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Nikon Coolpix B500 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix B500– We review the Nikon Coolpix B500, the 40x ultra zoom camera powered by AA batteries, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. nikon coolpix b500 price

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is an ultra zoom bridge camera, with a 40x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, a tilting 3inch screen, and built in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. The Nikon Coolpix B500 is available in a number of different colours, and takes AA batteries

The Nikon Coolpix B500 features a 40x optical zoom lens, zooming from a wide-angle 22.5mm to 900mm in 35mm equivalent terms, with built in Vibration Reduction (VR) optical image stabilisation to keep shots sharp when shooting in low light or when using the optical zoom. There’s a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, and the camera has a number of modes that can be selected from the mode dial, including automatic modes, scene modes, and creative effect modes. The camera doesn’t feature manual controls, but does let you change a number of settings including ISO and white balance.

The Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a very attractive proposition for novice photographers moving up from a phone or small compact and looking for a long zoom range in an SLR style body without the expense and complexity of a camera with interchangeable lenses. But if you can afford to spend more, compare closely with the higher-end B700 which gives you a longer zoom, higher resolution sensor, RAW mode, a more versatile screen, electronic viewfinder, more exposure modes, and 4K movies.

On the side of the camera is another zoom control with a side zoom button to quickly pan out so you can re-find your subject if you’ve lost it. The camera updates last years Nikon Coolpix L840, which has a 38x optical zoom lens, and also uses AA batteries.

The Coolpix B500 (insert joke about taking the B road here), features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for connection to a compatible smartphone or tablet. The camera also has built-in Bluetooth for use with Nikon’s Snapbridge software. This is designed for easy and low-power image transfers, as Bluetooth uses much less power than Wi-Fi. Using the app you can transfer images as well as remotely control the camera.

FullHD video recording is included, and the camera lets you use optical zoom while recording, and audio is recorded with the built-in stereo microphones.

Nikon B500

Main Features

  • 16MP – 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 80 – 3200
  • 23�900 mm F3.0-6.5 Zoom Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • 7.4 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 541g. 114 x 78 x 95 mm

Introduction

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is a bridge camera with a 16 megapixel sensor, which is paired with a 40x optical zoom. You can also activate a digital zoom up to 80x. It offers a range of shooting modes, but there’s no manual control, and it can’t shoot in raw format. As such, the intended target audience is beginners and possibly enthusiasts looking for a simple backup or travel camera. Like many of Nikon’s most recent cameras, it features SnapBridge technology, which allows you to maintain a constant Bluetooth link with your smartphone to send images across as you take them, ready to share on social networking sites and the like. Other interesting features include a 3.0-inch tilting screen, which features a 921k-dot resolution, inbuilt Wi-Fi and Full HD video recording. The Nikon Coolpix B500 retails for $299 / £219.

Ease of Use

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is a mid-sized bridge camera, being not the smallest in size on the market, but also far from the largest.

It has a chunky hand grip that protrudes quite far from the body and makes it feel pretty secure in the hand. It is also textured which helps to add to an air of quality about the camera. The rest of the camera is not textured.

Being reasonably lightweight, it’s possible to hold the camera one-handed to get your shot, but you may find that using your other hand to hold the camera steady feels more natural and comfortable.

On the top of the Nikon Coolpix B500 you’ll find a dial for switching between the various shooting modes that the camera offers. There’s no manual modes available here, but there’s quite a few options placed on the dial for you to choose from. This includes fully automatic, scene, creative, movie mode and more.

Nikon Coolpix B500
Front of the Nikon Coolpix B500

Also on the top of the Nikon Coolpix B500 is a zoom rocker which is found around the shutter release. You can push this to move from wide angle to telephoto, but there’s also another way to alter the zoom length if you prefer. On the side of the lens there’s another switch which you can push up and down to zoom in and out.

Next to this zoom switch is a button which is very useful for helping to frame shots when using longer focal lengths. If you press it, and keep it held down, the zoom will lens out, allowing you to find any subject that may have moved out of shot. When you’ve found the subject again, release the button and the zoom will move back in to the same focal length as you were previously using.

A inbuilt flash is found on the top of the Nikon Coolpix B500 also. There’s a button to press to raise it, which you’ll need to do since it won’t pop up automatically. When you’re done using it, you simply push the flash back into place.

Moving to the back of the camera, all of the buttons here are placed on the right hand side of the camera meaning you have easy access with your right thumb – especially useful if you have decided to shoot one-handed.

