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4.3

(based on 178 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (124)
  • Good image quality (120)
  • Easy to use (118)
  • Large clear LCD (108)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (83)

Cons

  • Short battery life (28)
  • Lag / shutter delay (17)
  • No image stabilization (8)
  • Poor flash (5)
  • Poor image quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (102)
  • Travel (102)
  • Family photos (100)
  • Wildlife (65)
  • Low light (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (63), Casual photographer (56), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (7), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (116), Yes (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Typical NikonProduct

I have been using Nikon cameras for over fifty years, since before anything automatic was common, and before digital was thought of. They still make solid products, well built as cameras, not...Read complete review

I have been using Nikon cameras for over fifty years, since before anything automatic was common, and before digital was thought of. They still make solid products, well built as cameras, not just digital gadgets. This camera is made for taking pictures by people who know photography, but still can be used by novices. They can take pictures, but will never use most of its capability. Full manual control, combined with automatic control of shutter or apperture give you the ability to optimize high speed action or blur background or nearby objects. It has the ability to take a lot of almost identical pictures and keep the best one, take a series of various exposures and combine them to give you exposure lattitude to kill for!And it has an unbelievable number of digital goodies that I may never get around to exploring.But; The fantastic ability to take still pictures in low light is not available when you shoot video.It sometimes takes a lot of time to do it's digital magic, blacking out while you miss that good shot that happened immediately after the last one.And its image stabilization is nowhere as good as in my last Nikon, much less most camcorders today.And of course, with that unbelievable zoom range, a tripod is a necessity when you reach out a long way. And it reaches out a looooong way!It is still a Nikon, and well worth the name. It is by far the most camera for the money I have ever used. But I'll be a sucker for a new one in a couple of years.I have no commercial ties to anyone. This is my opinion and mine alone.Robert Ted Wrightrtwright[@]

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cannot use this memory card

This is the error I get whenever the camera turns on after the camera resumes from Auto Off.

By default the camera will turn off after 1 minute to extend the battery...Read complete review

This is the error I get whenever the camera turns on after the camera resumes from Auto Off.

By default the camera will turn off after 1 minute to extend the battery life. Whenever I pressed the shutter release or power button to turn my camera back on the error message "Cannot use this card" was displayed. The only way I found to get around this error was to remove the battery for a few seconds then turn the camera back on. I then had to set the Auto Off timer to 30 minutes. As long as I manually turn the camera off I have no problems. If the Auto Off feature turns the camera off I have to remove the battery.

I am using a SanDisk Extreme 8GB HD movie card that was recommended with the camera. I am a dedicated Nikon user but I cannot recommend this camera until this major issue is addressed.

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3.0

We returned this

By Christine the mom

from Olathe, KS

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Body Color

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

      This probably would have been a great camera. However, the simple fact that there isn't a charger for the battery outside of camera was a huge deteriment. This camera should come with a charger that you don't have to plug the camera into the wall while it is charging. No need to have purchased an extra battery when you can't use the camera while one battery is charging...We immediately returned it for this simple fact.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      ZOOM IS REALLY FAST,.

      By TT

      from GLENVILLE WV

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Pictures Are Like Postcar
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact
      • Superior Quality
      • The zoom is unbelievable

      Cons

      • None
      • there are no cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Fantastic For Any Use
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

      IUSE THIS CAMERA TO TAKE ALL KINDS OF PICTURES.OUTDOORS I DO BEARS AND ALL KINDS OF ANIMALS.I LOVE TO DO POTRAITS.TAKING PICTURES OF MOUNTAINS,WATER FALLS,ETC.THIS CAMERA IS FANTASTIC.I HAVE MANY DIGITAL SLRS,HOWEVER THIS NIKON P500 OUT PERFORMS THEM ALL.I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO AMATURES,BEGINNERS OR PROFESSIONALS.I GIVE THIS CAMERA A ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      3.0

      Good camera

      By oitudobem

      from newark,nj

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

      This is not so difficult to use and it is very good.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great camera for a newbie

      By Music Mike

      from Bowling Green, KY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

        This is a great camera for someone new to photography. It has easy to use auto features to get you started but plenty of freedom to adjust it manually. The optical zom is excellent.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Good Deal on a Great Camera

        By Old Texan

        from Corpus Christi

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good battery life
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Poor Focus At Short Range

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

        Good point-n-shoot camera for the non-pro user. Much better dynamic range (shows details in bright and dim shots) than a cheaper camera I had been using.

        The only thing I do not like is it is very difficult to get good focus on objects less than a foot away or even backing off and zooming in. The cheaper camera did a far better job.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Fantastic camera!

        By Mary T

        from Akron, OH

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

          I needed a camera with a little more oomph to it than my point-and-shoot without getting a full DSLR. This camera is perfect for everything, especially the Macro which is what I mostly needed. The zoom is great.

          There are a lot more functions/settings on this camera than my Coolpix s3000, but I am sure that with more experimenting that this will prove to be even more amazing.

          Perfect and highly recommended.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great all round camera

          By Carl he foremast hand

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

          A few days after receiving the camera, I took it on a three day sailing voyage. I was able to capture some great photographs, thanks to the extreme zoom, including a bald eagle which was perched about a 1/4 mile away.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Lovin it!

