Nikon - COOLPIX B500 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera - Plum

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Share and transfer images easily with this Nikon Coolpix camera, equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC technology. The high-definition tilting LCD screen lets you take pictures in unique angles, review and edit images and navigate around the menu. This 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix camera takes vibrant images and supports recording of Full HD videos.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Nikon COOLPIX B500 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera
    • four LR6/L40 AA alkaline batteries
    • UC-E16 USB cable
    • AN-CP21 strap
    • LC-CP31 lens cap

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1385 out of 1456)

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    Features


    16.0-megapixel low-light CMOS image sensor

    Captures high-resolution images up to 4608 x 3456 pixels.

    40x optical/up to 4x digital/80x total zoom

    Through a NIKKOR ED glass lens for precise zooming and accuracy.

    3" tilting TFT-LCD display

    For clear viewing and easy navigation.

    Video mode

    Records 1080p Full HD movie clips up to 30 fps with stereo sound.

    Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology

    Counteracts camera shake to keep your shots steady and sharp.

    Full range of scene modes

    Provides wide range of shooting mode (includes backlighting, bird watching, close up, panorama, fireworks, food, night landscape, portrait, sport, sunset etc).

    Burst shooting mode

    Captures up to 7.4 fps in continuous shooting mode.

    Auto and preset white balance controls

    Help achieve natural tones under different lighting conditions.

    Built-in TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes

    Helps taking pictures with a lack of light exposure.

    Contrast-detect autofocus system

    Provides the excellent autofocus speed.

    Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth® wireless technology

    Allows for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends and family.

    Remote shooting with the SnapBridge app

    Provides remote shooting functions of the camera through your compatible smartphone or tablet.

    Multicard slot supports SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards

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    Customer rating

    4.5
    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.8

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great mega-zoom point and shoot camera

      Posted
      Pablo
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      I purchased this camera for my wife and she greatly enjoys it. I personally have a Nikon D3300 DSLR but she wanted something a bit more basic where she wouldn't have to worry about swapping out lenses. She also wanted something that was small and light while also offering a high optical zoom. After conducting research and using cameras in the store, we both decided on this camera. I'll go over the positives first. The 16MP sensor produces great shots during the day and takes decent night photos. It's definitely not on par with my DSLR but I wasn't expecting it to as this camera is less than half of what I paid for said DSLR. You'll want to at least have a monopod (I recommend a traveling, gripping tripod) if you want to take better night shots. The lens offers an exceptional amount of optical zoom topping out at 40X. There's also optical image stabilization (Nikon calls their version "lens-shift vibration reduction") and that helps take clear shots up to the full 40X optical zoom. The camera does go up to 80X zoom but that's using both optical and digital zoom. You will get better results by limiting the zoom to 40X and then using photo editing software to crop your pictures. The LCD is easy to view outdoors in bright conditions and rotates so that you can take shots down lower to the ground or while holding your camera up high. It doesn't rotate enough to take "selfies" but that's alright. Videos recorded with this camera are top notch, you can record at full 1080p and 30fps or at 1080i and 60fps. I set her camera up to shoot at 1080i, 60fps and then de-interlace the video in my (very) basic video editing software (iMovie) resulting in a 1080p, 60fps video. 60fps looks smoother than 30fps and you can even slow it down to 30fps without any skips in the framerate resulting in 1/2 slow motion. You'll need either an SD, SDHC, or SDXC card with this camera as it only has enough built-in storage for ~7 pictures but the cards are really inexpensive. We ended up buying a 64GB SDXC card for $20 from Best Buy the day we picked up the camera. Nikon has an app that you can download to your phone which will let you control the camera. It works and the live view (seeing what the camera lens does) on my wife's phone is pretty quick, it's actually a lot better than with my Nikon D3300. You can take pictures, change a few settings, and change the focus region all through the app. It works via Bluetooth or Wi-fi. Just keep in mind that it will drain both the camera's and your phone's/tablet's battery rather quickly. The app also lets you download photos off of the camera's memory card so you can edit them on your portable device. Again, this is a lot better than using the older app and wi-fi adapter with my Nikon D3300 DSLR. There are some negatives to this camera though. The buttons are not weather treated so I don't recommend taking it out when it's raining (even light rain) or when it's snowing. That's not too big of a deal though. Nikon isn't advertising this as an action camera so it shouldn't be used as such. I wish the camera would shoot in RAW but it only does JPEG. Again, not that big of an issue seeing as how point-and-shoot cameras are mainly made for people who aren't going to be conducting advanced tasks. My biggest issue with the camera is that it uses four AA batteries. The battery life is alright, you can take about 600 photos before needing to replace the batteries. But still, in this day and age, and in a camera that's $250+, it should really have a rechargeable battery. Yeah, you can buy rechargeable AA batteries but Nikon should have put one of their batteries in this. The battery life would have at least been the same and their battery would have weighed less than four AA batteries and taken up less space. There is absolutely no reason for any digital camera in 2015 or 2016 to use AA or AAA batteries. That's why I removed one star in my rating. Now my wife has to worry about carrying four additional, rechargeable AA batteries (and their large charger) whenever we travel. Other than that, this is an excellent camera for beginners, for people who just want something that they can turn on and automatically take good shots, and for people who may want to eventually get a DSLR but want an inexpensive camera now which offers many of the settings in DSLR cameras.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Point & Shoot Cam under $300

