Nikon D500 Review

Nikon D500 Review

For years Nikon didn’t offer a real APS-C flagship model with professional ambitions, the D300S was increasingly outdated. But parallel to the D5, the D500 is now available as a kind of “Mini-D5”, and it fulfils the long-cherished dreams of many Nikon photographers, perhaps even those who had left the competition for lack of an alternative. Because the APS-C format definitely has advantages: above all the “built-in teleconverter” for either longer focal lengths or smaller lenses and last but not least the better autofocus coverage related to the field of view.

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very robust (splash water and dust protection) and ergonomic housing
  • Great 153-point autofocus with flat field-of-view coverage
  • Outstanding series image performance
  • Ultra high-resolution, foldable touch screen
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 3,200 and good at ISO 6,400

Cons

  • Unsophisticated Snapbridge functionality (Bluetooth and WLAN)
  • Missing focus peaking
  • Highest sensitivities with unacceptable image quality

It was no longer considered possible that the Nikon D300S would receive a successor model more than five years after its introduction, although rumours have been raving about one for at least five years. But now Nikon skips the model number D400 and presents with the D500 the long awaited APS-C-DSLR top model. Equipped with a new 21-megapixel sensor, the D500 offers the same features in many areas as the professional model D5.

Nikon’s goal with the D500 is to integrate high-end technology into a compact and lightweight camera body. The new APS-C image sensor with a resolution of 21 megapixels, for example, together with the Expeed 5 image processor, which is also used in the D5, achieves up to ISO 1,638,400. This is only one light level less than the D5. The D500 also inherits the autofocus from the D5: 153 measuring points, including 99 cross sensors, 15 of which are also light-sensitive at F8. Even with ambient light with a light value of -4, the middle autofocus point can focus, all others require at least -3 LW. The autofocus is supplemented by an exposure meter with 180,000 RGB measuring points, which is also installed in the D5. The exposure meter detects subjects and supports AF-C perfectly. The D500’s continuous shooting function achieves ten frames per second for 200 shots at a time.

The Nikon D500 has an eight centimeter foldable touch screen with 2.36 million pixels resolution. [Photo: Nikon]

The rear screen of the Nikon D500 measures eight centimeters in the diagonal as in the D5 and also resolves extremely fine 2.36 million pixels. It is also a touch screen and the screen can be folded up and down. A touch autofocus and a touch trigger function are also built in. In addition, the D500 is the first APS-C DSLR to offer a 4K video function with 24, 25 or 30 frames per second, in Full HD up to 60 frames per second are possible. It is stored in MOV format with H.264 compression and stereo sound recorded via the internal or external microphone.

The connectivity via SnapBridge is completely new. Every Nikon camera introduced in 2016 should have this feature. SnapBridge connects the camera to a smart device (iOS or Android) via Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). The connection is maintained all the time, which costs very little energy thanks to Bluetooth LE. SnapBridge, for example, always ensures the correct setting of the camera’s time and location. In addition, images can be transferred to the smart device either in two megapixels or full JPEG resolution. This is done automatically immediately after shooting, even when the camera is turned off and without the photographer having to specifically initiate it. The smart device’s mobile data connection is not interrupted, so that it continues to receive e-mails, for example. WLAN is still used for the remote control function, so it only works if the camera is equipped accordingly, independent of SnapBridge. The range of functions with live image transmission and release as well as the control of zoom and self-timer remains extremely small. The D500 has the necessary WLAN. However, it can also be equipped with a four-fold fast WLAN with extended functionality (e.g. configuring the camera as an access point) using the WT-7 WLAN adapter.

Ergonomics and workmanship

The case of the APS-C-DSLR, which weighs a good 840 grams, appears extremely robust when first touched. In fact, it is not a pure metal case at all, but plastic is used at the front and bottom, while the rear shell and top plate are made of a light metal alloy. However, the use of plastic in particular permits a very complex housing shape that ensures a very good position in the hand. The little finger also finds room on the handle, and the hollow between handle and bayonet offers more than enough space for the fingers. With this Nikon has succeeded in making a real hand flatterer. The plastic cover parts do not detract from the robust impression, the seals to protect against splash water and dust underline the robustness requirement. The D500 should be able to take a lot as a workhorse in the (professional) photographer’s everyday life.

