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Zooming above and beyond

Put yourself in the center of the action with the COOLPIX P500. Its mind-blowing 36x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens pulls you in from wide panoramas to crisp close-ups, and its 3-inch tilting vari-angle monitor makes it easy to shoot from unusual angles and tricky vantage points. Plus, its dual image processors and 12.1-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor deliver serious startup and autofocus speed and blazing continuous shooting, making the COOLPIX P500 an ideal choice for capturing fast action, low-light images, panoramas and stunning portraits.
VR Image Stabilization icon Motion Detection icon ISO Sensitivity Up To 3200 icon Backside Illumination CMOS Sensor icon Clear Color Display icon Smart Portrait System icon Scene Auto Selector icon Subject Tracking icon Full HD (1080p) Movie icon
12.1
Effective Megapixels
CMOS Sensor
36X
Wide-Angle Optical Zoom
NIKKOR ED Glass Lens
3.0"
Vari-Angle Ultra-High
Resolution LCD
HD
Full HD (1080p) Movie
with Stereo Sound
Line drawing demonstrating the COOLPIX P500's small size and 36x wide-angle optical zoom lens

Get closer to the action

36x wide-angle optical zoom

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!

Expand your capabilities

Serious power for serious shooting

Whether you're aiming at a midnight skyline or zooming in on a hang-glider in a sun drenched sky, the COOLPIX P500 lets 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. Plus, it's loaded with Nikon technologies like HDR Backlighting, Easy Panorama, Advanced Night Shooting and more to create stunning photos in not so stunning conditions.
Sample and detail photos taken with the COOLPIX P500
An action sequence of a bird taking flight

Never miss a shot

Fast enough for any high-speed action

You'll never miss a shot with the COOLPIX P500 because it starts right up, has a quick autofocus and shoots five shots in approximately one second—at full resolution! Multiple Continuous Modes allow for a variety of high speed shooting options up to a blazing 120 frames per second (at reduced resolution). And with ISO speeds up to 3200, a five-way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System and motion detection, it's the ideal camera for shooting high-speed action.

Cover all the angles

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.
Demonstration of the many angles the COOLPIX P500's tilting, vari-angle monitor can achieve
Full HD (1080p) action movie still

Tell better stories

1080p HD movies with stereo sound

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 with stereo audio. It's great for sporting events because it can record 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—it's as easy to watch your movies as it is to shoot them.
Sample photo using the COOLPIX P500's Easy Panorama Mode
Majestic scenery at its grandest

The COOLPIX P500 includes Nikon's amazing Easy Panorama Mode, which 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.

Example close-up (Macro) photo taken with the COOLPIX P500
Amazing close-up (macro) shots

With the COOLPIX P500's macro shooting capabilities, you'll capture stunning texture and detail rarely seen by the naked eye. From insects and flowers to textiles and food, the COOLPIX P500 allows for macro shooting as close as 0.4 inches.

Example portraits taken with the COOLPIX P500's Smart Portrait Mode
Better portraits every time

Nikon's Smart Portrait System includes Smile Timer, which automatically recognizes when a subject is smiling and releases the shutter, Face-Priority AF, which finds and focuses on up to 12 faces, Blink Warning, Red-Eye Fix, Skin Softening and more.

Sample photos taken with the COOLPIX P500
Control when you want it

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.

