Nikon - D500 DSLR Camera with 16-80mm Lens - Black

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Nikon DSLR Camera with 16-80mm Lens: Capture stunning photographs and 4K Ultra HD video with this DSLR camera's 20.9-megapixel CMOS image sensor. Built-in SnapBridge lets you share images instantly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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Overview

What's Included


  • 16 - 80mm Lens
  • Battery charger (MH-25a)
  • D500 DSLR Camera
  • Eyepiece (DK-17), strap (AN-DC17), body cap (BF-1B)
  • Owner's manual
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (EN-EL15)
  • USB cable (UC-E22), USB cable clip, HDMI cable clip

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (76 out of 77)

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Features


16–80mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens provides versatility

This focal range is great for everyday shots, including everything from gorgeous landscapes to exceptional close-ups.

20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers vividly detailed high-resolution images

Captures high-resolution images up to 5568 x 3712 pixels.

ISO 100 - 52,100 (expandable to ISO 50 - 1,640,000)

Enhances shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations, including extremely low light.

Never miss a shot with ultrafast 10 fps (frames per second)

From joyous facial expressions to fast-paced sports action, burst mode ensures you get the shot even if it only lasts a fraction of a second.

3.2" touch-screen LCD monitor

Allows easy viewing and simple navigation.

Capture spectacular movies

Take video in vivid 4K Ultra HD. Easily connect your camera to an HDTV for movie playback using the HDMI type-C output. HDMI cable required, sold separately.

EXPEED 5 image-processing engine delivers blazing speed and performance

From shooting images and videos, to playback and data transfer, this processor handles even the most demanding tasks with ease.

Optical viewfinder helps you frame the shot

Provides 100% coverage and approximately 1.0x magnification.

153-point autofocus provides accurate subject tracking

Allows you to confidently capture everything from fast-action sports to fast-moving wildlife.

Built-in SnapBridge for easy sharing

Instantly share your photos and videos via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Hot shoe fits external flash for proper illumination

Includes front-curtain sync (normal), rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync and slow sync.

Dual memory card slots for storing or transferring data

Accepts SD and XQD formats. Memory cards not included.


Overall customer rating

4.9
99%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.5

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding camera

    Posted
    Powderhound
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I had tried the D7500, which is the “little brother” of this camera. Ultimately decided to buy this camera with the 16-80 lens and the battery grip when it went on sale at Best Buy. I liked the D7500 but found the autofocus system to be lacking for sports and action shots. The D500 has the same focus system as the D5. It’s amazing. The focus system and build quality is better than the D7500. I thought that I might not like the extra weight and size but find that it adds necessary stability, when shooting with telephoto lenses. I own the 200-500 zoom and the D500’s focus system, which covers nearly the entire screen area, is amazing. I also love the ability to backfocus using the joystick and the other back-focus button, independently. This allows me to assign different focusing systems for each of these buttons. The joystick, which I had thought I wouldn’t use much, is very useful. I used to backfocus on the D7500 and then would remove my finger and recompose. I don’t have to do that anymore. Further, shooting action shots requires access to different focusing systems, on the fly and with speed. Shots don’t wait to be taken. Time is of the essence. I use 3D for tracking moving subjects and single or D25 for stationary subjects. This camera just works very well. The controls are also well placed and there are so many options for customizing the controls. I also like the fact that I don’t have to spin the left side dial to change from A, S, P and M and A. I just push a button and can set them easily. There are no gimmicky programs. There is also a custom option to allow you to just push the button and not have to keep holding it down and then spin the front or back dials on the right side of the top of the camera. I use this setting and it makes things easier for me. There are a lot of useful YouTube videos that outline some of these custom options. I suggest everyone purchasing the D500 to spend the time to view them. I do have a few complaints. The touchscreen doesn’t work for moving around the the menu settings (it works for the photos review and other options). Don’t know why Nikon doesn’t write a software upgrade for this since the screen can do it. This is not a deal breaker since I can move around the custom settings pretty easily using the directional buttons. Yet, this should be addressed by Nikon. The 10 FPS is amazing as is the buffer. I bought a super fast SD card that has a very large buffer and works well with 4k video. I don’t like live view for video. The focus system is slow and hunts, casusing noise and some temporary blur. I haven’t used the video much but figure I will buy a tripod and a separate microphone that won’t pick up the noise from my lenses looking for focus. However, the video quality is as advertised—outstanding. I have held off purchasing the XQD card since I don’t have a reader for it and my SD card is so fast. I will probably purchase one when the prices for a 64GB XQD card drops. It is a nice feature that the camera can write raw or video to one card and jpegs to the SD card. I know that some will want the XQD card so there is redundancy. However, I have never had an SD card fail and don’t shoot professionally. A pro would want redundancy. I wasn’t sure whether I would like the battery grip but I have used it and it’s great. The camera can access that battery first, so you have two batteries in the camera. More importantly, you can shoot vertically and ithe grip has the same controls (joystick, separate back-focus button and shutter) that the camera has. So it’s really seamless to turn the camera, if there is a telephoto on it connected to a tripod, or to just turn it in your hand if hand-held. Now a few thoughts about the 16-80 2.8 lens: I love this lens. I have both a 35 and 50mm prime lenses which are faster. However, they aren’t VR. I haven’t missed a shot indoors when I shot without a flash with the 16-80. The pictures are really impressive. Very sharp but also a beautiful creamy color and nice Bokah. I haven’t used the prime lenses much on this camera because the zoom is that good. The zoom lens is much heavier than the two prime lenses. So, I might use them if I take my external flash with me and want to reduce the total camera weight. I have used the 18-55 kit lens that came with the D7500. That’s a cheap lens and was better than I expected. It is also very light. However, the 16-80 is far superior in every respect. The extra range (effectively 24mm to 120mm) allows true wide angle and allows you to use it as a portrait lens. The Best Buy bundle for the D500, with battery grip and 16-80 2.8 lens is a really good deal. I would caution anyone buying this camera that it is best in the hands of a photographer that is an enthusiast who will also shoot some action or wildlife photography. The controls require hours to truly understand and master. If someone is just looking for a great all-around camera that doesn’t need all of the D500’s capabilities, I would recommend the D7500 or D7200, both of which have the same less impressive autofocus system. The D7500 does shoot 4k and has a touch screen and is definitely an upgrade over the D7200. The D7500 also shares the D500’s new metering system. But, I highly recommend this camera bundle if you have the money to spend and contemplate shooting wildlife, your kid’s soccer game or any action. The lack of a flash on the D500, which the less expensive Nikons have, is not a big deal to me since I never shoot a flash directly at a subject. So all in all, the D500 is probably the best DX camera out there today. It is so capable and customizable in the right hands. It is built like a tank and weather sealed. The touchscreen has amazing resolution and a better build quality than the cheaper Nikons. The superior resolution makes image review and zooming in on a focus point, a pleasure. You can’t go wrong with the D500 and bundle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best APS-C DSLR

