Expand the boundaries of everyday photography with the 16-megapixel COOLPIX B500, fitted with a high performance 40x optical zoom*1 and 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom*2. See the world from new angles with a flexible 3-inch tilting LCD monitor and share it all with SnapBridge, a new feature that connects the camera to your smart device. Experience these powerful features in a compact size.
The magic is in the details. Capture every one with 40x optical zoom*1 and 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom*2. By switching to macro mode, you can get as close as 1cm from the subject. An outstanding Vibration Reduction stabilises your shots even in the most precarious situation, with a shutter speed effect at approximately 3.0 stops faster and 40x optical zoom*1. Keep swift, speeding subjects in focus with Target Finding autofocus (AF) and Pre-focus AF. For moments that deserve more than a photo, the B500 offers Full HD (1080p/60i) video-recording and creative shooting modes such as Short Movie Show that combines multiple clips into 30-second films.
Share your best shots with SnapBridge, a new feature that automatically downloads your images to your smart device via a constant Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. Once SnapBridge application is installed, you can easily activate the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi*4 for wireless image transfer on compatible smart devices by using the SnapBridge application. BLE maintains constant connection with minimal power, so you can continue shooting and sharing without draining your batteries too quickly. SnapBridge also allows your smart device to access your camera, even when the camera is switched off. It even automatically archives your pictures onto Nikon Image Space*3.
SnapBridge is now available for download on Google Play™ for Android™. See the App Store® for the latest information on camera firmware compatible with the iOS version of the SnapBridge app.
Master night scenes with the new Multiple Exposure Lighten feature that perfectly seizes fireworks and stars. In this mode, the B500 takes multiple shots at intervals then composites them to create impressive images of light paths.
Express yourself your way with the new Creative mode. Choose from an array of presets and let the camera do the rest, so all you have to do is click the shutter-release button. Personalise your shots with 12 Glamour Retouch options and make your adrenaline-fueled shots even more thrilling.
The B500 is performance and portability personified. At approximately 542g and measuring 113.5mm (width) x 78.3mm (height) x 94.9mm (depth) without projections, the B500 comes with a comfortable grip to shoot with enhanced stability. Intuitive control features such as the mode dial and Side Zoom Control means you will always be ready for the next photo opportunity.
*1 Approximately 900mm equivalent in 35mm format.
*2 Approximately 1800mm equivalent in 35mm format. Magnification of Dynamic Fine Zoom is calculated from the maximum wide-angle position of optical zoom.
*3 Register for your Nikon ID to receive unlimited online storage for thumbnail pictures at a resolution of 1920x1080 on NIKON IMAGE SPACE, for free.
*4 The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used when SnapBridge application is installed on compatible smart devices.
The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used when SnapBridge application is installed on compatible smart devices.
Android 5.0 or later or 6.0.1 or later
A device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later (i.e., a device that supports Bluetooth Smart Ready/Low Energy) is required.
1. Key features
The 40x optical zoom takes you from 22.5 mm* wide-angle to 900 mm* telephoto, plus 80x** Dynamic Fine Zoom (up to 1800 mm*), allowing you to capture a wide range of images from wide-angle vistas to close-ups of distant subjects. At any zoom range, optical VR (Vibration Reduction) helps you take steady pictures. Dedicated Bird watching and Moon modes make it easy to optimize nature shots without complicated operation. *35mm format equivalent. **Magnification of Dynamic Fine Zoom is calculated from the maximum wide-angle position of optical zoom.
Shoot from so many interesting angles and positions with the 7.5cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot TFT LCD tilting monitor, plus count on clear vivid viewing even under the sun. Use high-angle to shoot over people’s heads at weddings and games, and low-angle for shots from a child’s or pet’s perspective.
Stay in charge as your subject or situation changes; the 10-position Mode dial offers instant access to the shooting mode you want. There is also a Snap-back zoom button to keep you from losing sight of your subject, and Side zoom control so you can concentrate on what you’re shooting. To set the information you want displayed on your photo, just hit the Display button. Any function is easier to use because of the self-explanatory Help display. All of this is packed in a compact body that’s easy to take along with you.
Never worry about running out of power because the camera runs on R6/AA-size batteries you can buy just about anywhere. Thanks to low power consumption design, this camera is able to deliver approx. 600 shots using fresh alkaline batteries so it can accompany you on trips and excursions.
Have an easy time taking creative pictures just the way you want, using Creative mode; it offers nine built-in preset modes that you can choose in-camera while checking out how they look with four different effects applied to it. When you decide on a mode, press the shutter and the camera automatically takes five images — the original plus four with effects applied. In other words, you have a choice of 36 image options in total. A great way to take nightscapes is with Multiple Exp. Lighten function, which compares multiple images and automatically composites the brightest parts to express light paths such as fireworks or streaming traffic.
