The camera's 36x zoom NIKKOR lens covers an incredible range of focal lengths from 22.5mm to 810mm (both equivalent with 35mm  format). So, not only is it capable of capturing wide-angle shots, but it also offers the highest optical zoom power in the history of the COOLPIX brand. Despite the amazing capability of the lens, the camera body is still small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
The camera is equipped with functions for recording full HD movies (1920 x 1080 pixels) with stereo sound. The entire optical zoom range, up to 36x, can be used and still images can be captured during recording. In addition, the P500 offers the same HS Movie function available with the P300. With the P500, users can enable and disable the HS Movie feature during recording of normal movies to emphasise determining moments, such as when a runner crosses the goal line, with slow-motion playback of portions recorded with HS Movie enabled. Full HD movies recorded with the camera can be played back on a TV with an HDMI connector, and the camera's support for the CEC feature for HDMI enables playback control using the TV's remote control.
The camera is equipped with a number of shooting and in-camera image editing functions that allow users to enjoy mastering the camera with manual operations. In addition to [P] programmed auto, [A] aperture-priority auto, [S] shutter-priority auto, and [M] manual exposure modes, the camera offers a number of features that can be combined for maximum flexibility in expressing individual user creativity. Among these features are 8-fps high-speed continuous shooting at the maximum image size (12M 4000 x 3000), Filter Effects that can be applied with image playback, and an Easy Panorama function for capturing horizontal or vertical panorama photos.
Monitor display is bright and clear, making viewing images and applying settings easy, even under sunny skies or in rooms where light is reflected in the monitor. The high-resolution monitor accurately reproduces even the finest details in photos for more precise viewing, and the tilting mechanism supports shooting from a variety of angles. In addition, the expanded color reproduction range covers a broader range of colors for reproduction of almost the entire sRGB gamut.
A new continuous shooting mode button has been positioned next to the shutter-release button to enable quick switching between Single and Continuous settings in P, S, A and M exposure modes. In addition, by positioning the side zoom control on the side of the lens, the camera can be held more securely with shooting, effectively reducing blur.
Type of Camera
Compact digital camera
12.1 million pixels
Image Size (Pixels)
4,000x3,000 (12M), 3,264x2,448 (8M), 2,592x1,944 (5M), 2,048x1,536 (3M), 1600x1200 (2M), 1280x960 (1M), 1,024x768 (PC), 640x480 (VGA), 3284x2656 (3:2), 3968x2232 (16:9, 9M), 1920x1080 (16:9, 2M), 2992x2992 (1:1)
36x Zoom; f=4.0-144mm / F3.4-5.7
Combination Image Sensor shift & Electronic VR
Up to 4x
Normal mode: 50cm, Macro: 10cm
3.0"; 921,000-dot, TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating, tiltable 82Â° downward, 90Â° upward
SD memory cards (SDHC and SDXC compliant;) and internal memory (approx. 102MB)
Compressed [JPEG (EXIF )], mono/wav file, MOV movie
Auto mode, Scene modes, Movie mode, P, S, A, and M exposure modes, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Backlit Scene HDR, Smart Portrait, User Setting Preset
Scene Auto Selector, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and White Copy, Panorama, Pet portrait
Single, Continuous H (approx. 8 fps up to 5 shots), Continuous L (approx. 1.8 fps up to 24 shots), Continuous H:120 fps (1280x960, up to 50 shots), Continuous H: 60 fps (1600x1200, up to 25 shots), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16 (16 frames with a single burst), Interval timer Shooting
HD1080p High (1920x1080), HD1080p (1920x1080), HD720p (1280x720), iFrame 540 (960x540), VGA (640x480), HS 240 (320x240, 240fps), HS 120 (640x480, 120fps), HS 60 (1280x720, 60fps), HS 15 (1920x1080, 15fps)
Exposure Metering System
256-segment matrix metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering, Spot AF area (with support for 99 focus areas)
Auto (auto gain ISO 160-800), Fixed range auto (ISO 160 to 200, 160 to 400), High ISO sensitivity auto (ISO 160 to 1600), Manual selection: ISO 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto, Preset manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash
2 and 10 sec. duration
Flash Sync Modes
Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Off, Fill flash, Slow sync, Rear-curtain sync
Total of 26 languages: 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
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)
Approx. 220 shots with EN-EL5 battery (based on CIPA standard); Movies: Approx. 1 h 20 min (HD 1080p High)
Approx. 115.5 x 83.7 x 102.5 mm excluding projections
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)
Camera Strap AN-CP21, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, View NX 2 CD, Lens Cap LC-CP23
Weight (without batteries and memory card)
Approx. 494g (Weight with battery and memory card)