Nikon Coolpix B700 Review

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If you’re looking for a long zoom for nature, or sports photography, this bridge camera offers an impressive 60x magnification in a relatively compact and affordable package.

Based on an APS-C CMOS sensor with 24MP, it’ll capture RAW photos in detail and video in 4K Ultra High Definition. Though it doesn’t offer touch control, the three-inch monitor is fully articulated and transition between this and the electronic viewfinder is automatic.

You can toggle between the manual exposure and automatic modes using the mode dial and choose between 18 preset scenes.

It also benefits from Nikon’s SnapBridge software, which sends photos via Bluetooth as well as using your smartphone to add time and location data.

For such a powerful superzoom model, this bridge camera is surprisingly small and it does well to capture very distant images as well as macro shots at 1cm. The telephoto lens is not especially bright, however, and aperture can be set no lower than f/3.3.

We also noticed softness around the edge of photos taken at high zoom. Grain and noise were also introduced in low light situations. Video shot in 4K quality can be compromised in the same way.

Overall, though, it’s very impressive at this price and the stereo microphone that adjusts its sensitivity with the zoom delivers reasonable sound quality too. It’s a pity there’s no touchscreen control, but the all-around performance at this price is very respectable.

Nikon Coolpix B700 Specs

Imaging
Pixels Actual: 21.14 Megapixel
Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4,
Audio: AAC
Max Resolution 20 MP: 5184 x 3888
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital, 5-Way
Optics
Lens NIKKOR, 16 Elements in 11 Groups
0 Aspherical, 5 ED
Effective Focal Length: 4.3 to 258mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 1440mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) to f/6.5 (T)
Zoom Optical: 60x
Dynamic: 2x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.64′ to Infinity / 50 cm to Infinity
Telephoto: 6.56′ to Infinity / 2 m to Infinity
Wide Macro: 0.39″ to Infinity / 1 cm to Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100 to 1600 (Extended Mode:100 to 3200)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1 to 1/4000 Second
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 15 to 1/4000 Second in Manual Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 25 to 0 Second in Night Scene Mode
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Scene Auto Selector, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority, Smart
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
Shooting Modes Back Light
Beach
Close Up
Dusk/Dawn
Fireworks
Food
Multi-Exposure
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Panorama
Party/Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
Snow
Sports
Sunset
Time-Lapse Movie
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 20.2 MP for up to 5 Exposures
Self-Timer 2, 10 Sec
Flash
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide:1.6 to 24.6′ / 0.5 to 7.5 m
Telephoto:6.6 to 13.1′ / 2 to 4 m
Memory
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 1080p: 15 fps, 12.5 fps
1280 x 720p: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
640 x 480p: 120 fps, 100 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 8 Minutes
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +1
Screen 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen Swivel (921,000 Pixels)
Screen Coverage 100%
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes
Power
Battery 1 x EN-EL23 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.8 VDC, 1850 mAh
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.9 x 3.3 x 4.2″ / 125.0 x 85.0 x 106.5 mm
Weight 1.24 lb / 565 g with battery and SD card
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