Excerpt: Not only does it provide a solid metallic feel and reassuringly firm grip, but the chic contours and classic camera appeal of the most compact digital camera among competing models also makes Nikon Coolpix S500 a desirable pocket point-and-shoot compact camera for travellers. Power-on speed is amazing: only 0.6 seconds! And the shutter speed also: 0.005 seconds.
Conclusion: Nikon Coolpix S500 digital compact camera At this time, the Nikon Coolpix camera series is mainly aimed at the amateur and those who like to have a handy compact camera. An exception is the Nikon P5000; with its many setting possibilities it will appeal to the experienced photographer. The Nikon S500 is a compact camera that will, fully automated, do its job by means of the intelligent software inside the camera.
Excerpt: The big noise (pardon the pun) in compact cameras at the moment is high ISO, which in plain English means the ability to avoid using flash in low-light settings. Nikon's boxy but stylish S500 is another high-ISO shooter, going up to ISO 2,000 while squeezing 7.1 megapixels onto a compact camera sensor.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S500 is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera in an attractive stainless steel body. It has intuitive controls and produces very good image quality with good detail and accurate colour reproduction at the low ISOs. Noise is controlled up to ISO 100,
but higher ISOs are visibly noisy.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Coolpix S500 compared to a standard CD disc. Continue to the Features & Controls Page Coolpix S500 Specifications Effective pixels: 7.1 million CCD: 1/2.5-inch type (7.38 million total pixels) Image modes: 3072 x 2304 (High: 3072*/Normal: 3072), 2592 x 1944 (Normal: 2592), 2048 x 1536 (Normal: 2048), 1024 x 768 (PC: 1024), 640 x 480 (TV: 640), 3072 x 1728 (16:9) Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 5.7-17.1mm (35mm  format picture angle: 35-105mm); f/2.8-4.7; 5...
Excerpt: When Nikon introduced eight new Coolpix P&S cameras with a February 2007 press release, a quick perusal of the individual models showed an interesting mix of features spread amongst the various models. The P5000 was definitely the star of the show, with 10 megapixels and a full set of manual controls to complement its suite of auto and programmed functions.
Conclusion: Problems with close up shots and my indoor portrait mean that the Nikon Coolpix S500 falls below the standard of my favourite pocket sized digital cameras. It's a shame because I like this camera overall. Colours are natural and the sharpness of the outdoor photos is above average.