    Posted
    LojIQ
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My passion for photography fades in and out through the years, and recently it has been reignited primarily to capture as many moments for my 2 and 4 year olds as I can. I have gone through a Sony a6000, and Olympus OM-D E-M10 mark ii, and more recently a Nikon D7200. Sorry to say the mirrorless ones couldn't keep up with my needs and failed me either in low light or focus tracking. The D7200 was great while it worked, but about a month after purchase it had a shutter malfunction and I decided to return it while I still could. Enter the D500... I actually almost gave up on Nikon. I was trying to find every reason to pick up a Canon since I still wasn't invested in any system, but on paper nothing came close to Nikon. Then it was the DX vs FX debate...I was SO close to getting the D750 since the price point is similar. However, in the end as much as I would have liked a full frame, the D500 won for a few reasons: I'm fine with DX format, and while FX would have been less of a gamble in low light, the D500 has a silly ISO range and actually delivers. Next, and probably my biggest concern right now, the D500 should be near future-proof. Lots of new Nikon tech made an appearance on this bad boy: New sensor, chip, autofocus, tilt and touch screen, 4k, Snapbridge, etc.... .I don't think I will be itching to pick up another body since everything on here should last a few years without feeling outdated ( I feel the D750 already is). As a matter of fact, the D7500 was just announced and I'm still glad I picked up the D500. A final factor for me was the pro/semi-pro body. This thing is a beast, and seems to be much better built than the D7200. The grip feels significantly better, performance is more than I could ask for, and overall I don't think many cameras out there can touch this (for me). The D500 has been excellent and I have really USED it in the few weeks I've had it. Low light performance is amazing, 10fps speaks for itself, and the autofocus takes everything my kids can throw at it. Lack of a pop-up flash is not a con for me as it does great without it, and when you have a camera like this you probably should have an external unit anyway. Battery life can drain quickly if you have it set to keep sending every photo you take to your phone, so you will need to keep that in mind (Airplane mode). The only thing I will say is that you should be comfortable with the fundamentals of photography before picking this up. I don't feel this is very suitable to most beginners. There is no "auto" mode, or Scene settings...you get M, A, S, P and that's it. I guess you could keep it set to P, but in that case you are really wasting your money. It is highly customizable, with tons of features and lots of programmable settings and buttons, which is all a true waste if you are just using it for point and shoot. Otherwise, I think the D500 will bring a pleasant surprise to most people that pick it up. Regarding the price, that is of course a matter of perspective. Was it worth it for me? Definitely!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Far better than I thought

    Posted
    rickt183
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought this body after the death of my D7000 in a car accident. This camera is far, FAR better than I expected it to be. I shoot candids in low light, meaning I need three things: high ISO performance, quick autofocus in low light, and a ton of speed. This camera delivers those things on a level I didn't think was possible. The autofocus of the d500 is a vast improvement over my d7000. I'm getting a ton more keepers than I did before - the days of yelling "Just take the picture!!!" as the autofocus hunts are gone. I'm still getting used to it because there are low-light shooting situations where I normally wouldn't even bother to try that are now possibilities. I'm still shocked every time I use it. The ISO improvement is pretty insane, too. The reviews of useable 51k made me giggle a bit, but it's true! You really can do things with this body that you can't with others. Matched with my 50mm 1.4 I can pretty much shoot in the dark. Overall I can't say enough good things. If this body is in your budget just do it. This is one of the rare times where the equipment really does matter- it's that much better than previous offerings from Nikon, and lets you get shots that weren't possible previously. If anything, you will get many more keepers with this body than you did before. Downside- it costs a lot for a DX body, and it's heavy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    FX killer?

    Posted
    Keads572
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have to say, this camera shocked me. I was debating between DX and FX cameras for about two weeks before I pulled the trigger on the D500. What were the deciding factors? Let's break it down: 1st- this camera has an incredible shutter speed with an AF system that outperforms any other Nikon of this caliber. 2nd- the low light performace is great. I do product photography and this feature lets me push the creative limits of this camera. 3rd- the lens that comes with the kit is superb. It's an excellent all-around, everyday, option. 4th- I have a 500mm lens and the DX sensor provides quite a bit more reach. This is great for when I'm shooting sports. The only issue I have this this unit would be the lack of an "Auto" setting. Not because I don't know how to shoot, but it would be nice if a co-worker could shoot pics if I'm not around. You can't go wrong with this camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HOLY COW!

    Posted
    BBRay
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    took it to the forest for a field trip... zzzz... not much better than my D7000. then took it to a volleyball match - OMG! the speed and accuracy of the focus and the color and clarity of EVERY SINGLE SHOT out of 178 shots just blew me away! Never have I imagined that I could be getting 100% keepers (technical-wise) shooting at 1/800 f/4 indoors. Color saturation, white balance (used fluorescent), flicker compensation, all worked great. Only thing that stinks (a little) is that my older non-AF-S (but constant F/2.8 and f/1.8) and newer slower than F/4 lenses can't make full use of the 99 cross sensors, so I got the kit lens and plan to get a f/4 or f/2.8 70-200 some day. 4K video looks decent on my 4K OLED TV - I haven't spent much time messing with video. I sweated over the decision to buy this for a very long time - life is truly too short to miss out on something so fun and capable. (oh, it's pretty big and heavy for a DX rig).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from a beginner DSLR

    Posted
    Harriet
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I just upgraded to the D500 from my D3400 and I was a little nervous that it would take a long time for me to use all the features of the camera, however from the very first day I got it, as a previous Nikon user, it was simple and the layout made perfect sense with all the go to functions laid out perfectly. The kit 16-80mm lens that comes with this camera is no joke. It takes beautifully sharp images and I find myself hard pushed to ever take it off in favour of a different lens. SO worth the money spent on the upgrade! Here are some photos I took with the camera and kit lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solves Light Problems

    Posted
    OldSchool
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My 4th Nikon DSLR and I love it. It is blazing fast and is the best camera I've owned so far. My D800 takes great shots but sometimes makes me work to get the shot (correct focus point, exposure etc). The D500 often would get a good shot when time constraints forced me to "throw" the camera at the scene and hope I captured the fleeting shot. Something the D800 would rarely do unless I had preset the scene. Its' low light ability negated my concern about no flash as the indoor shots without flash were very good. The 16-80 lens was perfect for my recent trip to Europe.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Super fast camera, but *******

    Posted
    kmcg
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was shooting with a D7100 that was giving me great pictures, but I wanted a faster focus and more frames per second, so I bought the D500. The focus is 2nd to none and the 10 fps is great, but no matter what I did the pictures were not that great looking. The pictures seemed to lack that certain POP and the colors were off just ever slightly. I even tried several different lens, but nothing helped. I really wanted to like the D500, but I was getting much better pictures with my old D7100. After a month of trying to get the D500 to perform as I wanted I finally gave up and returned it to Best Buy and bought a D750 and only after the 1st couple of pictures I found what I had been missing in the D500. The D750 ROCKS!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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