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Nikon Coolpix P500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 923 reviews of Nikon Coolpix P500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the image quality and performance are overall positive. The zoom and portability also get good opinions. Many are negative about the contrast and optics. There are mixed opinions on the shutter and focus.

usability, portability, zoom, performance, image quality

battery, flash, energy, optics, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon Coolpix P500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix P500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the performance and screen are overall positive. The zoom and portability are also appreciated, whereas views about the focus and low light performance are different. Some have doubts about the flash and energy efficiency.

usability, portability, zoom, screen, performance

battery, durability, optics, energy, flash

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon COOLPIX P500 Compact Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 36x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDNikon COOLPIX P500 Compact Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 36x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon Coolpix P500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix P500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The performance and zoom also get good comments. Many are negative about the focus and sensor, while there are some mixed reviews about the low light performance.

usability, zoom, performance, portability, design

shutter, sensor, focus

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon COOLPIX P500 12.1 CMOS Digital Camera with 36x NIKKOR Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Red)Nikon COOLPIX P500 12.1 CMOS Digital Camera with 36x NIKKOR Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Red)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500

 

It won't fit in your pocket, but Nikon's Coolpix P500 is a killer camera that combines sublime speed with a huge 36x zoom lens, HD-video recording, and a high-res articulating LCD.

36x optical zoom. Fast. Sharp images and very good low-light performance. 1080p video capture. Manual controls.

Bulky. Expensive for a point-and-shoot camera.

Still-Image Performance, Video, and Conclusions The P500 is fast, powering up and shooting in an average of 2 seconds, and you only wait 1.5 seconds between shots. Shutter lag, the time from button press to image capture, is a mere 0.5 seconds. In the...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500 review

 

The Nikon Coolpix P500, the manufacturer's latest full-size megazoom, is packing a 36x f3.4-5.7 21.5-800mm lens (35mm equivalent). That blows away its predecessor, the P100 , which had a 26x, f2.8-5 26-678mm lens and narrowly beats Canon's PowerShot...

The Nikon Coolpix P500 has a solid design, is overflowing with photo and movie features, and has very fast shooting performance for its class.

Its photo and video quality is very soft, particularly at high ISOs and in low-light conditions. It also lacks raw support and auto picture rotation.

The Nikon Coolpix P500 improves on its predecessor's features and shooting performance, but its photos and video quality still aren't as good as the rest of the package.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500 Review

 

Nikon's CoolPix P500 is an incredibly versatile and fun camera to operate. Sporting a 36x optical zoom lens, 12.1-Megapixel Backside Illuminated CMOS, 3.0-inch LCD and 1080p HD video capture this camera is capable of more than just fun. Its overall...

Amazing versatility from the 36x optical zoom lens ; dSLR style body is easy and comfortable to handle ; Fully Automatic and Manual controls ; Excellent 1080p video recording with full use of the optical zoom ; Robust shooting performance ; High...

At full telephoto, the camera can be very hard to hold steady, even with the optical image stabilization ; Overall image quality is not up to our expectations ; No audio input ; Sub-Par battery life

Nikon's CoolPix P500 is an incredibly versatile and fun camera to operate. Sporting a 36x optical zoom lens, 12.1-Megapixel Backside Illuminated CMOS, 3.0-inch LCD and 1080p HD video capture this camera is capable of more than just fun. Its overall...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Nikon P500 Test

 

Nikon Coolpix P500 Testfotos : Bei der CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Messe, die Anfang dieses Jahres in Japan abgehalten wurde, hat Nikon neun neue Digitalkameras eingeführt, darunter die Nikon Coolpix P500. Die 12,1 Megapixel Coolpix P500 gehört zur...

May, 2011

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500 Review

 

The Nikon Coolpix P500 is a new super-zoom compact camera designed to appeal to the keen enthusiast photographer. The P500 has a mechanically-stabilized 36x optical zoom with a massive focal range of 22.5-810mm and an innovative side zoom control. It...

