The Nikon B700 Coolpix Compact System Camera Review
Available in Black or Red the Nikon Coolpix B700 is a bridge camera with a 20.3 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. A Bridge Camera is basically a compact digital camera usually with a bigger optical zoom lens. In the B700’s case this is a 60x Digital Zoom. With a Bridge Camera unlike a DSLR this lens is not usually removable. Some of the advantages of the Nikon B700 consist of but are not limited to a varied range of shooting modes including Manual Mode which gives you complete control of your camera. It has the capability to shoot pictures in Raw and Video in 4k at 30fps. It also features
various effect settings whilst maintaining the original image for editing later should you so desire.
Price c £350 UK $424.95 US
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- Type – Compact digital camera
- Effective pixels – 20.3 million (Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)
- Image sensor – 1/2.3-in.type CMOS, Total pixels: approx. 21.14 million
- Lens – NIKKOR lens with 60x optical zoom
- Focal length – 4.3 to 258 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24 to 1440 mm lens in 35 mm  format)
- Aperture – f/3.3 to 6.5
- Lens construction – 16 elements in 11 groups (4 ED lens elements and 1 super ED lens element)
- Magnification – Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 5760 mm lens in 35 mm  format), Up to 2x when Movie options is set to 2160/30p or 2160/25p (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 2880 mm lens in 35 mm  format)
The camera comes with WiFi and NFC Connectivity. It can also be linked via Bluetooth to your digital media device like a phone or tablet enabling you to view the images remotely. This is carried out by the app Snapbridge. Depending on who you talk to this can be a bit testing at times as connection is not always seamless. I had no real need for it personally as I am ‘a backup the pictures to a hard drive’ kind of a guy. However I can see this as an advantage to some people if memory is an issue or you want to be able to view your pics on a larger scale before you move on. My advice, take more pictures and have more memory cards.
The Nikon Coolpix B700 Display
The display on the back is 3.0 inch and high resolution so I saw no issue with monitoring my images from here. Whilst mentioning the screen it is worth noting that this has the tilt function common on many Compact Digitals these days although for reverse Vlogging and selfies this camera may prove to be quite heavy (weighing in at around 570g) to be handheld at arm’s length. If you’re filming from a tripod obviously this would make more sense.
Zoom + Image Stabilisation
The Zoom is by far one of the Coolpix B700’s best features, operated from both the lens itself or by the lever close to the shutter release. Being able to zoom upto 120x it is also ideal for bird watching or other similar long distance shooting. My advice, although it does have good on-board image stabilisation, is still to mount on a tripod if you are out in the field for any length of time. Although smaller it will begin to take on the weight of a DSLR meaning prolonged use will give you arm and shoulder ache after a while. Unlike some other Compacts in this price bracket the Nikon B700 does also feature a digital view finder which can come in very handy if you are zoomed in quite hard to be able to see what you are photographing.
Other Features and Information About the Nikon Coolpix B700
The Nikon Coolpix B700 uses SD memory cards or derivatives thereof and has an ISO range of 100 to 3200 if shooting with Manual – auto mode shoots upto 1600 ISO. It has a fast Auto focus speed just 0.9 seconds according to Nikon – I never timed it…
There are the usual style buttons on the back of the camera consisting of Flash activation (for the inbuilt flash) LCD, Viewfinder switch although it does have an ‘eye sensor’ which will switch it automatically from LCD to Viewfinder when you place your eye up to it. The usual eye sight adjuster also. I could comfortably hold the camera grip with three fingers leaving my index finger poised over the shutter release. It has some cool light features which vary in array and style depending on what the camera might be doing for example the green light around the on/off switch will pulse when charging.
If you plan to use the external mic while filming please be aware that it is situated in the hood of the flash. Usefully as per lots of Compacts the lens does retract back into the camera when it is powered down. The battery life we get from a full charge of its lithium ion cell is certainly better than a lot of its competitors in this price range. With over 400 shots and around an hour and a half of video. The battery fits into the base of the camera, next to the slot for the SD card.
Nikon Coolpix P610
The COOLPX B700 is great if you are after a good all-round versatile camera. With the combination of, Raw shooting and 4K movies, the 60x zoom together with the allegedly seamless connectivity provided by Snapbridge, there’s very little that compares with the B700 in this price range. Ultimately though, it mostly comes down to the 60x zoom range and SnapBridge, which will allow you to share you photos with minimal effort. These are some of it’s better features to have and are backed up with manual exposure control and loads of feature modes. There’s also the excellent viewfinder and tiltable screen, though these remain unchanged from the earlier COOLPIX P610, which may be available at a lower price.
If it is just the zoom you’re after but money is a factor, check the prices on the earlier COOLPIX P610. It may lack 4K video and SnapBridge connectivity, (no great loss) and have a lower resolution 16 Megapixel sensor, but you do get the same 24-1440mm zoom lens, the same electronic viewfinder and 3-inch screen.