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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal camera... but

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    Fixmeister
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    I have been shooting Nikon cameras since the D70 came out. I've owned the D70, D200, D7000, D7200 and now the D500, They all have been great cameras (except maybe the D7000 with its back-focus issue). I still have my D7200 and have no plans to sell it. It still is an incredible camera. But while the D7200 has more megapixels than the D500 it pales in comparison when things start to move. The autofocus in the D7200 is pretty good but the D500 is amazing. Every reviewer will tell the same story. It finds focus and locks on. So why the 'but'? The D500 is a professionally built body and has professional controls and capabilities. And the autofocus, while better by a mile, is not the same beast as the D7200. The 'Dynamic' in particular is a bit troubling and does not behave like previous generations of Nikons did in that autofocus mode. If you shoot birds in flight (BIF) you will have better success in 'Group' or '3-D' modes. I'm still experimenting and practicing with it but can affirm that once you begin to understand how the system works, your keeper rate will skyrocket. Some things to know about this camera: Its really, really fast. 10fps is addicting and you'll wonder how you got by with anything less. If you have a remote cable from a 7000 series Nikon, it's not going to work with the D500. The D500 cable remote uses a 10-pin, screw-in style cable attachment and not the plug in ones used in other cameras. I had one leftover from my D200 and it is the same one used by the D500. Glad I saved it. To get the maximum possible capture rate without buffer slow down you will need to budget for an XQD card. They weren't cheap before and they've gone up. Right now only one manufacturer (Sony) is making them and with no competition, they can charge what they want. But, before I purchased one, I used a reasonably fast SD cart and couldn't slam the buffer. So, if you don't think you'll be shooting 200 consecutive shots in a row, a fast SD card will probably be just fine. I wasn't able to develop any confidence in the 'Auto Fine Tune' feature of lens calibration. Frankly, if you think you have a lens that is back or front focusing, you're better off with a lens calibration target and a tripod. And a cable release. Battery grip... the thing is ridiculously expensive for what it is, but I bought one anyway. And I can honestly say it's the first Nikon grip I've added to any of my cameras that does not move or wiggle once installed. I prefer the feel of a camera with the add-on grip and this one does not disappoint. There are a ton of customization options available for this thing and you will come to appreciate that. Now... about whether you should buy one... it depends. If you shoot family gatherings and landscapes, you won't realize any benefit over a D7200 or D7500, if you have one. In fact, my D7200 is a better camera for that, especially if you have a CLS Nikon flash and intend to use the pop-up flash to fire it. The D500 has no built-in flash and if you intend to control other flashes wirelessly, you'll need a controller or another flash to do so. Also, the 24mp cameras have more resolution and although the difference doesn't seem like much, it IS noticeable. Especially if you are looking for maximum pixel-peeping. If you have a D7000 or D7100, it will be a big step forward. Is it $800 better than a D7500 or $1200 better than a D7200? That depends on whether you are a sports or wildlife shooter. If you are, the answer is a resounding 'yes'. If not, then probably not. But if you ARE a wildlife shooter, this is the best of the best out there. I highly recommend the Nikon 200-500 F5.6 lens to go with it. It's a great combo. You won't be disappointed... after you spend some time with it. This camera does not suffer fools and will require you to spend time getting to know it. But that's true of any high-performance product. I highly recommend this thing to anyone who can and will use it for what it's designed to do. Hope this review helps someone on the fence about buying one. Tom

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best APS-C DSLR On the Market!

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    DusterBuster
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    The Nikon D500 is a camera that professionals and enthusiasts have waited 7 years for. It replaces the D300s and is at the top of the APS-C market. The closest comparable competitor is the Canon 7D-MKII, and even it can't touch the build quality and performance of the D500. Now, lets talk about what makes the D500 great: -20.9 megapixel sensor with EXPEED 5 image processing. This processor is top of the line and the only other camera that has it is the $6500 D5. -153 Autofocus points that cover the sensor edge to edge with 99 of the points being cross-type. Shooting with this camera doing sports and wildlife shooting in bursts, the AF tracking is superb and unrivaled by any alternative. -ISO covers from 100-51,200 natively! This is unheard of in an APS-C body until now. This means this camera performs well even in low light situations. Look up some of the ISO tests on this camera and you will see that it impresses even at these higher ISO's. It can shoot up to 1,640,000 ISO, but that is not natively and is not recommended by Nikon. -4k Video. You may have heard that it does have a 1.5x additional crop factor when shooting video. Don't worry too much about that, if you are shooting with the correct lense, it won't be a problem. That said, the 4k video is amazing and looks great on my 4k TV. -Dual card slots. This camera includes one SD and one XQD card slot. While expensive, XQD is blazing fast and virtually eliminates the buffer so that you can continuously shoot. Speaking of buffer, even with SD, this camera is no slouch. Even shooting with SD only, I've never had to stop and wait for the buffer when using the continuous shooting features. -10FPS. That's right, you can capture 10 shots per second when shooting continuously. This is a feature you will find VERY useful for sports and wildlife photography. -Snapbridge is a new feature, exclusive to the D500 at the moment, that lets your camera connect to your phone via NFC/Bluetooth for image sharing among other features. All-in-all, this camera is a beast and an absolute must-have for any sports or wildlife photographer. Yes, it's no slouch for weddings, landscapes and portraits as well, but Full-frame sensors will surely outperform it in those areas. I would personally pair this camera with a D810 and use this one for the sports/wildlife and the D810 for Weddings/Portraits/Landscape. If you are in the market for a new high-end professional grade APS-C sensor, this camera is the one for you. Definitely buy it! Below, I've included a pair of photos taken with the camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic new camera

