Nikon Coolpix S500
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User reviews and opinions
|kubro||4:23am on Thursday, November 4th, 2010|
|Great for what it is, but not perfect I have owned about a dozen digital cameras, and thought that when I bought a Nikon D70 with a good lens.|
|aryehz2||7:59pm on Thursday, October 28th, 2010|
|Nikon battery Excellent product. Could have bought a similar type but so pleased that I bought the real one Brilliant Camera I bought this camera 2days ago and so far I love it. I needed a new camera as ma other one stopped working while on holiday.|
|Pokey||4:57pm on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010|
|There is more to hate about this camera than to like about it, especially given the price tag. In short, unless your lighting conditions are superb. Compact, solid, easy to use, great pictures. Proprietary battery, flimsy battery/memory card door.|
|John Erikson||12:55pm on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010|
|Slim, stream-line, sound recording, desiged to be used in a multitude of different situations Complex to use it is so compact and handy.will fit into a shirt pocket.So easy to use yet has deeper proper photographer functions.Image quality is very good so far,...|
|zimo||6:05pm on Thursday, August 5th, 2010|
|After trying the Fuji F40fd and Canon A710IS I decided to go for the Nikon S500. The Metering and Color on the S500 is excellent. I used this camera for Yosemite Trip. Took about 250 pictures at max resolution. Bright daylight to Cloudy to night, landscape to portrait. Highly recommended pocket camera|
|abreu||7:28pm on Saturday, July 31st, 2010|
|ISO 2000 is useless because of high noise. Even at ISO 400 the noise is noticeable. Not worth paying $300 for this. Consider other cameras. Small, 2. ISO 2000 is useless because of high noise. Ev... Small, 2.5" LCD, stainless High price, below average performance ISO 2000 is useless because of high noise. Even at ISO 400 the noise is noticeable. Not worth paying $300 for this. Consider other cameras. Small, 2. ISO 2000 is useless because of high noise. Even at ISO 400 the noise is noticeable. Not worth paying $300 for this. Consider other cameras. Small, 2.|
|sixofive||4:05pm on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010|
|very similar in use of menus etc to an earlier coolpix 500 previously used. no view finder simple to use, especially for a novice like me.|
|heatherbowater||6:05pm on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010|
|Great Easy to Install","Fast Recharge","Long-Lasting","Reliable Easy to Install","Fast Recharge","Long-Lasting","Reliable","Solid Construction|
|mgmguy1||12:17pm on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010|
|MATCHES MANUFACTURERS RECOMENDATION Easy to Install","Fast Recharge","Long-Lasting","Reliable","Solid Construction Limited Zoom|
|m.haenel||8:33am on Sunday, May 30th, 2010|
|I just replaced my Pentax Optio with this 7.1 Mp alternative and am very happy, overall. Great viewing screen and pretty intuitive features system.|
|slakintac||11:04am on Sunday, April 25th, 2010|
|Compact, solid, easy to use, great pictures. Proprietary battery, flimsy battery/memory card door. When looking for a new camera, we wanted something small, easy to use, and that took good pictures. The Nikon Coolpix S500 was a great choice.|
|email@example.com||12:46pm on Friday, April 2nd, 2010|
|Exceptional clarity and colour, no camera shake, light ,simple... i could go on Little buttons, not for sausage fingers|
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Notations A Secure Digital (SD) memory card is referred to as a memory card. The setting at the time of purchase is referred to as the default setting. Menu items, options, and messages displayed in the camera monitor are shown in brackets ([ ]). Screen Samples In this manual, images are sometimes omitted from monitor display samples so that monitor indicators can be more clearly shown. Illustrations and Screen Display Illustrations and text displays shown in this manual may differ from actual display.
Pictures taken with this camera can be stored in the cameras internal memory or on removable memory cards. If a memory card is inserted, all new pictures will be stored on the memory card and delete, playback, and format operations will apply only to the pictures on the memory card. The memory card must be removed before the internal memory can be formatted or used to store, delete, or view pictures.
