Nikon COOLPIX P50
- Has a decent manual mode for such a small camera, crisp and clear shots, no obvious chromatic aberration, no obvious lens distortion
- Vibration reduction made our shots look too soft, it sometimes mishandled very bright and cloudy conditions
Small and powerful -- thanks to an 8.1-megapixel sensor -- the P50 is suitable for almost all situations and it even has a decent manual mode to tinker with.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
The P50 is small camera that'll capture big pictures. Flaunting an 8-megapixel sensor, a 3.6x optical zoom lens and electronic vibration reduction to counter shaky hands, it's a handy 'happy snap' camera for almost all occasions.
It weighs in at 200g with two AA batteries, and the battery compartment doubles as a hand grip. However, the camera is so tiny (only 9cm long), it could be a little uncomfortable to use. The chassis itself is very strong, while the menu buttons and shutter are all responsive. The only unnecessary feature is the optical viewfinder, which is a little hard to see through due to its size, and it doesn't show the results of a focusing operation.
When left in 'auto' mode, the P50 will take vibrant and crisp-looking images, which are virtually devoid of any chromatic aberration. High contrast areas looked well defined and free of any purple fringing, and noise wasn't much of an issue in our test shots either. Blacks were rich, while colours were vibrant in bright sunlight conditions, but too much sun caused oversaturated bright colours. Also, cloud cover tended to confuse the camera a little, resulting in overly dark shots.
We found the vibration reduction feature to be a cause for soft images, as our test shots looked crisper with it switched off. Unless you are shooting in very low light without the flash, it's probably best to keep the vibration reduction disabled. Night shots with the flash look well defined and have accurate colour tones, but depending on the situation, say you're at a concert, for example, the camera will compensate with a high ISO, which will make photos look unintentionally grainy.
The camera did sometimes miss the focal point, which has a lot to do with user error when viewing the scene through the LCD viewfinder. In bright light conditions, especially, it might be hard to ascertain if what you're shooting is exactly in focus. However, we did manage to take some decent close-ups of flowers, and the lens can render the background with a slight 'bokeh' effect. It takes less than one second for the lens to focus when there is adequate light, but it does make a disturbing mechanical sound while doing so (it's a combination of ticking and buzzing -- or, tizzing , as we like to call it).
For creative types, the P50 offers a decent manual mode, in which you can change the shutter speed from eight seconds, all the way down to 1/1000th of a second, and the aperture from f2.8 to f5.6 (or down to f11 when the lens is at full zoom). The ISO can be changed from 64 all the way to 2000, and the dial even has a 'high ISO' mode, which will take good-looking artistic shots that are heavy with graininess.
Quick scene selections can also be invoked via the dial, and these include 'portrait', 'scenery' and 'night time' modes. You can also attach a tripod to the base of the camera if you want to set-up night shots for best results. Meanwhile, videos can also be shot by the P50 and will record up to 30min on a 2GB SD card when the highest quality setting is selected; whether your batteries last that long in video mode is another story.
A set of disposable AA batteries allowed us to shoot close to 120 shots -- over a quarter of them with the flash enabled -- as well as 5min worth of video.
Overall, this is a fun camera with a lot to offer. It's small and it takes relatively crisp, clean and vibrant images. It did sometimes struggle with very bright light or heavily overcast conditions when in 'auto' mode, but it still does a better job than most point-and-shoots, and you can always park it in manual mode to setup shots yourself.
Join the newsletter!
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Apple iPhone X
cloudandco Smart Cane
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Toys for Boys
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Xbox One X
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic Announces Compact, Lightweight ultra-telephoto LEICA Lens
- Panasonic announce still-shooter flagship G9
- Sony Announces Development of New G Master Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-Mount Lens
- Sony Expands Full-frame E-mount lens lineup
- Sony’s New Full-Frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera promises to delivers both resolution and speed
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCJunior to Mid Level - Java/ J2EE DeveloperQLD
- FTSr. IT Business Analyst -Investment banking Funding StructureOther
- CCCRM Technical ConsultantWA
- FTProject Engineer, Operational Infrastructure & TelcoOther
- FTSAP Lead Solution ArchitectOther
- TPSenior Test Analyst - GIS DrupalNSW
- CCWeb Applications Project ManagerVIC
- TPProject ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Analyst, Technical SupportNSW
- FTSystem Specialist - Operational Technology SystemsOther
- FTScrum MasterOther
- FTSenior Web Developer-Angular JS, CSS, GIT, JenkinsOther
- FTIT Engagement PartnerOther
- CCTest Analyst - BrisbaneVIC
- FTNetwork PlannerOther
- CCArchitect ? Office 365 MigrationQLD
- FTTest Automation EngineerVIC
- TPBusiness Intelligence Reporting AnalystVIC
- FTScrum MasterOther
- FTITIL Service ManagementSA
- FTBusiness Analyst | Gold CoastQLD
- FTMultiple SOC Analyst RolesOther
- TPSenior Business Analyst - Sunshine Coast HospitalQLD
- FTService Desk CoordinatorVIC
- FTPayments Business AnalystVIC