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Nikon D500 Indoor Crops

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts XQD memory.Accepts XQD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

Indoor Crops

The Nikon D500 offers the best-in-class ISO range among APS-C digital cameras, covering ISO 50 to a stellar 1,638,400! No APS-C sensor before it could reach above ISO 204,800, although the Pentax K-P offers a maximum of ISO 819,200 now.

All images below are 100% unmodified crops from the Nikon D500. ISO, aperture and Custom White-Balance were fixed in-camera and noise-reduction was turned off. As usual, the camera was calibrated to produce the highest and most realistic image quality it can achieve.

Here the Nikon D500 is compared to the current low-light champion of APS-C cameras, the already 5-year old Pentax K-5 IIs. Newer models have come but the increase of megapixels means smaller pixels and that translates into increased noise until technology gains cancel the difference out.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on this camera. As image noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Nikon D500 Pentax K5 IIs

ISO 50

ISO 50

ISO 100

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 6400

ISO 12800

ISO 12800

ISO 25600

ISO 25600

ISO 51200

ISO 51200

ISO 102400

The Nikon D500 and Pentax K5 IIs started even in terms of image noise but as ISO increases, the Nikon D500 is slowly taking the lead. By ISO 51200, it has a full-stop advantage.

Note that even with Noise-Reduction turned off, there is softness creeping into images from the D500, probably reduced at the sensor-level.


ISO 204800

Sensitivies starting at ISO 204,800 are just for bragging rights. Images are useless from here on. Even the previous ISO 102400 is of limited use.


ISO 409600

ISO 819200

ISO 1638400
Nikon D500
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By on 2017/08/15
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Nikon D500 Facts

SLR digital camera
20 Megapixels DSLRISO 50-1640000
Nikon F Mount
1.5X FLM

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/8000-30s
100% Coverage
Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
2 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
10 FPS Drive, 200 ImagesStereo audio input
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3.2" LCD 2.4 MegapixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
XQD
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