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Nikon Coolpix P500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 922 reviews of Nikon Coolpix P500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the image quality and performance are generally positive. The zoom and portability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the contrast and optics, and the shutter and focus get mixed reviews.

usability, portability, zoom, performance, image quality

battery, flash, energy, optics, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon Coolpix P500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix P500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the performance and screen. The zoom and portability are also mentioned favorably. The flash and energy efficiency get less positive opinions. The focus and low light performance get mixed reviews.

usability, portability, zoom, screen, performance

battery, durability, optics, energy, flash

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon Coolpix P500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix P500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and portability. The performance and zoom are also appreciated, whereas comments are divided on the low light performance. There are some negative reviews about the focus and sensor.

usability, zoom, performance, portability, design

shutter, sensor, focus

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500

 

Nikon's latest 'mega zoom' just edges ahead of its Canon SX30 IS rival by offering a huge 36x optical reach. But can its performance keep up?

Class-leading 36x zoom lens, Full HD video with stereo sound, Flip out screen, Full manual controls

Mediocre image quality, Bulky, Same price as entry level DSLR

May, 2011

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pocket-lint.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500

 

Although we all like the idea of swapping camera lenses as and when we want to, in reality a one-lens-fits-all approach makes for greater convenience. A couple of months back Canon's latest 35x optical zoom PowerShot in the SX30 IS nudged ahead of the...

Huge optical zoom range, relatively easy to use, well labelled controls and buttons, reasonably fast and responsive

Won’t fit in the pocket, visible pixel fringing, corner softening and soft results at maximum telephoto slightly mar an otherwise impressive performance

While we do prefer the Nikon’s more conventional super zoom styling and handling to the boxy Olympus SP-800UZ, for build quality and general ruggedness the Fujifilm HS10 (and newer HS20 ) tops it. Yes the Fuji is bulkier, but it has the further...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Gary Wolstenholme (techradar.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500 review

 

A 36x super-zoom bridge camera with a 12.1 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor

Hugely flexible zoom range ; Articulated three inch screen ; Zoom control on the lens barrel ; Low noise at high sensitivities ; High Speed and High Definition video ; recording

Struggles to focus at maximum telephoto ; Sharpness and contrast drops at telephoto end ; Continuous shooting burst is over in under a second

As digital SLRs have become more accessible and less expensive, bridge cameras have had to change so they now have larger zoom ranges and more compact bodies than their predecessors.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (techadvisor.co.uk)

Nikon Coolpix P500 review

 

The Nikon Coolpix P500 is a camera with a massive 36x optical zoom lens.

The Nikon Coolpix P500 is a (reasonably) compact camera with a huge zoom. In theory it's very versatile, but a slightly disappointing sensor means it's only at its best when in bright lighting or flash-friendly conditions. If you're looking for good...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Expert Reviews Staff (expertreviews.co.uk)

Nikon Coolpix P500 review

 

The lens sacrifices sharpness for zoom range, but this capable camera packs a huge number of fun features.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Nikon Coolpix P500 review

 

The Nikon Coolpix P500, the manufacturer's latest full-size megazoom, is packing a 36x f3.4-5.7 21.5-800mm lens (35mm equivalent). That blows away its predecessor, the P100 , which had a 26x, f2.8-5 26-678mm lens and narrowly beats Canon's PowerShot...

The Nikon Coolpix P500 has a solid design, is overflowing with photo and movie features, and has very fast shooting performance for its class.

Its photo and video quality is very soft, particularly at high ISOs and in low-light conditions. It also lacks raw support and auto picture rotation.

The Nikon Coolpix P500 improves on its predecessor's features and shooting performance, but its photos and video quality still aren't as good as the rest of the package.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Theano Nikitas (techworld.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500 review

 

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...

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...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Troy Park (digicambuyer.co.uk)

Nikon COOLPIX P500

 

Nikon COOLPIX P500: Nikon flexes its extreme focal length muscles

The COOLPIX P500 looks and performs like a DSLR. Image quality is excellent, the LCD is pleasant to use, and the 36x zoom is the icing on the cake

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Matt Tuffin (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500 Review

 

With a massive 36x optical zoom lens the Nikon Coolpix P500 offers one of the largest optical magnifications on offer. The Nikon Coolpix P500 review follows....

Superb handling, excellent build quality, impressive images on occasion

Pin cushioning at wide angle, limited tonal range

The Nikon Coolpix P500 offers plenty, and the zoom isn't unmanageable, making it one of the better bridge models currently available

Jun, 2011

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Nikon Coolpix P500 Digital Camera Review

 

Daniel Bell reviews the Nikon Coolpix P500 which boasts a massive 36x optical zoom.

36x optical zoom; Lots of ways to counteract blurry images; Tilting screen; Manual control modes (P/S/A/M); Full HD movies; 8fps at full 12.1Mp; Excellent panoramas at both 360° and 180°; Excellent macro pictures

Difficult to shoot moving subjects using lots of optical zoom

Apr, 2011

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