The Best Nikon COOLPIX Cameras on the Market [Comparison]
There are an incredible amount of cameras to sort through before you make a purchase. Different brands, different price ranges, and different specifications are enough to make your head spin.
Nikon COOLPIX cameras are a great line of equipment. They are comparable to the Powershot line of Canon Cameras. There are several COOLPIX cameras to choose from, which presents a good problem to have. Which one is for you? Let’s walk through them and find out.
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Nikon COOLPIX P900
The Nikon COOLPIX P900 is an excellent, compact, point-and-shoot camera. It offers a host of options that will leave you feeling satisfied. For such a small camera, it’s reviews have been phenomenal as far as quality goes. Check out its specifications and you can judge for yourself.
- MSRP of $599.95. A great price if you can’t afford the higher end cameras.
- 16 Megapixels. Brilliant and clear photos every time.
- 1 /2.3 inch CMOS Sensor. Among the smallest of sensors for digital compact cameras (actually, all of the Nikon COOLPIX cameras we are going through have this sensor)
- 24-2000 mm Lens. Creates a very diverse range of pictures you can obtain.
- 83x Optical Zoom/ 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom. The zoom on this is the best in this line. Dynamic Fine Zoom is revolutionary.
- 3″ LCD Screen. A screen that swivels at any angle.
- Wide Range of Sensitivity
- ISO 100-1600
- ISO 3200, 6400 capabilities
- ISO High 1 Available
- 7 fps burst rate. Allows for great action shots and interesting viewpoints.
- GPS Tagging. Great for travelers who want to document as they go.
- 1080p at 60 fps Video Capabilities. It doesn’t get much easier to capture great video. Just point-and-shoot.
- Wi-Fi and NFC. Share your photos with ease. Upload to Facebook instantly. Great for on-the-go.
- Lightweight and Compact. 5.5 x 4.1 x 5.5 inches and weighs in at 31.8 ounces.
There is a concern that some photographers have noted. While the zoom is really spectacular, it’s not great for action shots from a far distance. It can be tricky to track your subject at that far of a zoom, but if it’s moving you might just be out of luck.
In saying that, the Nikon COOLPIX P900 is still one of the best in the COOLPIX line. It has many capabilities that allow you a wide array of photos. If you are looking to shoot HDTV quality movies, take immaculate zoomed in pictures, or just have a great little camera for on-the-go, this is your winner.
Nikon COOLPIX B700
The Nikon COOLPIX B700 has some excellent advantages and a few disadvantages compared to the rest of the line. It is lower in price and higher in megapixels, so that is a pretty significant advantage. It also has really great video performance. If you are looking to shoot videos in 4k, the B700 is a rockstar.
- MSRP $449.95. A lower price for the Nikon COOLPIX line than the P900.
- 20.2 Megapixels. The highest megapixels of the COOLPIX group.
- 1/2.3-inch CMOS Sensor. Great shot capability even in low lighting.
- 24-1440 mm Lens. Wide range of opportunities for great pictures.
- 60x Optical Zoom and 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Who needs a microscope if you have a B700?
- 3″ LCD Screen. Easy to view pictures from multiple angles.
- Sensitivity Options
- ISO 100-1600
- ISO 3200 available
- 5 fps Burst Shots. The lowest fps of the bunch, but it is still handy for action shots.
- 4k at 30 fps Video Power. Higher resolution than their 1080p counterparts.
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC Options. Making uploading and sharing your pictures and videos a breeze.
- Small and Easy to Carry. Small in stature at 5 x 3.4 x 4.2 inches and 20 ounces
A lot of photography enthusiasts want this camera for its function to shoot in RAW. While it does boast that it can do that, the reviews are not so hot. The vibration reduction is just not up to par leaving you with blurred images when shooting in the RAW. Definitely a bummer, but if you aren’t looking for that capability, it is not something you need to worry about.
