Nikon Coolpix S500 Review

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Record Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix S500


AUTO record mode is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The "7M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 7-megapixels at Fine quality, VR is enabled, and there's 237 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above.)



Nikon Coolpix S500


When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is green, if it fails it is red and blinks.



Nikon Coolpix S500


Pressing the mode button brings up this virtual mode dial. Rotating the 4-way selector/jog dial allows you to choose from Auto, High ISO, Scene, Voice recording, Movie and Setup options.



Nikon Coolpix S500


Record mode menu:

    Image mode - 7M* High, 7M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV, 16:9
    White balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight
    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16 or Intvl timer shooting
    BSS - Best Shot Selector: On or Off (Shoots up to 10 frames and then automatically saves the best [sharpest/clearest] one)
    ISO sensitivity - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000
    Color options - Standard color, Vivid color, B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype
    AF area mode - Auto, Manual, Center


Nikon Coolpix S500


The Menu option in the Setup menu, lets you change the menu screen display from icon (shown above) or text format. You can call up HELP for any menu function by pressing the "T"elephoto zoom button.



Nikon Coolpix S500


Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "left" enables the self-timer, "right" adjust exposure compensation, and "down" changes the focus mode. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.



Nikon Coolpix S500

Scene mode options include: Portrait, landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Duck/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, and Image mode.



Nikon Coolpix S500


On-touch Portrait mode uses Face Priority AF, which detects the presence of a human face in the frame and focuses on it.



Nikon Coolpix S500


Anti-Shake mode is activated by pressing the dedicated button for this mode on the top of the camera. It enables VR, BSS as well as boosts the ISO sensitivity to ensure faster shutter speeds, which helps reduce the effects of camera shake in your low light shots. The flash is disabled.



Nikon Coolpix S500


Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 5.9 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.

Nikon macro tip #1 - a lot of people never read their user manuals and don't know the "secret of the sweet spot" - in macro mode run your zoom in and out until you see the macro flower icon turn green (or yellow on some Coolpix cameras). This is the setting that allows you to shoot the closest possible shots. And by all means, use a tripod and the self-timer for the sharpest possible shots.



Nikon Coolpix S500


The camera can also be used as a Voice Recorder to record monoraul audio.



Nikon Coolpix S500


Movie mode screen display. You can record 640x480 .AVI MOTION JPEG Movie clips at 30fps, limited in length only by the amount of remaining memory. Sound is recorded so the zoom cannot be used while recording but can be preset beforehand.



Nikon Coolpix S500


Movie mode options:

    TV Movie 640* - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps
    Small Size 320* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps
    Small Size 320 - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
    Smaller Size 160 - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 15fps
    Time-lapse Movie - Without sound 30fps
    Stop-motion movie - Make a movie using still images (5, 10 or 15fps)
    Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous AF




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