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A superb performer with incredible range, the compact COOLPIX P500 boasts an astounding 36x zoom, a tilting LCD monitor and full HD movie recording. Offering ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage, the impressive 36 x zoom combines with the back illuminated CMOS image sensor to deliver stunning images from anywhere - and in any light.


Creative freedom is further enhanced thanks to the tiltable LCD monitor that makes it easy to take shots from above or below. Advanced exposure modes allow control over key settings, and a dedicated continuous shooting button allows quick switching from single-frame to continuous shooting.


The COOLPIX P500 - The high-power zoom that covers it all.


NIKKOR 36x zoom lens with ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage

Back illuminated 12.1megapixel CMOS image sensor

Full (1080p) HD movie recording with stereo sound

High-resolution 7.5 cm (3-in.), 921K-dot, tiltable LCD monitor

Key features

High-power zoom: NIKKOR 36x zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage (35 mm equivalent: 22.5-810mm). Offers outstanding precision and sharp resolution.

Back illuminated 12.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor increases the amount of light that each pixel receives, improving sensitivity and reducing noise for superb performance in any light.

7x anti-blur automatically counters blurred images in seven different ways. Hybrid VR (Sensor-shift and Electronic Vibration Reduction) reduces the effect of camera shake and can be set simultaneously for additional protection. High ISO (up to 3200) light sensitivity reduces the risk of blurred images with fast-moving subjects or in low-light. Motion detection compensates for camera and subject movement. Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots. Dedicated light modes: deliver superb results in any light, even without a tripod: Night Portrait mode delivers beautifully detailed night scenes and indoor portraits. Night Landscape mode lets you shoot sharp images at low ISO. HDR*2 backlight mode offers impressive tonal detail in any situation.

High-resolution 7.5 cm (3-in.) 921K-dot, tiltable LCD monitor: can be tilted up by as much as 90 degrees, or down by as much as 82 degrees. With anti-reflection coating.

Full (1080p) HD movie recording with stereo sound: optical zoom and autofocus are available during recording, and you can capture a photo while filming. Boasts an option to film in slow or fast motion using recording speeds of up to 240fps (QVGA). Camera features a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support for output to a HDTV.

Side zoom control enables smooth, steady zooming throughout the 36x zoom range when shooting photos or movies.

Exposure Modes (P/S/A/M) for greater creative control. Programmed Auto (P), Shutter-priority (S), Aperture-priority (A) and Manual (M).

Easy Panorama 360°/180°: lets you pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas.

EXPEED C2 image processing system provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.

High-speed continuous shooting (8fps) at full 12.1 megapixel resolution: a dedicated continuous shooting button lets you switch instantly to shoot up to five continuous shots at a eight frames per second, or up to 54 lower resolution* shots at 120 frames per second.


* Only for images of 1280 to 960

Technical Specifications

Effective pixels12.1 million pixels
Image sensorType: 1/2.3-in. type CMOS with active cell array; Color filter array: RGB filter; Total pixels:Approx. 12.75 million pixels; Recording pixels: Approx. 12.00 million pixels (4000 x 3000)
LensOptical 36x zoom, NIKKOR lens; Focal length: 4.0-144mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 22.5-810 mm); Aperture: f/3.4-5.7; Lens construction: 14 elements in 9 groups (one ED glass element)
Focus range (from lens)Normal shooting: approx. 50 cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity (at wide angle setting), approx. 2.2 m (7 ft. 3 in.) to infinity (at telephoto setting); Macro close-up mode: approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (at closest focus distance), approx. 2.2 m (7 ft. 3 in.) to infinity (at telephoto setting)
MonitorSize: 7.5 cm (3-in.); Number of dots: Approx. 921k-dot; Type: TFT LCD monitor; (Acrylic) cover: Protective acrylic panel with anti-reflection coating on both sides and HD coating (no air-gapless structure
Storage mediaInternal memory (approx. 102 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card 2
Vibration Reduction (VR)Image-sensor shift type + electronic type (still image); Other blur-reduction functions: Motion Detection (conventional type), BSS (Best Shot Selector)
ISO sensitivityISO 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 32003 (4000 x 3000) , Auto (ISO 160 to 800), Fixed range auto (ISO 160 to 400)
InterfaceHi-Speed USB/PictBridge
Power SourcesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (1100 mAh), AC Adapter EH-62A (option)
Battery life1Approx. 220 shots (EN-EL5)
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 115.5 x 83.7 x 102.5 mm/4.6 x 3.3 x 4.1 in. (excluding projections) 4
WeightApprox. 494 g (1 lb. 1.5 oz) (including battery and SD memory card) 4
MovieHD 1080p: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), HD 720p: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), iFrame 540: 960 x 540 (30 fps), VGA: 640 x 480 (30 fps); HS movie: (15/60/120/240 fps; no sound)
Supplied accessoriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Charging AC Adapter EH-69, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, Camera Strap AN-CP21, Lens Cap LC-CP23 and ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Optional accessoriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Charging AC Adapter EH-69, Battery Charger MH-61, AC Adapter EH-62A, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16 and Lens Cap LC-CP23
  1. Based on CIPA industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 23°C; zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with every other shot, image mode set to Normal.
  2. Not compatible with Multi Media Cards (MMC).
  3. Setting is available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller.
  4. Method of noting dimensions and weight is in accordance with CIPA DCG-005-2009 guideline.
  5. In case of using four AA Energizer(r) Ultimate Lithium batteries.
  6. In case of using two AA Energizer(r) Ultimate Lithium batteries.