Here are some general test shots taken with the Nikon Coolpix P500 to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range provided.
Again, as with our rusty gate shot the mix of pink and blue has resulted in a slight purplish hue to this daylight image, but having said that we’ve still got bags of detail front to back of frame. If anything, we found the default colours from the P500 are a little more subdued than that of the actual subjects, though an automatic saturation boost can be delivered by switching to landscape mode.
Another case in point is this green door which is more vivid still in real life than shown here. While there’s some purple fringing again around the edges of the tree top centre of frame, the eye is instead drawn to the intricate detail captured in the brickwork and paintwork of the door frame here.
OK, now we’re being particularly cruel and displaying a subject that reveals the common bugbear of pixel fringing between areas of high contrast, most noticeable in the bottom left hand quarter of the frame. Again though we can’t knock the level of detail captured.
We took full advantage here of the P500′ s adjustable LCD screen, tilting it upwards through 90° we could look down on it as we took the shot. This is obviously a wideangle image, the leaning verticals also the product of the low angle where we were looking up at our subject for added dynamism.
Score in detail
Image Quality 8
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