What You Need to Know for The Best Nikon D500 Performance

The D500’s original MSRP was $2000/ £1729 (body only), $3069 / £2479 (w/16-80mm lens)

Used D500 cameras fall into a price range of $600 to $900. The difference will be due to condition and accessories included.

The Nikon D500 uses a Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger.

The battery can not be charged via USB. This means a battery charger will be necessary.

Third party battery chargers will be less expensive than OEM Nikon chargers. There will usually be an option to get one bundled with a third party battery purchase.

The D500 is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.

There is a list of the best Nikon D500 lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.

The camera has an APS-C “crop” sensor that has been designed to use DX lenses. These lenses are smaller and less expensive than FX lenses, which are designed to be used on full frame cameras.

The D500 can also use full frame, ‘FX’, lenses. However, the downside to these lenses is that they tend to be larger, heavier, and more expensive than DX lenses.

  • Active D-Lighting
  • 10.0 fps continuous shooting
  • Auto Active D-Lighting System
  • Custom Setting Options
  • Red eye correction

The D500 has an APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the Expeed 5 image processor.

The Nikon D500 can record video at 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p in MPEG-4, H.264.

There is no port for a external microphone.

Manufacturer Nikon
Model D500
MSRP $2000/ £1729 (body only), $3069 / £2479 (w/16-80mm lens)
Body type Mid-size DSLR
Max resolution 5568 x 3712
Other resolutions 4176 x 2784, 2784 x 1856
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 20.7 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) 50.0
Boosted ISO (maximum) 1640000.0
White balance presets 12.0
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Image stabilization notes None
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Autofocus ['Contrast Detect (sensor)', 'Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Selective single-point', 'Tracking', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Face Detection', 'Live View']
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 153.0
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 2359000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1× (0.67× 35mm equiv.)
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
Flash range None
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, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2 or 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes None
Modes None
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant) + XQD
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) 1240.0
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″)
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1