A good camera is a great tool to capture precious everyday moments or special trips to new places. While a significant part of taking a well-composed shot lies in the eye and technical skills of the photographer, it doesn’t hurt to have a quality tool as well. One mid-range point-and-shoot worth a look is the Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera.
- Features a 16MP resolution and an ISO 6400
- Has a 3” 921k-dot flip-up LCD and a NIKKOR f/3.0-6.5mm ED lens with a focal length of 22.5-900mm (35mm)
- Offers 40x optimal zoom and 80x dynamic zoom
- Is equipped with a 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor to allow low-light shooting and a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) to correct minor camera shake
- Has 18 scene mode selections and an easy auto mode
- Can handle 7.4 fps of continuous shooting and 30 fps for full HD 1080p video recording
- Provides remote-control and instant-sharing capabilities through Bluetooth low energy (BLE), WiFi, or NFC
- Weighs 1.19 pounds
- Measures 3.74inches x 3.08inches x 4.47 inches
It comes with an LC-CP31 lens cap, an AN-CP21 strap, a UC-E16 USB cable, and four LR6/L40 AA Alkaline batteries.
- It is easy to use and lightweight.
- The lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) allows you to correct little camera shake.
- The quality of the pictures is good for a point-and-shoot camera.
- The remote-control feature and instant-sharing capability are quite convenient. You stay connected to your gadgets while taking the shots.
- The zoom is great. You can take a good photo of the moon with it and capture some of the lunar craters.
- The hinged LCD screen allows you to take photos with the camera held high or low.
- Remote-control and instant-sharing capabilities work seamlessly with Android and Microsoft gadgets.
- It works well in bright settings.
- The flash doesn’t pop-up automatically, and you need to turn on flash fill.
- You need to remember to remove the lens cover before turning on the camera. Otherwise, you’ll get a message that tells you to it turn off, remove the lens cover and turn the camera on again.
- Focusing can take some time. Thus, it may not be a good option if you intend to capture sports action mostly with it.
- An electronic eye-level viewfinder is missing.
- Remote-control and instant-sharing capabilities are not compatible with Apple products. You need to remove the SD card to transfer photos successfully.
- For only a few days, battery drains or runs low when left inside the camera even if the camera’s turned off.
Design: There is much to like about the design of the Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera. First off, it comes with a 40x optimal zoom and an 80x dynamic zoom. Thus, you can get a good view of objects from a great distance. In fact, you can capture a picture of the moon with a few of its craters visible.
Next is the hinged LCD screen which allows you to see the composition from difficult angles. So you don’t have to be on all fours just to take a shot from below. And you can raise your camera way over your head for shots that require you to do so.
Lastly, a great thing about it is its remote-control and instant-sharing capabilities, which works well with Android phones and Microsoft computers. Unfortunately, using it with Apple products can be frustrating if not impossible.
There are some misses though for this camera in terms of design. One is the position of the record button, which is placed where your thumb would normally rest when taking pictures. An accidental hit on the button will have you recording the subject instead of taking a photo of it.
Another tricky thing with this camera is how you are supposed to remove the lens before you turn it on. Miss doing so and you’ll have to restart the camera. This can be frustrating especially when you haven’t formed the habit of doing so. And, frankly, it’s an unnecessary step when you just want to view the pictures you’ve taken.
An important thing to note with the Nikon COOLPIX B500 is that it is a point-and-shoot camera. Thus, do not expect it to have manual functions to adjust shutter speed and aperture; it does allow manual ISO adjustment though. While it has the looks of a DSLR, the Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a point-and-shoot camera with a powerful zoom. Ironically though the flash is manual and you need to turn on the flash fill to use it.
Performance: Enthusiasts and hobbyists are likely to be fond of The Nikon COOLPIX B500 digital camera. It performs quite well in bright settings, offers a great selection of scene modes, covers a great distance to capture a subject, and shoots at a decent 16MP. And while the auto-focus feature of the camera is effective, waiting on it can be a pain especially in low-light settings. Nevertheless, it gets the job done.
Price: The Nikon COOLPIX B500 digital camerais reasonably priced, considering you get 40x optimal zoom and 80x dynamic zoom and that it offers multiple-connectivity options.
Comparing it to the Canon PowerShot SX420 digital camera, The Nikon COOLPIX B500 wins by a few points. While the former point-and-shoot camera features a 42x optical zoom, a 20 MP resolution, and remote-control and instant-sharing capabilities, it does not have Nikon B500’s movable screen and 80x digital zoom.
Depending on your type of subjects, the Nikon COOLPIX B500 digital camera can be the one for you. It is especially great for taking macro shots and stationary items. It also covers a considerable distance before the pictures look blurry. But if you’re looking for something that’s trusty for fleeting moments like sports action, you need to look around some more. Still, for a point-and-shoot, it’s a good mid-range camera for hobbyists.