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Nikon COOLPIX P500 12.1 CMOS Digital Camera with 36x NIKKOR Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black)

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  • 36x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens.
  • 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for high-speed operation and exceptional low-light performance.
  • Capture 5 shots in one second at full resolution
  • Full HD (1080p) Movie with Stereo sound and HDMI Output
  • 5-way VR Image Stabilization System
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Color: Black
  • image-stabilization

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 4.6 x 3.3 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004M8SVHK
  • Item model number: P500 Black
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 7, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Zooming above and beyond.

Put yourself in the center of the action.
P500 lens

You've never been closer to the action than you are with this 36x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR® ED glass lens. Its optical zoom (22.5–810mm) pulls you in from wide panoramas to crisp close ups. Plus, a side zoom control marks the end of shaky zooms—freeing you to capture great action photos with minimal blur. So whether you're shooting a mountain vista or zooming in on a snowboarder, say goodbye to missed shots. This lens catches it all. It even allows for macro shooting as close as 0.4 inches!

zooming in on a mountain biker riding down a hill
Wide panoramas to crisp close-ups.
Stunning photos in not so stunning shooting conditions.
biker doing a flip

Whether you're aiming at a midnight skyline or zooming in on a hang-glider in a sun drenched sky, Nikon enables you to take incredible photographs and movies. With its 12.1-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, dual image processors and Nikon's EXPEED C2 image processing engine, it frees you to shoot highly detailed images with minimal noise and distortion.

The COOLPIX P500 is ideal for shooting high speed action, so you're sure to capture the fastest skateboarders, skiers and windsurfers. It's armed with ISO speeds up to 3200 and equipped with a five-way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System that reduces the streaky images associated with shaky cameras. The COOLPIX P500 even has a motion detector that identifies moving subjects and then adjusts the camera's settings to ensure that you won't miss a frame of the action.

Whatever you want to shoot, the COOLPIX P500 is ready.

You'll never miss a shot with this versatile camera because it starts right up, has a quick autofocus, and shoots five shots in approximately one second—at full resolution. Plus, multiple Continuous Modes allow for a variety of high speed shooting options up to a blazing 120 frames per second*.

shoots up to five consecutive images per second
Up to five consecutive images per second.
record button

When a single picture just isn't enough, the versatile COOLPIX P500 features a One-Touch record button that lets you shoot Full HD (1080p) movies at 30fps while recording audio with a built-in stereo microphone. It's great for sporting events because it will record high speed activity in slow motion, catching action missed by the human eye. The COOLPIX P500 also has an HDMI-CEC output for simple playback on your HDTV or computer—so now it's as easy to watch your own movies as it is to shoot them.

*reduced resolution

Any angle. Any lighting. Any shot.

The COOLPIX P500 is all you need to shoot eye-catching photographs, thanks to the three-inch, tilting, vari-angle monitor. This 921,000-dot display not only makes it easy to capture, review, and share images, but it also enables you to shoot from unusual angles and tricky vantage points. The Clear Color Display has a brightness adjustment and an anti-glare coating, so it remains vivid in the most challenging lighting conditions. And for those who want even more compositional freedom, the versatile COOLPIX P500 comes with an eye-level electronic viewfinder.

vari-angle monitor covers all the angles
Panoramas: Seamless, Effortless, Genius.

Mountains. Canyons. Sunsets. The glory of these vistas is the breadth and grandeur of their natural beauty. That's why the COOLPIX P500 includes Easy Panorama Mode that combines multiple shots into a seamless 180- or 360-degree panoramic picture. Simply move the camera as you shoot and let the COOLPIX P500 combine the shots for you. Choose from 19 different Scene Modes or let the camera automatically select the most appropriate settings. Either way, you'll have a panoramic shot that captures the size, scope and splendor of the most majestic scenes imaginable.

panorama shot of a sunset over the ocean
The COOLPIX P500 puts you in control.