Shoot beautiful Full HD 1080/60i movies of parties and events, with 4-Axis Hybrid VR assuring a stable image even if you’re moving around with the camera. Relive wonderful memories through images and music with Short movie show — it stitches together multiple video files plus Special effects and 4 types of soundtracks to create a 30-second movie.
Note: Full HD refers to this camera’s ability to record movies in 1920 x 1080 format.
SnapBridge eliminates the barrier between your camera and smart device, through a combination of Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) technology and a dedicated app.* In addition to automatic picture transfer from camera to smart device thanks to the constant connection between the two devices, it also offers free, unlimited upload of thumbnails on the NIKON IMAGE SPACE cloud service.** It’s possible to embed location, date/time, and two pieces of credit information (i.e. copyright, comments, text and stamps). Plus, support for Wi-Fi® and NFC further expands wireless connectivity. Shoot yourself from a distance or get into group shots with camera remote control, then wirelessly share your images right away. *Using this service requires installing the app SnapBridge app to the smart device prior to use. This can be downloaded from the application store of each smart device (free). **Using this service requires customer registration (free).
Notes: The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nikon Corporation is under license. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
2. Other features
Compact digital camera
16.0million, (Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels.)
1/2.3-in.type, CMOS, Total pixels: approx.16.76million
NIKKOR lens with40x optical zoom
4.0to, 160mm, (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5 to 900 mm lens in 35mm  format)
12elements in, 9groups, (3 ED lens elements)
Digital zoom magnification
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 3600 mm lens in 35mm  format)
Lens-shift VR (still images), Lens shift and electronic VR (movies)
[W]: Approx.30 cm (1 ft) to ∞, [T]: Approx.3.5 m (11 ft) to ∞, Macromode: Approx., 1 cm (0.4 in.) to ∞ (wide-angle position), (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking, target finding AF
7.5cm (3-in.) diagonal
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)
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal memory (approx. 20 MB)
DCF and Exif 2.3 compliant
Still images: JPEG Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Image size (pixels)
16M (High) [4608 x 3456(Fine)] 16M [4608 x 3456] 8M [3264 x 2448] 4M [2272 x 1704] 2M [1600 x 1200] VGA [640 x 480] 16:9 [4608 x 2592] 1:1 [3456 x 3456]
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)
ISO125, to1600, ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using Auto mode)
Matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (–2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
1/1500to, 1s, 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting) 25 s (Nightscape + star trails and Star trails in Multiple exp. Lighten scene mode)
10 s, 2 s 5 s (self-portrait timer)
Electronically-controlled ND filter (–2 AV) selection
2 steps (f/3 and f/6 [W])
Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)
[W]: 0.5 to 6.9 m (1 ft 8 in. to 22 ft) [T]: 3.5 m (11 ft)
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Hi-Speed USB, Supports Direct Print (PictBridge) Audio/video output connector (NTSC or PAL can be selected)
HDMI output connector
HDMI micro connector (Type D)
DC input connector
For EH-67/EH-67s AC Adapter (available separately)
IEEE 802.11b/g (standard wireless LAN protocol)
2412 to 2462 MHz (1 to 11 channels)
Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1
Supported languages for camera menus
Arabic, 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
Four 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 of still shooting
Approx. 600 shots when using alkaline batteries(*1) Approx. 1240 shots when using lithium batteries(*1) Approx. 750 shots when using EN-MH2 batteries(*1)
Battery life of movies (actual battery life for recording)
Approx. 1 h 30 min when using alkaline batteries(*1)(*2) Approx. 4 h 30 min when using lithium batteries(*1)(*2) Approx. 2 h 35 min when using EN-MH2 batteries(*1)(*2)
1/4 (ISO 1222)
Approx.113.5, x78.3, x94.9mm (4.5, x3.1, x3.8in.), (excluding projections)
Approx.542g (1 lb 3.2 oz), (including LR6/L40 (AA-size) alkaline batteries and memory card)
0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
85% or less (no condensation)
Camera 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
1. All measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines. *1 Battery life does not reflect the use of SnapBridge and may vary with the conditions of use, including temperature, the interval between shots, and the length of time that menus and images are displayed. The supplied batteries are for trial use only. The figures listed for lithium batteries were obtained using commercially-available FR6/L91 (AA-size) Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium batteries. *2 Individual movie files cannot exceed 4 GB in size or 29 minutes in length. Recording may end before this limit is reached if camera temperature becomes elevated. Nikon will not be held liable for any errors these specifications may contain. The appearance of this product and its specifications are subject to change without notice.
Portable and lightweight with an easy to hold grip, the New Nikon Coolpix B500 is a superzoom camera designed with usability in mind. On the image making front the B500 has a 16MP sensor which is capable of producing brilliantly detailed images in low-light conditions and a massive 40X optical zoom lens. This type of zoom range is a traveler's delight - great for portraits, landscapes, wildlife and much more. Nikon's new SnapBridge app allows you to automatically download images to your mobile device easily via bluetooth low energy (BLE), Wi-Fi & NFC.