          By Lisa chin

          from bear lake michigan

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Limited Zoom
          • Portrait distortion

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

          I will be using the nikon p500 for an upcoming trip to isreal...plus capturing random daily moments. So far I've been really impressed with it. I especially like the close up setting....and I think my least favorite thing is the portrait setting. Distorts too much. But all in all I think it's worth it!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Very nice camera, great zoom, wide-angle

          By VB

          from St. Paul , MN

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Poor Image Stabilization

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

          I liked this product, it has a great wide angle, photo quality is very good (a little on softer side) but it has great features like a dSLR. Low light shooting is also good. Camera is extremely light weight as per its size. Ergonomically easy to handle and use. Great video quality. Best part is - it has manual controls that are very easy to use.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          I really liked!

          By Nanda

          from Brasil

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

            I am pregnant and wanted a camera to be able to take pictures of my daughter and filming moments from birth. I loved this camera! Although I'm not a professional photographer the photos look great and I can shoot in HD. I recommend this product!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great quality and flexibility

            By Babs

            from Morgantown, WV

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                I needed this camera to take to Europe for my daughter's wedding. I ordered it with one-day air and it came right on time. I quickly read the instructions and flew off to her wedding. I used the camera for shooting candids of the wedding and the remainder of my vacation. The pictures are of exceptional quality. I also like the ability to use the range finder when sun light makes it hard to see the monitor. It was intuitive to use and light weight to carry. The zoom is exceptional and the camera performs especially well in low light. I found it easy to switch to movie mode and to playback and delete images. I am throughly pleased with this camera and the quality of the photographs and movies.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Best bang for the buck..B&H

                By RJ Photo

                from Vermont..winter wonderland

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Distance shots are great
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I live here in Vermont, and I can see the top of killington ski area about 15 miles away, using the coolpix 500 I get the best mountain long distance photos of the snow & tower on the top from my back yard.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Aswome!!!

                  By pelucagbh

                  from Malaga, Spain

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color

                  Cons

                  • Poor Flash

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                  very very nice camera
                  great zoom range
                  image stabilizer

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Camera!

                  By Deacon Bob

                  from Mission, Texas

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Also has viewfinder
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great value refurb camera
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Position-adjustable LCD

                  Cons

                  • Image not stable at 36X

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I bought this camera 'cause my wife and I will soon be vacationing in the mountains of the Big Bend in West Texas. But I've started using it already and, wow! It is simple to use and takes great and sharp pictures. Snapshots of family and friends are a snap and we have also taken nature photos. I'm still exploring features and have stuck mostly with the Auto setting, which works great. The one drawback so far has been image shakiness at full 36X zoom; hard to keep the camera steady at that setting. If you're taking a really long telephoto shot, you need a tripod for steadiness, but I think that's true of most cameras. This is a Nikon-refurbished camera and it looks and works like it's brand new.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By Forever young

                  from BRAZIL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                    Great quality and features with affordable price.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Lots and Lots of Camera for the price

                    By Retired

                    from Myrtle Beach, SC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No battery charger

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                    A great "Bridge" camera for those who want more than a point and shoot, but don't want the hassle of lens changing with a DSLR.

                    The 36X optical zoom gives a tremendously large range of shooting options, and crystal clear pictures.

                    The angle ranges on the 3" LCD give you the ability to get the shot from any angle.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great camera

                    By Rafael

                    from salvador, bahia, brazil

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                    the camera is easy to manage

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                    5.0

                    Super Excellent

                    By Arangold2003

                    from Pompano Beach, FL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Its a great camera at such a low price, professional and simple. 2 thumbs up for Nikon and B&H

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Like a Pro!!

                      By Berny

                      from Costa Rica

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Its excellent for people learning the basics of photography and serious amateurs too. In fact I know many profesional photographers who bought one, because its good quality and powerful zoom

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A versatile camera

                      By Toobleu

                      from Tucson, AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Won't accept lens filter

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Coolpix P500 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I bought this camera for my wife who wanted more than just a point-and-shoot, but not a full SLR. She absolutely loves it. It is great for using as a point-and-shoot, with several built in scene modes that allow a novice to automatically adjust for difficult shooting conditions.

                      If you want more than a point-and-shoot, there are a lot of modes in which you can use this camera. Probably way more than you will ever use, but they are fun to play around with. You can spend hours going through the full manual, which only comes in electronic form.

                      The picture resolution is more than adequate for almost all needs. I took a picture of a box of cereal sitting on a table where the box filled less than a quarter of the frame. I was able to blow up the original picture to the point where I could easily read the small print on the side of the box. However, picture quality is not so good in low light conditions.

                      The display screen is very nice with good resolution, though it can get washed out when you are in bright sun. However, it does have a viewfinder you can use if you can't see the screen.

                      The battery life is a little on the short side. The camera also only comes with an in-camera battery charger, and it can take up to 4 hours to charge. You can't use the camera while the battery is charging. I recommend buying a spare battery, and an external battery charger (MH-61) which charges the battery in half the time.

                      The zoom range is quite impressive, and the image stabilization is decent. Of course with extreme zoom you are best using a tripod. Unfortunately, there is no way to attach filters to the lens. So if you like to add a 1A filter to protect the lens, you're out of luck.

                      Overall, I highly recommend this camera. It is easy to use for novices, but allows a ton of adjustments for more experienced users.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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