The Nikon D500’s eight-centimeter touchscreen has an extremely fine resolution of 2.36 million pixels and can also be folded up and down.

With its large plastic light metal housing, the Nikon D500 fits the hand perfectly. In addition, there is a splash water and dust protection.

The whole operation of the D500 is arranged on the Nikon professional rail, the D500 has almost the same operation as the professional model D5 and is therefore also ideally suited as a second camera. However, this operating concept also requires some discussion of the operating instructions, because sometimes the functions are not immediately apparent. For example, how a manual white balance works is not apparent from the camera itself. The ingenious function for automatic focus correction is not even described in the manual, but can be read in our photo tip (see further links). In addition, you should sometimes pay close attention to the on-screen instructions, because sometimes you need to explicitly press the key labeled “OK”, the confirmation key of the control pad is not always sufficient. For example, Nikon protects some functions, such as formatting the memory card or deleting an image, from accidental operation.

Once the operating concept has been internalized, it works quite well and only rarely is an excursion into the extremely extensive menu necessary. The many menu functions can lead to some search actions, because the menu is not clearly arranged despite the many categories, mainly because of the many submenus and vertical scrolling. The brilliant screen, on the other hand, deserves praise, as it is a bit larger with a diagonal of eight centimeters than some of its competitors’ models. Above all, however, the screen resolution of 2.36 million pixels clearly stands out from the usual one million pixels. In addition, Nikon finally dares to take a step into the future in the professional segment as well, because the screen is not only touch-sensitive, but can also be folded up and down, so that you almost always have your flexible “light well viewfinder” with you.

If the view through the real and for DSLR fans only true reflex viewfinder is in demand, then the D500 offers a bright and not at all so small viewfinder picture. Thanks to the pentaprism, the image is pleasantly bright, the magnification factor is sensor-related at 1. Compared to a 35mm DSLR, however, the magnification with a factor of 0.67 is no longer quite as luxurious. We have to criticize the small exit pupil of only 16 millimeters, which makes it impossible for spectacle wearers to see the viewfinder image. It’s stupid that Nikon only gave the viewfinder a small dioptre correction of -2 to +1 dpt. Practical, however, especially for tripod photography, is the manual shutter built into the viewfinder, which prevents backward extraneous light from entering, which could irritate the light meter. Optionally, a grid can be displayed in the viewfinder, but this is limited to the border areas above and below.

More useful is the grid in Live View, where you can even get a live histogram and an electronic spirit level. The autofocus, however, works much slower in Live View. While the viewfinder focuses within a quarter to a third of a second when used, the D500 allows 0.8 to 1.2 seconds in Live View. After all, thanks to the touch screen, you can focus on any point with a simple fingertip. When using the viewfinder, however, the joystick must be used, even if it is very easy to use. Since the autofocus module is the same as in the D5, but the D500 covers a smaller image circle, the autofocus measuring fields extend particularly far to the edge of the image. When focusing manually, the Live View proves once again to be advantageous, as the display magnifier allows you to zoom in digitally on the detail to be focused. It’s a pity that Nikon still doesn’t offer focus peaking.

The equipment with interfaces is also very extensive. On the underside, the battery bay is located at a sufficient distance from the tripod thread arranged in the optical axis. Due to the missing pop-up flash, the D500 achieves a remarkable 1,240 CIPA-standard shots with one battery charge when using the optical viewfinder. However, the D500 only swallows original rechargeable batteries, those from third-party manufacturers are digitally excluded. Even a battery that works in the D7200, for example, doesn’t necessarily do so in the D500, unless it’s an original Nikon battery. As an alternative to the battery, a dummy with a mains cable connection can be inserted in the battery compartment to provide the camera with permanent power. Also the possibility to mount a multifunction handle with a second battery should not go unmentioned.

