Friday, May 20, 2011

Introducing the Nikon Coolpix P500

Obsidian necklace
Now that I've moved on to slightly smaller orders, it feels like the pace has picked up a bit.  I have another gift shop order ready to package, but I want to hear from the customer before I go ahead an put it in the mail.  There's a rumour that Canada Post is on the cusp of a strike, so an alternate shipping option might be a safer bet over the next week or two.

My new camera - Its red!
I've been doing a bit of gear shopping in anticipation of the upcoming field season.  We've been buying Nikon Coolpix cameras as good mid-range point and shoots for the last 5 or 6 years.  Last summer I took the Nikon Coolpix P100 into the field and was really happy with the 28x zoom, hi-def video, in-camera battery charging and flip screen.  I continued to use it almost daily over the winter to record works in progress and to take artifact shots.  I had no intentions of giving it up, but then Nikon brought out the P500 with a 36x zoom.  I ordered mine from Futureshop and it arrived on Wednesday.  I'll post a proper review later in the summer, after I've had a chance to use it a bit more, but so far it seems very comparable to the P100, but with a much bigger zoom.  It should be good for wildlife shots.

Bands of minerals create colour
The photos of the obsidian necklace on this post are some of the first I've taken with the new camera, but from now on, most of the images you see on this blog will be coming from the P500.  Lori has inherited the P100 and is giving her P80 to her parents.  It'll be their first digital camera.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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