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Nikon Coolpix P500 Digital Camera

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Digital Camera Description

The Nikon Coolpix P500 is a Large Digital Camera with a 1/2.3" sensor. Its 12 Megapixels CMOS sensor offers an ISO 160-3200 sensitivity range which is expandable to ISO 160-3200. With 12 MP of resolution, sharp prints are possible up to at 240 DPI.

A builtin Image Stabilization mechanism allows the Nikon Coolpix P500 to compensate for camera shake.

This camera features a mechanic shutter that can expose for 1/1500 to 2s. With a fastest shutter-speed of 1/1500, fast action cannot be frozen. Given that is does not support very slow shutter-speeds, this camera is unsuitable for night photography. This camera model offers Full Manual Controls.

Nikon Coolpix P500

The Nikon Coolpix P500 features a 99-point Contrast-Detect AF system. Autofocus can continuously adjust according to subject distance. A Real-Time Autofocus Tracking System allows focus to follow a moving subject within the frame.

Although this camera offers full manual controls, it does not have any control-dials to change exposure parameters directly. This camera does not feature any seals to protect it against adverse weather, dust and moisture. Care must be taken, just like with most electronics. Framing on the Nikon Coolpix P500 is performed via a 0.24" Built-in EVF with 230K Pixels. This EVF shows 97% coverage.

Model Specifications

BrandNikon ModelCoolpix P500
Sensor 12 Megapixels CMOS Sensor Size 6 x 5mm
Anti-Alias Filter Yes Sensor Aspect 4:3 Aspect-Ratio
Stabilization Built-In Dust-ReductionN / A
Sensitivity ISO 160 - 3200 Shutter-Speed 1/1500 - 2s
Lens23 - 810mm F/3.5 - 5.7 / 8Mininum Focus10cm (w) / 2.2m (t)
ZoomElectronicManual FocusN / A
Filter Diameter Focus System 99-point Contrast-Detect *Tracking AF-C. 99-points manually selectable. 9-areas automatically selectable.
Viewfinder Type Built-in EVF Viewfinder Size 0.24" EVF 230K Pixels 97% Coverage
Display Attachment Display Size 920K Pixels 3" LCD 97% Coverage
Exposure ModesP, A, T, M Scene Modes18Back Light, Beach, B&W Copy, Close Up, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks, Food, Landscape, Museum, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Pet, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
MeteringMulti-Segment, Center-Weighed, Spot Bracketing 3 Shots ±1/3 EV
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV, 1/3 EV Flash Compensation
White Balance Auto , Presets, Custom White Balance Tuning
Continuous Drive 8 FPS, 5 JPEG *Also continuous 60 and 120 modes at reduced resolutions. Self Timer Yes *2s, 10s
Command Dials DOF Preview No
Protection Dust Reduction No
Digital Level Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Trigger Eye-Start Sensor No
HDR Yes Orientation Sensor Yes
Interval Timer No Multiple Exposure No
Image Formats JPEG Flash Ports
Built-In Flash Yes, 8 - 4.5m (W-T) Flash Sync
Video Capture 1920x1080 @ 30 FPS 16:9 *High-speed video up to 120 FPS @ 320x240. Sound Input
Video Format Quicktime H.264 WiFi No
Memory Secure Digital Extended Capacity, Internal Memory GPS No
Battery Lithium-Ion Battery Life 240 *CIPA Standard, 50% flash use.
Introduced 2011-02-08, Discontinued Construction Standard
Size 84 x 116 x 103mm (W x H x D) Weight 494g

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Nikon P500 Highlights


Large digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

12 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 160-3200
35.2X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-2s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.24" Built-in EVF 230K PixelsCustom white-balance
8 FPS Drive, 5 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
Internal Memory
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