Nikon-D500-product-shotNikon D500 review – A DSLRs for all occasions!

The Nikon D500 is a professional DSLR with a 20 Megapixel APSC / DX format sensor. Announced in January 2016 alongside the full-frame D5, it brings many of the features of the flagship body to a comparatively smaller, lighter and more affordable form factor, and is aimed at sports, wildlife and event photographers.

Nikon D500 design and controls

The Nikon D500 is immediately recognizable as one of the company’s higher-end DSLRs, based on styling and a number of tried-and-trusted controls from earlier models. There are of course improvements and additions here, but even they feel like they’ve been part of the family for many generations. As with earlier bodies, it all adds up to a very reassuring and familiar experience that lets you get shooting without delay. Nikon is a master at this and while the D500 is designed as a seamless partner for the flagship D5, owners of the D300s, D700 or even D7x00 models will equally feel right at home.

Nikon D500 autofocus and continuous shooting

The AF system is arguably the highlight of the D500, which employs the same 153-point MultiCAM 20K module as the flagship D5. This includes 99 cross-type sensors and the low-light sensitivity is also impressive with the centre point working down to -4EV and the remaining 152 points working at -3EV.

While the specification of the AF sensor in the D500 matches the D5, its smaller sensor area means the array extends over more of the frame, virtually reaching the far left and right sides. This provides it with the broadest tracking area of any DSLR to date which coupled with the DX field-reduction makes it ideal for photographing distant and unpredictable subjects like birds. Indeed some photographers will actually prefer the D500 over the D5 for these reasons.