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Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR with 16-80mm ED VR Lens
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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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|Display Fixture Type||tilting|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Item Dimensions||5.91 x 9.69 x 10.55 inches|
|Item Weight||3.75 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||14 Watt Hours|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||cmos|
|Processor Description||expeed 5|
|Shipping Weight||5.35 pounds|
|Style Name||w/ 16-80mm|
|Supported Battery Types||Nikon EN-EL15|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k|
|Viewfinder Type||optical viewfinder|
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|Screen Size||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in|
|Focus Type||manual_only||Includes Manual Focus||automatic_only||automatic_only||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||—||Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200||—||—||Auto, 100-25600, expands to 102400 (black and white only)||Auto, 64-12800|
|Item Dimensions||9.69 x 10.55 x 5.91 in||3.07 x 5.55 x 4.45 in||2.9 x 5.3 x 4.1 in||2.9 x 5.3 x 4.1 in||2.99 x 5.35 x 4.21 in||3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in|
|Item Weight||3.75 lbs||1.65 lbs||1.7 lbs||1.7 lbs||1.49 lbs||2.16 lbs|
|Megapixels||20.9 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||20.9 megapixels||20.9 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||36.3 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||20.9 megapixels||20.9 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||36.3 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||—||Full frame||—||—||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm)||CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm)|
|Style Name||w/ 16-80mm||w/ 24-120mm||w/ 16-80mm VR lens||w/ 18-300mm VR lens||Body Only||Body Only|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k||1080p_hd||1080p||4k||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||optical viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||optical viewfinder||optical viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex|
|Wireless Technology||—||Yes||Wi-FiBlutooth||Wi-FiBlutooth||BuiltIn, with NFC||Optional, via WT-5A or Eye-Fi|
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 Built-In Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC In-Camera Time Lapse, Up to 9999 Frames DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Supplied With: 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, User's Manual, Warranty
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Snapbridge is delayed on iOS. There is no false advertising. It was announced at the initial launch that a delay was happening for iOS. This is also Nikon's first DX flagship in almost a decade. A lot of folks who held on to the still relevant D300S have been asking for this and now we have it. Some people rather have a DX body for their type of shooting, if you're complaining that Nikon didn't release another (ANOTHER) FX body, the D500 is obviously not for you.
Speaking on the FX/DX debate, true, actual owners of the D500 should already know that the D500 really closed that difference gap. The overall imagery is great. The noise handling is surprisingly on-par with some FX bodies like the D750, and all the nerd tests from DPR show that in some settings, the D500 is beating the D5 in handling ISO and maintaining a clean, sharp image.
The D500 (for those not in the know) is aimed at sports and wildlife photographers, and it's impressive in that regard, but I found it equally impressive in FX-related photography like landscape (I shoot LE astrophotography), and portraits. The Auto AF Fine-Tune is invaluable, quick, and easy to use. The new tilt screen (it's a new version from the D750) is rigid and tough. The touchscreen is accurate, and intuitive. The inclusion of an XQD slot makes this wicked fast. I was able to clear the 200 shot buffer without any slowdown with the Lexar Pro x2933 at 14-bit RAW, and the photos finished loading the 200 shots to the card anywhere between 7 - 10 seconds. the OVF is 100% coverage and is bright. I was able to tack-sharp focus a star with just the viewfinder. Overall, the images are nice and sharp, BUT at times, they're not as sharp as a D7200 or my D7100. You can thank the 20mp sensor for that (compared to the 24mp sensor in the D7100/7200).
EDIT (8/20): Since somebody else had to exclaim that I was wrong about IQ differences between the 71/7200 (7100 mainly) and the D500 in their review, perhaps some clarifying is in order. Yes, the D500 performs in this department well at higher ISOs than the D7100. That doesn't mean that the D500 is the end-all winner. I've compared landscape dusk shots I've taken with my D7100 and then with the D500. I also have a 4k monitor, which is a pixel-peepers dream. As much as I hate pixel peeping, a number of the shots I've taken on the D7100 were overall better than the same shots I took with the D500. I guess I should say that at times and certain conditions, the D500 has better IQ but at other times, it's just not.... imo. In any case, I don't care too much about that because I work with the gear that I got and I hold onto said gear for as long as I can. I make sure my fundamentals are in order, I exercise what I learned The D7100 was an anomaly purchase because some of us have been waiting for a D300S replacement for years.. I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film. Fundamentals>Gear. Despite that, this whole image deal is really only an issue with people who obsessed with pixel peeping and doesn't embrace imperfections such as noise.
