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Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only)

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4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 51200, Extend to ISO 1640000
  • 10 fps Shooting for Up to 200 Frames
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Review summary from DPReview

DPReview Gold Award
May 2016
The D500 is the most well-rounded DSLR we've ever tested, and among the very best. Every one of us who has picked it up, regardless of which brands we've most often shot, has been impressed by its autofocus system's wide coverage and ability to find and follow a subject. If you need this, the large viewfinder, solid build and the ability to just keep shooting, then the D500 is peerless.

Personal takes

Richard Butler Richard Butler Reviewer
Using the D500 reminded me of how seriously I considered buying a D300S, after reviewing it. Its build, ergonomics and autofocus performance are utterly confidence inspiring ? you know it'll do what you want, whatever you ask of it. I'm not usually a fan of big cameras but the D500's sheer capability left me hugely impressed.
Barney Britton Barney Britton Editor
The D500 is Nikon's long-awaited successor to the D300S, and a very worthy one. With an autofocus system adapted from the professional D5, and durable everything-proof construction to boot, the D500 is an incredibly powerful DSLR that has delivered stunning results in our testing. Now I want to see more pro-level DX-format lenses!

Reasons to buy

  • Highly effectively AF system: The D500 has 153 AF points, 99 of them cross-type, ranged across nearly the entire width of the frame. These continue to work to -3EV (-4EV for the central point). Performance is stellar, with 3D Tracking able to lock and follow fast-moving subjects around the frame with ease.
  • Fast burst shooting: The D500 can shoot continuously at 10 frames per second with autofocus. Deep buffer and fast write times mean you can shoot 200 Raws without pause with the latest XQD cards.
  • Class-leading image quality: Our studio tests show that the D500 has among the best image quality of any APS-C camera currently on the market.
  • Lightweight, weather-sealed body: The use of carbon fiber in the D500's body material makes the camera both comparatively lightweight and sturdy. The body and optional battery grip are sealed against dust and moisture.

Things to consider

  • 4K video crop: 4K video only utilizes a 1.5x crop of the sensor, which can limit choice of lenses for wide-angle shooting and means low light performance falls a little behind.
  • Lacks video capture tools: Movie AF is contrast-detect only, which leads to "hunting" in continuous focus. The lack of focus peaking or magnification during video capture makes manual focusing a challenge. And while there are overexposure warnings, the video support tools aren't comprehensive.
  • SnapBridge not so snappy: Nikon's SnapBridge promises easier pairing and image transfer, but at this point in time it's overly simplistic and image transfer is very slow.
DPReview Nikon D500 Overview
Notable features
Advanced autofocus system
Advanced autofocus system
The D500 has Nikon's all-new MultiCAM 20K autofocus sensor, sporting 153 AF points out to the edges of the frame. It includes a 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor for subject recognition.
Tilting LCD
Tilting LCD
The 3.2" touchscreen LCD allows for overhead and waist-level shooting, along with tap-to-shoot functionality. At 2.36-million dots, it's the highest resolution screen we've seen, offering 'retina'-esque detail.
Large optical viewfinder
Large optical viewfinder
The D500 has a large pentaprism optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.0X magnification. It has the widest angle-of-view (30.8°) of any APS-C viewfinder at the time of its release.
Backlit buttons
Backlit buttons
The D500's backlit buttons - an unusual feature - allows photographers to access menus and adjust settings in the dark.
Dual memory card slots
Dual memory card slots
There are two memory card slots on the D500, supporting both UHS-II SD cards and ultra-fast XQD media. The high-speed write times of XQD cards allow the D500 to take up to 200 Raw images in a single burst.
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Product Description

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Product Description

Meet the new DX flagship, the Nikon D500 Wi-Fi 4K Digital SLR Camera. Contained within a streamlined magnesium alloy camera body is a veritable powerhouse of processing power and technological advances. The D500 has a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51,200. Marvel at the clarity of its cinematic 4K UHD video. And, once you've captured your gorgeous 20.9 Megapixel photos, admire them on the high resolution 3.2" tilt touchscreen display and share them via the built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth) capabilities.

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Nikon D500 DSLR photo of a low light landscape with the rear of the camera showing the same image

Flagship Power, DX Agility.

Meet the new DX flagship, the Nikon D500. At first glance, it may seem unimposing, but contained within a streamlined camera body is a veritable powerhouse of processing power and technological advances. The D500 is ready to go wherever your passion leads you, capturing everything with stunning clarity, speed and resolution. From busy, low-light cityscapes to thrilling wildlife scenes and fast action shots, the D500 is the ideal companion to your wanderlust. Marvel at the clarity of its cinematic 4K UHD video. Be amazed at its ruggedness and versatility. And, once you've captured your gorgeous photos, admire them on the D500's high resolution tilt touchscreen display and share them via the built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth) capabilities. No matter what you shoot, you can be sure that the D500 will be up to the task, time and time again.

