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26 May 2016

Nikon announced the Nikon D500, its new flagship APS-C format dSLR, at CES in January. While we covered the announcement then, we've waited until the camera has begun shipping before presenting its highlights, specifications and affiliate links.

Nikon D500. Shown with 16-80mm kit lens.


Highlights of the DX-format D500 include:

  • 153-point Autofocus
  • Approximately 10 fps for up to 200 shots
  • Compact DX system benefits telephoto shooting
  • 4K UHD video
  • EXPEED 5 image-processing engine
  • ISO sensitivity up to 51,200, expandable to Hi 5
  • Touch-screen, tilting, 3.2-inch, high-resolution monitor
  • SnapBridge support

Back Panel. Note the articulated LCD.

Note that there is no pop-up flash on the D500, which was useful on previous models for triggering Nikon's Creative Lighting System.


Sensor 20.9-megapixel DX format CMOS sensor
1.5x crop factor
Dust reduction system
Bit Depth 14-bit channels
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)
Storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/XQD cards
Two card slots
Viewfinder Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
100 percent frame coverage
-2.0 to +1.0m doipter adjustment
Focusing Screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II with AF Area Brackets
Grid lines can be displayed
Monitor 3.2-inc diagonal
2,359,000 dots
TFT touch-sensitive LCD, 170-degree viewing angle
Shutter 1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Bulb, Time, X250
Flash Synch at 1/250s or slower
Frame Rate CH: Up to 10 frames per second
CL: Up to 9 fps
Quiet Mode: 3 fps
ISO 100 to 51,200
Expanded ISO: Lo-1 (ISO 50) and Hi-1 (ISO 102,400) to Hi-5 (ISO 1,640,000)
Autofocus 25, 72 and 153 (3D-tracking) focus points
Live View Still and Movie modes
Face-priority, Wide-area, Normal-area and Subject-tracking AF
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
Movie H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
4K and Full HD up to 29 minutes 59 seconds
Stereo microphone built-in, external jack
Connectivity WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth
Optional GPS (GP-1A unit)
Power EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery, 7 VDC, 1900 mAh
Optional MB-D17 multi-power battery pack
Dimensions 5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2 inches
Weight 1.7 lbs.

Top Panel. Familiar Nikon dSLR layout.

Specifications for the 16-80mm Nikkor kit lens include:

Focal Length 16-80mm
(24-120mm 35mm equivalent)
Aperture Minimum: f2.8 (wide) to f4.0 (telephoto)
Maximum: f22 (wide) to f32 (telephoto)
Angle of View 84 degrees (wide) to 20 degrees (telephoto)
Minimum Focus 1.15 feet
Magnification 0.22x
Optical Design 17 elements in 13 groups
7 rounded diaphragm blades
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread 72mm
Dimensions 3.15 x 3.37 inches
Weight 1.06 lbs.


The Nikon D500 is shipping now for $1,996.95 body only or $3,066.95 with a 16-80mm kit lens.

Adorama has both the body-only or kit lens version. B&H also has both the body-only or kit lens version.

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