Nikon D500 DX DSLR

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Nikon D500 DX DSLR Camera

The new flagship model of the Nikon's DX-format DSLR, the D500 decent is characterized by its apt imaging capabilities robust physical construction, and as expected, a more sleek, compact form factor than its FX brothers. Centered around a 20.9MP CMOS image sensor plus an EXPEED 5 image processor, this camera will appeal to both still and video photographers with its fast 10 fps continuous shooting speed and 4K UHD video capture abilities. The sensor and processor also combine to benefit a native sensitivity range as high as ISO 51200, which may be further expanded to as high as ISO 1640000 for shooting in dark and difficult lighting situations. Taking advantage of its fast shooting operation, the D500 is also personified by its expansive Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, featuring 99 cross-type points for quick performance and precise subject tracking abilities. While polished in stature, the D500 is by no means short on versatility or functionality.

In addition to the imaging assets, this advanced DSLR additionally features an impressive handling layout which incorporates a tiltlng 3.2", 2.36m-dot LCD touchscreen, which provides a comfortable means for shooting from low to high angles. An updated edition of SnapBridge is also realized, which delivers Wi-Fi connectivity along with NFC, and Bluetooth Low Energy technology for connecting your mobile device for wireless sharing of images. In addition to the enhanced features, the D500 is domiciled within a strong magnesium alloy chassis that is both weather sealed and dust resistant for working in harsh environments and inclement conditions.

20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor along with EXPEED 5 Image Processor The 20.9 MP DX-format CMOS sensor is paired with an EXPEED 5 image processor to deliver an esteemed mix fast overall performance. high sensitivity, and nuanced image quality. At native values, a sensitivity range extending from ISO 100-51200 allows shooting in a broad range of lighting situations, and can be additionally expanded as high as ISO 50-1640000 (Lo 1 to Hi 5) to cover the most difficult of situations. The mixture of sensor size and resolution also contributes to clean photo quality and silky smooth color transitions featuring reduced noise all through the sensitivity range.

In addition to excellent image quality, the EXPEED 5 image processor also provides an abundance of speed all through the camera system, including a top continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second with exposure metering and full-time autofocus. Up to 200 frames can be captured in a single burst, even when capturing 14-bit lossless compressed NEF images. In addition, slower continuous shooting speeds are available along with a Quiet Continuous Mode for capturing 3 frames per second in noise-sensitive environments.

4K UHD Video Capture Capable of recording more than just still images, the D500 supports 4K UHD video capture at 24, 25, and 30 fps frame rates and Full HD recording as quick as 60 fps, plus the ability to save movie clips to the in-camera memory cards or save as an uncompressed file to an optional external video recorder using HDMI out. For versatility and maintained quality in the way your movies look, there are three image area options available: 4K UHD movie capture format is an area that delivers a 1.5x increase in the effective in-use lens focal length although reserved for 4K 3840 x 2160 image capture. 1.3x-based movie capture format provides a 1.3x crop using the DX sensor, and is available for capturing FULL HD and HD video. DX-based movie capture format makes use of the full width of the DX-format image sensor, and is utilized to capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 along with HD 1280 x 720 video recording. This setting is befitting for shallow depth of field effects and delivers the widest field of view.

The same as still shooting, the wide aray of sensitivities is available for video recording in poor and bright-light situations, ranging from expanded ISO 100-1640000, and sensitivity values may be manually adjustable using the dedicated movie-shooting menu. In addition, a video-optimized Flat Picture Control mode may be utilized during recording as a way to flatten the overall contrast curve for added control during color grading and post-production.

As an additional benefit during handheld shooting, an Electronic Vibration Reduction feature may be used during Full HD and HD capture, which reduces the occurence of camera shake across three axes to control vertical, horizontal, and rotational movements. In addition, Active D-Lighting may also be used during Full HD/HD recording to insure highlight and shadow detail when shooting in high-contrast environments.