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Fantasic for the everyday user! Great camera! Much better than my cheaper point and shoot. The image quailty is great. Love the zoom. I'm learning all of the features, so many, and in turn it is giving me amazing photos to share with friends/family. The only cons would be is that the menus are old looking, still pretty user friendly and easy to use though. Also, when I take a video and zoom allllll the way in, it shakes alot. July 17, 2013
Great Camera it`s best camera in the range, i ve taken pics of moon, panorama..from this cam, and it`s best... January 11, 2013
Excellent and easy to use! I have used a few Nikon point-and-shoot cameras before, but I wanted another camera which would have more features but still fit in my budget. Wow, what a camera! The zoom and its quality at the maximum zoom is impressive. It has an excellent Macro mode, which is what I really need for photographing my jewelry and handicrafts. This was also perfect for my trip to Europe. I haven't used many of the features of this camera yet, but I know I will be further impressed with it. Nikon, thank you SO MUCH for your superb cameras! November 15, 2012
Amazing Camera I love this camera. I used to use point and shoot cameras, but i decided to graduate. A couple of barn friends have the Cannon Rebel T3i and I really wanted something like that, but it was far to expensive, so we went with this. Its great for action shots whether it be jumping, or flat work its great for close ups to! I'm going to another horse show to try it out even more tomorrow, and after that I'm going on a nature hike. It truly is awesome, and these pictures were all taken with it! Love it! September 2, 2012
Great Pictures with ease. I love this camera. I haven't ventured out much past the automatic mode, but it's so easy to use and the pictures are great. I love having the view finder if it's too bright in the sun. September 1, 2012
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Why does my P500 keep dying?

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Bought the P500 last week and it suddenly goes dead and won't come back on. Prior to today, it seemed that the battery wasn't holding a charge because when I plugged the camera in, it charged again. Today, however, I used the camera off and on for a couple hours and when I went to turn it on, it wouldn't turn on. Hooked it up to charge and it wouldn't even do that!
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Just download the new update. It will work then....Finally a solution to the problem.
Jun 24, 2011 by
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I experienced the same issue. After trying several different options (including changing the charging settings and using different batteries) I returned my camera to the store 3 weeks ago and obtained a replacement. This new unit has been perfect (even with the standard factory settings and the original batteries). My experience has confirmed (at least in my mind) that the problem is real and requires something more definite from Nikon to resolve.
Jun 17, 2011 by
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After a few days I can now confirm that turning the "Charge by Computer" option OFF indeed fixes the battery issues. I've left my P500 unplugged for several days, and it still shows 100% battery charge.

If I turn the option to "auto" (default), it won't last a single day.

So, Nikon... how can this be user's fault?
Jun 4, 2011 by
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In the DPreview forums, some users suggested this problem could be "fixed" by disabling the USB charging function (set it from AUTO to OFF). If this is the case, then it definitely proves its a firmware issue, and Nikon should acknowledge it.

I've just disabled it, and will see how it behaves in the next couple of days.
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Also having the exact same problem. I've upgrade from the P100 to the P500, and battery life is abysmal. If I happen to leave the P500 not plugged to the power, even after a single day the battery is completely dead! (And the camera was off the entire time)

How can this be acceptable?

I just hope this is a firmware issue, something not properly entering a power-save mode or sleep when we turn the camera off, that can be fixed via firmware update - but it really is unacceptable for such a brand like Nikon.

I sincerely hope this can be fixed ASAP!
May 31, 2011 by
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Just got the camera last week and I encountered the exact same problem a week later with the battery 60% depleted. It would not turn on until I remove battery and reinsert. By the way, the shot count I get seems to be way less than the 220 claimed by Nikon. When camera is in certain scene mode with macro AF, a continual clicking noise (focusing?) can be heard even after subject is in focus. I suspect this might be hurting battery life. This is my first Nikon superzoom point&shoot and I'm very disappointment in this purchase so far.
May 8, 2011 by
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I am just back from my first vacation with my new P500 and have had what seems to be the same problem several times. What happens is that I turn off the camera the usual way, with a fully or almost fully charged battery, Then the next time I try to turn it on, there is no reaciton whatsoever. Only once did I mange to solve the problem by removing the battery and reinserting it. 4-5 times (in just 1 week!) the only solution was to recharge the battery, which appeared to be flat. If this appearance is true, then the camera must have discharged the battery for some reason.

