Nikon COOLPIX B500 16MP 40X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Model Number: B500
Web Code: 10415981


Capture brilliant photos and videos simply with the Nikon COOLPIX B500. This digital camera offers 40x optical zoom and 80x Dynamic Fine Zoom, getting you close to your subject so you can get the perfect shot. SnapBridge support keeps a constant connection with your mobile device, allowing you to easily share images and remotely control the camera.
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  • 16MP 1/2.3" backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor capable of capturing detailed high-resolution stills and Full HD video
  • Boasts an ISO sensitivity of 125-1600 (3200, 6400 using P, S, A, or M mode) for great performance, even in low light situations
  • Records video up to Full HD 1080p at 30fps for stunning movies that are as vivid as you remember them
  • Shoots stills at up to 7fps, so you can be sure you've captured all action
  • 4-160mm (equivalent of 22.5–900 mm lens in 35mm [135] format) NIKKOR ED lens features Lens Shift Vibration Reduction that minimizes motion blur and camera shake for sharper images, especially at telephoto focal lengths
  • 40x optical zoom gets you closer to your subject for stunning close-ups and get even closer with enhanced Dynamic Fine Zoom up to 80x
  • Tiltable 3-inch TFT-LCD screen with 921K dots lets you find new angles and perspectives for your creative vision
  • Built-in SnapBridge support uses Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth LE to maintain a constant connection between the companion app and the camera, automatically transferring images to your compatible mobile device for sharing, editing, and uploading
  • SnapBridge app also lets you remotely control the camera
  • In-camera creative effects allow you to unlock your artistic potential and preview the effect before your capture the image
  • Manual exposure modes give you full control over your exposure options, so you're images turn out exactly how you want
  • Conveniently store image on a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (sold separately)

Video Features

Video Modes
Full HD: 1920x1080/ 30p Full HD: 1920x1080/ 25p Full HD: 1920x1080/ 60i Full HD: 1920x1080/ 50i HD: 1280x720/ 60p HD: 1280x720/ 50p HD: 1280x720/ 30p HD: 1280x720/ 25p HS 1920x1080/ 15p HS 1920x1080/ 12.5p HS 640x480/ 120p HS 640x480/ 100p VGA 640x480/ 30p VGA 640x480/ 25p


Digital Storage Media
SD memory cardSDHC memory cardSDXC memory card
Still Image File Formats
Movie File Formats


Computer Interface
PC & Mac


Battery Type & Quantity
Four FR6/L91 (AA-size)

Physical Features

Body Construction
Dimensions - Width
11.3 cm
Dimensions - Height
7.8 cm
Dimensions - Depth
9.4 cm
Weight (with Batteries)
541 g
Short Camera Model
Full-Size Zoom

Image Sensor

Sensor Type
Sensor Size
1/2.3 in.
Total Pixels
16.76 MP
Effective Megapixels
16 MP


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 3,600mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Focus Range
Approx. 30cm to infinity [T]: Approx. 3.5m to infinity Macro mode: Approx. 1cm (wide-angle position) (All distances measured from centre of front surface of lens)
Focus Lock
Focal Length
4.0-160mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5–900 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
35mm Equivalent
4.0-160mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5–900 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Autofocus System
Contrast-detect AF
Wide Angle Lens
Film Required

Viewfinder & Monitor

Viewfinder Type
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor Resolution
921,000 -dots
Brightness Adjustment
5-level brightness adjustment
Swivel LCD


Built-in Flash
Auto Flash Mode
Red-Eye Reduction Flash Mode
Flash On/Off Mode
Fill-in Flash Mode
Slow Synchro
Flash Range
[W]: 0.5 to 6.9m [T]: 3.5m

Aperture & Exposure

Aperture Range
Shutter Speed Range
1/1500-1 sec. 1/4000 sec. (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting) 25 sec. (Star trails in multiple exposure Lighten Scene Mode)
Centre-Weighted Average Metering Mode
Spot Metering Mode
Other Metering Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 125 - 1600 ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
Exposure Compensation
± 2 EV in steps of 1/3
Image Stabilization
Lens shift VR (still pictures) Lens-shift and Electronic VR (movies)
White Balance Modes 1
Auto Cloudy Daylight Flash Fluorescent Incandescent White Balance Preset

Still Image Features

Auto Mode
Portrait Mode
Night Mode
Macro Mode
Other Shooting Modes 1
Backlighting Bird Watching Beach Close Up Dusk/Dawn Easy Panorama Fireworks Show Food Landscape Moon Night Landscape Night Portrait Party/Indoor Pet Portrait Portrait Scene Auto Selector Short Movie Show Snow Sports Sunset
Can be selected from 10 or 2 seconds duration
Continuous Shooting - Medium Quality
7 fps

In-Camera Effects

Red-Eye Removal
Black & White
Other In-Camera Effects
Copy D-Lighting Filter Effects Glamour Retouch Quick Effects Quick Retouch Red-eye Correction Small Picture
  • COOLPIX B500 (Black) ◦Four LR6/L40 AA Alkaline Batteries◦UC-E16 USB Cable◦AN-CP21 Strap◦LC-CP31 Lens Cap

  • Got Screwed

    from Edmonton, AB on April 16, 2019

    Bought this camera for our first family trip to Mexico. 2 days after buying online get an email saying the warehouse has no stk. Thanx to Best Buy didn’t have a camera for our family trip..... Thanx, you bastards!!!! Never shopping with your company again!!!!

  • Fantastic, Easy to Use

    from Duncan, BC on May 20, 2018

    I love this camera, it is not too heavy, uses regular batteries, takes fantastic photos even when I was on a moving train it took beautiful pictures, nice and steady. Comes with a neck strap. I have used it almost every day since I got it, and the only complaint I have is the time is shown in Military format, not really a big deal, since I only care about the day and year the photo was taken. This camera was easy to set up, and nothing complicated at all, just put batteries in, the memory card, and then follow the instructions on the screen.

  • Great camera

    from Ingersoll on September 3, 2017

    One of he reasons I bought the camera was because of the quality and name but also because you can use AA batteries which can be bought at millions of stores worldwide at low cost. You can use AA rechargeable, lithium, or alkaline and the problem with most cameras with specialized batteries is that you should have a spare and have to carry a charger and in a few years, you have to replace them a huge cost to you. I have this problem with a Sony camera and it will cost more to get 2 batteries than the camera is probably worth. If you use lithium batteries, you can get 900 pictures which is good for me and what is the big deal changing 4 "AA" batteries when needed. It has a very accurate power gauge and when it reads low just simply change the batteries and 4 "AA" spare batteries take up little space in your camera bag or purse. I would much rather do that than plug it in and wait for the batteries to charge.I don't know what the other reviewers problems are but mine takes great quality pictures (over 16 megapixels) and the "Snapbridge" App works good but you have to turn it on your camera each time before it will work but that is really easy. Before you complain, read the manual or the dozen's of videos on the web to learn how to use.. It has lots of zoom and great built-in flash and I am not a techie person and still find it easy to operate. Another feature, I like is that it uses a simple SDHC chip to store video and pictures and these chips are readily available from just about anywhere at relatively low cost and available in all storage amounts. I use 32GB and keep a couple in my case and also they are easily changed as they are in battery compartment. By default, the camera puts all video and pictures to the chip before going to the cameras internal memory. When you are done, just remove chip and put in your chip reader on your computer. It doesn't get easier than this. It also comes with a users manual as well. Check out You-tube and see how most people rave about the quality and value of this camera and a lot use this camera for their You-tube video's. In my opinion it is the best camera for the price in this category bar none.

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