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Nikon B500BK Digital Camera

16MP 40x CMOS Apr 2016
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
The COOLPIX B500 feels great in your hands, whether you're zooming in with its super telephoto NIKKOR glass lens or recording 1080p Full HD video using the flip-up LCD. And it takes all the work... More
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17 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

People who bought this bridge camera camera rated this camera as superb on average. That puts this camera in the top 1% of all the bridge camera digital cameras that came out in the last year.

A Top Selling Product

The B500 is one the most popular camera currently on the market according to Amazon sales data.

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Nikon cameras and also specifically for Nikon bridge camera digital cameras and found that in both cases Nikon had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Easy to Use

Some Nikon B500 owners reckoned that it was easy to use. Fay-Ray wrote “Great easy to use camera”.

Good Quality Pictures

A few customers said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The shutter speed is great, one of the best photos I got was by sheer fluke as the wee one moved as I pressed the button”.

Good Size

One person reckoned that the Nikon B500 was heavy and bulky. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 5 stars and said in January last year “Not to big and heavy that on the days when my hands were really painful I wouldn't be able to use the camera”.

One Nikon B500 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was a good weight.

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Good Flash

One Nikon B500 owner concluded that it had a good flash. Imaging-Resource.com said “The Nikon B500's built-in flash has a range of up to 22 feet (6.9 meters) at the 22.5mm equivalent” in their review of this digital camera.

Supports Wi-Fi

The Nikon B500 supports wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the B500 do not support wi-Fi.

Other cameras which support wi-Fi currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS[plb_3191138_price] which is cheaper.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Kodak AZ525[plb_3779963_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon B500 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other new bridge camera digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS[plb_3191138_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider include the Kodak AZ525[plb_3779963_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the PowerShot SX420 IS[pl_3191138_price], or the PowerShot SX420 IS[pl_3191138_price] both from Canon which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Kodak AZ525[plb_3779963_price] (SD|SDHC).

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Has One White Balance

The Nikon B500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on latest digital cameras.

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Supports Four ISO Sensitivitys

The Nikon B500 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been around for the last year. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon B500 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the B500. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This camera also supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. The best video resolution of all new cameras is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The Nikon B500 has a greater number of camera file systems than most new comparable spec cameras. This Nikon camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by latest bridge camera digital cameras. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this camera.

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TFT Display

The Nikon B500 has a better display than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is in fact the best display amongst all digital cameras that have been around for the last year.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the B500 is 22mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 22.5 millimeters, the Nikon B500 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the B500.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The Nikon B500 has a fairly small minimum aperture number (only -2) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months. The average minimum aperture number of latest comparable spec cameras is 2.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from -2 to 3.5.

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13 Reasons Against

Not Waterproof

The Nikon B500 is not waterproof. Most of the other latest bridge camera digital cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon B500 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other latest bridge camera digital cameras also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Most cameras that are a similar age to the B500 are not 3D. The Nikon B500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon B500 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for the last year also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS[plb_3191138_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon B500 does not support video capability. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the B500 also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the B500, the Nikon B500 does not have a built-in flash.

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 16 megapixels, the Nikon B500 has a fairly low megapixel compared to most of the other recently released bridge camera digital cameras. Bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the B500 have megapixels of between 12MP and 25MP, and the average megapixel is 19MP.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Kodak AZ525[plb_3779963_price] (16.35MP).

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon B500 is more than most latest bridge camera digital cameras. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on recently released bridge camera digital cameras.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The Nikon B500 has one of the narrower field of views (only 98 percent) amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age. The narrowest field of view of recently released similar spec digital cameras is 98%, the widest is 100%, and the average field of view is 100%.

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Only 2272 X 1704 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon B500 has a 2272 x 1704 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most similar spec cameras that were released in the last 12 months. Most recently released digital cameras have a 3648 x 2432 still image resolution(s). This Nikon digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 4608 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 1600 x 1200 and 4608 x 2592 and 3456 x 3456. Across all recently released digital cameras the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4000 (best).

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Only Supports Three Wi-Fi Standardss

The number of wireless LAN types supported by the Nikon B500 is more than most latest similar spec digital cameras. This camera supports an IEEE 802.11b wi-Fi standards, which is the most frequently supported wi-Fi standards supported by recently released similar spec cameras. The wi-Fi standardss "IEEE 802.11g" and "IEEE 802.11n" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of new bridge camera digital cameras is 12MP and the most is 22MP. The Nikon B500 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 16.76 megapixels) amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Across all the bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the B500 the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 80 to 130, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 99. When compared to other bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the B500 that we have checked the ISO sensitivity (min) of, the Nikon B500's ISO sensitivity (min) of 125 is one of the biggest.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon B500

Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon B500 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the B500.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think cheaper cameras such as the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS[plb_3191138_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Nikon B500 has a fairly average optical zoom (40 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the B500.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Kodak AZ525[plb_3779963_price] (52x).

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Average Weight

The Nikon B500 has a relatively typical weight (542 grams) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon B500 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other recently released bridge camera digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX420 IS[plb_3191138_price] which is cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on bridge camera digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Version
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Technical Details
Audio Recording Formats
Lens Cap Included

Expert Reviews

22 February 2016

The Nikon B500's ISO sensitivity ranges from 125-1600 in all modes, although ISOs 3200 and 6400 are available exclusively in Auto mode. When using Auto ISO, the Nikon B500's built-in flash has a... Read more…

User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 7 September 2016 by AlfaRomeo

I bought this camera specifically to take on holiday to Malaysia on holiday. The camera is well made though the instructions provided could have been a touch better.. The camera has a decent range... Read more…

Reviewed 26 September 2016 by Marshall1

Wanted a good quality camera with a good zoom lens. After reading reviews I ordered one for holidays , The instruction book print was small and difficult to read with my eyesight. However only... Read more…

Reviewed 2 November 2016 by Sparrow18

Camera is well made and easy to use. It does what it is designed for, a small convenient still and video camera. A bit of 'Jack of all trades master of none'. My Pentax SLR takes better still... Read more…

Reviewed 26 September 2016 by Wiggs65

Excellent value for money easy to use for starting out as the next David Bailey a great camera would recommend to anyone...

Reviewed 7 August 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Amazing camera especially for the price...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon 26508, nikon nikon, nikon 26506b, nikon vna952e1, canon vna951e1, nikon vna951e1, canon vna952e1, nikon vna953e1, nikon coolpixb500
Barcodes 00018208949021, 00018208949038, 00018208949045, 08033737555606, 08033737555620

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