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Nikon D500 Establishes a New Era of DX-Format Performance The Highly Anticipated Resurrection of the DX-Format Flagship Gives Photographers the Best Combination of Speed, Reach and Connectivity

The D500, a DX-format DSLR with pro-level features that gives photographers nimble handling, speed and extreme processing power in a compact and lightweight body. With amazing imaging capability, robust build quality and lightning fast performance, the D500 is sure to satisfy as the highly sought-after successor to the venerable D300S. Like its sibling the D5, the D500 benefits from Nikon's latest technological innovations such as the totally new, blazing-fast Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system and 4K UHD video capture, yet adds a fun new way to share photos with Nikon SnapBridge built-in.

Pro-Level Image Quality, DX-Format Versatility
The D500 imagines the best of both worlds, offering advanced enthusiasts and pro photographers all the benefits of DX-format, such as smaller form-factor and lens crop, combined with many of the same advanced pro features found in the new Nikon D5. The new Nikon D500 features an all-new 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that renders images with outstanding colors and gorgeous tonality. This new sensor is coupled with Nikon's new EXPEED 5 image processing engine, affording low noise and maximum processing power with a surprisingly small footprint and superbly balanced body.

The benefits of the DX-format are evident for long-distance applications like wildlife and sports photography, where telephoto ability is at a premium and weight reduction is welcome. With Nikon's legendary FX or smaller-sized DX-format NIKKOR lenses, the sleek D500 is the ideal companion for wanderlust. When mated with the new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens, the D500 offers a remarkable 350-750mm equivalent focal range for a lightweight, yet super-telephoto duo.

Because amazing images can happen even when the sun goes down, the D500 is capable of excellent low-light performance, with an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-1,640,000 equivalent. From low-light cityscapes to action sports under the lights, the D500 is ready to tackle any imaging challenge.

Performance Meets Portability
Within the streamlined body of the D500 is a formidable processing powerhouse. Whether photographing sideline sports for the home team or animals in exotic destinations, a super-fast 10 frames-per-second (fps) burst speed with full AF and AE will help nail nearly any shot. This extreme speed lets users capture every fleeting moment in exceptional clarity, while a generous buffer allows for up to 79 shots (14-bit, uncompressed RAW/NEF) to be captured, so the moment won't be missed.

To keep pace with the action, the D500 is fitted with the same AF system as the Nikon D5, the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module, with a separate dedicated processor for AF function. On the D500's DX format sensor, the 153-point AF array fills the frame from side to side, letting users flawlessly track and lock-onto subjects from the edges of the viewfinder. Like the D5, the D500 utilizes the new 180K RGB Metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and fantastic color rendition in nearly any shooting situation.

Controls and Rugged Construction Worthy of a Flagship
The D500 features an enhanced level of robust build quality, offering the same amount of rugged weather sealing as the Nikon D810. The durable body is a monocoque structure composed of magnesium alloy for the top and rear, while the front is reinforced with lightweight carbon fiber. The shutter mechanism has been tested for 200K actuations, helping to ensure maximum endurance. For further durability, the D500 excludes a pop-up flash, yet is compatible with Nikon's newest radio frequency capable flash, the SB-5000 Speedlight (with optional WR-R10 & WR-A10)1.

It's easy to compose and view images on the D500's bright 3.2-inch, high resolution (2359K-dot) touchscreen LCD, which lets users interact with photos in playback, control the camera and operate menus. When mounted on a tripod or shooting from creative angles, landscape and event shooters will appreciate the reinforced tilting LCD screen, similar to that of the Nikon D750. Additionally, images are rapidly written to either a fast XQD card slot or to the additional SD card slot for maximum workflow efficiency.

Constant Connectivity with the New Nikon SnapBridge
The D500 marshals in a new way to share photos wirelessly with the new Nikon SnapBridge, making the camera's built-in connectivity easier to use than ever before. SnapBridge allows for Bluetooth2 supported connection between your camera and compatible smart device, thus making automatic upload of your images possible. Once enabled, the camera stays connected to the smart device and transfers photos, eliminating the need to re-connect devices. Those looking to share images from their travels or from the field can also tag images for transfer in camera and can password protect their connection for added security. As an added benefit, the D500's built-in Near Field Communication (NFC)3 capability easily connects the camera to a compatible smart device with just a tap, while built-in Wi-Fi3 capability allows for faster wireless image transfer.

For those looking for an even faster transfer solution, the D500 is also compatible with the new optional WT-7A Wireless Transmitter, enabling wired or wireless transmission of files to an FTP server or computer at faster speeds.

