Nikon Coolpix B500 Digital Camera - Plum

Why buy the Nikon Coolpix B500 Bridge Camera?

The Coolpix B500 does it all! Nothing is out of reach with 40x optical zoom. Capture great images at any angle and focal length with a 16MP sensor, vibration reduction and a tilting LCD screen. 

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Nikon Coolpix B500 Digital Camera

Get stunning image quality the simple way with the Nikon COOLPIX B500.

Explore the power of its NIKKOR 40x optical zoom, extendable to 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom¹, putting you at the heart of the action, with the side zoom control adding to superb stability. Take a unique viewpoint with the high-definition tilting LCD monitor, easily recapture subjects with the Snap-back zoom button and keep your camera connected to your smart device with SnapBridge. Intuitive operation makes shooting simple and frequently used functions can be accessed via the mode dial, while the classic design feels comfortable in your hands.

The 16-megapixel COOLPIX B500 helps you to capture life from a creative angle 


    Enjoy ease of operation with superb results guaranteed, so you can concentrate on creative composition. Frequently used functions are at your fingertips via the mode dial and a host of features make it simple to achieve impressive Full HD movies (1080p/60i) and outstanding photos of your travels or hobbies like stargazing or bird-watching. With 16 megapixels and a highly efficient Backside illumination CMOS sensor you’ll be shooting the kind of high-quality images you’ve always wanted to achieve, plus you can keep shooting wherever you travel as your camera is powered by AA batteries that are readily available anywhere in the world.

    Capture all the action at sporting events, shoot distant subjects in crisp detail in urban landscapes, or take astoundingly clear shots of the moon and night sky with the NIKKOR 40x optical zoom lens, extendable to 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom¹. Trusted NIKKOR optics offer exceptional performance, so you can enjoy a powerful lens that covers from wide-angle 22.5 mm to through to super-telephoto 900 mm angles of view (equivalent focal lengths in 35 mm) in a compact camera.

    Camera stability is the key to achieving clear images. High-performance VR effectively suppresses the blur caused by camera shake, even at full 40x zoom, so sharp shots are guaranteed. The Lens shift VR effect is equivalent to a 3.0 stop increase in shutter speed (based on CIPA Standard, at the maximum telephoto position) and the easy-hold grip helps to keep your camera stable too.

    SnapBridge maintains a constant, low-power connection between your camera and your smartphone or tablet to give you easy control over your photographic life. Now you can sync shots to your smart device while you shoot, and share Nikon-quality images in an instant. You can also control key camera functions via your phone, keep your camera on time and up-to-date, and more.

    Customise your shooting experience by setting your favourite functions like Auto, Scene Mode or Sports in the mode dial at the top of your camera for easy access. Then it’s just simple intuitive operation to change settings, making shooting a breeze.

    Say goodbye to blurry videos forever when you can shoot Full HD (1080p/60i) movies with the help of high-performance 4-axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR) that combines Lens-shift and Electronic VR to combat camera shake and effectively reduce blur – even at full 40x optical zoom. Impress your friends with crystal clear movies of family celebrations, concerts, architecture or wildlife, all shot in clear detail no matter how distant your subject – and save stills during movie recording.

    Enjoy ease of shooting with the wide viewing-angle tilting monitor, making creative composition simple and ensuring that you know exactly what’s in frame. Shoot stills and movies in comfort from a wide range of angles, with flexibility for every type of subject. The high-definition display consumes very little power, so you’ll have plenty of battery life to keep shooting when you need it most. It offers sharp colour reproduction and superb visibility even when viewed from a diagonal direction. Anti-reflection coating and anti-fingerprint acrylic coating ensure clear viewing at all times, and the 5-level brightness adjustment function gives superior visibility while playing back images on sunnier days.

    Your camera is ergonomically designed for a stable grip, even though its body is extremely portable – approximately 113.5 (W) x 78.3 (H) x 94.9 (D) mm – and it fits comfortably in your hand. It’s classically styled, with high performance and low weight too, weighing in at around 542 g, including batteries and SD card.

    Focus on your subject instantly with Target finding AF technology that analyses your shooting conditions to rapidly identify your subject. Just aim your camera at the intended subject and it will instantly predict where focus should be acquired. Active focus areas are set automatically in relation to the size of the subject, so your images will always be in clear focus. Target finding AF works as well with subjects found at the centre of frame as those off-centre, and is also effective in shooting smaller subjects like food and flowers.

