2017 Nikon D500 Features Specification Review

The Nikon D500 is a 21MP APS-C DSLR able to capturing at up to 10 supports per second with an auto-focus program produced from the one in the D5. In other terms, it’s exactly the type of high-end DX structure body that showed up to have become vanished with the D300S.

Nikon D500 Review
Nikon D500 Review

The six and a half years that have approved since the D300S’ release have seen you industry shift on significantly but the D500 does much to recover the job as one of the prominent APS-C digicam available on the industry. As you might anticipate, much of the raised ability to you facilities around activities and high-speed capturing, with important improvements to the capturing rate and auto-focus program, but there are also significant improvements to the viewfinder, movie abilities and connection choices which increase its application beyond one particular market.

Key Features

  • 20.7MP APS-C (DX-format) sensor
  • 153 factor AF component with 99 cross-type points
  • 180,000 pixel RGB indicator for metering and topic recognition
  • AF factor joystick
  • 10 fps capturing for up to 200 photos (lossless compacted 14-bit Raw to XQD card)
  • 4K (UHD) movie from 1.5x plants of sensor
  • 100% protection viewfinder with 1.0x magnification
  • 2.36M-dot slanting touchscreen show display
  • Wi-Fi and Wireless connection with NFC for setupMic and earphone sockets
  • USB 3.0 connector
  • Anti-flicker choice for working under synthetic lighting


Wi-Fi and Connectivity

The D500 is one of the first camcorders to provide Nikon’s new SnapBridge connection program that brings together Wireless LE (also known as Wireless Smart) with Wi-Fi. However, while that may seem a bit like the extremely efficient program that New samsung provided in the NX1, the actions of the two is very different. It’s informing both that Nikon plans to develop SnapBridge into all its upcoming camcorders and that it also seems to be in several Coolpix compacts released soon after the D500.

Automated ISO

Nikon’s Automated ISO function gives users the versatility to set the lowest shutter rate limit at which the ISO will be improved and the ability to set higher and lower boundaries to the ISO configurations it will implement. You also features five automatic ISO limit options that sustain a shutter rate limit related to the central length as well.

Furthermore, the D500 allows you to implement visibility settlement with Automated ISO in guide visibility method so that you can specify the objective lighting that you want the digicam to sustain. This can be very useful for both pictures and video capturing, for when you want to specify the visibility configurations and just let the digicam do the rest, using ISO.


The D500’s point up/down display is not only great quality (2.36M-dot/1024 x 768 pixels), it’s also contact delicate. Compared with the D5500, this can’t be used to place the AF factor (or, at least, not in visual viewfinder mode). Instead its features are restricted to stay perspective method, where it can be used for contact concentrate or contact shutter, movie where it can be used to reposition the AF factor during documenting, and play-back method where it allows picture zoom capability and using in a delicate and instantly acquainted way.

4K video

The D500’s movie efficiency is something of a combined bag. Its real movie quality is excellent, certainly sufficient for most non-broadcast movie tasks. Its assisting functions aren’t as comprehensive as those provided by companies Sony models or Panasonic, so it’s not quite as easy to capture with as it could be, but if it’s only used as an function, that’s probably not much of a problem.

More than any of these managing problems, it’s the extra 1.5x plants that I think will avoid many D500 entrepreneurs from capturing much movie. That 2.25x net plants (compared with full frame) is seriously restricting if you want any kind of extensive position video, significance you’re trapped back with the camera’s rather underwhelming 1080 outcome, which results in you no better off than using any current Nikon DSLR.


The cornerstone of the D500’s appeal is its autofocus system. Sure it has: 153 points, 99 of which are cross type, 15 of which will work with f/8 maximum aperture lens+teleconverter combinations, which will work down to -3EV (-4EV for the center point), but that’s not a very helpful way of looking at it. Instead it’s arguably better understood as having the latest version of Nikon’s pro-level AF system, with the added bonus of having its points spread out across most of the viewfinder, since the camera uses the smaller APS-C format.

Nikon D500 Performance Autofokus
Nikon D500 Performance Autofokus

This endemic of cross-type AF factors results in quicker, more major concentrate in more complicated mild – such as backlit or low mild circumstances where topic comparison is low, since it has two axes of details to evaluate. Interestingly, Nikon says that the complete abilities of the program are only available with AF-S contacts. The variety and distribute of available cross-type factors is decreased not only by mixtures with more compact highest possible apertures, but also with mature contacts and a few of AF-S.

Other features

Let’s be obvious, then, the D500 seems ideal at what exactly it’s mainly developed for. However, together with its pictures abilities, Nikon is also offering its 4K movie catch and impressive ‘SnapBridge’ relationship program. And, while I don’t think either of those is going to be an important buy inspiration, it does appear sensible to see how they execute, just in situation would-be customers were preparing on using them.

Images Quality

The D500’s picture great quality, while ideal, is perhaps the least ‘stand-out’ function of you. That’s not because it isn’t excellent, but that cameras like the D7200 and Sony’s a6300 have gotten so excellent that it’s hard the D500 to set itself apart. Eventually though, the digital camera’s powerful variety and great ISO disturbance efficiency are as excellent as we’ve ever seen from any APS-C sensor: it’s basically ISO invariant and on a par with the best we’ve examined.

