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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 1806 reviews

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera, bad connection app...

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    lookingfortheshot

    Nikon D500 great camera but is a shame that the wireless transfer program is not the best. Cannot transfer pictures half of the time. Had to transfer with a cardreader to a tablet. Half ot the feature that I got this camera for was the being able to transfer to social media with ease. The snapbridge app is very disappointing. Camera is excellent but not as advertised due to Nikon app for transferring is not up to grade. Frushtrating as I already had a Nikon L820.Tried SONY HX80 which at least would transfer photos as advertished and had great shots, however I exchanged for the Nikon for less shake. Disappointing about transfer app. Great camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good camera but software link to iPhone delayed

    Posted
    DrJames
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    Good camera, takes great pictures but instructions and related material poorly done and unclear. Menu on camera not obvious. So, despite being a good camera, it is not particularly user friendly. Even though the camera purports to link to wifi devices, and in this case to my iPhone through SmartBridge, it turns out that the software is not yet ready and, although due out this month, no news as of yet. Disappointing as that was a major reason to buy it. Still, overall a good camera. If they could fix their instructions and their linkage system, it would certainly approach excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Camera

    Posted
    Woody817
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    This purchase was for my wife as a birthday gift. She needed a new camera to mostly take close up pictures of medium to small items she lists on ebay. According to her it does a fantastic job on the mini pictures. Only negative is the bluetooth connection will not work for laptops or desktops. It is only works for phones to transfer the pictures and the usb cable is required for laptops. This was a disappointment and was not "Clearly" defined on the camera descriptions or specifications. We discovered this after reading the online manual! This is the only reason the camera was not rated excellent!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Camera ever

    Posted
    Roxy
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    I haven't bought a camera for like 8 years, and I had been wanting a light weight compact that has smart features that help the novice ( me ) with photography. I love photography and needed simple to understand, but something that would be clear pictures from a distance and close up and especially night photos. This camera also has WiFi and blutooth capability so I can send photos anytime I want to share. Very easy to opperate. Much more so then my last Nikon. Great purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very good camera but...

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    TavORiv
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    The camera takes some amazing pictures, the batteries last a very long time and the build quality is excellent. But I bought this camera because supposedly I could connect it to my Ipad wirelessly and download the pics & even control the camera remotely using the Nikon SnapBridge app. Total fail with that app, it just does not connect and nobody online appears to have a solution. Other Nikon cameras I saw have big issues with SnapBridge. It will connect to a Microsoft Windows PC with no problems with the cable and thats the only reason I will not return it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      NikonStaff

      Please contact Nikon Support at 1-800-NikonUS for assistance with SnapBridge. Nikon

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Impulse buy

    Posted
    Lizzy
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    I bought the camera to take pictures of my nieces basketball games. I couldnt get it ti take very good action shots. Other than that it took pretty nice photos. Video worked well and the camera itself is beautiful. The plum was so pretty i had to have it. When i got home and played with it and seen it really didnt do what i wanted it to do i ended up taking it back. I have an older canon rebel so there was no need for a "pretty" camera just hanging around my house. I would recommend for beginners becausr the system itself was very easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great point-and-shoot camera!

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    SilverShields
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    This camera is great for everyday shots. The picture is clear and the zoom works quite well, capturing an image without blurring the detail. There are many modes to figure out (some I don't quite get, like the creative mode--It seems geared towards teenage girls who like to distort pictures and add weird coloring--it's silly and unnecessary, but I guess you have to cater to them, too). I love the color--very nice deep purple, though the body is a bit bulkier than I like. Somewhat hard to get out of the case for a quick pic in the moment, but I overall love the power and clarity. Definitely worth getting!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Canon Coolpix B500

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    Solita
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    Well I cannot claim to be a master photographer so I cannot give any technical advise on this camera. What I can say is that it is easy to use but if you want to get creative with your picture taking then make sure that you read your booklet so that you place the settings to accomplish what you want. I recently took my camera with me on vacation and I learned a few tricks that produced some very nice photo shots. I am looking forward to mastering the use of this camera but basically you need to just go for it and try different things with it. I am very happy with this camera! Has inspired to take better pictures.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent camera for the money

    Posted
    Karen
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    I've had my eye on this camera for a while and finally decided it was time to get it. The clarity is way beyond my expectations. I wanted to get a little bit of practice using the different features, so I went around my yard photographing the flowers. (The zoom is incredible!!!) Once I downloaded them onto my computer, I could see the tiniest insects, or drops of dew on the flowers with unbelievable clarity! There is also a really neat feature where you can add makeup and enhance a photo of a person. There are a few other features which I haven't used yet, but overall, I am absolutely pleased with the picture quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Little Camera

    Posted
    TooManyCameras
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    I bought this as a walkaround camera for when I don't want to carry the heavy DSLR and all those lenses. So far, it's been a nice, solid little camera. It's lightweight, takes clear, sharp photos, is simple to use, and has an amazing zoom. The only improvement would be if it had a viewfinder, but they seem to be putting those only on the DSLR cameras these days. Being able to brace the camera against my face, like I do with my DSLR, would make it easier for this shaky-handed old lady to get crisper shots. But overall, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, fun camera with a great zoom that takes excellent photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good replacement for a camera lost last year

