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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 1807 reviews

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great all around camera!

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon, when you want the best!

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    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

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    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: 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

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    This camera is awesome

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Camera ever

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    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: 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

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    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: 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!

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    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