Nikon Coolpix P500
12.1-megapixel camera with 36X optical zoom (Black)
Item #: 054P500K
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Original Price: $399.99
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Item #: 054P500K
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $399.99
Capture all the exciting plays
The soccer tournament is underway at last. Your child's team made the finals. With the 36X optical zoom on the Nikon Coolpix P500, you can get close enough to capture her look of total concentration. You can also get wide enough to photograph the whole field of play with the 22.5mm wide-angle lens. And when your daughter moves in to score, use the continuous sports mode to snap the exact moment when she kicks the ball into the net. Or switch to 1080p HD movie mode to capture the moment in an HD video clip.
Great features for shooting anywhere
The P500's 12.1-megapixel advanced CMOS image sensor ensures razor-sharp, detailed photos even when shooting in low light without a flash. Use the large, bright LCD screen or the viewfinder to compose your shots. You can even flip out the LCD and adjust its angle for better viewing, especially useful for sunny days or for tricky angles. And optical image stabilization helps to keep your photos steady when you're shooting without a tripod.
High-zoom cameras have powerful built-in lenses that get you close really close to your subject. Focus in on a hawk in the tree across the meadow, or zoom across the backyard for a candid close-up of your toddler's face. High-zoom cameras tend to be a bit bigger than the average point-and-shoot because of their larger lenses. These cameras also sometimes feature advanced controls for customizing your photos.
The BEST camera and worth every single penny! I did research for 3 days straight online watching you tube video's before i purchased this camera from Crutchfield. Which arrived in 2 days to my house :) I got it in the red which is STUNNING! I took shots of my sisters babyshower and they are BEAUTIFUL! They look so professional. I am NOT a person who has time to learn all the buttons and this camera is so easy to just point and shoot. When you zoom in its is so clear and beautiful no blurs at all! I even took upclose shots of the baby in the hospital and they are so clear ! I get compliments the minute i take out my camera!
Pros: Easy to use, not heavy, excellent zoom and shoot! Clear professional looking pictures
Cons: should come with a carry case
I am no expert, but I do like to take decent pictures. After working with this camera for a couple of weeks, I am very happy with this purchase. I have taken some very good pictures, and some not so good. Still learning the camera, but I feel it was an excellent purchase, high value for the price.
Pros: Easy to use, not too bulky, lots of options, or just let it decide!
Cons: A little large - does not fit many camera bags.
Love this guy so far! Just trying to get acquainted with it as there's so many functions available. The size is perfect and the optical zoom is awesome.
As a Nikon user for twenty year and a dosen cameras later, I found myself driving around taking pictures. Not wanting to loose my expensive camera, I bought the P500 about eight months ago. Learned after 6 outings and 800 pixs that you have to slow down, hold the pose after the shot, and watch for the GREEN indicator. Focus is my only complaint, but for the money it is the best of them all!!
It has ALL the fetures of the larger cameras, included through the lens view electronicly. I deffinately recommend the P500!!
Pros: The size, zoom, NIKON name, but most of all the view finder.
Cons: Not what I am use to. It is a slow focusing and has no chasse memory and takes a while to download multiple pictures & bracketing.
Have enjoyed using this camera. Love the zoom and action shots of my grandsons in their sports events. Have only had it for a couple of weeks, so still learning all that it can do. Very happy I made this purchase. First time purchase from Crutchfield and very please with their service. Shipped quickly and well packaged. Would purchase from them again. Thanks!! DK
My neighbor (who takes 3000+ photos a year with her p500) recommended this. It's a great still camera, especially for a novice such as myself. For this i recommend it highly - get an extra recharger, extra battery, several sd cards - the picture reader/writer is not required. You can hook up directly to your tv. I took several video clips in vga mode (I have an analog tv). They are only viewable on the windows pc with Quick Time Player; it uses .MOV mode. I bought Quick Time Pro from Apple and copied a sample clip to MPEG4, streaming DV and AVI. Only .AVI could be processed by Windows Media Player, but it was really grainy. The others could be processed by Quick Time. I can not burn a DVD of these with Windows Movie Maker or Roxio Creator. I'm now considering the purchase of a Canon camcorder, with frustration.
Have taken quite a few pictures and am really liking it so far. Practicing before a grand trip to New Zealand and Australia next year. Love the fact of the 36x zoom and with the anti shake it really works well even when zoomed all the way out. So far no problems but only had it a month now. Price and speed of delivery was wonderful. Txs
I love the camera, pure and simple. It has much more capability than I can currently take advantage of but I'm looking forward to learning. So far, the controls are pretty intuitive. The zoom is terrific, as are the basic settings (e.g., night, night portrait, back-lighting). Technically, it isn't an SLR but it acts like one, which is what I wanted.
My only complaint is that the camera quit on me after a few days of use. Completely dead. No apparent cause. Took some snaps, turned it off, set it down, and it never woke up again. Really vexing, as I was on vacation and had bought it specifically so that I'd have time to play with it on the trip.
