Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

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Effective pixels16.0 million
(Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)

Image sensor

Image sensor1/2.3-in. type CMOS
Total pixels: approx. 16.76 million


LensNIKKOR lens with 40 x optical zoom

Focal length4.0-160 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-900 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)


Construction12 elements in 9 groups (3 ED lens elements)

Digital zoom magnification

Digital zoom magnificationUp to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 3600 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)

Vibration reduction

Vibration reductionLens-shift VR (still images) , Lens shift and electronic VR (movies)

Autofocus (AF)

AutofocusContrast-detect AF

Focus range[W]: Approx. 30 cm (1 ft)-∞
[T]: Approx. 3.5 m (11 ft)-∞
Macro mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.)-∞ (wide-angle position)
(All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)

Focus-area selectionFace priority, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking, target finding AF


Monitor7.5 cm ( 3-in.), 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 (shooting mode)Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)

Frame coverage (playback mode)Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)


Internal memory (approx. 20 MB)

File systemDCF and Exif 2.3 compliant

File formatsStill images: JPEG
Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)

Image size (pixels)

Image size (pixels)

  • 16M (High) [4608 x 3456★]
  • 16M [4608 x 3456]
  • 8M [3264 x 2448]
  • 4M [2272 x 1704]
  • 2M [1600 x 1200]
  • VGA [4608 x 2592]
  • 1:1 [3456 x 3456]

ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)ISO 125-1600
ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using Auto mode)


Metering modeMatrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)

Exposure controlProgrammed auto exposure and exposure compensation (–2.0-+2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)


ShutterMechanical and CMOS electronic shutter

Speed1/1500-1 s

  • 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting)
  • 25 s (Star trails in Multiple exp. Lighten scene mode)

Self-timer10 s, 2 s
5 s (self-portrait timer) 


ApertureElectronically-controlled ND filter (–2 AV) selection

Range2 steps (f/3 and f/6 [W])


Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)[W]: 0.5-6.9 m (1 ft 8 in.-22 ft)
[T]: 3.5 m (11 ft)

Flash controlTTL auto flash with monitor preflashes


USB connectorHi-Speed USB

  • Supports Direct Print (PictBridge)
  • Audio/video output connector (NTSC or PAL can be selected)

HDMI output connectorHDMI micro connector (Type D)

DC input connectorFor EH-67/EH-67s AC Adapter (available separately)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN)

StandardsIEEE 802.11b/g (standard wireless LAN protocol)

Operating frequency2412-2462 MHz (1-11 channels)

AuthenticationOpen system, WPA2-PSK


Communication protocolsBluetooth Specification Version 4.1

Supported languages

Supported languagesArabic, 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

Power sourcesFour 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 life*1

Still imagesApprox. 600 shots when using alkaline batteries
Approx. 1240 shots when using lithium batteries
Approx. 750 shots when using EN-MH2 batteries

Movie recording (actual battery life for recording)*2Approx. 1 h 30 min when using alkaline batteries
Approx. 4 h 30 min when using lithium batteries
Approx. 2 h 35 min when using EN-MH2 batteries

Tripod socket

Tripod socket1/4 (ISO 1222)

Dimensions / weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 113.5 x 78.3 x 94.9 mm ( 4.5 x 3.1 x 3.8 in.)
(excluding projections)

WeightApprox. 542 g ( 1 lb 3.2 oz ) (including LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries and memory card)

Operating environment

Temperature0°C-40°C (32°F-104°F)

Humidity85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories*3

Supplied accessoriesCamera 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