    Posted
    EricBowles

    I love the D500. I've had more than a dozen Nikon DSLR cameras and this one is great. I photograph professionally and teach workshops. The WOW features on this camera are the frame rate and the low light performance. At 10 FPS, the camera is fast, but more importantly, with a fast XQD memory card like the Lexar Professional 2933X XQD, the write speed is nearly enough to keep up with the frame rate so the buffer never fills. You can rattle off 200 frames in a burst, then repeat with another burst of the same size. Not everyone needs this kind of speed, but for sports or wildlife it is very helpful. ISO performance of the D7200 was already quite good for a DX sensor, and this is just a little better. The advantage comes at higher ISO levels - great for low light. The D500 is about a half stop better than the D7200 under low light conditions making it nikon's best DX camera. Handling is typical of Nikon DSLR cameras - a solid, well built body with controls easy to access. I had no problem adjusting settings without every taking my eye from the viewfinder. The key change is the Mode and ISO buttons have been switched from the typical layout. This places the ISO button next to the shutter - easy to access and make changes that can be seen in the viewfinder. Card speed matters with this camera. Get a fast XQD card for best performance - a Lexar Professional 2933x or Sony G XQD card. Other cards will not perform at peak speeds and will fill the buffer in a shorter time. In the SD slot there are several options. I bought a Lexar 2000x UHS-II SD card, but there are some issues with this card and I would not recommend it until the issues are resolved. Be sure to get a UHS-II card for best speed. UHS-II has a second row of contacts and requires a new reader for peak speed. The Sandisk 280 MB/s UHS-II or Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II are good, fast cards. Stay away from slower cards like the Lexar 1000x or any UHS-I card. The camera can use UHS-I SD cards in an emergency, but they operate in compatibility mode and are much slower. This camera is the nice upgrade to the D300. It's a solid choice with a lot of great features. My bread and butter camera is still my D800E, but this camera is a very good compliment and my choice for moving wildlife and sports.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon's Next Legend

