No other brand in the world is as synonymous with photography as Nikon. Even with stiff competition, they have remained the gold standard for hardcore photographers, including the most elite names in the industry. It comes as no surprise that they also have a range of compacts and bridge cameras. In this article, we pick the best models that are perfectly suitable for travel.

Nikon Bridge Cameras

Bridge cameras – not a compact, and most certainly not a DSLR – are somewhere in the middle, offering a balance of portability and functions. Nikon, in this category, has some of the best in the world. These are the ones that you should consider bringing on your next travel destination.

  Product Maximum Resolution Sensor Type ISO Sensitivity Focal Length Storage Types Price  
 Nikon Coolpix B600  4608 x 3456  1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) BSI-CMOS  Auto, 125-6400  4.3-258 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-1440 mm)  SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal memory (approx. 83 MB) £299.00 Buy on Amazon
 Nikon Coolpix P950  4608 x 3456  1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CMOS  Auto, 100-6400  4.3-357 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-2000 mm)  SD, SDHC, SDXC £799.00 Buy on Amazon
 Nikon Coolpix P1000  4608 x 3456  1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) BSI-CMOS  Auto, 100-6400  4.3-539 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-3000 mm)  SD, SDHC, SDXC £999.00 Buy on Amazon

Nikon Coolpix B600

Finding another camera that provides 60x optical zoom and 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom under £300 is next to impossible. The Coolpix B600‘s super-telephoto zoom is, by no means, a marketing gimmick. Packed within this DSLR-like camera are advanced features and components, including Nikkor lens and VR image stabilization. A large sensor ensures less noise and high-quality images, even in dim light conditions.

Coolpix B600 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4608 x 3456
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) BSI-CMOS
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125-6400
  • Focal Length: 4.3-258 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-1440 mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.3-f/6.5
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec
  • Format: MPEG-4, H.264
  • Storage Types: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal memory (approx. 83 MB)

B600 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“I already have a DSLR which I could bring to a beach holiday. But I did not want to because it is cumbersome, and I would need to interchange lenses. So, to keep things simple and life so much easier, I decided to buy a B600. On performance, it is certainly not up to par with the higher-end DSLRs. That is not a knock on, of course. When I think about it, this bridge camera is better than DSLRs from a few years ago. At any rate, I am satisfied with the images and videos. For anyone looking for a travel camera at this price range, you can’t go wrong with this one.”

– Merrick T.

“I wanted something compact but could use advanced features, and the B600 seemed like the perfect choice. This bridge camera has proven to be quite a beast, and I have taken incredible shots and movies. I am sure it does not match the high-end cameras, but for less than £300, it is certainly worth it.”

– Terry Q.

60x Optical Zoom or 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom

The COOLPIX B600 camera makes it easy to pack super-telephoto imaging power wherever you go. The powerful 60x optical zoom lens boasts a focal length range of 24–1440mm, with the option of going all the way to approx. 2880mm using 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Select Macro on the Mode Dial and get as close as approx. 0.4 in. from your subject.

Tell Your Stories with Video

Simply press the dedicated movie button to begin recording Full HD (1080p/30p) video with stereo sound. Vibration Reduction counters the effects of camera shake for steady movie clips—even if you shoot while walking. In-camera editing lets you grab still frames, or cut unwanted footage, during playback. Create and share exciting video montages with Short Movie Show mode, which combines multiple videos into a single 30-second movie collage.

Sharp Quality Images Even on Low Light

With a 16 megapixel low-light sensor, Nikon’s advanced image-processing engine and high-performance NIKKOR lens, the COOLPIX B600 takes beautiful photos and videos, even in low-light. When shooting video, the vibration reduction keeps your shot steady, even if you’re moving around with the camera.

Nikon Coolpix P950

The Coolpix P950 is a step up from the P900 (now discontinued). At a 24-2000 mm focal length range, you can capture wide-angle or zoom in for close-ups. And if you were to use 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, that upper limit increases to 4000 mm. Nikon’s Super ED glass reduces distortion, while EXPEED image-processing engine ensures you get exceptional high-resolution images.

P950 can also record 4K UHD in 30 fps with stereo sounds. At Full HD, the fps goes up to 60 fps. Whether you are shooting precious moments or vlogging, this camera got you covered. Helping you keep the shots steady is Nikon’s Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction (VR).

Coolpix P950 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4608 x 3456
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CMOS
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-6400
  • Focal Length: 4.3-357 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-2000 mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8-f/6.5
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec
  • Format: MPEG-4, H.264
  • Storage Types: SD, SDHC, SDXC

P950 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“I did not want to spend too much money on the P1000. So, once it was time to ditch the old P900, I got this P950, instead. So far, I have no complaints. Everything is so much better, which makes sense because it replaced the old model. During our trip to the Canaries, I had a chance to test it. My impression is that the images were excellent up to 600 mm with image stabilization. Beyond, it would be better to turn it off and use a tripod instead.”

