CUSTOM > e4) to give the D500 permission to jack up ISO to higher levels to get more detail in the backgrounds of indoor flash shots. You're always on your own with off-brand lenses like Sigma. The buttons on the top right and back right are still dark. I got my D500 as body-only from Adorama, who also has the kit with 16-80mm VR. The arrows at the bottom on playback select different frames. My biggest sticking points are ergonomic: with no U,1 U2 or U3 preset memory settings I prefer the D7200 or D750 because I need these modes to swap all my settings quickly as my shooting conditions change from people to places and things. I have yet to learn how to get consistently good flash exposures with my D500. The only people who work with Nikon's wireless system are people trying to shoot weddings with assistants to carry the other flashes around, and that's not me. Another important feature about Nikon D500… With continuous shooting speeds of 10 fps and a 200 shot buffer for Raw images, the camera is aimed squarely at action and fast-paced photographers … US versions include two printed manuals, one in English (shown on right) and uno en español (a la izquierda). The second card slot is now an XQD slot; we now have one SD card slot and one XQD card slot. What isn't as good is that it takes too many clicks to swap between the default Auto AF Area select mode mentioned above which I usually use, and the single AF-point mode I use when the Auto Select mode doesn't find my subject. Nikon D500 review Nikon's pro-quality DX format DSLR is a real class act By Digital Camera 13 October 2018. Nikon's best and fastest DX DSLR ever, 10 FPS. As a bonus, you can load an extra battery to help with “range anxiety”. Of that, I have no doubt. Panther Chameleon, 18 May 2016. About $950 used at eBay, if you know How to Win at eBay. 1:8) or Basic (approx. The 10-24mm has a lot of barrel distortion that would have been visible, but with Distortion Correction turned ON, they come straight out of the D500 with everything ruler-straight. No worries, just press the +/- button and dial-in whatever negative exposure compensation you need to make it look right. with battery and SD card, $1,497 or about $950 used if you know How to Win at eBay) and 35mm f/1.8 DX. I don't do this, but you can program a custom button to control the AF area mode (MENU > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > f1 Custom control assignment > (pick a button) > (choose either AF-area mode or AF-area mode + AF-ON). I can't vouch for ads below. The Nikon D500 is the long-awaited successor to the popular D300 APS-C DSLR camera, which was launched way back in 2007. In recent years it has been a very frustrating fact that, as a Nikon user, the only way to get a really high speed camera was to get a D4 or D4s. The touch screen works swell for zooming and scrolling, but you can't grab the navigation image and use it like Photoshop's navigator to scroll around the image as I would like. If you set the center button to Zoom, (MENU > f2 Multi selector center button > playback mode > zoom), the D500 zooms-in to the active AF area you used, bravo! If you want to use this, be sure to reset your camera's copyright information to your own. My favorite external flash is my SB-400, which is small, light, fast and powerful. The D5 is 2 FPS faster, but for sports, the DX sensor makes your lens 50% longer, so unless you do this for a living full time, this is Nikon's new best sports camera. The files are tiny, only about 60 kB each. And as far as moving on to FX, well we were already there shooting D4s, D800s, etc., but looking back to DX for the potential advantages that a smaller format, the high-performance body could bring to shooting wildlife and other action. Things improve when adding a vertical grip to each camera. x 4.5in. It's not that quiet. with battery and XQD card. The rear LCD doesn't mirror settings that show on the top LCD as you change them. Get the D750 for nature, portraits, interiors and landscapes. Interestingly, Nikon classifies the D500 as “enthusiast” rather than “professional”, placing it in the same camp as the D7200. Here we see the shiny new D500 next to the venerable old D300S. Of course, there is next-generation auto-focus which is functional down to an incredible -4 EV. I think in the end it was probably just myself, Thom Hogan and one or two others – the true believers. There was room at the top of the DX model lineup for a specialist camera and now we have it – the D400 D500. eBay is always a gamble, but all the other places always have the best prices and service, which is why I've used them since before this website existed. Here's a link to my BIN file with all my personal settings. (only the 8mm circle works with old manual-focus AI lenses.). If it's too dark to read easily, the D610 often just gives up and needs an AF illuminator, while all the other cameras focus easily without one. Nikon shares nothing with its competitors about lens compatibility, so if you want to buy a Tamron or Sigma, you're gambling that it will work with tomorrow's camera. MODE and ISO buttons swap locations compared to earlier Nikons. Exposure can vary, which is not good. The cropped-sensor is a long-lens advantage over the D5, unless you have birds posing for you five feet away. For most of us, our existing flashes we used with last year's Nikons will work the same way as optical masters and slaves as they always have. shot that sells, and an also-ran. By default it will identify your subject just about anywhere in the frame, grab it and focus on it. Red Mercedes 190 SL, 19 May 2016. have had to take, feel