Whether you're shooting a scenic overlook or a competitive speedboat race, the COOLPIX P500 captures images the way you want them. It lets you select aperture and shutter priorities, and includes a Manual Exposure Mode that puts you in complete control. And shooting at night is a breeze with the Advanced Night Landscape and Advanced Night Portrait Modes. Simply press the shutter release and the COOLPIX P500 will shoot multiple shots and automatically combine them into a single, superior image.

Whatever you're shooting, it couldn't be easier than with the COOLPIX P500.

The COOLPIX P500 is master of convenience—and the ideal choice for capturing fast action, low-light images, panoramas and stunning portraits. And its Smart Portrait System includes a Blink Warning that warns you when your subject may have blinked. It also includes in-camera Red-Eye™ technology that automatically fixes red-eye, a Face-Priority feature that can focus up to 12 faces and a Skin Softening feature that smoothes out skin tones at three different levels. This versatile camera even allows for macro shooting as close as 0.4 inches. Plus, it comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery that lasts for approximately 220 pictures.

What's in the box
  • COOLPIX P500 Digital Camera
  • LC-CP23 Lens Cap
  • AN-CP21 Strap
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable
  • EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • EH-69P AC Adapter/Charger
  • Nikon View NX 2 CD-Rom

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

A lot to get familiar with given the vast array of options this camera affords. Image quality is generally good, though not tack sharp as I'm used to with my Nikon film SLRs. Read more ›
I use it to snap photos of migrating birds…The great zoom capabilities help me capture great pictures of distant subjects and the picture quality is great when doing so. Read more ›
The camera works perfect, very easy to manage and all the accesories and software helps to…I m actually trying with more difficult pictures and the results are good. Ma… Read more ›
I received camera on time. Picture quality is good. Features of P500 I liked, especially clarity and zoom. Read more ›
This camera not only has a great zoom and multiple action shots in sequence but it is really easy to use. The pictures are so clear and the software is easy to use! I will… Read more ›
I even took to the theater to see the characters. Flash is strong enough, video and sound quality are great. Programs are usefull. Read more ›
I have had the camera for over a year now and have not had any problems with it at all. The zoom is amazing!! Read more ›
The thing I really like about the Nikon CoolPix P500 is the fact it is…I took it to a NHL hockey game and the zoom is incredible, I could see the stitching on the jersey. Read more ›
8. I LOVE THE CANON SX 40 HS! The zoom is UNBELIEVABLE! The photos are crisp, and clear - no blur! Read more ›
I'm still in my first month with the camera, so the story is not yet complete. The 36x zoom IS incredible, and the "standard" pictures seem to come out very well! Read more ›
The camera has many high end features. Zoom is awesome. Great camera for taking family pictures. Read more ›
This is a great camera! The zoom is incredible, and the picture quality is awesome. There are plenty of features on the camera to take pictures in any condition. Read more ›
This is a great camera to be used for amateurs. When it set on the correct setting, you can get same amazing pictures and great memories. Read more ›
It does exactly what it needs to do. I'm very happy with service,product, and how easy to use and install. Read more ›
Sometimes in bright sunlight it is difficult to see with large view. It is easy to use, takes great pictures, what more could I ask for? Read more ›
The 36x zoom is great. I'm a novice but found it easy to use. I did buy the battery charger and an extra battery so I never run out of power! Read more ›
I have gotten lots of compliments on the photos I take with this camera, and it's very easy to use. I find that the zoom works better if I put it in manual mode. Read more ›
I like the sport event setting that takes up to 5 pics in a row which is very handy. The camera is easy to use which is good since I'm not high tech at all. Read more ›