Information and Precautions
As part of Nikons Life-Long Learning commitment to ongoing product support and education, continually updated information is available online at the following sites: For users in the U.S.A.: http://www.nikonusa.com/ For users in Europe and Africa: http://www.europe-nikon.com/support/ For users in Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East: http://www.nikon-asia.com/ Visit these sites to keep up-to-date with the latest product information, tips, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), and general advice on digital imaging and photography. Additional information may be available from the Nikon representative in your area. See the URL below for contact information: http://nikonimaging.com/
Use Only Nikon Brand Electronic Accessories
Nikon COOLPIX cameras are designed to the highest standards and include complex electronic circuitry. Only Nikon brand electronic accessories (including battery chargers, batteries, and AC adapters) certified by Nikon specifically for use with this Nikon digital camera are engineered and proven to operate within the operational and safety requirements of this electronic circuitry. THE USE OF NON-NIKON ELECTRONIC ACCESSORIES COULD DAMAGE THE CAMERA AND MAY VOID YOUR NIKON WARRANTY. For more information about Nikon brand accessories, contact a local authorized Nikon dealer.
The following indicators may appear in the monitor during shooting and playback (actual display varies with current camera settings).
6 z A B C D
f g h ij l
18 C D B A
W 9 W 10 H 11 s
Shooting mode1.. 20, 33, 34, 42, 43, 56 Exposure lock.. 41 Macro close-up mode.. 31 Zoom indicator. 22, 31 Focus indicator.. 24 Flash mode.. 28 Internal memory indicator.. 21 Battery level indicator.. 20 ISO sensitivity.. 29, 89
Date not set indicator. 119 Time zone indicator. 101
13 Date imprint.. 105 Number of exposures 14 remaining (still pictures). 20 Movie length.. Focus area2. 24, Exposure compensation value.. Image mode. Color options.. White balance mode. Best shot selector (BSS).. Continuous shooting mode. 86
10 Vibration reduction icon. Self-timer indicator. 30
Differs according to the current shooting mode. Refer to the sections on each mode for details. When the shutter-release button is pressed halfway at the default [AF area mode] setting of [Auto], the active focus area is displayed. The focus area can be selected from 99 focus areas in the frame or locked at the center focus area.
15/05/2007 12:00 M 3 9999.JPG w 4
Date of recording.. 16 Time of recording.. 16 Internal memory indicator.. 26 Battery level indicator.. 20 File number and type. 115 Volume indicator. 51, 62 Voice memo recording guide. 51 Voice memo playback guide. 51 Current frame number/total number of frames.. 26 Movie length.. 62
10 Movie playback indicator. D-Lighting icon.. Voice memo icon. Image mode. Small picture.. Protect icon.. Print-order icon. Transfer icon. 72, Movie indicator. 62
The i (shooting/playback) Button
Press i once in shooting mode to enter full-frame playback; press again to switch back to shooting mode. Pressing the shutter-release button halfway in playback mode (c 26) will also activate shooting mode. If the camera is turned off, hold down i to turn the camera on in playback mode (c 26).
The C (mode) Button
Press C during shooting to display the shootingmode selection menu, or during playback to display the playback-mode selection menu. Use the rotary multi selector (c 9) to choose the desired mode. Press i to switch between the mode-selection menus for shooting mode and playback mode.
Shooting-mode Selection Menu
Auto mode (c 20)
Setup mode (c 98) Movie mode (c 56)
High-sensitivity shooting mode (c 33) Scene mode (c 34)
The m Button
Press m to display the menu for the selected mode. Use the rotary multi selector to navigate the menus (c 9).
L K n A T
Shooting menu (c 81) High-sensitivity menu (c 81) Scene menu (c 34) One-touch portrait menu1 (c 44) Movie menu (c 57)
i J L w Z
Playback menu (c 92) Calendar menu (c 55) List by date menu (c 55) Print menu2 (c 76) Setup menu3 (c 98)
To display the one-touch portrait menu, enter one-touch portrait mode by pressing A and then press m. 2 To display the print menu, connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer to display the print selection screen, and then press m. 3 To display the setup menu for shooting or playback mode, choose Z in the shooting-mode or playback-mode selection menu and then press d.
