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Nikon D500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 287 reviews of Nikon D500. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and image quality. The screen and usability also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the flash and battery. The memory and contrast get negative comments.

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price, storage, contrast, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon D500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Nikon D500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Nikon D500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers really like the usability and portability. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the reliability and design.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D500 Body AF-S DX 16-80 Kit Digital CameraNikon D500 Body AF-S DX 16-80 Kit Digital Camera

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Nikon D500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of Nikon D500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the low light performance and screen. The image quality and usability also get good views, but the storage and connectivity get negative comments.

performance, usability, image quality, screen, low-light

portability, connectivity, storage

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only)Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only)

Dec, 2018

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Amy Davies (

Nikon D500


Nikon fans have been waiting years for a follow-up to the much-loved D300S, and now it's here – the Nikon D500.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by (

Nikon D500 review


This speedy APS-C classic loves to be where the action is...

Fantastic image quality for a range of subjects ; Loads of manual controls ; Brilliant autofocus system ; Excellent optical viewfinder

Expensive for an APS-C camera

The best APS-C camera you can buy and well worth its slightly painful price tag

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Nikon D500 review: The best APS-C DSLR ever made?


It's been a long time since Nikon launched the D300, a camera that arrived at roughly the same time as the very first iPhone. Yep, that long ago. That camera's successor, the D300S, hit the market last decade too. But now the long wait for a...

Fully realised autofocus system, fast shooting and huge buffer, great image quality, smaller and more manageable than D5, tilt-angle touchscreen, ups its video capabilities (including 4K)

“Hi” ISO settings aren’t useful - they’re just headline grabbers, screen isn’t fully variable, touchscreen inaccessible for menu controls

The Nikon D500 is a DSLR with little compare. It steps up beyond the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (assuming that isn’t replaced at Photokina 2016), while the range of Nikon DX optics will see it as the more practical solution compared to the Pentax K-1 for...

Sep, 2016

Techradar Recommended 2017

Expert review by : Phil Hall Angela Nicholson (

Nikon D500 review


Nikon's baby D5 is perfect for the action photographer

Brilliant AF system ; 10fps shooting for 200 raw files ; Metal, weather-sealed body ; Polished handling ; Excellent image quality

Live View AF can be slow ; Tilting rather than vari-angle screen ; Limited touchscreen control

At last Nikon has a professional-level APS-C-format camera to replace the D300S and compete with Canon's EOS 7D Mk II. It's a fantastic DSLR that's packed with pro-spec features, including an impressive AF system and great low-light credentials that...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Nikon D500 review


After 6 years neglecting the power APS-C action photographer, Nikon released the mostly impressive D500 dSLR, the little sister to the pro full-frame D5 . With the same autofocus and metering systems as that model, a high-sensitivity 20.9-megapixel...

The Nikon D500 is fast with excellent continuous-shooting and autofocus performance, its 4K video support is a welcome novelty for its dSLR price class and, of course, there's the great photo quality.

Terrible wireless file-transfer and remote-control app, and its Live View (contrast) autofocus could use a boost.

There's tons to like about the Nikon D500, from its fast shooting and excellent image quality to its broad feature set and streamlined design. But it still falls short with its Live View autofocus and seriously subpar wireless file transfer and...

Jul, 2016

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Nikon D500 review - a joyful experience with rewarding results


Outstanding quality across the board, the Nikon D500 is fast, feature-packed and takes beautiful photos.

Nikon appears to be on a mission to pack the best of everything into this camera, and by and large it has succeeded. It looks, feels and behaves like a quality piece of kit, it rarely keeps you waiting and it’s unfazed by tricky shooting conditions....

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Charles Poladian (

Nikon D500 is a sport shooter's dream come true


The trusty old reliable DSLR is far from dead.

Great versatility and performance ; Increased ISO sensitivity to capture in low light ; Excellent, durable build quality

SnapBridge is ho-hum ; Limited touchscreen LCD capabilities ; Slow Live View

The Nikon D500 does not disappoint with blinding speed and lots of options.

Dec, 2016

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Joshua Waller (

Nikon D500 Expert Review


Read our full review of the new 20 megapixel Nikon D500, with high speed shooting and 4K video recording.

Excellent noise performance - best in class ; Improved white balance performance, and settings ; High resolution tilting touch-screen ; Dual-axis electronic level ; 100%, 1.0x magnification viewfinder ; Quick live view shutter response ; 153 focus...