Nikon D500 Night Images Quality
Keeps playing in the dark. Reprocessed in camera: +0.7EV Noise Reduction Low. D-Lighting Low. Tamron 85mm F1.8 VC USD. ISO 2000, F3.5, 1/160th

JPEG disturbance decrease is a little heavy-handed, as is the digital camera’s improving, which is rather large-radius, so can unknown information. Fortunately, both of these can be modified and the in-camera Raw transformation program creates it simple to discover a sequence of configurations that utilizes you.


In low mild – or at great ISO configurations – the D500 is class-leading: it’s able to execute at least on par with the past class-leader, the Nikon D7200, at ISO 6400*, which is an accomplishment itself given the higher high-speed capturing capabilities of the indicator in the D500. By ISO 25,600, the D500 even a little bit exceeds the D7200 and Sony models a6300, though we’re discussing minimal variations at this point, as most cameras in this evaluation are performing quite well. The Cannon 7D Indicate II does fall a tad behind at the biggest ISOs, and compulsory disturbance decrease, even in Raw, starts at ISO 12800 on the a6300, major to a smeared disturbance design. In contrast, the D500 picture looks best, particularly in black areas of the already light-deprived field, showing excellent great ISO powerful range efficiency.


The D500’s JPEG motor results in attractive shades, particularly the heated veggies and very yellow-colored yellow common Nikon visuals. Red wines are not quite as strong as The canon eos making though. The D500’s standard white-colored stability establishing is ‘Auto0: Keep white-colored (reduce heated colors)’, which does not protect comfort under tungsten mild. We think because of this artificial looking images in heated, dim mild, but you can easily power you to maintain comfort (our preference) by choosing ‘Auto2: Keep heated illumination colors’ WB option.

JPEG improving isn’t as innovative as it could be: the motor results in improving halo along sides due to large distance improving, which has the impact of compromising information clearly available in the Raw computer file. The Sony models a6300’s more innovative improving in JPEG provides the information in the lender observe better than any of the other cameras in this evaluation. At great ISO, while the D500 doesn’t protect quite as much information as the Sony models a6300, it does are able to stability disturbance decrease and details preservation better than the Cannon. The rather attractive great ISO JPEGs maintain a lot of vividness as well, just like the Cannon. The a6300 falters in this respect, producing desaturated JPEGs at extremely great ISOs.


The other non-core function of the D500 is ‘SnapBridge.’ I had great wants this, having expanded to really like the program on the New samsung NX1. Unfortunately, as it seems to be, it’s not really useful. The dependence on a low data transfer useage technological innovation for much of the picture exchange is a bad fit on a digicam that can generate so many pictures, so easily.

Nikon D500 Quality Images Auto Fokus
16-80mm F2.8-4 VR kit zoom and a radio-triggered flash used to balance some evening sunshine on a recent Nikon press trip to Palm Springs. Nikon 16-80mm F2.8-F4 VR | ISO 100 | 1/125th | F4.5

Even when used to exchange just the user’s selected pictures, it’s currently more slowly and more uncomfortable than totally necessary. Still, just as New samsung enhanced its program in the several weeks after release, there’s every opportunity that Nikon will be able to enhance the text times and stability of the app. With this done, if it can make it simple to choose and exchange pictures I want, then it’ll be no more intense than the present program.

Even though both of these heavily-promoted functions are a little bit of a let down, they haven’t really detracted from what you seems to get right: its part as an excellent, relaxed high-speed digicam which creates capturing complicated topics feel simple and easy.

Images First Impressions

We’ll be ongoing to evaluate auto-focus as we force ahead with the evaluation but, even without modifying the configurations managing the 3D Tracking’s response to different topics, it does amazingly well. Being able to adhere to a topic is unusual. I didn’t anticipate our bicycle analyze to be much of a task for the D500 but I don’t think I was ready for just how simple it created it look. I was capturing it together with another DSLR and, having viewing it give an ideal hit amount over and over again, I threw in the towel and used it as the possibility to capture unplanned images of my co-worker who was on driving responsibility. It did fairly well at that, too.

Nikon D500 Auto Focus
Having not really been challenged by our bike test, I let the D500 try its hand at speed portraiture. This result at F2.8 gives an idea of how well it did. Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR | ISO 100 | 1/1000th | F2.8

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MSRP $2000/ £1729 (body only), $3069 / £2479 (w/16-80mm lens)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 5568 x 3712
Other resolutions 4176 x 2784, 2784 x 1856
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 21 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 5
ISO ISO 100 – 51200 (expandable to 50 – 1640000)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 1640000
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp No
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 153
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 2,359,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (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 Bracketing Yes (2 or 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Videography features
Resolutions 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant) + XQD
Storage included None
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes Wi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1240
Weight (inc. batteries) 860 g (1.90 lb / 30.34 oz)
Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm (5.79 x 4.53 x 3.19)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1