Overall, wildlife photos are still sharp and the photos are still good enough for decent sized prints. The 4k is detailed, and the 1080p recording is combo'd with Electronic VR, which works pretty decent.
My only two issues with this camera is the additional crop-factor you get when filming in 4K. It is doable, since it's pretty much the same crop as MFT sensors, but I prefer a wide lens for 4k filming. The other issue is battery. It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. Even with Airplane Mode on, the camera seems to suck battery life at a faster rate than my previous bodies. Also, for now, if you need an extra battery, you have to buy legit EN-EL15s because none of the 3rd party batteries work.
This is a GREAT camera. Well worth the wait. Go with what kind of photography you mostly shoot with and get the gear you think works best for you. Don't play trial and error with your money and then cry and needlessly give a good camera bad reviews.
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. By assigning different AF mode to each button you can go back and forth between 2 different modes by just picking the button that activates the mode you want. So If you do Birds in flight and use Group AF or Auto Area AF using your AF-on button. But like to use single point AF when the birds land to get sharp eyes. All you have to do is to assign single point AF to the Joystick push button and use it. No more 2 handed Camera juggling with long lenses to change the AF mode. There is several improvements like this that has been added.
The Articulating display is another welcome addition. The relocation of the ISO button is great but it seems to me that they have removed the Easy ISO capability (ability to use one of the command wheels to change ISO quickly). Assuming that since now we can change ISO with one hand you don't need it but why remove it. It is a mystery to me perhaps above my pay grade. Fortunately they kept the Easy Exposure Comp capability.
The play back of images is so fast that you can take a burst of a 100 or so images and then play them back like a movie by holding the direction button. Silly to do but fun.
All in all, this is one hell of camera and great value at this price. As I said buy this camera only if you need the handling, usability and build quality.
since after all this is a crop sensor body and IQ will never be better than a full sensor body of the same era.
Now about the Software and Wireless. It is there and not very impressive ... enough said.
Snap-bridge is not available for iPhone, but fortunately we had an Android phone in the family to use to test it. Surprisingly it is stable and works. But the APP is lame and will do very little tethering functions. Otherwise if you are using your D500 to take a snap of your dinner and post it to the face book you are in luck. Other than that I am sure Nikon has plans but knowing their history with software I am sure it will be discontinued and replace by something else soon. eh...
Now an odd thing. The first 2 batteries drained quickly. I was expecting the first one since Nikon uses a builtin battery for internal clock and usually it gets it's charge from your battery the first time you use the camera. But this thing kept draining the batteries. So a bit of digging showed that all the wireless capabilities are on. WiFi, BT, NF etc. There is a Airplane mode but it is set to off by default. Why? Don't know. Perhaps again above my pay grade. I turned all that junk off and it seems all is well. But last time I thought all was well I ended up sending my D800 back to Nikon after 3 weeks of getting it. I am hopeful for both our's and Nikon's sake.
Hope this help some of you like me who were waiting for a D810 with Crop sensor for wildlife and sports shooting and were willing to pay the same price as a D810, as I was. We got all we wanted and then some for 1/3 less than what we were expecting to pay.
Nikon please bring back the Easy ISO... pretty please.
Good news, Bad news,
Good news the battery consumption issue is a none issue. The AF is wicked good, The buffer is limitless for all practical purposes. 60+ shots of large Raw+JPEGs high quality using Sony XQD G cards. We will be going broke buying hard drives. The AF and the buffer alone is worth the extra $1000 for anyone who needs them.
The bad news, I found out during the battery consumption testing that none of the after market batteries will work with this camera. Do not buy after market batteries with this camera. I tried 3 different brands of high quality batteries that I have been using with my D810/D600/D7100 and all had worked like a charm, but none of them works with D500 at all.