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Nikon Coolpix P500

alaTest has collected and analysed 695 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and usability are overall positive. The image quality and responsiveness also get good ratings. Many are negative about the contrast and reliability. There are some mixed ratings about the shutter.

portability, responsiveness, image quality, usability, screen

battery, focus, features, reliability, contrast

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P500 review


This super-zoom bridge camera sports a 36x zoom lens, sensor shift image stabilisation, 1080p video recording and a 12.1 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor.

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

Struggles to focus at maximum telehoto ; Sharness and contrast dros at telehoto end ; Continuous shooting burst is over in under a second

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...

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Nikon Coolpix P500 review


Although we all like the idea of swapping camera lenses as and when we want to, in reality a one-lens-fits-all approach makes for greater convenience. A couple of months back Canon's latest 35x optical zoom PowerShot in the SX30 IS nudged ahead of the...

Huge optical zoom range, relatively easy to use, well labelled controls and buttons, reasonably fast and responsive

Won’t fit in the pocket, visible pixel fringing, corner softening and soft results at maximum telephoto slightly mar an otherwise impressive performance

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

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Nikon Coolpix P500


Nikon's latest 'mega zoom' just edges ahead of its Canon SX30 IS rival by offering a huge 36x optical reach. But can its performance keep up?

Class-leading 36x zoom lens ; Full HD video with stereo sound ; Flip out screen ; Full manual controls

Mediocre image quality ; Bulky ; Same price as entry level DSLR

out does that (and any sort of DSLR lens that comes close to that range of zoom will set you back over £500 alone). Not to mention, the P500 is also considerably more compact.


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Nikon Coolpix P500 review


Last week we reviewed Nikon's mid-price ultra-zoom camera, the Coolpix L120, and were impressed at what Nikon had achieved with a limited budget. This week it's the turn of the upmarket P500.

The lens sacrifices sharpness for zoom range, but this capable camera packs a huge number of fun features.

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Nikon Coolpix P500


A great superzoom camera which is marred by battery issues.

Good automated and manual controls,36X zoom with 22.5mm wide-angle,High-speed movie and burst modes,Very good image quality,Very good image quality

No RAW shooting,Stabilization struggles at full telephoto,Stabilization struggles at full telephoto,Slightly soft images

Very Good

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Review: Nikon Coolpix P500


We take a look at Nikon's latest offering in the megazoom compact camera category and see how it performs.

Solid design; overflowing with photo and movie features; fast shooting performance for its class

Photo and video quality is very soft at high ISOs and in low-light conditions; Lacks raw support and auto picture rotation

Like we said about the P100, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is one of those cameras that consumers will either love for all that it can do or hate because one of those things isn't taking superb photos. For those interested mainly in having a very wide, very...

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Nikon Coolpix P500


Nikon's superzoom comes with a hugely impressive specification, and in use it lives up to it for the most part

Verging on greatness, the P500 is let down only by noisy images in anything other than the best light

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Nikon Coolpix P500 review


With its 36X optical zoom, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is the current ruler of the megazoom world. At 35X, only the Canon PowerShot SX30 is in close pursuit, but the SX30's 24mm wide angle specification is no match for the P500's superwide 22.5mm lens, a...

The Nikon Coolpix P500 offers a lot of features on top of its 36X optical zoom that will appeal to enthusiasts and snapshooters alike. The wide range of features means that anyone can pick up the camera and start shooting or, in the case of experienced...

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Nikon COOLPIX P500


Nikon COOLPIX P500: Nikon flexes its extreme focal length muscles

The COOLPIX P500 looks and performs like a DSLR. Image quality is excellent, the LCD is pleasant to use, and the 36x zoom is the icing on the cake

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Nikon Coolpix P500 Review


With a massive 36x optical zoom lens the Nikon Coolpix P500 offers one of the largest optical magnifications on offer. The Nikon Coolpix P500 review follows....

Superb handling, excellent build quality, impressive images on occasion

Pin cushioning at wide angle, limited tonal range

The Nikon Coolpix P500 offers plenty, and the zoom isn't unmanageable, making it one of the better bridge models currently available

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: Yes
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:2
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1500


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL5
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL5


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes