takes amazing pictures
I have just got this camera and love it. It is so easy to use and the look of it is excellent.
Much better than canon and fuji.
January 7, 2013
The Only Camera You'll Need
I bought this camera to prepare for a vacation where I knew I would need the zoom and have been practicing with it at home to get used to what it can do. It is amazing for catching pictures of wildlife and scenery. There is so much it can do that I haven't even tried yet and I know I won't be looking for another camera for a very long time. This one does it all. :)
May 30, 2012
essa é d+
Gostei muito dessa camera, pra ser uma semi. atendeu minhas expectativas
May 23, 2012
La cámara más completa para una persona normal
Excelente cámara, un manejo práctico y sencillo además de un zoom de ¡wow!. Todo lo que una persona normal sin conocer mucho de fotografía necesita para tomar fotos increíbles, fácil y con resultados sorprendentes. La cámara en sí te ayuda a elegir la mejor opción para cada toma a realizar.
Es realmente la mejor cámara para viajes y vacaciones que podrás encontrar!
May 23, 2012
Tres bon appareil: qualité, solidité et beauté c'est le Nikon P500
Cet appareil là, le Nikon P500 est un tres bon appareil, c'est sûr que je vais recommander le P500 à mes amis. Bravo Nikon!!! Ne change pas. Mais il faut que Nikon travaille sur la batterie pour qu'elle puisse conserver sa charge mais c'est tres bon appareil. En plus, il y a un bon service à la clientèle à Montréal.
Bravo Nikon pour le P500.
April 16, 2012
Great camera for beginners
I love this camera so much. I enjoy taking photos with it. It is a must buy for beginners entering photographer. Only Cons that i have is that it doesn't have interchangeable lens :( if that was possible i would be complete. Overall amazing camera i give it 2 thumbs up
March 2, 2014
Well, for beginners just like me this camera is awesome, picture quality, HD video, functions, etc, the only drawback is its battery, lasts less than average, so I had to purchase an extra one, but the camera itself is awesome.
December 4, 2012
Nikon P500 such a great camera but i don't understand one thing Why battery life so short i mean i cant take more then 100 photos even my cam is new so i bought another battery to take a photos even that still got Problem with battery i hope to see some solution
July 16, 2012
I have had no problems with this camera. Some minor issues with :auto focus with full zoom, but with the different choices they have been overcome. All pictures have come out great and the zoom ability is amazing.
June 2, 2012
Great Overall Camera
I absolutely love this camera!
Pros! Zoom, focus while zooming, HD video (I took a pic of the moon and could see all the craters! Amazing)
Cons! Not as good as taking a normal, non zoom picture, but an overall great camera
May 25, 2012
I really liek this camera! Its awseome..the only thing i dont like is that is doesnt take good sport pictures but other than that its AWESOME!!!
May 10, 2012
Love the vari angle monitor!
This camera takes great pictures but in my opinion the best feature is the vari-angle monitor. I'm able to get some great shots by using this feature -
It has a great zoom feature but I find due to the small focus area when the zoom is fully extended it is difficult to get a clear shot due to camera movement - that may be my issue though - a tripod might fix this problem.
Overall, this small camera has a good weight, takes excellent pictures and is very easy to operate. Love it.
March 21, 2012
A great all-round camera except....
I like everything about the camera except....it sucks up dust like vacuum-cleaner! I'm a building inspector and take 300-750 photos per day and shoot 20-40 short videos. In the 4 months I've used the camera it's now full of dust and shows lots of 'artifacts' (ie: specks) in many of the photos. It's especially noticeable when I get a lens-flare from an adjacent light source. Looks like I'm standing in a snow-storm! If I were to hazard a guess...I'd say the long-lens is not sealing against the camera frame & barrel. Better O-rings may help. I'm going to have to buy another camera and rotate them to the local camera shop for regular cleaning I guess. OTHERWISE.... I really like the wide lens (22.5). Inside small rooms I only need 2-4 photos to get the entire room...instead of 8-10 photos that I used to take with my other camera that had a 25mm lens. This camera would rate 5-stars with me....if it didn't suck-up so much dust. I've attached two photos I took today, as an example of what I mean. The front of the lens is clean. All the 'specks' of dust you see in the photo are inside the compound lens.
February 23, 2012
Takes great pics......
i love the camera. a bit cumbersome for traveling,but, worth it. I was however quite upset when after only having the camera 1 1/2 months & had to replace it because i couldn't get it to charge the second time i went to connect the charging cords- i followed the instructions too. i had to bring it all the way to nikon....it worked there but not when i got it home. thank goodness 4 pc richards because they just exchnaged it so i didn't have to send it in for "repair" and wait 2 weeks.
February 18, 2012
Like a Super Computer vs 1950's
To begin with, this camera has more features and combinations of features than you are ever likely to use. I was a camera salesman in the late 50's, early 60's. Developed my first roll of B&W in about 1947, maybe 1948, and never looked back.
