|Nikon Coolpix S500 review : In a, for us, hectic period, the first quarter of the year, Nikon introduced her new selection of digital compact cameras. From the several Coolpix models, I chose the Nikon S500 to test extensively. During my vacation in the United States, I visited several National Parks and thus I used the camera frequently to record nature’s beauty. Because of the compact format and the light weight it won’t be a hassle to take the camera along on the long hiking trips each day.
Nikon Coolpix S500 digital compact camera
Despite of the big name, which Nikon has built as a camera brand, the share in compact cameras is quite limited, at least on the Dutch market. In the past years, Nikon has directed itself mainly at the digital SLR camera, which has been a very successful venture by the way. However, the Coolpix compact camera threatened to be diminished, and the coming period Nikon will pay more attention to this segment. Certainly, the extra attention alone will not be sufficient to increase the market share; the camera itself will also have to lend a helping hand.
Nikon S500 - VR optical image stabilisation system
The Nikon Coolpix S500 is a compact digital camera with quite a traditional appearance. The camera has been equipped with a small 3x optical zoom lens with a standard range of 35-105 mm. The value topping the one of its little brother, the Coolpix S200, is the integration of Nikons’ VR system. This optical image stabilization gives more security for sharp pictures, even in bad lighting situations. Besides this, the Nikon S500 camera knows a high sensitivity setting of 2000 ISO. However, in practice this is more a marketing tool than an effective setting.
Nikon Coolpix S500 - Camera design
During the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix S500, I was not very enthusiastic about the first impression the design gave me and I have to say that, even a few months later, the outline of the Nikon S500 still doesn’t make me feel more positive. It all looks very pretty, it is finished off nicely, but the design is just not striking. To my opinion, you can stick any sticker on it and I will believe it. However, I can imagine that part of the potential consumers would go for the design. It’s flat, the format is compact and the front side consists of a finely brushed metal.
Nikon Coolpix S500 digital camera review
The Nikon Coolpix S500 has become available just recently and for this reason it was time for a camera review. The Nikon Coolpix S500 compact camera is available in two colors: black and silver. I prefer the silver colored housing, and I let the camera do its job in practice. Whether the camera has pleased me, can be read in the following Nikon Coolpix S500 review.
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