Nikon Coolpix P500

Last Updated (31 August’11):
– Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar

Nikon Coolpix P500 is a 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera features 36x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens, ISO 160×3200, Full HD (1080p) Movie with Stereo sound and HDMI Output, 5-way VR Image Stabilization System, 0.24 in. TFT LCD, approx. 230,000 dot with diopter adjustment. The camera measures (H x W x D) (3.3 in. (83.7mm) x 4.6 in. (115.5mm) x 4.1 in. (102.5mm)) and weight 17.5 oz. (494g).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P500 Reviews

TechRadar reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“At the telephoto end, the camera struggles to focus, and images can lack the contrast and sharpness seen at shorter focal lengths. If this is taken into account, and care is taken when using the telephoto end of the zoom range, the P500 can still yield pleasing results.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“The P500 is well designed and easy-to-use, but it needs a lot of work in the photo quality department before I start jumping up and down about it. As I said above, if you’re not planning on doing much with your photos then it’s worth a look, but enthusiasts or those who just want the best picture quality possible should look elsewhere.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“In PCWorld Labs tests for video and audio quality, the Coolpix P500 did a serviceable job. We rated its video quality as Good, as it produced less-than-crisp sharpness in bright-light test footage, and disappointing low-light performance. Audio pickup through the P500’s top-mounted stereo microphones rated as Very Good.”/em>
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“Video quality is very poor, with images appearing hazy. The P500 also uses electronic image stabilisation only when shooting HD video, which results in incredibly shaky images when hand-holding the camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“if your images are meant for the internet or small prints the P500 does a credible job, but to my eye, some post processing sharpening would be in order to get many larger prints sharp enough to pass muster for me.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“Nikon’s Coolpix P500 is a camera with a huge zoom lens — its 36x zoom is one of the biggest we’ve seen on any stills camera. It’s versatile thanks to this range, with a landscape-friendly 22.5mm wide angle and a stalkerish 810mm maximum zoom. We think it deserves a better quality sensor though, as picture quality degrades quickly in dim lighting..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PocketLint reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“This is an able compromise between compact camera and DSLR for those who need a paparazzi like lens reach on a budget. Though sharpness does suffer at longer focal lengths, for all encompassing general-purpose snapping the P500 is hard to beat.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“It may not produce the best photos at higher ISO speeds or focus quickly enough for fast-moving subjects, but it’s a lot more portable and convenient than an SLR with a bag full of lenses and also doubles up as an effective video camera thanks to its excellent video mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“Video quality was poor, particularly with the HS settings. We also encountered many instances of the rolling shutter effect when shooting moving subjects. In addition, the AF system had problems keeping pace and clips were generally soft and artefact-affected.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“If you’re after a truly super, superzoom then you can’t get much better than the Nikon P500. It’s 36x zoom is quite simply one better than the competition, spanning as it does a range of 22.5 – 810mm (in 35mm terms). With Full HD video, including stereo audio, and a full set of manual exposure controls, it’s also a versatile tool. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

ExpertReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“This cumbersome ISO settings, disappointing lens sharpness and poor battery life – as well as the falling price of the fantastic Fujifilm HS10 – keep the P500 from an award. However, its superb articulated screen, performance and video modes make this camera an absolute pleasure to use, and its photos generally delivered the goods too. .”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 and writes;
“Video quality is on par with a basic HD pocket video camera: good enough for Web use and nondiscriminating TV viewing. Panning the camera will create judder that’s typical of the video from most compact cameras. Low-light video suffers from the same problems that the photos do; they’re very soft, bordering on looking like a living watercolor. The audio quality was good, though, and the zoom does work, and both it and the autofocus are fairly quiet so you’ll only really hear them in scenes with little background sound.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix P500 User Reviews

Excellent camera
“Finally a long zoom with a high res LCD. Fantastic in good light. Good in low light, make sure you keep the shutter speed up to 1/20 or higher. Some noise will come but the image will be sharp. Smooth zooming. Nice tight body.” – By G. lechter
Rating: ★★★★★

Nikon Coolpix P500. Impressive
“Overall, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is pretty impressive. Although there are a few flaws, the camera’s features make up for them. HUGE 36x Optical Zoom (at full zoom I could see buildings 5 miles away as if they were two blocks away), Relatively lightweight and compact, much smaller than I expected.(compared to an entry level DSLR), Up to 240 FPS video, nice slow motion, Manual controls, a must for any experienced camera user, Buttons well laid out and simple to find and use. ” – By AlexL
Rating: ★★★★★

More photos this weekend
“The vibration reduction modes (there are two that minimize operator induced blur) seem to be very effective when taking still shots. Think what you’re asking this one pound of engineering to do when you’re extended out to an effective 800+mm zoom. Did every shot come out crystal clear? No. I had to cull out maybe every 5th or 6th photo. This was free handing it, using the sharp and clear, tilting 3″ display and not the EVF, so it was away from my body and more prone to shake.” – By bruce porter
Rating: ★★★★★

Good for What it is
“Photo quality is not bad for this type of camera. Definitely not dslr quality. But if you just want that photo (and you’ll take heaps with 22.5-810mm on tap) then this will more than satisfy you. Macros: macro photo quality have always been quite reasonable in the Nikon p90, p100, and this model too. In some ways, they give dslr’s a run for their money because while not in the same league pixel peeping wise, you can get a heck of a lot closer with the p90, p100 and p500, so the colour and detail is quite decent imho. Colour is not as full and bright as some other brands, but is quite acceptable in good light. It’s a bit faded indoors or in poor light.” – By Adrian
Rating: ★★★★☆

