P500 is Not to Nikon Standards
I am very impressed with Nikon's line of cameras, support, training and accessories including their software. I purchased the P500 for a lighter weight, point and shoot to accompany my D200. This is a great camera for the very novice photographer. It has a massive internal harddrive. It is very easy to use and it shoots MOVs in HD when a card is inserted. The zoom is fabulous especially when shooting wildlife. However, I am disppointed with the photo quality and extremely disappointed with the video quality. The video does not work in low light and there is no flash or lighting option to accommodate low light situations. The camera is also difficult to use with auto focus in the Auto Mode when shooting landscapes. The quality of the JPG images is fair. Most photos appear fuzzy even when shooting at the highest resolution and largest photo size. Another disappointing feature on the camera is the inability to operate with the lense cap on. You must removre the lense cap to turn the camera on and there is no way to protect the lense or add a haze filter.
November 11, 2011
So far from what we have used it, it is not the best camera for point and shoot. The pictures are blurry or dark. It doesn't tell when you need a flash. Will take some time to learn how to use it properly.
October 7, 2011
Action or Sport Image shows blur
For still Photograph its awesome cam, but it lags somewhere for Action or Sports photography.
October 7, 2011
not satisfied wit its video recordin feature at all. cant use zoom while video recording as image gets blurred totally..
July 31, 2011
The Nikon brand is one of the reasons for me buying the COOLPIX P500. The zoom, megapixels size and price are other reasons.
When the camera works, it works very well; when it works.
Not knowing if the battery will go dead overnight is UNNERVING. The random accept/reject of the Sd card (Sandisk-Extreme) when I turn on the camera is an annoying uncertainty.
The Nikon brand does not mean the same thing to me now.
June 18, 2011
Thigs that wasn't finished:
- video stabilisation is hopeles, only electronic is not good enough with zoom more than 10x, mayby that oprucal stabilisation is very noisy.
- time laps only more than 30seconds, schould be also 1,5, and 15 seconds intervals.
- cmos very big distorsion on movies, shutter and stabilisation problem. In full zoom jelly effect.
- loading of battery on usb cuts off camera
- zooming and focus with one speed
- not good mechanism of noise reduction even in ISO160, pictures are blurred without details, especialy in portrets on hair.
Maybe in firmware upgrade some of this will be repaired, I hope.
June 16, 2011
Would not recommend at this time
Focusing problem on videos and stills while zooming.
June 7, 2011
Frustrating camera with a great zoom
First off, the zoom on this camera is fantastic. My two big complaints are the battery life and the softness of the photos. I have tried a ton of different settings and I cannot seem to capture a true crisp picture, even on a tripod. If you are going to be printing these images, this is not the camera for you, but if you are going to be resizing images to use on the internet, than it would work out just fine.
The battery life is pretty bad, and you are given absolutely no warning when the battery is getting low. I took 91 shots and a 20 second video, and on my second video I made it about 2 minutes and the camera just shut off with zero warning, it just said "battery exhausted" and that was that. When I started the video, the on screen indicator told me the battery was at half power, that was pretty frustrating.
When mounted on a tripod, the LCD cannot clear the base of the tripod to allow you to tilt the screen down (if you tripod is positioned quite high, this would be HUGELY useful!). If they had used the "normal" style of a tilt and swivel LCD it would not have been an issue.
The audio and video quality are pretty dang good, but as I stated before, still images are just not crisp and that is pretty annoying.
May 22, 2011
I really impressed when i started to use this camera, with all the function and what this machine capable of. But unfortunately i encounter with a problem about battery. Without any notification, it turn itself off and it is written that "the battery is discharged" :(
April 10, 2011
GOOD CAMERA NOT EXCELLENT
so far i like canon's option better in every single aspect. i think there is no improvement from the p100 photo and video experience. but first i wanna try all possible methods to get the best out of this camera. i still need to try it at night. ill post updates when i do so.