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    RyanY
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    I upgraded from at D7100, which I think is still an excellent camera, despite it's tiny buffer. The D500 is Nikon's flagship DX camera, aimed at enthusiasts and professionals alike. The layout (as you can see), is that of it's typical "pro-line" cameras, such as the D810, and the D500's predecessor the D300/D300s. The grip is along the same, comfortable feel as the D750, with a deep well that's comfortable for bother smaller hands and large hands. Potentially, you can change all of your on-the-fly settings (shutter, Aperture, ISO, Exposure Comp) with one hand with the ISO button placement. My favorite feature is most certainly the multi-selector (usually reserved for professional bodies like the D5). While you can still use the direction pad to move the AF point, the multi-selector just makes it more intuitive, and the placement makes sense, being so close to the AF-ON button. Pressing the Multi-Selector will also engage auto exposure lock if you need it. Speaking of the Auto-focus, it's amazing! It uses a 153-point AF system that covers the image end-to-end (left to right). There are 55-selectable points in both AF-S and AF-C, but it still uses the other 98 points as support, which works particularly well in AF-C mode. Another tidbit (and something all DSLR uses should be doing) is that upon inspection of where the AF point focuses with a single AF-point box (center-point), the actual coverage area expand beyond the box on all sides. I assume that that this is the work of the unselectable AF-points that surround a single selectable point (excluding the AF-points along the edges). ISO Noise is another surprise I was not expecting. Yeah, it has a sizable range of 100 to 51200 with extendable ranges of 50 on the low end and 1,640,000 on the high end. I won't get into low ISO performance (which is good, unless you're at an extreme EV number... don't know why you would do that in the first place), but at higher ranges, it performs flawlessly.. mostly. My experience came down to the overall lighting situation, as well as what lens I use. Yes, good glass matters with ISO. I've done some outdoor portrait shoots in varying lighting. I was at ranges between 400 and 1600, mostly sticking to 1600 using either a Sigma 24mm f1.4 Art or the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8G VRII. The pictures came out amazing. In pixel-peep mode, the noise was very fine, and it looked even better when I went black and white In fact, I even introduced more noise to the pic (very little.. but enough) and it looked like a shot I took from my Nikon F3 on ISO 800 film. Then, when I actually printed them out, there wasn't any noise at all. It doesn't stop there, folks. I set this up alongside my Sony a7SII for some astrophotography, and I was getting same noise in a ISO 1600 shot from the a7SII as I was with the D500 at ISO 800. The conditions were not as ideal as I want it (scattered clouds in heavy light pollution), but I was able to pull part of the galactic center with the D500 as I could with the a7SII. The reason why I would rather use the a7SII for astro overall is that it's full-frame, and the mirrorless-centric features like Focus Peaking and Bright Monitoring are amazing tools to utilize for astro. Overall, the Nikon D500 is about as good as it comes in an APS-C format camera. This camera is for certain making full-frame counterparts like the D750 run for the hills and Nikon has managed to close the gap between FX and DX bodies in terms of noise handling considerably. I'm surprised how well the D500 manages ISO noise, it's plenty fast for it's true purpose (sports and wildlife), but is well capable as a portrait and astro shooter. I think Nikon's future is bright because this camera and the D5 is paving the way for future FX products. For what it does, the price to play is well worth it. I highly recommend what will become the next legend in Nikon's lineup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Steep learning curve, but I knew that ...

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    DaBears
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    So I bought a D7500 bundled with a couple of lenses and some other stuff from Costco. It was a really nice camera. After using that camera for a while and continuing to read camera reviews, I decided to return that bundle and just buy the D500 body from Best Buy. I did this because every review listed the D500 as the "best" DSLR you can buy today. Well, I usually like the best, so why not? In another lifetime I owned a Nikon D80, but the shutter stopped working on that so I went into "strictly iPhone camera" mode for a while. That old D80 took a lot of great family photographs which I now cherish. Since I spent a bundle on this D500, I decided to recycle some old equipment from the D80 ... such as my trusty 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens and my SB-800 Speedlight. The lens is a great "all-around" lens and has worked great on my camera so far. The Speedlight works fine, too, but haven't needed it much since this camera does so great in low-light. Now ... I'm not a photography genius and I am someone you can usually find using the "auto" settings. But wait ... there is no such thing on this bad boy. Well, it did take some investment of time ... mostly watching YouTube videos ... but I think I've now got some of it figured out. And it turns out there are still some ways to get the camera to do things for you, aka "auto," they just don't exactly call it that and designate a dial or button for said function. Probably to maintain the image as a photographer's camera LOL. Anyhow, the pictures this thing takes are stunning. FPS ... when cranked up ... sounds like a machine gun. Put on the right settings and you will freeze every step of your son's next drive to the hole! Snapbridge software where pictures transfer to iPhone right away is pretty cool. Aside from camera, I've jumped into some of the Adobe software for post-processing and that provides another learning curve all its own. Bottom line ... great camera ... but expect you will have some learning to do if you are coming in from the cold or the dark ages. But I think you already knew that! ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon D500

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    mikenic
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    Got the D500 to upgrade from my D90, and man what an upgrade it is! D500 is a beast, this camera does everything much better than the D90 as one would expect. Where is really shines is on the edges of performance, the speed both of focusing and of FPS is just spectacular. I'm VERY glad I waited till the 500 came out, I had played around with D7000/7200, to me the 7000 was just not worth the money when it came out, the 7200 would have been a nice step up, but this 500 is not a step, it's a leap. The white balance is simply worlds better than on the 90 and so is the jpeg engine with high ISO shots. These are both very important to me as I take both RAW and jpeg, but I don't want to have to spend my whole time in Photoshop correcting. With the jpegs right out of the camera they are stunning. On my D90 I would never shoot above 1000 ISO as it was just too noisy, with the D500 it has been on ISO 2000 for the last few days and I have gone up much much higher with great results. I just love this camera as I did with my trusty D90 that has served me well over the last 8 years. Hopefully the 500 will also. The shot of the chipmunk was done on the D500 with the 200-500 lens. A VERY highly recommended lens

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect!

