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Why does my P500 keep dying?

Bought the P500 last week and it suddenly goes dead and won't come back on. Prior to today, it seemed that the battery wasn't holding a charge because when I plugged the camera in, it charged again. Today, however, I used the camera off and on for a couple hours and when I went to turn it on, it wouldn't turn on. Hooked it up to charge and it wouldn't even do that!
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answer 1
Just download the new update. It will work then....Finally a solution to the problem.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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2 years, 9 months ago
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I experienced the same issue. After trying several different options (including changing the charging settings and using different batteries) I returned my camera to the store 3 weeks ago and obtained a replacement. This new unit has been perfect (even with the standard factory settings and the original batteries). My experience has confirmed (at least in my mind) that the problem is real and requires something more definite from Nikon to resolve.
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After a few days I can now confirm that turning the "Charge by Computer" option OFF indeed fixes the battery issues. I've left my P500 unplugged for several days, and it still shows 100% battery charge.

If I turn the option to "auto" (default), it won't last a single day.

So, Nikon... how can this be user's fault?
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answer 4
In the DPreview forums, some users suggested this problem could be "fixed" by disabling the USB charging function (set it from AUTO to OFF). If this is the case, then it definitely proves its a firmware issue, and Nikon should acknowledge it.

I've just disabled it, and will see how it behaves in the next couple of days.
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answer 5
Also having the exact same problem. I've upgrade from the P100 to the P500, and battery life is abysmal. If I happen to leave the P500 not plugged to the power, even after a single day the battery is completely dead! (And the camera was off the entire time)

How can this be acceptable?

I just hope this is a firmware issue, something not properly entering a power-save mode or sleep when we turn the camera off, that can be fixed via firmware update - but it really is unacceptable for such a brand like Nikon.

I sincerely hope this can be fixed ASAP!
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answer 6
Just got the camera last week and I encountered the exact same problem a week later with the battery 60% depleted. It would not turn on until I remove battery and reinsert. By the way, the shot count I get seems to be way less than the 220 claimed by Nikon. When camera is in certain scene mode with macro AF, a continual clicking noise (focusing?) can be heard even after subject is in focus. I suspect this might be hurting battery life. This is my first Nikon superzoom point&shoot and I'm very disappointment in this purchase so far.
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answer 7
I am just back from my first vacation with my new P500 and have had what seems to be the same problem several times. What happens is that I turn off the camera the usual way, with a fully or almost fully charged battery, Then the next time I try to turn it on, there is no reaciton whatsoever. Only once did I mange to solve the problem by removing the battery and reinserting it. 4-5 times (in just 1 week!) the only solution was to recharge the battery, which appeared to be flat. If this appearance is true, then the camera must have discharged the battery for some reason.

I guess the problem must either be in the firmware (wrong read of battery status), or in the hardware.
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answer 8
Tomas, you're right. We figured it out a couple days after this post. Then it got to the point where putting the battery back in didn't work and we couldn't get it to charge at all (either with the wall charger or on the computer). So we took the whole thing back to where we bought it and got another one. This one is behaving properly so far...don't know if it's a battery or battery casing issue, but it's obvious we aren't the only ones having issues!
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answer 9
Hi,
It might be same type of problem that I am experiencing, posted a question here today, I will quote my question bellow.
But in short just remove and reinsert battery and see if it does not work again.

A bit interested to see if you have the same problem as I do, I will check back for your answer later.

Regards,
Tomas

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My question here entered today:

P500 with firmware v1.0.
Works like a charm but twice now it have not reacted on the power button when in off state.
The only way to get it working is to remove the battery and reinsert it and it will then power up nicely.
Battery is fully charged.
Is this a known problem that will be fixed in future firmware update? or send it in for repair?

No problems otherwise with this nice product.

