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!
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.
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.
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: Going where no Coolpix has gone before, the Nikon P500 expands the ultrazoom lens envelope out to 36x, currently the largest in the class and well past the 26x zoom of the P100 . But while Nikon went long on the zoom multiplier, they went wide on the lens.
Pros: Good color rendition, Shutter and AF speed good, Good ISO performance
Cons: Battery charges in camera, Softness at telephoto, Some typical loss of highlights