Displayed when the menu contains two or more pages
Displayed when there are one or more menu items to follow
The selected option
Displayed when there are more previous menu items
Shooting menu Color options AF area mode
Color options Standard color Vivid color Black-and-white Sepia Cyanotype Exit
Press the rotary multi selector J or d to proceed to the next set of options.
Press the rotary multi selector J or d to apply selection.
Press v (l) to view a description of the currently selected menu option.
Choose single frame, continous mode, multi-shot 16 (16 shots in one picture), or interval timer shooting. Exit Back
To return to the original menu, press v (l) again. Press m to return to shooting or playback mode.
Charging the Battery
The camera uses a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10 (supplied). Charge the battery with the Battery Charger MH-63 (supplied) before first use or when the battery is running low.
Connect the power cable
Connect the power cable to the battery charger 1 and insert the wall plug into a power outlet 2. The CHARGE lamp will light to show that the charger is on 3.
The camera enters L (auto) mode.
Check the battery level and number of exposures remaining.
Monitor NO INDICATOR w K Warning! Battery exhausted. Description Battery fully charged. Battery low; charge or replace the battery. Battery exhausted. Recharge or replace with a fully charged battery.
Battery level indicator
Number of exposures remaining
The number of pictures that can be stored depends on the capacity of the memory or memory card and image mode setting.
Indicators Displayed in L (Auto) Mode
Internal memory indicator Pictures will be recorded to internal memory. When memory card is inserted, M is not displayed, and pictures will be recorded to memory card.
Shooting mode M displayed in L (auto) mode
Image mode Choose from six image-mode options depending on how you plan to use the picture. The default setting is E Normal (3,072 2,304).
Vibration reduction icon Vibration reduction can be set up according to the shooting conditions. The default setting is [On].
Available Functions in L (Auto) Mode
In L (auto) mode, macro close-up mode (c 31) and exposure compensation (c 32) can be applied and pictures can be taken using the flash (c 28) and self-timer (c 30). Pressing m in L (auto) mode displays the shooting menu. This menu allows you to specify the image mode (c 82), white balance setting (c 84), and to apply continuous shooting (c 86), BSS (c 88), ISO sensitivity (c 89), color options (c 89), and AF area (c 90) to suit shooting conditions or your own preferences.
[Vibration reduction] (c 107), when [On] (default setting) is selected, can be applied to effectively reduce blur, caused by slight hand movement known as camera shake, that commonly occurs when shooting with zoom applied or at slow shutter speeds. Vibration reduction can be used in all shooting modes.
Auto Power Off in L (Auto) Mode (Standby Mode)
The monitor will dim to reduce the drain on the battery if no operations are performed for about five seconds. The monitor will brighten when camera controls are used. At default settings, the monitor will turn off altogether if no operations are performed for about a minute during shooting and playback. The camera will turn off automatically if no operations are performed for another three minutes (c 109).
Step 2 Frame a Picture
Ready the camera.
Hold the camera steadily in both hands, keeping your fingers and other objects away from the lens, flash, and self-timer lamp.
When taking pictures in tall orientation, turn the camera counterclockwise so that the built-in flash is above the lens.
Frame the picture.
Position the main subject near the center of the monitor.
Using the Zoom
Use the zoom buttons to activate optical zoom. Press t (j) to zoom out, increasing the area visible in the frame, or v (k) to zoom in so that the subject fills a larger area of the frame.
Zoom out Zoom in
When the camera is zoomed in to the maximum magnification (3), holding down v (k) triggers digital zoom. The subject is magnified up to 4, for a total magnification of 12. A monitor indicator shows the current zoom ratio.
Zoom indicator displayed when the zoom buttons are pressed.
Optical zoom (up to 3)
Zoom indicator turns yellow when digital zoom is in effect.
Unlike optical zoom, data from the cameras image sensor are processed digitally with digital zoom. Details visible at maximum optical zoom are simply enlarged, producing a slightly grainy image.
High-sensitivity Shooting Mode
In high-sensitivity shooting mode (c 33), sensitivity is increased to reduce blurring caused by camera shake or subject movement under low lighting.