I guess the problem must either be in the firmware (wrong read of battery status), or in the hardware.
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Tomas, you're right. We figured it out a couple days after this post. Then it got to the point where putting the battery back in didn't work and we couldn't get it to charge at all (either with the wall charger or on the computer). So we took the whole thing back to where we bought it and got another one. This one is behaving properly so far...don't know if it's a battery or battery casing issue, but it's obvious we aren't the only ones having issues!
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Answer: 
Hi,
It might be same type of problem that I am experiencing, posted a question here today, I will quote my question bellow.
But in short just remove and reinsert battery and see if it does not work again.

A bit interested to see if you have the same problem as I do, I will check back for your answer later.

Regards,
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My question here entered today:

P500 with firmware v1.0.
Works like a charm but twice now it have not reacted on the power button when in off state.
The only way to get it working is to remove the battery and reinsert it and it will then power up nicely.
Battery is fully charged.
Is this a known problem that will be fixed in future firmware update? or send it in for repair?

No problems otherwise with this nice product.

Regards,
Tomas
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Please note that the power-on lamp slowly blinks orange to indicate that the battery is charging. About four hours and 50 minutes are required to charge a fully exhausted battery. You can charge the battery by using the charger or through the computer using the USB cable.
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My Memory Card is on the Approved list (SanDIsk SDHC 16GB Class 10) but the camera rejects it after one power cycle.

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I inserted the SanDisk memory card while the camera was off. I powered on the camera and the memory card works while taking pictures or video and reviewing and deleting pictures. Once the camera is turned off and back on again the camera gives an error "This card cannot be used." The error is not consistent however as I am able to power the camera on and off and sometimes the error appears and other times it does not.
 
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You probably need to download the firmware update that allows support for that memory card, found here: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17414. You might need a memory card that the camera can read in order to install the firmware though.
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I think the answer is in the footnotes of this document :
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17202
"SDXC-I or SDHC-I Compliant Memory is a relatively new speed class and is not listed as supported at this time."
I think that SDHC-I means UHS-I
Bad news!
Jun 11, 2011 by
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Answer: 
I have exactly the same issue: a brand new Sandisk SDHC UHS-I 8GB class10 200x card (which is in the approved Nikon P500 approved cards list) refuses to work after one power cycle. The card works fine in an other camera and the P500 works fine with other cards. The contacts are clean, I reformat it with a computer and the P500: same issue. There is a severe incompatibilty with this card.
May 7, 2011 by
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I have tried 2 different (new) Scandisk 16gb extreme cards in four different p500 bodies and each body eventually gave the error "This card cannot be used". I also tried an Scandisck 8GB Extreme card and was able to shoot about 250 photos (including a few videos) before it gave this error. I replaced it with an Scandisk 8GB Ultra card (sorry I don't know the classes on these. I think the Extreme is class 10 and the Ultra is obviously lower). So far the Ultra has worked fine for 250+ photos. This is obviously a firmware issue. Nikon should stop repeating the instructions in the manual and start working on a firmware update.

Note: I used the same 16GB cards in my D40 body with no problems whatsoever. It's not the cards that are the problem it is the p500.
May 1, 2011 by
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I have had the camera 1 hour "Card cannot be read" randomly, I have tried a few cards.
This camera is going back.
Mar 31, 2011 by
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Please verified that the connectors are clean and also that the memory card is correctly inserted. Try a different memory card and format the memory card. See page #200 of the User's Manual.
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Playing 1080P videos

Apr 28, 2011 by
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The specs say this camera shoots video in 1080P, but when you hook it up to a TV using the HDMI connection, the only output options under TV settings are 480P, 720P, & 1080i. How do you view movies shot in 1080P?
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Most likely 1080i is your TV's capability.
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1080p and 1080i have the same resolution and quality given a quality connection from your camera to tv... Example 1080p will run smoother video over say a wireless connection, like antenna.. while 1080i pushed into low bandwidth situations will show a jumpy jaggy picture..
Bottom line is a standard hdmi connection will be fine.. and 1080i verse 1080p would look the same through a normal hdmi cable..
 
