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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1774 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great mega-zoom point and shoot camera

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    Pablo
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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

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    Hitsuyoo
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Functional Camera With Loads of Features

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    Josh
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    I'm consider myself an amateur photographer, but I like to think I get off some decent shots every so often. After my old camera died after falling from my backpack, I was in the market for a new one like it but with a few extra features. I tried a Sony camera, but there was no way to control the macros. I exchanged it for this one and it was like night and day. This camera is really good and takes sharp pictures. There are also many different shooting modes that can yield some very artistic results, especially the Moon Mode which yielded some beautiful shots of... Well... The MOON. The zoom on this camera is like nothing I've ever seen. I've taken shots from miles away and zoomed in so close you would think I was about 20 feet away. Also, because this camera uses AA batteries, if I drain a set, I just replace them easily. While this camera does have a lot of features, some of them are pretty complex and difficult to understand. I recommend reading the manual online in order to get a full understanding as the included manual is only useful for getting started.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for beginners!

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    havanajoe8
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    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

    As Much Camera as I Think I Need

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    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.

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellant

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    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

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    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!

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    havanajoe8
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    High Quality Point & Shoot Camera

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    NikkiNLee
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    Great camera for beginners or veteran photographers who are tired of lugging pounds of equipment around but want decent quality images and bluetooth/wifi technology. I bought this amazing little camera for macro and product photography. It replaces my Nikon DSLR. Decided that I needed to reduce the amount of time shooting, transferring images, editing etc. to sell online. Wanted to maintain image quality but make use of improved technology. Love this little camera!!! Great quality!! Excellent macro capabilities. The flip screen is fabulous for shooting small pieces of jewelry without having to 'hover' over the top of them in a light tent. Ugh!!! SnapBridge was a bit of a challenge but got its quirks figured out and it works great!!!!! Gotta pair on app and camera as simultaneously as possible or just won't successfully pair. Using Iphone 6. Struggling a bit with no control over f stop and shutter speed. Camera seems to opt for fast shutter speeds and large lens openings no matter what you set it at. Smaller lens openings and slower shutter speeds better for what I shoot. Also some auto focus issues using zoom even when within specified range. Good photos are really about light, composition, creativity and understanding the strengths vs limitations of your equipment. So.....I will get the 'issues' worked out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great camera, still no app

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    Jennnnnnnnnnnnn16

    I bought this camera because I loved my daughter's which is the previous model. I held out and spent an extra $100 for the new Bluetooth connectivity to my iPhone since she had battery issues with the wifi on previous model. I loved the phone/ remote feature and bought it before our cross country family national parks trip and my sisters wedding in June. Great camera but unfortunately (despite what the box said) there was no IOS (iPhone) app...I was hopeful that I would still be able to have those features bc it said it would be available in "summer 2016"....now it says August, but August is half way done and our trip is done. The sales associate should have told me this at time of purchase. I would have likely bought the older and cheaper model so I could have used the remote and upload features on our trip and at the wedding. Camera is of good quality and pictures are good but because of false advertising and prolonged wait for the app I cannot leave a five star review

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like it so far.

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    mamaJ
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    I really haven't had much time to use this camera yet, but I like it so far. I had an older Nikon Coolpix and a lot of the knobs and settings are the same, so that makes me feel more comfortable. But I still have to keep going to the camera's book. The pictures I've taken so far are really clear. I like the new design for the hand hold. I like that it works on batteries so you don't have to charge it first, but I don't like that the SD card is in the area with the batteries, and they have a cover you have to open to get to them. I guess I'll have to load the program that sends your pictures straight to your computer so I can avoid opening that sliding door and have it break on me. I have photoshop and wanted to avoid loading another program, but I will. The sliding door does not seem like something you want to keep opening. If I turn out liking this Coolpix as much as my old one, that will be great. The only reason I got a new camera was because my family complained that my old camera's shutter took too long, and they had to keep standing there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for a beginner

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    yellasmiley
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    This Nikon - COOLPIX B500 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera is my first real camera purchase. This camera is easy to learn to use. I bought it to take action pictures for my boys soccer games. So much better than the camera on my phone. Takes great pictures and fairly well at action shots. If the kid is moving too fast, you might get a slightly fuzzy shot, but you can still tell what is happening. The mode for action shots is exciting because you can take 3-5 consecutive shots at the same time by how long you hold the button down when taking a pic. I do not like the fact that this camera does not have a rechargeable battery pack that can be purchased with it. You are stuck buying rechargeable AA batteries, and a specific kind, which means you have to buy a charging case to recharge the batteries. Overall, very happy with the camera. And I love the Plum color.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice point & shoot camera!!

