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Old 03-22-2011   #1
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My father is looking for a new compact camera and found the new Nikon Coolpix P500. He's shooting mainly landscapes and macro.
Now I've been looking at some reviews and the camera seems quite decent. But it seems to have the following issues:
Bad low light performance,
distortion when completely zoomed out,
diffraction caused softness when zoomed in over 300mm,
takes only 250-300 images with one battery charge...

Now I wanted to ask if anybody has that camera or has at least tried it and could share some experiences/thoughts?

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Old 03-25-2011   #2
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I have had mine only a short time so can't be overly precise about some things. Battery life is still to be determined but I can't understand why NIkon says you can shoot ah hour and twenty minutes of HD video but only 220 still shots. Doesn't add up. But I bought a couple of extra batteries and a portable charger anyway. Low light performance seems ok to me. Not too many consumer cameras do well there. WA distortion is to be expected; it happens with most cameras at extreme wide angles. I didn't expect much from the long end of the zoom. That is just too much range to cover. But I get usable pics at the long end. A little PP and they are okay. Love the sweep panorama feature. The HD helps but is not close to doing a bracketed set. I love the flexible LCD. That is one feature that sold me.


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