. Despite the fact that it needs PASM introduction modes, to consider it a simple to use show doesn’t generally do it equity as it’s packed with scene and highlight modes including some particularly intended to benefit as much as possible from its long zoom.
The B500 is irregular in utilizing four AA batteries as its capacity source, which can be more helpful than an exclusive battery-powered battery, however will include extra expense. It has a 3 inch LCD board with 921k spots giving a point by point see, the screen can tilt up and in addition down, so shooting from unbalanced edges isn’t, well, clumsy.
In the event that a portion of this looks well-known that’ll be on the grounds that the B500 is a refresh of Nikon’s prior L840 super-zoom show with a marginally longer zoom. The other thing that is new is that Nikon has added Bluetooth network to the Wifi and NFC of the prior model and incorporated its new SnapBridge highlight which utilizes the Bluetooth association with consequently download pictures to your telephone out of sight as you shoot if wanted.
Close by the B500 Nikon likewise propelled the COOLPIX B700. This is a more proficient super-zoom with a liberal 60x territory and highlights a 20 Megapixel sensor which in addition to other things gives 4k motion picture ability. The other significant contrast between the two models is the B700’s worked in electronic viewfinder. As you’d expect, the B700 accompanies a heftier sticker price joined, contingent upon where you shop it’s about double the cost of the B500. In my survey I’ve tried and thought about them close by one another so read on to find if the reasonable COOLPIX B500 gives all that you’re probably going to require from a super-zoom, or if the more skilled, however more costly COOLPIX B700 would suit you better.
With one exemption, the outline of the COOLPIX B500 is minimal transformed from the before COOLPIX L840. The new model has a mode dial which has a major effect to the taking care of. On the more seasoned model on the off chance that you needed to choose a scene mode or one of the many element modes you needed to explore through on-screen menus yet now everything necessary is a touch of the dial. I’ll go into the workings of the new mode dial in more detail in the Shooting Experience area towards the finish of my survey.
The COOLPIX B500 is an agreeable fit, in my grasp at any rate. It’s neither too enormous to make it somewhat of a bunch – like a DSLR or a portion of the bulkier super-zoom models, nor so little as to make getting to the controls fiddly. The grasp broadens far advances which implies that regardless of whether you have long fingers there’s a lot of space to suit them in the well between the hold and focal point.
There are two rocker switches for the zoom – one around the shade discharge over the hold and another on the left half of the focal point barrel. Before it is the ‘Snap-back zoom’ catch presented on the COOLPIX L840 which briefly zooms the focal point out so you can re-secure your subject, before zooming back in when you discharge the catch. The COOLPIX B700 additionally has this catch and it’s extremely helpful, however not as complex as the edge help includes on Canon’s PowerShot super-zooms, similar to the SX540 HS and SX60 HS.
On the back board the control format is customary, The four-way controller, or multi-selector as Nikon calls it is utilized to explore the menus and for one-contact access to streak, introduction pay, large scale mode and the self-clock. Flanking it are four catches, two at the best for show overlays and playback, with menu and erase catches underneath.
The screen is twofold pivoted so can be flipped up or down – it goes a little route past 90 degrees when flipped up and only a smidgen shy of 90 degrees when flipped down. The main downside with this game plan is that you can’t flip the screen advances for shooting selfies.
On the off chance that you need to do that then the more costly COOLPIX B700’s side-pivoted ‘Vari-point’ screen can oblige. In any case, in case you’re not a major selfie-taker, you’ll be more than content with the B500’s flip up/down screen, which is significantly more adaptable than the settled screen of the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.
The screen itself is the same 921k dab LCD board as on the prior COOLPIX L840 and to be sure the L830 before that, however even three ages on it’s a standout amongst other screens you’ll discover on a super-zoom in this value section and looks more itemized than 461k spot screen of the PowerShot SX540 HS. Another favorable position of the pivoted screen is that outside in brilliant daylight you can edge it to keep the sun off.
On the correct side of the COOLPIX B500 there’s a delicate fold that covers the USB/A/V and HDMI ports. There’s likewise a DC in attachment here that you can use to control the B500 from the mains utilizing a discretionary AC connector. The joined battery and card compartment is gotten to by means of an expansive pivoted entryway that covers the whole right half of the camera beneath the hand grasp.
The COOLPIX B500 takes four AA batteries, an arrangement of Alkaline batteries is incorporated into the case and they’ll give enough capacity to 600 shots. Supplant them with NiMH batteries and that figure goes up to 750 shots and with more costly Lithium AA batteries the COOLPIX B500 deals with a genuinely amazing 1240 shots.
