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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 1805 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera but not as good as I thought

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    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

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good point and shoot camera

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    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

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    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: 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

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    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

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    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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Little Camera

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    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

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    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