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Nikon D500

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  • excellent image quality
  • proven ergonomics and a superb autofocus system
  • camera's focus performance for distant objects is excellent


  • the video recording button is located a bit oddly
  • The weather conditions are harsh in the wild
  • lack of controls would be the con

Key specs

  • CMOS
  • DX
  • 23.5x15.7 mm
  • 21 Mpx
  • 5568, 3712 px
  • Nikon F
  • 2.8
  • Center
  • 3.2 in
  • yes

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Nikon D500 - Pros & Cons

Nikon D500


  • excellent image quality
  • proven ergonomics and a superb autofocus system
  • camera's focus performance for distant objects is excellent
  • autofocus is fast and accurate in low light as well
  • improved high ISO and low light performance
  • Ergonomics and handling Ergonomically
  • High ISO and low light performance Image quality
  • a sharp image with excellent dynamic range
  • excellent high ISO performance
  • images are perfectly usable for big prints and web-sized images
  • It can also shoot decent-looking 4K video


  • the video recording button is located a bit oddly
  • The weather conditions are harsh in the wild
  • lack of controls would be the con
  • lack of availability of pro APSC glass
  • Nikon alone is disappointing regarding DX lenses
  • it lacks controls
  • Images may look less noisy
  • it lacks on the video end and pure speed
  • the image loses the fine details
  • Luminance noise is visible in the image
  • a smaller sensor and no built-in vertical grip

Nikon D500 - Technical Overview

IconScreen size
3.2 in
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
Screen size: 6.7 in
IconISO maximum
Pentax KP
ISO maximum: 819200
IconEffective pixels
21 Mpx
Hasselblad H6D-100c
Effective pixels: 100 Mpx
IconMax resolution
5568 x 3712 px
Leica M11
Max resolution: 9528 x 6328 px

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Nikon D500 - Full Specifications

Sensor typeCMOS
Image sensor formatDX
Sensor size0.93 in
Sensor photo detectors22.0 Mpx
Effective pixels21.0 Mpx
Image ratio w:h3:2
Max resolution5568 x 3712 px
Other resolutions
  • 4176x2784
  • 2784x1856
ProcessorExpeed 5
Optics and focus
Lens mountNikon F
Optical zoom5.0 x
Digital zoom1.0 x
Magnification (Crop factor)1.5 x
Minimum aperture3.5
Maximum aperture2.8
AF assist (auto-focus assist light)Lamp
Focus adjustmentAuto/Manual
Contrast autofocusyes
Autofocus in recording modeyes
Focal length multiplier1.5x
Auto Focus (AF) lockyes
Manual focusyes
Auto Focus (AF) points selectionManual
Auto Focus (AF) assist beamyes
Number of focus points153
Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)153
Image stabiliserLens based only
Filter diameter2.83 in
Phase detection autofocusyes
Number of AF points (contrast)153
Photography features
Shooting modes
  • Manual
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
Camera shutter typeElectronic
Minimum shutter speed30.0 s
Maximum shutter speed1.0 s
Shutter priorityyes
Aperture priorityyes
Manual exposure modeyes
Number of exposures2
Exposure compensation plus5
Exposure compensation minus-5
Expousure compensation steps
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
Auto exposure lockyes
AE EV steps
  • 1/3
  • 1/2
  • 2/3
  • 1
  • 2
Continuous shootingyes
Self-timer delay
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
AE frames
  • 2
  • 3
  • 5
  • 7
WB Bracketing
Subject / scene modesno
Flash sync speed1/250s
Built-in flashyes
Flash modes
  • Auto
  • Flash OFF
  • Redeye Reduction
External flash connectionHot shoe
Flash metering systemi-TTL
External flashyes
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Scene modes
  • Beach
  • Candlelight
  • Close-up
  • Night landscape
  • Night portrait
  • party
  • Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Landscape
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
3D supportyes
Manual settingsyes
Self-timer options
  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20
Speed (JPEG)10.0 fps
Speed (RAW)10.0 fps
Exposure bracketing0.3 - 1.0±EV
Audio features
Built-in microphoneyes
Microphone typeStereo
Speaker typeMono
Audio systemStereo
Supported audio file formatsPCM
Weight26.81 oz
Width5.79 in
Height4.53 in
Depth3.19 in
Power source typeBattery
Battery life (CIPA)1240
Battery technology
Number of batteries supported1
AC adapter includedY
Other features
Timelapse recordingyes
Orientation sensorno
Energy Star certifiedno
Languages support
  • ARA
  • BEN
  • BUL
  • CHI
  • CHI
  • CZE
  • DAN
  • DEU
  • DUT
  • ENG
  • ESP
  • FIN
  • FRE
  • GRE
  • HUN
  • ITA
  • JPN
  • KOR
  • NOR
  • POL
  • POR
  • RUM
  • RUS
  • SER
  • SWE
  • THA
  • TUR
  • UKR
Tripod mounting supportedyes
Tripod thread1.0 in
Image editing modesTrimming
  • 100
  • 51200
ISO minimum100
ISO maximum51200
Boosted ISO minimum50
Boosted ISO maximum1640000
Maximum image resolution5568 x 3712 px
White balance presets12
White balance modes
  • Auto
  • Manual
Custom white balanceyes
Supported image file formats
  • JPG
  • NEF
  • RAW
  • TIF
Photo effects
  • Black&White
  • Neutral
  • Vivid
Image stabilizeryes
Image stabilization typeNo
Supported aspect ratios4:3
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
AEB/HDR supportyes
Screen and viewfinder
Screen size3.2 in
Articulated LCDyes
Screen technologyLCD
Screen dots2359000
Touch screenyes
Field of view100.0 %
Live viewyes
Viewfinder coverage100.0 %
Viewfinder magnification1.0 x
Dioptre correctionyes
Diopter adjustment (D-D)-2 - 1
Eye relief0.63 in
Separate info displayyes
Flip-out screenno
Second displayno
Videography features
Maximum resolution3840 x 2160 px
Video recordingyes
Recording resolutions
  • 1280 x 720
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 3840 x 2160
HD type4K Ultra HD
Supported video file formatsMOV
Analog signal format systemNTSC
Camera playback
  • Highlights
  • Movie
  • Single image
  • Slide show
Max resolution (highest frame rate)1920 x 1080
Max frame rate (highest resolution)30.0 fps
Max frame rate (regardless of res.)60.0 fps
Motion JPEG frame rate10.0 fps
Body typeSLR
Body materialPlastic
Colour of productBlack
Anti-dust systemyes
Environmentally sealedyes
Compatible memory cards
  • MMC
  • SD
Dual memory card slotsyes
Memory slots2
Storage types
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • XQD
Camera file system
  • DCF 2.0
  • Exif 2.3
  • RAW
HDMI ports quantity1
HDMI connector typeMini
USB portyes
USB connector typeMicro-USB B
USB version3.1
Headphone portyes
Microphone portyes
Supported WiFi types
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
DC-in jackyes
Remote controlyes
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)yes
Bluetooth version4.1