    Posted
    GrammyDebb
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    last year I lost my Coolpix while in Barcelona Spain. replaced it with what I thought comparable camera in France. Brought this camera on a trip last month to AZ and forgot charger. When I went to purchase a new charger, none available so bought new camera instead and this is a closer replacement for the one I lost. Only disadvantage I can see is the use of 4 AA batteries instead of a rechargeable battery. But guess I wont forget the charger for this one :) It's just that constantly replacing AA batteries can get expensive and is a headache. Other than that am very pleased with all features of this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy Customer

    Posted
    GFFMP
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    I purchased this camera for my 11 year old daughter for Christmas. I read the reviews before making the purchase. It’s exactly what I was looking for since she’s into photography. It’s a great starter camera and has some really nice features. She loves the color purple as well so that was a bonus. Only wished it came with the rechargeable battery, instead of having to buy disposable. Not to worried though since we have a ton of reuseable batteries for all are household devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Illogical camera and the app is terrible

    Posted
    Xjendenise
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    I purchased this camera because it had good reviews online and seemed like a decent price for what I was looking for. I have been completely disappointed with this camera all around. The sync app for the iPhone does not work, and crashes every time. So that's a big frustration. The camera has a moveable screen, but it moves in a completely illogical fashion - so if you'd like to use it to take a self portrait or to see how a photo looks from the other side, forget it. The quality of photos are not great. I regret buying this camera and will most likely be selling it on eBay.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      NikonStaff

      The B500’s 3” LCD tilts out approximately 85° downward and approximately 90° upwards. A tilting screen of this kind is great for making viewing adjustments in challenging lighting situations and for shooting at odd angles. The B500’s LCD does not rotate out from the body to allow for viewing from the front of the camera. If you’d like assistance with connecting your B500 to your iPhone or with improving the quality of your shots please contact Nikon Support: http://bit.ly/2p4UGwN . Nikon

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for technology

    Posted
    LS69
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    The Nikon Coolpix camera has a lot of good benefits. Great color, great app to sync to the WiFi which helps a lot when you are wanting to share the pics you took as you travel. It makes taking pictures more fun. It works really fast when snapping pictures of moving animals which make it fun when you are at a national park. The screen that pops out makes it easy when you are taking a video of a parade at Disney World over the heads of others. There are a lot of settings to make it more personal. Best buy made buying it beneficial when it came to knowledge and quickness of the sale.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HOLYCOW this camera is Insane!

    Posted
    Eastwood
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    WOW!!! I Gave this camera to my wife and we ventured to a mountain park to overlook a city. I truly couldn't believe my eyes when she zoomed in on a water tower 10 miles away and we read the town on it and she as zoomed on a a cemetery tower ovet 15 miles away which for the distance was pretty clear. No problems with reading license plates or signs over 3 to 5 miles. Ofcourse once your zoomed in on an object you take the shot then you can digitally zoom even more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great depending on what it will be used for

    Posted
    bfajardo
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    No the best for night fotos or portraits in the dark to be more specific. Also is nor chargeable, it requires batteries which sucks because you have to constantly buy & replace the batteries on the camera to continue using. It takes great daytime photos and portraits though. Love the screen and how it allows you to more easily take photos front above or below your eye level aside from the batteries and the nighttime problem it is an amazing camera !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

    Posted
    KatJ
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    I am in now way a professional photographer so I really did not want to invest a bunch of money for an expensive camera with all the lenses and a million settings I will never use. This has more options and setting than I need and am still learning to use a bunch. Takes what I think are excellent pictures for the price point. The pictures were taken while learning how to use it & I think they turned out pretty good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great point and shoot camera

    Posted
    Keke76
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    I was looking to upgrade my Nikon for something with a faster shutter speed. The burst mode allows me to catch all the fast-moving action. This camera was the answer that I was looking for. Compact, lightweight, easy to hold, and simple instructions made it perfect for me. It was a bonus being my favorite color. I prefer to be able to quickly change batteries than yo have to remember to charge a battery so this camera has every feature I needed. The voom is very good also. I will recommend this one to anyone who wants a good inexpensive camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic camera

    Posted
    zmadame
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    I was looking for a camera to replace my Sony A65 as the older I get the harder it was to carry it around. This one is very light and much smaller, so will be more convenient for our next trip. It seems a little slow when taking multiple pictures, but I may still need to read more info. (Don't like that you have to download a manual to understand all the bells and whistles). The video is excellent for filming grandchildren, but does not do very well in low light (outdoor in the evening). Overall, I believe the camera will be suitable for my needs of simple travel photos and family photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera!

    Posted
    TigerSpirit
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    This camera takes wonderful pictures. The zoom is really good. I took pictures of the sun rising at the beach, and was able to zoom right on the sun. Easy to use, the tilt screen helps with framing those angled shots. I was able to connect the Snap Bridge app to my android phone, and the pictures uploaded just fine while I was shooting and afterward. I mostly do landscape photos and this camera does well with all time of the day and even low light night photos. Able to capture great action shots as well. This is my fifth Nikon, and I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend