Nikon D500 DSLR Camera Body

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Meet the new DX flagship, the Nikon D500. 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. Be amazed at its ruggedness and versatility. 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*2 (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.

 

YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL COMPANION

The sleek and beautiful D500 goes anywhere you go, bringing along stunning resolution and performance. Packing a lot of power into a smaller camera body thanks to its DX sensor, means you can take advantage of the smaller and lighter DX lenses in the NIKKOR line—and when you’re travelling, every gram counts. The best part is, there’s no need to sacrifice image quality to gain portability. The D500 strikes the perfect balance with its 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is ready to capture the exquisite details, colours, and textures this world has to offer. With the D500 at your side—whether you’re hiking through the lush landscapes of New Zealand or on safari in Africa—it will be ready to go, effortless and unobtrusive.


UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL WITH NIKKOR LENSES

Like every Nikon DSLR, the D500 is best paired with legendary NIKKOR lenses which provide unequalled clarity and versatility. The NIKKOR legacy is unmatched—there's a reason over 95 million have been sold to date. Each lens offers a different view from which to capture your memories. Shooting landscapes or portraiture? The fast AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR could prove to be your best friend. Or, extend your range with the lightweight AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II, ideal for shooting sports, parades or distant architecture. No matter your choice, pairing the Nikon D500 with renowned NIKKOR lenses is a recipe for success.

 

BURSTING WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY

The new D500 is a technical marvel, the fruit of Nikon’s tireless strides towards producing the world’s greatest cameras. To preserve life’s most fleeting moments, you need a camera with incredible speed. The EXPEED 5 processor in the D500 opens up a world of possibilities, processing images fast enough to allow up to 10 frames per second so you don’t miss a moment of the action. The new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system provides 153 AF points including 99 cross type points, which together enable you to create images that match your vision. It is also the first Nikon DX camera to utilise the new XQD memory card technology, which provides faster read/write and transfer speeds to fully take advantage of the D500's speed. Not quite ready to upgrade to XQD? That’s no problem, as the D500’s dual memory card slots can accept SD media as well. Although compact in size, the D500 certainly packs a punch.

 

NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK

Not much light to go around? The D500 makes the most out of every bit of available light, giving you the flexibility to produce high quality images in dark environments. With a native ISO range of 100 - 51200, expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 – 1640000 equivalent), the versatile D500 is not intimidated by difficult low-light conditions, down to -4 EV. Rich details emerge from the shadows to produce unrivaled quality found only with Nikon cameras and lenses.

 

AS TOUGH AS YOU NEED IT TO BE

They say that good things come in small packages, and the D500 is no exception. A powerful but smaller sibling of the D5, the D500 features the same durable, rugged build and ergonomics you’ve come to associate with Nikon DSLRs. Built with rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fiber materials, and featuring dust and water-drop resistance you'll have peace of mind even when shooting in extreme environments. The D500 also leverages a 3.2-inch 2,359k-dot tilting RGB LCD touchscreen, making it easy to get the shot even from high or low angles.

YOUR IMAGES. THE WORLD. CONNECTED.

Now, sharing your amazing photos is easier than ever—the D500’s SnapBridge*2 functionality enables multiple built-in connectivity options. Liberated from the constraints of connecting wires, you can transfer your images to a compatible smart device from anywhere in the world using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to eliminate the barrier between your camera and smart device. Once SnapBridge application is installed, you can easily activate the D500’s built-in Wi-Fi*1 for wireless image transfer on compatible smart devices by using the SnapBridge application. As an added benefit, the D500’s built-in Near Field Communication (NFC)*3capability makes it a breeze to connect the camera to your compatible smart device while the built-in Wi-Fi*1 capability allows for faster wireless image transfer. For those looking for an even faster transfer solution, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A, enabling transmission of files to an FTP server or computer at speeds of up to 866.7 Mbps.

SnapBridge is now available for download on Google Play™ for Android™and the App Store® for iOS.

CINEMATIC 4K UHD PERFORMANCE

For the first time in a Nikon DX DSLR, you can harness the power of 4K UHD video recording. Capture every moment in cinematic, ultra high definition detail at up to 30 frames per second, and take advantage of a format that is quickly becoming the gold standard for video recording the world over. Other features include a built-in interval timer and 4K UHD quality time-lapse function, which allows you to easily create 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera that are sure to impress.

 

LIGHTING THE SHADOWS

Built into the D500 is compatibility with Nikon's new radio controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting system. Using radio control technology, when combined with the optional WR-A10/R10 transceiver, the D500 can control and wirelessly fire the SB-5000 Speedlights from another room, around corners or outdoors in bright sunlight. Access controls are easily accessed from the D500's menu and will let you shine light on even more shooting opportunities.