Thanks to the 20-megapixel sensor in APS-C size, the Nikon D500 offers a little “free focal length”

The backlit display on the top of the Nikon D500 provides information about the most important recording settings.

The large memory card compartment on the handle side offers two slots that can take on different functions, such as backup, separation of raw data and JPEG images, or separation of videos and photos. The upper compartment is an XQD slot, only with such a memory card does the D500 unfold its full speed potential. However, since the SD card slot below is UHS II compatible, it also achieves considerable storage speeds.

On the left side there are many more interfaces. Besides USB 3 and Mini-HDMI these are a microphone input as well as a headphone output, the obligatory flash connection socket and Nikon’s own ten-pin beech to connect all kinds of specific accessories.

Equipment

If you don’t like motif programs, the Nikon D500 is the perfect choice. It does not even have a program selector, instead the four recording programs P, A, S and M are selected with the rear thumbwheel while the Mode button is held down. If you additionally activate the ISO automatic in the program automatic, you have at least something like a fully automatic, which actually amounts to a simple exposure automatic. The D500 unfolds its strengths in the hands of an experienced photographer who knows exactly when to adjust what. For example, a few pushes of a button or a turn of the wheel activates the series picture mode, which fires off at ten frames per second. If a fast XQD memory card is used, the maximum of 200 possible serial images can be taken with the full serial frame rate even at the highest JPEG quality. In Raw, on the other hand, the continuous shooting rate drops to a good eight frames per second after a little more than 100 frames, which is still exceptionally fast. The autofocus also reliably follows a moving subject, thanks to the 153 measuring points over a very wide field of view. In addition, the autofocus can be finely configured and the number of active focus fields can be varied.

If you want to flash with the D500, however, you have no chance with on-board resources. You need a TTL flash or a wireless controller on the camera to fire external flashes. But it’s also classic thanks to the flash sync socket. With appropriate system flashes, however, the range of functions for artificial lighting leaves nothing to be desired.

If extensive bracketing or interval shooting is required, the D500 also offers a wide range of setting options. Even an HDR mode can be found in the menu. Videographers also get a lot to see. The D500 films not only in full HD, but also in 4K. Even a 32 GB XQD memory card is enough to record less than 30 minutes of 4K video at 30 frames per second, but the D500 seamlessly creates a new video file when it reaches the 4 GB file limit, the format is MOV with H.264 compression. While exposure and sound can be adjusted by the videographer, one should, at least during the recording, keep one’s fingers away from the autofocus, because this leads to a pumping and to unpleasant noises during the recording. The integrated stereo microphone also picks up hand noises very sensitively. Fortunately, the D500 has a microphone jack, and thanks to the headphone jack you can even control the sound live. Of course, the D500 also has a live HDMI task without annoying fade-ins.

The tripod thread of the Nikon D500 is not only in the optical axis, but also far away from the battery compartment.

After years of abstinence, Nikon’s D500 is the latest APS-C professional model to join the line-up. The D500 resembles the D5 technically and ergonomically immensely.

Together with the D500, Nikon had announced the new wireless standard Snapbridge, which, apart from the professional camera D5 and the cheapest entry-level compact cameras, should be supported in all camera classes in between. The idea sounds tempting: an energy-saving Bluetooth connection ensures permanent data transmission between smartphone and camera. Small two-megapixel versions of the images land in the background on the smartphone, which constantly transmits the current position to the D500. Enough resolution to post in social networks about. NFC is also on board, which should provide a simple connection. WLAN, on the other hand, is only switched on if more data-hungry actions such as image transmission in full resolution or camera remote control with live transmission are required.

In practice, however, Snapbridge proved to be rather immature. It is not possible to initiate a connection via NFC. The app must be downloaded and installed manually. The app is currently only available for Android, the iOS version is still in progress and should be released in August 2016. After starting the app, you have to shimmy through the camera menu and activate Bluetooth, then establish the connection, which doesn’t always work right away. If the connection is established, the position information is actually transferred from the smartphone to the camera and immortalized in the EXIF information during recording. So much for the positives. The background image transfer, on the other hand, does not work in Raw at all, instead of the camera automatically providing a small JPEG for the transfer – a suitable Raw converter is even included in the menu. But also the transmission of JPEGs often failed in our experiments. In addition, the camera tries again and again, which consumes a lot of battery power. At some point it might work before the battery is empty, at least for us. The camera also gets warm in the thumb cavity.

