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Nikon - COOLPIX B500 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1828 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Point and Shoot Camera

    Posted
    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good in some ways

    Posted
    Michelle
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    So, i bought this camera because I loved the color, the pop up flash, and how it came with a necklace attatchment and had wifi. I used it about 3 times. I loved all the different settings and modes also. So, the downside, I went to turn it on one day and it would not open the lense and turn on, as if the lense was jammed. I did not drop it or anything. So i don't know why it would do that. Finally after googling, I held the take picture button and on button and after a while got it on. However it would do this everytime I turned it on. When i went to use the flash a bunch of lines came up on the screen. It was broke out of nowhere. I had to exchange it for a whole different camera. Another downside it takes 4 Aa batteries, which isnt a huge issue but kind of inconvenient. And the screen it has lifts up and down but not enough to see it if you were to take a selfie picture, it doesnt turn all the way around.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Does NOT connect to IOS (Apple)

    Posted
    Terri

    I am very sad to report that I will be returning this camera because it does not have the advertised functionality of being able to connect to my iPhone. I worked with Geek Squad and then Nikon customer service who both told me that contrary to the manual, online propaganda and the information printed on the box, this camera will not connect to an iPhone because "Apple has not created the app like they were supposed to." I really liked everything else about the camera, but the main reason I selected it was for ease of photo transfer, which it doesn't have. I would be nice if both Best Buy and Nikon were upfront about this, would have saved me a lot of time and heartache.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      The Nikon Snapbridge App for iOS is planned for release in August 2016. Nikon

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    good for beginners

    Posted
    BamaGirlFan
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    I am a professional photographer and bought this for my granddaughters 13 birthday as she wants to start getting into photography ( imagine my excitement as I have never really even shared much with her on this matter) so me being a huge fan of both Nikon and Best Buy I chose this as her beginner camera. The only thing I was really disappointed in is she had her national honor roll society ceremony to be at and so I took it with me to shoot with and as I was sitting on bleachers not really far off to shoot the photo when she got her awards and it not only couldn't focus it wouldn't adjust to the room I tried to put it on auto,manual flash everything and it just didn't get the pic. but for outside well lite room its a ok.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great all around camera!

    Posted
    Frankie
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    I love my Nikon Coolpix B500 camera. So easy to use but with many great features. Fits well in my hand with a good grip so it's steady. 40x optical zoom helps me get those shots I always missed. Pop up flash is convenient when you need it. The LCD display pivots and extents from the camera allowing me to get some difficult shots with ease. Camera settings and functions stream across the LCD, so I can adjust what I'm doing with ease, especially at night. The camera helps you to learn how to use it. I use rechargeable AA batteries and always carry backups in my camera bag. The zoom lens can be operated in 2 places which is great. The lens cap can hang on the neck strap so you don't loose it and the camera tells you if you leave it on by mistake. This is the best camera for the money! I keep finding new features to test out, but have had great success in a couple of weeks since I purchased it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Can't even enjoy the camera

    Posted
    TRC14

    Well I read so many good reviews about this camera and I'm so upset because I can't even use it because I have a iPhone which makes no sense. There is no update software for apple devices therefore I can't set the camera up to use it. The first one I bought I thought it was something wrong with it and I called customer service for her to tell me oh it's not working return it. So I waste my time to go back up there to exchange it for another one. For it to do the samething. I call customer service again! Finally he tells me that it's no way I can use to camera with my iPhone and have to set it up using another smart device. This is ridiculous. That is something they should tell you before selling it. Makes no sense so now I have to go back to the store for the 3rd time to see if the store can set it up for me until the release the software update for apple. If not I can't use the camera and returning it!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon, when you want the best!

