Meet the New Coolpix B600 and A1000, Up to 60x Zoom in Low Budget Compact Cameras

Nikon has quietly announced the upcoming availability of a duo of superzoom compact cameras, the Coolpix B600 and the Coolpix A1000, both with a 1/2.3 inch sensor. The B600 fills a gap between Nikon’s current Coolpix B500 and B700 cameras while the A1000 is a lower-resolution successor to Nikon’s A900.

Nikon hasn’t mentioned whether or not this new pair of high-zoom, budget-friendly cameras will be available in the USA market.

The COOLPIX B600 employs a 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a range of equivalent focal lengths beginning at wide-angle 24mm and ending at super-telephoto 1440mm.
The camera sports a backside illumination CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.0 megapixels that supports a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400.

The B600 also features Nikon’s Active D-Lighting, which is designed to reduce the loss of detail in highlights and shadows of high-contrast scenes, and is equipped with a Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism capable of reducing the effects of camera shake to the same degree as would a 3.0-stop increase in shutter speed with still-image photography, and 4-axis Hybrid VR that effectively reduces blur with movie recording.

The COOLPIX A1000 is a stylish compact digital camera equipped with an electronic viewfinder that supports 35x optical zoom lens that covers a range of equivalent focal lengths — from the wide-angle 24mm to the super-telephoto 840mm.

Unlike the B600, the A1000 can shoot 4K video, including Active D-Lighting for better quality in high-contrast scenes. The camera also packs in a few more advanced options for stills, including RAW shooting and the option to use manual focus with focus peaking.

While the body is smaller than the B600, the A1000 still fits in an electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor to automatically switch between the EVF and the LCD screen at the back. The LCD screen also tilts and is touch sensitive.

The Nikon Coolpix B600 and A1000 are currently available for pre-order at roughly $425 and $535, respectively.

More info on Nikon Press Release: A1000, B600.

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