If you want to use WLAN, this is also only possible via the app, it cannot be activated separately. The establishment of the connection is a test of patience, and after the image transmission it takes an eternity for the image index to be reestablished. Same waiting game for the camera remote control. If the transmission is stopped, the camera blocks the operation, but the app does not release it. Those who are satisfied with touch autofocus, live image and self-timer may be happy, but this is definitely not enough for a professional camera. A look at the competition shows that it is much more comfortable, faster, easier and with a wider range of functions. Snapbridge is, at least in its current state, not a purchase argument for the D500, but rather one against it, since not even the WLAN works independently of Bluetooth. Hopefully Nikon will update the firmware.

Characteristic for the good idea with the missing user friendliness is the reference in the app to a firmware update. If you tap on it, you will get to a website with the hint that it could not be displayed on the device, but that you should try it on the PC. You don’t even get the information about what the update contains, let alone the possibility to send the link to a PC or even download the update with the smart device and send it wirelessly to the camera. Well meant is not well done.

During the test we also discovered a problem with the AndroidApp: When we deactivated Bluetooth on the smartphone during a trip, the app was running amok. The device overheated and the battery emptied quickly. Since even a restart did not help, the only option left was to uninstall the Snapbridge app.

Even though Snapbridge works more than just hooky, this should not obscure the fact that the D500 is otherwise a fully equipped camera with a cornucopia of functions. Even after shooting, the camera does not let the photographer down with all kinds of image processing functions; and if a JPEG is needed where only one raw was taken, this is no problem thanks to the built-in raw data converter, including appropriate adjustment and correction options for white balance, exposure, etc..

Picture quality

The Nikon D500 is equipped with a powerful 20 megapixel CMOS sensor. It thus offers slightly less resolution than the usual 24-megapixel DSLRs, but this might have a positive effect on image noise. In any case, the D500 has the same resolution as the D5. ISO sensitivity is high up to ISO 1.6 million. What the image quality is really good for, we have mainly examined in our test laboratory on the basis of JPEG images. If you are interested in the entire laboratory test, you can purchase it for a small fee via the links below and thereby support our editorial work. Since there is no set lens for the D500, we decided to use the new universal zoom AF-S Nikkor 16-85 mm 1:2.8-4E ED VR, which covers a large focal length range of 24 to 130 millimeters equivalent to a small picture at a decent light intensity and is nevertheless quite compact.

The handle of the Nikon D500 is generously rubberized and therefore non-slip. In addition, the pronounced handle provides an excellent grip, even the little finger still finds room.

Nikon is not stingy with interfaces on the D500: In addition to USB 3, there is also an HDMI mini, headphone output, microphone input, studio flash connection and a manufacturer-specific ten-pin socket.

In fact, the zoom achieves a high resolution of maximum 55 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in 35mm equivalent at 50 percent contrast. This maximum is reached at F4 and F5.6 in the center of the image at the shortest focal length. The medium and long focal lengths of 53 and 50 lp/mm respectively are hardly inferior. Even dimming is hardly necessary. This increases the resolution noticeably at the edge of the image at the most, whereby the lens does not stand out due to a high edge loss. This is usually 20-25 percent or further down even lower. In terms of resolution, the lens is quite impressive, but the distortion is very high with over 3.5 percent ton form in wide-angle and over 1.5 percent cushion form at medium and long focal lengths and is disturbingly noticeable. If you like, you can activate distortion correction in the camera for compensation or use corresponding correction profiles when developing the raw. The edge darkening, on the other hand, is only slightly stronger at F2.8 and thus only in the wide angle, where there is 60 percent light loss, which corresponds to 1.3 f-stops. When zoomed in or dimmed a little, the edge darkening is quickly halved. Colour fringes, on the other hand, are on average small and only appear slightly in the wide angle towards the edge of the picture in the extremes. Apart from the distortion, Nikon has a recommendable new universal zoom in its program.