The Nikon Coolpix P500 is a rather modest update of its predecessor, the P100, with the new 36x zoom lens the star of the show. Being able to shoot ultra-wide angle landscapes and extreme close-ups with the same camera is very liberating, but the...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Nikon P500

 

With a zoom that's both remarkably wide and extremely long, the Nikon P500 exceeds all expectations in a long zoom digital camera with only a few optical compromises. This is the camera you grab when you don't want to heft the SLR and a bag full of...

Impressive zoom range, from 22.5 to 810mm equivalent ; Two zoom controls for more user choice ; Small, light, attractive body ; Improved grip ; Backside illuminated sensor ; 1080p movie mode with optical zoom ; Stereo audio recording for videos ;...

It's easy to accidentally activate the side zoom control, extending the lens inadvertently ; Charging via USB makes charging a spare more difficult, since the camera does the charging, and it's unavailable while charging is in process ; Too many will...

An extremely wide and long zoom, an easy interface, and very fast autofocus combine to make the Nikon Coolpix P500 an excellent companion camera. Shooting with the P500 reminded me of how much fun photography can be, and that's a nice intangible...

Expert review by : Digitalcamera HQ (digitalcamera-hq.com)

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The Nikon P500 superzoom has a lot more to offer than just an enormous 36x lens. It's one of the best superzooms for sale.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Christopher Snow (reviewed.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500

 

The Coolpix P500 boasts a big zoom and a sharp picture, but not the most accurate color gamut.

This quick-shooting ultrazoom wins our approval.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Christopher Snow (reviewed.com)

Nikon P500

 

Strong performance, especially in action moments and low-light settings

Excellent noise handling; Great resolution performance; A massive 36x zoom lens

Surprisingly disappointing color accuracy

So the Coolpix P500 performed horribly in our color accuracy test, especially for a Nikon. But here’s the thing: during our time with the camera, the images produced were actually very attractive. If you’d handed us sample photos from this model before...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Coolpix P500

 

($399) is a fully loaded super zoom camera with a whopping 36X, 22.5 - 810 mm optical zoom lens (the largest available at the moment), an articulating LCD, manual controls, fast continuous shooting, and Full HD movie recording. It uses a 12.1 Megapixel...

The Coolpix P500 has the second worst battery life in the group, coming in almost 40% below average. Thus, you'll probably want to pick up a spare battery when you buy the camera. Also, I've heard stories about poor battery performance that is somehow...

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC, WAV
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1100
Battery life (CIPA standard):220
Battery life (max):5
Battery performance:1100
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:EN-EL5
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC, Battery / Battery

Camera

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: No
Photo effects:Black&White, Sepia
Scene modes:Beach, Dawn, Fireworks, Museum, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Spotlight, Sunset / Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait / Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama
Self-timer:2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Manual, Sunny

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921000
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
Flash modes:Auto, Manual / Red-eye reduction

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking / Face tracking
Auto Mode focusing range (tele):2.2 - ∞
Closest Focusing Distance:0.394
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):0.5 - ∞ / 2.2 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.01 - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.5 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):2.2 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.5 - ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.157 - 5.67
Lens structure:14/9
Lens structure (elements/groups):14/9
Lens Type:Wide-angle
Maximum aperture number:5.7
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):31.9
Minimum aperture number:3.4 / 3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.886
Optical Zoom:36

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 160, 800, 1600, 3200
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):160
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual / Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:102
Memory slots:1

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.886 - 31.9
Aperture range (F-F):3.4 - 5.7
Built-in flash: Yes
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.886 - 31.9
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Weight:1.09

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:ViewNX2
Cables included:AV, USB / HDMI, USB

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.3
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Megapixel:12.1
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 768,1280 x 720 / 1024 x 768,1280 x 960,1600 x 1200,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3264 x 2448,4000 x 3000
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 3:2, 16:9
Total megapixels:12.75

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic, Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/1500
Slowest camera shutter speed:2

Technical Details

Lens cap included:Y
Neck strap: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC / NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@30fps, 960x540@30fps, 1280x720@30fps, 1920x1080@30fps
Video compression format:MOV
Video formats supported:MOV
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,960 x 540,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.02
Height:3.3
Weight:17.4
Weight (including battery):17.4
Width:4.57