A consigned power aperture button (Pv) makes it possible to acquire continuous smooth exposure transitions while switching from light to dark areas while Auto ISO may also be employed to maintain consistent brightness when shooting in changing light environments. Audio recording may be acquired using the built-in stereo microphone or with an optional external microphone can be added using the 3.5mm stereo jack for added control over voice quality. Regardless if using the in-camera micophone or an external microphone, audio levels may be adjusted in 20 increments while live monitoring is possible using the headphone jack, which provides 30 different volume levels during playback.

In addition to typical movie recording, time-lapse recording, for as many as to 9999 consecutive frames captured over the course as much as one week, is also available with up to 4K UHD/30p output.

153-Point Multi-CAM 20K AF System Matching the imaging capabilities and speed is the apt Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system, which delivers 153 total phase-detection points, which includes 99 cross-type sensors for augmented subject recognition, and 55 of the points may be chosen for added compositional freedom. A benefit using teleconverters and super telephoto lenses, 15 of the points, which includes 9 selectable points, are congruent with an effective f/8 aperture and all 153 points support shooting with effective apertures of f/5.6 or faster.

A dedicated AF engine complements the abundance of focusing points, which provides fast response times to aid tracking random and fast moving subjects, even at the highest 10 frames per second shooting rate. The AF engine also adds to the enhanced focusing sensitivity, with all points able to focusing -3 EV and the center point has the capacity of reading at -4 EV for working in extremely dark, low-contrast environments.

In addition to the flexability of the focusing system, seven unique AF-area modes may be selected to accomodate varying types of subjects matter: Single-Point AF: The D500 makes use of a single point to acquire focus. Dynamic-Area autofocus: Available with 25, 72, or 153-point choices, this mode makes use of a primary single focus point to lock focus, and then uses the surrounding points to maintain focus while tracking subjects that are moving unpredictably. Group-Area AF: This mode treats smaller groups of autofocus points as a single point for a wider range of recognition, and is opportune for tracking faces or other precise subjects. 3D-Tracking: Using the color information of a subject, this mode makes use of all the 153 points to sustain focus on a moving subject while pressing the shutter button half-way down. Auto-Area AF: This mode uses all 153 points to quickly identify the primary subject, and then prioritizes faces it recognizes as portrait subjects in any AF servo mode.

In addition to the wide range of AF-area modes, an autofocus lock-on function may additionally be utilized to improve upon subject tracking performance, and can be regulated by two parameters-quick or delayed blacked shot autofocus response and erratic or steady subject movement. By composing these settings, the AF performance can be maximized to take care of a wide array of subject movement accounts.

The last point, a unique auto autofocus fine-tune function can be used to assure the best available focus for each lens that is mounted. Rather than relying upon photographing distance charts, this function lets you master precise focus in live view manually, and then allow the AF system to calibrate itself to a fine-tuned focus position as a way to alleviate front- and back-focusing issues.

Body Layout A large 3.2" rear LCD monitor provides a high resolution of 2,359k-dots for vivid clear playback and live view image capture. In addition, the monitor is a touchscreen providing more intuitive menu settings and navagation control, and may be used while shooting, letting you have the ability to select a focusing point or an area to select the white balance from. The monitor can also be employed as a keyboard for quickly adding notes, copyright info, or IPTC info. In addition, a tilting design allows for easier visibility when working from low and high shooting angles. A brilliant pentaprism optical viewfinder deliverss 100% frame coverage withe 1.0x magnification, and associates an organic EL display system to deliver shooting information for smooth adjustment over camera settings without taking your eye from the viewfinder. Also, the optical glass contains enhanced coatings for increased contrast, brightness, and color neutrality for more lifelike observation.

