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Nikon COOLPIX P500 Black 12.1 MP 36X Optical Zoom Wide Angle Digital Camera

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  • CMOS 12.1 MP
  • 36X Optical Zoom
  • Wide Angle
  • 3.0" LCD
  • 1920 x 1080

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Zoom your world with the high-powered, mind-blowing closeness of the new P500. 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! Put yourself in the center of the action, and experience the incredible power to shoot closer and wider than ever before with the Nikon COOLPIX P500.

  • newegg 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 (reduced resolution). 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.
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg Stunning Photos in not so Stunning Shooting Conditions 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.
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg 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.

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Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Effective Pixels
12.1 MP
4000 x 3000 (12M)


Optical Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
4.0-144.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-810mm lens in 35mm [135] format)


Shutter Speed
1/1500-2 sec. (P, S mode)
2s or 10s


Normal Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 7 ft. 3 in. (2.2 m.) to infinity
Macro Focus Range
[W]: Approx. 4 in. (10 cm.) to infinity


Exposure Compensation
± 2 EV in steps of 1/3
Metering System
256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot, spot AF area (with support for 99 focus areas)
Auto (auto gain ISO 160-800)
High ISO Sensitivity auto (ISO 160-1600)

White Balance

White Balance

Viewfinder & Monitor

0.24 in. TFT LCD, approx. 230,000 dot with diopter adjustment


Scene Modes
Back Light
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Fireworks Show
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Pet Portrait
Scene Auto Selector

Recording System

File Formats
Internal Memory
Approx. 102MB
Storage Media


Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


A/V Out


Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Henry B.
  • 3/12/2012 2:22:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI forgot to Add

Pros: See prior feedback

Cons: For some reason Nikon didn't put threads for filters on the lens...I fail to understand that since the use of filters is highly desireable! (even if one is just used to protect the lens front glass) :o(
Also it doesn't have a hot shoe...having one would be a tremendous advantage.

Other Thoughts:'s still a great "bridge" camera and I really can't complain since the price is under $500!!!!!

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  • Henry B.
  • 3/11/2012 4:39:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent so far!!!!

Pros: Solid build...excellent ergonomics...great picture quality! I love the articulating LCD screen and with the addition of a Delkin pop-up shade and screen protector, it is a complete still/video camera package. Typical Nikon's superior quality is evident and the price is more than reasonable. Having the same CMOS back-side illumination sensor as their higher priced, true DSLR's is a real plus!!!!
It's a shame they don't allow uploading of still pics as I would have you take a look at the shot of the moon I did this evening at it's 36X zoom (over 800mm) lens. Not bad for the first try...just needs a little tweaking and more practice with it. (Craters on the moon are highly visible and sharply focused)

Cons: Uses LiIon batteries...I hate having to use proprietary batteries but the camera quality overshadows that so I can live with it.

Other Thoughts: Purchased a FujiFilm S3400 (refurbished) and after having it replaced twice because of defects, NewEgg agreed to refund the money so I could buy a higher end digital camera from them. The Nikon P500 has performed flawlessly so far although I am just beginning to explore it's features

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1 out of 5 eggsBAD FOCUSE

Pros: ok video quallity

Cons: i took over 100 pictures and almost all wore out of focuse i traded my p500 for canon dslr wich is almost same size cost a cople hundred more but the quality is much better, the quallity is good on p500 if in focuse but it dosent focuse verry good espeshally when you zoom if you wont a zoon camra dont get the p500 get a dslr if you wont a point and shoot get the coolpix lp120

Other Thoughts: i would never recomend this camera to any ove feel sory that i ever had it waist of mony

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  • Allan M.
  • 11/24/2011 12:27:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Camera

Pros: This camera takes some of the nicest pictures that I have ever shot. It is reasonably easy to use (If you read the manual). Battery life seems pretty good, I bought spare batteries and an external charger, and do not regret it.
The HD videos are great, no need for a camcorder!
Just get a class 10 SD card. NewEgg's price is good for this model.

Cons: None really, I did find it difficult to get certain shots before I read the manual and understood everything, but that is not manufacturers fault.

Other Thoughts: Read the manual (The whole manual), buy an extra battery and external charger.

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  • Eric K.
  • 10/27/2011 6:18:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest camera I've ever had

Pros: Takes excellent action photos. I took a picture of the moon and I think it turned out great. Love that it takes great pictures in low light too.

Cons: Nothing bad yet. If you want to really get the max out of it, you need to read the instruction manual.

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  • Craig S.
  • 10/13/2011 5:44:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerefect

Pros: 36X zoom, 3.0" screen that tilts and pops out, sturdy yet lightweight construction.

Cons: When playing back videos you can hear the motor hum as the lens zoom in and out.

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  • Jason G.
  • 9/17/2011 5:55:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDoes Everything

Pros: Full featured yet intuitively easy to use if you just want to point and shoot. Outstanding optical zoom and image stabilization even at full range.

Cons: Not a dSLR, but also doesn't involve the complexity or price.

Other Thoughts: This is what 99% of average folks should be buying.

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  • Scott E.
  • 6/13/2011 1:45:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, very happy

Pros: For the average (photograhy challenged) user, I am very happy with this camera. No wanting to spend the big bucks on a dSLR, the P500 is great. I'm learning more about the manual settings, and a little knowledge on the settings goes a long way. Even in full auto, I'm pleased with the quality.

Cons: None with the exception on the in-camera recharge. First thing I did was buy an extra battery and a separate charger.

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  • Kevin E.
  • 5/29/2011 9:09:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for experienced photographer

Pros: Excellent camera for an experienced photographer to use as a backup / highly portable alternative to a dSLR. If you understand photography and how to adjust dSLR settings to optimize the images produced (not even considering post-processing), you will be able to produce highly serviceable images from the P500. It's the camera that's with you when the dSLR is too bulky to drag along, Most of the complaints seen on the web appear to be from novice users taking images in full auto mode, with all default settings. A little knowledge and experience goes a long way in extracting the best performance out of this little package. Highly recommended.

Cons: None of significance. Appeared to be an early issue of the battery spontaneously discharging overnight, but this seems to have been rectified. Also - the in-camera charger supplied with the unit is not the way to go (takes 4+ hours to charge in camera!!). Immediately get a spare battery and the Nikon MH-61 (very inexpensive!) off-camera charger.

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