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    svllc
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    I'm going to start with what I don't like about the camera! Cons: SnapBridge, WiFi, Tilt screen and Touch screen. This camera is geared towards sports, action and wildlife photographers. Those are features that are not needed for these types of work, (with the exception of the tilt screen for some video footage). Snapbridge and wifi should only be on the entry level cameras (IMO)! If you're in a rush to post to social media, chances are that the photo isn't that good to begin with! Specular Highlights: Very temperamental and often blows them out if not careful! Lightroom: I find the color rendering to be off during import into lightroom. It's an easy fix though. A quick adjustment to the color profile in the camera calibration panel to camera flat or camera neutral brings the files back to a good starting point! Pros: AF speed, Accuracy and continuous AF tracking is nothing short of amazing and is where this camera really shines! ISO Performance: Excellent for a DX body. I personally wouldn't go beyond iso 4,000 but that's very good for DX IMO! Ergonomics: A+. If you own a D810, switching between cameras is like night and day. Overall, this is a solid performing camera for it's intended purpose and I highly recommend add it to your kit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Homeruns, thank you Nikon

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    DigitalCMH
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    I never thought I'd go back to an APS-C sensor camera. I love full frame and figured that would be all if ever use. I started from Nikon's D70, D200, D300 (got stolen) and for the last years I've been using the D700. I've been. Drooling for the D810 for its 36mp but never pulled the trigger on the $3000 price tag. In the last 2 years I have gotten into wildlife photography which lead me to the Tamron 150-600 and to my current Nikon 200-500mm lens. Great gear, but on a 12mp body and only 5 FPS, I find myself struggling with small and nimble birds. Missing focus and the "money shot". I have only had the D500 for a couple weeks but because of the 1.5 APS-C crop and the MP boost from 12 to 20.9, I am seeing details I have never been able to manage before. It's blowing me away! And 10 FPS is getting some really good action that I usually miss. Why not stay FF and pick up a D610 or D750? Buffers are too small for high speed RAW shooting. Even my D700 slows me down. But so far the D500 appears to be a home run.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Nikon D500 is a bargain!

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    Clickasaurus
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    As a retired photographer, I've been all Nikon since 1973 when I purchased my first Nikon F. I've owned at least 20 professional Nikon cameras over the years. After 12 days with my new D500, I'm blown away! I also have a D810 and D750, and bought this for the Dx sensor for wildlife. The D500 build feels really strong... It reminds me of the D810 except slightly smaller and lighter. The sensor is amazing, and can be cranked up to 51,200 ISO for uncapturable captures in VERY low light. The ISO can go higher, but the images become very noisy. The shutter is fast! The 10 FPS shutter is flawless, and the auto-focus keeps up with your moving targets. I have not had to fine-tune at all, even with my 600mm F4. This camera is a bargain! Great build, great sensor, great shutter, great AF system, great deal! I carry the 300mm F4 PF on my D500, and it is a terrific combination for shooting small birds hand held. If you shoot Nikon, and seek a professional level of performance from your cameras, the D500 definitely fills the bill! I appreciate Best Buy making this machine easy to own, with their 12-month, same-as-cash option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Illuminated buttons failed within 3 weeks

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    MisterE
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    I had a D7000 prior to getting the D500. I needed a new camera that could autofocus quickly to keep up with my 3 year old. I settled on the D500. I will say that the camera is built like a tank and has an incredible autofocus system. Those are the two things I miss on my current camera. The D500 doesn't have an auto mode so keep that in mind when purchasing. I saw this as a positive as I don't use auto mode anyway. The rear screen is great and high resolution. The viewfinder is also huge and crystal clear. A true pleasure to use. The photo quality is quite good, even at high ISO ranges. It's amazing how well you can take photos in low light. There is no flash built in so you'll be pushing your ISO up unless you bring an external flash along. As heavy as this camera is you probably won't want to though. A fast lens and higher ISO worked just fine for me. I used this camera for my family and found it to work well. I also wanted to use it for astro-photography. This is where things fell apart a bit. The illuminated buttons were a big feature for me. I wanted to use them at night while taking pictures of stars and planets. However, within 3 weeks the illuminated buttons stopped working. Not all of them, just half. I am well versed in cameras and know it wasn't that the lights were turned off. They simply failed. Given the price of this camera I couldn't believe something like that would happen. I ended up returning the camera as I was disappointed in the quality form Nikon. As a result of this and other quality issues from Nikon lenses I sold all of my Nikon gear and switched systems. I use Fuji now and enjoy photography more because of it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

