Nikon D500 Review

Overall 41
Imaging 14
Features 97
Size 69
Price 0

Main Features

  • 21.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expands to 50 - 1640000)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 147 x 115 x 81 mm
  • Weight: 860 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon D300S. Compare

Nikon D500 Summary

This review is devoted to D500 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jan 05, 2016. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 21.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Nikon released to replace their older product D300S. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Nikon D500 vs. D300S

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #112 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #812 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D500 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.0
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 153
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 99
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Dust Proof: Yes
  • Battery Life: 1240 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1324

Complete Comparison of Nikon D500 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D500

Nikon D500 has the following external dimensions 147 x 147 x 81 mm (57.87 x 45.28 x 31.89″) with the weight of 860 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon D500, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D500 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 81mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon D500 — 1240 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Nikon D500 — 81 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D500 — 860 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Nikon D500‘s body is protected from dust with its high-quality dustproof feature.

Unfortunately, Nikon D500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Nikon D500 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D500 boasts of a resolution of 21.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon D500 has the following ISO range 100 - 51200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 1640000.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D500 features a 21.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D500, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 83 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D500’s sensor.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D500 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D500

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D500 is equipped with a Tilting 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 2,359k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D500 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.66x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D500 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, D500 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Nikon D500 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 153 points.

In addition, D500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D500 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon D500 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of D500.

In addition, Nikon D500 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon D500 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Nikon D500 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, D500 is equipped with its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect D500 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D500 provides a shooting life of 1240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Nikon D500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 1240 shots.

How Good is Nikon D500 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D500 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D500 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (21 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D500 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1240 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (147 x 115 x 81 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D500 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D500 can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (153)
  • Big Number of CrossFocus Points (99)
  • Big battery life (1240 shots)
  • Big size (147 x 115 x 81 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)

Nikon D500 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (860 g)
  • Big size (147 x 115 x 81 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Nikon D500 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D500 can be called a 97 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.0)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (21 MP)

Nikon D500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D500
Announced Jan 05, 2016
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 2,359k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.66
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial Yes
AF-Area Yes
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 83
DxO Color Depth 24.0
DxO Dynamic Range 14.0
DxO Low Light ISO 1324
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 21.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5568 x 3712
Max Native ISO 51,200
Max Boosted ISO 1,640,000
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 153
Number of Cross Focus Points 99
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 860 g
Physical Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Battery Life 1240 shots
Battery Type 1240 shots
Battery Model EN-EL15
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type XQD/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
Storage Slots 2

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