Call it a Super, Mega, Ultra, Deluxe, Supreme, or Big Booming Zoom—the new Nikon Coolpix P500 continues the tradition of obscene zoom ranges with its 36x optical range, one of the largest magnifications available within the current compact camera circuit. This is a 10x optical leap from last year's Nikon Coolpix P100, but that's not the only primary upgrade on the P500. Nikon also spruced up the camera's external design, stuffed more pixels into the fold-out LCD, and introduced new EXPEED 2 processing for the camera's Backside Illuminated CMOS sensor. Other than that, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is not a major divergence from last year's P100, and that's why both price tags remain identical. But the big question centers around the Nikon Coolpix P500's image quality, now that the latest processing has been implemented. Is the Nikon Coolpix P500 a noble upgrade? Let's find out.