In anti-shake mode (c 42), [Vibration reduction] (c 107) and [BSS] (best shot selector) (c 88) are enabled to reduce blurring caused by camera shake and subject movement, and the flash is disabled. With [BSS] enabled, the camera takes shots to a maximum of ten, they are compared, and the sharpest picture (picture with the highest level of detail) is saved. A higher sensitivity is set, and the shutter speed will be faster, even for shooting subjects in the same brightness, than in L (auto) mode. This mode is not suited to shooting under low lighting, but is suited to shooting under natural light when the camera is zoomed in.
Step 3 Focus and Shoot
Press the shutter-release button halfway.
The camera focuses on the subject positioned within the active focus area. By default, the camera automatically chooses the focus area (one of nine) containing the subject closest to the camera and adjusts exposure accordingly.
When the subject is in focus, the active focus area and focus indicator (p) glow green. When the camera is unable to focus, the focus area and focus indicator blink red. Change the composition and try again. The focus area is not displayed when digital zoom is in effect.
Press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down.
The picture will be recorded to the memory card or internal memory.
The camera features a two-stage shutter-release button. To set focus and exposure, press the shutter-release button halfway, stopping when you feel resistance. Focus and exposure lock while the shutter-release button is held in this position. To release the shutter and take a picture, press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down. Do not use force when pressing the shutter-release button, as this may result in camera shake and blurred pictures.
Set focus and exposure
While pictures are being recorded, the y (wait) icon will be displayed, and the M icon or the O icon (when memory card is inserted) will blink. Do not turn the camera off, open the battery-chamber/memory card slot cover, or remove or disconnect the power source while these icons are displayed. Cutting power or removing the memory card in these circumstances could result in loss of data or in damage to the camera or card.
Autofocus may not perform as expected in the following situations: Subject is very dark Objects of sharply differing brightness are included in the scene (e.g., the sun is behind the subject and is in deep shadow) No contrast between the subject and surroundings (e.g., when the subject is standing in front of a white wall, wearing a white shirt) Several objects are at different distances from the camera (e.g., the subject is inside a cage) Subject is moving rapidly In the situations noted above, try pressing the shutter-release button halfway to refocus several times, or use focus lock (c 90).
AF-assist Illuminator and Flash
If the subject is poorly lit, the AF-assist illuminator may light by pressing the shutter-release button halfway, or the flash may fire by pressing the shutter-release button all the way down.
Step 4 Viewing and Deleting Pictures
The last picture taken will be displayed. Use the rotary multi selector to view additional pictures. Pictures may be displayed briefly at low resolution while being read from the memory card or internal memory. Press i or the shutter-release button to switch to shooting mode.
Press J (flash mode).
The flash menu is displayed.
Use the rotary multi selector to choose the desired flash mode and press d.
The icon for the selected flash mode is displayed at the top of the monitor. When z (auto) is applied, z is only displayed for five seconds. The flash mode applied in L (auto) mode and highsensitivity shooting mode is stored in the cameras memory even after the camera is turned off. If a setting is not applied by pressing d within five seconds, the selection will be cancelled.
The B (Off) Indicator
Note the following when lighting is poor and the flash is off (B). Turn vibration reduction (c 107) off when using a tripod. Place the camera on a flat, level surface or use a tripod (recommended). The W is displayed when the camera automatically increases sensitivity to minimize blur caused by slow shutter speed. Pictures taken when W is displayed may be slightly mottled.
Note on Using the Flash
When using the flash at a wide-angle zoom position, reflections from dust particles in the air may appear as bright spots in pictures. To reduce these reflections, set the flash to B (Off) or zoom in on the subject.
The AF-assist Illuminator
If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 1.9 m (6 ft. 2 in.) at the maximum wide-angle position and 1.1 m (3 ft. 6 in.) at the maximum telescopic position. The AF-assist illuminator can be set to [Off] manually (c 108), although in this case the camera may not focus when lighting is poor.
The Flash Lamp
The flash lamp indicates flash status when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. On: Flash will fire when picture is taken. Blinks: Flash charging. Wait a few seconds and try again. Off: Flash will not fire when picture is taken.