Nikon D500 - Q&A (16)

  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Is nikon d500 a professional camera?
    over 1 year ago
    With a 20.9-megapixel DX-format sensor and numerous shared features with the flagship full-frame D5, the D500 is a true professional-quality APS-C DSLR.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Is nikon d500 fx or dx?
    over 1 year ago
    The new D500, a DX-format digital slr that packs the performance of the new D5 (Nikon's flagship FX-format model) into a smaller, more agile body. It has the same strong 153-point AF system as the D5, high speed shooting at approx. 10fps.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon d500 have auto mode?
    over 1 year ago
    The D500 has a Program mode in which it chooses Aperture and Shutter speed for you as well as ISO if auto ISO is set. It does not have the green auto mode or auto scene modes if that's what you mean. It does have a built in VR.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon d500 have face detection?
    over 1 year ago
    Subject and face tracking performance are enhanced not only for phase detection AF system, but also for tracking subjects using Live View (contrast-detect AF).
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Can nikon d500 use cfexpress?
    over 1 year ago
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Is nikon d500 still worth buying?
    over 1 year ago
    Thanks to its incredibly fast autofocus system taken from top-of-the-line Nikon D5, fast continuous shooting speed of 10 fps, a huge buffer capable of fitting up to 200 RAW images, fast EXPEED 5 processor, accurate metering system, and excellent low-light performance, the Nikon D500 is our top pick among APS-C DSLR
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon ml-l3 work with d500?
    over 1 year ago
    No, the Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote is not compatible with the Nikon D500. For wireless remote control of the Nikon D500 you would use the WR-R10/WR-T10/WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter Set.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon d500 have wifi?
    over 1 year ago
    Nikon just released firmware updates for the D850, D500, D7500 and D5600 which provide free WiFi next to the Snapbridge connectivity.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon d500 support cfexpress?
    over 1 year ago
    Nikons with CFexpress Compatibility Almost two years after the original announcement from Nikon, the day has come: D5 firmware version 1.4, D850 firmware version 1.20, and D500 firmware version 1.3 are all available now and enable use of CFexpress Type B memory cards as well as XQD cards in the Nikon DSLRs.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Can you charge nikon d500 with usb?
    over 1 year ago
    If there is a USB charger for D500 batteries, then you can use a solar recharging panel. Many chargers have a 12 vdc adapter for an automobile.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon d500 have image stabilization?
    over 1 year ago
    While the Nikon D500 does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS), Nikon developed something called “Electronic Vibration Reduction”, which basically stabilizes video shooting via software. And the cool thing is, you can actually use this feature in combination with lens VR to get even better results!
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Is nikon d500 full frame?
    over 1 year ago
    No. Nikon D500 is not a Full Frame camera but APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor with x1.53 crop factor.
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Is nikon d500 a full frame camera?
    over 1 year ago
    No, the Nikon D500 is not Full Frame
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon d500 have focus peaking?
    over 1 year ago
    No. It does not have focus packing
  • 0
    over 1 year ago
    Does nikon d500 have a flash?
    over 1 year ago
    No Built-In Flash
  • 0
    6 months ago
    Should I buy a Nikon D500 in 2022?
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Nikon D500 Nikon - Editorial Reviews (79)

