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Nikon Coolpix P500


$400.00 Released March, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Huge 36x zoom - 21.5-800mm equivalent, a massive improvement over the previous generation (26x zoom). Records video in full 1080p/30 high definition. High quality 3" LCD display (921K dot).

The Cons:No RAW format support. Longer lens is slow (F/3.4-5.7), poorer in low light. Lacks direct controls for secondary manual settings such as ISO and white balance.

The Nikon Coolpix P500 is a mid-cost digital camera. The main selling point of this camera is its 36x optical zoom, which dwarfs the zoom of most cameras in its price range and size (including the closely related P300, which has an optical zoom of 4.2x).

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This zoom is ideal for sporting events and wildlife photography, where the subject is often at a distance. This lens has 22.5 mm wide-angle to 810 mm super-telephoto coverage. This camera is capable of continuous shooting at eight frames per second, which is a feature shared with the P300 model. The 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, which helps you to capture subjects in light and dark, is another feature shared between the two models. On the video side of things, both the Coolpix P500 and P300 can capture 1080p HD video with stereo sound.

Features

  • 36x optical zoom
  • Color options
  • 3" 921k-dot Clear Color Display
  • 12.1MP CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED C2 Image Processing Engine
  • High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 8 fps
  • Advanced multi-exposure composite image functions
  • 360°/180° Easy Panorama mode
  • Slow and fast motion movie recording
  • 1080p HD capturing
  • Night Portrait mode
  • Backlighting mode
  • Night Landscape
  • 4 exposure modes
  • f/3.4-5.7 lens
  • Hi Speed USB interface

Color Options

  • Red
  • Black

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Pros
  • 2

    huge 36x zoom - 21.5-800mm equivalent, a massive improvement over the previous generation (26x zoom)

  • 2

    records video in full 1080p/30 high definition

  • 1

    high quality 3" LCD display (921K dot)

  • 1

    records to easy to find, affordable, and capacious SD/SDHC/SDXC flash memory cards

  • 1

    electronic viewfinder - for when glare or bright light makes using the LCD difficult

  • 1

    respectable lens design - no glaring weaknesses: good distortion control, decent sharpness across the frame

  • 1

    fast performance - quick from turning on to shooting (just over a second), very little shutter lag

  • 1

    compact build considering the long lens

  • 1

    mini-HDMI output - playback images and video directly onto a compatible display or HDTV

Cons
  • 2

    no RAW format support

  • 2

    longer lens is slow (F/3.4-5.7), poorer in low light

  • 1

    lacks direct controls for secondary manual settings such as ISO and white balance

  • 1

    battery life is lacking

  • 0

    standard point and shoot image quality - nothing special due to its nicer-than-average design / specifications

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