The COOLPIX S500 is equipped with an advanced red-eye reduction system. Pre-flashes are fired several times at low intensity before the main flash to reduce red-eye. If the camera detects red-eye after a picture is taken, Nikons own In-Camera Red-Eye Fix processes the image as it is recorded. Therefore, there is a slight delay before the shutter-release button operates normally to take another picture. Not recommended for when shutter-release timing is essential. Red-eye reduction may not always produce the desired results. In some rare cases, other portions of pictures may be affected. Use flash modes other than auto with red-eye reduction in above cases.
Taking Pictures with the Self-Timer
The camera is equipped with a ten-second and three-second timer for selfportraits. When using the self-timer, use of a tripod is recommended. Turn vibration reduction (c 107) off when using a tripod.
Press H (self-timer).
The self-timer menu is displayed.
Use the rotary multi selector to choose [10s] or [3s] and press d.
[10s] (ten seconds): suited for important occasions (such as weddings) [3s] (three seconds): suited for preventing camera shake The mode selected for self-timer is displayed. If a setting is not applied by pressing d within five seconds, the selection will be cancelled.
Self-timer 10s 3s
Frame the picture and press the shutter-release button halfway.
Focus and exposure will be set.
10 H 15
The self-timer starts and the self-timer lamp will blink. The lamp stops blinking one second before the photograph is taken and remains lit until the shutter is released. The number of seconds remaining before the shutter is released is displayed in the monitor. To stop the timer before a picture is taken, press the shutter-release button again.
Macro Close-up Mode
Macro close-up mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 15 cm (5.9 in.). Note that the flash may be unable to light entire subject at distances of less than 30 cm (11.8 in.).
Press L (macro close-up mode).
The macro close-up menu is displayed.
Use the rotary multi selector to choose [ON] and press d.
The macro close-up mode icon (F) is displayed. When [OFF] is selected, FOFF is only displayed for five seconds. The monitor will return to the normal display for the current mode if the setting is not applied by pressing d within five seconds.
Press v (k) or t (j) to frame the picture.
The camera can focus at a distance of 15 cm (5.9 in.) at the zoom position at which F glows green (the zoom indicator is positioned over F).
Focus and shoot.
The macro close-up mode applied in L (auto) mode or high-sensitivity shooting mode is stored in the cameras memory even after the camera is turned off.
In macro close-up mode, the camera focuses continuously, even when the shutter-release button is not pressed halfway to lock focus.
Exposure compensation is used to alter exposure from the value suggested by the camera to make pictures brighter or darker.
Press the rotary multi selector I (exposure compensation).
Use the rotary multi selector to adjust exposure.
When the picture is too dark: adjust the exposure compensation to + side. When the picture is too bright: adjust the exposure compensation to - side. Exposure compensation can be set to values between -2.0 and +2.0 EV.
Operations During Recording
The following operations are available during recording. If the monitor has turned off, press i to reactivate.
To Pause/resume recording Create index Press Description Press once to pause recording; indicator lamp will blink. During recording, press the rotary multi selector to create index. Camera can skip to any index during playback. Start of recording is index number 1; other numbers are assigned in ascending order, to a maximum of 98. Press the shutter-release button all the way down a second time to end recording.
PictureProject cannot be used to transfer or play voice recordings. Select [Interface] > [Mass storage] for [USB], copy the files manually. The copied files can be played back using QuickTime or any other WAV-compatible audio player. Note that index points created with the camera cannot be used when voice recordings are played back on computers.
Playing Voice Recordings
Enter audio playback mode by pressing C in playback mode, selecting q (use the rotary multi selector), and then pressing d.
Choose the desired file and press d.
The selected file will be played back.
