Nikon Coolpix P500

What I like and dislike about the Nikon P500

Written by Rick Ellinger

There is a lot of to like about the Nikon Coolpix P500 superzoom. But like all digital cameras, there are areas that could use some improvement.

There are a lot of things to like about the Nikon CoolPix P500. The image quality is great in a variety of lighting conditions. It’s relatively lightweight considering it has a 36X wide angle optical zoom lens. And I really like the Best Shot Selector and full HD video. Like all digital cameras, it’s not perfect and there are some areas that need improvement.

What I like about the P500

  • 810mm telephoto with effective vibration reduction
  • macro mode and close focal distance
  • side zoom control very convenient – can also be set as manual focus control
  • very decent image quality at high ISO settings
  • multi-angle LCD
  • color display accurately on the LCD
  • full-size HD video, stereo sound and autofocus in video mode
  • ability to shoot still shots while in video mode
  • BSS – Best Shot Selector
  • PDF manual makes searching for a topic fast and easy

Nikon P500 @ 130mm

What I dislike about the P500:

  • slow to focus in darker scenes
  • flash does not work in Best Shot Selector mode, or when using any of the continuous shooting modes
  • no filter attachments (filters can work if holding it in front of lens)
  • LCD does not swivel side to side, for viewing from the side
  • no manual focus ring or zoom ring
  • no printed manual

Nikon P500 @ 810mm


About the author

Rick Ellinger

Rick Ellinger was never interested in photography until he experienced the digital realm in 2002, when bought his first digital camera, the 3.2 megapixel Olympus C3020-Z, with some of the money his grandfather had left to him. Rick says, “It was a great little camera and served me well.”

In the fall of 2006, Rick purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, and the world of digital photography opened up for him. With the FZ50's 10.1 megapixel resolution, and 35-420mm zoom range (35mm equiv.), he was then able to get shots he had been longing to capture.

In 2008, Rick's dad gave him a Nikon D40, which introduced him to the world of digital single lens reflex cameras. He was quickly hooked so in September 2009, he upgraded the D40 by purchasing the Nikon D5000 and a Tamron 70-300mm macro lens.

Rick enjoys taking photos of God's creation - especially critters. By zooming in closely on his subjects, he is able to see fine details that are often missed by the eye.

Through the wonders of digital photography, Rick shares the marvels and beauties of God's wonderful creation with people around the globe via the Internet. He hopes others will enjoy his photos as much as he enjoys shooting them. Rick includes a free eCards feature on his photo website for visitors. They include some of his photos along with encouraging, inspirational greetings.

Rick says, “I pray that my photos of God's creation will bring glory and honor to the God who created it all.”

Rick's wife, Ruby, says that his grandfather would be pleased with the purchase of that first digital camera.