Nikon D500 DSLR low light landscape showing stunning resolution

Small, Yet Powerful

Your favorite travel companion

The sleek and beautiful D500 goes anywhere you go, bringing along stunning resolution and performance. Packing a lot of power into a smaller camera body thanks to its DX sensor means you can take advantage of the smaller and lighter DX lenses in the NIKKOR line, and when you're travelling, every ounce counts. The best part is, there's no need to sacrifice image quality to gain portability. The D500 strikes the perfect balance with its 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is ready to capture the exquisite details, colors, and textures this world has to offer. With the D500 at your side, whether you're hiking through the lush landscapes of New Zealand or on safari in Africa, it will be ready to go, effortless and unobtrusive.

Nikon D500 DSLR photo of a monkey and her baby showcasing clarity and versatility

The NIKKOR Legacy

Unleash the full potential of the D500

Like every Nikon DSLR, the D500 is best paired with legendary NIKKOR lenses which provide unequalled clarity and versatility. The NIKKOR legacy is unmatched--there's a reason over 95 million have been sold to date. Each lens offers a different view from which to capture your memories. Shooting landscapes or portraiture? The fast AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR could prove to be your best friend. Or, extend your range with the lightweight AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II, ideal for shooting sports, parades or distant architecture. No matter your choice, pairing the Nikon D500 with renowned NIKKOR lenses is a recipe for success.

Nikon D500 DSLR photo of a bike rider on the road highlighting Nikon's processing power

A Peek Under the Hood

Bursting with new technology

The new D500 is a technical marvel, the fruit of Nikon's tireless strides towards producing the world's greatest cameras. To preserve life's most fleeting moments, you need a camera with incredible speed. The EXPEED 5 processor in the D500 opens up a world of possibilities, processing images fast enough to allow up to 10 frames per second so you don't miss a moment of the action. The new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system provides 153 AF points including 99 cross type points, which together enable you to create images that match your vision. It is also the first Nikon DX camera to utilize the new XQD memory card technology, which provides faster read/write and transfer speeds to fully take advantage of the D500's speed. Not quite ready to upgrade to XQD? That's no problem, as the D500's dual memory card slots can accept SD media as well. Although compact in size, the D500 certainly packs a punch.

Nikon D500 DSLR photo of a group of people in low light showcasing high ISO

Not Afraid of the Dark

There's so much more to see

Not much light to go around? The D500 makes the most out of every bit of available light, giving you the flexibility to produce high quality images in dark environments. With a native ISO range of 100 - 51,200, expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 - 1,640,000 equivalent), the versatile D500 is not intimidated by difficult low-light conditions, down to -4 EV. Rich details emerge from the shadows to produce unrivaled quality found only with Nikon cameras and lenses.

Nikon D500 DSLR photo of a stunt biker in air inset with the camera and photo on the lCD

Laughs in the Face of Danger

As tough as you need it to be

They say that good things come in small packages, and the D500 is no exception. A powerful but smaller sibling of the D5, the D500 features the same durable, rugged build and ergonomics you've come to associate with Nikon DSLRs. Built with rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fiber materials, and featuring dust and water-drop resistance you'll have peace of mind even when shooting in extreme environments. The D500 also leverages a 3.2-inch 2,359k-dot tilting RGBW LCD touchscreen, making it easy to get the shot even from high or low angles.

Nikon D500 DSLR rear of the camera and smartphone with the Snapbridge app logo showcasing connectivity

Your images. The world. Connected.

Don't wait to show off your best shots

Now, sharing your amazing photos is easier than ever - the D500's SnapBridge functionality enables multiple built-in connectivity options. Liberated from the constraints of connecting wires, you can transfer your images to a compatible smart device from anywhere in the world using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to eliminate the barrier between your camera and smart device. As an added benefit, the D500's built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) capability makes it a breeze to connect the camera to your compatible smart device while the built-in Wi-Fi capability allows for faster wireless image transfer. For those looking for an even faster transfer solution, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A, enabling transmission of files to an FTP server or computer at speeds of up to 866.7 Mbps.