The sensor has a very high signal-to-noise ratio of more than 40 dB, especially up to ISO 200. Only above ISO 3.200 does it become critical with less than 35 dB. With quite fine noise grain, brightness noise from ISO 6.400 slowly becomes visible and rises strongly above ISO 25.600. Color noise, on the other hand, only becomes visible from ISO 409.600, but all the stronger. As with the Nikon D5, the highest ISO sensitivities are far away from anything that can be described as image “quality”. Above ISO 409.600, the image quality becomes completely out of the question, sometimes the noise is so high that the image analysis software can no longer find the recorded test chart in the noise. As with the D5, one can dismiss these sensitivities as paper tigers and should rather concentrate on the range up to ISO 3,200, because until then there is a good image quality, up to ISO 200 even an excellent one.

This is also reflected in the sharpness of the texture, which is even greatly oversharpened at low sensitivities. Up to ISO 3.200 practically no loss of fine image details can be measured, even at ISO 6.400 these are still sufficiently present. The dynamic range is between ISO 100 and 400 at a very high level of a good eleven f-stops. At ISO 50, the signal attenuation results in a slightly poorer input dynamic; above ISO 400, it begins to drop gently. At ISO 6.400, the measured values reach the limit of ten f-stops. However, the dynamic range only becomes really bad above ISO 51.200. While eight f-stops are still achieved here, only seven (at ISO 102.400) to 5.5 f-stops (at ISO 409.600) are left at three-digit ISO values.

The tonal value curve runs divided for crisper images, the tonal value range decreases steadily with increasing ISO sensitivity. Up to ISO 200 there is a very good tonal range with over 224 of 256 possible brightness gradations, up to ISO 1.600 the value remains in the good range of over 160 levels. At ISO 6.400 there are only 128 levels (7 of 8 bit), at ISO 25.600 the value becomes critical with less than 96 brightness levels.

The memory cards of the Nikon D500 are removed separately. The double slot accommodates a fast XQD card as well as an SD card, and the SD slot is compatible with SDHC, SDXC and UHS-II.

The D500 is very accurate at absorbing colours, but there are also some major deviations, especially in the cyan to violet tones. Cyan is clearly shifted towards blue-violet, violet itself is strongly supersaturated. Even the green, especially the darker ones, is strongly saturated. The shades of red and orange, on the other hand, are surprisingly neutral. However, the manual white balance is very accurate, except for the very high ISO sensitivities. The actual color depth is also good. Up to ISO 1,600, more than four million color nuances are differentiated, only above ISO 6,400 will it be significantly less than two million. Here, too, a sharp drop in the measured value at six-digit ISO sensitivities can be observed.