Nikon Coolpix B500
Rear of the Nikon Coolpix B500

The layout here is pretty traditional. There’s a four way navigational pad, with each button having its own particular function – there’s up to control flash mode, down to switch on macro shooting, left to use the timer, and right to adjust exposure compensation. In the centre of the navigation pad is an OK button, which you can use for various menu functions and so on.

Around the navigational pad are four buttons, again each with a specific purpose. There’s a playback button, a display button, a menu button and a delete button. Just above the rear thumb rest is also a direct video record button, which is hidden away just enough to mean you shouldn’t accidentally press it when you don’t want to, but still within easy reach when you need it.

The rear screen tilts up and down, pulling slightly away from the body on its bracket. You can’t face it forward for selfies, or use it in portrait format, but it’s still never-the-less useful for some awkwardly angled shots. The screen is not touch sensitive.

Despite its name, the fully automatic mode actually gives you the most amount of control over camera settings. While you can’t change aperture or shutter speed, it’s possible to change white balance and ISO sensitivity. You can also leave both of these settings in automatic too, if you prefer.

Nikon Coolpix B500
Top of the Nikon Coolpix B500

If you want to, you can change the AF setting to allow you to set your own AF point. Alternatively you can have the Nikon Coolpix B500 decide one for you, track a subject, or always use the central point. Once you have selected “Manual” AF point, in normal shooting mode you can press OK, then use the navigational keys to move around the screen to the point you want to focus on.

Also available in this menu is the ability to change image mode, continuous shooting, and more. You’ll also find some different movie options, such as frame rate and so on. You can change some settings such as date and time from this main menu too, as well as access the connection settings.

The Coolpix B500 uses Nikon’s Snapbridge technology, which means that you can set up a low power Bluetooth connection with your smartphone that is constantly maintained. This means that images are sent across as you take them, ready for you to share online if you choose. The camera also has Wi-Fi, which is quicker for sending larger size photos across to your phone than Bluetooth. If you’re using SnapBridge its best to set the images to be transferred at a smaller size than full resolution for better speed.

A few of the other modes on the mode dial are also quite interesting. If you select Creative Mode, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of different “sets”. Take the picture, and the camera will take one as normal, but also apply four different filters to the shot. You can choose between sets such as “Light”, “Memory”, “Classic”, “Noir” and so on.

Nikon Coolpix B500
The Nikon Coolpix B500 In-hand

Short Movie Show is also quite fun for events and so on. You can use it to create short clips of a couple of seconds, then amalgamate them all into one video – everything is done automatically in-camera.

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is powered by AA batteries. This will be liked by some, but hated by others. On the plus side, should you run out of battery power, you should have no problem finding a replacement set in a shop wherever you are in the world. However, it also means that you’ll always be paying out for new batteries. It may be worth investing in a set of rechargeable batteries to save money in the long run.

In good light, focusing speeds are generally pretty quick, and usually accurate. With macro focusing, it can take a couple of attempts to get it right, so you should be careful when attempting to take close-up shots that the camera has correctly focused. That said, the camera does allow you to get very close indeed, which can be useful.

When the light drops, it takes a little longer for focus to be acquired, but it generally gets there in the end. Normal operational speeds are reasonable for everyday usage, but when you’re using something like Short Movie Show you may get frustrated with how long it takes the Nikon Coolpix B500 to process each clip.

