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Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black)

BH #NICPB500B • MFR #26506
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS Sensor
  • NIKKOR f/3.0-6.5 ED Lens
  • 22.5-900mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 40x Optical Zoom Lens, 80x Dynamic Zoom
The black COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera from Nikon features a 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor for high-resolution imagery as well as Full HD 1080p video. This sensor's construction utilizes a stacked backside-illuminated design to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly-lit conditions. The 40x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal range of 22.5-900mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of environments. Further subject magnification can be achieved using the 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom that effectively doubles the camera's reach. The lens also features Vibration Reduction to help reduce the appearance of camera shake when shooting at the longer zoom lengths or with longer shutter speeds. A 3" 921k-dot tilting LCD screen allows image composition from unique angles, as well as image review and menu navigation.
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Nikon B500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 216MP Image Sensor
  • 340x NIKKOR VR Zoom Lens
  • 43" LCD Screen
  • 5Bluetooth low energy (BLE), Wi-Fi, and NFC with SnapBridge App
  • 6Full HD Video
  • 7Easy Exposure Control
  • 8Built-In Flash
  • 9Energy Efficient

The black COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera from Nikon features a 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor for high-resolution imagery as well as Full HD 1080p video. This sensor's construction utilizes a stacked backside-illuminated design to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly-lit conditions. The 40x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal range of 22.5-900mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of environments. Further subject magnification can be achieved using the 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom that effectively doubles the camera's reach. The lens also features Vibration Reduction to help reduce the appearance of camera shake when shooting at the longer zoom lengths or with longer shutter speeds. A 3" 921k-dot tilting LCD screen allows image composition from unique angles, as well as image review and menu navigation.

Built-in Bluetooth low energy (BLE), Wi-Fi, and NFC connectivity allow the B500 to pair with a compatible smart device using the Nikon SnapBridge app. Images can then be easily sent to the connected smartphone or tablet, and from there shared on favorite social media sites. Designed for simple, stress-free operation with point and shoot capability for both still imagery and video, convenience is maximized by selecting from among 18 scene modes or using the Easy Auto Mode, which automatically optimizes the camera's settings even while shooting under challenging lighting conditions.

16MP Image Sensor
The 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor features stacked backside-illuminated technology to enhance its low-light capabilities. 7.4 fps of continuous shooting is possible along with an ISO range of 125-6400.
40x NIKKOR VR Zoom Lens
The B500 has a 40x NIKKOR ED VR zoom lens with a focal length range of 4.0-160mm, giving a 35mm equivalent of 22.5-900mm, which covers wide-angle to telephoto shots with a maximum aperture range of f/3.0-6.5. It features three ED lens elements for improving sharpness, color, and image quality, as well as Vibration Reduction to reduce the appearance of camera shake.
3" LCD Screen
The B500's tilting 3" 921k-dot TFT-LCD monitor has an anti-reflective coating as well as 5-level brightness adjustment; making it easy to compose images from unique angles, monitor video recording, and navigate menus.
Bluetooth low energy (BLE), Wi-Fi, and NFC with SnapBridge App
When paired with a compatible smart device using the Nikon SnapBridge app, built-in Bluetooth low energy (BLE), Wi-Fi, and NFC connectivity allow the B500 to quickly and easily send photos for sharing on social media sites. Upload photos on the go, even in remote locations, or use a smartphone or tablet to control the camera.
Full HD Video
Record Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps with stereo sound. 4-Axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR) keeps videos steady. Transform a video into a fast-motion sequence with the Superlapse Movie feature, great for first-person perspectives, sports moments, video tours, and more.
Easy Exposure Control
Simple, stress-free operation with point and shoot capability for both still imagery and video. The Smart Portrait System utilizes multiple features such as Face Priority AF, Skin Softening, Blink Warning, and more to enhance images of people; while Target Finding AF quickly determines the intended subject and maintains focus. Choose from among 18 scene modes or Easy Auto Mode, which automatically optimizes the camera's settings, even while shooting under challenging lighting conditions.
Built-In Flash
When shooting in low-light or backlit situations, the pop-up flash can act as a fill light to produce well-exposed images.
Energy Efficient
Take up to 600 shots on four regular AA alkaline batteries. Capture an entire vacation and more on just one set of batteries.