free to help me continue helping everyone. (1.0x magnification with 50mm telephoto lens. The D500 has great color and tone at any ISO up to and including 51,200! So the MB-D17 goes on and stays there. As ISO climbs, we lose grain in the wood, the sparkles in the grain on the right, and everything gets softer. Below are comparison shots with the D500 side-by-side with other Nikon DSLR cameras. All that matters is how hot and fast is the AF system and how quickly we can set the camera. I support my growing family through this website, as crazy as it might seem. Here are two pairs of samples, the first shot normally, and the second as it came from the D500. I'd get one used again today over anything else new. Playback is even easier than on other Nikons with the addition of the touch screen. You just can't take the chance of buying elsewhere, especially at any retail store, because non-USA versions have no warranty in the USA, and you won't even be able to get firmware or service for it — even if you're willing to pay out-of-pocket for it when you need it! The AF zones are indicated with black LCD boxes that will move all over as they track, or multiple boxes will indicate if a few are in focus at the same time. We have to buy a WR-R10 and WR-A10 adapter to attach the WR-R10 to the D5. Alle Rechte vorbehalten. At 10 frames per second this is Nikon's best DX camera ever for sports and action. However, once you add a vertical grip, the D500 approaches the size and weight of the D5. For sports, the 70-300mm VR is a full frame lens that focuses much faster than any of the DX lenses. You can't rally save anything, making these nearly useless. In these crops, I see a fine scratch in the wood to the bottom left of the clock disappear by ISO 100. Now all my fingers fit and when held vertically I actually find it slightly more comfortable than the MB-D17 on the D500. The 20MP D500 is Nikon's flagship APS-C format DSLR. It looks a lot better in person than in my photograph through it here; it's sharp and bright and everything is always completely legible in any light. A midsize flash like the SB-600 or SB-700 is way more than enough if you want to look more intimidating or need a lot of flash power all day long. This is superb; we rarely need to select AF areas manually. The serial number on the box should also match the serial number on your camera. Tilts up and down for shooting at odd angle, but doesn't swing around for self-portraits. with battery and SD card, $1,497 or about $950 used if you know How to Win at eBay) and 35mm f/1.8 DX. It's very popular and therefore hard to get. Also comes as a kit with 16-80mm VR lens: Shipping since late April 2016, and still hard to find as of July 2016. Battery life is excellent, especially if you've been slumming it with a mirrorless camera lately. Still, we'd recommend buying the D3500 with the 'VR' version of its kit lens … Z6ii vs. Z7ii which has better tonal gradation? This is what Nikon DSLRs are all about: you can't get better-looking images from any digital camera at any price. Superb high ISO performance and settings to ludicrous values as high as ISO 1,638,400 ("HI + 5"). Gallery Polished handling. This D500 is also Nikon's best for birds. The HDR (high dynamic range) mode works great, even hand-held. Brilliant AF system. Setting 1/4 for the slowest flash shutter speed (MENU > Custom Settings > e2) won't matter if you set 1/125 as the minimum Auto ISO shutter speed (MENU > Cameras > ISO Settings > Minimum shutter speed). The D7200 is just too small to feel really comfortable in my hand. Another way to get between Auto Area AF and a single AF point quickly is to reprogram the function of the Preview (or F1) buttons to immediate selection of the single AF-point mode. Bigger or camera-original file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display all the resolution properly). To control wireless flash, you have to use an appropriate flash on top of the D500 to work as an optical commander, or buy a WR-R10 to use as an outboard master wireless controller and a WR-A10 adapter to connect the WR-R10 to the D500's 10-pin remote terminal. If you're shooting sports, news and action and are already invested in Nikon lenses, this is the best body ever. Most cameras use many more invisible AF points to help out the ones you can see. Easy to program the D500 to enter Potential incompatibility with future cameras is one of the steep prices one pays for trying to save a few dollars yesterday on a cheap lens. It also takes too many menu clicks to recall these two different banks. This is typical. Nikon invented the world's first 3D Matrix through-the-lens flash system which set the world standard in this in 1992, but the D500 isn't as good. Given the choice, I'd pick the 7D Mk II any day. The D7200 is better for everything else due to it's better ergonomics that allow it to be set and adjusted to different shooting conditions faster with its programmable mode dial, as well as taking two normal SD cards. (760 g. or 1 lb., 10.9 oz.) Search Nikon D500 Review… I use "500" so I know they were shot on my D500. As I see it below, every ISO up to and including ISO 51,200 looks great. Settable high and low ISO limits as far as the camera goes: ISO 100 to 1,638,400 ("HI + 5")! You can select high or normal quality at all these, except only normal at 4K. The D5 is also compatible with CLS and CLS flashes and their optical wireless control systems. 