The Nikon Coolpix B500 can be an ultra zoom bridge camera, with a 40x optical contact lens, 16 megapixel sensor, a tilting 3inch screen, and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. The Nikon Coolpix B500 comes in a variety of colours, and takes AA batteries.
Nikon Coolpix B500 Features
The Nikon Coolpix B500 includes a 40x optical contact 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 with all the optical zoom. There’s a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, and the camera includes a number of modes which can be selected from the mode dial, including programmed modes, scene modes, and imaginative effect modes. The camera doesn’t feature manual controls, but does enable you to change several settings including ISO and white balance.
Privately of the camera is another zoom control with a side zoom button to quickly pan out in order to re-find your subject if you have lost it. The camera updates last years Nikon Coolpix L840, that includes a 38x optical contact lens, and in addition uses AA batteries.
The Coolpix B500 (insert joke about taking the B road here), features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for link with a compatible smartphone or tablet. The camera also offers built-in Bluetooth for use with Nikon’s Snapbridge software. That is made for easy and low-power image transfers, as Bluetooth uses significantly less power than Wi-Fi. Using the iphone app you can transfer images together with remotely control the camera.
FullHD video recording is roofed, and the camera enables you to use optical zoom while recording, and audio tracks is recorded with the built-in stereo microphones.
16 megapixel CMOS sensor
40x optical contact 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
9fps continuous shooting for 7 shots
Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth connectivity
Obtainable in black, plum, and red
Nikon Coolpix B500 Handling
The Nikon Coolpix B500 has a sizable hand-grip with an excellent rubber grip which has a very grippy textured pattern onto it. When working with this in combo with the thumb grip on the trunk of the camera it is rather simple to get yourself a good your hands on the camera, assisting you keep it steady. There is absolutely no electronic viewfinder, and that means you will need to utilize the rear screen to compose and frame your shots, but thankfully the screen tilts which helps with all the camera outdoors.
There are many of controls on the camera, including a mode dial, giving fast access to common settings, including exposure compensation, macro shooting, and video recording. The buttons are evidently labelled, and with on-screen text explaining the shooting modes, the camera is simple to use. The menus are evidently organized and text is clear is simple to read. The screen looks good, and because you can tilt the screen you can set the screen in order that is is simple to see even though shooting outdoors in bright sunlight.
Wi-Fi features / Snapbridge: With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth you can transfer images to your smartphone, and if yours features NFC, then establishing the bond is even easier. You can even used the iphone app to shoot remotely, and you will adapt the optical zoom. There’s a choice to include GPS data from your own smartphone to photos, and setting the camera’s time.
Battery life – You can shoot approx. 600 shots when working with alkaline batteries, approx. 1240 shots when working with lithium batteries, or approx. 750 shots when working with Rechargeable EN-MH2 batteries. This is pretty impressive and really should mean you may get adequate shots before having to worry about the batteries.
Speed – The camera is fairly quick at switching on and shooting, with focus speeds okay when shooting towards the wide-angle end of the lens, or you should definitely using much zoom. When working with full optical zoom, the camera may take longer to target. Continuous shooting is impressive, as the camera can shoot at 9fps for 7 shots.