Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500 is an affordable entry-level super zoom camera that includes a powerful built-in zoom lens, a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, and full Nikon SnapBridge wireless connectivity. The 16-megapixel camera has a 4.0-160mm f/3.0-6.5 built-in lens, which provides a 22.5-900mm equivalent focal length range (40x optical zoom). Nikon Coolpix B500 also includes 4x digital zoom, providing a field of view equivalent to that of a 3,600mm lens in 35mm format.

8.4 Total Score
Affordable DSLR-like camera

Good for Sports and Street photography. Has cool features which as DSLR-type

Affordabilty
8
Build Quality
8.5
Features
8
Focus Accuracy
8.5
Video Quality
8
Image Quality
8.5
Value for Money
9
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Design

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is designed for simplicity. To make it easier for users to capture images and video from difficult angles, the Nikon Coolpix B500 has a tilting 921k-dot TFT LCD display. Its display provides 98% frame coverage when shooting and 100% image area during playback.

The lens of this camera also includes lens shift vibration reduction for both stills and video capture. Electronic VR is also available when recording video. The Nikon B500 weighs only 541 gram with batteries and memory card. It is powered by four AA batteries. The B500 also accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory and has 20MB of internal memory. The Nikon Coolpix B500 is comfortable and easy to use. Using AA batteries might be more expensive in the long run. However, some consumers prefer them because you can find them at any store. A handy feature for traveling.

Nikon Coolpix B500 Features

Autofocus modes include center, face priority, manual AF selection, subject tracking, and target finding AF options. When using manual AF selection, you can select from 99 focus areas. Further, the Coolpix B500 uses contrast-detect autofocus. 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 range of up to 22 feet (6.9 meters) at the 22.5mm equivalent focal length and 11 feet (3.5 meters) at the 900mm equivalent focal length.

With built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the Nikon B500 has a wide variety of connectivity options. Compatible with Nikon’s new SnapBridge application, the B500 can be constantly connected to your mobile device using BLE. Hence allowing for automatic transferring of images from the camera to your device.

The fastest available shutter speed when using the Coolpix B500 in most shooting modes is 1/1500s. Although 1/4000s is available when using the continuous high-speed shooting mode. The B500 utilizes an electronically controlled ND filter (-2.0 EV) instead of an iris diaphragm for aperture. The slowest available shutter speed during normal shooting is 1 second. When shooting in the continuous high speed mode, Nikon reports that B500 will be able to capture 7 full-resolution images at up to 7.4fps.


PROS:
  • Specs are quite good such as 40X Optical Zoom, 1920 x 1080 Max Video Resolution and 1/4000s High Shutter Speed
  • Nice useful features such as Built-in Wireless (Wi-fi), Image Stabilization and revolving screen

CONS:
  • Does not have an eye-level electronic viewfinder
  • There is No Touch Screen
  • No Manual Focusing and manual exposure
  • No Panorama Shooting


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