General

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"the Nikon Coolpix P500 remains a good choice for those who want the convenience of a superzoom but also require the creative control provided by a higher-end camera."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Nikon
Lowest price
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$545.98
Announced
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February 2011
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Sensor

"The Nikon Coolpix P500's image quality is good for a compact camera with a small image sensor."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
Type
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CMOS
Sensor size
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1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
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Megapixels
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12.1 MP
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Light sensitivity
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3,200 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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None

Sensor (Advanced)

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True resolution
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9.7 MP
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Native resolution
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4016 × 3008
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Pixel size
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2.3 µm²

Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3"
Resolution
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920k dots
Touch screen
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No
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Flips out
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Yes
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Lens

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Zoom
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36x
Wide angle
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23 mm
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Telephoto
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828 mm
Aperture (wide angle)
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f/3.5
Aperture (telephoto)
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f/5.7
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Macro focus
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1.0 cm

Form factor

"In terms of handling, the P500 suffers from the same main issues as its predecessor. These include a lack of direct access to ISO speed and white balance, a missing second control wheel and the inability to attach an external flashgun."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
Size
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116×84×103 mm
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Depth
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4.1"
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Weight
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481 g
Interchangeable lenses
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No
Waterproof
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No

Viewfinder

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Type
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Digital
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Viewfinder size
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Unknown

Movies

"doubles up as an effective video camera thanks to its excellent video mode."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
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No
High-speed framerate
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240 fps
External mic jack
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No
Autofocus
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Unknown
All formats
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  1. 320 x 240 @ 30fps
  2. 320 x 240 @ 240fps
  3. 480p @ 30fps
  4. 480p @ 120fps
  5. 720p @ 30fps
  6. 1080p @ 30fps

Features

compared to recent digicams
"This feature really does seem to make a difference and could mean capturing a successful, sharp shot or missing the opportunity altogether."
photographyblog.com | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
Panorama
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Yes
HDR
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No
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
Supports RAW
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No
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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Unknown
Shutter lag
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Unknown
Battery life
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220 shots
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Continuous shooting
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10 fps

Focus system

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Autofocus
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Contrast detection
Focus points
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Unknown
Cross type focus points
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Unknown

Shutter

Max
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1/5000s
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Min
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2s
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Flash

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Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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No
External connection
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No

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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  1. SD
  2. SDHC
  3. SDXC