4,272 × 2,848 (L), 3,200 × 2,136 (M), 2,128 × 1,424 (S). In that time we have seen an 11% increase in price for the top DX model versus a 30% price hike for the top FX model. There is a focus motor in the D500, so it works with every AF lens made since 1986. Initially delivered in spring 2016, this camera targets aspiring … 5,568 × 3,712 (L, 20.6 MP), 4,176 × 2,784 (M, 12MP), 2,784 × 1,856 (S, 5 MP). Nikon D500 final verdict. The exposure MODE button moves to the top left with the QUAL, WB and Metering buttons, and ISO moves to near the shutter button. I never did completely lose faith. Actual view through Nikon D500 viewfinder. It's great people like you who allow me to keep adding to this site full-time. PL provides various digital photography news, reviews, articles, tips, tutorials and guides to photographers of all levels, By John Lawson 154 CommentsLast Updated On July 2, 2020. by Jeremy Gray, Zig Weidelich, Dave Pardue, and Jaron Schneider Preview originally posted: 01/05/2016 Last edited: 06/23/2017 Updates: 05/03/2016: First Shots posted 05/18/2016: First Impressions & Gallery Images posted 05/24/2016: Image Quality Comparison & Print Quality posted 06/09/2016: Field Test posted 07/06/2016: Performance test results posted 08/26/2016: Review Conclusion posted 06/23/2017: Vi… Nikon would give us a legitimate successor to the D300S. Regardless of claiming 153 points, there are only as many selectable points as in any other camera. You can remove some of the modes you don't use to make it faster to select the ones you do; see Usage. The images are to scale giving an idea of the relative sizes. Feel free to download this into your computer to load into your D500, but know that it will make your D500 the same as mine, and mine is programmed to add my personal copyright information into the EXIF of every image. People who set up a multi-strobe shot in a fixed location use more powerful stand-mounted pro strobes, not these little shoe mount flashes. No news here; the finder is excellent as we expect. Even hand-held, HDR does a great job of naturally filling-in detail in the dark areas lost in the regular shot above, and keeps detail in the sky which was washed-out to white in the regular photo. The cards are properly formatted as "NIKON D500.". The metering module is very high resolution compared to the older cameras and is also far more capable in low light. Stills shot during video Now that Nikon added separate brightness settings for Live View or Playback and Menus, there sadly are more clicks required to change the brightness than ever before. This makes it take way too long to reset the camera for different scenarios, like people or places or things or sports as I use U1 and U2 settings on my other Nikons (or C1, C2 and C3 settings on my Canons). Easy to save and recall one complete camera state as a file on your memory card, but —. Nikon "SnapBridge" uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone or elsewhere for automatic uploads. (147mm x 114mm x 74mm), Single, Dynamic 25/72/153, 
3D-tracking, Auto-area,
 Group-area, UHD 3840 x 2160 30 fps,
 HD 1920 x 1080 60 fps, 6.3in. Disheartening is that there's no mode dial with custom-programmable camera presets as we can do on less expensive cameras like the D7200. Adorama pays top dollar for your used gear, especially the old D300s and every Nikon DSLR. At defaults, the D5 will shoot all day with no card, making you look like an idiot if it was a wedding and you shot it with an empty camera. Automatic ability to shoot-through flickering lighting (think fluorescent, mercury-vapor sports stadium lighting, LCD screens and dimmed LED lighting). Nikon D500, Auto Distortion Correction ON, Nikon 10-24mm at 10mm, f/3.5 at 1.8 at Auto ISO 160. bigger. I always appreciated the weightiness and solid feel of the D300/D300S. By contrast the D500 has a tall and deep, though slightly narrow, grip which is very comfortable. Get the D500 only if sports or birds are your thing; the D500 runs very fast, while the D750 has a much bigger sensor, better ergonomics and a built-in flash. It is significantly larger and heavier than the D7200 and absolutely dwarfs the D5500. Nikon D500 review – Introduction At a glance: 20.9-million-pixel DX sensor; ISO 50-1,640,000; 10fps shooting; 153 AF points; Back in 2007, Nikon unleashed a pair of DSLRs that … Nikon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. Nikon D500, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX, f/1.8 at 1/60, Auto ISO 20,000. The worst technical thing about the D500 is that the flash exposure isn't as consistent as I'd like. My D500 is slow 235 milliseconds per day, or 7.2 seconds per month. All the buttons on the top left and back left light up in white anytime you flick the power switch around the shutter button. This is often the difference between a WOW! Thanks to its excellent image quality, proven ergonomics and a superb autofocus system with a huge buffer, the Nikon D500 is a sports and wildlife photographers’ dream come true. To see the flash system's information, press the D500's INFO button twice. Heavy too, at around 1,400g or approaching double the weight of the D500. There is not quite enough to grab onto and my little finger feels like it’s about to fall off the bottom. The default Auto AF Area Select mode usually finds faces all by itself, or whatever else is our intended subject, and just focuses on it. page as helpful as a book you might have had to buy or a workshop you may 1:16) compression. It’s closely aligned to Nikon’s heavier ful… The biggest help is when you use any of these links when you get anything. Nikon D500 Review The Nikon D750 delivers pro-level performance at a reasonable asking price, making it our Editor's Choice for full-frame DSLRs under $2,500. 