The Nikon D500 is a 21MP APS-C DSLR capable of shooting at up to 10 frames per second and featuring an autofocus system derived from the one in the D5. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of high-end DX format body that appeared to have become extinct with the D300S.
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 youve captured your gorgeous photos, admire them on the D500s 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.
153 focus points with broader, denser image area coverage allow incredible subject acquisition performance
Boasting the most advanced AF system in the history of Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D500 empowers you to capture more decisive moments in sharp focus. The cameras Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module also used by the D5 for phase-detection AF gives you a dense, 153 focus-point configuration (55 selectable) that covers an extremely wide portion of the image area, with 99 cross sensors in the frequently used central and peripheral areas, realizing more flexible composition. This ensures the D500 is able to focus easily on small or low-contrast subjects.
Comprehensively refined AF system for revolutionary performance
The D500s huge leap in AF performance is a result of more than just the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. In fact, the entire AF system has been redesigned: a dedicated AF engine quickly processes the massive amounts of information detected by 153 focus points, while the 180K-pixel RGB sensor boosts accuracy through detailed scene analysis. All of these functions are managed by the D500s AF algorithm, which has been constantly refined over generations of Nikon D-SLR development, to attain faster and more accurate autofocus than ever.
Dedicated AF engine streamlines AF processing
Like the D5, the D500 uses a dedicated AF engine to swiftly process the vast amounts of data streaming in from its 153 AF points and then delivers accurate focus on fast-moving subjects. The engine and sequence control microcomputer work in parallel to speed up AF processing and control, which means that you benefit from more accurate focusing and more stable tracking, even when capturing fast-moving subjects with high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps.
Focusing capability down to -4 EV lets you capture a wider range of scenes
The D500s AF capability is about more than just focus points. By minimizing noise, the newly developed Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module is able to focus down to -4 EV with the central focus point, and -3 EV with all other points*. This makes AF possible even in low light or when shooting low-contrast subjects. Consider the possibilities when you combine this with the cameras impressive high-sensitivity performance (up to ISO 51200) and the ability to meter exposure all the way down to -3 EV. The D500 opens up an entirely new photographic frontier.
*At ISO 100 and 20°C/68°F.
Faraway subjects are brought into sharper focus with the D500. Thats because all 153 of the cameras focus points are compatible with lenses that have an effective maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster when a teleconverter is attached*. Even with effective aperture at f/8, 15 points (nine points are selectable) can be used.
*The number of focus points that function as cross sensors varies depending on the lens combination.
AF lock-on settings allow intuitive selection of tracking characteristics
The AF lock-on function prevents the focus from shifting to an obstacle that passes between a moving subject and the camera. The D500 now features two adjustment parameters: Blocked shot AF response and Subject motion. The former allows AF response when the subject is obscured by another object, and can be set from Quick, where focus shifts more easily to the object coming in, to Delayed, in which focus is less likely to shift from the original subject. Meanwhile, the latter can be toggled according to the subjects movement characteristics from Erratic, for movement prone to sudden starts and stops, to Steady, which is better for movement at a more constant speed. Whether youre tracking a particular speed skater during a sprint, or capturing a specific player during a tumultuous game of rugby or soccer, AF lock-on can be intuitively adjusted to keep you on target.
Automated AF fine-tune makes it easier to adjust subtle differences in focusing
When you want to ensure accurate focusing, the D500 provides an easier way to fine-tune AF with the lens you use. Using live view photography mode, the camera automatically sets and registers the tuning value*, giving you precise focus. Manual fine-tuning is also available.
*AF fine-tune in the setup menu must be turned on to enable the tuned value for shooting.
Custom setting allows quick AF-area mode switching
If you want to capture the surrounding scenery or a stationary person while shooting a sports scene using dynamic-area AF, the D500 offers a convenient way to temporarily switch AF-area mode. Simply assign an AF-area mode to a custom button (Pv, Fn1, AF-ON, center of sub-selector or a lens focus function button) in advance, and then the AF-area mode can be switched to the assigned mode* by keeping the custom button depressed, returning to the original mode when it is released.