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Nikon Coolpix P500 review

A 36x super-zoom bridge camera with a 12.1 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 160 the Nikon Coolpix P500 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 160
Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 160

Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 160
Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 160

ISO 160, score: 20 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 200
Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 400
Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 400

ISO 400, score: 18 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 800
Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 800

ISO 800, score: 16 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 1600
Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 14 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 3200
Nikon coolpix p500 resolution chart iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 14 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix P
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom36x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)494 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height83.7 mm
Width115.5 mm
Depth102.5 mm
Product SeriesP
Focal Length4 mm to 144 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP500
Product NameCoolpix P500 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control
  • Program Auto (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture-priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA670E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

A superb performer with incredible range, the compact COOLPIX P500 boasts an astounding 36x zoom, a tilting LCD monitor and full HD movie recording. Offering ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage, the impressive 36 x zoom combines with the back illuminated CMOS image sensor to deliver stunning images from anywhere - and in any light.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix P500 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery EN-EL5
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Camera Strap AN-CP21
  • Lens Cap LC-CP23
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year