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Nikon D500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 313 reviews of Nikon D500. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The screen and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the battery and portability. Many are less positive about the memory and contrast.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon D500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon D500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Nikon D500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the usability and portability. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the reliability and design.

performance, image quality, size, portability, usability

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D500 Body AF-S DX 16-80 Kit Digital CameraNikon D500 Body AF-S DX 16-80 Kit Digital Camera

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon D500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Nikon D500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the low light performance and screen. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the storage and connectivity.

performance, usability, image quality, screen, low-light

portability, connectivity, storage

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only)Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only)

Jul, 2018

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : David Elrich (digitaltrends.com)

Nikon D500 review

 

Nikon's D500 is the best enthusiast DSLR ever built.

Camera reviewers tend to get jaded as we play with the latest toys all the time, often questioning whether a new product is as good as a company claims. Well, Nikon has certainly delivered a lot with the new D500. Given the quality of the stills, it...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Nikon D500 review

 

After 6 years neglecting the power APS-C action photographer, Nikon released the mostly impressive D500 dSLR, the little sister to the pro full-frame D5 . With the same autofocus and metering systems as that model, a high-sensitivity 20.9-megapixel...

The Nikon D500 is fast with excellent continuous-shooting and autofocus performance, its 4K video support is a welcome novelty for its dSLR price class and, of course, there's the great photo quality.

Terrible wireless file-transfer and remote-control app, and its Live View (contrast) autofocus could use a boost.

There's tons to like about the Nikon D500, from its fast shooting and excellent image quality to its broad feature set and streamlined design. But it still falls short with its Live View autofocus and seriously subpar wireless file transfer and...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review

 

The Nikon D500 is a 21MP DSLR that shares most of its key features with Nikon's flagship D5, but packs them into a smaller APS-C format body. The long-awaited successor to the D300S, the D500 is Nikon's most professional DX-format camera ever and, with...

by Richard Butler

May, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Nikon D500

 

The Nikon D500 puts the company's finest autofocus system in a tough, compact SLR body that will please demanding enthusiasts and pros alike.

Solid build. Advanced, edge-to-edge autofocus system. 10fps capture with tracking focus. Large buffer for extended shooting. Superb high ISO image quality. Clean HDMI output. Excellent control layout. Tilting touch-screen LCD. Dust- and...

Snapbridge wireless transfer needs some work. 4K video is cropped. Omits built-in flash.

Conclusions It took Nikon a long time to bring the D500 to market, but it's here, and it's an outstanding performer. Image quality is as good as you'll get from an APS-C camera, the autofocus system is top-notch, 4K video capture is available, and the...

May, 2016

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon D500 DSLR

 

When looking at the Nikon D500, you might expect it to be a much more expensive camera. It has great performance speeds, plenty of manual control dials, a high resolution tiltable LCD that has touch capabilities, and a high quality viewfinder. But the...

Contains many features you'd expect to find on a more expensive DSLR ; High ISO performance is outstanding versus others in this price range ; Image quality is very good across a range of photographic conditions ; Camera's performance is very fast in...

APS-C sized image sensor can't quite match full frame sensors in image quality ; D500 carries a high price tag versus other intermediate DSLRs ; No built-in flash unit ; Menu interface needs to be upgraded and be more graphical to take advantage of...

When looking at the Nikon D500, you might expect it to be a much more expensive camera. It has great performance speeds, plenty of manual control dials, a high resolution tiltable LCD that has touch capabilities, and a high quality viewfinder. But the...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Nikon D500

 

Nikon D500 DX-Format Flagship D-SLR : Nikon recently introduced the D500, a DX-format Digital SLR camera with pro-level features that gives photographers nimble handling, speed and extreme processing power in a compact and lightweight body. With...

The Nikon D500 Flagship D-SLR will be available in March 2016 for a suggested retail price of $1,999.95 for the body-only configuration. A Nikon D500 kit version will also be available, bundled with the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR...

Jan, 2016

Essential

Expert review by : Amy Davies (photographyblog.com)

Nikon D500 Review

 

The D500 is Nikon's new flagship DX-format (APS-C) camera. We were waiting a long time for Nikon to produce an update for the D300S, so much so that it has skipped a number and gone straight to D500.

We were kept waiting a long time for the Nikon D500, but boy does it seem like it was worth the wait.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Jeremy Gray (imaging-resource.com)

Nikon D500 Review

 

While not a compact DSLR, the Nikon D500 offers a lot of imaging capabilities in its rugged, pro-oriented camera body. It also has a very good 153-point AF system, fast continuous shooting performance and 4K UHD video recording, making it one of the...

Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

While not a compact DSLR, the Nikon D500 offers a lot of imaging capabilities in its rugged, pro-oriented camera body. It also has a very good 153-point AF system, fast continuous shooting performance and 4K UHD video recording, making it one of the...