Regards,
Tomas
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answer 10
Please note that the power-on lamp slowly blinks orange to indicate that the battery is charging. About four hours and 50 minutes are required to charge a fully exhausted battery. You can charge the battery by using the charger or through the computer using the USB cable.
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My Memory Card is on the Approved list (SanDIsk SDHC 16GB Class 10) but the camera rejects it after one power cycle.

I inserted the SanDisk memory card while the camera was off. I powered on the camera and the memory card works while taking pictures or video and reviewing and deleting pictures. Once the camera is turned off and back on again the camera gives an error "This card cannot be used." The error is not consistent however as I am able to power the camera on and off and sometimes the error appears and other times it does not.
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You probably need to download the firmware update that allows support for that memory card, found here: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17414. You might need a memory card that the camera can read in order to install the firmware though.
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I think the answer is in the footnotes of this document :
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17202
"SDXC-I or SDHC-I Compliant Memory is a relatively new speed class and is not listed as supported at this time."
I think that SDHC-I means UHS-I
Bad news!
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answer 3
I have exactly the same issue: a brand new Sandisk SDHC UHS-I 8GB class10 200x card (which is in the approved Nikon P500 approved cards list) refuses to work after one power cycle. The card works fine in an other camera and the P500 works fine with other cards. The contacts are clean, I reformat it with a computer and the P500: same issue. There is a severe incompatibilty with this card.
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answer 4
I have tried 2 different (new) Scandisk 16gb extreme cards in four different p500 bodies and each body eventually gave the error "This card cannot be used". I also tried an Scandisck 8GB Extreme card and was able to shoot about 250 photos (including a few videos) before it gave this error. I replaced it with an Scandisk 8GB Ultra card (sorry I don't know the classes on these. I think the Extreme is class 10 and the Ultra is obviously lower). So far the Ultra has worked fine for 250+ photos. This is obviously a firmware issue. Nikon should stop repeating the instructions in the manual and start working on a firmware update.

Note: I used the same 16GB cards in my D40 body with no problems whatsoever. It's not the cards that are the problem it is the p500.
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answer 5
I have had the camera 1 hour "Card cannot be read" randomly, I have tried a few cards.
This camera is going back.
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answer 6
Please verified that the connectors are clean and also that the memory card is correctly inserted. Try a different memory card and format the memory card. See page #200 of the User's Manual.
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Playing 1080P videos

The specs say this camera shoots video in 1080P, but when you hook it up to a TV using the HDMI connection, the only output options under TV settings are 480P, 720P, & 1080i. How do you view movies shot in 1080P?
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Most likely 1080i is your TV's capability.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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1080p and 1080i have the same resolution and quality given a quality connection from your camera to tv... Example 1080p will run smoother video over say a wireless connection, like antenna.. while 1080i pushed into low bandwidth situations will show a jumpy jaggy picture..
Bottom line is a standard hdmi connection will be fine.. and 1080i verse 1080p would look the same through a normal hdmi cable..
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use an external viewer. the HDMI port on this model and the D7000 too seems to be crippled and cannot output 1080p.
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On the TV settings you can choose a picture resolution for HDMI output from Auto (default setting), 480p, 720p, or 1080i. When Auto is set, the output resolution that is best suited to the connected high-definition TV is selected automatically from 480p, 720p or 1080i.
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When will this be for sale? I thought it was today, March 3?

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The new cameras are available at the dealers after 30 or 45 days of the release date.
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As of today, 3/5, Best Buy is showing an availability date of 3/27.
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Sammy, it has been released in the UK today for March 3, but not sure for USA yet.

Come on Nikon - when are you releasing it over here?
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How can I take or make panorama pictures on the P500?

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use the little "wheel" on the top of the camera. move it so its on SCENE. then press MENU and find panorama!
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There are 2 options for taking panoramas:
One helps you takes pictures next to each other, so with a software (panorama maker is provided with the camera) you can stich these pictures and make your panorama.
The other option, very nice by the way, allows you to point to one point, take the picture, and move the camera to the right and left, and it will take the whole panorama in one picture directly, you have the option of capturing 180 or 360 degrees with this mode. I tried today and it works fine.
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Take half a dozen shots and stich them together in Photoshop.
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why no swivel monitor?