The Nikon COOLPIX B700 is a fantastic camera. It has a lot of great features and is worth mentioning again the price drop from the P900. The video power is also worth mentioning again as 4k beats the pants off of 1080p. It is compact yet still powerful making it an excellent choice for travel.
Nikon COOLPIX B500
The Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a camera for beginners. It is extremely user-friendly, lightweight, and still has the quality you would expect from Nikon. The B500 is lower priced without sacrificing too many bells and whistles. The specifications are right up there with the others in the line as well.
- MSRP of $259.95. On the lower end of pricing of the COOLPIX line.
- 16 Megapixels. Beautiful images portrayed as you see them in person.
- 1/2.3-inch CMOS Sensor. Small but mighty in its capabilities to deliver quality photos.
- 22.5-900 mm Lens. Combined with Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction creates superb photos.
- 40x Optical Zoom and 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Mid-range zoom capacity of the COOLPIX line. Still high quality and can easily zoom to get awesome photos.
- 3″ LCD Screen. Flip out and view your photo opportunities with ease.
- Varied Sensitivity Options
- ISO 125-1600
- ISO 3200, 6400 also available in different modes
- 7.4 fps Burst Rate. Second highest of the group for burst rates. Great for action shots and nature.
- 1080p at 30 fps Video Articulation. On the lower end of video quality in the line, but still excellent nonetheless.
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC power. Load up your photos to Instagram to let your friends see what you are seeing.
- Fits your hand like a glove. Easy to pick up and go at 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.8 inches and 19.1 ounces.
With a price drop in the line, you have to expect a little bit less of a camera. The B500 is great in many areas but focusing seems to be a common complaint amongst buyers. If you are looking for steady shots and crisp clear action shots, you might be disappointed. It seems like the blurry images come mostly from action shots but also when zooming in to some degree. You have to look at what you want the camera for and decide for yourself if this will be an issue.
The Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a great beginners camera. It has all of the basic specifications you might need plus a few extras that are fun to experiment with. Lightweight, video capabilities, and wireless uploading are features that any beginner will want and the B500 delivers.
Nikon COOLPIX S7000
If you are a snapshot or basic photograph taker, this is your winner. The Nikon COOLPIX S7000 is sleek, slim, and amazingly powerful for its size and price. If you are planning a vacation where you want to keep luggage to a minimum, this is your winner. It is easy to keep in a purse or small satchel. You just point, shoot, and be on your merry way.
- MSRP of $229.95. Least expensive of the COOLPIX line, yet still pretty powerful.
- 16 Megapixels. A decent amount considering the price of this camera.
- 1/2.3-inch CMOS Sensor. You still get the small and precise sensor even with the slim design.
- 25-500 mm Lens. A smaller range but perfectly appropriate for pictures on the fly.
- 20x Optical Zoom and 40x Dynamic Fine Zoom. The lowest zoom power of the cameras covered yet still robust for your needs.
- 3″ LCD Screen Size. Fairly large for how sleek of a designed camera it is.
- Vast Sensitivity Options
- ISO 125-1600
- ISO 3200, 6400 also available in auto mode.
- 9.2 fps Burst Rate. The fastest fps of the bunch. Surprising for such a little camera!
- 1080p at 30 fps Quality Video. Pretty high quality for a small compact camera. It is perfect for vacations.
- Wi-Fi and NFC. Upload your pictures while enjoying a cup of coffee. It couldn’t be easier.
- The Smallest COOLPIX yet. The ultimate camera for purse wearers. 4 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches and 5.9 ounces.
With this low of a price, you have to expect that there are going to be a few complaints. Most of them seem to be nit picky but there are a few red flags.
The mode dial is very soft and touchy. The problem with that is that if you bump it, you are going to end up with a lackluster photo. With this small of a camera, you might not even notice it until you start looking at your pictures. Error on the side of caution and double check before taking your picture.
The flash is on the same side as the shutter. This may not seem like a big deal, but it can be frustrating when you are taking photos. You might just have to train yourself to hold the camera differently so you don’t take endless close up pictures of your fingers.
