Play, Edit and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Overview: The Nikon Coolpix B500 is an advanced digital
camera with a long 40x optical zoom. You can take beautiful 16MP photos or Full
HD video using the flip-up 3" LCD. The camera has Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction
for blur-free shots while zoomed in. The B500 features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low
Energy (BLE) that lets you share your photos instantly or for remote camera
control. The camera comes with 4 "AA" alkaline batteries, a USB cable, and a
fabric neck strap.
3" Flip-up LCD Monitor: The camera
has a 3" high resolution LCD monitor featuring
approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflection coating and a five-level
brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 99% horizontal and
vertical coverage in both shooting and playback modes. You can tilt the monitor
approximately 85° downward for high-angle
shots, and approximately 90° upward for low-angle shots. The B500 does not have a separate viewfinder.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix B500 features a
1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with approximately
16.76-million total pixels and 16.0-million effective pixels.
Recording Media: 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 20 MB internal memory. The camera can support SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards.
Optics: The Coolpix B500 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 ED lens is designed for the specific camera and image sensor combination.
The lens has a 40x optical zoom, and a focal length of 4.0-160mm that is equivalent
to a 22.5-900mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the
camera's total zoom capability is 160x. The angle of view is equivalent up to a
3600mm lens (35mm format).
Vibration Reduction: The Coolpix B500 offers Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
image stabilization to reduce blurring caused by camera shake when shooting,
especially at telephoto zoom positions or slow shutter speeds. When recording
video, a 4-axis Hybrid VR helps smooth out up/down, left/right, in/out, and
File Formats: The Coolpix B500 records still images in JPEG
format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV
format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo). There are eight still image size options and
six movie options:
- Still Images:
- 16M: 4608 x 3456 (1:4 or 1:8 compression)
- 8M: 3264 x 2448 (1:8 compression)
- 4M: 2272 x 1704
- 2M: 1600 x 1200
- VGA: 640 x 480
- 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592
- 1:1: 3456 x 3456
- HD 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
- HD 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
- HD 720p: 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
- VGA: 640 x 480 (30 fps)
- HS Movies:
- HS 1080/0.5x (1920 x 1080): 2x speed fast motion playback (record up to
min; playback 1 min); no sound
- HS 480/4x (640 x 480): 1/4x speed slow motion playback (record up to
sec; playback 1 min); no sound
SnapBridge: SnapBridge is a new wireless connection innovation from
Nikon that lets you transfer photos, even while shooting, upload photos to the
Nikon Image Space cloud service, and remotely control the camera from your
smartphone. SnapBridge utilizes a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection between
the camera and the smart device. Devices with Near-Field Communication (NFC) can
launch the SnapBridge app by touching the device to the camera's N-mark. A
one-time setup is required to register the camera with the app, and thereafter,
an automatic connection is made between the two devices. SnapBridge will let you
imprint up to two pieces of credit information, such as copyright, comments,
text, or logos, onto your pictures. You can receive firmware updates for your
camera, and update the camera's date, time, and location info through your smart
device. The SnapBridge app is currently available for Android (5.0 and up) on
Google Play, and for iOS (6.0.1 or later) on the iTunes App Store.
Built-in Wi-Fi: In addition to SnapBridge, the Coolpix B500 has built-in Wi-Fi, which
allows you to connect the camera with your smartphone or tablet. Through the wireless connection (IEEE 802.11b/g), you
can upload photos and videos from your camera to your device. It is recommended
that a Wi-Fi connection is used for large volume uploads. Once you have loaded
images to your smartphone, you can share them via email, texts, or social
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Auto Mode: This is an automatic "point-and-shoot" mode
recommended for first-time users of digital cameras. Available functions in
the Auto Mode include: Creative slider, Flash mode, Self-timer, Macro Mode,
and Shooting Menu.
- Scene Auto Selector: In the Scene Auto Selector mode,
the camera automatically recognizes the shooting conditions when you frame a
picture. Shooting scenes include: Portrait (1-2 persons), Portrait (large
group of people), Landscape, Night Portrait (1-2 persons), Night Portrait
(large group of people), Night Landscape, Close-up, Backlighting (for
subjects other than people), Backlighting (for taking portraits), and Other.
- Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select
one of 15
scene modes with settings optimized for the shooting situation. Available
scene modes include: Portrait, Landscape, Multiple Exposure Lighten, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Close-up, Food, Fireworks show,
Easy Panorama, Pet portrait, Moon, and Birdwatching.
- Night Landscape:
- Night Portrait:
- Creative Mode: The camera simultaneously saves four
images with effects and one image without effects. You can select the
following effects: Variety, Selective Color (Red), Selective Color (Green),
Selective Color (Blue), Light, Depth, Memory, Classic, and Noir.
- Smart Portrait: You can take a picture with a glamour
retouch function to enhance human faces. You can apply skin softening,
foundation makeup, soft, vividness, and brightness effects.
- Short Movie Show: The camera creates a short 1920 x 1080/30p
movie that is up to 30 seconds long by recording and automatically combining
multiple movie clips that are several seconds long.
Continuous Shooting: In the Continuous Shooting mode,
you can select in the menu from the following single or continuous shooting options:
- Single: One image is shot each time the shutter-release
button is pressed.
- Continuous H: Up to 7 pictures are shot at a rate of
about 7.7 frames per second each time the shutter button is held down. Image
size is set to 16M: 4608 x 3456 pixels.
