TypeSingle-lens reflex digital cameraLens MountNikon F bayonet mountSensorPicture 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 sensor cleaning / Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX-D software required)
Dust-Off Reference Photo: yesImage AreaDX-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 1,424Photographs During Movie RecordingPhotographs 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
Photographs with image area of 1.3x taken during movie recording: (L) 4,272 x 2,400 / (M) 3,200 x 1,800 / (S) 2,128 x 1,192File Format Still ImagesJPEG: 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, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)
TIFF (RGB)Storage MediaSD
XQD Type MemoryCard SlotEither 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 SystemCompliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) PictBridgeViewfinderEye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex ViewfinderViewfinder Frame CoverageDX (24x16): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
1.3x (18x12): 98% Horizontal and 98% Vertical (Approx.)Viewfinder Magnification1.0x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1) (Approx.)Viewfinder Eyepoint16mm (-1.0m)Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment-2.0 to +1.0m)Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)Reflex MirrorQuick-return typeMirror Lock UpyesLens ApertureInstant-return type
Electronically ControlledDepth-of-field ControlPressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)Lens Compatibility at a GlanceAF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)Compatible LensesAF 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 faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).
IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used.Shutter TypeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter
Electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release modeShutter Speed1/8000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, Bulb, Time, X250Fastest Shutter Speed1/8000 sec.Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec.Flash Sync SpeedUp to 1/250 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slowerBulb Shutter SettingyesShutter Release ModesContinuous low-speed [CL] mode
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Quiet Shutter Release
Quiet Continuous Release
Single-frame [S] modeFrame Advance RateUp 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-formatCH: Up to 10 frames per second
CL: Up to 1-9 frames per secondContinuous Shooting Quiet ModeUp to 3 frames per secondTop Continuous Speed at Full Res10 frames per secondSelf-Timer2, 5, 10, 20 sec.; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 sec.
Timer duration electronically controlledExposure Metering SystemTTL exposure metering using approximately 180K (180,000) pixels RGB sensorMetering Method: Center-WeightedWeight 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: Matrix3D 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 dataMetering Method: SpotMeters 3.5mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus pointMetering Method: Highlight-WeightedAvailable with type G, E, and D lenses; equivalent to center-weighted when non-CPU lens is usedMetering Range-3 +/- 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
0 to 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)Exposure Meter CouplingCPU
AIExposure ModesAperture-Priority (A)
Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
Shutter-Priority (S)Exposure Compensation+/-5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EVExposure Bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EVExposure LockLuminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L buttonPicture ControlFlat
VividISO SensitivityISO 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 availableLowest Standard ISO Sensitivity100Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity51,200Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-5 (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent)Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsLo-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 ReductionYesHigh ISO Noise ReductionLow
OffD-Lighting Bracketing2 frames using selected value for one frame
3-5 frames using preset values for all framesSingle-point AF ModeYesDynamic AF ModeNumber of AF points: 25, 72 and 153 (3D-tracking)Auto-Area AF ModeYesAutofocus SystemNikon 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 selectionDetection Range-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)Lens ServoAutofocus (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 usedAF-Area Mode25, 72, or 153 point Dynamic-area AF
Group-area AFFocus LockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selectorFocus ModesContinuous-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
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide areaMaximum Autofocus Areas/Points153Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)Autofocus Fine TuneYesFlash Bracketing2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EVX-Sync Speed1/250Top FP High Speed SyncUp to 1/8000Flash ControlTTL: 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 meteringFlash Sync ModesAuto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow syncFlash Compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EVFlash-Ready IndicatorLights when optional flash unit such as SB-5000, SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, SB-400, SB-300 or SB-R200 is fully chargedAccessory ShoeYesNikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)CLS SupportedFlash Sync TerminalYesWhite BalanceAuto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K 10000K)
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)White Balance Bracketing2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EVLive View ShootingPhotography Live View Mode
Movie Live View ModeLive View Lens ServoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)Live View AF-Area ModeFace-priority AF
Subject-tracking AFLive View AutofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)Movie MeteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensorMovie Maximum Recording Time4K/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 FormatMOVMovie Video CompressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video CodingMovie Audio Recording FormatLinear PCMMovie4K/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 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
