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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 a superb 153-point AF system. It gives continuous shooting and produces 4k UHD video.

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Nikon D500: Price

Nikon D500: Performance

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.

Nikon D500: Build and Design

Improvements are noticeable on the body of the 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.

Nikon D500: Viewfinder

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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Nikon D500: Connectivity

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 a 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor. It captures images with less 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 the right white balance.

Nikon D500: Specifications

Price
Body type
Sensor
Image
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Storage
Connectivity
Physical
Other features
MSRP$2000/ £1729 (body only), $3069 / £2479 (w/16-80mm lens)
Body typeMid-size SLR
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
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
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×
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.)
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)
Resolutions4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant) + XQD
Storage includedNone
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 )
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″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

Nikon D500: Conclusion

The Nikon D500 is the camera of dreams. It has a fast, powerful autofocus system, capabilities for 10fps shooting, and first-rate metering and white balance systems. For the money, this could be Nikon’s best digital SLR ever made. The bar for APS-C SLRs is lifted by its 4K recording, high-tech autofocus, and overall picture quality.

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