Nikon Coolpix P500 review

A 36x super-zoom bridge camera with a 12.1 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor

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1/2.3-in. type CMOS with active cell array

Colour filter array

RGB filter

Total pixels

Approx. 12.75 million pixels

Recording pixels

Approx 12.00 million pixels (4000 x 3000)


Optical 36x zoom, NIKKOR lens

Focal length

4.0-144mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 22.5-810 mm)



Lens construction

14 elements in 9 groups (one ED glass element)


Internal memory (approx. 102 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card


0.24 in. TFT LCD, approx. 230,000 dot with diopter adjustment

LCD Screen

7.5 cm (3-inch), approx. 921k-dotTFT LCD monitor

Video resolution

HD 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)

ISO range


Focus modes

Auto (9-area automatic selection), Centre, Face priority, Manual with 99 focus areas, Subject tracking

Max burst rate

Five frames at 8fps approx at 12.1Mp

Shutter speeds

1/1500-2 sec




115.5 x 83.7 x 102.5 mm

Power supply

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (1100 mAh), AC Adapter EH-62A (option)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix P
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom36x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)494 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height83.7 mm
Width115.5 mm
Depth102.5 mm
Product SeriesP
Focal Length4 mm to 144 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelP500
Product NameCoolpix P500 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control
  • Program Auto (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture-priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA670E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix P500 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable 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
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year