Key Specs
Warranty
  • Parts
    1 year
  • Labor
    1 year
Compatibility
  • Remote Compatible
    Yes
  • Memory Card Compatibility
    Secure Digital, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)
Display
Connectivity
  • Number Of Memory Card Slots
    1
  • Socket Size
    1/4 in.
  • Internal Memory Included
    No
  • Output(s)
    HDMI, USB
  • Integrated GPS
    No
  • Yes
  • No
  • Tripod/Monopod Mountable
    Yes
Included
  • Memory Card Included
    No
  • Batteries Included
    Yes
  • AC Adapter Included
    No
Performance
  • No
  • Shock Resistant
    No
  • Cold Resistant
    No
  • Camera Full Frame Sensor
    No
  • Records Audio
    Yes
  • Self Timer
    Yes
  • Maximum Operating Temperature
    104 degrees fahrenheit
  • Minimum Operating Temperature
    32 degrees fahrenheit
  • All modes: from 1/1500 sec. to 1 sec.; for maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting: 1/4000 sec.; for Star trails in Multiple Exposure Lighten Scene Mode: 25 sec.
Power
  • AC Adapter Compatible
    Yes
Feature
  • Digital Camera Type
    Point and Shoot Cameras
  • Integrated Flash
    Yes
  • Flash Modes
    Auto
  • No
Imaging
AV
  • HD Movie Mode Focus
    Auto
Exposure Control
  • Auto, cloudy, daylight, flash, fluorescent, incandescent, preset
  • Shooting Modes
    Backlighting, bird watching, beach, close up, dusk/dawn, easy panorama, fireworks show, food, landscape, moon, night landscape, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, portrait, scene auto selector, short movie show, snow, sports, sunset
  • Panorama Mode
    Yes
  • Yes
  • Maximum Flash Range – Wide
    22 feet
  • Minimum Flash Range – Telephoto
    11 feet
  • Minimum Flash Range – Wide
    1.64 feet
Dimension
  • Height
    3.1 inches
  • Width
    4.5 inches
  • Depth
    3.8 inches
  • Weight
    1.19 pounds
Other
  • Product Name
    COOLPIX B500 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera
  • Brand
    Nikon
  • Color
    Black
  • Color Category
    Black
  • Model Number
    26506
  • UPC
    018208265060

Image Quality

As with many  bridge cameras of this type and design, the Nikon Coolpix B500 performs at its best in bright, clear light. If you’re looking for a holiday camera that you will mainly use in these conditions, you should be pleased with the output that it is capable of.

In good conditions, images are well detailed, with vibrant colours and nice saturation. There’s not too much image smoothing to be noticed at normal viewing and printing sizes, and for something which is aimed at beginners, it’s very pleasing.

There’s also quite a bit of fun to be had with the Creative Mode, which is worth experimenting with if you’re a fan of digital filters and the like.

Having a 40x optical zoom is useful when you’re trying to get closer to the subject, and here it performs reasonably well. Images taken at the far end of the telephoto optic aren’t quite as good as those taken at the wide angle end, but they’re still more than usable. The digital zoom is best avoided if it at all possible, as you’ll see a degradation in image quality.

It’s worth switching on image stabilisation when you are photographing at longer telephoto lengths as this will help to ensure your shots are as blur free as possible.

Generally speaking, exposures are well balanced, with all-purpose metering doing a good job to get it right in the majority of occasions.

Images taken up to ISO 1600 look good at normal printing sizes, but you may want to avoid ISO 3200 and ISO 1600 if at all possible, as using these speeds reveals noise and a painterly look thanks to image smoothing.

Noise

The Nikon Coolpix B500 has seven sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 125 to ISO 6400 at full resolution.

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Nikon Coolpix B500’s 40x zoom lens achieves a maximum wide-angle focal length equivalent to 22.5mm, and is capable of a telephoto reach of 900mm (in 35mm-camera terms).

22.5mm

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900mm

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops – the right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images from the Nikon Coolpix B500 are slightly soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can alternatively change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

ISO 64ISO 64
ISO 64ISO 64

Chromatic Aberrations

Given the range of the zoom lens, the Nikon Coolpix B500 shows some obvious purple fringing in areas of high contrast, as shown in the examples below.

ISO 64ISO 64
ISO 64ISO 64

Macro

The Nikon Coolpix B500’s lens will focus as close as 1cm from a subject, however depth of field becomes very shallow at this extremely close distance.

Macro

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Flash

The pop-up flash on the Nikon Coolpix B500 has four settings: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash & Slow sync. Shooting a white surface from a distance of 1.5m, the flash provides even coverage with the lens zoomed in, though some vignetting is visible in the wide-angle shot.

Flash Off – Wide Angle (22.5mm)

Flash On – Wide Angle (22.5mm)

ISO 64ISO 64

Flash Off – Telephoto (900mm)

Flash On – Telephoto (900mm)

ISO 64ISO 64

Whether the flash is set to standard Auto mode – or Auto with red-eye reduction – the camera successfully avoids any trace of red-eye.

Fill Flash On

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Flash Auto with red-eye reduction

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Panoramas

The Nikon Coolpix B500’s Easy Panorama mode combines multiple shots into a seamless 180- or 360-degree panorama.

180-degree

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360-degree

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Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon Coolpix B500.