Bottom line

The Nikon D500 is a very well processed DSLR that also fits perfectly in your hand. Without being unnecessarily heavy, she brings a good weight for a good balance. The operating concept may take some getting used to, but after training it is good and above all identical to the professional model D5. The very reliable working autofocus combined with the high serial image performance makes the D500 an absolute sports ace, whereby the APS-C sensor makes sports photography its hobbyhorse, after all, there is a quasi “free focal length” or comparatively low weight. The image quality of the 20-megapixel sensor is also very good. Especially at ISO 100 and 200 it unfolds an excellent image quality, up to ISO 1.600 the images are very good. Even at ISO 3.200 one still gets a good image quality, only at ISO 6.400 the camera reaches its limits and image quality and detail losses become visible. The very high sensitivities of up to ISO 1.6 million, on the other hand, turn out to be a paper tiger, because usable pictures hardly come out of it, even the motif can hardly be recognized in the noise. We were disappointed with the Snapbridge functionality. The idea is great, but the implementation is inadequate. It remains to be hoped that Nikon will improve this point and perhaps even make WLAN available independently of Bluetooth.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Nikon
Model D500
Sensor CMOS APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5
)21.6 megapixels (physical)
20.9 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.2 µm
Resolution (max.) 5.568 x 3.712 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens Nikon AF-S 16-80 mm 2.8-4E ED VR (zoom lens)
Reflex viewfinder Prism viewfinder, 100 percent image field coverage, 1x magnification (sensor-related), 0.67x magnification (KB equivalent), 16 mm eye distance, diopter correction from -2.0 to 1.0 dpt, replaceable focusing screens
Monitor 3.2″ (8.0 cm)
Disbandment 2.359,000 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swivelling
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI Mini Output (Type C)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic motif control
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function no
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (180,000 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/8.000 s
Lightning bolt
Synchronous time 1/250 s
Flash connection Hot shoe: Nikon, standard center contact
WLAN yes
NFC yes
GPS external, permanent smartphone connection|wired or plug-on receiver
Remote release yes, cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
XQD
Slot 2
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 100-51.200
manually ISO 50-1,640,000
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 15399
Cross sensors54
Line sensors
Speed Phase Auto Focus: 0.26 s to 0.35 sLive View Auto Focus
: 0.80 s to 1.20 s
AF auxiliary light k. A.
Dimensions (mm) 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 840 g (housing only
)1.320 g (with lens)
Tripod socket in optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 1.240 images (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very robust (splash water and dust protection) and ergonomic housing
  • Great 153-point autofocus with flat field-of-view coverage
  • Outstanding series image performance
  • Ultra high-resolution, foldable touch screen
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 3,200 and good at ISO 6,400

Cons

  • Unsophisticated Snapbridge functionality (Bluetooth and WLAN)
  • Missing focus peaking
  • Highest sensitivities with unacceptable image quality.

Nikon D500 Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm (crop factor 1.5
)21.6 megapixels (physical) and 20.9 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.2 µm
Photo resolution
5.568 x 3.712 pixels (3:2)
5.568 x 3.128 pixels (16:9)
5.184 x 2.920 pixels (16:9)
4.272 x 2.848 pixels (3:2)
4.272 x 2.400 pixels (16:9)
4.176 x 2.784 pixels (3:2)
4.176 x 2.344 pixels (16:9)
3.840 x 2.160 pixels (16:9)
3.200 x 2.136 pixels (3:2)
2.784 x 1.856 pixels (3:2)
2.784 x 1.560 pixels (16:9)
2.128 x 1.424 Pixel (3:2)
2.128 x 1.192 pixels (16:9)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 36 bits (12 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard (version 2), IPTC
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) PCM

Lens

Lens mount
Nikon F

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 153 sensors, 99 cross sensors and 54 line sensors, autofocus working range from -4 EV to 20 EV, contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, Focus magnifier
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder Single lens reflex viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 16 mm eye relief with 1 x magnification (0.7 x KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-2.0 to +1.0 dpt), replaceable focusing screens, grille can be inserted
Monitor 3.2″ (8.0 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 2,359,000 pixels, viewing angle 170°, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, color adjustable, tiltable 130° up and 85° down, with touch screen
Info display additional info display (top) with illumination

