Nikon Coolpix S500

Last update: Review by GoodGearGuide (added on 01 August’07)

The Nikon Coolpix S500 is a 7.1 million effective pixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x Zoom-Nikkor (35mm equivalent: 35-105mm), Lens-Shift Image Stabilization, ISO range from 50-2000, and a 2.5″ TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating. The camera measures 8 x 51 x 22 mm (3.5 x 2.0 x 0.9 in.) and weighs 125 g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card. (Download Brochure)

Nikon Coolpix S500
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Nikon Coolpix S500 Reviews

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“In our final test for image noise, the S500 again performed about average, with a score of .88% at ISO 100. As long as the score is below 1.0% we don’t tend to worry too much and although the shots were slightly grainy in parts, as with the colour issues, this is minor and won’t be evident in regular sized prints…While the COOLPIX S500 is a decent camera when operating in perfect circumstances, the aversion to low light coupled with slow focusing make for a less than satisfactory unit. ”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“Shutter lag is probably the camera’s biggest drawback with the weak 180-shot battery coming in a close second, although the latter can be remedied by simply carrying around an extra battery… While there is still plenty of room for improvement, the S500 offers casual snapshooters a basic, stylish alternative at a competitive price.”
Rating: N/A

Let’sGoDigital reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“Whoever is looking for an excellent performing compact camera and who has no ambitions to use the camera for extensive digital photographing, will find an ultimately decent camera in the Nikon S500. The Nikon Coolpix S500 offers a lot of value for its money and supplies that, which you might expect from a compact camera, a lot of comfort and a fine result! ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix S500 is an attractive and easy-to-use point-and-shoot digital camera. Its compact form and flush design makes it easy to carry in a trousers pocket, available at any moment to capture a photo. It stainless steel body has an unstated elegance that belies the practical features under the hood — features that help you capture great shots.”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“Like Nikon Coolpix S200, I was pleased with the Coolpix S500. This is a durable ultra-compact model that will make a great choice for anyone who wants a point-n-shoot model that offers good image quality, performance, and easy to use exposure modes.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedRevews reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“Picture quality is, on the whole, not bad. The Nikkor lens produces pretty good centre sharpness, and this only really drops off in the extreme corners at wide angle…I’d have to say that if the CoolPix S500 is Nikon’s attempt to beat Canon at the ultra-compact game then it isn’t entirely successful. If I was looking to buy a 7MP ultra-compact, I don’t think it would be this one. ”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“Shots taken at lowers ISO levels don’t look quite as bad, but the noise is still present. A gentle grain starts to show up in shadows at ISO 200, and becomes quite noticeable on computer monitors at ISO 400. At ISO 800, that grain becomes full-blown fuzz that dulls colors and destroys details….The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix S500 may look and feel pretty, but its slow performance and noisy high-ISO images hold it back.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 (Rating: 9/10) and writes;
“But what of the picture quality? First the focusing system is excellent, the face priority AF works nicely; I let my three year old daughter loose on it and she got some cracking pictures and even managed to get some nice differential focused shot of me and the misses. It works!.. Image quality is excellent up to ISO 200, good at ISO 400 and about the average for this resolution from then on. But one thing that is not average is the Coolpix S500 is a beautifully crafted camera, the stainless steel body looks – and is – very strong, its posh, brushed metal look provides extra poise and poseur panache.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“The S500 provides very good image and color reproduction in a modern-looking digital compact. The camera’s high level of automation and useful features offers easy-to-achieve performance in a user-friendly point and shoot for those folks making their first foray into digital imaging, while its sparkling shutter lag time should appeal to more experienced shooters who prize a precise and responsive instrument.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“You’ll either love the design of the S500, thinking it’s neat and shiny, or think, didn’t the Ixus look like that five years ago? Either way, it’s a very small and tidy camera, though thicker than it initially looks. The small package ensures that the buttons are equally tiny, and these are a little too small, though this does leave plenty of room for a decent size LCD. Performance is excellent in a number of areas, which is very surprising for such a small camera, and while there is a little colour fringing in shots, noise is a problem unless the light levels are quite high. The S500 has a lot going for it with class-leading features, that make it a great purchase if those features match your requirements, but it does have a few flaws as well.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Nikon Coolpix S500 and writes;
“Reviewing the S500’s pictures on a computer, daylight images reveal a nice even handling of exposure, slightly cool yet naturalistic colours, and the level of sharpness you’d expect from a budget compact – meaning that it can be improved in the image- editing software of your choice, but otherwise won’t disappoint….Overall The S500 may be as much about style as substance, but Nikon has rarely managed to do both better.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon Coolpix S500 Samples

Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ Photoxels
Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
Nikon Coolpix S500 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine

Nikon Coolpix S500 User Manuals (PDF)

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Nikon Coolpix S500 Press Release

Always at the forefront of innovation within the photographic industry, Nikon has announced the COOLPIX S500, a camera that combines extensive features and the latest technology.

This solid yet lightweight camera is encased in a stylish stainless-steel body. Sleek design and classic contours make this model as striking to look at as the quality pictures it produces, and is testament to Nikon’s commitment to quality.

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