This camera takes great photos, but using a tripod is a good idea,…The videos are nice too, and the slow motion is cool, but not good for taking videos in a darker setting. Read more ›
I don't dispute many of the positive things I've read about this camera. The video is great. The zoom is awesome. Read more ›
I think if I were to get into photography more I would go for an SLR. The video quality is very good as well. I am happy with it. Read more ›
It is INCREDIBLE you can have a 24 to 800 mm zoom in such light…AND Full HD videos too for the same price, although using the full zoom in video is not well stabilized. I… Read more ›
fully user programmable, apature or exposure priority. full 1080p HD and 720p slo-mo video which is pretty cool. Read more ›
I also wanted to be able to shoot video and…I am not as serious about video but wanted to be able to shoot a good quality video now and again and the video does look good. Read more ›
It is hard to get good pictures in less than perfect lighting. Yes, the different settings work well and I really enjoyed the macro setting. I got amazing print-quality… Read more ›
That was why I got the camera, but the other features are fun, too. The Scene setting for pets keeps shooting pictures as long as the shutter is held done so that the best… Read more ›
I forgot how easy, simple, & less cumbersome a compact digital can be to a SLR. I love my SLR, but there are times when simple, & still powerful with great options is good. T… Read more ›
I think the term is "Screwed". It is an attractive camera whith great features and is fairly easy to use - but DAH! - just does not take decent pictures. Read more ›
If I was using the flash, this obviously wouldn't be the case. The functions are easy to set and use. Read more ›
The long zoom is fun to use and the quality of the picture is often unbeleavable without a tripod. The panorama mode works great and again the pictures are gorgous. Read more ›
i love my new camera, it is just the best one i could imagine :) it takes awesome pictures and this price is fantastic Read more ›
I had the same camera but the 110 model and I wanted to upgrade. I got it for a great price, used, just gotta look around. I am very happy with it. Read more ›
Easy to use and much more functionality than I know what to do with. Love it and well worth the price. Read more ›
It's a very good camera for it's price.. It has a very good price/value relation.. It's amazing how confortable it's the anatomic grip! Read more ›
The instruction book says there is "Manual Focus" capability, but the camera doesn't have it! Did I get a lesser product at full price? I enquired, but surprise, surprise,… Read more ›
I purchased this camera for the Holidays at a great price and with free overnight shipping. I love it! Read more ›
The zoom lens, however, is spectacular and gives me the compact size I was hoping for while still being able to capture images that are far away crisply (as long as I'm… Read more ›
So this is just perfect. The wide angle lens is awesome! I cant seem to go anywhere without this camera. Read more ›
The ultra zoom is really awesome, the 35x optical really gives you the freedom to get the pictures you want. The ultra-wide angle on the other side of the lens is also great. Read more ›
Yes it does have a point and shoot size sensor. The size and cost of the lens is a function of the sensor size. The larger the sensor the more the camera will cost for the… Read more ›
Very nice camera with a terrific zoom lens. Only downside is that the fold-out screen doesn't fold sideways. Read more ›
It is easy to operate, almost idiot friendly, in fact, and has many…I love the telephoto lens that allows me to get close up shots of birds at my feeders or in the trees. Read more ›
I love the zoom and the wide angle. The adjustable screen is great for self timed and shots from the ground or above your head. I use the easy panorama function frequently,… Read more ›
I do still appreciate it…The best thing I can think about this camera is the ease of use and the screen display; the display is gorgeous and its actually a bit deceiving. Read more ›
The tilt LCD is a great feature that I had on another Nikon. I love it. Read more ›
The LCD screen is clear, but the view find is even better. Taking picture with the view finder maks taking pictures so must easier. Read more ›
