The A1000 is the smaller of the two, with a slim body ideal for carrying in a pocket and perfect for casual travel photography. The B600 is larger and shaped more like a mini-DSLR and would fit in a small bag.
Cameras like these use small sensors to make the small body and long zoom range possible, so the image quality is limited compared to a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but they are popular because they offer a lot of versatility, i.e. a long zoom range, in an affordable, pocket-sized camera.
Nikon Coolpix A1000 key features
Designed like a regular compact camera and slim enough to fit into a pocket, the A1000 has a 35x optical zoom equivalent to 24-840mm in 35mm camera terms. It can also shoot 4K video.
It has a 1,160k-dot electronic viewfinder, which is a bonus in a compact camera, together with a 3-inch tilting 1,036k-dot touchscreen display on the back that can swing down through 180 degrees for selfies.
The zoom is electrically controlled rather than manual, as usual with camera of this type, and controlled with a lever on the side – it also has a ’snap-back’ zoom button. As well as full manual and semi-manual PASM modes, the A1000 can also shoot RAW files, so it has appeal for enthusiasts and not just casual snappers.
Available: Jan 31 2019
More information: Nikon COOLPIX A1000
Nikon Coolpix B600 key features
The larger Coolpix B600 (also available in black) has a 60x optical zoom lens with an equivalent focal range of 24-1440mm. That’s almost twice as long as the A1000’s zoom range, but this is a larger camera that will need a bag rather than a pocket.
The B600 doesn’t have the 4K video capability of the A1000 but can shoot full HD video. There’s no electronic viewfinder either, so stills and video must be composed on the 3-inch 921k-dot rear screen. This is fixed in place, with no option for tilting and rotating it for shooting at tricky angles.
This is one of Nikon’s budget B-series Coolpix cameras, hence the lower price and reduced features. There are no PASM modes on this camera and it shoots JPEGs only, not RAW files.
Available: February 2019
More information: Nikon COOLPIX B600