 

*1 The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used when SnapBridge application is installed on compatible smart devices.

*2 The SnapBridge app is now available on Google Play™ (for Android™). Visit the SnapBridge page for more information.

*3 This camera's built in NFC function can only be used with smart devices running on the Android™ operating system version 4.0 or later. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.

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WI-FI COMPATIBILITY

The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used when SnapBridge application is installed on compatible smart devices.

USING THE SNAPBRIDGE APP

System Requirements 
Android 5.0 or later or 6.0.1 or later 
A device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later (i.e., a device that supports Bluetooth Smart Ready/Low Energy) is required.

 

153 FOCUS POINTS WITH BROADER, DENSER IMAGE AREA COVERAGE ALLOW INCREDIBLE SUBJECT ACQUISITION PERFORMANCE

Boasting the most advanced AF system in the history of Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D500 empowers you to capture more decisive moments in sharp focus. The camera’s Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module — also used by the D5 for phase-detection AF — gives you a dense, 153 focus-point configuration (55 selectable) that covers an extremely wide portion of the image area, with 99 cross sensors in the frequently used central and peripheral areas, realizing more flexible composition. This ensures the D500 is able to focus easily on small or low-contrast subjects.

COMPREHENSIVELY REFINED AF SYSTEM FOR REVOLUTIONARY PERFORMANCE

The D500’s huge leap in AF performance is a result of more than just the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. In fact, the entire AF system has been redesigned: a dedicated AF engine quickly processes the massive amounts of information detected by 153 focus points, while the 180K-pixel RGB sensor boosts accuracy through detailed scene analysis. All of these functions are managed by the D500’s AF algorithm, which has been constantly refined over generations of Nikon D-SLR development, to attain faster and more accurate autofocus than ever.

 

DEDICATED AF ENGINE STREAMLINES AF PROCESSING

Like the D5, the D500 uses a dedicated AF engine to swiftly process the vast amounts of data streaming in from its 153 AF points and then delivers accurate focus on fast-moving subjects. The engine and sequence control microcomputer work in parallel to speed up AF processing and control, which means that you benefit from more accurate focusing and more stable tracking, even when capturing fast-moving subjects with high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps.

 

FOCUSING CAPABILITY DOWN TO -4 EV LETS YOU CAPTURE A WIDER RANGE OF SCENES

The D500’s AF capability is about more than just focus points. By minimizing noise, the newly developed Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module is able to focus down to -4 EV with the central focus point, and -3 EV with all other points*. This makes AF possible even in low light or when shooting low-contrast subjects. Consider the possibilities when you combine this with the camera’s impressive high-sensitivity performance (up to ISO 51200) and the ability to meter exposure all the way down to -3 EV. The D500 opens up an entirely new photographic frontier.

*At ISO 100 and 20°C/68°F.

RELIABLE AF SHOOTING, EVEN WHEN USING A TELECONVERTER

Faraway subjects are brought into sharper focus with the D500. That’s because all 153 of the camera’s focus points are compatible with lenses that have an effective maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster when a teleconverter is attached*. Even with effective aperture at f/8, 15 points (nine points are selectable) can be used.

*The number of focus points that function as cross sensors varies depending on the lens combination.

AF LOCK-ON SETTINGS ALLOW INTUITIVE SELECTION OF TRACKING CHARACTERISTICS

he AF lock-on function prevents the focus from shifting to an obstacle that passes between a moving subject and the camera. The D500 now features two adjustment parameters: “Blocked shot AF response” and “Subject motion.” The former allows AF response when the subject is obscured by another object, and can be set from “Quick,” where focus shifts more easily to the object coming in, to “Delayed,” in which focus is less likely to shift from the original subject. Meanwhile, the latter can be toggled according to the subject’s movement characteristics from “Erratic,” for movement prone to sudden starts and stops, to “Steady,” which is better for movement at a more constant speed. Whether you’re tracking a particular speed skater during a sprint, or capturing a specific player during a tumultuous game of rugby or soccer, AF lock-on can be intuitively adjusted to keep you on target.

 

AUTOMATED AF FINE-TUNE MAKES IT EASIER TO ADJUST SUBTLE DIFFERENCES IN FOCUSING

When you want to ensure accurate focusing, the D500 provides an easier way to fine-tune AF with the lens you use. Using live view photography mode, the camera automatically sets and registers the tuning value*, giving you precise focus. Manual fine-tuning is also available.

*“AF fine-tune” in the setup menu must be turned on to enable the tuned value for shooting.

