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
|Pixels||Actual: 21.14 Megapixel
Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
|File Formats||Still Images: JPEG, RAW
|Max Resolution||20 MP: 5184 x 3888|
|Image Stabilization||Optical & Digital, 5-Way|
|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)
|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
|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
Scene Auto Selector
|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|
|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 Card Type||SD
|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 Clip Length||Up to 8 Minutes|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)|
|Diopter Adjustment||-3 to +1|
|Screen||3.0″ LCD Rear Screen Swivel (921,000 Pixels)|
|Connectivity||HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0|
|Battery||1 x EN-EL23 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.8 VDC, 1850 mAh|
|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|