1/250s), Shutter Durability: Rated to 200,000 actuations, Continuous Capture: up to 10 fps, up to 3 fps in quiet continuous mode, Viewfinder: Pentaprism with 100% frame coverage and 1.0x magnification, LCD Screen: Tilting and touch-sensitive LCD, 3.2 inch, 2.36 million RGB dots, 1024 x 768 pixels, Metering: 180,000-pixel RGB sensor, -3 to +20 EV range, Autofocus System: Multi-CAM 20K with 153 focus points (55 selectable), AF modes: Single point, Dynamic 25, 72 or 153 point, 3D-tracking, Group-area, Auto-area, Movie: 3840 x 2160 (UHD) up to 30fps, 1920 x 1080 (HD) up to 60fps, H.264/MPEG-4 encoding, Connectivity: Wi-fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, HDMI out, Analog stereo audio in/out, Power: EN-EL15 Li-ion battery 14Wh, 1240 shots per charge (CIPA standard), Dimensions/weight: 5.8in. Usual optimal quality or fixed size options. Fine wood grain also softens by ISO 100. Canon 7D Mk II is a completely different camera. It has the same autofocus system as the top-of-the-line D5, which is fast and hot in any light. This D500 is Nikon's best DX sports camera because it's the fastest DX camera ever: 10 frames per second, it can shoot through the flicker of typical sports arena, pool and gymnasium lighting, and it shoots at ridiculously high ISOs like 51,200 and still looks great. x 6.3in. 29.595 oz. And with SnapBridge (Wi-Fi & Bluetooth), Nikon is making an attempt to provide wireless connectivity that is actually useful. Rated 26.9 oz. The D500 is the first consumer Nikon that's worthwhile considering for serious sports shooting. In AF-C (continuous) mode, it will track that subject all around the frame at its default settings. For my photography, I consider vertical grips essential and shooting the D500 vertically without one is something I find to be quite awkward to the point where I shoot less verticals, which is not a good thing. I do. Links For on-camera flash, I use my old SB-400 since it's small and light. The Nikon D500 camera body weighs around 870g (30 oz) including battery and XD card. There is no way to save immediate camera settings; the Custom Banks are re-written every time you set the camera with no way to lock them! The Review Nikon D500. Nikon now calls their remote wireless flash control system "Advanced Wireless Lighting," or AWL, which now works wirelessly either optically or by radio. The red lighting isn't very bright, you can't see the level at night, for instance. The charger is still poor, with nut one slowly blinking light to try to tell us everything that's going on, and a foolish cord and swiveling connector where there should simply be a folding plug. If you haven't helped yet, please do, and consider helping me with a gift of $5.00. The rear LCD has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which means that the top and bottom of the screen has black bars when showing images, which have an aspect ratio of 3:2. Be sure to press OK after making many settings, otherwise the D500 may choose to ignore the changes. If you can't be patient, you'll be like the people who wind up paying more than the new price a used one over eBay! You can use the D500 just like every other Nikon DSLR without a touch screen, or also use the screen if you like. Daylight, shade, incandescent, florescent or LED, it all looks flawless as shot on the D500. The Nikon D500 dSLR scores on almost all counts Fast and flexible, the Nikon D500 is one of the best dSLRs you can buy for under $2,000. You often have to hit OK after setting things, like MENU > Shooting > Image Area, otherwise the D500 ignores you. The first batch of cameras sold out rather quickly and at the time, specs on paper is all there was to go on. That's because your exposure caught the artificial lighting at an instant where it wasn't at full brightness — something the D500 and Canon 7D Mk II can now shoot around automatically. If you need ISO 51,200, use ISO 51,200. I'd also get it from B&H, who also has the kit with 16-80mm, or from Amazon (also as kit with lens) or from Crutchfield (also with lens), or get it used at eBay if you know How to Win at eBay. These file links do nothing on your computer. Quite frankly, on paper, the D500 looks like a dream. Some have commented that the US $2,000 price tag is a little steep. It defaults to an automatic mode that just works. 9. It has metal top, bottom, front and back covers. The wait for a modern, pro-grade, APS-C Nikon camera is over. The colors, tones, highlights, shadows and everything are superb. Home 3.5mm stereo audio input with plug-in power. The new "Subject and Background" Auto ISO option (MENU > CUSTOM > e4) lets us get brighter backgrounds with flash indoors by selecting higher Auto ISOs if it needs to. Perhaps surprisingly, the D500 is also larger and heavier than both the D610 and D750 FX bodies. Having to remove the vertical grip to get at the in-body battery is a small annoyance that comes with using the accessory grip. The D500 is a dream camera. Nikon D500 sensor has been tested by DxO Mark and got an overall score of 84 for its image quality. Chula Vista Nature Preserve, June 2016. bigger. Roll your mouse over this image to compare, or see the HDR image below if you have no mouse: Shot as HDR. 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Shares. It is not a comprehensive list by any means, but does pretty well illustrate the shared raison d’être of these two cameras. Probably most significant is the auto-focus joystick that Nikon calls the sub-selector, not to be confused with the standard circular multi-directional control that Nikon … x 3.2in. Thanks for helping me help you! I had actually hoped the new DX flagship would have an integrated grip mirroring the D5, but that was just wishful thinking. 