Nikon® P500 Full Review, 7.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
The Nikon P500 is one of the most popular cameras in the Nikon COOLPIX series of digital cameras for a reason. It takes professional looking photos that are crisp, clear, and colorful. And it has incredible zoom capabilities, like many of the COOLPIX cameras. Although this camera is considered one of the best of the higher end point and shoots on the market, it does have a few flaws that consumers should be aware of. Here’s what you should know about the good qualities and flaws of this popular camera:
Nikon P500 Pros
- It has 36x digital zoom. That means you can zoom into subjects that are very far away and still capture a clear picture of them. Most other point and shoot cameras in the P500′s price range cannot compare in terms of zoom.
- This camera can record HD videos in 1080p, and it can record videos at a speed of 240 fps, which means users won’t have a problem capturing videos of high-speed, fast-moving subjects.
- The P500 has a CMOS sensor, which allows it to capture higher quality images in comparison to cameras with CCD sensors.
- A flip out screen is attached to the P500, allowing for comfortable and convenient video recording.
- The P500 comes with a 23 mm wide angle lens, which makes the camera ideal for taking shots of groups of people and landscapes, without photographers having to worry about things or people being cut out of pictures.
Nikon P500 Cons
- The Nikon P500 uses sensor shift image stabilization, which does not prevent blur as much as a camera with lens stabilization would.
- This camera does not come with boost ISO capabilities, which makes it less feasible to take pictures in extremely dark settings.
- The P500 weighs 481 g, which makes it a bit on the hefty side in comparison to other point and shoot cameras.
- Unlike many newer, high-end point and shoot cameras, the P500 does not come with a touchscreen. This means you have to control the P500 using the buttons on its body.
- This camera does not support external microphones or external flash. So, you’re stuck with the camera’s built-in flash for taking pictures in low-light settings and the camera’s built-in microphone for recording audio as you capture videos.
If you’re willing to spend a bit more on a point and shoot camera and get incredible zoom, excellent image quality, and decent HD video recording capabilities, the Nikon P500 is certainly worth considering.