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Nikon D500

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Nikon D500
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
SensorNikon DX format, 23.5 mm x 15.7 mm CMOS; 4.2 μm pixel size
Sensor makerSony[1]
Maximum resolution5,568 × 3,712 (20.9 M pixels sensor)
Film speed100–51,200 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (down to 50 and up to 1,640,000 as expansion)
Recording mediumSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II), XQD and CFExpress (Type B)
Focus modesInstant single-servo AF (S), continuous-servo AF (C), manual (M)
Focus areas153 points, 99 cross-type sensors
User-selectable: 55 points, 35 cross-type
Exposure modesProgrammed Auto [P] with flexible program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual [M]
Exposure meteringThree-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 s – 1/8000 s, bulb
Continuous shooting10 frame/s, up to 200 frames (RAW)
ViewfinderOptical, 100% frame coverage
Video recording4K up to 30 fps
1080p up to 60 fps
LCD screen3.2-inch tilting TFT LCD with 2,359,000 dots with touchscreen
Optional battery packsMB-D17 battery pack
Weight860 g (1.90 lb) with battery and memory card 760 grams (1.68 lb) body only
Made in Thailand
PredecessorNikon D300S

The Nikon D500 was a 20.9-megapixel professional digital single-lens reflex camera with an APS-C sensor. It was announced by Nikon Corporation on January 6, 2016 along with the Nikon D5 full frame camera.[2][3] D500 replaced the D300S as Nikon's DX format flagship DSLR. On February 23, 2017, at CP+ show, a special edition was released for Nikon's 100th anniversary.[4] The D500 jointly won a Camera Grand Prix Japan 2017 Editors Award.[5] The camera was discontinued on February 1, 2022.[6]


  • 4K UHD video in 30p, 25p, and 24p
  • Magnesium alloy and carbon fiber weather-sealed body
  • Active D-Lighting (three levels)
  • Retouch menu includes filter type, hue, crop, D-lighting, Mono (Black and White, Cyanotype or Sepia)
  • Multi-CAM 20K autofocus module with 153 sensors in normal mode with 99 cross-type sensors. Of these points, 15 will work with any lens/teleconverter combination with a maximum aperture of f/8 or larger.
    • Of the 153 points, 55 are user-selectable; 35 of those points are cross-type, and 9 will work down to f/8.[7]
  • Focus points' low-light performance: -4EV (central focus point) and -3EV (other 152 focus points)
  • Auto AF fine-tune achieves focus tuning in live view through automatic setting of adjustment value with a few button operations.
  • Live View Mode
  • Built-in sensor cleaning (using ultrasound) helps to remove the dust from sensor
  • 10-pin remote and flash sync terminals on camera
  • File formats include JPEG, TIFF, NEF (Nikon's raw image format compressed and uncompressed), and JPEG+NEF (JPEG size/quality selectable)
  • Dual memory card slots (one SD and one XQD). The SD slot is the first in any Nikon camera to support the UHS-II bus.[8] As of "C" firmware update 1.30 support has been added for CFexpress cards (Type B) in the XQD slot. [9]
  • The D500 can be set to automatically delay its shutter release to compensate for flickering electric lighting. It is the first Nikon camera to include this feature, which was initially absent from the professional D5 announced on the same date.[7] This feature was added to the D5 via a June 2016 firmware update.[10]

With the camera's initial firmware version Wi-Fi only worked with Nikon's proprietary "SnapBridge" app, this also applies other Nikon models. Since a firmware updated in May 2019 Wi-Fi was opened to third party applications.[11]


  1. ^ Nikon D5 and D500 Image Sensors are Made by Sony Archived August 31, 2017, at the Wayback Machine Daily Camera News
  2. ^ "Nikon - News - Digital SLR Camera D500". Nikon. Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Hogan, Thom. "D500". DSLR Bodies. Archived from the original on January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "These are Nikon's Ultra-Limited Edition 100th Anniversary DSLRs and Lenses". PetaPixel. February 27, 2017. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Camera Grand Prix 2017". Archived from the original on September 23, 2017. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  6. ^ https://petapixel.com/2022/02/03/nikon-discontinues-the-d500-a-triumph-of-the-dslr-era/ Peta Pixel
  7. ^ a b Rockwell, Ken (January 2016). "Nikon D500". KenRockwell.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Nikon D500 XQD and SD Card Comparison". Camera Memory Speed. May 4, 2016. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "D500 Firmware". Nikon. December 22, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  10. ^ Britton, Barney (June 23, 2016). "Nikon releases new firmware for D5: Improves video and adds flicker reduction". Digital Photography Review. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  11. ^ Wegner, Gunther (May 9, 2019). "Finally! Free WiFi with Nikon firmware update for D850, D500, D7500 and D5600". LRTimelapse. Retrieved July 2, 2020.

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