Nikon D500 Review & Specs

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It offers 21 megapixels, quick burst mode, improved depth-of-field control, and is also very lightweight and compact. If you can afford one, you’re very unlikely to be disappointed. First presented on 2016-01-05, the modern Nikon imaging device is still up-to-date and full of enhancements and popular among wedding photographers. Though it’s not the easiest of cameras to slip into a trouser or shirt pocket, it isn’t exactly bulky.

A wide ISO range helps the photographer master any lighting situation. From a clean ISO 100 to a superb 51,200 (boosted to1640000), the Nikon D500 provides minimal noise and maximum confidence. The sensor is definitely one of the best in its class, delivering vivid, contrasty, sharp, pro-quality photos and videos. Nikon have 287 lenses and to make the most of its capabilities, it's essential that you invest in high-quality lenses. The camera work with old, purely mechanical K-mount lenses: turn the camera on after changing lenses and it will prompt you to select the focal length for the IS system to work properly. When AEB is selected, the camera automatically takes three or more shots, each at a different exposure. White Balance Bracketing makes it possible to take multiple shots with different White Balance settings of the same object and later select the photo with the most accurate colors. 10.0 fps burst rate are good enough for most applications, and it performs well in low light situations.

. The Nikon D500 3.2″-inch super-sharp 2,359k dots LCD monitor automatically adjusts LCD brightness and visibility according to your environment. Its 3.2″-inch 2,359k dots LCD (sans touchscreen) flips 180 degrees for awesome selfies upward. The Nikon D500 is unashamedly a traditional DSLR, designed to be used primarily with the optical viewfinder. With up to 10.0 fps at 21 megapixels, the camera can capture the multiple frames of a dancing couple in a wedding or an extreme sports event. Additionally, one of the useful features to move up to the Nikon D500 from lower-end models is the improved autofocus system with a tremendous 153 focus detection points.

. By shooting video with the Nikon D500, photographers, as well as filmmakers, can take advantage of the productive features native to advanced cameras. The top deck has stereo mics, a built-in flash, power on/off lever, and a combo zoom toggle/shutter button. In-camera raw development is available for re-processing your images after shooting, and built-in Wi-Fi allows you to copy images to your smartphone for sharing, or control the camera remotely. Devices with an HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display. The camera is not the lightest in its class since it weighs 860g. But it's a professional camera, and they are never light. The Mid-size SLR top-tier camera is a state-of-the-art waterproof camera for customers on a tight budget. The device utilizes best-selling XQD/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant) memory cards. Compact, simple and you can buy in increasingly large capacities.

. Get a superb image revealing an extensive dynamic range, but with smaller noise and pure color gradation than ever before. Even first-time DLSR owners will quickly feel at home - the camera's buttons are vigorously laid out for comfort and simple control. Most importantly, it takes razor-sharp, vivid, detailed photos. The intuitive, superb and beautiful design makes Nikon D500 operation a thing of beauty. The camera is a high-grade choice if you want to shoot detailed, and marvelous photos. Overall, we consider this a great camera for both newcomers and Mid-size SLR camera enthusiasts alike. Furthermore, I can all in all say that it is one of the impressive and remarkable cameras what you can buy.

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Nikon D500 Specs

Here you can find all Nikon D500 specs and params.


ModelNikon D500
Body TypeMid-size SLR

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score83
DxO Color Depth24.0
DxO Dynamic Range14.0
DxO Low Light ISO1324


Sensor Resolution21 megapixels
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Dimensions23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area368.95mm2
Max Image Resolution5568 x 3712
Min Boosted ISO50
Min Native ISO100
Max Native ISO51,200
Max Boosted ISO1640000
RAW Supporttrue


Lens MountNikon F
Number of Lenses287
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier1.5x
Macro Focus Rangen/a


ViewfinderOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder Resolutionno electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification0.66


Display TypeTilting
Display Size3.2″
Display Resolution2,359k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screentrue

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s
Continuous Shooting10.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationfalse
Built-in Flashfalse
External Flashtrue
Flash Rangeno built-in flash
Flash ModesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Max Flash Sync1/250s
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Center Weightedtrue


Touch Autofocustrue
Continuous Autofocustrue
Single Autofocustrue
Tracking Autofocustrue
Selective Autofocustrue
Center Autofocustrue
Multi Area Focustrue
Live View Focustrue
Face Detection Autofocustrue
Contrast Autofocustrue
Phase Detection Autofocustrue
Number of Autofocus Points153
Number of Cross Focus Points99

Video Features

Video Resolutions4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Intrue
Headphone Outtrue


WiFi ConnectivityBuilt-In
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Outtrue


Camera Weight860g
Body Dimensions147 x 115 x 81mm
Environmental Sealingtrue
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooftrue
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelEN-EL15
Battery Life1240 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Self TimerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Storage TypeXQD/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
Storage Slots2
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