Very easy settings for any amateur photographer. Well made, great display screen and has an excellent zoom. Read more ›
I had to cull out maybe every…This was free handing it, using the sharp and clear, tilting 3" display and not the EVF, so it was away from my body and more prone to shake. Read more ›
Panorama is amazing and simple to use Manual focus works great (very noticeable when using Macro) Great performance at ISO 1600 Read more ›
I focused on my hummingbird feeder approximately 40 times without making any camera…About 5 times, the focus was sharp and the other times the focus was off by a mile. Read more ›
I like the size of the camera and how it feels in my hands. The autofocus is also good enough for the price. I really like the LCD function and "swivel"! Read more ›
More importantly, the Canon is MUCH faster --- especially as it has a…It also seems to have a somewhat easier time focusing when you're really out there with the lens. T… Read more ›
At around 1:04 in the ZS7 video I move from a non-zoom to a close up of…Through the zoom process, the camera stays mostly in sharp focus unlike what you see with the P500. Read more ›
I agree, this little guy is not perfect: it takes a little time to focus at full zoom (you get better quickly with practice), focus is a little difficult in low light (wish… Read more ›
Our 1 year old Panasonic did not and we hated that. 2. The red color is beautiful... my favorite color on the camera by far. 3. The size is just right - not too small but… Read more ›
it is just not reliable and you get a lot of…But when you get a nice one they are crisp and clean colors but it is a gamble and you don't get redo's during sports shots! Read more ›
The Nikon treats the still JPG series like a video on playback, so doesn't tell…Outdoor shots are great, colors look fine, but I didn't but this camera just for outdoors. Read more ›
LOL I was also pleased with the video. Very clear and vivid color. I can't say enough good about this camera. Read more ›
A polarized filter is a must have filter for…It makes the sky a deeper blue, takes reflection off water and snow and metal, and makes flowers and trees richer in color. Read more ›
Indoor images often…And it is not easy to quickly adjust the colors -- you have to go through the menu and put some work into searching for the setting you are looking for. Read more ›
The P500 is much easier to carry and to keep dry during hikes and other outdoor activities than my Nikon D70s and D90. I use a Cotton Carrier vest for those two DSLRs with… Read more ›
It takes great shots and is easy to use. It's lightweight and very easy to carry around either in a camera bag or with the neck strap. I always keep it handy since I never… Read more ›
It came with a very bright red color which makes the camera body so sexy and cute. This new camera is very light and convenient to carry and use. The quality of… Read more ›
X The camera is…This makes it not only much easier to carry around than my D90, it is much lower in cost so if it gets stolen while on vacation I can get over it easier. Read more ›
I could find no fault with any pictures except for the ones that were operator error! Easy to carry in a small package. LCD is amazing. Read more ›
Surprisingly good performance at ISO 1600 Very light and easy to carry around It's RED!!! Read more ›
Light, perfect size for a woman's…Battery life is very good, about 500 shots per charge, with the gorilla pod hybrid tripod will be a knockout duo for your next vacation. Read more ›
The basics were quite…Except for the first charging, battery life has been very good but still remains to be fully tested (thus only the 4 star rating at this time). Th… Read more ›
Battery life is not terrific (but I highly recommend as I did buy 2 extra batteries with 1400ma higher capacity on Ebay for $3 each along with an AC charger for $5 so you… Read more ›
So, I may buy another external battery charger for this camera. It only took maybe 3 hours to fully charge the battery on the Canon camera with their supplied charger. Read more ›
The zoom is fantastic, easy to use all features, and the quality of pictures is awesome but battery life could be better. Read more ›
This would be a super travel camera; long range zoom, great pictures, long battery life, light but not cheap. I would have kept it but decided that a dslr would more fit my… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

