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Nikon d500 DSLR Camera review

Nikon D500 Review


Nikon D500 is a professional DSLR with 20 Megapixel APSC / DX format sensor. Introduced in January 2016 alongside the full-frame D5, it brings lots of the features of the flagship body to a comparatively smaller and affordable form factor and is aimed at sports, wildlife, and event photographers. The D500 is also a long-awaited successor to Nikon’s previous high-end DX body. The D500 considerably improves each side of the D300s, making it the highly desirable upgrade for the owners of that series, not to point out D7x00 users who fancy a more durable, faster and more sophisticated body without an expense of building a full-frame system. The Nikon D500 has an EXPEED 5 sensor which helps to facilitate a fast frame rate. All the focus points are delicate all the way down to -3EV, except the central sensor, which can go down to -4EV, which must be incredible information for low light focusing. The new auto-focus system the use of XQD memory cards in both cameras, and even the similar resolution 21MP sensors, among many other commonalities. The D500 appears like a dream. The first batch of cameras brought out quite quickly and at the time, specs on paper are all there was to go on. And on the date of writing (late June) it’s once again out of stock at major online retailers. Interestingly, Nikon classifies the D500 as “fanatic” quite than “professional”, inserting it in the same camp as the D7200. Given the specifications, I think we have to conclude that it’s simply the sensor dimension that stops Nikon from contemplating it a “skilled” digital camera. Snobbery over sensor size gained prevent and non-professional photographers from doing amazing work with this camera. Of that, I have no doubt.

Controls And Design

Nikon D500 is quickly recognizable as one of many company’s higher-end DSLRs, based on styling and some tried-and-trusted controls from the earlier models, however even they feel like they have been a part of the family for many generations. As with previous bodies, it all provides up to a very reassuring and familiar experience that allows you to get the shooting without delay. Nikon is a master at this, and while the D500 is designed as a seamless associate for the D5, owners of the D300s, D700 and even D7x00 models will equally feel proper at home. It has a large screen at 3.2 inches (diagonally) and also 2,359,000 dots that provides fantastic element. Not only is it a big, but it also has touchscreen functionality. The display is unfortunately not a tilt-swivel screen, but its articulation is good nonetheless. It may be a little stiff to pull out and tilt, however, you get used to it quickly. With that said, it’s a rugged mechanism that seems to be constructed to final. The camera has a collection of buttons around the shutter release button, the video, ISO and exposure compensation buttons, which provides fast access to change these settings as well as start and stop video recording. The mode is to P, A, S, and M, using the mode button which is the found on top of the drive dial. The re can be I button on the back of the camera which can bring up a quick menu with some options. You can use Fn2 button on the back to rate photos, and this button, along with some other buttons may be customized.

Continuous Shooting And Autofocus

AF system is arguably the highlight of the camera D500, which uses the same 153-point MultiCAM 20K module as the flagship D5. It includes 99 cross-type sensors and low-light sensitivity. It Having shot extensively with both the D5 and D500, their speeds and accuracy are indistinguishable in real-world shooting scenarios. If you want to perform this process multiple times at the most average focusing distance for every lens and save the average for the Best results. I hope to put this feature through its paces more completely when I have access to a higher variety of lenses, but it’s easier than using charts for calibration.  Moving onto continuous shooting, the D500 makes impressive claims with a buffer quoted at 79 uncompressed RAW information or up to 200 RAWs with lossless compression. That’s seriously impressive stuff, although requires the speed of an XQD card to realize it. Sadly I didn’t have XQD card at the time of testing, so had to resort to a UHS-3 SD card instead.


  • Single-lens reflex camera
  • Nikon F mount
  • Lens mount
  • focal length in 35 mm format equal to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX-format angle of view
  • 20.9 megapixel
  • 3.2inch Tilting Touchscreen, 2,359K dots
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • UHD 4K Video
  • Bluetooth Always On (Low Power)
  • Wi-Fi / NFC built-in
  • Supports XQD and SD memory cards
  • USB3.0 Connectivity



The re’s no doubt that D500 is very expensive DSLR – arguably the most powerful with APSC sensor to date. It provides professional handling that’s supremely confident in use, rattling-off fast and deep bursts of focused, well-exposed work. It’s true that the Nikon D500 isn’t a cheapest APS-C DSLR you may buy, it presents a strangely diverse array of features which should suit many different types of photographers. Picture quality is also very high, with the ability to record movies in 4K also making it interesting to videographers, who like to record video alongside stills. If you’re looking for the Best ISO performance available on an APS-C camera, without having to go over to the larger full-frame format. The camera also provides excellent auto white balance performance, which improves image quality because of delivering good saturation and color. The focus system is dispensed with the more expensive Nikon D5, and an automated AF fine-tune system, it can also help boost up the calibration of your lenses and camera. All of this combines to deliver excellent image quality.

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10 Total Score

Nikon D500 Camera is a DX-format DSLR with 20.9 MP, ISO 100-51200, 10 FPS continuous shooting, 4K UHD video. Overall it's the fastest DX camera ever

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