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Travel-zoom cameras are still popular in 2016 – the new Canon PowerShot SX720 HS offers a massive 40x zoom lens in a relatively slim and compact body. The Canon SX720 also offers a 20 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, PASM shooting modes, built-in wi-fi/NFC and Full HD 60p movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX720 HS review now…

Fujifilm Finepix S9900W

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W is a bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S9900W also offers built-in wi-fi, full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, 10ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9900W review now…

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

The brand new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 super-zoom camera (also known as the DMC-FZ70) features a massive 60x zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm, the biggest of any camera on the market. Other highlights of the FZ72 / FZ70 include a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080i HD movies, 9fps burst shooting, P/A/S/M modes, RAW support, a flash hotshoe and a 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review now…

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 is a new superzoom compact camera with a incredible 63x zoom lens. The Sony H400 also features a 20 megapixel CCD sensor, 720p HD video with stereo sound, 3-inch screen, electronic viewfinder and a range of manual shooting modes. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 review to find out if it’s the right super-zoom camera for you…

 

Nikon Coolpix B500 Black (4)

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 40x optical zoom lens, 22.5mm-900mm equivalent, f/3-6.5
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch tilting screen, 921K dots
  • FullHD video recording, stereo sound
  • ISO125-ISO6400
  • 1cm Macro
  • Panoramic shooting
  • 9fps continuous shooting for 7 shots
  • Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available in black, plum, and red

Nikon Coolpix B500 Handling

Nikon Coolpix B500 Black (6)

The Nikon Coolpix B500 has a large hand-grip with a good rubber grip that has a very grippy textured pattern on it. When using this in combination with the thumb grip on the back of the camera it’s very easy to get a good hold of the camera, helping you keep it steady. There is no electronic viewfinder, so you will need to use the rear screen to compose and frame your shots, but thankfully the screen tilts which helps when using the camera outdoors.

There are a number of controls on the camera, including a mode dial, giving quick access to common settings, including exposure compensation, macro shooting, and video recording. The buttons are clearly labelled, and with on-screen text explaining the shooting modes, the camera is easy to use. The menus are clearly laid out and text is clear is easy to read. The screen looks good, and because you can tilt the screen you can set the screen so that is is easy to see even when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight.

Nikon Coolpix B500 Black (9)

Wi-Fi features / Snapbridge: With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth you can transfer images to your smartphone, and if yours features NFC, then setting up the connection is even easier. You can also used the app to shoot remotely, and you can adjust the optical zoom. There’s an option to add GPS data from your smartphone to photos, as well as setting the camera’s time.

Snapbridge ConnectSnapbridge Remote ShootingSnapbridge Camera Settings
ConnectRemote ShootingCamera Settings

Battery life – You can shoot approx. 600 shots when using alkaline batteries, approx. 1240 shots when using lithium batteries, or approx. 750 shots when using Rechargeable EN-MH2 batteries. This is quite impressive and should mean you can get a good amount of shots before needing to worry about the batteries.

Nikon Coolpix B500 Black (8)

Speed – The camera is reasonably quick at switching on and shooting, with focus speeds okay when shooting towards the wide-angle end of the lens, or when not using much zoom. When using full optical zoom, the camera can take longer to focus. Continuous shooting is impressive, as the camera can shoot at 9fps for 7 shots.

Nikon B500 has an Overall Score of 44/100 and ranked #92 out of 107 in DSLR-Like cameras (Top 10 Compact), and ranked #649 out of 1126 in all Cameras (Top 10 Overall).

Nikon B500 Type Scores

Imaging

23

Features

52

Value for Money

59

Portability 80
Overall Score

44

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Nikon B500 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let’s get in to more details of Nikon B500’s specs and feature, and list out its pro’s and con’s compared to average cameras in its class.

PROs
Built-in Wireless (Wi-fi)
Bluetooth Connectivity
Image Stabilization
Articulating Screen
1920 x 1080 Max Video Resolution
Face Detection Focusing
921k dots LCD Resolution
1/4000s High Shutter Speed
7.4fps Fast Continuous Shooting
Long Battery Life (600 shots)
Manual Exposure
23mm Wide Angle Lens
900mm Good Tele Lens
40X Optical Zoom
Remote control with a smartphone

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CONs
No External Flash Shoe
No Touch Screen
No Built-in Viewfinder
No RAW Shooting
Max Sensitivity only ISO 3.200
Heavy Body: 541
No Manual Focusing
No Environmental Sealing
Slow Lens at Wide: f3.00
Slow Lens at Tele: f6.50
Nikon B500 Sensor and Photography Features

Nikon B500 has a 16.0MP 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor . You can shoot at maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of and 4:3. B500 has a native ISO range of 80 – 3200 but unfortunately, Nikon B500 doesn’t have RAW file support. If you need a DSLR-Like camera with a RAW support, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 or Kodak EasyShare Z990 (EasyShare Max) in the same price range.

