D500by Nikon

  • D500
  • D500
  • D500
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A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
94%
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PROS

  • The D500's SnapBridge feature leverages Bluetooth LE for easy wireless transfer and sharing of photos to mobile devices.
  • The camera comes with ports galore: flash sync, remote control, headphone, microphone, USB 3.0, and HDMI. You'll also find one slot each for SD and XQD memory cards.
  • Advanced photographers will enjoy the ability to work with uncompressed RAW and TIFF files.

CONS

  • The MSRP is for the body only. There is no integrated lens, so lenses must be purchased separately.
  • While the body is rugged and weatherized, it is also weighty at almost 2 pounds.
  • This camera is devoid of sensor-based image stabilization, although at least 84 of the Nikon and third-party lenses that can be used with it come with their own optical image-stabilization systems.
For photo enthusiasts who want to buy a top notch DSLR camera without breaking the bank, Nikon's D500 could easily fill the bill. Unlike Nikon's much pricier D5 model, the D500 is not a full-frame camera, but its APS-C sensor enables the 10 frames-per-second burst speed needed in sports, wildlife, and action photography. Nikon combines the high speed with the same 158-point autofocus system that's in the D5, making it simple to track subjects through those 10 fps bursts. This camera is also loaded with features targeted at enthusiasts, including a tilting LCD screen and a professional-grade drive/mode exposure knob.
NameD500Cyber-shot RX1R IIEOS 7D Mark IILumix DMC-GX8K-S2
ManufacturerNikonSonyCanonPanasonicPentax
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The D500 offers an excellent 10 fps, and with an APS-C sensor, is much more affordable than the D5. That fast burst speed can take as many a…

The D500 offers an excellent 10 fps, and with an APS-C sensor, is much more affordable than the D5. That fast burst speed can take as many as 79 RAW files in a row, which is quite impressive.That fast speed is paired with the same 158 point autofocus system that's in the D5, so tracking moving subjects through those 10 fps bursts is much easier.

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96%

If you are an enthusiast photographer looking for something which offers a heck of a lot of features, then the D500 is the ultimate camera f…

If you are an enthusiast photographer looking for something which offers a heck of a lot of features, then the D500 is the ultimate camera for you.

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Nikon D500 doesn't have a sensor based image stabilization system but 84...lenses already comes with optical image stabilization. There are …

Nikon D500 doesn't have a sensor based image stabilization system but 84...lenses already comes with optical image stabilization. There are also 40 lenses with weather sealing for D500 that you can couple with its weather sealed body.

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The Nikon D500 is weather sealed and feels extremely well built, with a good sized handgrip, with ample rubber covering to provide a grippy …

The Nikon D500 is weather sealed and feels extremely well built, with a good sized handgrip, with ample rubber covering to provide a grippy surface to make sure you have a firm hold of the camera. The camera has a very good battery life of 1240 shots according to CIPA test standards, and an optional battery grip is available which will extend the battery life to 2510 shot ...

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At 10 FPS, this is Nikon's best DX camera ever for sports and action. The D5 is 2 FPS faster, but for sports, the DX sensor makes your lens …

At 10 FPS, this is Nikon's best DX camera ever for sports and action. The D5 is 2 FPS faster, but for sports, the DX sensor makes your lens 50% longer, so unless you do this for a living full time, this is Nikon's new best sports camera.

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In 2009, Nikon gave the D300 a cursory upgrade by way of the D300S, which added video recording capabilities and a few specification upgrade…

In 2009, Nikon gave the D300 a cursory upgrade by way of the D300S, which added video recording capabilities and a few specification upgrades.In the over six years since, amateurs and professionals alike have been wondering, "Where's the D400? Where's the next pro-level, high-performance APS-C DSLR from Nikon?" Well, you can stop wondering because the Nikon D500 has arrived.

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It incorporates the same new autofocus and metering systems that debuted in the D5, and a new 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers a max…

It incorporates the same new autofocus and metering systems that debuted in the D5, and a new 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers a maximum sensitivity of ISO 1,640,000 -- highest in its price range, though the camera's native range stops at ISO 51200. The large tilting touchscreen and 4K video support are great perks, and Nikon has introduced Bluetooth (to improve connection persistence) into its bag of connectivity tricks.

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From its deep grip and meaty shutter release to its expertly positioned buttons, this camera just feels right. D300s owners and other season…

From its deep grip and meaty shutter release to its expertly positioned buttons, this camera just feels right. D300s owners and other seasoned Nikonians should adapt instantaneously to this model.

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While some may be a little disappointed that the D500 doesn't have 24 million pixels on its sensor like Nikon's other recent DX format SLRs,…

While some may be a little disappointed that the D500 doesn't have 24 million pixels on its sensor like Nikon's other recent DX format SLRs, the rest of its specification is very impressive and it's likely to prove particularly attractive to sports and action photographers.

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It's got more than enough smarts to stand out beyond the Canon EOS 70D, as the kind of prosumer top-end camera many will have been waiting f…

It's got more than enough smarts to stand out beyond the Canon EOS 70D, as the kind of prosumer top-end camera many will have been waiting for. It's far quicker than the top-end compact system camera stock too, without the bulk associated with a giant full-frame camera, ...

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While the full-frame D5 is Nikon’s flagship SLR, the D500 is the company’s highest level DX format model and it’s aimed at professional and …

While the full-frame D5 is Nikon’s flagship SLR, the D500 is the company’s highest level DX format model and it’s aimed at professional and enthusiast photographers who want a smaller, lighter alternative to a full-frame model and/or the focal length magnification of the APS-C/DX format sensor.

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The main focus of the D500 is 4K footage but the camera also delivers some great Full HD footage and related features, with an included buil…

The main focus of the D500 is 4K footage but the camera also delivers some great Full HD footage and related features, with an included built-in electronic vibration reduction system for shooting in all angles and the ability to capture full HD video at 60 frames per second for 30 minutes as well

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Nikon’s autofocus and, in particular, its focus tracking, have become very impressive in recent years but the D500 takes this further.

Nikon’s autofocus and, in particular, its focus tracking, have become very impressive in recent years but the D500 takes this further.

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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…

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 factor, and is aimed at sports, wildlife and event photographers.

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This release is the epitome for DX quality because it delivers on all fronts: AF ability, speed, endurance, build quality, practical value, …

This release is the epitome for DX quality because it delivers on all fronts: AF ability, speed, endurance, build quality, practical value, video. ... Finally, we recommend it for professional photographers who are in it for the long haul. The D500 won’t lose value any time soon and it might be another decade before something of similar capacity comes out.

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