Nikon COOLPIX B500 Review

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If you want to become a professional photographer or you have already succeeded in becoming one, then you need Nikon COOLPIX B500 to become your personal assistant.

The results of this camera are great, and it is made for all those who want quality in return for their investment.

Nikon has been true to its name by launching COOLPIX B500 because it proves that Nikon remains one of the most reliable brands on the market. Not only produces high-quality images, but it is also easy and convenient to use.

This is why it is a very helpful camera for those who wish to use it regularly. From beginners to professionals anyone can use it, as this camera is compatible with everyone. It is not overly complex to use and anybody can get the best of it even if they don’t have huge experience in photography.

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So, if you are new to the field of photography and want to purchase a camera which produces results together with ease of use, then this should be your choice.

Not only is it easy to operate but the features it offers are also easily understandable and make this camera a top priority camera in the market.

It has gained its fair share of popularity amongst photographers due to its excellent workings. From tools and body to settings, controls and adjustments everything about COOLPIX B500 is beyond perfection and is easy to handle.

That is the reason behind its increasing demand and this is why the camera is definitely the best camera for both personal and professional use, this being said always keeping in mind the price-quality ratio.

Let us analyze in-depth, the features of Nikon COOLPIX B500 and look at its performance in the real world.

Product overview

The new entry by Nikon; Coolpix B500 is not only an affordable but comes with super-zoom as it features an extremely powerful built-in zoom lens.

The features don’t end here, it also consists of a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, along with SnapBridge wireless connectivity and 16-megapixel camera which has a 4.0-160mm f/3.0-6.5 built-in lens providing a 22.5-900mm equivalent focal length range and 40x optical zoom.

Nikon COOLPIX B500

In addition to the optical zoom, it also has twelve elements in nine groups, along with 3 ED lens elements. The B500 has all the features it needs to succeed its rivals.

One of the best things about it is that it weighs only 19.1 oz. / 541g including batteries and memory card making it easy to carry.

It accepts SD, SDHC, SDXC memory and itself has internal memory of 20MB. It is powered by four AA batteries, including NiMH rechargeable batteries. Moreover, it includes autofocus modes which consist of center, manual AF selection, face priority, target finding AF, and subject tracking options.

You have the option to select from 99 focus areas when using manual AF selection. Additionally, Coolpix B500 makes use of contrast-detect autofocus which is exceptional.

It also boasts ISO sensitivity ranges from 125-1600 in all modes, with ISOs 3200 and 6400 only available in Auto mode.

Another feature of this beauty is that the fastest available shutter speed in most modes is 1/1500s even when using the continuous high-speed shooting mode and the slowest shutter speed available is 1 second.

Secondly, instead of using an iris diaphragm for aperture, it makes use of an electronically controlled ND filter which is more effective.

You get high-quality images even when shooting in the continuous high-speed mode, as Nikon reports that this camera can capture 7 full-resolution images at 7.4fps.

This Nikon camera  is a dream come true for videographers as it can record Full HD 1080p video at up to 30p. It can also record high-speed video at up to 120fps. It also features built-in NFC, Wi-Fi, and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) which makes connectivity a lot easier than before as there is a wide variety of options available.

It is fully compatible with SnapBridge application; thus it can instantly be connected to your mobile and will result in an automatic transfer of photos from your camera to your phone.

The best thing about Nikon Coolpix B500 is that the price tag is worth the features. You get value for your money as it produces results that fulfill your expectation beautifully.

Summing it up, this COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera by Nikon has all the features that an excellent camera you should have. From a 16MP CMOS sensor which results in high-resolution imagery to Full HD 1080p video, this camera has it all.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera

It is constructed in a beautiful manner which utilizes all the features and improve image quality and clarity and when working in any types of condition.

It can cover wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, thanks to its 40x optical zoom lens which results in a 35mm equivalent focal range; this enables it to work in an array of environments making it the most versatile camera manufactured to date.

Here you can watch a review by Scott Waldron on YouTube for better understanding the B500 from Nikon:

Product specifications

  • Pixels: 16 Megapixel
  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 16 MP4608 x 3456
  • File Formats Still Images: JPEG
  • Movies: MP4
  • Audio: AAC
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Lens: NIKKOR: 12 Elements in 9 Groups
  • Effective Focal Length: 4.0 to 160mm
  • Dynamic: 80x
  • Aperture: f/3.0 (W) to f/6.5 (T)
  • Zoom Optical: 40x
  • Focus Range Wide: 11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
  • Shutter Type: Electronic and Mechanical Telephoto: 11.48” to Infinity / 3.5 m to Infinity
  • ISO Sensitivity: 125 to 1600 6400)
  • Speed: 1 to 1/4000 Seconds
  • Self-Timer: 2, 5, 10 Sec
  • Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
  • Buffer Shooting: Up to 7.4 fps at 16 MP for up to 7 Frames
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Video Recording: Yes
  • Memory Card Type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Audio Recording: Built-In Mic with Video
  • Viewfinder Screen: 3″ Tilt LCD Rear Screen
  • Viewfinder resolution: 921,000 Pixels
  • Screen Coverage: 98%
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Power: 4 x AA Batteries
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7″ (W x H x D)
  • Weight : (battery and SD card included) 541 g / 19.08 oz.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black)
  • 1 x AN-CP21 Strap
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • 1 x UC-E16 USB Cable
  • 1 x LC-CP31 Lens Cap for COOLPIX L840
  • 1 x Limited 1-Year Warranty


  • – Its 16 MP CMOS Sensor works brilliantly
  • – 40x Optical Zoom is exceptional
  • – It comes with Vibration Reduction
  • – The 3.0 inch Tilt LCD provide perfect coverage and high resolution
  • – The Built-in NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth makes connectivity a lot easier
  • – Long Battery Life of 600 shots is commendable
  • – Image Stabilization is perfect
  • – Face Detection Focusing is very helpful


  • – There is no External Flash Shoe
  • – The Screen doesn’t have touch capability
  • – The viewfinder is not present
  • – You cannot conduct RAW Shooting
  • – Max Sensitivity is limited to only ISO 3.20

It is no doubt that all these features make it the best-rounded camera in the market. You will not be able to find a similar camera in such an affordable price.

I would gladly recommend it to all the photographers who wish to invest in something worthwhile.

Hope this review helps you make the right decision and may all your future photography endeavors get upgraded with this innovative piece of technology!


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7 thoughts on “Nikon COOLPIX B500 Review

  1. Wow, this Nikon looks pretty sweet. We recently got into photography/videography the past few months and are starting out with a Nikon D5300. It’s doing pretty well for us as we’re experimenting and learning the ins and outs of this stuff. But we always seem to be on the lookout for the next camera to upgrade too, so thank you for the providing some great information about this camera from Nikon. Great work!

  2. I am grateful for this article. My teenage daughter wants to get into photography and has been breathing down my neck to get a camera for her. A lot of the information out there is technical jargon that I can not make sense of, but this has been fairly enlightening. I will definitely carry out more research on this camera and engage my daughter.

  3. Great product review. I’d like to see some before and after photos to really see what this thing is really capable of! I’m in the process of learning photography so this review was definitely helpful! Thanks!

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