Nikon B500 is not the highest resolution Small Sensor camera. Kodak Astro Zoom AZ651 with its 21.0MP sensor is leading in this class. Check the comparison of Nikon B500 vs Kodak Astro Zoom AZ651 or take a look at Highest resolution Compact cameras list.

Let’s look at how the size of the Nikon B500’s 1/2.3″ sensor compares with other standard sensor sizes.

Nikon B500 Sensor Size Comparison
Nikon B500 Physical Specs

Nikon B500 weighs 541 g (1.19 lb / 19.08 oz) and has external dimensions of 114 x 78 x 95 mm (4.49 x 3.07 x 3.74″). Considering that the average weight of DSLR-Like type cameras is 576g, its weight is about average in its class. With a thickness of 95mm, it also has an average thickness.

Weight Comparison

DSLR-Like Cameras

Nikon B500

541 g

Min

325 g

Average

576 g

Max 1095 g

Thickness Comparison

DSLR-Like Cameras

Nikon B500

95 mm

Min

57 mm

Average

102 mm

Max 149 mm

Here is the front and top view image of Nikon B500 with the dimensions:

Nikon B500 Body Size Dimensions

In order to give you a better idea about the real life size of Nikon B500, we have added an image of how it looks next to a credit card and an AA type battery.

Nikon B500 Real Life Body Size Comparison
Nikon B500 Other Features
LCD and Viewfinder
Nikon B500 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.

Nikon B500 back view and LCD

B500 doesn’t have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a DSLR-Like camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 (Compare) or Olympus Stylus SP-100 (Compare).
If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.

Max Shutter speed
Nikon B500 can shoot continuously at max speed of 7.4 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.

Flash
Unfortunately B500 doesn’t have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.

Focusing
Nikon B500 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.

Nikon B500 also features Face detection AF where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically. Video Features
With Nikon B500, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60i,50i,30p,25p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Nikon B500 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.

B500 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Nikon B500 doesn’t have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR-Like camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus Stylus SP-100 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 in a similar price range.

Connectivity and Storage
Nikon B500 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( Has ‘always on’ Bluetooth to maintain connection) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.Nikon B500’s Bluetooth connectivity feature comes handy for connecting other devices that supports it. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our B500. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.

You can connect B500 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.

Battery Nikon B500 is powered by 4 x AA battery which provides a shooting life of 600 according to CIPA standards. Considering that the average battery life of DSLR-Like type cameras is 358 shots, Nikon B500 has a good battery life for its class.

Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras

Nikon B500 600 shots
Min

120 shots

Average

358 shots

Max 600 shots
What type of Photography is Nikon B500 Good for?
In this section, we review and score Nikon B500 in 5 different photography areas. This first spider web graph shows how the B500 compares with the average DSLR-Like camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
Photography Type ScoresNikon B500DSLR-Like AveragePortraitStreetSportsDailyLandscapes5050100StreetNikon B500: 54DSLR-Like Average: 70CameraDecision.com

Nikon B500 for Portrait Photography

Nikon B500 has a score of 31 for Portrait Photography which makes it a POOR candidate for this type of photography. If Portrait We strongly recommend you to check our Top Compact Cameras for Portrait Photography list and consider these alternatives over theB500.
Image Stabilization
Manual Exposure Mode
Average Resolution Sensor: 16.0MP
Average Ergonomics&Handling
Small 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
No RAW shooting capability
No External Flash Shoe
No Built-in Viewfinder
No Manual Focus Mode

Read the details of how we scored Nikon B500 for Portrait Photography

Nikon B500 for Street Photography

Nikon B500 has a score of 54 for Street Photography which makes it an AVERAGE candidate for this type of photography. If Street is important for you, we recommend you to check our Top Compact Cameras for Street Photography list.
Live-view
Face-Detection Focusing
Tilting LCD Screen
Image Stabilization
23 mm – Good Wide Angle Coverage
Medium sized Body
No Built-in Viewfinder
No Manual Focus Mode
No RAW shooting capability
Small 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Read the details of how we scored Nikon B500 for Street Photography