79-frame buffer at these speeds, even in 14-bit uncompressed raw (with a fast enough card). CL (Continuous Low): selectable 1 to 9 FPS. "FLICKER" appears in black on the lower right of the image if the D500 detects and is tracking flicker through which to shoot. About On paper, at least it has 3 stops greater sensitivity. New "Subject and Background" mode (MENU > CUSTOM > e4) to give the D500 permission to jack up ISO to higher levels to get more detail in the backgrounds of indoor flash shots. You're always on your own with off-brand lenses like Sigma. The buttons on the top right and back right are still dark. I got my D500 as body-only from Adorama, who also has the kit with 16-80mm VR. The arrows at the bottom on playback select different frames. My biggest sticking points are ergonomic: with no U,1 U2 or U3 preset memory settings I prefer the D7200 or D750 because I need these modes to swap all my settings quickly as my shooting conditions change from people to places and things. I have yet to learn how to get consistently good flash exposures with my D500. The only people who work with Nikon's wireless system are people trying to shoot weddings with assistants to carry the other flashes around, and that's not me. Another important feature about Nikon D500… With continuous shooting speeds of 10 fps and a 200 shot buffer for Raw images, the camera is aimed squarely at action and fast-paced photographers … US versions include two printed manuals, one in English (shown on right) and uno en español (a la izquierda). The second card slot is now an XQD slot; we now have one SD card slot and one XQD card slot. What isn't as good is that it takes too many clicks to swap between the default Auto AF Area select mode mentioned above which I usually use, and the single AF-point mode I use when the Auto Select mode doesn't find my subject. Nikon D500 review Nikon's pro-quality DX format DSLR is a real class act By Digital Camera 13 October 2018. Nikon's best and fastest DX DSLR ever, 10 FPS. As a bonus, you can load an extra battery to help with “range anxiety”. Of that, I have no doubt. Panther Chameleon, 18 May 2016. About $950 used at eBay, if you know How to Win at eBay. 1:8) or Basic (approx. The 10-24mm has a lot of barrel distortion that would have been visible, but with Distortion Correction turned ON, they come straight out of the D500 with everything ruler-straight. No worries, just press the +/- button and dial-in whatever negative exposure compensation you need to make it look right. with battery and SD card, $1,497 or about $950 used if you know How to Win at eBay) and 35mm f/1.8 DX. I don't do this, but you can program a custom button to control the AF area mode (MENU > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > f1 Custom control assignment > (pick a button) > (choose either AF-area mode or AF-area mode + AF-ON). I can't vouch for ads below. The Nikon D500 is the long-awaited successor to the popular D300 APS-C DSLR camera, which was launched way back in 2007. In recent years it has been a very frustrating fact that, as a Nikon user, the only way to get a really high speed camera was to get a D4 or D4s. The touch screen works swell for zooming and scrolling, but you can't grab the navigation image and use it like Photoshop's navigator to scroll around the image as I would like. If you set the center button to Zoom, (MENU > f2 Multi selector center button > playback mode > zoom), the D500 zooms-in to the active AF area you used, bravo! If you want to use this, be sure to reset your camera's copyright information to your own. My favorite external flash is my SB-400, which is small, light, fast and powerful. The D5 is 2 FPS faster, but for sports, the DX sensor makes your lens 50% longer, so unless you do this for a living full time, this is Nikon's new best sports camera. The files are tiny, only about 60 kB each. And as far as moving on to FX, well we were already there shooting D4s, D800s, etc., but looking back to DX for the potential advantages that a smaller format, the high-performance body could bring to shooting wildlife and other action. Things improve when adding a vertical grip to each camera. x 4.5in. It's not that quiet. with battery and XQD card. The rear LCD doesn't mirror settings that show on the top LCD as you change them. Get the D750 for nature, portraits, interiors and landscapes. Interestingly, Nikon classifies the D500 as “enthusiast” rather than “professional”, placing it in the same camp as the D7200. Here we see the shiny new D500 next to the venerable old D300S. Of course, there is next-generation auto-focus which is functional down to an incredible -4 EV. I think in the end it was probably just myself, Thom Hogan and one or two others – the true believers. There was room at the top of the DX model lineup for a specialist camera and now we have it – the D400 D500. eBay is always a gamble, but all the other places always have the best prices and service, which is why I've used them since before this website existed. Here's a link to my BIN file with all my personal settings. (only the 8mm circle works with old manual-focus AI lenses.). If it's too dark to read easily, the D610 often just gives up and needs an AF illuminator, while all the other cameras focus easily without one. Nikon shares nothing with its competitors about lens compatibility, so if you want to buy a Tamron or Sigma, you're gambling that it will work with tomorrow's camera. MODE and ISO buttons swap locations compared to earlier Nikons. Exposure can vary, which is not good. The cropped-sensor is a