Select sound file 001 15/05/2007 17:15/05/2007 18:26/05/2007 13:29/05/2007 16:03/06/2007 08:00 Copy Play
Control icons File number Playback time Progress indicator Index
Audio playback 001 15/ 05/2007 17: 30 00: 00: 05/ 00: 00:20 Index 0 2
Date and time of recording Length of recording Index number Volume
Operations During Playback
Use the zoom buttons to adjust playback volume. Press t (j) to lower volume, or v (k) to raise volume. Rotate the rotary multi selector to advance or rewind the voice recording. Playback controls appear at the top of the monitor. Press the rotary multi selector I or J to choose a control, then press d to perform the selected operation. The following operations are available:
To Rewind Advance Skip to previous index Skip to next index Press Q U V W R Pause z S End S Description Rewind voice recording. Playback resumes when d is released. Advance voice recording. Playback resumes when d is released. Skip to previous index. Skip to next index. Pause playback. The following operations can be performed while playback is paused. Resume playback. End playback and return to full-frame playback. End playback and return to full-frame playback.
Deleting Sound Files
Press T during playback or after selecting a sound file (use the rotary multi selector). A confirmation dialog will be displayed. To delete the file, choose [Yes] and press d. To cancel deletion, choose [No] and press d.
Copying Voice Recordings
Copy voice recordings between the internal memory and a memory card. This option is available only when a memory card is inserted.
Press m in the select sound file screen (c 65, step 2).
Use the rotary multi selector to choose the option and press d.
MNO: Copy recordings from internal memory to memory card ONM: Copy recordings from memory card to internal memory
q Copy sound files
Exit q Camera to card Selected files Copy all files
Choose the copy option and press d.
[Selected files]: Proceed to step 4 [Copy all files]: Proceed to step 5
Choose the desired file.
Press the rotary multi selector J to select the file (y). Press the rotary multi selector J again to cancel the selection. Multiple files can be selected. Press d to finalize file selection. A confirmation dialog will be displayed.
q Select sound files 001 15/05/2007 17:15/05/2007 18:26/05/2007 13:29/05/2007 16:03/06/2007 08:00 Exit Select
The COOLPIX S500 may be unable to play or copy sound files created with another make of camera.
[No sound file.] Message
If there are no sound files stored on the memory card when q is selected (c 65, step1), the message, [No sound file.], will be displayed. Press m to display the copy sound files screen, and copy the sound files stored in the cameras internal memory to the memory card.
Connecting to a TV
Connect the camera to a television using the A/V cable to play back pictures on the television.
Turn off the camera.
Connect the camera to the TV using the supplied A/V cable.
Connect the yellow plug to the video-in jack on the TV, and the white plug to the audio-in jack.
Tune the television to the video channel. Hold down i to turn on the camera.
The camera enters playback mode, and the pictures taken will be displayed on the television. While connected to the TV, the camera monitor will remain off.
See the documentation provided with your television for details.
Before Connecting the Camera
Use a fully charged battery or the AC Adapter EH-62D (available separately from Nikon) to prevent the camera from turning off unexpectedly while connected.
Connecting an A/V Cable
When connecting the A/V cable, be sure that the camera connector is oriented correctly. Do not use force when connecting the A/V cable to the camera. When disconnecting the A/V cable, do not pull the connector at an angle.
Differences Between Print Set and Date Imprint
Date and time can only be printed on pictures using the [Date] option in the print set menu when pictures are printed from a DPOF-compatible printer (c 131). Use the [Date imprint] (c 105) option in the setup menu to print the date on pictures from a printer that does not support DPOF (position of the date is fixed). When the date option for both [Print set] and [Date imprint] is enabled, only the date from the [Date imprint] option is printed, even when a DPOF-compatible printer is used.
Shooting Options: The Shooting Menu
The shooting menu and high-sensitivity menu contain the following options.
Z d q A W d k Image mode1 Choose image size and quality. White balance1 Match white balance to the light source. Continuous1 Take pictures one at a time or in a sequence. BSS1 Use the best shot selector to choose the sharpest picture. ISO sensitivity2 Control cameras sensitivity to light. Color options1 Apply color effects to pictures as they are recorded. AF area mode Choose where the camera focuses.
c 82 c 84 c 86 c 88 c 89 c 89 c 90
See the information on restrictions that may apply to these settings (c 91). This setting cannot be set in the high-sensitivity menu.
Displaying the Shooting Menu and High-sensitivity Menu
Enter L (auto) or high-sensitivity shooting mode by pressing C in shooting mode, selecting L (auto) or K (high-sensitivity), and then pressing d. Press m to display the shooting menu or high-sensitivity menu.