      Posted
      Hitsuyoo
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I researched quite a few budget cameras before settling on this little beauty. The Nikon Coolpix B500 is just what I was looking for. It's compact and powerful. It has a 16 MP telephoto NIKKOR glass lens with 40X zoom. I literally caught a great image of a dog half a block away with great accuracy. I don't think I need it for that, but wow! It has a flash but the low light shots without the flash can be gorgeous. I bought it mainly for two reasons. 1) I wanted a good digital camera for short videos. I know I could easily use my smartphone, but I like to listen to music while filming and the playback stops if I use my phone. 2) I wanted something that could easily transfer images and videos from the camera to my computer. And this baby has wireless transfer via Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi. This also allows me to send those files to my smartphone.That's perfect on so many levels. It runs on 4 AA batteries ( I use rechargeable batteries.) Also, considering that this shooter is almost 2 years old, at the time of this review. ( release date: February 23, 2016) it still is more than relevant. 1080p full HD video and stupid crisp images. The view screen can be adjusted so you can get that awkward high up or underneath shots. I love this Camera at the price of $249.99 +tax. I highly recommend this camera to anyone needing a great point & shoot at a great price. Like I said, this is a 2 year old shooter and it's just lovely and comfortable to use. You will love this Cam.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As Much Camera as I Think I Need

      Posted
      WIJourney
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      I was looking for a replacement for my functional (but weary) Canon Powershot 560 point and shoot camera. I hadn't looked at cameras in quite a while so after looking at some online articles I went to my local Best Buy store so I could get some hand's on time. The new point and shoot cameras that would be the direct replacement for my Canon have gotten very compact and I was not comfortable holding them. I decided I wanted to try a "superzoom point and shoot" and had to choose between the Canon SX 530 and the Nikon B500. I had actually selected the Canon to take home but found that the particular camera I was given did not come with a battery and the extra battery I purchased was the wrong size. The store did not have any more of the Canon SX 530 so I took home the Nikon as a replacement. The Nikon is around 4 oz heavier and has a little less zoom power (40X vs 50X) than the Canon, but the Nikon uses AA batteries, not a dedicated battery pack. This means that I don't have to carry a dedicated recharger and AA batteries can be had just about anywhere. The B500 seems to have all of the automation I need plus a good quality zoom lens. I've just started tinkering with it but it seems like it was a good choice for me overall.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not top of the line but neither is the price.

      Posted
      Mack2016
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      For the price, you get a lot. Not perfect but a good, all around camera for a beginner or novice. Do not expect the camera to perform like a $1000 + camera and you won't be disappointed. Use for portraits, landscapes, some night work, some sports action, close ups, just general photography. Probably the best camera of this type in this price range. A little bulky to carry around but performs very well when needed. Need to study up & practice to get familiar with the features and learn it's strength & weaknesses before you start to shoot anything serious. One of the best features is that it uses AA batteries so they are easy to change out when batteries are running low. The tilt screen also comes in very handy. Offers a little wider lens angle that is a small difference but makes a noticeable difference in wide angle photos. Up to 600 shots claimed on one set of batteries. Expect about 300 to 400 in real world use. Depends on battery type, weather conditions, flash & zoom usage, No regrets, not for the price and all the features you get plus very good performance. Best Buy has a 13 or 14 day return if you are not satisfied with your purchase. ( Purchase a good SD card with an 80mb/sec. or faster transfer rate.)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for beginners!