Product Specification

  • 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
  • Focal length
    • 4.0 to 160 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5 to 900 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)
  • F-number
    • f/3 to 6.5
  • Lens construction
    • 12 elements in 9 groups (3 ED lens elements)
  • Magnification
    • Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 3600 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)
  • Vibration reduction
    • Lens-shift VR (still images), Lens shift and electronic VR (movies)
  • Autofocus
    • Contrast-detect 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)
  • AF-area mode
    • Face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking, target finding AF
  • Monitor
    • 7.5 cm (3-in.) diagonal, Approx. 921k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, tiltable approx. 85° downward, approx. 90° upward
  • Frame coverage
    • Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
  • Frame coverage (playback mode)
    • Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
  • Storage media
    • SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal memory (approx. 20 MB)
  • File system
    • DCF and Exif 2.3 compliant
  • Storage file formats
    • Still images: JPEG, Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
  • Image size (pixels)
    • 16M (High) [4608 x 3456 (Fine)], 16M [4608 x 3456], 8M [3264 x 2448], 4M [2272 x 1704], 2M [1600 x 1200], VGA [640 x 480], 16:9 [4608 x 2592], 1:1 [3456 x 3456]
  • ISO sensitivity
    • ISO 125 to 1600, ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using Auto mode)
  • Exposure metering
    • Matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
  • Exposure control
    • Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
  • Shutter type
    • Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
  • Shutter speed
    • 1/1500 to 1 s, 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting), 25 s (Star trails of Multiple exp. Lighten scene mode)
  • Self-timer
    • 10 s, 2 s, 5 s (self-portrait timer)
  • Aperture
    • Electronically-controlled ND filter (–2 AV) selection
  • Aperture range
    • 2 steps (f/3 and f/6 [W])
  • Built-in flash
    • Yes
  • Flash range (approx.)
    • [W]: 0.5 to 6.9 m (1 ft 8 in. to 22 ft), [T]: 3.5 m (11 ft)
  • Flash control
    • TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
  • USB
    • Hi-Speed USB, Supports Direct Print (PictBridge), Audio/video output connector (NTSC or PAL can be selected)
  • HDMI output
    • HDMI micro connector (Type D)
  • Audio input
    • Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
  • Audio output
    • Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
  • Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards
    • IEEE 802.11b/g (standard wireless LAN protocol)
    • Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency
    • 2412 to 2462 MHz (1 to 11 channels)
    • Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security
    • Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
  • Bluetooth standards
    • Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1
  • Supported languages
    • 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 sources
    • Four LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries Four FR6/L91 (AA-size) lithium batteries Four EN-MH2 Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (available separately) EH-67/EH-67s AC Adapter (available separately)
  • Battery life1
    • Approx. 600 shots when using alkaline batteries, Approx. 1240 shots when using lithium batteries, Approx. 750 shots when using EN-MH2 batteries
  • Actual battery life for movie recording
    • Approx. 1 h 30 min when using alkaline batteries1, Approx. 4 h 30 min when using lithium batteries1, Approx. 2 h 35 min when using EN-MH2 batteries1
  • Tripod socket
    • 1/4 (ISO 1222)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Approx. 113.5 x 78.3 x 94.9 mm (4.5 x 3.1 x 3.8 in.) (excluding projections)
  • Weight
    • Approx. 542 g (1 lb 3.2 oz) (including LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries and memory card)
  • Operating environment - temperature
    • 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
  • Operating environment - humidity
    • 85% or less (no condensation)
  • Supplied accessories
    • Camera Strap, LR6/L40 (AA-size) Alkaline Batteries (x4)(The included batteries are for trial use only.), LC-CP31 Lens Cap (with cord), UC-E16 USB Cable

1. 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. The supplied batteries are for trial use only. The figures listed for lithium batteries were obtained using commercially-available FR6/L91 (AA-size) Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium batteries.

2. Individual movie files cannot exceed 4 GB in size or 29 minutes in length. Recording may end before this limit is reached if camera temperature becomes elevated.

All measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines.
Nikon will not be held liable for any errors these specifications may contain.
The appearance of this product and its specifications are subject to change without notice.

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40×optical zoom
Would it better if it had a viewfinder
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Confirmed purchase: 22 June 2019
Published on: 24 July 2019

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