Nikon D500


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Highlights
• 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
• 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
• In-Camera Time Lapse, Up to 9999 Frames


Nikon D500

Nikon D500
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Flagship power—DX agility. Go further with the D500.

As the smaller sibling to the D5, Nikon’s FX-format flagship, the D500 offers phenomenal power and precision. Nikon’s next-generation 153-point AF system provides exceptionally wide coverage. New image and metering sensors deliver phenomenally accurate subject recognition and detail. You can shoot at up to 10 fps, and the high-performance buffer allows up to 200 NEF (RAW) images to be captured during one high-speed burst. Combined, this means you can shoot at maximum image quality for an incredible 20 seconds. And for moviemakers who go to extremes, D-Movie enables high-definition 4K/UHD movies of up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds long to be recorded in-camera.

FLAGSHIP AF PERFORMANCE: EXTREME PRECISION

Equipped with the same AF system as the D5, Nikon’s FX-format flagship, the D500 lets you focus with absolute precision, even in near darkness. With an incredible 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors, this phenomenal AF system offers unprecedented coverage, covering almost the full width of the viewfinder frame. AF sensitivity down to -4 EV at the central point, and -3 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F) for all other points, enables superior low-light performance. Small subjects moving at high speed can be tracked with a new level of precision and subjects at the edge of the frame are easily detected. The system is configurable for 153-point, 72-point and 25-point coverage settings in Continuous AF mode. All 153 focus points are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses with an open aperture of f/5.6 or faster, and 15 central focus points work with an effective aperture of f/8.

GO FURTHER: IMAGE-DEFINING SPEED

The D500’s supercharged performance easily captures decisive moments. You can shoot at up to 10 fps with AE/AF tracking, or with mirror up. AF tracking and viewfinder visibility are vastly improved when shooting sports, or any scene in which subjects tend to change direction suddenly. Thanks to a new AF ASIC unit, maximum computing power is allocated to AF at all times. Faster sequential shutter and mirror mechanisms significantly reduce viewfinder blackout during high-speed bursts. The camera’s high-performance buffer allows up to 200 NEF (RAW) or large JPEG images to be captured during one burst. Two card slots (one for XQD cards, and one for SD UHS II cards), easily handle the camera’s incredible shooting speeds, and ensure the buffer is instantly cleared for the next burst. The USB 3.0 port enables high-speed transfer of large amounts of data, and the camera’s built-in SnapBridge capability allows wireless image transfer. For those looking for an even faster transfer solution, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A, which enables transmission of files to an FTP server or computer at speeds of up to 866.7 Mbps.

NAIL THE SHOT: POWERFUL METERING AND IMAGE SENSORS

Whether you’re capturing a cheetah on the run or the pivotal moment in the X Games, the D500 will get you the shot. And not just any shot. The 20.9 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor and 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor deliver phenomenally accurate subject recognition and image detail with rich tonal gradations. The D500 also boasts a highly responsive 8.0 cm (3.2 in.), 2359k-dot tilting LCD touchscreen monitor, which frees you to shoot from high or low angles. You can easily scroll through and select key images, and input credit, location, network, IPTC and copyright information on the spot. Shoot in Live View and you can use touch operation to set the focus point, release the shutter and acquire preset Spot White Balance data, based on the selected area within the frame. For even greater control, Picture Control 2.0 makes it easy to define parameters whether you’re shooting stills or video. Ease post-production with the Flat pre-setting for maximum dynamic range; fine-adjust detail with Clarity.

NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK: GET THE SHOTS OTHERS CAN’T EVEN SEE

The D500 isn’t intimidated by difficult light conditions. Thanks to its exceptionally wide ISO range, this camera opens up a world of new shooting opportunities in dark situations and handles highlights incredibly well. Nikon’s new EXPEED 5 processing engine ensures unprecedentedly high image quality across the standard ISO range of 100 to 51200. Fine noise is dramatically reduced and even cropped images shot at high ISO values retain their quality. You can also extend the ISO range down to the equivalent of ISO 50 at the Lo 1 setting, or up to an incredible ISO 1640000 equivalent, at the Hi 5 setting. Combined with the camera’s AF system, which performs in near darkness (-4 EV at the central point), the Hi 5 setting lets you shoot in situations you might not have attempted before. These astonishingly high ISO counts, which enable colour images to be captured without a flash, are also suitable for specialist use in surveillance and security applications.

