Nikon D500 Review

The Nikon D500 is an enthusiast DSLR offering a lot of imaging capabilities with its pro-oriented rugged body. This entry level enthusiast camera comes with the superb 153-point AF system. It gives continuous shooting and produces 4k UHD video.

Performance of Nikon D500

Foregoing an optical low pass filter, Nikon D500 delivers very sharp images. This entry-level camera for enthusiasts has its focus on providing smooth tones and rich colors. It utilizes Nikon’s latest EXPEED 5 image processor. The Nikon D500 shoots images with little noise even when at high ISO speeds.

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Build and Design of Nikon D500

Improvements are noticeable on the body of Nikon D500. It comes with weather sealing just like the Nikon D810. To enhance durability, this DSLR for enthusiasts comes with no built-in pop-up flash. The top and back of the Nikon D500 are made of magnesium alloy. It is further reinforced with carbon fiber on the front.

If you need to use a flash on the Nikon D500, this camera works well with Nikon’s new radio frequency capable SB-5000 Speedlight flash. The Nikon D500 is the first Nikon model to have button illumination. You will get improved operations when in dark places.

The viewfinder of Nikon D500

The viewfinder on Nikon D500 has been increased from 0.94x of the Nikon 300 to 1.0x. If you prefer Live View, the Nikon D500 has a tilting 3.2-inch RGBW LCD touchscreen. This high-resolution screen with 2,359k dots is good when you are capturing 4k UHD videos. The Nikon D500 saves 4k frames as 8-megapixel JPEG Fine images. This DSLR camera for enthusiasts can record movies on internal memory and external recorders.

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Connectivity of Nikon D500

Nikon D500 gives you a lot of connectivity options. Its Bluetooth Low Energy connection will let you transfer images to any mobile device. It is an excellent feature for photographers-on-the-go.  Password protect your connections, and you can also use remote control.

This enthusiast DSLR is compatible with Nikon’s WT-7A Wireless Transmitter. It works for wired or wireless file transmission to an FTP server or a computer.

Nikon D500 Images

This enthusiast DSLR comes with 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor. It captures images with fewer noise thanks to its lack of an optical low-pass filter. Nikon D500 provides cleaner images which I impressive of an APS-C camera. With the all-new 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor, the Nikon D500 delivers right white balance.

Nikon D500 Specifications

Price
MSRP$2000/ £1729 (body only), $3069 / £2479 (w/16-80mm lens)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution5568 x 3712
Other resolutions4176 x 2784, 2784 x 1856
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels21 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 5
Image
ISOISO 100 – 51200 (expandable to 50 – 1640000)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)1640000
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (5)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points153
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,359,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1× (0.67× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2 or 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Videography features
Resolutions4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant) + XQD
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesWi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1240
Weight (inc. batteries)860 g (1.90 lb / 30.34 oz)
Dimensions147 x 115 x 81 mm (5.79 x 4.53 x 3.19″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

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The D500 is among the best DSLRs we've ever tested. Its strengths are its superlative autofocus combined with the ability to keep shooting at 10 frames per second. There are other APS-C cameras that offer similarly excellent image quality but none that offer the speed, ergonomics and dependability of the D500.

  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Image Quality
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