Shooting Shooting menu Image mode White balance Continuous BSS ISO sensitivity Exit
Use the rotary multi selector (c 9) to choose and apply settings. To exit the shooting or high-sensitivity menu, press m.
Z Image Mode
Pictures taken with a digital camera are recorded as image files. The size of the files, and with it the number of images that can be recorded, depends on the size and quality of the images. Before shooting, choose an image mode according to how you plan to use the picture.
Option F E d e High (3072A) Normal (3072) (default setting) Normal (2592) Normal (2048) Size (pixels) 3,072 2,304 3,072 2,304 2,592 1,944 2,048 1,536
Image mode High (3072 ) Normal (3072) Normal (2592) Normal (2048) PC screen (1024) Exit
Description Highest quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints. The compression ratio is approximately 1:4. Best choice in most situations. The compression ratio is approximately 1:8. Smaller size allows more pictures to be stored. The compression ratio is approximately 1:8. Suited to display on computer monitor. The compression ratio is approximately 1:8. Suited to full-screen display on a television or distribution by e-mail or the web. The compression ratio is approximately 1:8. Pictures with an aspect ratio of 16:9 can be taken. The compression ratio is approximately 1:8.
Turn camera off and then on again. If error persists, contact retailer or Nikon representative. If PictureProject displays error, click [OK] to exit. Resume operation after turning camera off and reconnecting cable. Choose correct [USB] option. Select pictures for transfer in the playback menu and try again. Check battery level. Check that USB cable is connected. Turn camera off, remove and reinsert battery, and turn camera on. If error persists, contact retailer or Nikon representative.
I Communications error
USB cable disconnected during transfer or printing.
[USB] option incorrect. PictureProject did not start. K No images are marked for transfer. I Transfer error System error J No pictures selected for transfer. Transfer error.
69, 70 72, 69 15, 20
Error has occurred in cameras internal circuitry.
Display Problem Solution Check printer. After checking the ink or solving the problem, select [Resume] and press d to resume printing.* Load the specified paper, select [Resume], and press d to resume printing.* Eject the jammed paper, select [Resume], and press d to resume printing.* Load the specified paper, select [Resume], and press d to resume printing.* Check ink, select [Resume], and press d to resume printing.* Replace ink, select [Resume], and press d to resume printing.* Select [Cancel] and press d to cancel printing. c
Iw Running out of ink or Printer error. printer error. Check printer status.
Iw Printer error: check paper Iw Printer error: paper jam Iw Printer error: out of paper Iw Printer error: check ink Iw Printer error: out of ink
Specified size of paper is not loaded in printer. Paper has jammed in the printer. No paper is loaded in printer. Ink error.
Ink cartridge is empty.
Iw An error caused by the Printer error: file cor- image file has occurred. rupt
* See the documentation provided with your printer for further guidance and information.
If the camera fails to function as expected, check the list of common problems below before consulting your retailer or Nikon representative. Refer to the page numbers in the right-most column for more information.