March 30, 2011
I am a student and for my photography class i need to take pictures up close. I recieved this camera for christmas in 2011 just 9 months ago to this day. At first i loved the camera and thought it was amazing, now i cant focus on anything up close and the only way i can do that is take about 50 pictures for each subject and most of the time i need a tripod because it takes forever to take the picture. I will say sometimes i get a good picture but that is very rare.
September 25, 2012
Not so great quality!
I hate this camera! It freezes all the time, wont turn on if it doesn't feel like it , and takes horrible pictures. My aunt is a professional photographer and she put all my settings on the most basic easy to use settings and the pictures still turn out horrible. I definitely wish I would have spent my $400 on a different camera with a company that is easier to work with!
July 26, 2012
Nice pictures most of the time, when the battery isnt dead or its not freezing up.
Bought this camera in May of 2011 to be used for our wedding pictures and video in June. Most of the pictures turned out great since it was an outdoor day but the video kept stopping so have 5 clips for a 25 minute wedding what a pain. Its now in the Nikon repair shop at end of December because it was constantly freezing where had to remove and replace battery to turn it on and any fast motion sports shots totally froze the thing. They said could be in shop for 6 months and thats with a store purchased extended warranty. Wow a total disappointment in this camera. Hope it comes back unrepairable so they will replace it.
January 20, 2012
Great for tourists but not for cinematographers
this camera has a long zoom great for taking photos of landmarks but the lens only goes down to f3.1, and it does not have a hot shoe or mic input. the biggest let down for me was the absence of 720 60p. the photos are great (not in low light) but the video options are limited
January 16, 2012
Coolpix P500 not so cool
I had high expectations for Nikon's Coolpix P500. I had not purchased a camera for a few years and with the P500's 36X optical zoom, I really wanted to try it.
But when I took photos of my two daughters' choir performances in the food court at the mall and at the school gymnasium, I was very disappointed with the results.
On the fully automatic setting the P500 seemed to have trouble focusing on my subject. I took several photos and finally was able to capture a couple of in-focus photos.
I was also disappointed in the overall quality of some of my other photos. It seemed the photo edges looked distorted, akin to looking at your image in a house of mirrors.
My old camera, a Panasonic Lumix, at least does a better job of focusing on the subject.
So last night I returned my P500 camera and plan on purchasing another Lumix, this time the FZ150. I hope for better results, otherwise maybe it's time to move up to a SLR.
December 9, 2011
This is my second P500, the first I had to return due to a power issue. It takes nice pictures (sometimes). What i do not like about it- 1) The battery does not keep a charge, 2) The refresh time (between pictures) is Very slow, 3) Camara has troubel focusing in the 26->36 range, 4) In movie mode the picture is very jumpy (sound is ok), 5) Burst mode does not work as it should, nore does sport mode. If I could I would return this for another camara.
November 12, 2011
Purchased two months ago- not working
I would love to say this is a great Camera but since purchased two months ago it has stopped working twice! Already had to mail it back to Nikon for repair...not off on a good foot!
October 29, 2011
Sadly I cannot recommend this camera
I love Nikon cameras and have owned a number of them but the P500 was a huge disappointment. We purchased this particular camera to take on safari. This camera does not produce good (OR EVEN DECENT) night shots.
I do not recommend this camera because it did not meet our expectations.
October 14, 2011
Not a bad camera
This is not an SLR by no means. It takes fairly good pictures and easy to use. But the quality of any photo you take of anything moving in front is still the same as any non_SLR camera, blurred. We bought it for its zoom lense and as an affordable sollution to be able to take this camera somewhere you might lose, have it stolen, or simply damaged. The only real downside is that the video is jumpy at intervals when played back. Maybe this camera came defective, not sure. We were already on our cruise ship when in use, so we did not take many videos as a result. We do have many great photos though, but next time, we will most likely go with an SLR instead.
August 27, 2011
mediocre at best
The main problem with this camera is it's inability to focus. There's no reason to have such a wide range of focal lengths if it cannot focus on them.
July 18, 2011
Poor macro/short battery life. Love/hate, depending on photo priorities/photograhic skills.
