Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera With WiFi

Last updated: April 10, 2019


Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera With WiFi

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Product Details

In our analysis of 47 expert reviews, the Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera With WiFi placed 5th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Get closer to what matters 40x optical zoom, 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom Few shots are too far away for the COOLPIX B500’s NIKKOR ED glass lens. 40x optical zoom gives you super telephoto power, then Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom, effectively doubles that reach for a whopping 80x zoom. Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) keeps your shots steady – crucial at such long distances – and a 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor captures every detail. Always connected Unleash new possibilities with a compatible smartphone Install Nikon’s new SnapBridge app on a compatible smartphone or tablet and unlock exciting new capabilities with the COOLPIX B500. Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) maintain a constant connection between the app and your camera, so each shot you take automatically transfers to your smartphone or tablet for sharing, editing with photo apps or uploading to your favorite sites. You can even use the Snapbridge app to control your camera remotely! Enjoy the view Tilting 3.0-inch 921,000-dot LCD The COOLPIX B500’s large, tilting LCD display makes it easy to compose your shots and monitor your video recording. You can also use it to find exciting new shooting angles. Reviewing and sharing your creations is a pleasure, too – every shot and video looks fantastic on the high resolution display. Master the camera in no time Simple, convenient operation for stress-free shooting The COOLPIX B500 is so easy to use, anyone can take great photos a…

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Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

It has a chunky hand grip that protrudes quite far from the body and makes it feel pretty secure in the hand. It is also textured which helps to add to an air of quality about the camera.
The Nikon COOLPIX B500 is a very attractive proposition for novice photographers moving up from a phone or small compact and looking for a long zoom range in an SLR style body without the expense and complexity of a camera with interchangeable lenses
Those of us who don’t have regular access to a computer, are on the go, or just find it daunting to fuss around with wires will be happy with the connectivity (and freedom) this camera provides.Instead of waiting until you have access to a laptop or something to transfer your photos to, you can share your professionally shot photos quicker and easier.
The other thing that’s new is that Nikon has added Bluetooth connectivity to the Wifi and NFC of the earlier model and included its new SnapBridge feature which uses the Bluetooth connection to automatically download images to your phone in the background as you shoot if desired.
Nikon B500 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( Has 'always on' Bluetooth to maintain connection) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.Nikon B500's Bluetooth connectivity feature comes handy for connecting other devices that supports it. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our B500. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.

What reviewers didn't like

When the light drops, it takes a little longer for focus to be acquired, but it generally gets there in the end. Normal operational speeds are reasonable for everyday usage, but when you’re using something like Short Movie Show you may get frustrated with how long it takes the Nikon Coolpix B500 to process each clip.
Glitchy SnapBridge implementation and extra expense for rechargeable batteries. Lacks manual exposure control, Poor low ISO noise performance.
The lens is fixed and not removable or replaceable with other lenses. A couple functions may leave something to be desired for more experienced photographers, and the quality is good but not great for professionals.
The COOLPIX B500 takes four AA batteries, a set of Alkaline batteries is included in the box and they’ll provide enough power for 600 shots.The drawback with AAs is that there’s additional cost – not to mention weight – involved.
Unfortunately B500 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash. No Touch Screen. No Manual Focusing. No environmental sealing. No RAW Shooting.
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