“Having been a Canon user and have a Nikon D300, I found the Coolpix P500 a very versatile camera. When there isn’t time to mess with all the lenses and just want to take it and go… the Coolpix P500 does the job better than expected. The zoom range in phenomenal and the picture quality is most awesome. Nikon… you hit a homerun with this one!” – By Trent Young
Rating: ★★★★★

“I am not a camera crazy person, so this will be short. I was looking for the best out there, but not an SLR. I don’t need lots of lenses and bulk, but I love a great zoom. I am very happy with this camera and would recommend it to anyone. It isn’t perfect, but 99% of the issues everyone else (who knows what they are talking about) point out are things I will never need to worry about. I consider this camera an Awesome Point-and-shoot Plus. If you want more, get an SLR. If you want the best Point-and-shoot on the market, get this one!” – By Deltadiver05
Rating: ★★★★★

Totally love
“I bought this camera a couple of weeks after it came out and so far I’m in love. I’m a total amateur, so I bought this camera as an intermediate between my pocket point and shoot and a full blown DSLR. I wanted to try some more sophisticated manual settings on a less expensive camera before buying a full DSLR outfit. I love all of the Auto settings and the manual feature has been an eye opening experience to shoot with. The video is very good quality and I’m impressed at sturdy it feels. As I use it more, I’m sure I’ll update this, but my initial impressions are A+!” – By Christina Myers
Rating: ★★★★★

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Nikon Coolpix P500 Features

Key Features:

Put yourself in the center of the action.
You’ve never been closer to the action than you are with this 36x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens. Its optical zoom (22.5–810mm) pulls you in from wide panoramas to crisp close ups. Plus, a side zoom control marks the end of shaky zooms—freeing you to capture great action photos with minimal blur. So whether you’re shooting a mountain vista or zooming in on a snowboarder, say goodbye to missed shots. This lens catches it all. It even allows for macro shooting as close as 0.4 inches!

Stunning photos in not so stunning shooting conditions.
Whether you’re aiming at a midnight skyline or zooming in on a hang-glider in a sun drenched sky, Nikon enables you to take incredible photographs and movies. With its 12.1-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, dual image processors and Nikon’s EXPEED C2 image processing engine, it frees you to shoot highly detailed images with minimal noise and distortion.

The COOLPIX P500 is ideal for shooting high speed action, so you’re sure to capture the fastest skateboarders, skiers, and windsurfers. It’s armed with ISO speeds up to 3200 and equipped with a five-way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System that reduces the streaky images associated with shaky cameras. The COOLPIX P500 even has a motion detector that identifies moving subjects and then adjusts the camera’s settings to ensure that you won’t miss a frame of the action.

Whatever you want to shoot, the COOLPIX P500 is ready.
You’ll never miss a shot with this versatile camera because it starts right up, has a quick autofocus, and shoots five shots in approximately one second—at full resolution. Plus, multiple Continuous Modes allow for a variety of high speed shooting options up to a blazing 120 frames per second (reduced resolution).

When a single picture just isn’t enough, the versatile COOLPIX P500 features a One-Touch record button that lets you shoot Full HD (1080p) movies at 30fps while recording audio with a built-in stereo microphone. It’s great for sporting events because it will record high speed activity in slow motion, catching action missed by the human eye. The COOLPIX P500 also has an HDMI-CEC output for simple playback on your HDTV or computer—so now it’s as easy to watch your own movies as it is to shoot them.

Any angle. Any lighting. Any shot.
The COOLPIX P500 is all you need to shoot eye-catching photographs, thanks to the three-inch, tilting, vari-angle monitor. This 921,000-dot display not only makes it easy to capture, review, and share images, but it also enables you to shoot from unusual angles and tricky vantage points. The Clear Color Display has a brightness adjustment and an anti-glare coating, so it remains vivid in the most challenging lighting conditions. And for those who want even more compositional freedom, the versatile COOLPIX P500 comes with an eye-level electronic viewfinder.

Panoramas: Seamless, Effortless, Genius.
Mountains. Canyons. Sunsets. The glory of these vistas is the breadth and grandeur of their natural beauty. That’s why the COOLPIX P500 includes Easy Panorama Mode that combines multiple shots into a seamless 180- or 360-degree panoramic picture. Simply move the camera as you shoot and let the COOLPIX P500 combine the shots for you. Choose from 19 different Scene Modes or let the camera automatically select the most appropriate settings. Either way, you’ll have a panoramic shot that captures the size, scope, and splendor of the most majestic scenes imaginable.

The COOLPIX P500 puts you in control.
Whether you’re shooting a scenic overlook or a competitive speedboat race, the COOLPIX P500 captures images the way you want them. It lets you select aperture and shutter priorities, and includes a Manual Exposure Mode that puts you in complete control. And shooting at night is a breeze with the Advanced Night Landscape and Advanced Night Portrait Modes. Simply press the shutter release and the COOLPIX P500 will shoot multiple shots and automatically combine them into a single, superior image.

Whatever you’re shooting, it couldn’t be easier than with the COOLPIX P500.
The COOLPIX P500 is master of convenience—and the ideal choice for capturing fast action, low-light images, panoramas, and stunning portraits. And its Smart Portrait System includes a Blink Warning that warns you when your subject may have blinked. It also includes in-camera Red-Eye technology that automatically fixes red-eye, a Face-Priority feature that can focus up to 12 faces and a Skin Softening feature that smoothes out skin tones at three different levels. This versatile camera even allows for macro shooting as close as 0.4 inches. Plus, it comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery that lasts for approximately 220 pictures.

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