– Jim B.

“From the time I got my hands on this camera, I had been taking photos daily – and that served as practice. By the time we went to the Canary Islands, I was already comfortable with the P950. No surprises during our stay in Tenerife as I had already seen how beautiful the photos could be when taken in ideal lighting conditions.”

– Jenny V.

Nikon Coolpix P1000

The sky and the horizon no longer are the limits. Nikon Coolpix P1000 boasts of an incredible 125x optical zoom (24-3000 mm focal length range). Moreover, the Dynamic Fine Zoom extends the upper zoom limit to an unprecedented 6000 mm digitally. With this camera, you can take wide-angle shots or zoom in on the tiniest details. Try capturing the surface of the moon, for example, and be astounded.

The P1000 is, by no means, built to withstand extreme conditions like the W150 or W300. Rather than a compact, its construction is more between a point-and-shoot and full DSLR – a bridge camera. Take it to the Canaries and start capturing beautiful landscapes. Zoom in to digitize erstwhile previously unreachable scenes. Preserve special moments by recording in 4K UHD videos with up to 30 fps and stereo sound.

Coolpix P1000 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4608 x 3456
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) BSI-CMOS
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-6400
  • Focal Length: 4.3-539 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-3000 mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8-f/8.0
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec
  • Format: MPEG-4, H.264
  • Storage Types: SD, SDHC, SDXC

P1000 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“I previously owned the P900. Compared to this old camera, the P1000 produces better images with less noise and more natural-looking highlights and sharpness. It feels more like a DSLR, and can better handle action shots by having twice as much, or more, buffer. If you intend to use long zooms, you should bring a tripod.”

– Jeffrey G.

“At first, the P1000 looks intimidating with plenty of controls and functions. Once we set foot in the Canaries, I stopped thinking about all the different settings and almost exclusively used automatic mode. The results were nothing short of spectacular.”

– Kristel M.

Nikon Compact Digital Cameras

Small bodies make these cameras easy to carry around. But being compact does not mean they are subpar. These cameras can all take beautiful photos and videos. Whichever you decide to obtain is sure to preserve treasured memories.

  Product Maximum Resolution Sensor Type ISO Sensitivity Focal Length Storage Types Price  
 Nikon Coolpix W150  4160 x 3120  1/3.1″ (4.7 x 3.5 mm) CMOS  Auto, 125-1600  4.1-12.3 mm (35 mm equivalent: 30-90 mm)  SD, SDHC, SDXC, internal memory (approx. 21 MB) £149.00 Buy on Amazon
 Nikon Coolpix W300  4608 x 3456  1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CMOS  Auto, 125-6400  4.3-21.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120 mm)  SD, SDHC, SDXC, internal memory (approx. 99 MB) £389.00 Buy on Amazon
 Nikon Coolpix A1000  4608 x 3456  1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) BSI-CMOS  Auto, 125-6400  4.3-151 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-840 mm)  SD, SDHC, SDXC, internal memory (approx. 81 MB) £369.00 Buy on Amazon

Nikon Coolpix W150

The Nikon Coolpix W150 is the small cousin of the W300. It has a robust, all-weather construction that can withstand 1.8-meter drop and waterproof up to 10 meters. You can bring it to the Canaries and not worry about sand as it is dustproof. Back at home, if you happen to live in colder regions, know that this camera lets you shoot even at -10°C.

The W150 is a considerable upgrade over previous generations. Featuring a 13.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and NIKKOR 3x optical zoom, you can expect the shots (and Full HD video recording) to be of excellent quality.

Coolpix W150 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4160 x 3120
  • Effective Pixels: 13 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/3.1″ (4.7 x 3.5 mm) CMOS
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125-1600
  • Focal Length: 4.1-12.3 mm (35 mm equivalent: 30-90 mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.3-f/5.9
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
  • Format: MPEG-4, H.264
  • Storage Types: SD, SDHC, SDXC, internal memory (approx. 21 MB)

W150 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“For a camera this cheap, I can’t say enough good things. At this price range, it would not hurt if dirt or water penetrated the body. Of course, those things never happened. It worked as advertised.”

– Jason P.

“This camera – in one word – is tough. I take it with me all the time and have captured plenty of excellent photos. For once, I had fun taking pictures not only on the beach but in the water too. If you want something affordable, usable, and not having to worry about keeping it safe, the W150 is for you.”

– Kelsey M.

Exceptional Durability

This camera can take all the knocks that life can throw at it. It’s waterproof to 10 M and shockproof to a drop of 1.8 M, so there’s no need to worry about damage from drops or dips in the pool. It’s cold-resistant down to -10 degree Celsius and dustproof too, letting you carry it with you anywhere without a care. You can just relax and enjoy making photography fun for everyone.

