Nikon D500 overview
Nikon D500 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR digital camera first released on January of 2016. It comes with a 21 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 5568 x 3712.
The D500 is ranked #18 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all around #82 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. You can try our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your custom factors.
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Nikon D500 history
The Nikon D500 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.
Nikon D500 Gallery
You can view the D500 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon D500 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of positives and negatives of the Nikon D500 based on factors that are oftentimes seen as useful in a digital camera.
Nikon D500 Sensor information
The Nikon D500 houses the Expeed 5 processor chip. The sensor spec in the Nikon D500 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5568 x 3712 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor boasts 21 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 51200. The ISO can also be increased electronically to 50 - 1640000. RAW format is saved so the user has more room to maneuver in post.
Nikon chose to omit the anti aliasing filter in the Nikon D500. This might result in more sharp photographs but can introduce moire under some circumstances.
The graphic below illustrates the D500's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The D500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Nikon D500 dimensions
Nikon D500 weighs in at 1.90 pounds (860g or 30.34 ounces) and the size of the camera is 147mm x 115mm x 81mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 3.2"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 776g so the Nikon D500 is heavier compared to its rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Below is a pic of the Nikon D500 beside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button layout on the D500.
Nikon D500 Lens information
The D500 fits the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses that you can purchase. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the D500.
Nikon D500 Connectivity
The D500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer files and at times alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Nikon D500 Video information
The highest video resolution in the Nikon D500 is 3840 x 2160 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p will provide a great resolution for video. You will be able to downsample to Full HD in order to get better video. Be wary of the large file sizes and ensure you own good SD cards with good write speeds. The body does have both headphone and microphone jack making it really valuable whilst capturing sound.
Nikon D500 Weather Sealing
Nikon D500 has weather sealing making it a very good choice to use during challenging locations. This is particularly helpful whenever you are not sure about the elements you may face during outdoor photography.
Nikon D500 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon D500 comes with a 3.2" tilting screen with a resolution of 2,359k dots.
Additionally the screen is touch friendly so you will be able to shift focus point plus change settings using your fingertips. The D500 also includes a Top LCD screen so that you can quickly view your settings.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder details regarding Nikon D500 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.66x
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are pretty useful.
Nikon D500 Shutter information
Nikon D500 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s.
Nikon D500 Flash and Hot shoe information
Nikon D500 has got external flash ability but is lacking in-built flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/250s.
Nikon D500 Autofocus information
Nikon D500 has got both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detection making it valuable for portraits.
The Sensor comes with 153 focus points to pick from. Nikon D500 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Nikon D500 features manual focusing in case it is needed during low light or you want more accurate control on focusing.
Nikon D500 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL15) for the Nikon D500 is built to last for 1240 photos according to the CIPA requirements which is above standard in comparison to its category. The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the highest (2260) battery life within this range of cameras.
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Nikon D500 for different categories of photography
The following diagram indicates a summation of the Nikon D500 for different categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Nikon D500
The Nikon D500 receives a points tally of 80 which is very high, and means the camera is a brilliant fit to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support along with the ability to utilize external flash.
Nikon D500 Street photography info
With a very good points total of 69, the Nikon D500 is a very decent choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Nikon D500 Sports photography advice
A very high sports photography points tally of 77 indicates the Nikon D500 is a superb pick for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have very good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon D500 Travel photography factors
Weight is very important when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon D500 gets a above average 69 as a travel camera which is a fine pick to take with you on your journeys.
Nikon D500 Landscape photography info
When you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon D500 with it's superb rating of 78 as a landscape camera is a superb pick in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Nikon D500
A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D500 is not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad score of 31.
Nikon D500 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the D500, below is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall within the family of Advanced DSLR.
The graph listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the D500 compared to it's highest scored competitors shown above.
Following are several cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To read a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.