Nikon D500 Microsite

Shooting Prowess Fit for the Pros

The Nikon D500 - Nikon’s top-of-the-range DX-format D-SLR camera, highly acclaimed by many professional photographers due to its beautiful depictions and excellent AF capabilities. In this microsite, learn what is it exactly that makes the D500 tick for some photographers in various genres, as several of them share their impressions of the camera’s on-the-field performance as well as provide us with their firsthand expert tips for masterful use of the camera.


Camera Features

What Makes the D500 Highly Acclaimed by Professional Photographers

After a seven-year interval, Nikon has finally released a new flagship DX format camera in the form of the Nikon D500, which boasts of major advancements that take its shooting capabilities into a whole new dimension. Learn more about the various features that contribute to the D500’s photographic prowess in the following articles.

12 Must-Know Features of the Nikon D500

Features #1-6: What Makes Up the D500’s Amazingly Accurate AF System 

The design of the D500 blends unique new features with those found on the full-frame flagship D5 to achieve maximum performance. This article hones in on the dramatically improved autofocus system and the features that support it.


Features #7-12: Why the D500 Has Such High Image Quality

The D500 is equipped with many mechanisms and digital features, such as a high definition imaging sensor of over 20MP, that maximize its imaging performance, resulting in astoundingly high image quality. Here, we highlight six of these key features.


Q&A with the Nikon D500 Developers

Q&A about the Product Concept & Body Construction

The Nikon D500 has the strong endorsement of many professional photographers. We ask Nikon’s developers about the concept behind the D500 and their key areas of focus during the design process.


Q&A about Technology & Shooting Features

High ISO sensitivity, highly accurate AF system, a low-pass filterless design…The Nikon D500’s shooting prowess is made possible thanks to various advanced technologies and features. We find out more from the developers.



How To Use the Nikon D500 Like A Pro

The Nikon D500 boasts of a broad variety of shooting features. How do you make the best of them? In these articles, professional landscape, portrait and wildlife photographers draw from their frontline experience to share some tips that are key to each genre.

Tips from the Pros - by Genre

Landscapes - Making the Most of the Tilting Screen and Picture Control

Get some tips from a professional landscape photographer on how to use the D500 to capture mellow-looking photos of blooming flowers etc.


Portraits - Creating Bold Angles in Live View

With its highly precise autofocus, the Nikon D500 is ideal for portraiture. Here are some tips on how you can make the most of the camera for portrait photography.


Animals - Establishing Pinpoint Focus with Super Telephotos and Single-point AF

Kittens make very attractive photographic subjects, but it can be quite difficult to get a good picture of their expressions. With the D500, you, too, can create amazing works.


Recommended NIKKOR Lenses for Broader Expression

Normal Zoom: AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

A normal zoom lens is extremely useful to the travelling photographer as he or she is always on the move. This lens could be the perfect companion for D500 users to shoot travel landscapes.


Telephoto Zoom: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Oftentimes photographers may prefer a dedicated lens for each subject of interest. For a travelling photographer, having portability and versatility on hand for multiple subjects is essential and this lens provides that one such solution.


Super-Telephoto Prime: AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR

Wildlife photography often requires you to capture unexpected and momentary scenes in the blink of an eye. This super-telephoto prime lens, combined with the D500, brings you closer to the action.


Wide Angle Zoom: AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

A wide-angle zoom lens is a great asset for enjoying landscape photography. A perfect match for the D500, this particular lens makes an even wider variety of compositions possible.


Telephoto Zoom: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

Telephoto lenses are a versatile wonder for photographing all sorts of subjects. This lightweight lens not only complements the D500’s high image resolution but is also convenient for handheld shots.


Super-Telephoto Zoom: AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

When you have the flagship DX-format camera in your hands, one lens you absolutely must try with it is this super-telephoto zoom. Its speedy AF promises to be a perfect match for the D500.