D-SLRs are an object of aspiration and desire, but the prohibitive cost has been a major deterrent. As if to address this issue, camera manufacturers have attempted to bring the best of both worlds - relatively affordable price and certain features of high-end digital cameras. This constitutes an important camera segment in today's market.
Nikon has positioned its CoolPix P500 in this segment. The camera looks very similar to its DSLR range and back-illuminated 12 MP CMOS sensor. It is an upgrade to the P100 with a higher optical zoom of 36X from the earlier 26X and a few design changes such as an additional zoom rocker present on the barrel to be used by the left hand. Is it really a worthy upgrade? Let us find out.