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 2,160Movie (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 2,160Movie AudioBuilt-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjustedMonitor Size3.2" diagonalMonitor Resolution2,359,000 DotsMonitor TypeTFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angleMonitor Angle of View170 -degree wide-viewing angleMonitor AdjustmentsBrightness, 5 levelsMonitor Virtual Horizon Camera IndicatorYes
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Also visible in ViewfinderPlayback FunctionsAuto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
GPS data display
IPTC information embedding and display
Playback with ZoomIn-Camera Image EditingColor Balance
NEF (RAW) Processing
TrimImage CommentYesInterface10-pin RemoteTerminal
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Stereo Microphone Input 3.5mm
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommendedWi-Fi FunctionalityBuilt-in Wi-Fi with NFC and BluetoothGPSGP-1A GPS unit (optional)Save/Load Camera SettingsYesTotal Custom Settings52My MenuYes with customizationRecent SettingsYesSupported LanguagesArabic
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
VietnameseDate and TimeDaylight 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 SettingBatteryEN-EL15 Lithium-ion BatteryOther 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 is required when using EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 batteries.AC Adapter (Not Included)EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)Battery ChargerMH-25a Quick ChargerTripod Socket1/4"Dimensions (WxHxD)5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2" (147 x 115 xz 81mm)Weight1.7 lbs (760g)Kit LensFocal length: 16-80mm / Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24-120mm
Aperture: Maximum f2.8-4 / Minimum: f22-32
Angle of View: 84deg - 20deg
Minimum Focus Distance: 1.15' (35cm)
Diaphragm Blades: 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization: Yes
Filter Thread: Front 72mm
Dimensions (DxL): 3.15 x 3.37" (80 x 85.5mm)
Weight: 1.06 lbs (480g)
Flagship Power, DX Agility.
Meet the new DX flagship, the Nikon D500. At first glance, it may seem unimposing—but contained within a streamlined camera body is a veritable powerhouse of processing power and technological advances. The D500 is ready to go wherever your passion leads you, capturing everything with stunning clarity, speed and resolution. From busy, low-light cityscapes to thrilling wildlife scenes and fast action shots, the D500 is the ideal companion to your wanderlust. Marvel at the clarity of its cinematic 4K UHD video. Be amazed at its ruggedness and versatility. And, once you’ve captured your gorgeous photos, admire them on the D500’s high resolution tilt touchscreen display and share them via the built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth) capabilities. No matter what you shoot, you can be sure that the D500 will be up to the task, time and time again.
- 10 FPSContinuous Shooting
- 100-51,200ISO Expandable to 1,640,000
- 4K UHD3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p
Small, Yet Powerful
Your favorite travel companion
The sleek and beautiful D500 goes anywhere you go, bringing along stunning resolution and performance. Packing a lot of power into a smaller camera body thanks to its DX sensor means you can take advantage of the smaller and lighter DX lenses in the NIKKOR line—and when you’re travelling, every ounce counts. The best part is, there’s no need to sacrifice image quality to gain portability. The D500 strikes the perfect balance with its 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is ready to capture the exquisite details, colors, and textures this world has to offer. With the D500 at your side—whether you’re hiking through the lush landscapes of New Zealand or on safari in Africa—it will be ready to go, effortless and unobtrusive.
The NIKKOR Legacy
Unleash the full potential of the D500
Like every Nikon DSLR, the D500 is best paired with legendary NIKKOR lenses which provide unequalled clarity and versatility. The NIKKOR legacy is unmatched—there's a reason over 95 million have been sold to date. Each lens offers a different view from which to capture your memories. Shooting landscapes or portraiture? The fast AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR could prove to be your best friend. Or, extend your range with the lightweight AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II, ideal for shooting sports, parades or distant architecture. No matter your choice, pairing the Nikon D500 with renowned NIKKOR lenses is a recipe for success.
A Peek Under the Hood
Bursting with new technology
The new D500 is a technical marvel, the fruit of Nikon’s tireless strides towards producing the world’s greatest cameras. To preserve life’s most fleeting moments, you need a camera with incredible speed. The EXPEED 5 processor in the D500 opens up a world of possibilities, processing images fast enough to allow up to 10 frames per second so you don’t miss a moment of the action. The new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system provides 153 AF points including 99 cross type points, which together enable you to create images that match your vision. It is also the first Nikon DX camera to utilize the new XQD memory card technology, which provides faster read/write and transfer speeds to fully take advantage of the D500's speed. Not quite ready to upgrade to XQD? That’s no problem, as the D500’s dual memory card slots can accept SD media as well. Although compact in size, the D500 certainly packs a punch.
Not Afraid of the Dark
There’s so much more to see
Not much light to go around? The D500 makes the most out of every bit of available light, giving you the flexibility to produce high quality images in dark environments. With a native ISO range of 100 - 51,200, expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 – 1,640,000 equivalent), the versatile D500 is not intimidated by difficult low-light conditions, down to -4 EV. Rich details emerge from the shadows to produce unrivaled quality found only with Nikon cameras and lenses.
Laughs in the Face of Danger
As tough as you need it to be
They say that good things come in small packages, and the D500 is no exception. A powerful but smaller sibling of the D5, the D500 features the same durable, rugged build and ergonomics you’ve come to associate with Nikon DSLRs. Built with rugged magnesium alloy and carbon fiber materials, and featuring dust and water-drop resistance you'll have peace of mind even when shooting in extreme environments. The D500 also leverages a 3.2-inch 2,359k-dot tilting RGB LCD touchscreen, making it easy to get the shot even from high or low angles.
Your images. The world. Connected.
Don’t wait to show off your best shots
Now, sharing your amazing photos is easier than ever—the D500’s SnapBridge functionality enables multiple built-in connectivity options. Liberated from the constraints of connecting wires, you can transfer your images to a compatible smart device from anywhere in the world using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to eliminate the barrier between your camera and smart device. As an added benefit, the D500’s built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) capability makes it a breeze to connect the camera to your compatible smart device while the built-in Wi-Fi capability allows for faster wireless image transfer. For those looking for an even faster transfer solution, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A, enabling transmission of files to an FTP server or computer at speeds of up to 866.7 Mbps.
Cinematic 4K UHD Performance
For the first time in a Nikon DX DSLR, you can harness the power of 4K UHD video recording. Capture every moment in cinematic, ultra high definition detail at up to 30 frames per second, and take advantage of a format that is quickly becoming the gold standard for video recording the world over. Other features include a built-in interval timer and 4K UHD quality time-lapse function, which allows you to easily create 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera that are sure to impress.
Lighting the shadows
Built into the D500 is compatibility with Nikon's new radio controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting system. Using radio control technology, when combined with the optional WR-A10/R10 transceiver, the D500 can control and wirelessly fire the SB-5000 Speedlights from another room, around corners or outdoors in bright sunlight. Access controls are easily accessed from the D500's menu and will let you shine light on even more shooting opportunities.
± WI-FI COMPATIBILITY
This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
The SnapBridge app is not yet available. As soon as it is available, links will be posted on this page.
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This camera's built in NFC function can only be used with smart devices running on the Android™ operating system version 4.0 or later. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
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Inspiring views of your world.
Take photos and videos that are anything but ordinary with this state-of-the-art 16-80mm DX-format zoom lens. With a fast f/2.8-4 aperture, VR image stabilization and Nikon's advanced lens technology, it covers wide-angle to portrait views with absolutely brilliant image quality. An ideal lens for documenting daily life, conveying a sense of place, blogging, low light, HD video .
An everyday lens that's anything but ordinary
Meet the world's lightest 5x zoom lens with an f/2.8-4 aperture*, which is excellent for softening foregrounds or backgrounds and highlighting your subject. On a DX-format camera, it's zoom range is equivalent to Nikon's 24-120mm FX lens (35mm format), a staple in many pro camera bags.
Pro-grade image quality
A new level of DX-format performance
Unleash the power of your high-resolution Nikon DSLR. Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates glare, while Extra-low Dispersion Glass and Aspherical elements reduce color aberration and enhance sharpness and contrast. Capture vibrant colors, rich tonality and a level of detail that's staggering.
4 stops of Vibration Reduction**
In low light situations, the 16-80mm's VR image stabilization lets you shoot handheld up to 4 shutter speeds slower to gather more of the available light without causing blur. There's even a specialized Tripod VR mode, a first for this zoom range*, that eliminates the effects of tripod vibration.
High-speed electromagnetic diaphragm
Nikon's DX and FX DSLRs can freeze action with fast continuous shooting speeds; this lens can keep up. A specialized electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism operates in precise sync with the camera's shutter for reliable exposure control during high-speed sequences.
Nikon's innovative protective fluorine coat
Making it easier to wipe off water, dirt and smudges, the front and rear lens elements have Nikon's exclusive fluorine coat. This extraordinary protective coating technology has to be seen to be believed.
- The lens incorporates an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism. The following cameras are compatible with this lens:
D4 series, D3 series, Df, D810, D810A, D800 series, D750, D700, D610, D600, D300 series, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1
*Among 5x normal zoom lenses with the f/2.8 maximum aperture at the maximum wide-angle position, compatible with lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras employing APS-C-format image sensor, available as of June 3, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.
**Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when DX-format compatible lenses are attached to a DX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting. With conventional D/G type lenses, the diaphragm blades are operated by mechanical linkage levers.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.