Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera

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Nikon Coolpix B500 Compact Digital Camera

The Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera comes in Red or Black and features a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor for high-resolution images along with Full 1080p HD video. This sensor's construction makes use of a stacked backside-illuminated layout to improve clarity and image quality when shooting in poorly-lit conditions. The 40x optical zoom lens delivers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 22.5 thru 900mm, handling wide-angle thru telephoto perspectives to handle shooting in a wide array of situations. Additional subject magnification can be accomplished using the 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom that soundly doubles the camera's reach. The lens also has Vibration Reduction to help diminish the appearance of camera shake when photographing at longer zoom lengths or with increased shutter speeds. A 921k-dot tilting 3.0" LCD screen subscribes to image composition from differentiating angles, as well as image review and menu navigation.

Incorporated Bluetooth low energy (BLE), Wi-Fi, and NFC connectivity let the B500 pair with a congruent smart device using the Nikon SnapBridge application. Images can then be conviently sent to a connected smartphone or tablet, and from then shared on your favorite social media sites. Engineered for easy, stress-free operation with point & shoot capability for both still images and video, convenience is maximized by choosing from among 18 scene modes or by simply using the Easy Auto Mode, which automatically augments the camera's settings even while taking photos under challenging lighting situations.

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MSRP $299
Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 80-3200
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 23900 mm
Optical zoom 40
Maximum aperture F3
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 1 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Continuous drive 7.4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes High speed modes: 1080/15p and 12.5p, 480/100p and 125p
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 20MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Has 'always on' Bluetooth to maintain connection
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery AA
Battery description Four AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, NiMH)
Battery Life (CIPA) 600
Weight (inc. batteries) 541 g (1.19 lb / 19.08 oz)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95 mm (4.49 x 3.07 x 3.74)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None



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