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Nikon P500 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 36x Aug 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Six industry awards
Good quality pictures
Good size
136 Reviews + 6 Awards
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended

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Reviews

Six Industry Awards

The writers at four expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this low megapixel digital camera. This Nikon camera received a "Recommended" award from What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com and Alphr.com and Digitaltrends.com gave it a "Recommended Product" award.

An other two expert review sites both liked this Nikon camera. This digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Ephotozine, confirming their endorsement and it received a "Best Design" award from review site Onfoto.ru who decided it was well designed.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on fourty-five expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this low megapixel digital camera is 76 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 64 owner reviews this camera has an overall owner rating of 88 out of 100. Over 90% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 25,534 owner and expert reviews (including 548 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Good Quality Lens

A few Nikon P500 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good zoom. Pcmag.com wrote on PC Mag “Nikon's Coolpix P500 is a killer camera that combines sublime speed with a huge 36x zoom lens, HD-video recording”. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned on What Digital Camera “A huge optical zoom” and rated it 4 stars. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “The new Nikon Coolpix P500 has an incredible 36x optical zoom packed into a DSLR-like body”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The P100, with the new 36x zoom lens the star of the show” in their review of the Nikon P500 and scored it 80 out of 100.

One Nikon P500 owner thought the product had a good autofocus. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned on Imaging Resource.com “Very fast autofocus combine to make the Nikon Coolpix P500 an excellent companion camera” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers who purchased it thought it was able to produce good images. Cnet.com.au mentioned “The P500 will suit a photographer who values plenty of features” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Cnet.com.au also wrote “An incredibly long zoom rather than impeccable image quality”. Photoreview.com.au said in their review “Designed to appeal to amateur photographers who want an easy-to-carry camera that can cover most subjects”.

Several customers who purchased the Nikon P500 thought it had a good picture resolution. Digitalcamerainfo.com said in their review “Nikon’s Coolpix P500 produces attractive exposures in all shooting scenarios.”. Techreviewsource.com mentioned “The P500 is fast, powering up and shooting in an average of 2 seconds” in their Nikon P500 review. Goodgearguide.com.au said on Good Gear Guide.com.au “The huge zoom range makes it versatile enough for almost any shooting tas” in their review.

One Nikon P500 reviewer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good in low light. Digitalcamerainfo.com said “Is particularly strong in low light and during fast-action moments” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Video Capture

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Whatdigitalcamera.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their review “In spite of this there's still a vari-angle screen, HD movie mode and full manu”. Photographyblog.com mentioned “The 12 megapixel bridge-style Nikon P500 can capture full 1080p high-definition movies in stereo sound, has a back i”. Six years ago expert review site Dcresource.com said in their Nikon P500 review “Full HD movie recording”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Nikon P500 owner concluded that it had a good viewfinder.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Some people said in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Six years ago Ephotozine.com said “A high-end compact camera from Nikon, was announced in February 2011 as the replacement for the, with more megapixels” in their review. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “As well as offering the most optical zoom currently available on a compact camera”. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said in their review of the Nikon P500 “The Coolpix P500 is Nikon's new super-zoom compact camera for 2011, offering a massive 36x zoom lens with a focal range of 22.5-810mm”.

One person concluded that the product was good structurally. Six years ago Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “Construction is neat” in their review. One person thought it was thick. Expert review site Photographybay.com said in their Nikon P500 review six years ago “With a broad feature set and fast performance”.

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Heavy

The weights of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera range from 50g to 1.3kg. With a weight of 494 grams, the Nikon P500 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X10 (330g).

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Design

Good Product Quality

Some Nikon P500 owners said in their reviews that it was good quality. Expert website Pcmag.com scored the product 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good image quality, speed”. Expert review site Techtree.com said in their review of the Nikon P500 “The build quality is very solid” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Tomsguide.com mentioned in their Nikon P500 review “The camera can shoot 5 frames in one second at full quality”.

Nice Design

Several Nikon P500 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was luxurious. Six years ago Infosyncworld.com said “Nikon Coolpix P500 Report Call it a Super, Mega, Ultra, Deluxe, Supreme, or Big Booming Zoom—the new Nikon” in their review of this digital camera. In the same month expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “This week it's the turn of the upmarket P500” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

One person who bought the product considered that it was ergonomic. One Nikon P500 owner who reviewed the Nikon P500 thought it was neat.

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Robust

Some Nikon P500 owners reckoned that this digital camera was well made. Digitalversus.com wrote on Digital Versus “The Nikon P500 is a good bridge camera that's well made, relatively responsive” in their Nikon P500 review. Six years ago Photographybay.com mentioned in their Nikon P500 review “The P500 is a solid performer as a c”.

Easy to Use

Some people thought the Nikon P500 was easy to use. Expert website Techtree.com wrote “Full manual control along with a host of options coupled with high speed” in their review of the Nikon P500 and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100. Six years ago expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned “The LCD is pleasant to use” in their Nikon P500 review.

One Nikon P500 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good interface. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com wrote “An easy interface”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Several Nikon P500 reviewers thought the product had good features. Ephotozine.com scored it 5 stars and said on expert review site Ephotozine “The Coolpix P500 is packed full of other useful features and produces excellent results”. Expert website Pcworld.in wrote “The 36X-optical-zoom Nikon Coolpix P500 is a versatile, speedy camera with features that address the needs of photo enthusiasts”. Expert review site Electricpig.co.uk mentioned “It trips up on simple features and leaves us with a sense of wanting more” in their review of this digital camera.


Support

Good Support

Some people mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Six years ago expert review site Dcresource.com wrote in their Nikon P500 review “An articulating LCD, manual controls, fast continuous shooting”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon P500 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon P500 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon P500 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of a similar age and type to this camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Nikon camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras of this spec and age is 7.5x, and the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x. When compared to other digital cameras of this type and age, the Nikon P500's optical zoom of 36 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon SX50 HS (50x) which is also higher rated.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other cameras of this age and type that we have checked, the Nikon P500's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 810 millimeters is one of the longest. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 230mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera is 4.5mm, the longest is 38mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Nikon P500 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 22.5 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Nikon P500 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst digital cameras of this age. The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera is 1.3, the largest is 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon P500 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

Other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon SX40 HS ($332.49).

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon P500 supports video capability, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Canon SX230 HS, or the Nikon Coolpix 8800 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon P500 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon SX50 HS.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon P500 has an HDMI port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon P500 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Heavy

At 0.494 kilograms, the Nikon P500 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera. Digital cameras of this spec and age have weights of between 0.11kg and 270kg, and the average weight is 10kg.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon P500 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have an image stabilizer.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon P500 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. In addition, this digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768. Across all cameras of this age and type the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon P500 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 420,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the Nikon P500 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon P500 has a relatively typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Nikon P500 features connection to PC. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature connection to PC.

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Has an HDMI

The Nikon P500 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon P500 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Nikon P500 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera. Similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.45m.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon P500 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon P500 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon P500 features voice recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon P500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer said in their reviews that the Nikon P500 was noisy. Expert review site Alphr.com mentioned “The P500 is let down only by noisy images in anything other than the best light” nonetheless they still scored the product 4 stars.


Memory

Quite Big Internal Memory

Low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have internal memory of between 8MB and 7.5GB, and the average internal memory is 300MB. At 102 megabytes, the Nikon P500 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon P500 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Canon SX230 HS which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208262564, 00018208921157, 00182089211574

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