Telephoto and macros have always fascinated me. I never had a ton of money, but through my job got to use most of the top cameras. Back in 1960, to get a decent macro, I had to use extension tubes behind my lens, and then just about touch the object. I've got a great shot of a large annoyed scorpion just before s/he climbed onto my lens. (I left fairly quickly.)
Lately, I've been looking for a versatile camera which can utilize both of these features, yet weighs little enough for my 74 year old, arthritic hands to hold for more than 5 seconds. Price is always a consideration, but eventually size and weight won out. Price-wise, the P500 is a great compromise between simple snapshot cameras and large, heavy professional cameras. (I suspect that most people who own these use them basically as snapshot cameras anyhow.) Also, I (and even more my wife) hate(s) when I look like a rube tourist.
I had a Nikon P5100, and it was great for macros, and had outstanding sharpness. Not too much telephoto, but enough to make my macros easier. However, after 10,000 photos in 2 years, it gave up even the ghost of an image. Tried a Nikon 6000 [? Not sure of model]. It was nice and small, but a bit limited, and tended to a soft image.
To cut to the chase, I bought the P500. The tele and macro are great, and one or another of it's Scene or Focusing or color correction modes will handle just about any situation. The multiple exposure feature is great for action, and the exposure bracketing warms the cockles (Whatever they are!) of my heart. The movable viewing screen also adds to the ease of certain shots, especially macros, especially if your back is older than you are. Also good for those "Over the Drowd" shots. P500 is more flexible than a ballet dancer, and not nearly as heavy, which cannot be said of some of the alternatives. Of course, once you get into the longer telephoto shots, you will almost certainly need a tripod. However, a 36x tele is seldom necessary, although it does have it's uses, and is great fun. Don't even dream of a hand-held shot with the additional digital tele extension!
I'm having great fun with it, may never need another camera - still have the 6000 and my cell phone for those occasions when I (or my wife!) think(s) it best not to carry the P500 around. Just before I bought this, I was feeling sorry that I had gotten rid of my filters, but danged if this camera doesn't have them built in! I would like a slip on ring so that I could use a Skylight filter, but that's just my age showing. This camera does more internally than many amateur darkrooms could do 25-30 years ago.
I do have some cons, but so far they are not very serious. I very much wish that a printed instruction manual were included. I like to handle and mark up my manuals, and to print this one out is over 200 pages if you feel you need the whole thing. Selective printing can help. I have heard that zooming while shooting video can be noisy, and it's true. You can edit it out if it really bothers you. Plenty of software around that can do that. I would have liked a slightly faster lens, and a bit higher maximum shutter speed, Also, higher f #s would be handy where great depth of field is required. The images tend to be a bit too soft for my taste, I like to blow up tiny bits of the image, thus creating, in effect, an even greater telephoto effect, but short of murals or huge posters, this gives a pretty fair enlargement.
Would I recommend it? You bet, but with a couple of caveats. I would not recommend it for someone who wants it solely for the extra telephoto range. Also, you can use it as a point and shoot, but then you are paying for lots of extras which an advanced amateur wants, but you can do quite decent point and shoot with a 5mp digital phone camera, and it weighs less. Did I mention that the P500 takes great videos? I almost always shoot still, but these great videos may send me back into video mode. However, if videos are your main thing, you might consider a video camera.
I love it! For the price, convenience, and flexibility I haven't seen anything that can beat it.
January 17, 2012
Lack of RAW image format...
This is really a Excellent Model from NIKON.... But it doesn't have the most important feature. Image format RAW is missing here. Image quality is good. But RAW is highly needed in such a model.
December 16, 2011
Great Little Camera
This little baby can get all the shots. From a bee on a flower to the tip of the tower with a video thrown in between. Mostly crisp, clean photos from Manual to Midnight Fireworks, the panoramas are astounding. So if you're on the go and want to shoot the show, grab one of these and blow with the wind. Along the way this camera will get all the shots. A message for Nikon. Please add threads for lens protection and the ability to shoot RAW. That's all you need to make this a perfect camera.(That is why you didn't get five stars!)
December 6, 2011
It does too many things...
I got this camera right before leaving for SE Asia for 3 months. So far, the only problem I've had (other that user error!) has been with the lack of focus acquisition at longer focal lengths, and lower light. It also seems prone to overexpose most scenes, but I've altered the exposure to compensate. The lens is better than my old camera, and the video is easy to use. The easy panorama isn't...takes several tries to get the camera to respond properly. The anti shake was pretty much as useless as my D80, but I can live with that. I know it sounds like I don't like the camera, but for the most part I find it just does too many things...and a few not very well. It would be great to have a good travel camera capable of quick acquisition, good low light renditioning, and eliminate all the presets...manual is also easy to use Nikon.
December 4, 2011
So far the CoolPix 500 has the features I want.
