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Catch all the action from any angle

*12.1 Megapixels | 36x zoom | 1080p full HD video | 7.5cm tiltable LCD

With a massive 36x zoom delivering 22.5mm wide-angle to 810mm super-telephoto coverage and full HD movie recording, the easy-to-use and compact COOLPIX P500 is perfect for catching all the action – even if it’s on the other side of the park! The 7.5cm tiltable LCD monitor means you can shoot from down below or up above your head (over the other spectators) – it also makes it easy to share with everyone around you.

  • Stunning images The combination of a 36x NIKKOR lens, 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 8fps (approx.) continuous shooting, EXPEED image processing and wide ISO sensitivity range deliver superior picture quality in all conditions – even low light.
  • Full HD movies Record full 1080p HD movies with stereo sound and autofocus. Operate the zoom whilst recording and save a still image at any time by simply pressing the shutter button. Output to your HDTV using the HDMI mini cable (available separately).
  • Set the scene It’s easy to set the P500 up for the conditions with 17 scene modes including panorama, landscape and night portrait. Advanced shooting modes (P, S, A and M) give you more control.
  • cmos-sensor 12.1 effective megapixel backside illumination CMOS image sensor
  • p500-iso Wide sensitivity range from ISO 160 – 3200
  • expeed-2 EXPEED C2 dual image processor
  • p500-36x-zoom 36x optical zoom covers all angles

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Full feature list

  • A 36x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths from wide-angle 22.5mm through super-telephoto 810mm (equivalent with 35mm format)
  • Three functions that ensure superior image quality in both still images and movies, even at super telephoto zoom positions: Backside illumination CMOS sensor, New EXPEED C2 dual image processors, Image sensor shift & electronic vibration reduction (VR) function
  • Full HD movie recording function with support for the capture of still pictures during recording
  • A variety of shooting functions that enable capture of photos as intended, including Filter Effects & Easy Panorama
  • Bright and clear 3-inch, approximately 921k-dot tilting TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle
  • User friendly operational controls
  • Available in Black only

Tech Specs

Type of Camera Compact digital camera
Effective Pixels 12.1 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3-in. RGB CMOS
Lens Optical 36× zoom, NIKKOR lens
Focal length 4.0-144mm (35mm format equivalent to 22.5-810mm)
Aperture f/3.4 to 5.7
Lens construction 14 elements in 9 groups (one ED glass element)
Digital zoom Maximum 4× (35mm format equivalent to approx. 3240 mm)
Focus Range Approx. 50 cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity (at wide-angle setting), approx. 220 cm (7 ft. 3 in.) to infinity (at telephoto setting), Macro mode: approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (at middle position of the zoom)
Vibration Reduction (VR) Image-sensor shift type + electronic type (still image)
Viewfinder Color LCD viewfinder, 0.6 cm/0.24-in. TFT LCD, approx. 230k-dot, with diopter adjustment
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity) ISO 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (4000 × 3000), Auto (ISO 160 to 800), Fixed range auto (ISO 160 to 200, ISO 160 to 400)
LCD monitor 7.5 cm (3 in., approx. 921k-dot, wide-viewing angle, vari-angle TFT LCD monitor (VGA) with Clear Color Display, anti-reflection coating and brightness adjustment
Storage media Internal memory (approx. 120 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Movie HD 1080p: 1920 × 1080 (30 fps), HD 720p: 1280 × 720 (30 fps), VGA: 640 × 480 (30 fps)
HS Movie HD 1080p: 1,920 × 1,080/30 fps, HD 720p: 1,280 × 720/30 fps, VGA: 640 × 480/30 fp
HS Movie (15/60/120 240 fps, no sound)
Interface/Direct print compatibility Hi-Speed USB/PictBridge
Power sources Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (1100 mAh), AC Adapter EH-62A (option)
Number of shots per charge (battery life) Approx. 220 frames with EN-EL5
Dimensions (width x height x depth) Approx. 115.5 × 83.5 × 102.5 mm/4.5 × 3.3 × 4.0 in. (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 494 g/17.5 oz. (including battery and SD memory card)

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