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Nikon B500 Digital Camera

16MP 40x CMOS Apr 2016
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
The COOLPIX B500 feels great in your hands, whether you're zooming in with its super telephoto NIKKOR glass lens or recording 1080p Full HD video using the flip-up LCD. And it takes all the work... More
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17 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, B500 owners rated this digital camera as outstanding. That puts this digital camera in the top 1% of all the recently released cameras.

Top Seller

The B500 is one the top selling digital camera currently available.

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Nikon bridge cameras have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras manufactured by Nikon.

Easy to Use

Two Nikon B500 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Fay-Ray wrote “Great easy to use camera” in their review of the Nikon B500 and rated it as very good.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Nikon B500 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer mentioned “The shutter speed is great, one of the best photos I got was by sheer fluke as the wee one moved as I pressed the button” in their review.

Good Size

One Nikon B500 owner who reviewed it said that it was heavy and bulky. Amazon Customer mentioned last year “Not to big and heavy that on the days when my hands were really painful I wouldn't be able to use the camera”. One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was a good weight.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who reviewed it thought it was good value for money. Fay-Ray wrote on Amazon last year “It was the best price I found and she absolutely loves it! Easy to use, takes great pictures” in their Nikon B500 review.

Good Flash

One Nikon B500 owner who reviewed the product said that it had a good flash. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said in January last year “The Nikon B500's built-in flash has a range of up to 22 feet (6.9 meters) at the 22.5mm equivalent”.

Very Big Normal Focusing Range (wide)

Digital cameras that were launched in the last year have normal focusing ranges (wide) of between 0.05m and 3.5m, and the average normal focusing range (wide) is 0.73m. With a normal focusing range (wide) of 3.5 meters, the Nikon B500's normal focusing range (wide) is one of the biggest amongst comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the B500.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Nikon B500 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other bridge cameras that were released in the last 12 months do not support wi-Fi.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon B500 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other latest comparable spec cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that came out in the last year. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon B500 is more than most latest digital cameras. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the B500.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon B500 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Nikon camera also supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. The worst video resolution of all latest bridge cameras is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon B500 is more than most comparable spec cameras that were launched in the last year. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras that have been available for around the same time as the B500. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Nikon B500 has a better display than most bridge cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most latest bridge cameras have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display amongst all bridge cameras that came out in the last year.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst similar types of camera.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of only -2, the Nikon B500 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst bridge cameras of this age. New bridge cameras have minimum aperture numbers of between -2 and 3.5.

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16 Reasons Against

Very Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

Latest bridge cameras have normal focusing ranges (tele) of between 0.3m and 2m, and the average normal focusing range (tele) is 1.2m. At only 0.3 meters, the Nikon B500 has a quite small normal focusing range (tele) compared to most of the other latest bridge cameras.

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Price Increase of £19.05

The price of the B500 has increased by £19.05 in the last 46 days.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon B500 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other bridge cameras that came out in the last 12 months also do not support Full HD video.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the B500, the Nikon B500 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D

The Nikon B500 is not 3D. Most of the other latest digital cameras are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other recently released bridge cameras, the Nikon B500 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon B500 does not support video capability, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched in the last year also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Nikon B500 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the B500 also do not have a built-in flash.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

New bridge cameras have digital zooms of between 2x and 33x, and the average digital zoom is 12x. The Nikon B500 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other latest bridge cameras.

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Very Low Megapixel

Across all the latest bridge cameras the megapixels range from 16MP to 25MP. With a megapixel of only 16 megapixels, the Nikon B500 has one of the lower megapixels amongst bridge cameras of this age.

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The Nikon B500 has a greater number of flash modes than most bridge cameras that have been available for the last year. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on bridge cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

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Very Narrow Field of View

At only 98 percent, the Nikon B500 has a fairly narrow field of view compared to most of the other latest comparable spec digital cameras. The narrowest field of view of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the B500 is 98%, the widest is 100%, and the average field of view is 100%.

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Only 2272 X 1704 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon B500 has a 2272 x 1704 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most latest digital cameras. Most latest digital cameras have a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 3264 x 2448, 1600 x 1200 and 4608 x 2592 and 3456 x 3456. Across all comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the B500 the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6000 x 4000.

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Only Supports Three Wi-Fi Standardss

The number of wireless LAN types supported by the Nikon B500 is more than most similar spec cameras that came out in the last 12 months. This camera supports an IEEE 802.11b wi-Fi standards, which is the most commonly supported wi-Fi standards supported by recently released similar spec digital cameras. The wi-Fi standardss "IEEE 802.11g" and "IEEE 802.11n" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the B500 the total megapixelss range from 16MP to 22MP. The Nikon B500 has a fairly few total megapixels (only 16.76 megapixels) compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the B500.

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Very Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 125, the Nikon B500's ISO sensitivity (min) is one of the biggest amongst bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the B500. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the B500 is 99, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 80 to 130.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon B500

Released Ten Months Ago

It was ten months ago when this bridge camera camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon B500 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other bridge cameras that came out in the last year.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the Nikon B500 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 542 grams, the Nikon B500 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other new bridge cameras.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on latest bridge cameras.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Version
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Technical Details
Audio Recording Formats
Lens Cap Included

Expert Reviews

22 February 2016

The Nikon B500's ISO sensitivity ranges from 125-1600 in all modes, although ISOs 3200 and 6400 are available exclusively in Auto mode. When using Auto ISO, the Nikon B500's built-in flash has a... Read more…

User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 7 September 2016 by AlfaRomeo

I bought this camera specifically to take on holiday to Malaysia on holiday. The camera is well made though the instructions provided could have been a touch better.. The camera has a decent range... Read more…

Reviewed 26 September 2016 by Marshall1

Wanted a good quality camera with a good zoom lens. After reading reviews I ordered one for holidays , The instruction book print was small and difficult to read with my eyesight. However only... Read more…

Reviewed 2 November 2016 by Sparrow18

Camera is well made and easy to use. It does what it is designed for, a small convenient still and video camera. A bit of 'Jack of all trades master of none'. My Pentax SLR takes better still... Read more…

Reviewed 26 September 2016 by Wiggs65

Excellent value for money easy to use for starting out as the next David Bailey a great camera would recommend to anyone...

Reviewed 7 August 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Amazing camera especially for the price...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon b500, nikon nikon, nikon 26508, nikon 26506b, nikon vna952e1, canon vna951e1, nikon vna951e1, nikon vna953e1, canon vna952e1
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