Jun, 2017

Recommended

Expert review by : Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com)

Nikon D500 review

 

The Nikon D500 is a professional DSLR with a 20 Megapixel APSC / DX format sensor. Announced in January 2016 alongside the full-frame D5, it brings many of the features of the flagship body to a comparatively smaller, lighter and more affordable form...

Very good quality images from 20 Megapixel APSC sensor ; 153-point AF system with very broad coverage and auto fine-tuning ; 10fps shooting with deep buffer, especially with XQD cards ; Large, bright viewfinder with LCD overlays ; Tough weatherproof...

Poor movie autofocus, no focus peaking, no 1080 above 60p ; Very basic smartphone remote control ; SnapBridge bottleneck when shooting bursts or copying 20MP images ; 4k video involves a tight 1.5x crop - a total field reduction of 2.25x ; No truly...

The D500 marks Nikon's welcome return to the high-end APSC DSLR market. It's been a considerable six and a half years since its predecessor the D300s, leading many to believe Nikon had abandoned this category, conceding it to Canon's EOS 7D series....

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

Nikon D500 Now In Stock

 

B&H has the new Nikon D500 in stock and now shipping. For now, only the D500 kit with the 16-80mm lens is listed as in stock (the body-only is still listed as a pre-order). Check it out here at…

B&H has the new Nikon D500 in stock and now shipping. For now, only the D500 kit with the 16-80mm lens is listed as in stock (the body-only is still listed as a pre-order). Check it out here at B&H Photo.

May, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:PCM
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):1240
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:EN-EL15
Power source type:Battery

Camera

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
Anti-dust function:Y
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, RAW / DCF 2.0,Exif 2.3,RAW
Camera playback:Highlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-2 - 1
Dioptre correction:Y / Yes
Direct printing:Y / Yes
Eye Relief:0.63
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating / Resizing, Rotating, Trimming
Image processor:EXPEED 5
Languages support:ARA, BEN, BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SER, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, BEN, BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, FIN, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, Portuguese, Romanian, RUS, SER, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, BEN, BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, Danish, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, JPN, KOR, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, THA, TUR, UKR
Live view:Y / Yes
Orientation sensor:N
Photo effects:Black&White, Mirror, Neutral, Vivid / Black&White, Neutral, Vivid
Scene modes:Landscape
Self-timer:2,5,10,20
Self-timer delay:2,5,10,20
Tripod mountable:Y / Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Direct sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent

Certificates

Certification:CE

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3.2
Display Diagonal (metric):3.15
Display resolution (numeric):2359000
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y
Vari-angle LCD display:Y / Yes

Flash

Flash exposure compensation:Y / Yes
Flash exposure correction:-3EV - +1EV (1/3
Flash modes:Auto, High-speed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Auto, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Red-eye reduction, second curtain synchro
Flash sync-speed:1/250
Shoe mounting point:Y

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock:Y / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:153
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter size:2.83
Focal length range (f-f):0.63 - 3.15 / 0.709 - 15.7
Lens mount interface:Nikon F
Lens structure:17/13
Lens structure (elements/groups):16/11 / 17/13
Maximum aperture number:32 / 40
Minimum aperture number:2.8 / 3.5
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of diaphragm blades:7
Optical Zoom:5

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock:Y / Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 51200
ISO sensitivity (max):51200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Highlight-weighted, Matrix, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC, XQD / SD,SDHC,SDXC,XQD
Memory slots:2

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1
Data network:No / Not supported
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

USB connectivity:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included:Y
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:HDMI,USB
Carrying case:Y
Wrist strap included:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, NEF, TIF / JPG,NEF,RAW,TIF / JPG,NEF,TIF
Image sensor size (W x H):0.925 x 0.618
Image Stabilizer:N / No / Y / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:5568 x 3712
Megapixel:20.9
Motion detection function:Y
Sensor Format:DX
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):(L) 5568 x 3712, (M) 4176 x 2784, (S) 2784 x 1856 / (L) 5568 x 3712\n\n(M) 4176 x 2784\n\n(S) 2784 x 1856
Total megapixels:21.51 / 21.56

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB version:3.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Image processor:EXPEED 5
Self-timer:Y / Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum video resolution:3840 x 2160
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@25fps, 3840x2160@30fps / 1920x1080@24fps,1920x1080@25fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@50fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@24fps,3840x2160@25fps,3840x2160@30fps / 1920x1080@24fps,1920x1080@25fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@50fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@25fps,3840x2160@30fps / 3840x2160@24fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@25fps, 3840x2160@30fps
Video formats supported:H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Optical
Magnification:1
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.19
Height:4.53
Lens diameter:3.15
Lens length:3.37
Lens weight:16.9
Weight:26.8
Weight (including battery):30.3
Width:5.79