The disadvantage with AAs is that there’s extra expense – also weight – included. On the off chance that you don’t as of now have an arrangement of four batteries and a charger you’ll have to get them. In any case, and also the long battery life, AA’s have the preferred standpoint that they’re anything but difficult to supplant and saves are moderately modest contrasted with an exclusive Li-Ion battery.
The COOLPIX B500’s developed in pop blaze is initiated by squeezing a catch on the left of the body just beneath the glimmer lodging. It has four modes, Auto, Auto with red-eye decrease, Fill streak and moderate adjust. The Flash has a cited scope of 6.9 meters, somewhat more intense than the PowerShot SX540 HS. It gives enough light to fill-in and to enlighten sensibly close subjects, however not at all like the PowerShots, the COOLPIX B500 doesn’t bolster an all the more great blaze embellishment.
Nikon COOLPIX B500 focal point and adjustment
The COOLPIX B500’s focal point has a 40x zoom go that reaches out from a super wide 22.5mm (in 35mm terms) to 900mm at the fax end. It’s somewhat more, yet very little, than the 38x zoom of its predecesor, the COOLPIX L840. Try not to misunderstand me, a 40x zoom is greatly flexible and will enable you to pick the ideal central length for essentially any circumstance, from insides and gathering photographs to games and untamed life, however there are presently some super-zooms available that offer 50x, 60x and significantly longer ranges.
The COOLPIX B700’s 60x Zoom covers the range from 24-1440mm, so will get you extensively closer to littler removed subjects, similar to feathered creatures for instance, however it doesn’t go very as wide at the opposite end. The 50x Canon PowerShot SX540 HS likewise begins at 24mm, stretching out to 1200mm at the long end of the zoom extend.
Nikon COOLPIX B500 inclusion, wide and tele
The greatest gap of the COOLPIX B500’s focal point is f3 at the wide edge end of the zoom go, shutting to f6.5 when completely zoomed in, which is tantamount with most other super-zooms, considerably more costly ones like the COOLPIX B700. By and large, the more drawn out the zoom, the littler the most extreme gap – the B700’s is f3.3-6.5 and the PowerShot SX540 HS’s f3.4-6.5.
For what reason is this vital? since at the more extended zoom settings you’ll have to choose a quicker screen speed to keep away from camera shake, even with adjustment empowered, and a more extensive opening causes you do that. One thing that helps the COOLPIX B500 here is that its ISO affectability run stretches out to 6400 ISO, contrasted with 3200 ISO on the COOLPIX B700, however clearly the quality at those higher affectability settings won’t be extraordinary.
The COOLPIX B500’s focal point is optically balanced out – the focal point components are moved to make up for camera development. Adjustment, which is called Photo VR, is empowered from the Setup menu and has only two positions – on and off. Empowering adjustment stays away from camera shake, as well as keeps things relentless when encircling shots near or at the most extreme zoom go.
To test the COOLPIX B500’s adjustment I set it to Auto presentation mode, zoomed the focal point to its most extreme fax setting and took a progression of shots in breaking down light at dynamically slower shade speeds, first with Vibration decrease set to off and after that with it on. As should be obvious from the yields over, the COOLPIX B500 can deliver obscure free shots down to 1/60th at the most extreme zoom run, four stops slower than the picture taker’s ‘one over the central length’ announcement recommends is sheltered.
Nikon COOLPIX B500 motion picture modes
The COOLPIX B500 holds indistinguishable motion picture modes from the prior COOLPIX L840, including a best quality 1080/25p/30p HD mode. You can browsed 25 or 30fps edge rates in the motion picture menu. Next on the film mode menu is 1080/50i/60i, trailed by 720/25p/30p and 480/25p/30p.
There are likewise two or three HS alternatives for playback at speeds other than ongoing. HS 480/4x shoots 640×480 video at 4x typical speed (100 or 120fps relying upon the casing rate chosen) which plays back at quarter speed. HS 1080/0.5x records full HD video at a large portion of the typical edge rate for twofold speed playback.
The COOLPIX L840 is constrained as far as introduction control for motion pictures, as such, there isn’t any, other than presentation pay. You can utilize the zoom while recording and in the event that you impair the computerized zoom in the set up menu it incapacitates it for both motion picture recording and photographs.
The short film demonstrate highlight presented on the COOLPIX L840 works in a fundamentally the same as route to the Hybrid motion picture mode (in the past Movie Digest) found on Canon compacts and records a set number of clasps of a few seconds of 1080/25p/30p film which are then amassed in-