CINEMATIC 4K/UHD PERFORMANCE

As the first Nikon DX-format DSLR to record high-definition 4K/UHD movies in-camera, the D500 offers a whole new level of moviemaking flexibility. 4K/UHD movies (3840x2160 pixels) up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds long can be recorded at 30p/25p/24p in dot-by-dot native pixel crop, which ensures the highest image quality. Full HD (1080p) video can be recorded at frame rates up to 50p/60p in multiple sensor crop formats, including native Full HD pixel crop. Nikon’s electronic Vibration Reduction dramatically reduces the effects of camera shake when shooting Full HD movies handheld. When filming in M mode, sensitivity for all video resolutions and crop modes can be set from ISO 100 all the way up to Hi 5. Auto ISO allows ISO 200 up to Hi 5, and lets you set the maximum ISO values you want to work with. The camera offers clean HDMI out: even 4K/UHD movies can be recorded to the memory card or output uncompressed to HDMI with 8-bit 4:2:2 YCbCr. HDMI output is available for all movie resolutions during remote shooting. Other features include a built-in interval timer and 4K/UHD quality time-lapse function.

DX AGILITY: AS TOUGH AS YOU NEED IT TO BE

As the smaller sibling of the D5, the D500 can be relied on to perform when your photography takes you into extreme shooting environments. A tough metal chassis is fitted with rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fiber parts to create a lightweight, durable body. All joints, buttons and dials are fully weather sealed. An energy-saving design is employed to give you the maximum number of shots between battery charges. The optional MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack supports three different battery power sources, and makes the camera easier to handle during vertical shooting. And the high-performance shutter has been tested for 200,000 cycles.

NIKKOR LENSES: THE DX TELEPHOTO ADVANTAGE

Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR lenses provide unequalled clarity and versatility. The D500 is compatible with the full range of DX NIKKOR lenses, and the 1.5x crop factor of the camera’s DX sensor delivers a telephoto effect when shooting with an FX lens. Pair the D500 with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens, and the angle of view at the tele setting is equivalent to that of an FX-format DSLR fitted with a 600 mm telephoto lens. Compared to the full-frame combination, this cuts both the weight and length of your telephoto setup approximately in half—a serious advantage if you want to travel light. Now you can project yourself into the heart of the action, or bring your focus right to the edge of a hard-to-reach bird’s nest, without the handling issues associated with heavier professional kit.

LIGHTING THE SHADOWS

The D500 is fully compatible with Nikon’s acclaimed iTTL/Creative Lighting System and Nikon's new radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting system. This means you can easily use it with Speedlights such as the professional SB-910, the compact SB-700, or the SB-5000, which utilises radio control technology. When combined with the optional WR-R10 transceiver, the D500 can control and wirelessly fire up to six groupings of SB-5000 units from another room, around corners or outdoors in bright sunlight.

KEEP YOUR CAMERA CONNECTED TO YOUR SMART DEVICES WITH SNAPBRIDGE

The D500 is the first Nikon DSLR to be compatible with SnapBridge. This clever Nikon app utilises Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology to maintain a constant, low-power connection between your camera and your smartphone or tablet. You can automatically sync shots to your smart device as you shoot, without draining your camera’s battery. Images synced while shooting are instantly re-sized so they’re easy to review and quick to upload to social media. You can also control key camera functions via your smart device, and easily geotag images. In addition, every time you land in a new location, SnapBridge automatically updates your camera with local and UTC time via the GPS info on your smart device. Your shots will be in the correct date order no matter how many time zones you cross. And thanks to the D500’s built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) capability, it’s easy to connect the camera to your smart device in order to activate SnapBridge for the first time.

 

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