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Nikon Coolpix P500 - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance

By Gavin Stoker



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A more general selection of test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the Nikon Coolpix P500 in a variety of shooting conditions, and the quality attainable when shooting at extreme wide angle and maximum telephoto - since here the broad focal range is the camera's main selling point.


This extreme wide angle composition, shot at ultra wide 22.5mm equivalent, shows how much can be shoehored into frame with the P500. If we're being picky there is some softening of detail towards the edges of frame and also some pixel fringing noticeable in the top left hand corner where the tree branches meet the sky - but neither are complete surprises.


A second image taken from the same vantage point but now at the telephoto end of the zoom (810mm equivalent) to display the breadth of the focal range on offer; you can almost witness the lady of the house picking her nose. This shot is a little softer overall. Generally we struggled to get pin sharp images shooting handheld at this setting and found it best to have two or three attempts.


Our regular rusty gate shot taken toward the telephoto end of the zoom, but of a much closer subject. There's sufficient detail here to display the flaky paint and rusting metal, though if we're being picky there is a purple-ish hue to the sky in this image.


A brick wall may not make for a stunning visual in itself, but it's here as a good example of the level of detail that can be delivered by the P500's lens and sensor combo. Here the weathered fascia is captured in all its glory in this wideangle shot which displays surprisingly little barrel distortion.


And by contrast another handheld shot taken at the extreme telephoto end of the zoom. Whilst again it's a little softer than we might have liked, part due in fairness to movement of the goose's neck, there is sufficient detail rendered nonetheless to be able to pick out the pattern of the feathers.


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