumar — 05/30/2014)
I got a 4 gb memory card free with nikon S6500, in which i could approx 30 minutes of Hd video recording. Then i purchased a 32 GB class 10 sdhc sandisk card for increasing more video memory space, but i didn't get more pics or video space. Is there any limitation for this, also i didnt find. anything in settings regarding this.

And one more thing i face that most of the time it requirs more than one try to focus on a subject while taking pics and also on vids. Is it an issue or normal. Kindly suggest.Thankyou.
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Hillary Grigonis (06/04/2014)
Hello Rajkumar. Most point-and-shoot cameras like this are only designed to take short clips and will stop recording after about half an hour, that's not an issue with the memory card, the camera just isn't designed to process that much video. You should however be able to fit more images on the 32 GB card, as well as multiple 30 minute video clips, over the 4 GB card.

I did note autofocus issues in my hands-on review, so it's not a setting you are missing or anything. On autofocus, the camera automatically picks a focus point, sometimes it just doesn't select the same one you had in mind! Refocusing will select a different point.
SP-600UZ - Battery issues (Kenzie — 05/31/2014)
I have done lots of research on this camera, but it doesn't seem to help. We buy new AA batteries and put them in. The second I turn the camera in, the orange light blinks and it says the battery is dead. Is there a way I can fix this? Or at least tell the battery percentage?
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Hillary Grigonis (06/04/2014)
Hi Kenzie, sorry to hear you are having trouble! I'd restart the camera and restore it to the factory settings to see if that helps. Also, make sure the battery compartment is clean (use a dry cloth or a can of air). Beyond that, you would need to send it in for repair, but that's often not worth the cost for small older cameras like this one.