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Nikon Coolpix P500 review

A 36x super-zoom bridge camera with a 12.1 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor

Our Verdict

All things considered, the range of features and excellent low noise at high sensitivities make this a camera worthy of consideration if you're in the market for a super-zoom compact or bridge style camera.

For

  • Hugely flexible zoom range
  • Articulated three inch screen
  • Zoom control on the lens barrel
  • Low noise at high sensitivities
  • High Speed and High Definition video
  • recording

Against

  • Struggles to focus at maximum telephoto
  • Sharpness and contrast drops at telephoto end
  • Continuous shooting burst is over in under a second

Nikon coolpix p500 sample image
Nikon coolpix p500 sample image

Colours are rendered accurately with default colour settings (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 image sample
Nikon coolpix p500 image sample

Changing the colour settings can result in more vivid colours (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 sample image
Nikon coolpix p500 sample image

Dynamic range levels are very good for a compact camera (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 sample image
Nikon coolpix p500 sample image

Distortion is very low for a camera with such a high zoom range (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 image sample
Nikon coolpix p500 image sample

The telephoto range is ideal for isolating distant subjects (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 sample image
Nikon coolpix p500 sample image

Images taken at maximum telephoto can lack the sharpness of images taken at shorter focal lengths (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 sample image
Nikon coolpix p500 sample image

A marker on the zoom range helps to achieve maximum magnification when using the macro function (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 sample image
Nikon coolpix p500 sample image

Having a wide angle equivalent to a 22.5mm lens on a 35mm camera is ideal for capturing wide vistas or shooting in tight spaces (See the full-res image here)

Nikon coolpix p500 sample image
Nikon coolpix p500 sample image

Shutter lag is minimal once the camera is focused, even when using the flash (See the full-res image here)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix P
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom36x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)494 g
Flash Memory Capacity102 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height83.7 mm
Width115.5 mm
Depth102.5 mm
Product SeriesP
Focal Length4 mm to 144 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP500
Product NameCoolpix P500 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA670E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

A superb performer with incredible range, the compact COOLPIX P500 boasts an astounding 36x zoom, a tilting LCD monitor and full HD movie recording. Offering ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage, the impressive 36 x zoom combines with the back illuminated CMOS image sensor to deliver stunning images from anywhere - and in any light.

Battery Life220 Shot/1.33 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • Coolpix P500 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery EN-EL5
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Camera Strap AN-CP21
  • Lens Cap LC-CP23
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year