Photo shooting menu bank / custom settings may not be to everyone's preference ; Remote shooting app could do with some better controls ; Limited touch-screen controls ; Lacks built-in flash ; Price

The Nikon D500 goes head-to-head with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II , and offers 10fps continuous shooting, an updated and rapid focus system with excellent frame coverage, as well as 4K video. The weather-sealed camera body is also set up for outdoor...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Wilson Wong (

Hands on: Nikon D500 Apr 16th, 2016 | by Wilson Wong Imaging 8


At a time when sensors are getting bigger, an SLR camera like the Nikon D500, with a crop sensor, will still win over nature and sports photographers.

Apr, 2016

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : David Elrich (

Nikon D500 review


Nikon's D500 is the best enthusiast DSLR ever built.

Camera reviewers tend to get jaded as we play with the latest toys all the time, often questioning whether a new product is as good as a company claims. Well, Nikon has certainly delivered a lot with the new D500. Given the quality of the stills, it...

Jun, 2016

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:PCM
Audio system:STEREO
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):1240
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:EN-EL15
Power source type:Battery


3D:Y / Yes
Anti-dust function:Y
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, RAW / DCF 2.0,Exif 2.3,RAW
Camera playback:Highlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-2 - 1
Dioptre correction:Y / Yes
Direct printing:Y / Yes
Eye Relief:1.6
GPS (satellite):N / No
Image editing:resizing, rotating / resizing, rotating, trimming
Image processor:EXPEED 5
Languages support:ARA, BEN, BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, BEN, BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, FIN, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, Portuguese, Romanian, RUS, SER, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, BEN, BUL, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, Danish, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, JPN, KOR, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, THA, TUR, UKR
Live view:Y / Yes
Orientation sensor:N
Photo effects:Black&White, Mirror, Neutral, Vivid / black&white, Neutral, Vivid
Scene modes:Landscape
Self-timer delay:2,5,10,20
Tripod mountable:Y / Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Direct sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent




Colour of product:Black / Black, grey
Energy Star certified:N


Display diagonal:8.13
Display diagonal (metric):8
Display resolution (numeric):2359000
Second display:N / No
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Vari-angle LCD display:Y / Yes


Flash exposure compensation:Y / Yes
Flash exposure correction:-3EV - +1EV (1/3
Flash Modes:Auto, High-speed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Auto, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro
Flash sync-speed:1/250
Shoe mounting point:Y / Yes


Auto Focus (AF) lock:Y / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:153
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter Size:7.2
Focal length range (f-f):16 - 80 / 18 - 400
Lens mount interface:Nikon F
Lens structure (elements/groups):16/11 / 17/13
Maximum aperture number:32 / 40
Minimum aperture number:2.8 / 3.5
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of diaphragm blades:7
Optical Zoom:5

Light exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock:Y / Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 51200
ISO sensitivity (max):51200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Highlight-weighted, Matrix, Spot


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC, XQD / SD,SDHC,SDXC,XQD
Memory slots:2


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1
Data network:No / Not supported
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

USB Connectivity:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y
Battery charger included:Y / Yes
Cables included:HDMI,USB
Carrying case:Y
Wrist strap included:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, NEF, TIF / JPG,NEF,RAW,TIF / JPG,NEF,TIF
Image sensor size (W x H):23.5 x 15.7
Image stabilizer:N / No / Y / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:5568 x 3712
Motion detection function:Y
Sensor Format:DX
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):(L) 5568 x 3712, (M) 4176 x 2784, (S) 2784 x 1856 / (L) 5568 x 3712\n\n(M) 4176 x 2784\n\n(S) 2784 x 1856
Total MegaPixels:21.51 / 21.56

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB version:3.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Image processor:EXPEED 5
Self-timer:Y / Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum Video Resolution:3840 x 2160
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@25fps, 3840x2160@30fps / 1920x1080@24fps,1920x1080@25fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@50fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@24fps,3840x2160@25fps,3840x2160@30fps / 1920x1080@24fps,1920x1080@25fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@50fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@25fps,3840x2160@30fps / 3840x2160@24fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@25fps, 3840x2160@30fps
Video formats supported:H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160


Viewfinder Type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.1 / 81
Height :11.5 / 115
Lens diameter:8
Lens length:8.55
Lens weight:480
Weight (including battery):860
Width:14.7 / 147