|Nikon Coolpix S500 - Mode dial
Without a doubt, the power of the compact digital camera is the size. The Nikon Coolpix S500 has convenient compact measurements that let you carry it practically anywhere without it being a burden. The layout of the limited amount of buttons is unruffled and therefore looks very synoptic. After activating the camera, which is done quite fast by the way, you will be able to take the first picture quickly. In fact, the Nikon S500 has two main menus for the recordings. Where, in other models, you will find the well-known round setting dial on top of the camera, Nikon chose to virtually assimilate this dial in the camera. By pressing the Mode button, the setting dial appears on the screen and you will be able to select the desired setting by means of the round disk on the back of the camera and activate it with the OK button.
Nikon Coolpix S500 - Clear menu
The Menu button on the back of the camera shows the menu, which belongs to the setting that has been selected by means of the Mode dial. Thus, the Nikon Coolpix S500 will let you work with the menu regularly, but because the menu has been set up synoptically, this is surely not an unpleasant experience. You will understand this way of operation quickly. My test sample offered a choice of 20 languages; this way there will almost always be a language for either which photographer. The content of the menu itself can be set as text or as pictogram, whatever you prefer. Accordingly, most essential functions of the Nikon Coolpix S500 are directly accessible by way of the menu and this is exceptionally practical to work with.
Nikon Coolpix S500 - 3x Optical zoom lens
The Nikon S500 digital compact camera needs about 0.8 second to start up. The lens has then been positioned completely and the first picture can be taken. Zooming from beginning till end takes about 1 second. The 3x optical zoom can accurately zoom in 9 little steps, sufficient to make a good composition. The sample, which I used, made a light rattling sound while zooming back, but not loud enough to be annoying.
|Nevertheless, it's a pity that Nikon does not seem to have managed to equip the top model among the compact Coolpix cameras with a wide-angle lens.
Nikon S500 - LCD display with wide view angle
The camera has been equipped with a 2.5-inch format LCD screen. This was a good reason to get excited not long ago, but is nowadays common among the compact cameras. The monitor has a wide view angle left and right and it is possible to take pictures above your head without interfering with the reproduction on the monitor. You will hardly miss the optical viewfinder, except in glaring sunlight. At that moment you will long for the viewfinder, even though in practice they are always too small for a good judgment of the composition.
Nikon Coolpix S500 - Face detection
It almost seems like a mutual agreement, virtually at the same time many producers have placed a new function in their cameras, face detection. Although one way of detection relies more on the software and the other more on the hardware of the camera, the functionality is almost alike. Face detection recognizes faces automatically and adjusts lighting and sharpness accordingly when taking pictures. In practice, this theory will fail every once in a while because, for instance, the face is not detected, but most of the test pictures show us that face detection is useful and increase ease of use.
Nikon Coolpix S500 - Speed & Operation
The Nikon Coolpix S500 keeps up respectably well, when it comes to speed. Shutter lag is barely present and the pictures are written to the flash memory card quickly. Switching back and forth from recording to reviewing progresses quickly and this makes the camera ingenious to work with. As for the operation, the Nikon S500 is excellent. Besides this, the camera is conveniently compact and light in weight, but not too light, enough to carry with you imperceptibly but still with sufficient stability while photographing.