Nikon Coolpix B500 Review

Overall 38
Imaging 9
Features 37
Size 73
Price 1

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 7.4 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 114 x 78 x 95 mm
  • Weight: 541 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Nikon Coolpix B500 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix B500 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Feb 23, 2016. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #172 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 38/100 and it takes a rank of #1044 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix B500 Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix B500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.4 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 600 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix B500 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix B500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500 has the following external dimensions 114 x 114 x 95 mm (44.88 x 30.71 x 37.4″) with the weight of 541 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix B500, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix B500 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 95mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix B500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix B500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix B500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix B500 — 600 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix B500 — 95 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix B500 — 541 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix B500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix B500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Coolpix B500 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix B500 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix B500 has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix B500. However, if you are looking specifically for a SLR-like (bridge) camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix B500 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix B500 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix B500 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix B500

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix B500 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix B500 are its 7.4 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix B500 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Coolpix B500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix B500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix B500 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon Coolpix B500 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Nikon Coolpix B500 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Nikon Coolpix B500 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Coolpix B500 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Coolpix B500 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix B500 provides a shooting life of 600, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Nikon Coolpix B500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 600 shots.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix B500 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix B500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix B500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix B500 to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix B500 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix B500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix B500 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix B500 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix B500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix B500 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (114 x 78 x 95 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix B500 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix B500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix B500 can be called a 68 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (114 x 78 x 95 mm)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.4 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (600 shots)

Nikon Coolpix B500 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix B500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix B500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (541 g)
  • Big size (114 x 78 x 95 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix B500 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix B500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix B500 can be called a 40 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Nikon Coolpix B500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix B500
Announced Feb 23, 2016
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 1 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.4 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.9
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 541 g
Physical Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95 mm
Battery Life 600 shots
Battery Type 600 shots
Battery Model 4 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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