The S7000 has an issue with autofocus. This is a big one. There have been several claims from buyers that they have had to send their camera back because the autofocus stopped working after some time. It’s unclear if there is a certain usage threshold that activates this or if it is a few bad apples. Either way, autofocus is a pretty major contributor to high quality pictures and if that goes out, the S7000 isn’t going to do you much good.
Personally, I think it is a hell of a camera for the price you are getting. If you are needing the best camera available, it isn’t for you. However, if you are a novice or buying a camera specifically for a trip, it couldn’t be more perfect. There are plenty of different settings to enable you to get the pictures you want that will last a lifetime.
Nikon COOLPIX A900
Another sleek camera that is an excellent travel companion. The Nikon COOLPIX A900 is without a doubt a nifty little device. Traveling overseas and want quality photos without bringing a 10 ton camera? The A900 is probably the camera you are looking for. The specifications are pretty decent and the price tag will keep some spending cash in your pocket.
- MSRP of $399.95. Middle of the line pricing for the cameras covered while keeping up with the best in specifications. This is definitely a win-win situation.
- 20 Megapixels. Among the highest in megapixels, you can get crystal clear images on the go.
- 1/2.3-inch CMOS Sensor. Proving that superior quality images can come in tiny packages.
- 24-840 mm Lens. Middle class range while still allowing you the pictures you deserve.
- 35x Optical Zoom and 70x Dynamic Zoom. Get up close and personal beautiful shots from a distance.
- 3″ LCD Screen. Preview your photo opportunity without squinting.
- Sensitivity Options for Any Occasion
- ISO 80-1600
- ISO 3200 capability
- 7 fps Burst Rate. Perfect for making sure you get the best shot possible. Allows for mistakes.
- 4k at 30 fps for Stunning Videos. Stellar video options so you can reminisce on memories forever.
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Enjoy uploading and editing pictures wirelessly as you go.
- Epic Travel Partner. No extra baggage here. Measures in at 4.5 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches and 10.2 ounces.
The zoom is excellent for such a small point-and-shoot camera but if you are looking for professional quality, this isn’t your guy. It gets blurry the further you zoom in. If you are trying to shoot objects that are a great distance away, then you will want a different option.
There have also been reports of the lens locking up and not being able to open and close properly. While I’m sure you could send the camera back and get a replacement, this seems to be a major headache for some buyers.
On the bright side, I still think this is one of the best travel companion cameras. You can control your camera remotely so you can get that picture of yourself while sight seeing. You can also upload your photos wirelessly to your phone and edit on the go.
It’s price is right in the midrange from all the other cameras but it still has some excellent advantages. 4k video is wonderful and you can use it to get more than a photograph can offer on a trip. You will be able to view those videos on an HDTV and bring yourself back anytime you want.
|Model||Nikon COOLPIX S7000||Nikon COOLPIX B500||Nikon COOLPIX A900||Nikon COOLPIX B700||Nikon COOLPIX P900|
|Sensor||1/2.3-inch CMOS||1/2.3-inch CMOS||1/2.3-inch CMOS||1/2.3-inch CMOS||1/2.3-inch CMOS|
|Lens (35 mm equiv.)||25-500 mm||22.5-900 mm||24-840 mm||24-1440 mm||24-2000 mm|
|Zoom||20x optical zoom/40x Dynamic Fine Zoom||40x optical zoom/80x Dynamic Fine Zoom||35x optical zoom/70x Dynamic Fine Zoom||60x optical zoom/120x Dynamic Fine Zoom||83x optical zoom/166x Dynamic Fine Zoom|
ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using Auto mode)
ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
ISO 3200 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
ISO 3200 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
ISO Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 12,800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
|Burst Rate||9.2 fps||7.4 fps||7 fps||5 fps||7 fps|
|Video||1080p at 30 fps||1080p at 30 fps||4k at 30 fps|
1080p at 60 fps
|4k at 30 fps|
1080p at 60 fps
|1080p at 60 fps|
|Dimensions||4 x 2.4 x 1.1"||4.5 x 3.1 x 3.8"||4.5 x 2.7 x 1.6"||5 x 3.4 x 4.2"||5.5 x 4.1 x 5.5"|
|Weight||5.9 oz.||19.1 oz.||10.2 oz.||20 oz.||31.8 oz.|
Why should I buy a point-and-shoot over an interchangeable lens camera?