Nikon B500 Specs

Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 16 Megapixel (4608 x 3456)
Image Sensor
1/2.3"-Type CMOS
Image Stabilization
Digital
Optical in Integrated Lens, 4-Axis
Focal Length
4 to 160mm (35mm Equivalent: 22.5 to 900mm)
Optical Zoom
40x
Maximum Aperture
f/3 to 6.5
ISO Sensitivity Range
125 to 1600 (Extended: 3200 to 6400)
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MP4/MPEG-4
1920 x 1080p at 15/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
1280 x 720 at 25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
640 x 480 at 25/29.97/100 fps
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Wireless
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Display Size
3.0"
Display Type
Tilting LCD
Built-In Flash/Light
Yes, Flash Only
Battery Type
4x AA (Approx. 600 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7" / 11.4 x 7.9 x 9.4 cm (Without Protrusions)
Weight
19.08 oz / 541 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Imaging
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 16 Megapixel (4608 x 3456)
Image Sensor
1/2.3"-Type CMOS
Image Stabilization
Digital
Optical in Integrated Lens, 4-Axis
Lens
Focal Length
4 to 160mm (35mm Equivalent: 22.5 to 900mm)
Optical Zoom
40x
Digital Zoom
4x Maximum (160x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (80x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperture
f/3 to 6.5
Focus Range
11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity (Wide)
11.48' to Infinity / 3.5 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Macro
0.4" to Infinity / 1.02 cm to Infinity (Wide)
Optical Design
12 Elements in 9 Groups
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/4000 to 1 Second
ISO Sensitivity Range
125 to 1600 (Extended: 3200 to 6400)
Metering Method
Center-Weighted Average, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes
Auto
Exposure Compensation
-2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, White Set
Continuous Shooting
Up to 7.4 fps at 16 MP for up to 7 Frames
Self-Timer
2/5/10-Second Delay
Special Options
Beach, Fireworks, Food, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Image File Format
JPEG
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
H.264/MP4/MPEG-4
1920 x 1080p at 15/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
1280 x 720 at 25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
640 x 480 at 25/29.97/100 fps
Broadcast Output
NTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Audio Recording
AAC Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal Memory
No
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O
No
Power I/O
No
Other I/O
1x Micro-USB (USB 2.0) Data Output
Wireless
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Mobile App Compatible

*As of May, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
No
Monitor
Display Size
3.0"
Resolution
921,000 Dot
Display Type
Tilting LCD
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
Yes, Flash Only
Flash Modes
TTL Auto
Effective Flash Range
ISO Auto
1.6 to 22.6' / 0.5 to 6.9 m (Wide)
11.5' / 3.5 m (Telephoto)
External Flash Connection
No
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type
4x AA (Approx. 600 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7" / 11.4 x 7.9 x 9.4 cm (Without Protrusions)
Weight
19.08 oz / 541 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.895 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.15 x 5.75 x 4.9"

Nikon B500 Reviews

Nice camera

By STEVEN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-20

Really nice camera at a good price. Bought for my wife and easy to use which was a big selling point. Also preferred the standard AA batteries over rechargeable. B&H shipped extremely fast and arrived in perfect condition.

Best AA Battery camera that I have used in the Last 22 years

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-16

This is the best camera for the money if you want the freedom from forever having to charge batteries. If you are off grid this is the camera to take with you.

BEST CAMERA I'VE EVERY OWNED

By Janet
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

This camera is easy to use, has a magnificent zoom, and remote capability (I use an app on a Samsung Galaxy Android). I've taken many photos, especially at family gatherings. the price is reasonable, I think, for this camera.

Love my B500

By Lynn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-20

Great photos

Great Camera

By Nathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

No dislikes with this unit . Does everything expected out of it .

Great little bridge camera

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-11

My wife is getting into photography but doesn't like using my big, DSLRs. This was the perfect upgrade for her. She has been shooting amazing photos and really enjoying her dive into photography.

Not what I hoped

By Ann
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-19

Disappointed that there are no threads for a lens protector/filter. Then disappointed there is no viewfinder, hard to find distant subject Why is there no sound when the video is over, so it is hard to tell if it actually shut off.

GREAT CAMERA

By Howard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-07

this is a high quality camera with many options and flexibility a true bargain in a digital camera

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Asked by: Frank
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera does not have a built in view finder. If you need this feature on a Nikon Bridge camera you will need to step up to the Nikon COOLPIX P950 Digital Camera.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2022-08-08

Can I Zoom while capturing video?

Can I Zoom while capturing video?
Asked by: Joel
Yes, you are able to zoom while recording video with the Nikon COOLPIX B500 camera.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-05-03

Will run of DC power alone?

Will run of DC power alone?
Asked by: Nic
Yes, the Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera is capable of running on continues power via 5volt connection. we currently do not sale any at the moment.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2022-12-01

Has this camera been recently updated? I ...

Has this camera been recently updated? I purchased one of these years ago, and I dont remember it having a backlit stack sensor
Asked by: Jeff
Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera is not recently updated but it's sensor's construction utilizes a stacked backside-illuminated design to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly-lit conditions.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2023-03-28

Replacement Instructional Book

Replacement Instructional Book
Asked by: Donna
You can download the B500 user manual from the Nikon website or from the B&H website: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/155719.pdf
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2022-04-29

question

Return policy?
Asked by: Ann J.
Should you be dissatisfied with an order, you have 30 days from date of purchase to make a return with all of the original materials included. Full details on our return policy can be found at the following link: http://bhpho.to/19fUBwL
Answered by: Daniel M.
Date published: 2021-04-18

Can this be hooked up to a Tripod?

Can this be hooked up to a Tripod?
Asked by: Candida
Yes Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black) can be placed on a tripod.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-08-24

For the B500 Coolpix: does the camera use film ...

For the B500 Coolpix: does the camera use film also? Thanks
Asked by: Xaviet
It can shoot Full HD Video, if that is what you are referring to for film. However it does not shoot stills on to film, it is a digital camera.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-05-28
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