|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
- Feb 25 2014 Nikon Coolpixp500, Sue E Barnes
This camera is really great for close up and long distance. I had the same camera but the 110 model and I wanted to upgrade. I got it for a great price, used, just gotta look around. I am very happy with it. The pictures are beautiful. I have heard people complain about the long distance being fuzzy, but if you wait until it focuses in, you can really see a long ways....
- Feb 16 2014 Impressive camera, amazing zoom, Dr. "Oceanfront"
I bought this camera strictly for wildlife and scenery photography. I needed a powerful zoom, and this one has that. Also, when I am vacationing, I now just bring this one camera and leave all my lenses at home. For my uses this is a great little camera. The full zoom works best with a tripod, if you want to be able to steady the shot. However, it has a remarkably...
- Jan 18 2014 Great, Brian D. Ocallaghan
Very nice camera with a terrific zoom lens. Only downside is that the fold-out screen doesn't fold sideways. Other than that, great camera and highly recommended....
- Dec 29 2013 Excellent Camera!, Zippy "Zippy"
This is a great camera! It has HD Video recording as well as 12.1 megapixels! Very easy settings for any amateur photographer. Well made, great display screen and has an excellent zoom....