Nikon D500 DSLR 2020 Detailed Review & its Benefits.
Nikon D500 DSLR: It’s not Nikon culture to release multiple flagship products at once, but it seems like they’ve held out for a few years and effectively changed that by releasing the newest D5 and D500 respectively.
As you can imagine, these are packed full of new features and we’re going to share our experience to help address some of the most common concerns.
What’s the Nikon D500 DSLR?
At first glance, it may seem unimposing—but contained within a streamlined camera body is a veritable powerhouse of processing power and technological advances.
The D500 is ready to go wherever your passion leads you, capturing everything with stunning clarity, speed and resolution. From busy, low-light cityscapes to thrilling wildlife scenes and fast action shots, the D500 is the ideal companion to your wanderlust.
Marvel at the clarity of its cinematic 4K UHD video.
And, once you’ve captured your gorgeous photos, admire them on the D500’s high-resolution tilt touchscreen display and share them via the built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth) capabilities.
No matter what you shoot, you can be sure that the D500 will be up to the task, time and time again.
20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 5 Image Processor
The DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor is paired with the EXPEED 5 image processor to provide an esteemed mixture of high sensitivity, nuanced image quality, and fast overall performance.
At native values, a sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200 permits working in a broad array of lighting conditions, an can be further expanded to ISO 50-1640000 (Lo 1 to Hi 5) to handle the most challenging of situations.
The mixture of resolution and sensor size also contributes to clean image quality and smooth color transitions with reduced noise throughout the sensitivity range.
In addition to benefitting image quality, the EXPEED 5 processor also affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system.
4K UHD Video Recording
Capable of recording more than just stills, the D500 supports 4K UHD video recording at 30, 25, and 24 fps frame rates and Full HD/HD recording at up to 60 fps.
As with still shooting, the wide range of sensitivities is available for recording in low- and bright-light conditions.
Also, a video-optimized Flat Picture Control mode can be used during recording to flatten the overall contrast curve for more control during post-production and color grading.
Supporting a wealth of sharing and tagging possibilities, the D500 features built-in SnapBridge Wi-Fi connectivity to enable seamless transfer of imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities.
BLE – Bluetooth Low Energy technology enables the communication between the camera and a smart device. Additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera.
The D500 does most things well most of the time. The vast majority of images are well-exposed, have attractive, accurate colors and are sharp. Video quality is also high.
Examining images in more detail reveals that its low-light performance is very good within its native sensitivity range.
Images taken at the lower sensitivity settings have lots of detail, achieving excellent scores in our resolution tests.
This colored speckling becomes more obvious from ISO 25,600, but it’s well within acceptable limits.
One surprising fact about the D500 is that its APS-C format sensor has 20.9 million effective pixels.
The D5, announced at the same time, has 20.8 million pixels on its full-frame sensor, and the two cameras use the same sensor architecture.
- 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 5 Image Processor
- 3.2″ 2539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
- Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
- Native ISO 51200, Extend to ISO 1640000
- 10-fps Shooting for up to 200 Frames
- Built-In Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
- 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
- In-Camera Time Lapse, up to 9999 Frames
The short answer is yes. It’s been almost a decade since Nikon first released its predecessor, the D300 and there won’t be a better time to upgrade considering it offers 4K UDH shooting. If you’re considering a new DX flagship, the D500 can’t be beaten because it seems to be as good as it gets.