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 180,000 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 3% of the image field)
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
Bulb Function
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 9 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/1 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 51.200 (automatic
)ISO 50 to ISO 1.640.000 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, cable release, remote control via smartphone/tablet
, remote control from computer: certain functions
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 7 presets, Incandescent light, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual 6 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 10.0 fps at highest resolution and max. 200 stored photos
Self-timer Self-timer every 10 s, special features: Additional 2, 5 or 20 s self-timer.
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 89,991 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions Mirror lock-up, AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Flash no built-in flash availableFlash shoe
: Nikon, standard centre contactFlash connection socket
: F-plug, Nikon system cable
Flash range Flash sync time 1/250 s
Flash functions Auto, Fill Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, High Speed Sync, Slow Sync, Flash On Second Shutter Curtain, Red-Eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Correction from -3.0 EV to +1.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
XQD
second memory card slot
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
GPS function GPS external (permanent smartphone connection|wired or plug-on receiver)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL15 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.4 V, 1,030 mAh
)1,240 images according to CIPA standardNikon
EH-5B Power supply unit
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, video editing, image cropping, image rotation, image protection, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, slide show function, zoom out
Voice memo Voice memo (PCM format)
Face recognition Face recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Special functions Electronic Spirit Level, Grid Display, Orientation Sensor, Live View (limited duration), User Profiles with 4 User Profiles and 52 Options
Ports Data interfaces: Bluetooth, USBUSB type
:USB 3.0 SuperSpeedWLAN
: present (type: B, G)
NFC: present
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Mini (Type C
)Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo with power supply))
Audio output: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pole))
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Case Splash guard
Features and Miscellaneous Image sensor cleaningReference image
for dust removal function (only in combination with Capture NX-D software)
Picture Control System (Standard, Neutral, Brilliant, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Individual)
3D Color Matrix Metering only for Type G, E and D LensesActive
D-Lighting with five step exposure series
: Flash (max 9 shots), White Balance (max 9 shots), White Balance (max 9 shots), White Balance (max 9 shots), White Balance (max 9 shots), White Balance (max 9 shots), White Balance (max9 shots).

9 images) and Active D-Lighting15 AF sensors
that support a light intensity of 1:8, measuring range -4 to 20 EV55
AF measuring points can be selected manually (35 cross sensors and 9 1:8 sensors)
Dynamic AF measuring field control with 25, 72 or 153 measuring fields3D tracking automatic

measuring field group controlContrast AF
with Live View at any position of the picture field4K
Video recording maximum 3 minutes1080p50/60
maximum recording 10 or 20 minutes

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Weight 840 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Nikon AN-DC17 Storage AccessoriesNikon
BF-1B (Case Cover)
Nikon DK-17 (Eyepiece Protective Glass)
Nikon EN-EL15 Special BatteryNikon
MH-25a Charger for Special BatteriesNikon
UC-E22 USB CableUSB
and HDMI Cable Clips, CD-ROM, Quick Reference Guide
optional accessory Nikon DG-2 (Magnification Eyepiece)Nikon
DK-17A (Eyepiece Protective Glass)
Nikon DK-17C (Eyepiece Correction Lens)Other AccessoriesNikon
DK-17M (Magnification Eyepiece)Nikon

DK-18 (
Eyepiece
Adapter)
Nikon DK-19 (Eyecup)Nik

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GP-1 (GPS Receiver)
Nikon MB-D17 Battery GripNikon
MC-36A Cable Remote ControlNikon
ME-

1

(Microphone)
Nikon ME-W1 (Microphone)
Nikon MH-26a Charger for Special BatteriesNikon
MH-26a AK Charger for Special BatteriesNikon
ML-3 IR (Infrared Remote Control)
Nikon WR-1 (Wireless Remote Control)
Nikon WR-A10 Wireless Remote ControlNikon
WR-R10 Wireless Remote ControlNikon
WR-T10 (Wireless Remote Control)

Firmware update 1.5 for the Coolpix B700 and C1.20 for the Nikon D500: Error corrections and extensions

Nikon provides new firmware updates for both the Coolpix B700 and the APS-C-DSLR D500. With the new C1.20 firmware for the D500, it is possible to establish a WLAN connection to the smartphone without Bluetooth, but this also requires the current Snapbridge app. Also for the B700 there is an important Snapbridge innovation: With the update 1.5 the Coolpix becomes compatible to newer Snapbridge versions (1.2 and higher).

How to connect the D500 to a smartphone only via WLAN is described by Nikon in a manual appendix (see further links). This requires the Snapbridge app version 2.5.4 or higher (download from the Google Play or Apple iTunes Store). Furthermore, the firmware update fixes some problems, for example when focusing on objects at the edge of the picture or that the camera sometimes stopped responding in fast continuous mode. In addition, it could happen that the camera could no longer be turned off. When updating from an older firmware version (1.12 or lower), special instructions from Nikon must be observed.

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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.