Supplied Accessories

  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25A Battery Charger
  • USB Cable Clip
  • HDMI Cable Clip
  • DK-17 Eyepiece
  • UC-E22 USB Cable
  • AN-DC17 Strap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • U.S. Warranty
  • User's Manual

Product Information

Style:Body Only  |  Configuration:Base
Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B01A7Q0J3Y
Item model number 1559
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #272 in Camera & Photo
#10 in Camera & Photo > DSLR Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 5, 2016

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A long time Nikon user, since 70s, currently using a D810, D600 and D7100 to be replaced by the new D500. I shoot Wildlife both in the wild and in the streets.

Now about this Camera. I will divide it to 3 parts. Image quality, Usability and software/wireless connectivity.
From the quick few days, I can tell you that It is better than D7100, I skipped the D7200 since the Rumor was that this was coming.
I tested the D500 against D7100 for ISO and general IQ performance. I would say If you are getting this camera to get improved IQ over D7100 or D7200 then you are not going to be that happy. You will not get $1000 better IQ from D500. This Camera is not about the IQ/sensor but it is all about usability, handling and build quality.

This Camera is a Handling beast. It is all about handling and usability not about ISO or IQ. With 10 FPS, Huge Buffer and an AF system that is much better than D810. If you had a D700/D800/D810 this camera is similar in layout and but Light years a head in ergonomics and Handling. I hold judgement on Build quality being better than D700/D800/D810.
It is lighter and feels like it is smaller than D810. All the changes are for the better. I thought the grip on D810 was great. But now, I know how much better it could have been. The Joystick is a joy to use and if you are a back button AF-on user then you will be in heaven. We get D5 class treatment here. The Joystick not only moves the AF point around and is much more comfortable to use but it also can activate the AF with a press just like the AF-on button. Why is that a good thing? Well because you can assign different AF mode to it.
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As an amateur wildlife photographer, so far I'm happy with this camera. I've only had one late afternoon of shooting Ospreys with it (EDIT: see updates below), and it was very impressive. Auto-focus is extremely fast, and the 10 frame-per-second shooting with a massive buffer is unbelievable. I'm using just an SD card (high speed) and I get 26 shots in the buffer (EDIT: in practice I'm getting about a 30 shot burst).

My ratio of good shots to bad shots is already significantly higher than it was with my Canon EOS 70D, which is a great camera but not nearly as good at focusing as this one is. I took about 400 images today and there may have been 10 that were too blurry to make use of, and that includes a moment when an Osprey took me by surprise and I had to aim and shoot in about a second. The D500 picked up the bird and focused almost instantly.

The shots are a bit softer than I hoped for, but I haven't used the automatic focus fine-tuning yet. I was using my (also new) Sigma 150-600mm Sport, which is a good lens but I haven't used Sigma's USB dock to fine tune it yet. So I (optimistically) suspect that when I use the camera's auto-tune and then use Sigma's dock to push it even further, I'll get razor sharp images almost every time. I'm very impressed so far, this is a big step up from the 70D, where I would get roughly 10 or 15 bad shots for every good one. Not knocking the 70D, I'm not a professional so I'm sure I have room for improvement.

I'm also extremely happy with Snapbridge, mainly because it easily connected to my Android phone (NFC didn't work but bluetooth paired easily - I've never had much luck with NFC). Snapbridge is now automatically geotagging every image.
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I Have two of these. The guy who said the image q wasnt that much better than a d7100/7200 is simply incorrect. Its MUCH better, but especially so above iso 800, which is where all the "advancement" has taken place. To get fx iso performance from a dx body, has thusfar been impossible. This body is there. The iso performance is easily as good if not a stop better than the d750 (which i also have two of).

Build Q is very very good.

ONE CAVEAT....well two actually. THIS CAMERA WILL NOT RECOGNIZE 3RD PARTY BATTERIES. ALSO SEVERAL NON NIKON LENSES WILL NOT PERFORM AF. Namely, my Sigma 85 1.4. (and i've heard others) but will speak only of what I have. It will not even attempt AF. The lens still works as it should on my d750's, d3s, d810, and d300....so its NOT my lens. When I asked a Nikon Svc Center, they said, not our problem. So be advised that some non oem lenses may not work. I'd suspect that the newer lenses probably do....or can be easily updated w firmware, but the older ones w no usb port to upgrade may require a trip to Sigma (or wherever). That said....the camera is worth the fuss of those two minor issues.
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What an awesome camera!! I own both the Nikon 810 and 750. The image quality is on par with a full frame camera. That's some feat for a crop sensor! The focusing kills both my other cameras. High iso does remarkably well for this crop camera. Please ignore reviews from people who don't even own the camera (KC) and trust real photographers who know what they're talking about. Very happy with this purchase.
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