    Posted
    GSVette
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    I've been using Nikon cameras for over 30+ years, everything from film SLR's to DSLR's to compact Point & Shoots, and I've never been disappointed. I picked up this Coolpix B500 to make videos with, as I wanted something a little more compact than my full frame D5 DSLR & under $300 & this fits the bill perfectly. Great Nikkor lens with 40x optical/up to 4x digital/80x total zoom, records 1080p Full HD movie clips up to 30 fps with stereo sound, full range of shooting modes, with burst shooting mode that captures up to 7.4 fps in continuous shooting mode. Plus a plethora of other goodies. It'll make novice photogs look great & good photogs look like pros!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressed

    Posted
    Dabald
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    I purchased this camera for an e-commerce business. I did not want the hassle of learning a new hobby, I just needed very high quality, high resolution pictures. This camera has a lot of easy to use functionality that makes the set up for a photo simply selecting the proper setting and flipping up the flash. All of the first set of pictures were truly impressive, mostly due to the camera! This past weekend I used the tripod and zoomed into the full moon and was able to zoom so far, it filled the entire screen and I took some amazing shots of the craters on the moon with it! The ONLY issue I've had was the camera would not power up a few times. I took the brand new battery out, re-inserted the batteries, and it fired right up. Still using the original batteries fine so they had plenty of charge... I Highly recommended.this camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera, user friendly, excellent versatility

    Posted
    PaulS
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    I relied on a store representative for advice matching my wants (high-quality point-and-shoot camera for an African Safari) and price range. I wanted ease of use so I did not have to work hard for fast, beautiful shots. The camera's 40x optical zoom is everything I needed, and the high MP resolution allowed even more close up views after cropping. I shot many subjects at greater than 100 yards, and the pics make it look like the animals were 10 feet away! I have also used the "Action" mode which does a burst of 7 rapid shots, and it will capture an athlete mid-air with no blur. The attached shot of a rhino was taken more than 100 yards out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great starter camera

    Posted
    Domi
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    Great for starter camera. Very easy to use once you get the hang of it. Nice flash. Cons jams which gets frustrating. You cannot attach detach a lens (if photography is something ur serious about upgrade in future) Can not figure out to change shutter speed. So fbibking it’s not possible Quality isn’t the best but maybe it has more to do on my end. But all n all GREAT FOR A NEWBIE JUST GETTING STARTED FOR THE PRICR N THIS WILL HELP DETERMINE IF ITS A PASSION HONESTLY.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK for the money

    Posted
    Nikon123
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    I like this camera, but I'm not in love. I do love the color though. I wanted something for a greater distance than the small point ad shoot versions. I also wanted regular AA batteries since it thought it would be annoying to have to charge the battery constantly or buy a spare. This way, I carry around a bunch of AA batteries and I feel in control. When traveling, access to electricity is not always dependable. I thought you could take selfies with it, but you can't and it's a bit heavy and certainly won't fit into my bag. What's good about it: the price, the color, the long range telephoto, the lens cap that comes with a string so you won't lose it, and the size of the buttons, which fit your fingers better than the small cameras do. Would I get it again? I think so because on the whole, it has more of what I what than other cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera but not as good as I thought

    Posted
    LulusMom
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    I have had a succession of Nikon coolpix cameras that have just been fantastic and have served me well over the years. I saw this camera with its great zoom and pixel capacity and decided to try if out. Now I wish I had stayed with the point and shoot. First its a hulky thing, then you have to open the flash manually to be able to use it, but the worst things for me are: yes, it can do a micro focus but it has several focus boxes that come up in the lens and it seems to pick the wrong one more often than not and often you don't get great clarity where you wanted it and the flash is way too powerful, all the flash pics I have taken are overly bright, they wash out the color in the rest of the photo. I'm sure there are ways to compensate for this but it's too finicky for the ease of shooting I had in mind

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera, don't buy for the WiFi and Bluetooth

    Posted
    Michael
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    I cannot say enough great things about this entry level DSLR-like camera. Quick to zoom, Quick to focus, so many features to use that it's totally worth the cost.....EXCEPT ...... this camera's feature to send pictures live to your smartphone is a bust. While taking pictures, the camera will seem to slow down, hang and, eventually lockup or shutoff. If it locks up, you have to pull the battery. If it shuts off, it leaves the lens out and, then you have to pull the battery to reset it. I leave the camera on airplane mode while shooting and turn airplane mode off to transfer pictures to my phone. That seems to fix it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love, love, love!