There's a reason we buy from Crutchfield, though. I explained the problem and the camera was replaced without any additional fuss. The rep worked with me so that the replacement wouldn't arrive home before it did.
I've hauled the camera on two subsequent trips now and the problem has not recurred.
Much better than I thought it would be. I am continually impressed with the quality
of the P500. Of Course the Crutchfield team is far superior to other vendors.
Camera was shipped on the same day I ordered it.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||22.5-810 mm|
|Internal Memory||102 MB|
|Effective Megapixel Count||12.1|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||17.5|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3" Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix P500 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 97% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in playback mode. The monitor can be tilted to various angles, enabling you to shoot from high or low angles with ease.
Electronic Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" monitor, the P500 has a 0.24" electronic viewfinder with approximately 230,000 dots. It has approximately 97% horizontal and vertical coverage in shooting mode, compared to the actual picture, and approximately 100% frame coverage in playback mode. The viewfinder's diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Image Sensor/Processor: The Coolpix P500 features a 1/2.3" backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor with approximately 12.75-million total pixels and 12.1-million effective pixels. The EXPEED C2 Image Processing engine delivers high-quality, natural-looking pictures with stunning color and sharpness.
Optics: The Coolpix P500 digital camera uses a Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and image sensor combination. The Coolpix P500 uses a 36x wide-angle optical zoom lens, that is equivalent to a 22.5-810mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 144x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of a 3240mm lens (35mm format).
Photo Information: Two display options for the LCD monitor are available during shooting:
5-Way VR (Vibration Reduction) Stabilization: The Nikon Coolpix P500 offers a 5-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Stabilization System:
File Formats: The Coolpix P500 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo), or iFrame (a 16:9 aspect ratio movie format supported by Apple, Inc. You have a choice of 12 still image size options and five movie options (see chart below). You can set the image quality (compression) for each image size as Fine (1:4 compression ratio), Normal (1:8), Basic (1:16).
Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 102 MB internal memory for storing still images and movies with sound.
Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the internal memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards over 32 GB. The capacity of the internal memory and optional memory cards is as follows:
|Number of Storable Images (approx.)|
4000 x 3000
3264 x 2448
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
3984 x 2656
16:9 / 9M
3968 x 2232
16:9 / 2M
1920 x 1080
2992 x 2992
|Movie Option||Movie Bitrate||
Maximum Recording Time
4 GB SDHC Card
1920 x 1080
|14 Mbps||35 min|
1920 x 1080
|12 Mbps||40 min|
1280 x 720
|9 Mbps||55 min|
960 x 540
|24 Mbps||15 min|
640 x 480
|3 Mbps||2 hrs 30 min|
Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29 minutes, regardless of the amount of free space on the memory card.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose one of the following shooting modes:
Continuous Shooting: In the P, S, A, or M shooting modes, you can select in the menu from the following single or continuous shooting options:
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and 2 second timer for self-portraits. In addition, the camera can use face detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a smile is detected (Smile Timer).
AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine how the camera selects the focus area for Auto Focus:
Focus Modes: You can choose a focus mode according to the subject and composition. The choices include:
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 19' at the maximum wide-angle position and 16' at the maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.
Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the following ISO settings:
White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent (FL1 to FL3), Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset Manual and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix P500 has a built-in flash with a range of 1'-8" to 26' (Wide angle) and 7'-3" to 14' (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.
AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:
Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be recorded over the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's built-in speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length. Memos are saved as .WAV files.
Slide Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
Copy: You can internally copy images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD card.
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, 16, or 72) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.
Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix P500 to edit recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose from the following editing functions:
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 26 different menu display languages including English, Spanish or French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print. Pictures can be printed as followed:
Power Requirements: The Coolpix P500 is powered by the supplied EN-EL5 rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.7V/1100mAh). The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-69P Charging AC adapter and the supplied USB cable. The supplied rechargeable battery will last up to approximately 220 shots or 1 hour 20 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 4 hours and 50 minutes. You can also charge the battery in the camera in about 5 hours and 30 minutes, using the supplied USB cable plugged into a computer.
Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.
HDMI: The Coolpix P500 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.
USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack on the bottom of the camera for connecting the supplied AV (EG-CP16) cable or USB cable (UC-E6). This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.
ViewNX 2 Software CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains ViewNX 2, and Panorama Maker 5. ViewNX 2 is used for viewing your images and movies on the computer. Panorama Maker 5 is used for creating panoramic images from a series of recorded still images.
System Requirements: The supplied software will work with Windows and Macintosh. Your computer will need to meet the following system requirements:
Pre-installed versions. All installed programs run as 32-bit applications in 64-bit editions of Window 7 and Windows Vista.
|MAC OS X Versions:
|Hard Disk Space||
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