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COOLPIX P500 Firmware

Select your operating system.

  • Windows
  • Mac OS

This software update program is for the customer-owned product listed above (the “affected product”), and is provided only on acceptance of the agreement listed below. By selecting “Accept” and clicking “Download”, you are held to have accepted the terms and conditions of the agreement. Be sure you understand the terms of the agreement before beginning download.

This service provides software for upgrading the COOLPIX P500 firmware to v1.1. Verify your camera’s firmware version using the instructions below. If this latest version is already installed in your camera, you need not update the firmware.

Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating download of this software from the links at the bottom of this page.

Modifications enabled in this version

  • When a fully charged battery was inserted in the camera, and then the camera used, then turned off and left for a while, in some rare cases the battery was exhausted and the camera could not be turned on again.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, the monitor failed to properly display images with continuous shooting at a setting of Continuous L.  This issue has been resolved.  
  • When the SD memory cards listed below were inserted into the camera and the camera turned on, the message “This card cannot be used.” was sometimes displayed.  This issue has been resolved.  
    -     SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I (32 GB, 16 GB, 8 GB)
    -     SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I (32 GB, 16 GB, 8 GB, 4 GB)
  • An issue that caused settings registered using the Save user settings option to be reset when camera settings were reset using the Reset all option in the setup menu with [U] (user setting) shooting mode enabled has been resolved.

How to verify your cameras current firmware version

If the latest firmware version is already installed on your P500, you need not proceed with download or installation of this Firmware Upgrade. The current firmware version can be verified from the Firmware version item in the camera's setup menu.

  1. Turn on the camera.
  2. Press the MENU button to display the menu screen.  
  3. Select the Setup Menu.  
  4. Select Firmware version from the setup menu.
  5. The camera's firmware version will be displayed.  
  6. Turn off the camera.

Quick Install Guide

This is the quick install guide, for detailed instructions click the link below.

Power the camera from AC adapter unit or use a fully charged battery.

  1. Create a new folder with an appropriate name on your computer's hard drive.

  2. Download the Windows (.EXE) or Mac (.DMG) file from the links at the bottom of this page to the folder created in step 1.
  3. Run the downloaded file to create a folder called P500Update which contains the firmware folder .
  4. Use a card reader or similar device to copy the  firmware folder to the root directory of a formatted SD memory card.   
  5. Insert the memory card into the camera's memory card slot and turn on the camera.
  6. Select Firmware version from the camera's setup menu and follow instructions displayed to upgrade the firmware.
  7. After the upgrade is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  8. Access the Firmware version item in the camera's setup menu to confirm that the firmware has been upgraded.
Detailed Firmware Upgrade instructions
Detailed Firmware Upgrade instructions

System Requirements


Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 (all editions)
Microsoft Windows Vista (all editions)
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Windows ME
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
*SD Card reader or computer with built-in SD memory card slot required.

Mac OS X

Operating System

Mac OS X version 10.1.5 - 10.6.7

Download file: F-P500-V11W.exe (4.67 MB)
Contains the following file: firmware.bin

Download file: F-P500-V11M.dmg (5.91 MB)
Contains the following file: firmware.bin


End User License Agreement

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