Taking its cue from Nikon’s flagship FX-format D5 camera, the new D500 packs all the incredible performance of the D5, in a compact, agile DX-format digital SLR body.
The D500 incorporates the same powerful 153-point AF system as the D5, ensuring precise subject acquisition even during high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps. It supports 4K UHD movies, meeting the demands of multimedia professionals, while the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine enables it to deliver high-quality images and movies and realizes a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent). With a touch-screen, tilting monitor and SnapBridge support, the new D500 is compact perfection.
Perform in any situation
The D500’s Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module offers a dense configuration of 153 focus points (99 cross sensors) covering an extremely wide portion of the image area, meaning that even fast-moving subjects can be acquired precisely. AF capability is extended down to -4 EV1 with the central point and -3 EV1 with all other points, making AF usable even in extremely low light or when shooting low-contrast subjects. A newly employed AF engine and 180K-pixel RGB sensor also contribute to achieving exceptional AF performance in a variety of scenes.
Shoot up to 200 shots continuously
With the new D500 you can enjoy high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps2 for up to 200 shots in JPEG and in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW, without any drop in shooting speed. Even moving subjects can be tracked accurately across a wide field of view at this rapid rate, taking advantage of the camera’s stable viewfinder image and a widest-ever diagonal viewing angle3 of approx. 30.8°.
Take the long view
The DX-format D500 provides an angle of view equivalent to that of a lens with an approx. 1.5x longer focal length4 . This permits telephoto shooting using smaller, lighter lenses with a shorter focal length, while taking advantage of performance equivalent to the D5 FX-format flagship model. The camera’s agility is also enhanced by the kit lens, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, the lightweight 5x normal zoom lens, which weighs only approx. 1340g5 when attached to the D500.
Add a professional touch with 4K UHD video
The D500 can record 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p/25p/24p, as well as 1080/60p video for up to 29 min. 59secs6, with simultaneous output via HDMI available. It’s also possible to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies within the camera. In Full HD or HD mode, the D500’s electronic Vibration Reduction function7 reduces the effects of camera shake in the horizontal, vertical and rotational directions during hand-held movie recording, while Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows to capture footage with natural brightness.
Go from Lo 1 to Hi 5
The D500’s new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, the same as that used in the D5, delivers standard ISO sensitivity from 100 to 51,200, expandable down to Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) and up to Hi 5 (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent). It can capture exceptionally high-definition images, while effectively reducing noise, even at high ISO settings. The new 180K-pixel RGB sensor (approx. 180,000 pixels) further improves the performance of the camera’s Advanced Scene Recognition System, and its flicker reduction for still images reduces exposure variations even under flickering light sources.
Enjoy the convenience of a touch-screen
Whether you’re a professional or an advanced amateur, the D500’s tilting, touch-screen, high-resolution monitor makes any assignment more convenient. The touch-panel monitor enables a variety of functions, including instant switching of images using the frame advance bar and text input — shared with the D5 — as well as touch AF and touch shutter (in still shooting). The tilting monitor with 3-axis hinge structure allows you to shoot from more flexible angles for stills and movies. And its large 8-cm/3.2-in. screen with significantly enhanced 2359k-dot resolution lets you confirm focus in amazingly precise detail.
Automatically transfer and upload images with SnapBridge
Our smart new application – SnapBridge – allows the D500 to be constantly connected to a smart device via Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi.®
With SnapBridge you can automatically transfer images to your smart device, as well as upload them automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE. You can also use the smart device to browse images stored in the camera, as well as embed images with its location and date/time information. SnapBridge dramatically enhances the value and convenience of images taken with the D500.
Fast track your images
Nikon’s WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter is for professionals who need to transfer images more quickly than they can with built-in wireless LAN. When attached to the D500, it allows images and movie files to be transferred to computers* or FTP server via both wired and wireless LAN. The D500 with WT-7/A/B/C can be used as a wireless LAN access point, permitting easy connections with computers and smart devices.
* Requires Wireless Transmitter Utility (available for download from Nikon website).
Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
100th Anniversary Editions
A limited edition of Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR featuring the 100th anniversary metallic gray finish and logo, a unique serial number, premium Italian leather strap and custom metal travel case.
TIPA Awards 2016
Nikon D500 wins a prestigious TIPA award for Best APS-C DSLR Expert
Sponsored by the Technical Image Press Association, the prestigious TIPA Awards are voted for by editors of illustrious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.
Red Dot Award 2016
Nikon D500 wins prestigious Red Dot Award for Product Design.
A world-class award presented to products chosen from a pool of more than 5,200 entries from 57 countries.
The iF Design Award 2017
Nikon D500 is a proud recipient of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017 for the product discipline.
A globally prestigious design award sponsored by the iF International Forum Design GmbH since 1953. This year’s awards consisted of 5,575 entries from 59 countries for several disciplines including product, communication and packaging.
