The P500 is Nikon’s latest bridge camera, taking the place of last year’s P100.
Although the newcomer doesn’t fall far from the tree in terms of appearance and size, there are a few noticeable differences, the most significant being the upgraded 36x optical zoom lens (22.5-810mm), offering over 90% more reach than its 26x zoom ancestor. Inside, Nikon has placed an improved 12.1Mp CMOS sensor, too, with other new additions including an extra shortcut button on the top of the handgrip, granting quick access to the drive mode options. There’s now a secondary zoom lever on the lens barrel itself, which will be well received by D-SLR users who prefer zooming with their left hand on the lens, although it was noticeably slower to react than the primary option. Unchanged from its predecessor’s design, there’s still a large 3in, 921k-dot LCD screen on the rear, which can be pulled out from the body and tilted to help with composition.
- Street price: £134 (Secondhand price as of July 2016)
- Visit: www.nikon.co.uk
This review was first published in the December 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.