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Nikon D500 Camera Review: Nikon D500 | PDN Online
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Camera Review: Nikon D500 | PDN Online

Nikon’s D500 had the somewhat unfortunate fate of being announced to the world right alongside the company’s flagship full-frame DSLR, the D5. Like a younger sibling who has to watch the world fawn over the wunderkind while it sits brooding in the corner, the D500 runs the risk of being overlooked. It shouldn’t be. Features In many respects, the D500...

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Nikon's latest pro DSLR that proves APS-C can still pull its weight.

Nikon D500 Camera head-to-head: Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D500 - Amateur Photographer
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Camera head-to-head: Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D500 - Amateur Photographer

Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D500: Introduction Prior to the D500, the last Nikon APS-C-format DSLR that could really be regarded as 
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Outstanding quality across the board, the Nikon D500 is fast, feature-packed and takes beautiful photos.

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Published: 02.08.2016
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Nikon D500 Revisiting the best prosumer cameras from 2017 for a great bargain
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Published: 13.04.2021
Revisiting the best prosumer cameras from 2017 for a great bargain

Smaller, lighter, and more affordable while offering professional-level performance, those are the hallmarks of prosumer cameras that appeal to both professionals and serious enthusiasts alike. Since cameras don't really age, we re-look at five of the best options in 2017 from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus and Sony to see if they can be had for a bargain today.

Nikon D500 Nikon D5000 Review
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Published: 21.07.2009
Nikon D5000 Review

The Nikon D5000 sits at the low-end of Nikon’s DSLR lineup.  It is the second Nikon DSLR to offer video recording capabilities (the Nikon D90 was the first).  It’s also Nikon’s fi…

Nikon D500 Nikon D5000 Review | Digital Trends
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Published: 19.06.2009
Nikon D5000 Review | Digital Trends

One of Nikon's most affordable DSLRs delivers quality stills and killer speed, for the money.

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Published: 12.06.2009
Nikon D5000 Review

The recent boom in DSLR sales has seen all the major manufacturers adding bulked-up or stripped-down entry level models, repositioning their offerings to make sure that anyone willing to put up with the size and weight of a DSLR will look at one of their models. The whole thing has often left existing DSLR owners a little lost - 'why isn't there a direct replacement for my camera?' - but has undoubtedly meant there are many more attractive, accessible cameras on the market just waiting to entice first-time DSLR owners.

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Nikon's baby D5 is perfect for the action photographer

Nikon D500 Nikon D500: Top of the APS-C DSLR class
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Published: 25.05.2016
Nikon D500: Top of the APS-C DSLR class

The Nikon D500 succeeds the D300S, which was launched in 2009. Indeed, it has taken so long for Nikon to come up with this sucessor that it has decided to skip the D400 moniker.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Nikon D500 Shutterbug’s 10 Favorite Cameras and Lenses of 2016
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Now that 2016 is done and dusted, we’ve had a chance to look back at all the cameras and lenses we reviewed this past year and have chosen ten of our absolute favorites. No, the following is not intended as a wide-ranging round-up of the best photo gear of last year in every product category. For that you should read our comprehensive Top Products of the Year report we put together in collaboration with the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

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