The forgotten battery
Kodapixel | Camera and Photography Basics | Published Aug 6, 2012
My newly aquired Nkon Coolpix P500. Finally, more megapixels. Bought used with no battery.
So far, this is the best camera I have owned. I started digital just this year. Yes I am old
school. Which is why my first digital was a humble Lumix FZ20. I was drawn to the Leica lens
rather than the electronics inside. So I was content with learning on the Lumix, but knew I
needed more megapixels.
Enter the P500. I paid $130 total with shipping. I bid on a site and won for $115 plus
s&h. It was a steal.It came with no battery, as was said on the site. So I took a gamble
that the camera wasn't trash. After searching online for the proper battery, I all ready
knew that there are after market brands that last longer. Can't be sure, but the original
EN-EL5 is a 800 mAh. mAh refers to milli amp hours. Excuse my spelling! So I ordered a two
1200 mAh batteries through Amazon. I have clicked over 200 shots and my battery icon hasn't
budged. I have upgraded in the past by doing the same for my cell phone. I believe that you
can even get a 1500 mAh battery for the P500.So it is simple math. The higher the mAh
rating, the longer the battery life. You do not have to be limited to the "stock" battery. Hope this helps
anyone on dpreview. The forums and
reviews here have sure helped this Newbie!