long-lens advantage over the D5, unless you have birds posing for you five feet away. For most of us, our existing flashes we used with last year's Nikons will work the same way as optical masters and slaves as they always have. shot that sells, and an also-ran. By default it will identify your subject just about anywhere in the frame, grab it and focus on it. Red Mercedes 190 SL, 19 May 2016. have had to take, feel free to help me continue helping everyone. (1.0x magnification with 50mm telephoto lens. The D500 has great color and tone at any ISO up to and including 51,200! So the MB-D17 goes on and stays there. As ISO climbs, we lose grain in the wood, the sparkles in the grain on the right, and everything gets softer. Below are comparison shots with the D500 side-by-side with other Nikon DSLR cameras. All that matters is how hot and fast is the AF system and how quickly we can set the camera. I support my growing family through this website, as crazy as it might seem. Here are two pairs of samples, the first shot normally, and the second as it came from the D500. I'd get one used again today over anything else new. Playback is even easier than on other Nikons with the addition of the touch screen. You just can't take the chance of buying elsewhere, especially at any retail store, because non-USA versions have no warranty in the USA, and you won't even be able to get firmware or service for it — even if you're willing to pay out-of-pocket for it when you need it! The AF zones are indicated with black LCD boxes that will move all over as they track, or multiple boxes will indicate if a few are in focus at the same time. We have to buy a WR-R10 and WR-A10 adapter to attach the WR-R10 to the D5. Alle Rechte vorbehalten. At 10 frames per second this is Nikon's best DX camera ever for sports and action. However, once you add a vertical grip, the D500 approaches the size and weight of the D5. For sports, the 70-300mm VR is a full frame lens that focuses much faster than any of the DX lenses. You can't rally save anything, making these nearly useless. In these crops, I see a fine scratch in the wood to the bottom left of the clock disappear by ISO 100. Now all my fingers fit and when held vertically I actually find it slightly more comfortable than the MB-D17 on the D500. The 20MP D500 is Nikon's flagship APS-C format DSLR. It looks a lot better in person than in my photograph through it here; it's sharp and bright and everything is always completely legible in any light. A midsize flash like the SB-600 or SB-700 is way more than enough if you want to look more intimidating or need a lot of flash power all day long. This is superb; we rarely need to select AF areas manually. The serial number on the box should also match the serial number on your camera. Tilts up and down for shooting at odd angle, but doesn't swing around for self-portraits. with battery and SD card, $1,497 or about $950 used if you know How to Win at eBay) and 35mm f/1.8 DX. It's very popular and therefore hard to get. Also comes as a kit with 16-80mm VR lens: Shipping since late April 2016, and still hard to find as of July 2016. Battery life is excellent, especially if you've been slumming it with a mirrorless camera lately. Still, we'd recommend buying the D3500 with the 'VR' version of its kit lens … Z6ii vs. Z7ii which has better tonal gradation? This is what Nikon DSLRs are all about: you can't get better-looking images from any digital camera at any price. Superb high ISO performance and settings to ludicrous values as high as ISO 1,638,400 ("HI + 5"). Gallery Polished handling. This D500 is also Nikon's best for birds. The HDR (high dynamic range) mode works great, even hand-held. Brilliant AF system. Setting 1/4 for the slowest flash shutter speed (MENU > Custom Settings > e2) won't matter if you set 1/125 as the minimum Auto ISO shutter speed (MENU > Cameras > ISO Settings > Minimum shutter speed). The D7200 is just too small to feel really comfortable in my hand. Another way to get between Auto Area AF and a single AF point quickly is to reprogram the function of the Preview (or F1) buttons to immediate selection of the single AF-point mode. Bigger or camera-original file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display all the resolution properly). To control wireless flash, you have to use an appropriate flash on top of the D500 to work as an optical commander, or buy a WR-R10 to use as an outboard master wireless controller and a WR-A10 adapter to connect the WR-R10 to the D500's 10-pin remote terminal. If you're shooting sports, news and action and are already invested in Nikon lenses, this is the best body ever. Most cameras use many more invisible AF points to help out the ones you can see. Easy to program the D500 to enter Potential incompatibility with future cameras is one of the steep prices one pays for trying to save a few dollars yesterday on a cheap lens. It also takes too many menu clicks to recall these two different banks. This is typical. Nikon invented the world's first 3D Matrix through-the-lens flash system which set the world standard in this in 1992, but the D500 isn't as good. Given the choice, I'd pick the 7D Mk II any day. The D7200 is better for everything else due to it's better ergonomics that allow it to be set and adjusted to different shooting conditions faster with its programmable mode dial, as well as taking two normal SD cards. (760 g. or 1 lb., 10.9 oz.) Search Nikon D500 Review… I use "500" so I know they were shot on my D500. As I see it below, every ISO up to and including ISO 51,200 looks great. Settable high and low ISO limits as far as the camera goes: ISO 100 to 1,638,400 ("HI + 5")! You can select high or normal quality at all these, except only normal at 4K. The D5 is also compatible with CLS and CLS flashes and their optical wireless control systems. 