Excerpt: If you are like me, and you've avoided large zoom digital cameras in the past because of their shaky performance levels, you need to rethink your position, thanks to some powerful ultra-zoom cameras released recently. Read my Nikon Coolpix P500 review to learn about this 36X optical zoom lens camera.
Summary: The Nikon P500 is a worthy successor to the P100. While it is lacking some features that I think would push it over the top (e.g., RAW image capture, HD slow motion, etc.), it still has a lot to offer. All in all, the P500 is a solid performer as a casual shooter and vacation camera.
Summary: The Nikon CoolPix P500 sells at a market operating price of Rs. 23,250. This is a really great camera and does well in design, build quality, features as well as performance. The camera is one of the better superzooms we have tested and with the image stabilization options, zoomed in images look really good. However, the only drawback we had found with this camera was the pricing. That being said, if one has just above Rs.
Excerpt: Nikon is well known for their powerful P-series of super-zoom cameras, and their latest edition is the most powerful model yet. The Coolpix P500 boasts the longest zoom ever integrated in a Coolpix camera, with 36x magnification. Nikon has also incorporated their Nikkor ED glass into the lens construction, which has been passed down from their D-series dSLR lenses.
Conclusion: We have no problems recommending the Nikon Coolpix P500. It’s a great camera for those heading for vacations, as you’ll have a huge focal range at your fingertips. Photo quality is solid, and you have loads of tricks to play with beyond the basic digicam, thanks to the new CMOS sensor. The P500 has its flaws — as does every camera – including battery life and image stabilization. The pluses far outweigh the negatives. Zoom on!
Pros: 36x optical zoom (22.5-810mm), 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 8fps for five shots, 1080p video capture
Cons: Sensor-shift stabilization not as good as OIS, Battery only rated for 220 shots, Awkward placement for burst key, Uses AC adaptor charging
Summary: We found thorough expert reviews of the Nikon Coolpix P500 on enthusiast sites such as PhotographyBlog.com, Imaging-Resource.com, PC World and CNET, all of which provide results on performance as well as sample photos. A great number of user reviews detailing owner experience are posted on Amazon.com.
Pros: Ultra-wide 36x zoom lens, Fast shooting performance, Dual image-stabilization system, Vivid, articulating 3-inch LCD, Uses optical zoom while filming
Cons: No RAW capability, Soft still and video images, Battery only charges via USB port, Lacks quick access to settings, Requires frequent battery charges
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix P500 ($399) is a fully loaded super zoom camera with a whopping 36X, 22.5 - 810 mm optical zoom lens (the largest available at the moment), an articulating LCD, manual controls, fast continuous shooting, and Full HD movie recording. It uses a 12.1 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor (though it's no larger than what's found on any other compact camera) and is powered by dual Expeed C2 image processors.
Summary: 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 photographers, make the most of its advanced functionality. Bridging the gap between snapshot cameras and advanced models, the P500 is a versatile learning tool as well as a camera that you can easily grow into.