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Nikon P500 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 36x Aug 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Six industry awards
Easy to use
Poor battery life
135 Reviews + 6 Awards
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended
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Power

Poor Battery Life

Six people who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Sam Tyler wrote “The only issue that really annoyed me was the loose nature of the battery” however despite that he still scored the Nikon P500 4 stars out of 5. Touchy Pad said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Battery life seemed terrible at first” yet they scored it 4 stars out of 5. They also wrote “Had to buy external charger and spare battery as camera has no external charger” in their review.


Reviews

Six Industry Awards

The authors at websites What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Digitaltrends.com and Alphr.com all thought that concluded that they would endorse this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Two other expert review sites both endorsed this Nikon camera. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review site Ephotozine and the editor of review site Onfoto.ru said that it was well designed and gave it a "Best Design" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on fourty-five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine this camera has an overall expert rating of 76 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 64 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Nikon digital camera is 88 out of 100. 37 reviewers (90% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 25,424 owner and expert reviews (including 514 verified purchases), Nikon has good reviews for its cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 99% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Easy to Use

Thirteen owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Expert review site Techtree.com wrote in their Nikon P500 review “Full manual control along with a host of options coupled with high speed”. Peterdb scored it 80 out of 100 and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Its easy to use though the very comprehensive instructions will help me grow into all the cameras functions”. Ms mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “It's so easy to use, yet there's lots of different functions” in their review of this digital camera.

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Six years ago Rajaram said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “It has lot of automatic settings for various lighting conditions”. Roroblu'smum wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk also six years ago “The camera menu's are easy enough to access”. Rover Ham said also six years ago “The menu is clear and easy to navigate” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Reuben wrote “It is comfortable, which is nice”. Roroblu'smum mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “This camera is quite compact, not overly weighty by any stretch of the imagination and feels very comfy to hold in my large paws” in their review of this digital camera. Anistitis said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk six years ago “The camera itself is easily to hold and my niece who is 5 could take a fairly decent picture without feeling it too heavy”.

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Nice Design

Seven customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Reuben wrote in his review of this digital camera six years ago “The zooming noise is pretty loud, expected with this type of lens.” . Sam Tyler mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “A pretty cool camera, just a shame about the name!” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Sji29 wrote five years ago “Takes beautiful photos, even on full zoom” .

Three people wrote in their reviews that the Nikon P500 was neat. Dr Pgw mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The neat size and light weight” in their review of this digital camera. Mike Wade wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The camera is neat” in his review of this digital camera nonetheless he gave it a rating of 2 stars out of 5.

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Good Product Quality

Fourteen people who reviewed the Nikon P500 reckoned that it was good quality. Expert website Techtree.com said six years ago “The build quality is very solid” and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100. Expert review site Techreviewsource.com wrote “Good image quality, speed, and” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Tomsguide.com said in their review of this digital camera “The camera can shoot 5 frames in one second at full quality”.

Robust

Five owners who reviewed the Nikon P500 agreed that it was well made. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “Construction is neat”. Misguided54 wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk five years ago “It's spare batteries and non too solid feel make it need a case”. Six years ago Katy Cooks mentioned “The camera seems well made” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five customers who reviewed it agreed that it had good features. Six years ago expert website Electricpig.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “It trips up on simple features and leaves us with a sense of wanting more”. Expert review site Photographybay.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon P500 “With a broad feature set and fast performance”. Six years ago expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk said “This capable camera packs a huge number of fun features”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Four people who reviewed the Nikon P500 concluded that it was expensive. Expertreviews.co.uk gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on expert review site Expert Reviews “It may be almost twice as expensive”. Sable wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “This camera is really an expensive toy for someone who doesn't know too much about cameras” however despite that they rated the product 60 out of 100. Mike Wade said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Wonder? Too big for a compact, too poor in quality for a semi-pro, too expensive for a toy - you tell me”.

