Nikon D500 Review

May 18, 2016 | Amy Davies |
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Specifications

    • Type

    • Single-lens reflex digital camera

    • Lens mount

    • Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

    • Effective angle of view

    • Nikon DX format; focal length in 35 mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view

    • Image sensor

    • DX, CMOS, 23.5 mm x 15.7 mm

    • Total pixels

    • 21.51 million

    • Dust-reduction system

    • Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)

    • Effective pixels

    • 20.9 million

    • Image size (pixels)

    • DX (24 x 16) image area: (L) 5568 x 3712, (M) 4176 x 2784, (S) 2784 x 1856; 1.3x (18 x 12) image area: (L) 4272 x 2848, (M) 3200 x 2136, (S) 2128 x 1424; Photographs with image area of DX taken during movie recording: (L) 5568 x 3128, (M) 4176 x 2344, (S) 2784 x 1560; Photographs with image area of 1.3x taken during movie recording: (L) 4272 x 2400, (M) 3200 x 1800, (S) 2128 x 1192; Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160

    • Storage file formats

    • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed); large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression), TIFF (RGB), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

    • Picture Control System

    • Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

    • Storage media

    • XQD, SD, SDHC (UHS-II compliant), SDXC (UHS-II compliant)

    • Dual card slot

    • 1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card, Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.

    • File system

    • DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge

    • Viewfinder

    • Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

    • Frame coverage

    • DX (24 x 16) image area: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.3x (18 x 12) image area: Approx. 98% horizontal and 98% vertical

    • Magnification

    • Approx. 1.0 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-1)

    • Eyepoint

    • 16 mm (–1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

    • Diopter adjustment

    • -2 to +1 m-1

    • Focusing screen

    • Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)

    • Reflex mirror

    • Quick-return type

    • Depth-of-field preview

    • Yes, Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)

    • Lens aperture

    • Instant return, electronically controlled

    • Compatible lenses

    • Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), and DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).

    • Shutter type

    • Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode

    • Shutter speed

    • 1/8000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250

    • Flash sync speed

    • X = 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower

    • Release mode

    • S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up), Qc (quiet continuous shutter-release)

    • Frame advance rate

    • 10 fps, CL: 1 to 9 fps, CH: 10 fps, Qc: 3 fps

    • Self-timer

    • 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

    • Exposure metering

    • TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels

    • Metering method

    • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10, or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 8-mm circle); Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used); Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses

    • Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

    • Matrix or center-weighted metering: –3 to +20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV Highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV

    • Mode

    • Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)

    • Exposure compensation

    • –5 to +5 EV, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV

    • Exposure lock

    • Luminosity locked at detected value

    • ISO sensitivity

    • ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1640000 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

    • Active D-Lighting

    • Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off

    • Autofocus

    • Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection

    • Detection range

    • –4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

    • Lens servo

    • Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

    • Focus points

    • 153 focus points of which 55 or 15 are available for selection

    • AF-area mode

    • Single-point AF, 25-, 72-, or 153- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF

    • Focus lock

    • Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector

    • Flash control

    • TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering

    • Flash modes

    • Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported

    • Flash compensation

    • -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

    • Flash-ready indicator

    • Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

    • Accessory shoe

    • ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

    • Nikon Creative Lighting System

    • i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF, unified flash control

    • Sync terminal

    • ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

    • White balance

    • Auto (3 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500K to 10000K), all with fine-tuning.

    • White balance bracketing

    • Exposure, Flash, White balance, ADL

    • Live View - Modes

    • Photo live view, Movie live view

    • Live view - lens servo

    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (M)

    • Live view - AF-area mode

    • Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF

    • Live view - autofocus

    • Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

    • Movie - metering

    • TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

    • Movie - metering method

    • Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

    • Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

    • 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p, 1920 x 1080: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p, Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; (Fine) high quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160

    • Movie - file format

    • MOV

    • Movie - video compression

    • H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

    • Movie - audio recording format

    • Linear PCM

    • Movie - audio recording device

    • Built-in stereo or external microphone; sensitivity adjustable

    • Movie - ISO sensitivity

    • Exposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) with selectable upper limit; Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1640000 equivalent) above ISO 51200

    • Other options

    • Index marking, time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction

    • Monitor

    • 8 cm (3.2–in.) diagonal, approx. 2359k-dot, tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control

    • Playback

    • Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and IPTC information embedding and display

    • USB

    • SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector), connection to built-in USB port is recommended

    • HDMI output

    • Type C HDMI connector

    • Audio input

    • Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

    • Audio output

    • Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

    • Accessory terminal(s)

    • Ten-pin remote terminal: can be used to connect optional remote control, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)

    • Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

    • IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

    • Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security

    • Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK

    • NFC - Operation

    • NFC Forum Type 3 Tag

    • Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocols

    • Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1

    • Supported languages

    • Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

    • Battery

    • One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery

    • Battery pack

    • Optional MB-D17 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 Li-ion battery (available separately), one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery, or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries. A BL-5 battery-chamber cover is required when using EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 batteries.

    • AC adapter

    • EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (both available separately)

    • Tripod socket

    • 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

    • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    • Approx. 147 x 115 x 81 mm (5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2 in.)

    • Weight

    • Approx. 860 g (1 lb. 14.4 oz.), with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap; approx. 760 g/1 lb. 10.9 oz. (camera body only)

    • Operating environment - temperature

    • 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)

    • Operating environment - humidity

    • 85% or less (no condensation)

    • Supplied accessories

    • Body Cap BF-1B, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15 with terminal cover, Battery Charger MH-25a (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), USB Cable Clip, HDMI Cable Clip, USB Cable UC-E22, Strap AN-DC17


  • Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines.

  • All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery.

  • Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in these specifications at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that these specifications may contain.