(Experienced camera malfunction, would not turn on although battery fully charged)
July 9, 2011
focus not good
i'm not a very happy with it right now. i have always been a Nikon fan. right now, i'm not..
July 1, 2011
The camera itself is good. If I charge the camera overnight and use it in the morning for a couple minutes, by the time I go to use it again at night, the battery is dead. I think my battery is the problem and customer service was not very nice when I called regarding a replacement battery.
May 29, 2011
Wonderful lens quality, terrible flash operation
Great camera to substitute for my D80 as a light weight alternative with great lens quality and flexabIlity IF the flash is not required. Flash operation is pure frustration. Slow or impossible to focus. Should never have been released. I love the D80 and the D70. Huge disappointment when using a flash. I would rate this a 5 based only on use not requiring a flash but a total failure with it. Sorry, that's not what I believed I'd get from Nikon,
May 27, 2011
Lots of features but fails on what's important
This camera has lots of good features but Nikon has to issue a new firmware to fix a few issues. First of all is that the camera sometimes just locks up. Will not do anything unless you remove the battery (sorts like turning off your computer when it freezes up). It also has difficulty focusing when on maximum zoom and also in minimum lighting condition like when I was taking pictures during a class stage performance. Battery performance is also poor and will just suddenly tell you that the battery is exhausted without prior warning. These can be fixed with a firmware update. Aside from these issues, a minor design issue is the lens cap/cover. You need to always remember to remove it before turning on the camera or else the lens tries to push the cover from its locked position. My Canon S1 IS lens cover will just slide off the lens once the camera is turned on. My biggest complain is that the pictures are quite soft. I am not expecting DSLR quality images but we have cheaper compact digital cameras that produce the same image quality.
I am still thinking whether to keep the camera or sell it.
May 22, 2011
Great camera for blurry photos
We owned a lower-priced Coolpix that always took great photos easily in many lighting conditions. Unfortunately, it got stolen. We replaced it with the Coolpix 500. Although it was double the cost of the older Coolpix, we were attracted to it by its powerful optical zoom and its HD video capabilities.
However, the Coolpix 500 has been a disappointment. Unless you are in full sunlight or within flash range, its pictures are always blurry, particularly when you are zooming. Perhaps a professional photographer could take advantage of the Coolpix 500's numerous manual override features to get a clear picture, but we have not figured out how to take sharp pictures in low light with any level of zoom.
As to the HD video, it does better in low light than the camera's still photography features, but since the video doesn't have a pause feature, you end up shooting multiple files for the even the shortest of events. For example, a birthday party turns into a dozen 1 minute video files.
Avoid this camera.
May 21, 2011
features were great but battery life was poor also
also for me the inability to shoot pix while plugged in when battery is on charge was frustrating there were other stuff too but I only used the camera for a week before I decided to return it for a Sony hx1
May 20, 2011
Good video easy to operate
The only complaint and it is a big one is that the movies record in Quick time which many of my customers do not have or want so I had to purchase a format changer. Had I known this prior to buyng the camera I would not have picked Nikon. Twchnical support was no help to me on this issue either
May 20, 2011
not worth it!
i used this camera for no longer then an hour last night and when i tried to turn it on this morning the battery was dead. not what i expected for the money i paid!! very disappointed!!!
April 24, 2011
I wrote a full review with photos which you can probably find by googling my username. Here is the gist of it:
Only satisfactory image quality
Poor auto focus
Inconsistency in white balance
Noticeable lag time between shots
Aperture changes automatically even when the mode is set to Manual or Aperture Priority (this is the one that really bothers me and so does Nikon’s answer)
No shortcuts for settings like ISO or metering
No sensor to tell you when the lens cap is still on when powering up
No RAW file format
No info in the display or EXIF data showing what mode you are shooting in
Does not have the ability to choose an auto focus point besides the center
Macro mode is fantastic
Manual focus works well especially with Macro
Large LCD screen
Easy Panorama mode really is easy and the results are totally awesome
Pet Portrait mode
Menus are easy to navigate
Surprisingly good performance at ISO 1600
Very light and easy to carry around
April 10, 2011