Four owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Mr. J. A. Bentley wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk six years ago “Don, t buy the cheap batteries for it as they have an unpredictable charging life” in their review of this digital camera. Mr. A. L. Cooper mentioned five years ago “So the ideal situation is that you'll get an affordable camera with a decent image quality”. Four years ago Leonard Gibbins scored it 80 out of 100 and he wrote “Price was good and delivery on time”.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Nikon P500 does not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might want to look at including the Canon SX230 HS.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

This camera was released in August 2011.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon P500 supports video recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon P500 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon P500 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Nikon camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Good Video Capture

Three owners wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Btrl gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Wonderful semi-pro video camera” in their review of this digital camera. Jk gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Movie quality is OK”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Freewheeler mentioned in their Nikon P500 review “What makes it even better is that it has a viewfinder”. Johannsen wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “There is also a very clear image through the viewfinder which has dioptre adjustment” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Lens

Sixteen owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good zoom. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned on expert website What Digital Camera “A huge optical zoom” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of the Nikon P500 “An extremely wide and long zoom”. In the same month expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned “An electronic viewfinder and an incredibly long zoom rather than impeccable image quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-four owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk wrote “Image quality is excellent” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Mr. A. L. Cooper said “In my opinion, pictures come out very clear”. They also mentioned “That's just part of the magic of digital photography” in their review.

Two customers said that it had a good picture resolution. Mr. K. Rodgers rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “The adjusting ring in none auto modes makes shooting easy”. Moonless mentioned in their review of the Nikon P500 “It also has a good grip, making it easier to keep hold of when simply pointing and shooting”.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon P500 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm which has better reviews.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon P500 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Nikon P500 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (921,000 pixels) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon P500 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the Fujifilm X100 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon P500 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the Canon SX50 HS.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon P500 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon P500 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Heavy

The Nikon P500 is one of the heavier digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera (0.494 kilograms) amongst digital cameras of this age. The average weight of cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 10kg.

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The Nikon P500 has a very big optical zoom (36 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera. The smallest optical zoom of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1x and the biggest is 50x.

If this Nikon digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon SX50 HS (50x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon P500 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think because of its better review score, the Canon SX40 HS is also worth considering.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 0.28mm, the longest is 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 230mm. At 810 millimeters, the Nikon P500 has a very long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

At 3.5, the Nikon P500 has a fairly large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The minimum aperture numbers of low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera range from 1.3 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 26mm. The Nikon P500 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 22.5 millimeters) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon P500 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Canon SX50 HS which has better reviews.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon P500 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s), whereas most low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera the best still image resolution is 4032 x 3024 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 12.1MP cameras currently available including the Canon SX40 HS which has better reviews.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the Canon 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II (12.2MP and higher rated).

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera is 0.01m and the largest is 0.45m. The Nikon P500 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Nikon P500 features connection to PC, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an HDMI

The Nikon P500 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon P500 supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon P500 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon P500 has a batteries included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon P500 features voice recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon P500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Memory

Quite Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 102 megabytes, the Nikon P500 has one of the bigger internal memory amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The internal memory of cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera range from 8MB to 7.5GB.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

With a weight of 494 grams, the Nikon P500 is quite heavy compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. Across all the cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera the weights range from 50g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 260g.

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Good Size

Three owners agreed that the Nikon P500 was compact. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “As well as offering the most optical zoom currently available on a compact camera” in their review of this digital camera. Anistitis scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “This camera was a step up from a compact digital camera”. Five years ago Mr. A. L. Cooper wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Compact cameras are easy to use, small” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Three people who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was lightweight. Six years ago Rover Ham mentioned “Very compact and lightweight”. Mike Wade said in his review of this digital camera in the same month “Almost too lightweight”. Moonless mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “However, not only is it pretty lightweight”.

Two customers who reviewed it wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Jk mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “It's quite large and bulky.”. They also wrote “However; the camera lens is long, bulky and intrusive when fully extended for zoom photography” in their review.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208262564, 00018208921157, 00182089211574

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