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May 13, 2011 by
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use an external viewer. the HDMI port on this model and the D7000 too seems to be crippled and cannot output 1080p.
Apr 29, 2011 by
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On the TV settings you can choose a picture resolution for HDMI output from Auto (default setting), 480p, 720p, or 1080i. When Auto is set, the output resolution that is best suited to the connected high-definition TV is selected automatically from 480p, 720p or 1080i.
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When will this be for sale? I thought it was today, March 3?

Mar 3, 2011 by
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The new cameras are available at the dealers after 30 or 45 days of the release date.
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As of today, 3/5, Best Buy is showing an availability date of 3/27.
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Sammy, it has been released in the UK today for March 3, but not sure for USA yet.

Come on Nikon - when are you releasing it over here?
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How can I take or make panorama pictures on the P500?

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use the little "wheel" on the top of the camera. move it so its on SCENE. then press MENU and find panorama!
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There are 2 options for taking panoramas:
One helps you takes pictures next to each other, so with a software (panorama maker is provided with the camera) you can stich these pictures and make your panorama.
The other option, very nice by the way, allows you to point to one point, take the picture, and move the camera to the right and left, and it will take the whole panorama in one picture directly, you have the option of capturing 180 or 360 degrees with this mode. I tried today and it works fine.
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Take half a dozen shots and stich them together in Photoshop.
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why no swivel monitor?

Mar 3, 2011 by
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Why was the swivel LCD monitor, like in the Nikon Coolpix 8800, discontinued? I would love to see the Coolpix S9100 or P500 with the swivel LCD.
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The reply by the Nikon staff did not really answer my question. The P500 has a vari-angle LCD but what I meant was why the LCD that swivels 180 degrees to the left of the camera (like in the old 8800) was discontinued. The newer versions won't let you mount the camera in the tripod & be able to look at the LCD while standing in front of the camera at the same time.
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The P500 has a vari-angle LCD Screen. Also a few other models.
 
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Sure would like to be able to use a polarizing filter, but you guys have no filter threads on the P500?

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I was able to purchase an adapter on Amazon for really reasonable price that attaches to the lense of my P500. It has threads on the end and I am now able to use any type of filter I want.
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Due to the extension of the lens when is zoom out completely a filter cannot be use on it.
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My new P500 will not work with a SanDisk SDHC UHS-1 card.

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I just got a P500. I bought two SanDisk SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 cards. I plugged one in and it worked. After shutting it off a couple times, when I turned it on I got a message "This card cannot be used." I tried to format the card but the message locks up the camera. When I take the card out or when I use an old 1 GB card it works fine. I have tried several times with the same results. What is the problem? Another person asked the exact same question about four days ago with no real answer.
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I think the answer is in the footnotes of this document :
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17202
"SDXC-I or SDHC-I Compliant Memory is a relatively new speed class and is not listed as supported at this time."
I think that SDHC-I means UHS-I
Bad news!
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Please verify that you are using an approved memory card:

Answer Title: Approved Memory Cards - Coolpix P500
Answer Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Power up problem, only solution is to remove and insert battery.

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P500 with firmware v1.0.
Works like a charm but twice now it have not reacted on the power button when in off state.
The only way to get it working is to remove the battery and reinsert it and it will then power up nicely.
Battery is fully charged.
Is this a known problem that will be fixed in future firmware update? or send it in for repair?

No problems otherwise with this nice product.

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Mine did the same thing, don't know why but if it happens again I will take the camera back as this usually points to trouble on down the road.
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Remove the battery from the camera and re-charge it.
Please reset the camera to default settings: Go to MENU > Setup > Reset All
Try a back-up battery if the problem persists you're welcome to send your camera for evaluation.
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Panaromic Shots

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How do i get to click panaromic shots>
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Answer: 
I believe you use the software that came with the P500 to stitch more than one pic together.
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You have to select the Scene Mode on the camera and then Panorama. It has 2 options; Easy Panorama and Panorama Assist choose the second one and the camera will guide you by overlapping a third part of the previous pictures.
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