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Nikon Coolpix S500 Review

Review Date: July 7, 2007

Nikon Coolpix S500
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Nikon Coolpix S500 features 7.1MP resolution and 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with optical vibration reduction in a stainless steel body. It is slim enough to fit into a pocket or a purse.

The large 2.5-in. LCD monitor has a high 230,000 pixels resolution. Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, D-Lighting, One-Touch Portrait button and 15 Scene Modes help turn challenging situations into easy ones.

The Nikon Coolpix S500 should appeal to point-and-shoot photographers desiring a compact digital camera with image stabilization.

For about US $50 less, the Nikon S200 lacks the optical Vibration Reduction.

[Nikon Canada offers an exclusive 2-year warranty for all COOLPIX and the D40, D50, D70s, D80 and D200 Digital SLR cameras purchased from a Nikon Canada Authorized Dealer.]

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Nikon Coolpix S500
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix S500 US | CAN | UK | Coolpix  
  Image Sensor 7.1 effective megapixels (3072 x 2304)
1/2.5-inch type (7.41 million total pixels)

Zoom-Nikkor with optical Vibration Reduction

5 elements in 5 groups

  Focal Length 5.7-17.1 mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 35-105 mm)  
  Aperture Range f/2.8-4.7  
  Optical Zoom 3x; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 420mm)  
  Focus range / Macro

1ft 8in (50cm) to infinity

Macro close-up mode: 5.9in (15cm) to infinity

  Auto Focus Contrast Detect  
  Vibration Reduction Optical lens shift VR  
  Shutter Speed Auto: 1-1/1500 sec.
Fireworks, Night Landscape: 4 sec.
  Shooting modes Auto, High Sensitivity, 15 Scene Modes, Face-Priority AF with Portrait Scene Mode, One-Touch Portrait Button  
  Movie With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, small size (320) at 30fps/15fps, smaller size (160) at 15fps; without sound: time-lapse movie at 30fps, stop-motion movie  
  Capture modes Single, Multi Shot 16, Continuous, Stop Motion Movie, Interval Timer Shooting, Color Options: Standard -Vivid -Sepia -B&W -Cyanotype (Cool) Movie Mode w/Audio, Optical VR, Time-lapse Movie, Stop Motion Movie  
  Image size (pixels) 3072 x 2304 (High: 3072*/Normal: 3072), 2592 x 1944 (Normal: 2592), 2048 x 1536 (Normal: 2048), 1024 x 768 (PC: 1024), 640 x 480 (TV: 640), 3072 x 1728 (16:9)  
  Built-in flash Range: (W) 1ft. 8 in. to 24 ft. 7 in. (0.5 to 7.5m), (T) 1 ft. 8 in. to 13 ft. 1 in. (0.5 to 4.0m)  


  Supported languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, English, Finnish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai  
  Viewfinder None  
  LCD monitor

2.5-in, 230,000-dot TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating

  ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto (auto gain ISO 50-1000)  
  Light Metering 256-Segment Matrix  
  Exposure Compensation Yes  
  White Balance

Auto, White balance preset, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash

  Storage media Internal memory (approx 26MB), SD/SDHC memory card compatible  
  Power sources

Rechargeable Battery EN-EL10, AC Adapter EH-62D (optional)

  Battery life (approx.)

Approx. 180 shots with EN-EL10 battery (based on CIPA standard)


Supplied Accessories*

(*) Supplied accessories may differ by country or area

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10, Battery Charger MH-63, USB Cable UC-E6 (2.0 full speed), Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM  
  Optional Accessories AC Adapter EH-62D, Leather case  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 3.5 x 2.0 x 0.9 in. (88 x 51 x 22mm) excluding projections  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 4.4 oz. (125 g) without battery and SD memory card  
  MSRP US $299.95 / CDN $399.95  

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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