Why was the swivel LCD monitor, like in the Nikon Coolpix 8800, discontinued? I would love to see the Coolpix S9100 or P500 with the swivel LCD.
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The reply by the Nikon staff did not really answer my question. The P500 has a vari-angle LCD but what I meant was why the LCD that swivels 180 degrees to the left of the camera (like in the old 8800) was discontinued. The newer versions won't let you mount the camera in the tripod & be able to look at the LCD while standing in front of the camera at the same time.
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The P500 has a vari-angle LCD Screen. Also a few other models.
 
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Sure would like to be able to use a polarizing filter, but you guys have no filter threads on the P500?

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I was able to purchase an adapter on Amazon for really reasonable price that attaches to the lense of my P500. It has threads on the end and I am now able to use any type of filter I want.
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Due to the extension of the lens when is zoom out completely a filter cannot be use on it.
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My new P500 will not work with a SanDisk SDHC UHS-1 card.

I just got a P500. I bought two SanDisk SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 cards. I plugged one in and it worked. After shutting it off a couple times, when I turned it on I got a message "This card cannot be used." I tried to format the card but the message locks up the camera. When I take the card out or when I use an old 1 GB card it works fine. I have tried several times with the same results. What is the problem? Another person asked the exact same question about four days ago with no real answer.
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I think the answer is in the footnotes of this document :
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17202
"SDXC-I or SDHC-I Compliant Memory is a relatively new speed class and is not listed as supported at this time."
I think that SDHC-I means UHS-I
Bad news!
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answer 2
Please verify that you are using an approved memory card:

Answer Title: Approved Memory Cards - Coolpix P500
Answer Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Power up problem, only solution is to remove and insert battery.

P500 with firmware v1.0.
Works like a charm but twice now it have not reacted on the power button when in off state.
The only way to get it working is to remove the battery and reinsert it and it will then power up nicely.
Battery is fully charged.
Is this a known problem that will be fixed in future firmware update? or send it in for repair?

No problems otherwise with this nice product.

Regards,
Tomas
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Mine did the same thing, don't know why but if it happens again I will take the camera back as this usually points to trouble on down the road.
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Remove the battery from the camera and re-charge it.
Please reset the camera to default settings: Go to MENU > Setup > Reset All
Try a back-up battery if the problem persists you're welcome to send your camera for evaluation.
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Panaromic Shots

How do i get to click panaromic shots>
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I believe you use the software that came with the P500 to stitch more than one pic together.
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You have to select the Scene Mode on the camera and then Panorama. It has 2 options; Easy Panorama and Panorama Assist choose the second one and the camera will guide you by overlapping a third part of the previous pictures.
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i recently bought my camera and i just stopped working; it wont turn on i tried to charge it but the light wont turn on anyway

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Try removing, then re-seating the battery.
This is the same a re-booting your computer.
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Please verify the settings that you have in order to charge your camera through the Computer or charger. See page# 202 of the User's Manual for the COOLPIX P500.
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How can I get panorama maker 5?

No CD was supplied with my coolpix500...
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call support, did you buy it used?
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Please get in contact with the developer of Panorama Maker, ARCSOFT.
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P500 at 36x vs P100 at 26x- What % difference should I see in actual photo

When I take the same shot with the P100 at 26x and my P500 at 36x, I do no't see much of a difference in Zoom in the final photo. What % differnce should I see?
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Simplest answer is zoom is a range of focal lengths starting with the smallest. The P100 starts at 26mm whereas the P500 starts at 22.5mm. So at 26x on both cameras the P100 still has the longer telephoto length. But the P500 goes on to a longer length at 36x. Zoom lens are rated by their multiple whereas telephotos are always by their length.