299 of 309 people found the following review helpful By AlexL on March 9, 2011
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
Overall, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is pretty impressive. Although there are a few flaws, the camera's features make up for them. Below are the major pros and cons I found after using the camera for a few hours.

- HUGE 36x Optical Zoom (at full zoom I could see buildings 5 miles away as if they were two blocks away)
- Relatively lightweight and compact, much smaller than I expected.(compared to an entry level DSLR)
- Up to 240 FPS video, nice slow motion.
- Manual controls, a must for any experienced camera user.
- Buttons well laid out and simple to find and use.

- Image quality was good but it was pretty much expected, nothing extraordinary for this price range. If you prefer higher quality images over features in this price range, an entry level DSLR such as the D3100 is the way to go.
- If you accidentally leave the lens cap on and turn the camera on, the lens will still try to come out and it will grind the motor. BE CAREFUL! I found this to be the biggest flaw, not having a "lens cap on" sensor or a resistance sensor that would stop the motor if it sensed something in the way.
- No supplied external battery charger. You have to charge the battery while it's in the camera, via USB cable and supplied AC adapter. And while it's charging, it won't let you power it on, so you can't use it as an AC power source either.
- As with all super high zooms, every tiny vibration is magnified so unless you have a tripod or some kind or support, it's extremely difficult to get a clear shot at maximum zoom.

All in all, it is very user friendly. From the novice photographer to the experienced photo geek, the features on this camera are sure to impress. If you can deal with a few minor inconveniences, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is pretty nice camera.
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386 of 402 people found the following review helpful By Millersdad on March 11, 2011
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
I just returned from the holidays that I got the camera for. 14 days in Alaska. The camera did nearly everything I asked of it. A couple points I would like to point out. *I used firmware version 1.0 while on holiday, I now see version 1.1 is out, but does not appear to address any of the points I had issue with*

I got to work with the video more, and I had very bad luck getting it to focus. However I did notice if I ran the zoom out and THEN turned on the video, it seemed to be able to grab focus on the subjects much better. Again, doesn't make sense to me, but I will be interested in others that try it and if they have the same experience. I met several folks both traveling with us and at the places I visited that own the P500. Shared experiences with others and got some slick pointers from some too. Almost to the person the folks I interacted with were pleased to very pleased with this camera. Yes, we all shared some of the same gripes. One of the universal ones was the faux pas with a complete lack of filter attachment ability and the lens cap- power on/off.
In the still mode (non-video) this camera will pretty much do whatever you ask of it, IF you've studied the manual and played with it. I promise you that if you are putting it in "AUTO" and expecting it to figure everything out, you'll be disappointed. Experiment, learn the camera. It IS an amazing piece of technology.

I was using a grade 6 SD card today. That is the minimum Nikon recommends. It took approximately 13 seconds for the camera to process an HDR photo and a couple more seconds to write it to the card. Camera continues to show practically no lag time when taking standard shots. Only panoramas and HDR slow things down, with HDR certainly taking the longest.
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178 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on March 14, 2011
Color Name: Black
I've owned the Nikon p90 and p100, so I've got an idea of what these Nikon superzooms are like. I wasn't planning on buying a new superzoom, but the big jump in zoom to 810mm made me plonk down the money again. ( I think I need help, I'm becomeing a camera junkie). While wide angles aren't usually something I look for in most cameras, 22.5mm (35mm format) is really wide! The p500 is once again evolutionary, rather than revolutionary.

The Good:

- Light and easy to hold, which makes it a good travelling camera. Less than half the weight of my dslr with an 18-200mm lens attached.

- Tilting 3 inch LCD screen.

- Humungous zoom. I write before that the Fujifilm HS10 720mm zoom was huge. 810mm is even huger! (This is the zoom range it should have been in the p100 imho, but as they say, better late than never). You will truly see things you'd never thought you'd see when you zoom out to 810mm.

- Easy to use...relatively. Since I've already used several Nikons, I'm more used to it than you might be if you are new to the brand, so I didn't find it especially difficult to navigate. If you are a pure point and shoot person using little compact cameras, you might find the functions available a bit daunting and you'll need to look up both the manual, and a FAQ section of photography terms and functions to know how to alter things like shutter speed and aperture. I use shutter speed sometimes, but not aperture, since it's nothing to shout about. If I want thin sections of focus, I go to my dlsr and f1.4 prime lens :)

- Photo quality is not bad for this type of camera. Definitely not dslr quality. But if you just want that photo (and you'll take heaps with 22.5-810mm on tap) then this will more than satisfy you.
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