CUSTOM SETTING ALLOWS QUICK AF-AREA MODE SWITCHING

If you want to capture the surrounding scenery or a stationary person while shooting a sports scene using dynamic-area AF, the D500 offers a convenient way to temporarily switch AF-area mode. Simply assign an AF-area mode to a custom button (Pv, Fn1, AF-ON, center of sub-selector or a lens focus function button) in advance, and then the AF-area mode can be switched to the assigned mode* by keeping the custom button depressed, returning to the original mode when it is released.

*Except 3D-tracking.

 

Technical specifications

Type

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens mount

Nikon F mount, (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Effective angle of view

Nikon DX format; focal length in 35 mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view

Image sensor format

DX

Image sensor type

CMOS

Sensor size

23.5mm, x15.7mm

Total pixels

21.51million

Dust-reduction system

Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)

Effective pixels

20.9million

Image size (pixels)

DX (24x16) image area, (L)5568, x3712, (M)4176, x2784, (S)2784, x1856, 1.3x (18x12) image area, (L)4272, x2848, (M)3200, x2136, (S)2128, x1424, Photographs with image area of DX taken during movie recording, (L)5568, x3128, (M)4176, x2344, (S)2784, x1560, Photographs with image area of 1.3x taken during movie recording, (L)4272, x2400, (M)3200, x1800, (S)2128, x1192, Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160

File format

NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed); large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression), TIFF (RGB), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Picture Control system

Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Media

XQD, SD, SDHC (UHS-II compliant), SDXC (UHS-II compliant)

Card slot

1 XQD card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card, Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge

Viewfinder

Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

Frame coverage

DX (24x16) image area: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.3x (18x12) image area: Approx. 98% horizontal and 98% vertical

Magnification

Approx. 1.0 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m{sup(-1)})

Eyepoint

16mm (–1.0 m{sup(-1)}; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-2 to +1 m{sup(-1)}

Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)

Reflex mirror

Quick-return type

Depth-of-field preview

Yes, Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)

Lens aperture

Instant return, electronically controlled

Compatible lenses

Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), and DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).

Type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode

Speed

1/8000to, 30s, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250

Flash sync speed

X=, 1/250s;, synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower

Modes

S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up), Qc (quiet continuous shutter-release)

Approximate frame advance rate

10fps, CL: 1 to 9 fps CH: 10 fps QC: 3 fps

Self-timer

2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

Metering system

TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels

Metering method

Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10, or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 8-mm circle) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses

Range

(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: –3 to +20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV Highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV

Mode

Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)

Exposure compensation

–5 to +5EV, in steps of1/3, 1/2, or 1EV

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO100to, 51200, in steps of1/3, 1/2, or 1EV, Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1640000 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off

Autofocus system

Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection

Detection range

–4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Lens servo

Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, Manual focus (M):, Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus point

153, 153 focus points, of which 55 or 15 are available for selection

AF-area mode

Single-point AF, 25-, 72-, or 153- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector

Control

TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering

Mode

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF, unified flash control

Sync terminal

ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

White balance

Auto (3 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), all with fine-tuning.

Bracketing types

Exposure, Flash, White balance, ADL

Modes

Photo live view, Movie live view

Lens servo

Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)

AF-area mode

Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF

Autofocus

Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

Metering

TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

Metering method

Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

Frame size (pixels) and frame rate

3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; (Fine) high quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160

File format

MOV

Video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Audio recording format

Linear PCM

Audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone; sensitivity adjustable

ISO sensitivity

Exposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) with selectable upper limit Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1640000 equivalent) above ISO 51200

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off

Other options

Index marking, time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction

Monitor size

8cm (3.2–in.) diagonal

Monitor resolution

Approx.2359k-dot, tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control

Playback

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, and IPTC information embedding and display

USB connector

SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector), connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output connector

Type C HDMI connector

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)

Ten-pin remote terminal

Can be used to connect optional remote control, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)

Standards

IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

Security

Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK

Operation

NFC Forum Type 3 Tag

Communication protocols

Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1

Supported languages

Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Battery

One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery

Battery pack

Optional MB-D17 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 Li-ion battery (available separately), one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery, or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries. A BL-5 battery-chamber cover is required when using EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 batteries.

AC adapter

EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)

Tripod socket

1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx.147, x115, x81mm (5.8, x4.6, x3.2in.)

Weight

Approx.860g (1 lb. 14.4 oz.), with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap; approx. 760 g/1 lb. 10.9 oz. (camera body only)

Operating environment

Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

Body Cap BF-1B, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15 with terminal cover, Battery Charger MH-25a (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), USB Cable Clip, HDMI Cable Clip, USB Cable UC-E22, Strap AN-DC17

 

  1. Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are performed in conformity with Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards or guidelines. All figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery. Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance and specifications of the hardware and software described in these specifications at any time and without prior notice. Nikon will not be held liable for damages that may result from any mistakes that these specifications may contain.