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February 08, 2011

Nikon Coolpix P500 superzoom w/36x (22.5-810eq), 8fps full-res, PASM (no RAW)

Zoom-zoom! The new Nikon Coolpix P500 (not to be confused with the older P5000) features a 36x optical zoom, going from 22.5-810mm eq. with sensor shift stabilization. Now that's what I call a zoom range paper tiger :-) The sensor is a 1/2.3" backlit CMOS like the new P300. It features a tiltable 3-inch (920k dot) LCD display on the back, something that is not as common these days.

Also of interest it has a dual-core Expeed C2 engine (dual image processors) and 8fps burst mode at full resolution. Part of this may be the CMOS sensor and part of it may be the dual-core processors. This is in sharp contrast to yesterday's CCD-powered Olympus SZ-10 "bursting" at 0.89fps at full resolution. Yikes, almost an order of magnitude!

Other features include PASM, 1080p video, EN-EL5 LiIon battery (220 CIPA), weighs just under half a kilo, etc.

There is no RAW and no hot-shoe...

The camera will be released in March with an opening price of $400. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon in your choice of black P500 or red P500.

Read more about the Nikon P500
+ preview at Imaging Resource
+ 200-second video preview of pre-production camera at CNet (starts with 15-second ad)
+ video preview at What Digital Camera?
+ video preview by Nikon Austria (YouTube)
+ camera body pictures at Pocket Lint (first 12 in their gallery)
+ Engadget
+ Fotointern
+ DC Watch
+ DC resource

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