Camera GP 2017 Editors Award
Nikon D500 Wins the Camera GP 2017 Editors Award
The Camera GP award primarily focuses on cameras and lenses. It is sponsored and judged by the Camera Journal Press Club and is made up of editors from twelve camera and photography magazines as of April 2016.
1 ISO 100, 20°C/68°F.
2 Approximate frame rates for a fully charged EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, using continuous-servo AF, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and with other settings at default values.
3 As of January 6, 2016, among D-SLR cameras using an APS-C size image sensor. Based on Nikon research.
4 135mm-format equivalent.
5 Including battery, XQD memory card and lens.
6 Recorded in separate files.
7 Image area will be slightly smaller in DX-based movie format.
|Image sensor||Nikon DX-format CMOS|
|Optical low-pass filter||No|
|Effective pixels||20.9 million|
|Image-processing engine||EXPEED 5|
|Storage file formats||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; RAW + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both RAW and JPEG formats. Note: JPEG image quality setting is unified Images in any RAW size can be processed within a camera. Main features of RAW medium and small: Recording pixels (RAW), medium: 6/7 in both vertical and horizontal directions, small: 3/4 in both vertical and horizontal directions (file size is approx. 55%); Recording bit mode: 12 bit (fixed); Compression type：Lossless compressed RAW (fixed); Direct setting with QUAL button + sub-command dial is not supported; Image overlay is not supported|
|Storage media||XQD, SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-II compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards|
|Picture Control||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat (custom Picture Controls can be stored).
Note: Clarity can be adjusted
|Viewfinder||Approx. 100% frame coverage, approx. 1.0× magnification.
Note: The widest viewing angle* ever (30.8° diagonal) (*Among D-SLR cameras that employ APS-C size image sensor); Rounded eyepiece (DK-17F).
|Shutter||Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter, electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode|
|Shutter speed||1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250.
Note: Electronic front-curtain shutter supports 30 to 1/2000 s, and the highest sensitivity available is ISO 51200.
|Release time lag||Approx. 50 ms (based on CIPA Standards)|
|Start-up time||Approx. 0.12 s|
|Release mode||S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), self-timer, MUP (mirror up)|
|Continuous shooting frame rate||CL: 1 to 9 fps, CH: 10 fps, QC: 3 fps.
Note: Continuous shooting up to 200 shots (JPEG, 14-bit lossless compressed RAW) available; Limit of 200 shots in continuous shooting at shutter speed 4 s or slower has been eliminated.
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent), Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent).
Note: Maximum sensitivity when flash is used can be set separately
|AF (in viewfinder photography)||Phase-detection AF; Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module; 153 focus points (99 cross sensors); AF-area modes: single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (25 points, 72 points, 153 points), 3D-tracking, auto-area AF, group-area AF; Detection range: -4 to 20 EV. Note: 153 is the number of focus points; users can select 55 points. Up to 15 points support f/8; Auto AF fine-tune; Refined AF lock-on setting; Face-detection (On/Off) and acquisition area can be set in 3D-tracking; Separate focus points and/or AF-area modes can be chosen for vertical and horizontal orientations, preset focus point (in 153-point dynamic-area AF, resetting to a desired point is enabled) is supported; Registered AF-area mode (except 3D-tracking) is selected while pressing the custom button with function assigned.|
|AF (in live view, movie recording)||Contrast-detect AF; AF-area modes: face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF. Note: Focusing speed of contrast-detect AF is equivalent to that of the D5.|
|Metering||180K-pixel RGB sensor.
Note: Minimum brightness of metering is extended to -3 EV (except highlight-weighted metering and spot metering)
|Metering method||Matrix metering/center-weighted metering/spot metering/highlight-weighted metering.
Note: Spot metering cannot be selected in movie recording. In viewfinder shooting using 3D color matrix metering, face detection function can be set to On/Off.