Nikon B500 for Sports Photography

Nikon B500 has a score of 44 for Sports Photography which makes it an AVERAGE candidate for this type of photography. If Sports is important for you, we recommend you to check our Top Compact Cameras for Sports Photography list.
Fast Continuous Shooting: 7.4fps
Fast Max shutter speed: 1/4000s
Good Battery Life: 600 shots
Wireless Connection
Manual Exposure Mode
Image Stabilization
900 mm Tele Lens
Average Ergonomics&Handling
Environmental Sealings
Focus Points
No Manual Focus Mode
No Built-in Viewfinder
No External Flash Shoe
Slow Lens at Tele: f6.50
No RAW shooting capability

Read the details of how we scored Nikon B500 for Sports Photography

Nikon B500 for Daily Photography

Nikon B500 has a score of 53 for Daily Photography which makes it an AVERAGE candidate for this type of photography. If Daily is important for you, we recommend you to check our Top Compact Cameras for Daily Photography list.
40X Optical Zoom
Medium size Body
541g
Body Thickness 95mm
Small 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
No RAW shooting capability

Read the details of how we scored Nikon B500 for Daily Photography

Nikon B500 for Landscape Photography

Nikon B500 has a score of 27 for Landscape Photography which makes it a POOR candidate for this type of photography. If Landscape We strongly recommend you to check our Top Compact Cameras for Landscape Photography list and consider these alternatives over theB500.
Manual Exposure Mode
23 mm – Good Wide Angle Coverage
Average Resolution Sensor: 16.0MP
No Manual Focus Mode
No RAW shooting capability
Small 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
No Environmental Sealings

Read the details of how we scored Nikon B500 for Landscape Photography

Nikon B500 Alternatives
In this section, we analyse how Nikon B500 compares with other DSLR-Like cameras within a similar price range. In the Bubble chart below, you can see Overall Score vs Price comparison of B500 and the top 10 contenders in the same range. Hover your mouse on the bubbles to see the details of the cameras.

Price ($)Overall ScoreOverall Score vs PriceDSLR-Like CamerasTop 10 ContendersNikon B5002503003504004505001000255075CameraDecision.com

Popular Comparisons of Nikon B500

Here is the eight most popular comparisons of Nikon B500 amongst Camera Decision readers.

Nikon B500 Alternatives in Mirrorless Cameras

It would also be interesting to compare Nikon B500 with Mirrorless Cameras. Below we have listed 4 highest ranked Mirrorless cameras in Nikon B500’s price range.

Frequently Asked Questions about Nikon B500
Nikon Coolpix B500 Detailed Specifications
General
BrandNikon
ModelNikon Coolpix B500
Announced2016-02-23
Body TypeSLR-like (bridge)
Price
Lens
Manual Focus
Lens Mountfixed lens
Lens Focal Range23�900 mm (40�)
Max ApertureF3.0-6.5
Macro Focus Range1cm
Screen
Screen TypeTilting
Screen Size3″
Screen Resolution921k dots
Live View
Touch Screen
Viewfinder
ViewfinderNone
Viewfinder Resolutionno electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coveragen/a
Viewfinder Magnificationn/a
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed1s
Max Shutter Speed1/4000s
Continuous Shooting7.4 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range6.90 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash Modesn/a
External Flash
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Overall Scorenot tested
DxO Color Depthnot tested
DxO Dynamic Rangenot tested
DxO Low Light ISOnot tested

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Conclusion

For anybody who is looking for a camera to take on holiday with them, which is mainly concerned about zoom ratio, the Nikon Coolpix B500 represents a good choice.

Many people also like the look and feel of a bridge camera, and this one feels nice and comfortable to hold. The screen tilting helps with some awkward angles, and although it would be nice to have a viewfinder, it’s not a deal breaker when you can tilt the screen away from harsh sunlight.

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is for anybody who wants something quite basic, as there’s no advanced modes. You can take a little bit of control in fully automatic modes, but you won’t be able to alter aperture, shutter speed, or shoot in raw format.

The camera has some fun modes, such as Creative mode and Short Movie show that again should be appreciated by holidaying photographers, or perhaps if you’re attending a party and so on.

This camera represents good value for money, being reasonably versatile, especially if you’re looking for a high zoom ratio. It’s best used in bright, good light, so if you think you’re likely to be taking a lot of low light shots, this probably isn’t the camera for you – that probably won’t be too much of a problem for the average holidaying photographer.

Having AA batteries can be both a blessing and a curse, but again it makes sense for a holiday camera as you can usually find replacements easily and you won’t have to worry about remembering to charge the camera.

 

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