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Nikon Coolpix P500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 695 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and usability. The image quality and responsiveness are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the shutter, while the contrast and reliability get critical views.

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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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon CoolPix P500 Digital Camera

 

There is no 'best' superzoom in the market yet and camera manufacturers are launching new products every couple of months. These range from those loaded with features at a lower price point

The Nikon CoolPix P500 sells at a market operating price of Rs. 23,250. This is a really great camera and does well in design, build quality, features as well as performance. The camera is one of the better superzooms we have tested and with the image...

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Nikon Coolpix P500 Digital Camera Review

 

Nikon's Coolpix P500 produces attractive exposures in all shooting scenarios, but is particularly strong in low light and during fast-action moments. We detected some problems with color accuracy, but this did not detract from overall image quality.

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...

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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...

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Nikon Coolpix P500

 

The new Nikon Coolpix P500 has an incredible 36x optical zoom packed into a DSLR-like body. Get ready to hold your breath and capture subjects you didn't even know were there!

36x optical zoom (22.5-810mm) ; 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor ; 8fps for five shots ; 1080p video capture

Sensor-shift stabilization not as good as OIS ; Battery only rated for 220 shots ; Awkward placement for burst key ; Uses AC adaptor charging

The P500 has its flaws -- as does every camera – including battery life and image stabilization. The pluses far outweigh the negatives.

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Nikon Coolpix P500 (Red)

 

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.

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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...

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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.

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Nikon Coolpix P500

 

The Nikon P500 is 12.1-megapixel superzoom camera, featuring a massive 36x optical zoom lens. Along with the high-res stills, the P500 gives you the ability to capture 1080p HD video.

The Nikon P500 is a worthy successor to the P100. While it is lacking some features that I think would push it over the top (e.g., RAW image capture, HD slow motion, etc.), it still has a lot to offer. All in all, the P500 is a solid performer as a...

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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...

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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...

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX P series is a line of multi-function, high-performance compact digital cameras that enable authentic shooting capabilities. As successor to the compact, high-power zoom P100 (released in March 2010), the P500 offers greater zoom power and improved functions over its predecessor. The high-power zoom P500 respondes to the needs of a wide variety of users, from compact digital camera users looking to advance to a model that offers more functions, to those hoping to polish their shooting technique as if with digital-SLR cameras. In order to enable an authentic shooting experience, the P500 is equipped with backside illumination CMOS sensors that enable high-speed processing capability for beautiful, blur-free images, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings. The camera is also equipped with NIKKOR lenses and image processing engines that utilize Nikon's exclusive optical technologies, as well as a variety of shooting and in-camera editing functions.

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: Yes
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1500

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL5
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL5

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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