4,272 × 2,848 (L), 3,200 × 2,136 (M), 2,128 × 1,424 (S). In that time we have seen an 11% increase in price for the top DX model versus a 30% price hike for the top FX model. There is a focus motor in the D500, so it works with every AF lens made since 1986. Initially delivered in spring 2016, this camera targets aspiring … 5,568 × 3,712 (L, 20.6 MP), 4,176 × 2,784 (M, 12MP), 2,784 × 1,856 (S, 5 MP). Nikon D500 final verdict. The exposure MODE button moves to the top left with the QUAL, WB and Metering buttons, and ISO moves to near the shutter button. I never did completely lose faith. Actual view through Nikon D500 viewfinder. It's great people like you who allow me to keep adding to this site full-time. PL provides various digital photography news, reviews, articles, tips, tutorials and guides to photographers of all levels, By John Lawson 154 CommentsLast Updated On July 2, 2020. by Jeremy Gray, Zig Weidelich, Dave Pardue, and Jaron Schneider Preview originally posted: 01/05/2016 Last edited: 06/23/2017 Updates: 05/03/2016: First Shots posted 05/18/2016: First Impressions & Gallery Images posted 05/24/2016: Image Quality Comparison & Print Quality posted 06/09/2016: Field Test posted 07/06/2016: Performance test results posted 08/26/2016: Review Conclusion posted 06/23/2017: Vi… Nikon would give us a legitimate successor to the D300S. Regardless of claiming 153 points, there are only as many selectable points as in any other camera. You can remove some of the modes you don't use to make it faster to select the ones you do; see Usage. The images are to scale giving an idea of the relative sizes. Feel free to download this into your computer to load into your D500, but know that it will make your D500 the same as mine, and mine is programmed to add my personal copyright information into the EXIF of every image. People who set up a multi-strobe shot in a fixed location use more powerful stand-mounted pro strobes, not these little shoe mount flashes. No news here; the finder is excellent as we expect. Even hand-held, HDR does a great job of naturally filling-in detail in the dark areas lost in the regular shot above, and keeps detail in the sky which was washed-out to white in the regular photo. The cards are properly formatted as "NIKON D500.". The metering module is very high resolution compared to the older cameras and is also far more capable in low light. Stills shot during video Now that Nikon added separate brightness settings for Live View or Playback and Menus, there sadly are more clicks required to change the brightness than ever before. This makes it take way too long to reset the camera for different scenarios, like people or places or things or sports as I use U1 and U2 settings on my other Nikons (or C1, C2 and C3 settings on my Canons). Easy to save and recall one complete camera state as a file on your memory card, but —. Nikon "SnapBridge" uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone or elsewhere for automatic uploads. (147mm x 114mm x 74mm), Single, Dynamic 25/72/153, 
3D-tracking, Auto-area,
 Group-area, UHD 3840 x 2160 30 fps,
 HD 1920 x 1080 60 fps, 6.3in. Disheartening is that there's no mode dial with custom-programmable camera presets as we can do on less expensive cameras like the D7200. Adorama pays top dollar for your used gear, especially the old D300s and every Nikon DSLR. At defaults, the D5 will shoot all day with no card, making you look like an idiot if it was a wedding and you shot it with an empty camera. Automatic ability to shoot-through flickering lighting (think fluorescent, mercury-vapor sports stadium lighting, LCD screens and dimmed LED lighting). Nikon D500, Auto Distortion Correction ON, Nikon 10-24mm at 10mm, f/3.5 at 1.8 at Auto ISO 160. bigger. I always appreciated the weightiness and solid feel of the D300/D300S. By contrast the D500 has a tall and deep, though slightly narrow, grip which is very comfortable. Get the D500 only if sports or birds are your thing; the D500 runs very fast, while the D750 has a much bigger sensor, better ergonomics and a built-in flash. It is significantly larger and heavier than the D7200 and absolutely dwarfs the D5500. Nikon D500 review – Introduction At a glance: 20.9-million-pixel DX sensor; ISO 50-1,640,000; 10fps shooting; 153 AF points; Back in 2007, Nikon unleashed a pair of DSLRs that … Nikon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. Nikon D500, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX, f/1.8 at 1/60, Auto ISO 20,000. The worst technical thing about the D500 is that the flash exposure isn't as consistent as I'd like. My D500 is slow 235 milliseconds per day, or 7.2 seconds per month. All the buttons on the top left and back left light up in white anytime you flick the power switch around the shutter button. This is often the difference between a WOW! Thanks to its excellent image quality, proven ergonomics and a superb autofocus system with a huge buffer, the Nikon D500 is a sports and wildlife photographers’ dream come true. To see the flash system's information, press the D500's INFO button twice. Heavy too, at around 1,400g or approaching double the weight of the D500. There is not quite enough to grab onto and my little finger feels like it’s about to fall off the bottom. The default Auto AF Area Select mode usually finds faces all by itself, or whatever else is our intended subject, and just focuses on it. page as helpful as a book you might have had to buy or a workshop you may 1:16) compression. It’s closely aligned to Nikon’s heavier ful… The biggest help is when you use any of these links when you get anything. Nikon D500 Review The Nikon D750 delivers pro-level performance at a reasonable asking price, making it our Editor's Choice for full-frame DSLRs under $2,500. 