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iOS SnapBridge compatibility will be available by the end of September 2016


Features List

16 Megapixels
40x Optical zoom
80x Dynamic Fine zoom
1080p/60i Full HD video

Expand your photography with the 16 Megapixel COOLPIX B500, fitted with a high-performance 40x Optical zoom1 and 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom2. See the world through a flexible 3-inch tilting LCD monitor – then share it with SnapBridge, a new feature that connects your camera to smart devices.

Go into detail

Capture every detail with impressive 40x Optical zoom1 and 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom2. Outstanding Vibration Reduction stabilises your shots with a shutter speed effect at approximately 3.0 stops faster and 40x Optical zoom1. Keep speeding subjects in focus too, with Target Finding Autofocus (AF) and Pre-focus AF. You’ll also enjoy Full HD (1080p/60i) video-recording and creative shooting modes, such as Short Movie Show, that combine multiple clips into 30-second films.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 optical zoom fine dynamic zoom

The smarter way to share

Share your best shots with SnapBridge, a new feature that automatically downloads your images to your smart device via a constant Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. BLE uses minimal power, so you can continue shooting and sharing without draining your batteries too quickly. SnapBridge also allows your smart device to access your camera, even when it’s switched off. It even automatically archives your pictures onto NIKON IMAGE SPACE3.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 SnapBridge

Push creativity to the limit

Express yourself with the new Creative mode. Choose from an array of presets and let the camera do the rest. You can personalise your shots with 12 Glamour Retouch options – making your shots even more thrilling.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 creative mode

Empower yourself

At approximately 542 g and measuring 113.5 mm (w) x 78.3 mm (h) x 94.9 mm (d) without projections, the B500’s comfortable to shoot with, yet impressively stable. Intuitive control features, such as the mode dial and Side Zoom Control, means you’ll always be ready to go.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 intuitive control features

Automatically transfer and upload images with SnapBridge

Nikon SnapBridge

Our smart new application – SnapBridge – allows the B500 to be constantly connected to a smart device via Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi®.

With SnapBridge you can automatically transfer images to your smart device, as well as upload them automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE3. You can also use the smart device to browse images stored in the camera, as well as embed images with its location and date/time information. SnapBridge dramatically enhances the value and convenience of images taken with the B500.

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1 Approximately 900 mm equivalent in 35 mm format.
2 Approximately 1800 mm equivalent in 35 mm format. Magnification of Dynamic Fine zoom is calculated from the maximum wide-angle position of Optical zoom.
3 Register for your Nikon ID to receive unlimited online storage for thumbnail pictures at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 on NIKON IMAGE SPACE, for free.

Tech Specs

Type Compact digital camera
Effective pixels 16.0 million
(Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)
Image sensor 1/2.3-in. type CMOS
Total pixels: approx. 16.76 million
Lens NIKKOR lens with 40x Optical zoom and 80x Dynamic Fine zoom
Focal length Optical zoom: angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-900 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format
Dynamic Fine zoom: approx 1800 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format
Maximum aperture f/3.3 – 6.5
Vibration reduction Lens-shift VR (still images), Lens shift and electronic VR (movies)
Autofocus system Target finding AF
Focus range [W]: Approx. 30 cm (1 ft) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 3.5 m (11 ft) to infinity
Macro mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (wide-angle position)
(All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Focus-area selection Face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking, target finding AF
Monitor size 7.5 cm (3 -in.) diagonal
Monitor resolution 3″, 921k-dot VGA Tilting LCD monitor
Wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, tiltable approx. 85° downward, approx. 90° upward
Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
Movie Full HD 1080/60i video recording; Built-in Superlapse; Built-in Short Movie Show
Internal memory (approx. 20 MB)
Main features Multiple Exposure Lighten; Creative mode (9 Effect categories), Snap-back zoom; Side zoom control, Moon and Bird-watching mode; Mode dial, Glamour Retouch; Help function
Scene modes 19 Scene modes available
File system DCF and Exif 2.3 compliant
File formats Still images: JPEG
Movies: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: LPCM stereo)
Image size (pixels) 16 M (High) 4608 x 3456 (Fine)
16 M 4608 x 3456
8 M 3264 x 2448
4 M 2272 x 1704
2 M 1600 x 1200
VGA 640 x 480
16:9 4608 x 2592
1:1 3456 x 3456
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity) ISO 125 – 1600
ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using Auto mode)
Exposure modes Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (-2.0 – +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter type Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter speed 1/1500 – 1 s
1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting)
4 s (Fireworks show scene mode)
Self-timer Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Type Electronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection
Range 2 steps (f/3 and f/6 [W])
Built-in flash Yes
Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [[W]: 0.5-6.9 m (1 ft 8 in.-22 ft)
[T]: 3.5 m (11 ft)
Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
HDMI output connector HDMI micro connector (Type D)
DC input connector For AC Adapter EH-67 (available separately)
Access protocols Infrastructure
Connectivity Wi-Fi/Bluetooth®; NFC, SnapBridge support
Supported languages for camera menus Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power source Four LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries
Four EN-MH2 rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (available separately)
AC Adapter EH-67 (available separately)
Battery life of still shooting Approx. 600 shots when using alkaline batteries, Approx. 1240 shots when using lithium batteries, Approx. 750 shots when using EN-MH2 Ni-MH batteries*1
Battery life of movies (actual battery life for recording) Approx. 1 h 30 min when using alkaline batteries, Approx. 4 h 30 min when using lithium batteries, Approx. 2 h 35 min when using EN-MH2 Ni-MH batteries*2
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 113.5 x 78.3 x 94.9 mm
(excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 542 g including batteries and memory card
Supplied accessories Four LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries; UC-E16 USB Cable; AN-CP21 Strap; LC-CP31 Lens Cap
Optional accessories AH-CP1 Hand Strap; EH-67 AC Adapter; LC-CP31 Lens Cap
notes *1 Battery life may vary depending on conditions of use, such as the interval between shots or the length of time that menus and images are displayed. The included batteries are for trial use only. Figures listed for lithium batteries are measured using commercially available FR6/L91 (AA-size) Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium batteries.
*2 Battery life does not reflect the use of SnapBridge and may vary with the conditions of use, including temperature, the interval between shots, and the length of time that menus and images are displayed. Individual movie files cannot exceed 4 GB in size or 29 minutes in length, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card for longer recording.

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Nikon COOLPIX B500 Red Back
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Red Front
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Red Front 3/4 Left
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Red Front 3/4 Right
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Red LCD
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Red Slup Front 3/4 Right
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Red Top
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Black Back
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Black Front
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Black Front 3/4 Left
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Black Front 3/4 Right
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Black LCD
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Black Slup Front 3/4 Right
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Black Top

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The COOLPIX B500 is available in stores with a 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty.