Nikon Coolpix P500

What I like and dislike about the Nikon P500

Written by Digicamhelp Editor

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