Nikon Coolpix B500 Review

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This affordable superzoom camera offers a very wide focal range, making it possible to switch from macro shots at 1cm to full 40x zoom quickly and easily. Instead of manual modes, it offers image stabilization and automatic settings to suit the beginner.

This is a simple superzoom camera with relatively few features and manual controls, which makes it very easy to use. The powerful zoom also takes stable and detailed still shots. However, the limited aperture and low maximum ISO means it performs poorly in low light conditions.

Nikon B500 Specs

Imaging
Pixels Effective: 16 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3″
Image File Format JPEG
Image Stabilization Digital, Optical (4-Axis)
Lens
Focal Length 4 to 160mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 22.5 to 900mm)
Optical Zoom 40x
Digital Zoom 4x Maximum (160x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (80x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperture f/3 to 6.5
Focus Range 11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity (Wide)
11.48′ to Infinity / 3.5 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Macro
0.4″ to Infinity / 1.02 cm to Infinity (Wide)
Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 125 to 1600 (Extended: 3200 to 6400)
Shutter Speed Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/4000 to 1 Second
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Auto
Exposure Compensation -2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, White Set
Continuous Shooting Up to 7.4 fps at 16 MP for up to 7 Exposures
Self-Timer 2/5/10-Second Delay
Special Options Beach, Fireworks, Food, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Video
Recording Modes MP4/H.264/MPEG-4
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 12.5p/15p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 12.5i/15i/50i/59.94i
HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
SD (640 x 480) at 25p/29.97p/100p/119.88p
Video Encoding NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File Format AAC
Viewfinder and Monitor
Monitor Size 3″
Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dot
Monitor Type Tilting LCD
Flash
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Modes TTL Auto
Effective Flash Range ISO Auto
1.6 to 22.6′ / 0.5 to 6.9 m (Wide)
11.5′ / 3.5 m (Telephoto)
External Flash Connection None
Interface
Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wireless Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPS None
Environmental
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Physical
Battery 4 x AA (Approx. 600 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7″ / 113.5 x 78.3 x 94.9 mm (Excluding Protrusions)
Weight 19.08 oz / 541 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.895 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.15 x 5.75 x 4.9″
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