Summary: In the past, I have not been much of a fan of ultra-zoom cameras. The large zoom lenses typically cause the cameras to have sluggish performance, resulting in shaky image quality and missed photos of fast-moving subjects. With the new crop of ultra-zoom cameras, though, I've changed my mind.
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.
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.
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
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.
Summary: 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 feat that has yet to be equalled by any other...
Excerpt: The 12.1-megapixel Nikon COOLPIX P500 ($399.95, MSRP) is an integral lens camera with an incredible zoom range of 36x—that’s optical, not digital zoom and it gives you the equivalent angle of view of a wide-angle 22.5mm to a super tele of 810mm!