I have had the Nikon Coolpix S500 digital compact camera at our office for a long time, and I have made a lot of test shots during my visit the Arch National Park in the Unites States. The new Nikon CoolPix S500 digital camera was officially introduced at the start of 2007, just before the opening of the PMA Show in Las Vegas. The Nikon Coolpix S500 offers a resolution of 7.1 effective Megapixels, an advanced in-camera image processing and a 3x optical zoom lens (range of 35-105mm on 35mm camera). The Nikon CoolPix S500 powers up in a quick 0.8 seconds and has a practically imperceptible shutter release time lag of less than 0.005 seconds. Interesting specifications packed in a very compact and solid housing and most of all fully automatic operation.
Arches National Park Pictures Nikon CoolPix S500 Test Photos
Just how comfortable a small compactcamera is in practice I experienced during some long and intensive hiking in the Arches National Park of the Utah (United States). You can take the Nikon Coolpix S500 with you without any inconvenience and use it along while you're traveling. Unfortunately Nikon did not equip the Coolpix camera with a wide-angle lens, something that would have been great to capture the wonderful nature. The in-camera image processing and its features were often a great help, especially D-lighting on high contrast situations, and is a very handy feature of the Nikon S500 camera. The Nikon Coolpix S500 sample images were made with a full production model, and must be assessed accordingly. The thumbnail format and large format images are shrunk in order to show them in the right size and in order to guarantee faster upload rates. The original images are the unedited images. The new Nikon S500 is one of the digital compact cameras nominated which will soon be tested. At the moment we are already testing a few cameras and we will publish a full test report on the Nikon Coolpix S500 as soon as we are finished with the model.
Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.
National Park History
People have visited what is now Arches National Park for thousands of years. Over time, many different groups have moved in and out of the area in concert with the availability of natural resources and the technology for exploiting those resources.
Nature & Science
The forces of nature have acted in concert to create the landscape of Arches, which contains the greatest density of natural arches in the world. Throughout the park, rock layers reveal millions of years of deposition, erosion and other geologic events.
Arch Park Climate
Summer temperatures (June through September) may exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures (December through February) often drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures may range 50 degrees in a 24-hour period.
Life at Arches Park
The plants and animals in Arches national park have many adaptations that enable them to survive these conditions. Some species are found only in this area. The diversity of organisms reflects the variety of available habitat, which includes lush riparian areas, ephemeral pools, dry arroyos, mixed grasslands and large expanses of bare rock.