Nikon Coolpix B500
Powerful ultrazoom with 40x optical zoom: 23-900mm full frame equivalent. Such a wide range of focal lengths makes the camera a versatile option for shooting various events, whether it is street photography, sports reporting or long-range shooting of shy wild animals. An optical stub is put on guard for the clarity of the picture, however, at the maximum zoom ratio, it is not always able to help out, because.
The aperture ratio of the optics used on board the Nikon Coolpix B500 “floats” from f/3.0 to f/6.5. The small physical dimensions of the camera's image sensor (1 / 2.3 ") and the lack of RAW support make it a representative of a detachment of conventional digital cameras. In addition to taking pictures, the ultrazoom is capable of recording video in FullHD format. Surprisingly, the "five hundred" is powered by four AA batteries ( type AA) — their availability on store shelves makes it easy to replace batteries with new ones in the field.
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The brainchild of Nikon with the B500 model index does not pretend to be a highly artistic camera, since it was created with an eye on ordinary amateur photographers who do not chase the number of megapixels and an abundance of manual settings. The power of the camera is in the 40x optical zoom. But first things first.
The camera is equipped with a 22.5-900mm lens, the maximum aperture of which varies between f/3.0 and f/6.5. In fact, such a wide spread of focal lengths turns the ultrazoom into a universal tool for shooting diverse scenes — from panoramas and architecture to objects at a considerable distance from the point of "shooting" with the camera shutter. The low aperture of the standard lens is partially compensated by the optical stub, but its strength to effectively stabilize the image at the long end is often not enough.
Classics of the genre
At the head of the electronic hardware of the Nikon B500 is a classic of the genre for the family of conventional digital cameras — a 16-megapixel matrix with physical dimensions of 1 / 2.3". Also, the usual roots of ultrasonic give out the lack of support for RAW and setting manual photo settings. The user is invited to fully trust the automation and it successfully handles with the duties placed on its shoulders, up to shooting in difficult lighting conditions, when sometimes there are misses in the automatic focus system.
Convenience in handling the camera is added by a protrusion for gripping the model in the hand and an inclined screen that allows you to build a frame from atypical angles. Another interesting feature of the ultrazoom is the recharge of the life-giving power of energy from “finger” batteries, which can be bought literally everywhere. On good AA batteries, over 1000 shots can be taken. Nikon B500 fully works out every penny spent on it, being a worthy contender for the role of a simple universal camera.