Have just started and do not have enough experience or chance to use the camera.
December 2, 2011
An excellent camaera
Overall, this is an excellent camera. Roughly 75% of it's total features are of an slr camera. I bought this camera because it has features that I need to photography and video live events of, ie concerts.
Besides the variable tile screen and 36x telephoto lens that focuses great, even when fully extended, it also takes still shots while recording video.
The only drawback to this camera for my purpose or for live events is the open mic. The louder the event, the greater the chance for distortion instead of decent audio in the video.
It would be great if this camera had an option for an external microphone.
Other than that, I recommend it.
November 27, 2011
An amazing purchase
a great camera! amazingly simple with astounding feature. indoor pictures are a small hassle but the built-in flash does the trick. an amazing product from nikon! small and compact and always ready to start up!
November 26, 2011
Love it, but...
I bought this camera about two months ago and it is perfect. I love the way it takes pictures, the zoom is fantastic, I just love it!
The only thing that bothers me is the time it takes to save the picture so that I could snap another.
Other than that my pictures have all been great (:
November 25, 2011
I've been told Nikon has the best picture quality and everyone that told me that was right. Ive only had Kodak and Canon .I've had this camera for about a week now and i love it. I seen all the bad reviews about the battery life but i have not had any problems with it. I've taken 300+ pictures and have not had to charge it but the first time i bought it. So i don't see where all the complaints are... It takes amazing pictures and well worth the money spent i go hiking alot where i live and it works just fine for me. When you zoom in sometimes they are a little blurry therefore i need to buy a tripod but ive had that issue with every camera ive owned. Amazing up close shots. All in all it is an amazing camera. The only things wrong with it was the video can be a bit confusing at first and it can get annoying to have to take the lens cap on and off.
I've been told Nikon has the best picture quality and everyone that told me that was right. Ive only had Kodak and Canon and never again will i not buy a Nikon.
November 21, 2011
The product feels good while holding in your grip
Overall it is a decent camera. The video function was a bit confusing . The slow motion feature especially. The battery also does not last as long as I would like.
November 4, 2011
Disappointed in Nikon
My husband and I bought this camera because we were going on a photo safari in africa. Unfortunately we kept getting an error message that the card could not be read. When we returned we called Nikon and found out after going through many levels of service people that there was a firmware upgrade. We were never informed. What a frustrating and disappointing experience. The picture quality was good, the camera us lightweight. Our only complaint was in extended zoom the focus is very shaky.
October 9, 2011
Many useful features.
This "bridge" camera fall between a full blowen DSLR and a small point and shoot camera. It has many features the DSLR users will apprecate and is small and light enough to serve when you do not wish to take your DSLR with all the lenses with you. It has very good telephoto properties (a tripod may be required). I really like this camera and will recommend it to my friends.
September 24, 2011
I love the ease of use, but I have a reservation about the Battery. Every 5th or 6th time I pull it out, the camera will not power-up! I have to take out the battery and re-insert it, or change battery w/my back-up.
The battery is fully charged; it just will not power-up. Frustrating!
September 23, 2011
Camera is all I expected. However, since when did nikon become so cheap that they cannot furnish an instruction manual. I know you provided it on disc, however I would look stupid when I had a question while traveling to have to look it up on a lap top whic I normally do not travel wit.
September 5, 2011
Battery problem solution
I'm writing this in response to the battery problems other reviewers have mentioned. I had a problem with my camera draining the battery. I found a probable solution in a forum I was reading on the net as explained per the following.
Nikon has a software update available for the camera. Sure enough I installed the update via the connection cord that came with my camera. Bingo! Problem SOLVED. Need be you can contact Nikon customer service and they will be happy to provide you with assistance. If that isn't the problem the camera definitely needs service. I've never found the battery drain on this camera excessive.
August 31, 2011
Overall good but needs improvements
I've had Nikon for years. For Professional Work I now use a D300 (used to use F3's). For all the capabilities of the P500 it actually does an outstanding job. The photos...even when zoomed way out...are very good when one has adequate shutter speeds. Also it has the capability of controlling the exposure, etc. when encountering backlighting or a black background - both for pictures and video.
However, the cameras image stabilization needs improvement...ESPECIALLY IN THE VIDEO MODE. It's just not possible to zoom in very far (hand held of course) and maintain a steady image. It shakes. I wish to add I have two (2) VR Nikkors for my D300 and they work great. It seems stabilization via the CCD/CMOS isn't the answer!
The other needed improvement is in the audio level control. It needs dampening using a compressor (or something) to smooth out the wavy sound levels you get when recording a live band. For use other than a live band (very dynamic) the audio is fine.
The camera has a couple other STRONG attributes. The colors are VERY accurate and the contrast is good. Lastly, the HIGH resolution LCD screen is great for showing pictures to others as they are taken... and I use the camera for the HUGE majority of my photography (non-Professional of course).
August 29, 2011