|Model||Coolpix P500||Coolpix P300|
|Style||Extended Zoom||Advanced Compact|
|LCD Screen||3-inch Vari-Angle TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating with 921,000 dots||3-inch TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating with 921,000 dots|
|Memory Cards||SD memory card SDHC memory card SDXC memory card with 102MB internal memory||SD memory card SDHC memory card SDXC memory card with 90MB internal memory|
|Resolution||4000 x 3000 (12M)||4000 x 3000 (12M)|
|File Formats||Still pictures: JPEG Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps||Still pictures: JPEG Audio file format: AAC stereo Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps Movie file format: MPEG-4 AVC H.264|
|Focal Length||36x zoom, 4.0-144.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-810mm lens in 35mm  format)||4.2x zoom, 4.3-17.9mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-100mm lens in 35mm  format)|
|Shutter Speed||1/1500-2 sec. (P, S mode)||1/2000-8 sec. (M mode)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto (auto gain ISO 160-800) High ISO Sensitivity auto (ISO 160-1600)||ISO 160-3200 Auto (auto gain ISO 160-1600) Fixed range auto (ISO 160-400, 160-800)|
|White Balance Settings||Not Supplied||Not Supplied|
|Flash Modes||TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes||TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes|
|Flash Range||[W]: 0.5 to 8.0 m (1 ft. 8 in. to 26 ft.) [T]: 2.2 to 4.5 m (7ft 3 in. to 14 ft.)||[W]: 0.5 to 6.5m (1 ft. 8in. to 21ft.) [T]: 0.5 to 2.5m (1ft. 8in. to 8ft. 2in.)|
|Shooting Modes||Back Light Beach Black and White Copy Close Up Dusk/Dawn Fireworks Show Food Landscape Museum Night Landscape Night Portrait Panorama Party/Indoor Pet Portrait Portrait Scene Auto Selector Snow Sports Sunset||Back Light Beach Black and White Copy Close Up Dusk/Dawn Fireworks Show Food Landscape Museum Night Landscape Night Portrait Panorama Party/Indoor Pet Portrait Portrait Scene Auto Selector Snow Special Effects Sports Sunset|
|Maximum Movie Resolution||1920x1080p||1920x1080p|
|Maximum Movie Frames Per Second||30 fps||30 fps|
|Maximum Movie Duration||To capacity of memory card||To capacity of memory card|
|Macro Focus||[W]: Approx. 4 in. (10 cm.) to infinity||[W]: Approx. 1.2 in. (3 cm.) to infinity|
|Metering||256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot, spot AF area (with support for 99 focus areas)||224-segment matrix, center-weighted|
|Image Stabilization||Yes, Combination of Image-sensor shift and Electronic VR (still pictures) Electronic VR (movies)||Yes, Lens-shift VR|
|Self Timer||Can be selected from 10 and 2 seconds duration||Can be selected from 10 and 2 seconds duration|
|Video Out (TV Playback)||Yes, NTSC PAL HDMI||Yes, NTSC PAL HDMI|
|Batteries||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12|
|Dimensions||Height: 3.3 in. (83.7mm) Width: 4.6 in. (115.5mm) Depth: 4.1 in. (102.5mm)||Height: 2.3 in. (58.3mm) Width: 4.1 in. (103mm) Depth: 1.3 in. (32mm)|
|Weight||17.5 oz. (494g) with battery and SD memory card||6.7 oz. (189g) with battery and SD memory card|
|Other Info||Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution Up to 5 shots at approx. 8 frames per second||Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution Up to 7 shots at approx. 8 frames per second|
Nikon Coolpix P500 Sample Photos on Flickr
Nikon Coolpix P500 Camera Reviews Roundup
|TechRadar - Aug 31 2011|
"With the price hovering around the £300 mark, this camera carries a premium price - but for that you get an incredibly large zoom range packaged in a lightweight camera body with a high level of control and decent build quality. The zoom range provides amazing flexibility, and the extra-wide angle view at the shortest zoom setting can be very useful i..." More »
|Digital Camera Info - Aug 25 2011|
"Well here's a result nobody saw coming. Nikon is one of the top manufacturers in the business and typically aces our color test. So we were shocked to find the Coolpix P500 is not accurate at all. Blues, greens, and yellows are all much darker than they should be, and unfortunately those latter two are thought to be the colors us humans are most sensitive t..." More »
|Steve's Digicam - Aug 11 2011|
"Looking at our outdoor image samples, all of the images are very bright, with several instances of overexposure within them. Some of these come while the camera was exposing for a face, which is expected in some cases, but the P500 does it a bit too much. Since these images are so bright, they also seem a bit washed out, dulling the color and preventing the..." More »
|digitalcameraHQ - Aug 02 2011|
"As we've come to expect from cameras with these BSI CMOS sensors, the P500 performs well in a variety of settings. Image quality is generally solid for the price, with a few caveats. As we mentioned above, BSI CMOS sensors tend to perform better at high ISO settings than their CCD predecessors do. That translates, loosely, to better low-light shooting...." More »
Nikon Coolpix P500 Camera Recent User Reviews
- Dec 10 2013 Much better options for the money, The Murphs
I've had this camera for several years. I don't like it. I was finally able to upgrade as this was very expensive. I think my old, normal point-and-shoot worked better. It is hard to get good pictures in less than perfect lighting. Yes, the different settings work well and I really enjoyed the macro setting. I got amazing print-quality work of flowers I used as artwork t...
- Dec 09 2013 Easy to use and and worth the price., Ancient One "Irish New Yorican"
I am not a professional but I do like to takes pictures. This camera has been a great asset. My photos are, for what ever the reason, much, much better....
- Dec 06 2013 Not for picture lovers., R. Flores "KDT"
Good images and video features, but response/shutter a bit slow. Not quite a DSLR quality like the D50 or D70. I love taking pictures and the Nikon D5100 is a whole lot better though a lot more expensive....
- Dec 01 2013 Great amateur camera, Dau
This is a great camera to be used for amateurs. When it set on the correct setting, you can get same amazing pictures and great memories. One of my friends liked it so much that he bought the very same and he's enjoying it as much as I do....