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Nikon Coolpix S500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the responsiveness and screen. The performance and usability also get good views. Many are critical about the reliability and features, and there are mixed reviews on the exposure and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Nikon Coolpix S500


The Nikon Coolpix S500 delivers top-notch image quality. At $300, it may seem a little pricey for a compact camera with a relatively standard 7.1-megapixel sensor, a 3X zoom lens, and a 2.5-inch LCD. Into its tiny and tough metal body, however, Nikon...

Optical image stabilization ; Face detection

Pricey ; No optical viewfinder

The S500's face detection and optical image stabilization help it deliver top-quality shots.

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Coolpix S500


Entering a tough niche in the market is the Nikon Coolpix S500, which boasts 7.1 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. Almost every camera manufacturer has a camera with a similar flat metal body and extending 3x optical zoom lens. The S500 has a...

Compact body ; Rotary dial ; Big, readable menus ; 60 fps live preview ; Nice LCD ; Optical image stabilization ; Solid handling of noise at lower ISO settings

Shutter lag ; Inaccurate colors ; Limited dynamic range ; Poor white balance accuracy ; Corner softness ; No real auto mode ; Poor video performance ; Inaccurate live preview ; Limited LCD angle ; Weak battery ; Unreliable burst mode

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Nikon Coolpix S500


In addition the S200 and S500 feature several imaging innovations designed to encourage carefree shooting for the consumer. The S200 utilizes Electronic Vibration Reduction (e-VR) Image Stabilization, a feature that electronically overcomes camera...

For framing, image sharing, and menu navigating, the S200 and S500 have bright, high resolution 2.5 inch LCD monitors with an anti-reflective coating, easing the composition of photos, even in direct sunlight. These cameras also have a 16:9 aspect...


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Nikon Coolpix S500


Nikon really shows off its style with its Coolpix S500, a sleek, compact camera that feels every bit as good as it looks. This little shooter has some of the nicest design points we've seen in a small shooter, plus a few handy features normally seen on...

Small, light stainless steel body and click wheel interface are great design touches; optical image stabilization; fast burst shooting.

Slow performance; way too much noise at high ISO settings.

The Nikon Coolpix S500 may look and feel pretty, but its slow performance and noisy high-ISO images hold it back.

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Nikon Coolpix S500


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Nikon Coolpix S500 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Nikon Coolpix S500 features a 7.1 megapixel CCD image sensor and a Nikkor-branded 3x optical zoom lens. The Coolpix S500 couples this with the company's true optical VR (Vibration Reduction) technology as well. The S500 also includes a large...

Nikon is also known for a few special features that are included in the Nikon S500, including D-Lighting (which enhances darker images to improve shadow detail), Best Shot Selector mode (which takes a series of shots, letting the camera automatically...

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Head to Head Review: Nikon Coolpix S50 and Coolpix S500


Comparing the Nikon S50 ($299.99, street) to the Nikon S500 ($259.99, street), you'd expect the S500 to be the much better camera. It only makes sense, right? I had to wonder too, since the names are so similar, would people mistake one for the other...

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Nikon Coolpix S500 Review


Nikon produces a wide variety of digital cameras which meet the needs of just about anyone in the market for a new camera. When they created the Nikon Coolpix S500, they had the average point-and-shoot user in mind. Today we'll be taking a look at what...

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Nikon Coolpix S500


The 7.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S500 has a simple design and basic features with a few additional items of interest. Other S-series cameras have wavy designs, musical slide shows, and internal lenses. The S500, however, opts for a flat stainless steel...

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Nikon Coolpix S500


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Product Specifications

From the solid feel and comfortable wraparound grip of the world's smallest compact stainless steel body to its large, easy-access control buttons and 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor, the COOLPIX S500 is a joy to carry and to take pictures with. All functions are optimized for immediate response, freeing you to capture special moments as you experience them. The COOLPIX S500 powers up within 0.8 seconds, and the shutter releases in less than 0.005 seconds. Light sensitivity range up to ISO 2000 with manual control or auto control creates new opportunities to take sharper, more natural looking photos in lower lighting conditions, or to capture fast-moving subjects with outstanding clarity. One press of the button simultaneously activates the High-ISO, lens shift VR and BSS (Best Shot Selector) features of Anti-Shake mode for clearer results in low light or when zoomed in for close-ups.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL10

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.7
Max Focal Length:17.1mm
Min Focal Length:5.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):2000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2000 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (50-1000)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cyanotype / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None