Take High-Quality Images Every Time

Say goodbye to grainy shots and missed moments when you can shoot with a crystal clear NIKKOR lens and a 13.2 MP CMOS image sensor. The NIKKOR 3x optical zoom is extendable to 6x Dynamic Fine Zoom³, bringing you closer to your subject so you can shoot all the fun and capture great facial expressions too. High image quality is assured, helping you to shoot images and video that you’ll be proud to share.

Get Creative With Image Effects

Make your photos stand out with a range of effects from Highlight colors –adding a pop of colour to a black and white image – to Fisheye and Toy camera. Glamour retouch lets you give everyone a makeover with options like Mascara, Whiten teeth or Lipstick. You can even add light trails to your photos with Multiple exposure lighten or create a Slide show with sound right in your camera. Never have a dull photo day again.Turn landscapes into tiny planets with the ‘little planet’ effect!

Nikon Coolpix W300

You can take photos from a distance, in a safe spot where no harm could come to the camera – and miss out on being up close and personal. With the Nikon Coolpix W300, you no longer have to stand on the sidelines. Be where the action is because this compact is tough as nails.

What can you do with the WX300? For one, take it snorkeling or scuba diving (up to 30 meters). On the beach, dustproof features prevent sand from damaging the camera. In rough terrains, this camera can withstand falls up to 2.4 meters. Although you are not experiencing cold weather in the Canaries, it can withstand -10°C. Other features that make this camera the perfect all-weather travel companion is GPS, eCompass, altimeter, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

Coolpix W300 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4608 x 3456
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) CMOS
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125-6400
  • Focal Length: 4.3-21.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120 mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8-f/4.9
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec
  • Format: MPEG-4, H.264
  • Storage Types: SD, SDHC, SDXC, internal memory (approx. 99 MB)

W300 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“Finally! I had my kids try the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program in Costa Adeje. As a certified diver for years, nothing gives me more pleasure than to see the smiles on their faces. And I have pictures! The Nikon Coolpix W300 has been nothing but spectacular.”

– Jonas L.

“I have taken my old cameras on off road trips. Of course, I have to secure them safely – all the time, which is a hassle. And so, I felt super excited about seeing the W300 and how it is supposed to withstand extreme conditions. After three weeks in the Canary Islands exploring Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote, all I can say is that I am glad I bought this camera.”

– Holly S.

Nikon Coolpix A1000

The Coolpix A1000 sports a compact frame, measuring only 114.2 x 71.7 x 40.5 mm and weighing 330 g (including memory card and battery). Size, alone, does not make it an excellent travel companion. Instead, Nikon packed it with superior features such as a 35x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 24-840 mm (35 mm equivalent). From telephoto to atmospheric wide-angle shots, this camera ensures that you capture everything that fancies your eyes.

Besides photos, the A1000 can also record high-resolution 4K/UHD movies at up to 30 frames per second (fps), and Full HD at up to 60 fps. A time-lapse mode lets you capture dramatic scenes and moments for you to cherish. This camera boasts of lightning-quick autofocus while also reducing camera shake to ensure high-quality shots.

Coolpix A1000 Key Specifications

  • Maximum Resolution: 4608 x 3456
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) BSI-CMOS
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125-6400
  • Focal Length: 4.3-151 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-840 mm)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.4-f/6.9
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec
  • Format: MPEG-4, H.264
  • Storage Types: SD, SDHC, SDXC, internal memory (approx. 81 MB)

A1000 Reviews from Canary Island Travelers

“Even when my husband and child started drifting a little farther out in the sea, I can zoom in and still take high-quality shots. Although I had been skeptical of the 16-megapixel sensor, the photos I took seemed to look better than newer cameras that provide more than 20 megapixels.”

– Mary Q.

“I was told that the A1000 is a bridge-type camera that stands between point-and-shoot compacts and full DSLRs. All this information, of course, goes into one ear and out on the other. All I know is that I can’t be any happier deciding to buy this camera. In Gran Canaria, I did not have to tinker with the settings. Just start the day with a full charge, and I am good to take more than 200 photos. By the way, the image quality has been outstanding, and so too are the videos.”

– Kenneth M.

Capturing the Canaries with Nikon Digital Cameras

Nikon does not compete by continuously increasing the number of pixels as other brands (especially smartphone makers) do. As you may have noticed, most of the best travel cameras have 16 megapixels. Once you see the photos, though, you realize how exceptional the details are, and that is pure excellence.

If you want something light and can easily pack in a bag, look no further than the compact cameras. Both W150 and W300 are your best choices for all-weather shooters. A1000, on the other hand, can provide better photos and videos.

And if point-and-shoot cameras are not your cup of tea, then a bridge camera would be a suitable alternative. Think of them as mini-DSLRs. In this category, Nikon rocks by offering several models with incredible super-telephoto capabilities. The B600 is cheap and yet can provide a 60x optical zoom. You should also consider P950 or P1000 for longer focal length ranges.

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