This is a great question that bares quite a bit of explanation to answer. There are pros and cons to each camera and many photographers will tell you to have both. If you are looking for one over the other, it depends on mainly what you are going to use it for.
The point-and-shoot camera is always going to win in this category unless the DSLR cameras come out with some insane technology we haven’t heard of yet. They are called point-and-shoot for a reason. You really just push the on button and can take a picture. The convenience factor plays into other categories as well like photographer skill level and what type of pictures you want to take.
The point is, the point-and-shoot camera is the ultimate camera to buy if you are looking for convenience or on-the-go photos.
There is no doubt about it, DSLR has better quality photos, for now. I say for now because at the rate technology is advancing, the point-and-shoot cameras are bridging the quality gap at a rapid rate. It won’t be long before this is a hot button debate between which is better.
There is a fine line between the winner here, but it will have to go to DSLR at the moment. DSLR cameras are versatile because of their ability to change lenses, hence, interchangeable lens camera. This just leaves so many options open for the photographer.
It is worth noting that the point-and-shoot cameras are, again, closing in on this. There are more and more options available and especially with the zoom capabilities. It won’t be long before that fine line differentiating between the two is hard to see, even with your zoom.
Point-and-shoot cameras take the cake for the price category. They are definitely a lot less expensive than the interchangeable lens cameras. As mentioned earlier in the article, there is a reason for that. The quality is going to be sacrificed somewhat, but again, with technology we are seeing less of that.
Point-and-shoot cameras win again! Being able to store your camera in a purse or small bag is unparalleled anymore. With most of these cameras being similar in size to a smartphone, it is no wonder they are taking the world by storm. This strongly correlates with the convenience factor but it also leaves you open to traveling without sacrificing quality photos.
User-friendly is pretty biased here. It depends on your level of experience. If you are an absolute beginner though, the point-and-shoot cameras are going to win out. There are some models that allow for manual controls but there is still not as many manual options as the interchangeable lens cameras. Those options are usually what throw novices through a loop and have you switching back to a point-and-shoot camera anyways.
What is the best Nikon Coolpix Camera for me?
Of the Nikon COOLPIX line, a lot of it depends on price range. There are some great options from the $200 range all the way up to the $600 range.
The best beginner camera is going to be the Nikon COOLPIX S7000. It is really easy to use, inexpensive, and the smallest of the bunch. If you are taking it on hikes to get some fun nature pictures or even on a cruise to take pictures of friends and family, it really is going to be a nice fit for you.
If you are looking for middle of the line but still user-friendly, I would tell you to go with Nikon COOLPIX A900. It has stunning specifications for its price. It is small enough for travel yet diverse enough for a beginning professional photographer.
Finally, if you are looking for the best of the best of the group, you should go with the Nikon COOLPIX P900. It has excellent reviews, stellar specifications, and even though the price is higher than the rest, the cost is still reasonable compared to other cameras.
The COOLPIX group has surprisingly good specifications and if you are still having trouble picking the right camera, take some time to consider what you want out of a camera. Point-and-shoot cameras are easy to use so it comes down to what you are using your camera for.
The Nikon COOLPIX line has options for everyone. You can take beautiful nature shots or fun snapshots with friends. You are going to get quality images and a better price than other comparable models.
Hopefully, after reading through your different options you were able to pick the right camera for yourself. Remember, take into account what you are using it for and your price range, and it should be an easy choice. You can’t go wrong with the Nikon COOLPIX line of cameras.
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