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Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Red)

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Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Red)
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 red 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 red 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)
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
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
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)
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
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
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
1.89 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.15 x 5.7 x 4.9"

Nikon B500 Reviews

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.

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.

Does pretty well for stills

By Jonathon
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

My DSLR went Desconpuesta, so I picked this up as an interim. I really like the focus and clarity - even at high magnification. My need is for a faster focus and shutter speed, to complement my bird-watching. So, this camera will be a great re-gift to my daughter or grandson . . . Perfect for their uses.

A Great Camera!

By Wallace
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

I bought this camera for two main reasons. First and most importantly, I wanted a camera that used AA batteries instead of lithium rechargeable batteries. I have owned a few lithium battery cameras and have always been frustrated by their relatively short battery life (before needing recharging) and the cost of replacement or additional batteries. I can buy good quality AA batteries anywhere for a reasonable cost - no need to be looking for a place to recharge. Secondly, I wanted a camera that had a pretty good zoom capability and the Nikon B500 does that quite well. I am very happy with this camera. I wish camera manufacturers would make more cameras that used AA batteries - or at least had the ability to use AA batteries instead of lithium rechargeable.

Nikon coolpix

By Gina
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-22

B&H is amazing! We received our camera within 48 hours! I highly recommend this company!!!!

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

See any errors on this page? Let us know

question

Can the b500 be set to take widescreen photos?
Asked by: Anonymous
According to page 105 of the Nikon Coolpix B500 Digital Camera's Reference Manual, the aspect ratios (horizontal to vertical) available from the camera would be 4:3 (default), 16:9 (widescreen), and 1:1 (square). You may choose the image size and quality (and as such, the aspect ratio) as indicated on page 105 by entering the shooting mode, then pressing the MENU button --> Image Mode --> OK button and selecting your chosen image size.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

ARE there any manual adjustments, like ISO, or ...

ARE there any manual adjustments, like ISO, or any shutter adjustments?
Asked by: Paul
You can set a exposure compensation but the exposure is done automatically.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2019-07-05

Can the photos be easily loaded onto my computer?

Can the photos be easily loaded onto my computer?
Asked by: Vickie
Yes, You will have No problems...
Answered by: JOHN C.
Date published: 2021-12-21

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

What f-stop does this camera go to?

What f-stop does this camera go to?
Asked by: Alexia
The Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera goes to F6.5.
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2020-03-26

Can the screen flip

Can the screen flip
Asked by: Ruta
Yes, the screen flips up or down.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-06-12

question

Is this factory refurbished from Nikon? Does it come with a factory warranty?
Asked by: Anonymous
All refurbished cameras are refurbished by the manufacturer of the camera. The Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera (Black, Refurbished) includes a Limited 90-Day Warranty from Nikon.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Cool pix 500 viewfinder

Cool pix 500 viewfinder
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
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