- Continuous L: Up to 7 pictures are shot at a rate of
about 2 frame per second each time the shutter button is held down. Image
size is set to 16M: 4608 x 3456 pixels.
- Pre-shooting Cache: To avoid missing a shot, the
pre-shooting cache begins when the shutter-release button is pressed
halfway, and continues when the button is pressed all the way. Frame rate is
up to 15 fps. Up to 25
frames are captured, including up to 4 frames captured in the pre-shooting
cache. Image size is fixed at 2M: 1600 x 1200.
- Continuous H 120 fps: Each time the shutter-release
button, 50 frames are captured at a speed of about 120 fps.
Image size is fixed at VGA 640 x 480.
- Continuous H 60 fps: Each time the shutter-release
button, 25 frames are captured at a speed of about 60 fps. Image
size is fixed at 1M 1280 x 960.
- Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the
shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is
selected and saved.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second, 5
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:
- Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front
view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically.
- Manual: You can manually select one of up to 99 focus areas
in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not
positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still. You can
choose spot, normal, or wide to change the size of the movable focus area.
- Center: The camera focuses on the subject in the center
of the frame.
- Subject Tracking: Once you select a subject to focus
on, the focus area will move and follow the subject.
- Target Finding AF: The camera will adjust the focus on
what it determines to be the main subject. If no main subject is detected,
it automatically selects the subject closest to the camera as the subject.
AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can
choose between the following auto-focus modes:
- Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed
halfway and locks at this position during recording.
AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the
shutter-release button is not pressed.
- Pre-focus AF: The camera focuses when subject movement is
detected, or the image composition is significantly changed, even if the
shutter release button is not pressed halfway.
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 6.5' at the maximum
wide-angle position and 5'-2" at the
maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.
Blink Proof: The Blink Proof function is
available when you are shooting in Smart Portrait mode. The camera automatically
releases the shutter twice with every shot and saves one image in which the
subject's eyes are open. This function can be turned on/off in the menu.
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, using the multi-selector on the back of the camera.
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:
- Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 125 when there is sufficient
lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 1600 when lighting
- Fixed Range Auto: Select from two ranges in which the
camera automatically sets the sensitivity: ISO 125-400 or ISO 80-800.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600,
3200, and 6400.
You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight,
Incandescent, Fluorescent, 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 B500 has a built-in pop-up flash with a range of
1'-8" to 22' (Wide angle) and 11' (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
- Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
- Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce
- Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
- Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
Play, Edit and Print Functions
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.
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images
(4, 9, or 16) 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
Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix B500 to edit
recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. An image can be
edited up to 10 times. You can choose
from the following editing functions:
- Quick Effects: You can process images with a variety of
effects. You can select Painting, Photo Illustration, Soft Portrait,
Background Monochrome Portrait, Fisheye, Cross Screen, and Miniature Effect.
- Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily
create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back
an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the
corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
- Red-eye Correction: You can apply correction to images
in which red-eye is detected.
- Glamour Retouch: The camera recognizes faces in pictures
and creates a copy with softer facial skin tones. Other effects include
glare reduction, whiten teeth, lipstick, redden cheeks, and various effects
for the eyes.
- Resizing Pictures (Small Picture): You can create a
small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with
a compression ratio of 1:8. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x
480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web
pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
- Crop: Creates a copy containing only a portion visible
on the monitor.
Multi-Language Menu: You can
choose from 36 different menu display languages including English,
Spanish and 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:
or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory
card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal
memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible
printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before
printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix B500 is powered by four "AA"
batteries. Alkaline batteries are included with the camera, however, you can use
Lithium or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. An optional AC adapter (EH-67 or EH67s)
is available for powering the camera from ordinary household current. Battery
life estimates are as follows:
|Battery Type ||Still Images ||Movie Recording |
|Alkaline ||600 shots ||1 hr 30 min |
|Lithium ||1240 shots ||4 hrs 30 min |
|750 shots ||2 hrs 35 min |
Auto Off: If no operations are performed for about one
minute, the screen turns off, the camera enters standby mode, and the power-on
light flashes. After remaining in standby mode for three minutes, the camera
will turn itself off.
Inputs and Outputs Notes
HDMI: The Coolpix B500 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type
D) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional
micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required.
USB Port: The camera features a proprietary USB port on the side of
the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable (UC-E16) to download your
photos to your computer or PictBridge-compatible printer. The USB interface is
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible.
DC Input: A DC input connector is provided for plugging in the
optional EH-67 or EH-67s AC adapter. This allows you to operate the camera on
ordinary household current while printing images from the camera, uploading
large numbers of files to your computer, or playing back images during a slide
ViewNX-i Software: Nikon ViewNX-i is free software that can
be used with the Coolpix B500 for transferring images and movies from the camera
to your computer for viewing and editing. It can be downloaded from the Nikon
Download Center (URL is in the included Quick Start Guide.)
System Requirements: The ViewNX-i software will work with
the following Operating Systems:
- Windows: Windows 10 (Home, Pro, Enterprise), Windows 8.1
(Pro, Enterprise), Windows 7 (Home Basic, Home Premium SP1, Professional
SP1, Enterprise SP1, Ultimate SP1)
- Mac: OS X 10.11.3, OS X 10.10.5, OS X 10.9.5