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Nikon D500 Review Summary

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

Nikon D500 Assessment

The Nikon D500 is an unexpected entry into the digital camera market. It appears as a full-frame sized and priced APS-C DSLR that justifies its existence by an unrivaled 153-point Phase-Detect AF system and 10 FPS continuous drive that can sustain 200 frames, be them JPEG or RAW. This camera creates a new choice between speed and image-quality.

Nikon created the D500 with a new 20 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 processor to deliver unprecedented sensitivity, speed and throughput to APS-C class digital cameras. With an expanded ISO range of 50-1,638,400, and an AF system sensitive to -4 EV, the D500 leads in low-light performance and is built with night photography in mind, having illuminated controls, a backlit status LCD and built-in viewfinder shutter.

Image quality of the Nikon D500 is class-leading, besting the previous champion when it comes to image-noise and matching it in dynamic-range. Its rendering engine is produces superb images with good sharpness, natural colors, saturation and contrast. Only metering and Auto White-Balance could use improvements yet are easy issues to overcome.

Ergonomically, the D500 clearly inherited Nikon DNA, making it instantly familiar. While keeping all key controls efficient with its dual control-dials and high number of external controls, this is a camera with a huge feature set, much of it remains accessible only within the lengthy menu system. Still, exposure parameters and focus are a breeze to change. The newly introduced tilting LCD mechanism casts some doubt on the durability of this camera compared to other professional offerings.

The Nikon D500 delivers an excellent performance on all fronts. A critical eye can find imperfections yet this is true of anything. The key consideration with the D500 is a choice between this speedy APS-C or an even higher image-quality yet slower full-frame, both available for nearly the same price.

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PROS CONS
Clean JPEG images Metering issues
Exceptional dynamic-range until ISO 800 Poor Automatic White-Balance in low-light
Ultra-fast autofocus with nearly total coverage Some key features buried in Menu
Extremely sensitive AF Bizarre Auto ISO
Fast continuous drive with deep buffer Poor Live-view implementation
Highly responsive 1.5X crop for 4K
Ultra-short black-out Flex in LCD hinge
Good color-accuracy Bulky for APS-C
Flexible self-timer and exposure delay Asymmetric memory-cards slots
Built-in OVF shutter Short battery-life
Illuminated controls Full-Frame Price
Manual focus assist direction indicator
Excellent +Excellent + Excellent +

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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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