    Posted
    Jennglebells
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    I absolutely adore this camera! Nikon has always had good levels of cameras and while I wanted more than a point n click like I've always almost gotten but I wasn't quite sure if I was ready for a Dslr, this bridge camera is perfect! Great settings, great quality, camera strap is sturdy (wish it came with a wrist strap option but you can find them elsewhere), has a solid weight to it but not super heavy. AMAZING zoom! 80x, I get EXTREME close up shots of the moon, im talking about good pics of craters on the moon (it's basically like a telescope!). TOTALLY RECOMMEND!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just What I Hoped For

    Posted
    HappyRoombaOwner
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    I am a novice photographer and wanted something easy to get started with. After reading countless reviews on this camera on both Best Buy and other webites, I decided to purchase it as a stepping stone between a fancy camera and basic one. It has a lot of bells and whistles that I will have to learn more about, but the pictures I have taken are incredible. They are everything I hoped for and more. The zoom is amazing and the clarity is so crisp, even with extended view shots. The pictures are crisp in the dark and the action mode has been a treat as well. I am anxious to put it on a tripod and take nature photos of birds, flowers, foliage, and other wildlife during my hiking trips.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good point and shoot camera

    Posted
    Chad
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    I bought this camera for my mom on her birthday. She 73 and has a difficult time with technology. I have taken several pictures with it and had to talk to support because of some blurtiness. Some settings needed to adjusted to increase quality. I would recommend not using digital zoom. Like every camera I have ever used, the digital is poor quality. The biggest let down with this camera was the flash. You have to manually lift flash to activate it. I have a dslr Nikon and love the automatic flash. It lets you know when you need some more light. This is a recommendation to Nikon to make this level camera with auto pop-up flash. Above all though, she likes the camera and is enjoying taking pictures of her grandchildren

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid camera

    Posted
    Rick
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    I had a similar camera to this one, but a different brand. It was the most unpredictable thing. The photos could turn out blurry, but look fine on the screen on the back of camera when there are taken. I have had this camera for over a month and have never had a blurry photo. It's also easy to use and has a variety of functions that can be used. The one problem I have had is with the wi-fi, and the camera does not come with a cord to link it to a computer. To make matters worse Best Buy does not offer one either. They sold me a cord that they said would work, but it didn't fit the camera. I was able to get one online from another site, and it works just fine. Other than this, I have been very happy with this camera overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This camera is awesome

    Posted
    AubdubzThis
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    I am so glad I dropped my other camera in the ocean. Not really cause it was a good camera but this camera is even better. I need a Point and Shoot to tag along with my D5100 and this B500 takes great pics. I love the Bird watchers scene setting. It works great! I do a lot of wild bird photos mostly of eagles and other raptors. The pictures are clear and crisp, and even from a distance they come out great! Any birder looking to shoot pictures as a hobby should definitely check this camera out! Nikon is great I love their cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for new photographers

    Posted
    NastyNinja
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    My girlfriend wanted a new camera for a while now. Her birthday was coming up and she was going on a trip to New York so it was a perfect time to buy her one. As soon as she saw it at Best Buy she fell in love and I surprised her on her Bday, The color is vibrant and gives a sleek look while still looking professional. She is new to the photography scene but she says this one makes her feel like she's a pro. You can move the screen around so that you can take video without holding the camera up. You can have it around your waist area and be able to see what youre filming while looking down at the screen. I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera at a great price

    Posted
    barnesrph
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    I'm no pro photographer but I was looking for something better than my phone and an aging Bloggie camera I had, this one fits the bill. I can't talk much about settings, still trying to figure it all out, but it's simple enough for me to get some good shots and have a good time with. I picked the purple one because I thought it might be easier to track down if it ever got stolen. Some features I like most are the zoom getting distant shots clearly, the big screen on the back, and most importantly it transfers a 2 mb copy of the photo direct to my phone that I can use to send or post. It's a great camera for me and the photos are outstanding.

    I would recommend this to a friend