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    JFPL
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    Purchased over the summer and have been using it ever since. My wife and I wanted another camera for those quick point & shoot moments while on trips or family gatherings. Having a DSLR camera already this was a great choice for us! Simple to use and has enough features that we can use since we are not die-hard photography enthusiasts. Great for casual camera use but good enough for nice pictures that even a mid level camera user like us can appreciate. Price point is great in my opinion and a little better than Canon’s price point for a camera in this range. Sure Canon has more features, and I am a Canon camera user, but to me and my wife Nikon has a good reputation in photography to which is why we had to decide which of the two brands we wanted to get. As is we chose this Nikon point & shoot and have loved it ever since!! Just be sure to understand your camera needs and all. We purchased a bigger memory card so that we never run out of moments we both want to take pictures of!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Point & Shoot Camera

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    Frisbee
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    I bought this just prior to going on a trip that I knew would involve great shots that I would cherish. I had read a few of the other reviews and was worried about the focus issues mentioned when zooming in and while I did have that issue once or twice I didn't find it to be a big problem. I loaded it with a 64 GB SD card so I would have a lot of room for pics; using the default resolution for pictures (I took over 1000!) barely put a dent in the storage...I only used just under 5 GB! The use of AA batteries was another reason I chose this camera - nothing sucks more than a rechargeable battery that dies on you and oftentimes "extra" batteries are expensive. The Duracell Ultras that came with the camera lasted for almost the entire trip, so about 1100 pictures including flash shots and short video snippets. The angled viewfinder was also useful for taking pictures over crowds and shots where it would have been awkward to kneel - I just angled the viewer up or down and was able to take perfectly framed shots. I was asked by someone "Why a purple camera?" and my response got a few head nods: "If the camera was stolen it would be that much easier to identify it!" How many people walk around with purple cameras these days? All in all I'm very happy with this camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for someone who knows cameras

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    SciFiFanatic
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    I am an avid amateur photographer. I have used everything from and old Kodak Brownie camera to a Nikon D3 DSLR. My most recent camera broke, just before going to a wedding for my niece. I made an impulse camera purchase and I really regretted it. I bought the Nikon Coolpix B500 camera expecting to get a serious camera. If you know anything about photography, beyond using auto mode, this is not that camera for you. While it has a lot of different modes, the one thing it will not allow you to do is adjust the shooting parameters. There is no Shutter Priority Mode, no Aperture Priority Mode and definitely no Manual Mode. If one of their presets doesn't work for you, you are forced to pick another one and hope it does. Over 50% of my photos were not worth trying to save in Photoshop. When you spend $250 for a camera, I expect a lot more than what the Nikon B500 offered. In the end, I spent another $150 and bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ80 which will more than do the job.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It is a toy

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    nwinlax
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    I have couple professional DSLR cameras and the latest iPhones. The reason buying this camera is to use this light weight camera when traveling outside the country. My DSLR are very heavy, my iPhone takes good photo but expect this will be my backup camera. After purchased and tested it, don’t like it at all! My iPhone takes much better pictures than this. Hard to get auto focus if not enough light. Can’t adjust apperture, shutter speed and ISO manually. The flash is not automatic, it is manual popping it by hand. Don’t have burst mode. Couple things I want to point out is the weight is light comparing to the DSLR camera, inexpensive, display screen is movable, uses 4x AA batteries (in case out of batteries, you can simply pick up 4 AA batteries from 711), connects to smartphone and uses smartphone GPS and date for the photo metadata. I don’t like buy and return. Although I don’t like it, I will keep it. I should buy a light weight DSLR camera instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Okay for a point and shoot, but it's no DSLR.

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    kid591
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    I purchased this as a supplement to carry with my Nikon DSLR. There are times when I have a zoom lens only with me and wanted the freedom to shoot close up or zoom. While my main camera does most of the work, this lighter weight camera is good to carry along. It can deliver sharp images from a distance, however I found the auto focus to be a bit weak. Even close up auto focusing seems a little weak. The screen size and ability to view at different angles is good, but you must be accustomed to using the screen only when composing a shot. Personally it is much easier for me to look into a viewfinder. Overall not a bad camera, but for the price, I can't recommend it as an only camera.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Point and Shoot Camera

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    neches
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    After tasking my wife with picking a new camera for herself, she was immediately drawn to the plum casing. I like to think that I'm the more rational of the two, so I decided to research the camera a little more. Ultimately, I liked what I saw, so we chose to purchase it. Luckily, for us, the decision to purchase the camera was the correct one. All of the photos that we've taken are absolutely beautiful. They're just as clear, if not clearer, than an existing DSLR that we lost in Hurricane Harvey. The LCD screen is very clear, though the rotation of the screen is so limited that I've yet to find a decent use for it actually rotating it . . . But, it is a neat future. All of the photo modes work as they're intended and the zoom is truly fantastic. My only complaint, as so many others have complained about, is the batteries. I can't quite wrap my head around as to why the camera doesn't have a rechargeable battery, but I knew that prior to purchasing the camera, so I can't complain all too much about it. Ultimately, we are extremely happy with our purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon B500

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    Shellp
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    I first liked this because of the plum color, sad but true. Then I read the reviews and all were mostly good. The one that got me the most was being able to take pictures of the moon. I was like no way. Way. I'm not a photographer by any means, just wanted a good camera for vacation and sports etc. This is above and beyond what I need and I love it. Got a great pic of my son's intense face from across the field, zoomed in on animals in the tops of trees or at the zoo. very impressed. It's made some fun Instagram pics lol

    I would recommend this to a friend