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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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Screen Size 3 in 3 in 3 in 3 in 3 in
Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
External-Memory Included Yes No No No Yes
Item Dimensions 3.31 x 4.57 x 4.06 in 3.35 x 4.92 x 4.19 in 3.08 x 4.47 x 3.74 in 4.47 x 3.78 x 3.09 in 3.1 x 3 x 4.3 in
Item Weight 1.09 lbs 1.25 lbs 1.19 lbs 1.19 lbs 0.9 lb
Optical Sensor Resolution 12.1 megapixels 20.2 megapixels 16 megapixels 16 megapixels 12.1 megapixels
Optical Zoom 36 60x 40x 38x 15
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 4K (30p) 1080p (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 60i, 50i) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Viewfinder LCD electronic viewfinder flexible LCD flexible LCD None

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Product description

Zoom your world with the high-powered, mind-blowing closeness of the Nikon P500. The 36x optical zoom breaks boundaries with incredible power to shoot closer and wider than ever before. It's loaded with amazing features including the CMOS sensor, which ensures superior images in challenging light, dual EXPEED C2 image processors allowing brilliant high speed capture.

Super-sharp images come standard with Hybrid VR for image stabilization. The High Speed Continuous Shooting Mode shoots up to 5 frames in one second at full resolution capturing the best of the action and keeping the excitement rolling with the versatility of Full HD 1080p movie recording at the touch of a button. The Nikon Coolpix P500 superior tilting Vari-Angle monitor allows shooting at almost any angle or vantage point and viewing shots is easy on the 921,000-dot clear color display. Owners will enjoy the full scope of the Coolpix P500 with Easy Panorama Mode and more great shots easily-captured with over 19 Scene Mode technologies.

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