|Flicker reduction||Available in still images/movies. Note: Setting menus are separate; Flicker reduction is not available during flash photography with remote wireless units.|
|White balance||Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, 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. Note:Three types of auto white balance: “Keep white (reduce warm colors)”, “Normal” and “Keep warm lighting colors”|
|Movie||H.264/MOV; 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p, 1920 × 1080/60p supported; Maximum recording time: 29 min. 59 s (including 4K UHD); Time-lapse photography; Electronic VR (cannot be applied to 4K UHD movie); Active D-Lighting (cannot be applied to 4K UHD movie); Simultaneous output of 4K UHD video to memory card and to HDMI-compatible devices. Note: Image area is cropped to the dot-by-dot angle of view in 4K UHD: Dedicated movie shooting menu; Highlight display available; Smooth exposure compensation dedicated to movies; Auto exposure control in M mode; Power aperture; Center-weighted metering dedicated to movies; Aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation (which enables smooth exposure change with custom setting) can be changed during movie recording; Exposure smoothing is available in time-lapse photography and interval timer photography; HDMI output when using Camera Control Pro 2 (with USB connection) is available; 2× slow-motion playback. Note: False color and moiré are a bit more noticeable in Full HD mode compared with that of the D7200; Image area is slightly reduced when electronic VR is activated.|
|Audio||Built-in stereo microphone (external microphone can be used); Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted; Stereo headphone connector; Recording format: Linear PCM. Note: Frequency response, wind noise reduction.|
|LCD monitor||Touch-screen, tilting, 8-cm/3.2-in., 2359k-dot LCD (RGBW) with color balance adjustment. Note: Touch operation: Frequency response, wind noise reduction. Note: In playback: frame advance (sliding and with frame advance bar), zoom (pinch in, pinch out); In live view photography: Touch shutter, touch AF, acquisition of preset manual data for spot white balance; In movie recording: Touch AF; Menu: Efficient text input such as copyright information and IPTC information.|
|Power source||EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-5b AC Adapter (with EP-5B Power Connector), MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack|
|Number of shots per charge||Approx. 1,240 (Based on CIPA Standards)|
|Interface||USB 3.0, HDMI mini connector (Type C), external stereo microphone connector, stereo headphone connector, ten-pin remote terminal, flash sync terminal|
|Durability||Shutter unit: tested for 200,000 cycles with the unit actually loaded on the camera. Note: Magnesium alloy used for top and rear covers (robustness of camera top is enhanced because built-in flash is not employed); Dust and water-drop resistance appropriate for a leading model.|
|Dimensions (W×H×D)||Approx. 147 × 115 × 81 mm/5.8 × 4.6 × 3.2 in.|
|Weight||Approx. 860 g/1 lb 14.4 oz*, approx. 760 g/1 lb 10.9 oz (camera body only)|
|Others||SnapBridge supported (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC supported); Button illumination; “Lighten” and “Darken” overlay are added to multiple exposure; WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter supported; Folder group name can be renamed; Constant display of focus points is achieved in playback. Note: What SnapBridge can offer: Automatic transmission of images; Utilizing location and date/time information; Image browsing with smart devices; Credit information can be embedded; Automatic image uploading to Nikon Image Space; Remote shooting; Customer registration; Receiving camera farm up notice. Note: Flight mode (wireless communication function is disabled); password setting prevents pairing with someone else’s smart device; NFC is available only for Bluetooth connection; TIFF and RAW can be manually transferred using APP on smart devices.|
|Software||Camera Control Pro 2: Electronic VR can be set to on/off; Flicker reduction function (still image) can be set to enable/disable; Movie Active D-Lighting can be switched on/off; Windows 64-bit (native) supported; Expansion of the functions that can be controlled with shortcut operation (exposure mode, exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, etc); Interval timer photography at bulb setting; In-camera editing of IPTC information. Capture NX-D: Auto retouch brush employed.|
Gear of the Year 2016 – Barney’s choice: Nikon D500
Despite the challenging shooting conditions, the D500 did everything we asked of it, and more. After more than ten years writing about digital cameras, I’m not easily seduced by impressive-sounding specifications or fancy new features. I knew the D500 was good before the Montana video shoot, but I didn’t know how good. That experience impressed me enough to make the Nikon D500 my pick for Gear of the Year 2016. Click here to read the full article.
2017 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Video of the Year Awards Finalists Announcement
The D500 is available in stores with a 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty.
Friends & Fun
AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Introducing a new breed of NIKKOR lens: the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G. Featuring a stepping motor – a first1 for NIKKOR lenses – the 18-55mm2 lens offers smooth, nimble focusing in an incredibly compact size. With its new settings system and lightweight design, even first-time D-SLR photographers will find it a breeze to use. Pair it with Nikon’s D3000-series and D5000-series cameras3 and let its quiet agility take your photography to the next level.
AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Follow your creative instincts wherever they take you with the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. Featuring a stepping motor – a first1 for NIKKOR lenses – and built-in Vibration Reduction, the 18-55mm2 lens lets you seize every photo opportunity with speed and stealth. Perfect for Nikon’s D3000-series and D5000-series3 cameras, the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR’s light, compact design makes it easy to capture any moment.
Creative & Nature
AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Explore the extremes of stills and HD video with ultra-wide coverage
Designed exclusively for use with Nikon.
AF-S DX Micro 40mm f/2.8G
A compact micro lens for high quality, detailed close ups
This standard DX-format close-up lens captures stunning details at any distance including details practically impossible to detect with the human eye at 1x magnification.
Action & Sport
AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
A single lens for every imaginable shooting situation
Ultra-high-power 16.7x all-in-one zoom lens with Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) for beautiful, sharp images in varied shooting situations. Surprisingly compact and lightweight, an extremely versatile all-in-one DX-format lens.
Family & Pets
AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G
Compact & lightweight for stunning images. Perfect for low light
Fast, lightweight and perfect for low-light conditions, travel, environmental portrait and general photography.