Advanced Video Features
Just like the D5, the D500 has the ability to capture striking 4K UHD video at up to 30p (3840x2160), as well as Full HD (1080p) video at a variety of frame rates. Ready for any production, the camera sports a host of pro video features derived from the D810, including uncompressed HDMI output and Picture Controls, but adds even more great features. These pro-level creative video features include the ability to create 4K time-lapse movies in-camera, Auto ISO smoothing to provide fluid transitions in exposure during recording, and the capability to record 4K UHD video to the card and output to HDMI simultaneously. When capturing 1080p Full HD content, the camera also has a new 3-axis electronic VR feature that can be activated regardless of the lens being used. Challenging video exposures are no problem for the D500, as it also adds in Active D-Lighting to Full HD video to balance exposure values within a scene to help prevent blown-out highlights


Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Picture Angle: Nikon DX format
Effective Pixels: 20.9 million
Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.7mm
Image Sensor Format: DX
Image Sensor Type: CMOS
Total Pixels: 21.56 million
Dust-reduction system: Image
Image Area
DX-format: (L) 5,568 x 3,712 / (M) 4,176 x 2,784 / (S) 2,784 x 1,856
1.3x Crop Mode: (L) 4,272 x 2,848 / (M) 3,200 x 2,136 / (S) 2,128 x 1,424
Photographs During Movie Recording
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

File Format Still Images
JPEG: 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,
Storage Media
XQD Type Memory
Card Slot
Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.
File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) PictBridge
Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
DX (24x16): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
1.3x (18x12): 98% Horizontal and 98% Vertical (Approx.)
Viewfinder Magnification
1.0x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1) (Approx.)
Viewfinder Eyepoint
16mm (-1.0m)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-2.0 to +1.0m
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Mirror Lock Up
Lens Aperture
Instant-return type
Electronically Controlled
Depth-of-field Control
Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)
Compatible Lenses
AF NIKKOR lenses G, E, and D (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only).

Electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a max aperture of f/5.6 or f
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter
Electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode
Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, Bulb, Time, X250
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec.
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/250 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower
Bulb Shutter Setting
Shutter Release Modes
Continuous 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
Frame Advance Rate
Up to 9 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
Continuous Shooting Options DX-format
CH: Up to 10 frames per second
CL: Up to 1-9 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Quiet Mode
Up to 3 frames per second
Top Continuous Speed at Full Res
10 frames per second
2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec.
Timer duration electronically controlled
Exposure Metering System
TTL exposure metering using approximately 180K (180,000) pixels RGB sensor
Metering Method: 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)
Metering Method: Matrix
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
Metering Method: Spot
Meters 3.5mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering Method: Highlight-Weighted
Available with type G, E, and D lenses; equivalent to center-weighted when non-CPU lens is used
Metering Range
-3 +/- 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
0 to 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Exposure Modes
Aperture-Priority (A)
Manual (M)
Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
Shutter-Priority (S)
Exposure Compensation
+/-5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Picture Control
User-customizable Settings
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 - 51,200
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
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Hi-5 (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
Lo-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)
Long Exposure Noise Reduction
High ISO Noise Reduction
Active D-Lighting
Extra High
D-Lighting Bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame
3-5 frames using preset values for all frames
Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 25, 72 and 153 (3D-tracking)
Auto-Area AF Mode
Autofocus System
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection and 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
Detection Range
-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Lens Servo
Autofocus (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
AF-Area Mode
25, 72, or 153 point Dynamic-area AF
Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
Group-area AF
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector
Focus Modes
Continuous-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
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
Autofocus Sensitivity
-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Autofocus Fine Tune
Flash Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
X-Sync Speed
Top FP High Speed Sync
Up to 1/8000
Flash Control
TTL: 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 meter
Flash Sync Modes
Auto 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
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash-Ready Indicator
Lights 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 Shoe
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
CLS Supported
Flash Sync Terminal
White Balance
Auto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K 10000K)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white bal
White Balance Bracketing
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Live View Shooting
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Live View Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-Area Mode
Face-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
Live View Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Maximum Recording Time
4K/UHD 3 minutes; 1,080 50/60p 10/20 minutes (HQ/Norm); 1,080 30/25/24p and 720 50/60p 20/29:59 minutes (HQ/Norm)
Movie File Format
Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio Recording Format
Linear PCM
4K/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 1,920x1,08
Movie (cont.)
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
Movie Audio
Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Monitor Size
3.2" diagonal
Monitor Resolution
2,359,000 Dots
Monitor Type
TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle
Monitor Angle of View
170 -degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments
Brightness, 5 levels
Monitor Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Also visible in Viewfinder
Playback Functions
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
GPS data display
Image Rating
Image Rotation
Image Slideshow
IPTC information embedding and
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction &l
Image Comment
10-pin RemoteTerminal
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Headphone Connector
Stereo Microphone Input 3.5mm
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is r
Wi-Fi Functionality
Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
GP-1A GPS unit (optional)
Save/Load Camera Settings
Total Custom Settings
My Menu
Yes with customization
Recent Settings
Supported Languages
Brazilian Portuguese
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
German <
Date and Time
Daylight Savings Time Settings
The camera clock is powered by a separate, non-rechargeable CR1616 lithium battery with a life of about two years.
World Time Setting
EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Other Battery Options (Not Included)
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
AC Adapter (Not Included)
EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Battery Charger
MH-25a Quick Charger
Tripod Socket
Dimensions (WxHxD)
5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2" (147 x 115 xz 81mm)
1.7 lbs (760g)
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