Extended file saving capabilities permits in-camera file duplicating, overflow rfecording, or the ability to separate RAW and JPEG image files between two different cards, the D500 comes configured featuring both SD and XQD memory card slots. A rugged magnesium alloy chassis is both weather-and dust resistant to take advantage of shooting in inclement and harsh conditions. The overall form factor and ergonomic grip are shaped to extend handling for extended periods of time and are additionally accentuated by the use of anti-slip, textured controls and easy-to-open card slot covers. In addition, a majority of the buttons on the back of the camera have been illuminated for increased visibility when shooting in dim lighting situations. There are two configurable Fn buttons, one facing the front and the other faces the back, which can be assigned for checking depth of field or other shooting controls.

An included rechargeable EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery is CIPA-rated to last for for around 1240 shots per charge using single-frame release modes. An optional MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack may also be added to additionally extend shooting times.

SnapBridge Wi-Fi Connectivity Supporting a prevalance of tagging and sharing possibilities, the D500 uses built-in SnapBridge Wi-Fi connectivity to deliver seamless transfer of images as well as remote shooting functionss. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology provides communication between smart devices and the camera. In addition, the mobile device may be used to remotely display a live-view image and to trigger the shutter on the camera to enable shooting from a distance. Near Field Communication (NFC) is also supported to deliver a simple and quick tap-to-connect method for linking the D500 with your mobile devices.

For even quicker wireless performance, the D500 is also congruent with the optional WT-7A Wireless Transmitter providing transmission of image files using ae computer or FTP server at speeds as fast as 866.7 Mbps. Exposure Metering and Scene Recognition System The intelligent Scene Recognition System featuring 3D Color Matrix Metering III uses a 180k-pixel RGB sensor to analioze and evaluate all aspects contained within a scene, including contrast, brightness, scene colors and subject distance, to quickly acertain an accurate white balance and exposure setting to best present the scene at hand. The information obtained is also audited against reference images onboard to assure consistency between images in regard to white balance, exposure, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.

Additional Camera Features There are tree types of auto white balance which may be used: Auto 0, which keeps natural white values under any lighting situation; Auto 1, which keeps a balances of color between ambient light conditions and the subject; and Auto 2, which interprets colors featuring a natural warmth and keeps the colors of variable kinds of lighting. In-camera flicker reduction may be selected for both still capture and movie shooting. Three different sizes of raw files may be used depending upon your output requirements; raw size small and medium are 12-bit lossless compressed NEF files and the large file size is 14-bit lossless compressed or uncompressed NEF file.

Available Spot White Balance control is available for live view shooting allows setting the white balance as simple as pointing to an area in the frame which should be white. In addition, 1-6 preset white balance settings may be stored for simpler switching between different sources of light. The D500 is congruent with a radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting system, which allows shooting with an optional WR-R10 Controller and WR-A10 Receiver, together with the SB-5000, for controlable, intuitive wireless flash photography. Picture Control modes lets you to maintain predefined looks for images in-camera which includes Neutral, Landscape, Monochrome, Standard, Portrait, Flat,Flat, and additional user-customizable adjustments.

Language support includes: Englsh, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

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Body type Mid-size SLR  
Max resolution 5568 x 3712  
Other resolutions 4176 x 2784, 2784 x 1856  
Image ratio w:h 3:2  
Effective pixels 21 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels  
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor Expeed 5  
ISO ISO 100 - 51200 (expandable to 50 - 1640000)  
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50  
Boosted ISO (maximum) 1640000  
White balance presets 12  
Custom white balance Yes (5)  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic  
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 153  
Lens mount Nikon F  
Focal length multiplier 1.5  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3.2  
Screen dots 2,359,000  
Touch screen Yes  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Viewfinder magnification 1  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes No  
Built-in flash No  
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain  
Continuous drive 10.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing Yes (2 or 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)  
Videography features
Resolutions 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p  
Format MPEG-4, H.264  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant) + XQD  
Storage included None  
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)  
Microphone port Yes  
Headphone port Yes  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes Wi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth  
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )  
Environmentally sealed Yes  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 1240  
Weight (inc. batteries) 860 g (1.90 lb / 30.34 oz)  
Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm (5.79 x 4.53 x 3.19)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording Yes  
GPS Optional  
GPS notes GP-1


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