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Nikon D500 | Read Reviews, Tech Specs, Price & MoreNikon D500 is a DX-format DSLR with 20.9 MP, ISO 100-51,200, 10 FPS continuous shooting, 4K UHD video & much more.
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 (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.
Display SKUVBA480DG
TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens MountNikon F Mount
Picture AngleAPS-C size/DX-format
Image Sensor
Sensor Size23.5 x 15.7 mm
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Pixels21.56 million
Dust-Reduction SystemImage sensor cleaning Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
Image Area (pixels)DX (24x16) image area (L) 5,568 x 3,712 (M) 4,176 x 2,784 (S) 2,784 x 1,856 1.3x (18x12) image area (L) 4,272 x 2,848 (M) 3,200 x 2,136 (S) 2,128 x 1,424 Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3,840 x 2,160: 3,840 x 2,160 Photographs with image area of DX taken during movie recording (L) 5,568 x 3,128 (M) 4,176 x 2,344 (S) 2,784 x 1,560 Photographs with image area of 1.3x taken during movie recording (L) 4,272 x 2,400 (M) 3,200 x 1,800 (S) 2,128 x 1,192
File System
File Format Still ImagesJPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats 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)
Picture ControlFlat Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Standard User-customizable Settings Vivid
File SystemDCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Storage MediaSD SDHC SDXC XQD New Type Memory
Card SlotDual Slots
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Lens Compatibility at a Glance***AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)
Depth-of-Field ControlPressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens ApertureInstant-return type Electronically Controlled
Reflex MirrorQuick-return type
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment-2.0 to +1.0m¯¹
Viewfinder Eyepoint16mm (-1.0 m¯¹)
Viewfinder Magnification1.0x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1)
Viewfinder Frame CoverageDX (24x16) image area: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.3x (18x12) image area: Approx. 98% horizontal and 98% vertical
Compatible LensesAF 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 cannot be used. 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).
Shutter TypeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter Electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode
Frame Advance RateUp to 10 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
Shutter Release ModesContinuous low-speed [CL] mode Continuous high-speed [CH] mode Mirror-up [Mup] mode Quiet Shutter Release Quiet Continuous Release Self-timer Mode Single-frame [S] mode
Flash Sync SpeedUp to 1/250 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower
Continuous Shooting OptionsCH: Up to 10 frames per second CL: Up to 1-9 frames per second Quiet Continuous Mode: 3 frames per second
Self-timer2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution10 fps
Exposure MeteringTTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority (A) Manual (M) Programmed auto with flexible program (P) Shutter-Priority (S)
Automatic Exposure Scene Modesn/a
Scene Modesn/a
Shooting Modesn/a
Digital Vari-Program Modesn/a
Exposure Meter CouplingCombined CPU and AI
Metering Range-3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering) 0 to 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)
Metering MethodMatrix: 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 Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses; equivalent to center-weighted when non-CPU lens is used
Exposure Compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Exposure LockLuminosity locked at detected value
Active D-LightingAuto Extra High High Normal Low Off
Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsLo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent) Hi-1 (ISO 102,400 equivalent) Hi-2 (ISO 204,800 equivalent) Hi-3 (ISO 409,600 equivalent) Hi-4 (ISO 892,200 equivalent) Hi-5 (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-5 (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent)
Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
ISO SensitivityISO 100 – 51,200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. 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 1,640,000 equivalent) above ISO 51,200; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Single-Point AF ModeYes
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity51200
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity100
Focus / Autofocus
Built-in Flash Distancen/a
Autofocus Fine TuneYes
Focus ModesContinuous-servo (AF-C) Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder Normal area Single-servo AF (AF-S) Wide area
AF-Area Mode25, 72, or 153 point Dynamic-area AF Auto-area AF Single-point AF 3D-tracking Group-area AF
Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Image Sensor FormatAPS-C size/DX-format
Detection Range -4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Autofocus SystemNikon Advanced 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
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points153
Flash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash-ready IndicatorLights when optional flash unit such as SB-5000, SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, SB-400, SB-300 or SB-R200 is fully charged
Accessory ShoeYes
X-Sync Speed1/250 sec.
Top FP High Speed SyncUp to 1/8000
Flash ControlTTL: 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
Flash Sync ModesAuto FP High-Speed Sync supported Front-curtain sync (normal) Rear-curtain sync Red-Eye reduction Red-Eye reduction with slow sync Slow rear-curtain sync Slow sync
White Balance
White Balance"Auto (3 types) Choose color temperature (2,500K–10,000K) Cloudy Direct Sunlight Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view) Shade"
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)CLS Supported
Flash Sync TerminalYes
White Balance Bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Monitor TypeTFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle
Monitor Resolutionapprox. 2359k-dot
Monitor Size8.1cm (3.2.)
Movie4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps 4K UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively High quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160
Live View Scene Auto Selectorn/a
Live View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode Movie Live View Mode
Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, stereo External stereo microphone (optional) Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Movie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCM
Movie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie File FormatMOV
Movie Maximum Recording Time4K UHD up to 29:59 min; 1,080 60/50/30/25/24p up to 29:59 min; 720 60/50p up to 29:59 minutes
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame raten/a
Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Live View AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Live View AF-Area ModeFace-priority AF Wide-area AF Normal-area AF Subject-tracking AF
Live View Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
Monitor Angle of View170
Monitor AdjustmentsBrightness, 5 levels
Voice Memo Functionn/a
In-Camera Image EditingColor Balance D-Lighting Distortion Control Edit Movie Filter Effects Image Overlay Monochrome NEF (RAW) Processing Perspective Control Red-Eye Correction Resize Side-by-Side Comparison Straighten Trim
Interface10-pin RemoteTerminal HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Headphone Connector NTSC Stereo Microphone Input 3.5mm SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
Playback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) GPS data display Highlights Image Rating Image Rotation Image Slideshow IPTC information embedding and display Movie Playback Movie Slideshow Photo Information Playback with Zoom
Wi-Fi FunctionalityBuilt-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
Maximum Log Recording Time 0
Total Custom Settings52
Supported LanguagesArabic 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 / BatteriesEN-EL15c Lithium-ion Battery 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.
Battery Life (shots per charge)1,240 shots (CIPA)
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time SettingsYes
World Time SettingYes
Weight (g) (body only)*1Approx. 760 g (26.9 oz.) camera body only
Environment0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F) Less than 85% (no condensation)
Length x height x width (mm) (body only)*Approx. 147 x 115 x 81 mm (5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2 in.)
Tripod Socket0.64cm (1/4.) (ISO 1222)
Battery ChargerMH-25a Quick Charger
AC AdapterEH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)
Animal Eye AF0
NIKKOR F Lens Specs
Built-in Flashn/a