Should I buy a Nikon Coolpix B500?

Nikon Coolpix B500
(Image credit: Nikon)

The Nikon Coolpix B500 attracts a lot of interest because it has a huge 40x zoom range and a lot of advanced controls – and it's really affordable! Obviously you get what you pay for, though, and there are bound to be things you miss out on at this price.

So we'll try to answer all your questions as you make your mind up,, including the big one: 'Should I buy a Nikon Coolpix B500?'

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at