Display, Settings and Power Supply
Problem Monitor is blank Cause/Solution Camera is off. Battery is exhausted. Standby mode for saving power: press the shutter-release button halfway. When flash lamp blinks red, wait until flash has charged. Camera and TV are connected via A/V cable. Time lapse or interval timer photography in progress. Adjust monitor brightness. Monitor is dirty. Clean monitor. Monitor has dimmed to save power. Monitor brightens when controls are used. Battery is low. Camera has turned off automatically to save power. Battery is cold. Pictures recorded before clock has been set, and Date not set indicator blinks during shooting, will have time stamp of 00/00/0000 00:00; movies and voice recordings will be dated 01/01/2007 00:00. Check camera clock regularly against more accurate timepieces and reset as required. [Hide info] is selected for [Photo info]. Select [Show info]. Camera clock has not been set. c 21, 21
72, 96 19
Pictures to be printed or transferred are not displayed
Cannot select paper size with camera
Nikon COOLPIX S500 Digital Camera
Type Effective pixels Image sensor Lens Focal length f/-number Construction Digital zoom Vibration reduction Autofocus (AF) Focus range (from lens) Compact digital camera 7.1 million
CCD; total pixels: approx. 7.38 million
3 Zoom-Nikkor lens 5.7-17.1mm (equivalent with 35mm  format picture angle: 35-105mm) f/2.84.elements in 5 groups Up to 4x (equivalent with 35mm  format picture angle: approx. 420mm) Lens shift Contrast-detect AF 50 cm (2 ft.) to Macro close-up mode: 15 cm (5.9 in.) to (when the zoom indicator is positioned over F)
Focus-area selection Auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual with 99 focus areas AF-assist illumination Class 1 LED product (IEC 60825-1 Edition 1.2-2001); max. output: 1,450 W Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode) Frame coverage (playback mode) Storage Media File system File formats Image size (pixels)
2.5 in., 230,000-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment Approx. 96% horizontal and 96% vertical Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Internal memory (approx. 26 MB) SD (Secure Digital) memory cards DCF, Exif 2.2, and DPOF compliant Compressed: JPEG-Baseline-compliant Movies: AVI Sound files: WAV 3,072 2,304 [High (3072A)/Normal (3072)] 2,592 1,944 [Normal (2592)] 2,048 1,536 [Normal (2048)] 1,[PC screen (1024)] [TV screen (640)] 3,072 1,728 (16:9)
ISO sensitivity Exposure Metering Exposure control Range (ISO 100) Shutter Speed Aperture Range Self-timer Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: [Auto]) Flash control Interface Video output I/O terminals Supported languages ISO 50,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto (auto gain to ISO 50 to 1000) 256-segment matrix, center-weighted, spot (digital zoom), spot AF area (99 focus area) Programmed auto exposure with exposure compensation (2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV) [W]: 0.35 to +16.5 EV [T]: +1.14 to 18.0 EV Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Nikon COOLPIX S500 Digital Camera Specifications
Type: Product name: Effective pixels: CCD: Compact digital camera COOLPIX S500 7.1 million 1/2.5 inch-type interline CCD; total pixels: approx. 7.38 millions 7M High (3072 x 2304)/Fine, 7M Normal (3072 x 2304)/Normal, 5M Normal (2592 x 1944)/Normal, 3M Normal (2048 x 1536)/Normal, PC Screen (1024 x 768)/Normal, TV screen (640 x 480)/Normal, 16:9 (3072 x 1728)/Normal 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 5.7-17.1mm (35mm  format picture angle: 35-105mm); f/2.8-4.7; 5 elements in 5 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm  format picture angle: 420mm) 50cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity (), Macro close-up mode: 15cm (5.9 in.) to infinity ()
Focus range (from lens):
Vibration Reduction (VR): Optical lens shift VR ISO sensitivity: ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto (auto gain ISO 50-1000) 2.5 inch-type, 230,000-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating Internal memory (approx. 26 MB), SD memory cards Auto, 15 Scene modes (Face-priority AF, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist), Voice recording, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint
Storage media: Shooting modes:
With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 3 0fps/15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx.2.5fps), 3) Multi-shot 16(approx.1.8fps), 4) Interval timer shooting Range: 1 ft. 8 in. to 24 ft. 7 in./ 0.5 to 7.5m (W), 1 ft. 8 in. to 13 ft. 1 in./ 0.5 to 4.0m (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Anytime flash, Flash cancel, and Slow sync USB, Audio Video Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10 (supplied), Battery Charger MH-63 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62D (optional) 180 shots with EN-EL10 battery (based on CIPA standard) Approx. 3.5 x 2.0 x 0.9 in. (88 x 51 x 22mm) excluding projections Approx. 4.4 oz. (125g) without battery and SD memory card Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10, Battery Charger MH-63, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM AC Adapter EH-62D, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery ENEL10, Battery Charger MH-63
Interface: Supported Languages:
Battery life (approx): Dimensions (WxHxD):
* Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.
PictureProject System Requirements OS Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.3.9, 10.4.x Windows: Windows Vista(32bit), Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional preinstalled models Note CD-ROM drive required for installation. Only built-in USB ports are supported
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