1/250s), Shutter Durability: Rated to 200,000 actuations, Continuous Capture: up to 10 fps, up to 3 fps in quiet continuous mode, Viewfinder: Pentaprism with 100% frame coverage and 1.0x magnification, LCD Screen: Tilting and touch-sensitive LCD, 3.2 inch, 2.36 million RGB dots, 1024 x 768 pixels, Metering: 180,000-pixel RGB sensor, -3 to +20 EV range, Autofocus System: Multi-CAM 20K with 153 focus points (55 selectable), AF modes: Single point, Dynamic 25, 72 or 153 point, 3D-tracking, Group-area, Auto-area, Movie: 3840 x 2160 (UHD) up to 30fps, 1920 x 1080 (HD) up to 60fps, H.264/MPEG-4 encoding, Connectivity: Wi-fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, HDMI out, Analog stereo audio in/out, Power: EN-EL15 Li-ion battery 14Wh, 1240 shots per charge (CIPA standard), Dimensions/weight: 5.8in. Usual optimal quality or fixed size options. Fine wood grain also softens by ISO 100. Canon 7D Mk II is a completely different camera. It has the same autofocus system as the top-of-the-line D5, which is fast and hot in any light. This D500 is Nikon's best DX sports camera because it's the fastest DX camera ever: 10 frames per second, it can shoot through the flicker of typical sports arena, pool and gymnasium lighting, and it shoots at ridiculously high ISOs like 51,200 and still looks great. x 6.3in. 29.595 oz. And with SnapBridge (Wi-Fi & Bluetooth), Nikon is making an attempt to provide wireless connectivity that is actually useful. Rated 26.9 oz. The D500 is the first consumer Nikon that's worthwhile considering for serious sports shooting. In AF-C (continuous) mode, it will track that subject all around the frame at its default settings. For my photography, I consider vertical grips essential and shooting the D500 vertically without one is something I find to be quite awkward to the point where I shoot less verticals, which is not a good thing. I do. Links For on-camera flash, I use my old SB-400 since it's small and light. The Nikon D500 camera body weighs around 870g (30 oz) including battery and XD card. There is no way to save immediate camera settings; the Custom Banks are re-written every time you set the camera with no way to lock them! The Review Nikon D500. Nikon now calls their remote wireless flash control system "Advanced Wireless Lighting," or AWL, which now works wirelessly either optically or by radio. The red lighting isn't very bright, you can't see the level at night, for instance. The charger is still poor, with nut one slowly blinking light to try to tell us everything that's going on, and a foolish cord and swiveling connector where there should simply be a folding plug. If you haven't helped yet, please do, and consider helping me with a gift of $5.00. The rear LCD has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which means that the top and bottom of the screen has black bars when showing images, which have an aspect ratio of 3:2. Be sure to press OK after making many settings, otherwise the D500 may choose to ignore the changes. If you can't be patient, you'll be like the people who wind up paying more than the new price a used one over eBay! You can use the D500 just like every other Nikon DSLR without a touch screen, or also use the screen if you like. Daylight, shade, incandescent, florescent or LED, it all looks flawless as shot on the D500. The Nikon D500 dSLR scores on almost all counts Fast and flexible, the Nikon D500 is one of the best dSLRs you can buy for under $2,000. You often have to hit OK after setting things, like MENU > Shooting > Image Area, otherwise the D500 ignores you. The first batch of cameras sold out rather quickly and at the time, specs on paper is all there was to go on. That's because your exposure caught the artificial lighting at an instant where it wasn't at full brightness — something the D500 and Canon 7D Mk II can now shoot around automatically. If you need ISO 51,200, use ISO 51,200. I'd also get it from B&H, who also has the kit with 16-80mm, or from Amazon (also as kit with lens) or from Crutchfield (also with lens), or get it used at eBay if you know How to Win at eBay. These file links do nothing on your computer. Quite frankly, on paper, the D500 looks like a dream. Some have commented that the US $2,000 price tag is a little steep. It defaults to an automatic mode that just works. 9. It has metal top, bottom, front and back covers. The wait for a modern, pro-grade, APS-C Nikon camera is over. The colors, tones, highlights, shadows and everything are superb. Home 3.5mm stereo audio input with plug-in power. The new "Subject and Background" Auto ISO option (MENU > CUSTOM > e4) lets us get brighter backgrounds with flash indoors by selecting higher Auto ISOs if it needs to. Perhaps surprisingly, the D500 is also larger and heavier than both the D610 and D750 FX bodies. Having to remove the vertical grip to get at the in-body battery is a small annoyance that comes with using the accessory grip. The D500 is a dream camera. Nikon D500 sensor has been tested by DxO Mark and got an overall score of 84 for its image quality. Chula Vista Nature Preserve, June 2016. bigger. Roll your mouse over this image to compare, or see the HDR image below if you have no mouse: Shot as HDR.

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