Nikon Announces P500 36x Super-Zoom Compact

With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 22.5-810mm, Nikon's new super-zoom has plenty of reach.

Nikon P500 main
Nikon P500 main

Nikon’s “beyond super-telephoto” compact, the Coolpix P500, features a 36x zoom lens (22.5-810 35mm equivlent)—behind that massive zoom is a 12.1MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, a EXPEED C2 dual image processor and a 3” vari-angle LCD.

With such a massive zoom range, integrated image stabilization is a must, so Nikon equipped the P500 with image-sensor shift Vibration Reduction and Electronic Vibration Reduction. That said, you'll still do well to bring a tripod if you plan on getting blur-free shots all the way out at 810mm.

The P500 also features an impressive 5fps burst as well as full 1080p HD video capture. Other notable features include a variety of scene modes, an HDR mode, a panoramic mode as well as a pre shooting cache that starts firing frames before the shutter is completely pressed, ensuring you don’t miss the action.

One nice addition is the textured grip, which is extremely grippy, even more so than some DSLRs we've held.

The Coolpix P500 is set to hit stores this March for $399.95.