Nikon Coolpix B500 Detailed Review

Nikon Coolpix B500

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The Coolpix B500 was presented by Nikon in February 2016. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Sensor Properties

In additional Coolpix B500 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

Also Coolpix B500's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Nikon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
Resolution (physical)16.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective)16.00 megapixel
Pixel size1.79 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 7 frames/second
Focal length (min)22mm
Focal length (max)900mm
Aperture (max)3.0
Aperture (min)6.5
Viewfinder Properties

The Coolpix B500 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The Coolpix B500's shutter speed varies from 1/5000s to 25s.

Max. shutter speed1/5000s
Min. shutter speed25s
Sensitivity Properties

The Coolpix B500's sensitivity goes from 125 ISO und 6400 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity125 ISO
Max. sensitivity6400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Coolpix B500 supports all general exposure modes.

The Nikon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Coolpix B500's auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Nikon doesn't support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

AF points1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Coolpix B500 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 7m (23 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Nikon.

(23 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Coolpix B500 display

The Coolpix B500 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The Coolpix B500 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Coolpix B500 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Nikon Coolpix B500 Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Coolpix B500 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Nikon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Nikon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD

The Nikon Coolpix B500 works with a 4 Mignonzellen, auch aufladbar battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 600 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The Coolpix B500's battery battery parameters:

Type4 Mignonzellen, auch aufladbar
In-camera charging
Battery life600 photos

The Nikon Coolpix B500's dimensions are 113.5 x 78.3 x 94.9mm³. (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 542 grams (17.5 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Coolpix B500:

Nikon Coolpix B500 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Nikon Coolpix B500 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Coolpix B500 is not much bigger:

Nikon Coolpix B500 size comparison

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