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Nikon D500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 reviews of Nikon D500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the durability and image quality are generally positive. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably. The contrast and storage get less positive reviews.

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flash, storage, contrast

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 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (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. Views about the usability and portability are on the whole positive. The size and image quality are also appreciated. The reliability and design get critical opinions.

performance, image quality, size, portability, usability

durability, design, reliability

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

2017-04

Consumer review by: (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. Reviewers really like the low light performance and screen. The image quality and usability also get good reviews. Many are negative 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)

2017-04

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Nikon D500 review: The best APS-C DSLR ever made?

 

It's been a long time since Nikon launched the D300, a camera that arrived at roughly the same time as the very first iPhone. Yep, that long ago. That camera's successor, the D300S, hit the market last decade too. But now the long wait for a...

Fully realised autofocus system, fast shooting and huge buffer, great image quality, smaller and more manageable than D5, tilt-angle touchscreen, ups its video capabilities (including 4K)

“Hi” ISO settings aren’t useful - they’re just headline grabbers, screen isn’t fully variable, touchscreen inaccessible for menu controls

The Nikon D500 is a DSLR with little compare. It steps up beyond the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (assuming that isn’t replaced at Photokina 2016), while the range of Nikon DX optics will see it as the more practical solution compared to the Pentax K-1 for...

2016-09

Expert review by: (techradar.com)

Nikon D500 review

 

It may have a smaller body and sensor than the D5, but the D500 has much in common with Nikon's latest top-end camera

At last Nikon has a professional-level APS-C-format camera to replace the D300S and compete with the Canon 7D Mk II. And it's a real contender, with an impressive AF system and great low-light credentials that enable it to produce high-quality pictures...

2016-06

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Amy Davies (trustedreviews.com)

Nikon D500

 

Nikon fans have been waiting years for a follow-up to the much-loved D300S, and now it's here – the Nikon D500.

2016-08

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...

2016-07

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Nikon D500 body only

 

The D500's body runs $2,000 (£1,730, AU$3,500); the camera also comes in a kit with the DX 16-80mm f2.8-4mm lens for $2,600 (£2,480, AU$4,500). Unlike a lot of kit lenses I've seen, this one's pretty good, and has a useful general-purpose focal-length...

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...

2016-07

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...

2016-06

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...

2016-06

Expert review by: (dpreview.com)

Nikon D500 Review

 

The Nikon D500 is a 21MP APS-C DSLR capable of shooting at up to 10 frames per second and featuring an autofocus system derived from the one in the D5. In other words, it's exactly the kind of high-end DX format body that appeared to have become...

2016-05

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...

2016-05

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Nikon D500 review - a joyful experience with rewarding results

 

Outstanding quality across the board, the Nikon D500 is fast, feature-packed and takes beautiful photos.

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 / 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:1.6
GPS (satellite):N / No
Image editing:resizing, rotating / resizing, rotating, trimming
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, 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
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
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Direct sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent

Certificates

Certification:CE

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Display:TFT
Display diagonal:8.13
Display diagonal (metric):8
Display resolution (numeric):2359000
Second display: No
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Vari-angle LCD display:Y / Yes

Flash

Flash exposure compensation:Y / Yes
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: Yes

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:7.2
Focal length range (f-f):16 - 80
Lens mount interface:Nikon F
Lens structure (elements/groups):17/13
Maximum aperture number:32
Minimum aperture number:2.8
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
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

Other features

USB Connectivity:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y
Battery charger included: Yes
Cables included:HDMI,USB
Wrist strap included:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, NEF, TIF / JPG,NEF,RAW,TIF
Image sensor size (W x H):23.5 x 15.7
Image stabilizer:N / No / 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
Full HD: Yes
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 / 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

Magnification:1
Viewfinder Type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.1 / 81
Height :11.5 / 115
Lens diameter:8
Lens length:8.55
Lens weight:480
Weight:760
Weight (including battery):860
Width:14.7 / 147