So we look at the other end and compare 678mm to 810mm for the P100 and P500 respectively. It is not quite right but you can think of it as looking through tubes of those lengths and comparing the field of view. You want the smallest field of view to cover your sensor. Percentagewise that is about 20% longer so the effect will not be as dramatic as the the difference between 26 and 36 suggest.

If you think about looking through a tube that is modestly long to start with, it would have to double in length to get half the field of view. But the P500 also gives you 20% more pixels so the resultant image can be "enlarged" more to get the same quality image.

So what should you see? It should be more in proportion to the maximum focal length ratio which is on the order of 20% larger on the LCD and about 40% larger on the computer screen as it is in pixels per inch and you have more pixels. So "enlargement" is automatic there. For prints you can crop out more background and get an equivalently larger image.
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In the P500 the lens is 36x optical zoom that would be an angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-810mm lens in 35mm format. In the P100 is 26-678mm lens. There's more wide-angle and zoom range in the P500.
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Why are my photos on the P500 in auto setting blurry?

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For better assistance, please click on the link below in order for you to send some sample images:
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you probably shake the camera while it's taking a long-shutter shot. try using a tripod or see if you have enough light (or use a flash).
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Nikon CoolPix P500 vs Nikon Coolpix L120,,

is P500 worth shelling out those extra bucks..
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Spec wise then yes it is, there is more to it than megapixels, for a start the P500 has manual, shutter and aperture modes, L120 doesn't. One of the main things is the battery, the P500 uses the EN-EL5 rechargeable whereas the L120 uses AA's, this alone would be a reason for many to go for the P500 as you will not have to have countless sets of batteries hanging around.
Video is better, if you are wanting that sort of thing, as its 1080 in P500 compared to 720 in L120. Also the p500 has a tilting screen which could be useful. Having said that the L120 does have some features that better the P500 for example the ISO range is better and the max shutter speed of the L120 at 1/4000th is better than the P500. Both have their pros and cons and at the end of the day its what you are hoping to get out of it that will decide your choice of camera.
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@Nitesh Bhat i don't think so it worth spending roughly 10000k more becuse p500 might have a better zoom but it loses out megapixels.
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How long of video clip can be shot?

For example can i video my daughters one hour long christmas concert?
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30 minutes continously (then stop and start another clip). 4GB for one clip.
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The maximum movie length for a single movie is 4 GB or 29 minutes, even when there is sufficient
free space on the memory card. The maximum movie length for a single movie is displayed during
recording.
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do i need a flash to take good photos at night?

i wasnt to takee great night photos for the summer
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Also, please visit our website for information on Digital Photography Techniques:
http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...
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This camera model doesn’t have a hot shoe to attach a speedlight
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what should be the settings for capturing moving or action objects

Example: when kids are moving i.e sports, dancing, or just playing etc.? what should i set my Nikon P500 to get good resolution without the fuzz....
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Shoot in A mode on the upper dial, and select the lowest f number. Set ISO to600 or higher if not printing large sizes.
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Please click on the link below for our Learn and Explore site for information on shooting techniques:
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Can you make a still photo out of a video, and if so how?

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Yes - instructions are in the manual. It is very easy.
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If the shutter-release button is pressed all the way while recording a movie, one frame is saved as a still picture. Movie recording continues while the still picture is being saved.
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New Coolpix p500 won't turn on

I bought this camera yesterday, fully charged the battery as instructed, took a dozen pictures, turned the camera off, and now it won't turn on again. It seems to be totally dead. I read the Q&A and tried taking the battery out and replacing it a couple of times but no luck. One answer refers to a software upgrade but I bought a new product and also there's no info abt how to access the upgrade (i haven't installed the software yet since I haven't needed to). Unfortunately I'm leaving tomorrow on vacation, so don't have time to return this to the store and exchange it. Please advise what the fix is.
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Try the latest firmware update. That should fix this.
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Please click on the link below in order to get the firmware for the COOLPIX P500 and instructions on how to update it.
Answer Title: P500 firmware: 1.1 firmware update
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