Nikon Coolpix P500 Review

Overall Score

47

Main Features

  • 12 MP 1/2.3 BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • 23-810 mm (36x) F3.4-5.7 Zoom Lens
  • 160 - 3200 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 116 x 103 x 84 mm, 494g.
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  • Replaced by: Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix P500 Overview


First introduced in February, 2011, Nikon Coolpix P500 is a 12 MP Compact with a 1/2.3 (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Nikon replaced Coolpix P500 with Nikon P510. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Nikon P500 with Nikon P510


Nikon P500 comes with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm BSI-CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 7.7 mm (0.3").

- Full Frame
- Nikon Coolpix P500

Sensor resolution of Nikon P500 ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Nikon P500 has Crop Factor: 5.62

The sensor has a surface area of 28.5 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Nikon P500 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Nikon Coolpix P530 Nikon P530 2014 16MP 100 - 6400 494g 123 x 84 x 98mm
Nikon Coolpix P520 Nikon P520 2013 18MP 80 - 3200 550g 125 x 84 x 102mm
Nikon Coolpix P510 Nikon P510 2012 16MP 100 - 3200 555g 120 x 83 x 102mm
Nikon Coolpix P500 Nikon P500 2011 12MP 160 - 3200 494g 116 x 103 x 84mm

Proc and Cons of Nikon P500


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Nikon Coolpix P500 with competitors in small sensor superzoom cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Tilting Screen
921k dots Screen Resolution
Manual Focus
9 Focus Points
±2 AE Bracketing Range
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
AF Face Detection
1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Exposure Mode
5.7 Lens at Tele
23 mm Wide Angle Lens
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Low Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500s
No Environmental Sealing
Slow Lens at Wide: F3.4
Slow Continuous Shooting: 921 fps
No Articulating Screen
Low Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500s
No External Flash
Slow Lens at Tele: F5.7
Low Battery Life: 220 shots
Type Scores

Nikon Coolpix P500 has an Overall Score of 47/100 and ranked #201 out of 802 in Compact cameras, and ranked #568 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Nikon P500 Scores
Imaging score
20
Features score
59
Value for money score
64
Portability score
80
Overall score
47
Average Scores in Small Sensor Superzoom
Imaging Score
25
Features Score
51
Value For Money Score
61
Portability Score
85
Overall score
45

Physical Dimensions of Nikon P500


Nikon Coolpix P500 weighs 494g and has external dimensions of 116 x 103 x 84mm (4.57 x 4.06 x 3.31"). Considering that the average weight of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras is 392g, Nikon P500 is 102 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Nikon P500
494g
Average weight
392g
Min weight
136g
Max weight
1415g

Thickness Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Nikon P500
84mm
Average Thickness
65mm
Min Thickness
0mm
Max Thickness
181mm

Here is the front and top view image of Nikon Coolpix P500 with the dimensions:

Nikon Coolpix P500

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Coolpix P500 Dimensions Coolpix P500
Nikon Coolpix P510 Nikon P510 555 g 494 g 120 x 83 x 102 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Nikon Coolpix P900 Nikon P900 899 g 494 g 140 x 103 x 137 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Nikon Coolpix P530 Nikon P530 494 g 494 g 123 x 84 x 98 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Nikon Coolpix B500 Nikon B500 541 g 494 g 114 x 78 x 95 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Nikon Coolpix P600 Nikon P600 565 g 494 g 125 x 85 x 107 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Nikon Coolpix P520 Nikon P520 550 g 494 g 125 x 84 x 102 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Nikon Coolpix P610 Nikon P610 565 g 494 g 125 x 85 x 107 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Canon SX60 HS 650 g 494 g 128 x 93 x 114 mm 116 x 103 x 84 mm

Specifications of Nikon Coolpix P500


General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix P500
Announced February, 2011
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Lens Mount fixed lens
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier
Number of Lenses 0
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 921k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/8 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/1500 sec
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 8.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size 1/2.3
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 6.16 x 4.62 mm
Sensor Area 28.5 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3200
Min Native ISO 160
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 220 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model EN-EL5
Physical
Weight 494 g
Physical Dimensions 116 x 103 x 84 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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