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Nikon Coolpix P500 Black Digital Camera {12.1 M/P}

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Nikon Coolpix P500 Black Digital Camera {12.1 M/P} Description


Introduced February 2011 as the Coolpix P100 replacement the Nikon Coolpix P500 is a high-end compact camera. It has 12.1 megapixels with CMOS sensor and Nikkor 36x optical zoom lens. The zoom can be adjusted around the shutter button and the button on the side of the lens. Coolpix has Lens-shift VR image stabilization that serves as a tool in achieving continuous sharp images. The Coolpix P500 has Full HD video with stereo sound, flip out screen, and full manual controls. 

  • Easy Panorama stitching
  • Smart Portrait System
  • EXPEED C2 Image Processor
  • 5-way VR Image Stabilization
  • 3" Vari-Angle 921k-dot LCD

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!

KEH Specifications

  • Megapixels: 12.1
  • Body Color: Black
  • Sensor Size/Type: 1/2.3 in. / CMOS
  • Resolution: 4000 x 3000 
  • ISO: Auto, High Auto, 160-3200
  • White Balance: Auto and manual
  • Shooting Modes: Back light, beach, black and white copy, close up, dusk/dawn, fireworks show, food, landscape, museum, night landscape, night portrait, panorama, party/indoor, pet portrait, portrait, scene auto selector, snow, sports, sunset
  • Image Stabilization: Image sensor-shift
  • Optical Zoom: 36x
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-5.7
  • LCD Size: 0.24 in.
  • Shutter Speed: 2 sec. - 1/1500 sec.
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Continuous Drive: 8 fps
  • Video: Yes 
  • Memory Card Type(s): SD, SDHC, SDXC and ~102MB internal storage 
  • Battery: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5
  • Weight: (WITH batery and SD memory card:) 494g
  • Dimensions: 4.6x3.3x4.1 in.
  • Manufacturer's Model #: 26256



Audio Formats AAC, WAV

Built-in Devices

Built-in Devices Microphone


Flash Memory Capacity 102 MB


Camera Modes

Scene Modes:

  • Back Light
  • Beach
  • Black and White Copy
  • Close Up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Museum
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Panorama
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset


Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card


Viewfinder Type Electronic


ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 160, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800
Longest Shutter Speed 2 Second
Shortest Shutter Speed 1/1500 Second
Exposure Control
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
  • Manual (M)
  • Programmed Auto (P)
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S)


Image Formats JPEG
Aspect Ratio 16:9


Analog Video Out Yes

Physical Characteristics

Color Black

Network & Communication



Maximum Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
HD Movie Mode Yes
Video Formats MPEG-4

Battery Information

Number of Batteries Supported 1
Battery Built-in No
Battery Rechargeable Yes
Battery Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)

Display & Graphics

Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" (0.24" x 0.18")
Display Screen Type LCD
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Total Camera Resolution 12.8 Megapixel
Display Resolution 921000 Pixel
White Balance Modes
  • Auto
  • Manual
Touchscreen No
Effective Camera Resolution 12.1 Megapixel
Screen Size 3"


Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Flash Range (Telephoto) 14.76 ft
Maximum Flash Range (Wide) 26.25 ft
Minimum Flash Range (Telephoto) 86.64"
Minimum Flash Range (Wide) 19.68"
Built-in Flash Modes Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction

General information

Product Model P500
Product Line Coolpix
Manufacturer Part Number 26256
Manufacture GTIN 0018208262564
Brand Name Nikon


Minimum Focus Distance 0.39"
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 22.50 mm to 810 mm
Lens Construction 14 Elements in 9 Groups
Focus Modes Auto, Manual
Autofocus Yes
Wide Angle No
Image Stabilization Digital, Optical
Optical Zoom 36x
Digital Zoom 4x
Focal Length 4 mm to 144 mm


Language Supported Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Platform Supported Mac, PC
Features Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Manual White Balance
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