      Posted
      havanajoe8
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this camera as a donation for a local fundraiser and I wanted to try it out and make sure it worked before donating it. I chose this camera specifically because I wanted the features to be aimed at beginners, yet still get quality pictures. As a more seasoned photographer I wouldn't use this camera, I prefer an eyepiece, manual settings and RAW. A beginner who is used to using a phone for their pictures will find this camera easy to use and get good results in Auto mode. Zoom is good, not the best on the market but very usable. The fact that it takes AA batteries is a plus to me, you can buy them anywhere and you can buy rechargeable AAs easily as well, and you never have to worry about a camera-specific battery being lost or eventually failing. Picture quality is good overall, but really requires good light. This is ok for beginners, it will likely be used outdoors or with the built-in flash which is fairly powerful. There is not a lot of room to grow with this camera, no port for external flash, no attachments for the lens such as filters, etc. Again, a beginner wouldn't need these features, but for the beginner who wants to move forward and reach the next level the camera is limited. It looks good, takes good pictures, and is easy to use. I'd recommend this camera as a good "walkaround" camera for travel and snapshots!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellant

      Posted
      Rick
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      This is a wonderful camera. I am an experienced photographer (old school even with film developing and printing) and I have found this to be fantastic. The optics are great, it is perfectly balanced, easy grip, fingers fall right onto the controls. It uses AA batteries, so if you run out of power they are found everywhere. The only fault I have is one that is apparent in all digital point/shoot cameras now, there is no viewfinder. Bridge cameras for high end users used to have a viewfinder as there are lightening situation where the screen is not visible, but I think bridge cameras cut into DSLR sales and viewfinders and high end bridge cameras were eliminated. The 40X optical zoom is terrific and to be able to go from that to almost zero for macro is wonderful. A great camera.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Iphone Connection issues

      Posted
      swede

      I had a great experience with the sales rep when purchasing the camera at the time of purchase he seem knowledgeable with the products. I was able to get it home and tested the camera quality which was very good quality during the day and night time. I would give the picture quality a high rating. The problem and where I would rank it low at is it not being compatible with Iphones. The directions do not mention this important information in them as a matter of fact you can download the Snap Bridge Nikon Utility App on your iphone but if you want it to connect forget about it. I took it to the Geek squad rep and they were not able to figure it out. Finally I called Nikon only to be told that it is not compatible at this time and they are working on it. Of course they blamed Apple and I am sure if I called apple they would blame Nikon. If you want a quality camera and own an android phone or if you are not worried about the Wifi connection I would recommend this camera. If you own an iphone and want wifi than I would stay away from the camera. One last tidbit...Nikon should be noting this information on there product but sadly they are not.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for beginners!

      Posted
      havanajoe8
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this camera as a donation for a local fundraiser and I wanted to try it out and make sure it worked before donating it. I chose this camera specifically because I wanted the features to be aimed at beginners, yet still get quality pictures. As a more seasoned photographer I wouldn't use this camera, I prefer an eyepiece, manual settings and RAW. A beginner who is used to using a phone for their pictures will find this camera easy to use and get good results in Auto mode. Zoom is good, not the best on the market but very usable. The fact that it takes AA batteries is a plus to me, you can buy them anywhere and you can buy rechargeable AAs easily as well, and you never have to worry about a camera-specific battery being lost or eventually failing. Picture quality is good overall, but really requires good light. This is ok for beginners, it will likely be used outdoors or with the built-in flash which is fairly powerful. There is not a lot of room to grow with this camera, no port for external flash, no attachments for the lens such as filters, etc. Again, a beginner wouldn't need these features, but for the beginner who wants to move forward and reach the next level the camera is limited. It looks good, takes good pictures, and is easy to use. I'd recommend this camera as a good "walkaround" camera for travel and snapshots!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about sensor, stabilizer , glare and zoom. Editors are less positive about viewfinder and memory and have mixed opinions about battery. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 86/100 = Very good quality.
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      Nikon Coolpix B500 Review
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