|Photographer's Guide to the Nikon Coolpix B700: Getting the Most from Nikon's Superzoom Camera
by Alexander S. White
|Lexar Professional 633x 64GB SDXC UHS-I/U1 Card with Image Rescue 5 Software - LSD64GCB1NL633
|Nikon COOLPIX B700 High Grade Multi-Coated, Multi-Threaded, 3 Piece Lens Filter Kit (Includes Filter Adapter) + New West Cloth
20.2MP 1/2.3 BSI CMOS Sensor NIKKOR Super ED 60x Optical Zoom Lens 24-1440mm (35mm Equivalent) 921k-Dot Electronic Viewfinder 3.0 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor UHD 4K Video Recording at 30p Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC & Bluetooth BLE ISO 3200, Up to 5 fps Shooting Dual Detect Vibration Reduction Raw File Recording Supplied with: AN-CP21 Strap, LC-CP29 Lens Cap, EN-EL23 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-73 Adapter, UC-E21 USB Cable
From the Manufacturer
The first time you hold the COOLPIX B700, you'll know it's an exceptional camera. Its DSLR-style design, including a PSAM mode dial, puts key controls where you want them and feels great in your hands. The first time you zoom in with it, you'll wonder if any shot will ever be out of reach again. Subjects barely visible to the naked eye come into tight focus, held steady by cutting-edge Vibration Reduction technology. Use that power to capture stunning 20.2 megapixel RAW images, 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) videos with stereo sound or 5 FPS high-speed sequences in nearly any light. Plus, the whole time you're shooting, the COOLPIX B700 can be connected to a compatible smartphone through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology for instant photo sharing and remote camera control. This is more than a compact camera--it's a creative powerhouse.
Few shots are too far away for the COOLPIX B700's NIKKOR Super ED glass lens. 60x optical zoom gives you super telephoto power, then Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom, effectively doubles that reach for a whopping 120x zoom. Dual Detect Vibration Reduction (VR) counteracts camera shake to keep your shots steady, and a 20-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor captures every detail, even in low light.
Install Nikon's new Snapbridge app on a compatible smartphone or tablet* and unlock exciting new capabilities with the COOLPIX B700. Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) maintain a constant connection between the app and your camera, so each shot you take automatically transfers to your smartphone or tablet for sharing, editing with photo apps or uploading to your favorite sites. You can even use the Snapbridge app to control your camera remotely!
The COOLPIX B700 is a serious movie-making tool. Create with the awe-inspiring resolution of 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) and selectable 30p or 25p frame rates. Face-priority AF keeps focus where you want it, and 5-Axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR) keeps videos tripod-steady. High fidelity audio is captured with a stereo zoom mic that changes directivity according to zoom operation. Record up to 8 minutes with the touch of a button, then quickly delete unwanted footage right in the camera. Save still images while recording or during playback, connect to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable, set autofocus to operate only when a subject moves and much more.
For those who want to preserve maximum image quality and have greater flexibility for editing images outside of the camera, the COOLPIX B700 supports RAW (NRW) image capture. Capturing in RAW format preserves all of the data captured by the image sensor, making it easier to adjust exposure settings, white balance, colors and other settings using photo editing software.
The COOLPIX B700's large, LCD display makes it easy to compose your shots or monitor your video recording. Reviewing and sharing your creations is a pleasure, too-every shot looks fantastic on the display.
Most helpful customer reviews
101 of 108 people found the following review helpful.
By Ric P.
I have shot thousands of photos w/ the Coolpix P600 over the years. I got this camera for the RAW feature and the added Megapixels.
This is the same P600 body but in a Matte Finish and so a bit grippier.
Uses the same battery, EN-EL23, and the same cards so I was good to go.
After setting to RAW + F (fine), Image Size to 20 M and turning off the digital zoom I took it for a test spin.
I'll be using this primarily for birding so I started there.
First impressions are Viewfinder is FAR better than the P600, Zoom is smoother and Auto Focus (you probably will not want to us Manual Focus as it's a pain) is faster, VR (image stabilization) is KILLER!
Single point Focus is dead on as you can see from the shot of a Sparrow buried in the rose bush.
Full Zoom (not digital) is dead on crisp. The Cardinal was shot on a windy cloudy dark day in AP Mode (lighter Cardinal shots) and Bird Mode at about 50'. Hand held and braced. Cardinals at full optical zoom.
So far I am VERY Impressed!
If you are a Birder and Nature shooter you will LOVE this Camera!
P600/610 on steroids.
Haven't used the Wi-Fi Snap Feature or Video yet so I can't speak to that.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful.
Zoomed in and snap on target (mostly)
By Paul McGowan
First let me say that the B700 has some really nice glass. The zoom is incredible. However, the Nikon menus leave much to be desired. They are a bit confusing with a lot of modes and settings being buried in odd locations. Part of my frustration has to do with the fact I'm coming off the Nikon D5100 where most camera modes/functions are a LOT more "convenient" and intuitive. Another frustration and one that Nikon should be ashamed of is the viewfinder. It desperately needs a rubber eye-cup. The viewfinder currently sits behind a flat HARD piece of plastic and there is a cheesy square cut out to look through (COME ON NIKON!!!). If it's bright outside the sun is gonna blind you because you can't seal it out on the flat plastic, plus it's just plain uncomfortable.....a bit of thought regarding comfort and usability would have been nice. Nevertheless, this camera is lighter than any of the pro body cameras and that is what I wanted. It's easy to grip and use the zoom. The flash is adequate in close pictures but a hot-shoe would have been great........or even a Bluetooth function to control an external flash. A cheap software fix that was ignored. Of course, many of the speed-lights today will trigger off the camera flash or can be controlled manually............but that's a pain. One other thing that is missing is a lens hood..........Nikon............you know it needs it! Now I have to go by a cheesy rubber one.
Let's talk focus! There are several focus modes and most are spot on especially the single point focus. Nevertheless, personally I would have preferred the "manual focus" to be usable in all modes.....not an option but you can use it in M mode.. You can assign some functions (such as manual focus) to buttons on the camera which is helpful. I made the zoom on the lens act as manual focus. Which works perfectly......in M mode.
The zoom truly is extraordinary! The pictures below (pic 1 - horses are in the distance over the hill) were taken at dusk and the subjects were almost 3/4 of a mile away. I did not have a tripod and due to the low light (and my shaky hands) there was a small amount of digital noise. As you can see the camera can take acceptable pics at great distances. I did not use RAW mode in this instance but if you have a EXTREME PRO memory card (at least a Class 10 SDXC UHS-I Memory Card or you're gonna have some REAL problems with this camera in video and RAW modes) then I HIGHLY recommend using the RAW + F mode. Yes, the files are large but the quality is astounding and batch editing is a dream! If you can't afford Adobe products then check out Coral PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro.........for less than $50 bucks each you can do almost anything Adobe Lightroom can do with RAW or JPEG files.
As a disabled amateur photographer I have enjoyed being free from carrying 25lbs of lenses, speedlights, filters, batteries, and converters with me, but If your looking for studio quality pics out of the box with this camera then you might be better off with something else. Every camera takes time to get the feel of so I expect my pics (and the frustration with the wonky menus) to get better. For the money you can't beat this camera!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
By Laura Hammond
This is a very good camera and I'm very happy with it. The main reason I purchased this was that it has a view finder and the zoom lens. The photos it produces are great and need little in the way of processing.