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    GreenFlash
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    After owning half a dozen other Nikon DSLR's I am loving this camera because it is so much fun to use. Quick and accurate autofocus results in a high % of keepers. It has a new semi auto fine tune adjustment which can be recorded for each lens you use. The huge list of both DX and FF lenses available for Nikon (including Sigma, Tokina and Tamron lenses) create a very long list of quality glass that's not too expensive for the camera. Need to say that Nikon's sensor technology has narrowed the gap between Full Frame and APS-C lenses, so I don't think I give up much if anything in image quality with this camera. I have been favoring smaller mirrorless cameras, because of their small size and they are excellent, and contrarywise, this camera can in no way be regarded as small. But I have used, and highly recommend, the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 and the Sigma 18-35 f1.8, which are both pro quality lenses for under $1000 (each) Focus is lightning quick and accurate with both of these lenses. I am an old focus and recompose photographer, but this camera has many advanced focus features including a dedicated focus point joy stick and touch screen which I have not yet learned to use, and a tilting screen which I personally use quite a bit for shooting at odd angles. The quality of the jpegs is good, but I have been shooting compressed raw, and very much enjoying the results. I don't use the camera for video, so cannot comment on those features. In my own experience, when I toss a photo, the reason is usually focus. So I love this camera because more than any other, it focuses quickly and accurately. If money is an issue, there are a lot of other cameras that are nearly as good and cost half as much. But if price and video are not that important and you want the best all round APS-c camera that there is, this camera is it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fast action camera

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    RichardK
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    I am a sports photographer. My main sports kits include 2 Canon 7DM2, Sigma 120-300 F2.8, Sigma 50-100 F1.8, Sigma 18-35 F1.8. After using the d500, I decided to sell off all of my Canon sports kit and go Nikon. I also had the Canon 5DM3 with a lot of L glasses, but switched to Sony with G and G master lenses. Sony is a incredible company, but I just can't deal with some minor issues, and bought the d750 as a travel camera. I purchased the D500 after getting very impressed with the d750. I originally went to Sony for the light weight small lenses, but came back to the dslr with the Nikon system. I still have my Sony system for portrait, but no longer plan to use it for traveling. I like very responsive cameras that is ready to shoot when I press the shutter. I don't want to keep on charging on the go as well. Why am I talking about this on the review? B/c you can see how great the camera is on other reviews and just wanted to share my experiences. It looks as if Nikon is going down hill, but I realized how great the Nikons are after using it. I'm willing to loose a lot of $$$ switching, but the D500 is worth it. You might think why not just buy a Canon 1dx2, and it's b/c I can't afford to buy 2 bodies. The reason I was drawn to the D500 is the AF system and great high ISO performance vs the Canon 7Dm2. I hope this helped you :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for the advanced amateur or pro

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    ChuckieSF
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    To start, I'm a hobbyist. I bought this camera primarily to shoot photos of my daughter's volleyball matches but it's done extremely well for just about everything else that I used to use my D610 for. I primarily shoot landscapes so I had to borrow my friend's AF-S 12-24mm f/4 Nikkor and it's been great. The AF performance has been outstanding as is the general overall handling of the camera. Image quality is as expected from a pro level Nikon, which is to say that it is outstanding. Don't let anyone tell you that this camera has better low light performance than full frame cameras. It pretty much keeps up with my D610 up to about ISO 6400 but the D610 at ISO 25,600 has about the same noise as the D500 at ISO 12,800. The lack of a built in flash means that I need to carry one with me if I think I might need it. Since it's already larger and heavier than the D610 that means even more weight and bulk. Shooting video in 4K has its challenges as there's an additional crop factor on top of the DX crop factor so wide lenses are no long so wide (a 12mm lens has an equivalent field of view as an 18mm lens when taking photos and it has an equivalent field of view as a 27mm when shooting 4K). Overall, it's an outstanding camera. It offers me more possibilities than my D610 did for everything except for trying to get the least amount of depth of field or where I can't use a flash in a low light situation, both cases where the larger FX sensor has its advantages.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Legendary DSLR For Nikon

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    Chris
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    Users of the, now dated, Nikon D300 and D300s have been waiting for a replacement camera to fill the gaps in Nikon's DX, or "Crop Sensor," range of cameras. This is that camera. It enters the lineup as the "Flagship DX Body" for professional use in the Nikon range. This camera is fast. 10 Frames Per Second, and a hefty 200 frame buffer in 14-bit RAW (when using the XQD Memory Card Format) make this a real winner for sports, action, and wildlife photography. This body puts out beautiful files, for both photos AND video. It is capable of 4K capture, with a 1.3x Crop (on top of the already existing 1.5x crop from it being a DX body). I bought this camera with a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens, and the two make a strong pair for wildlife. I would definitely recommend this lens and body combination. I've posted some pictures to the "sample images" section of this page. Check it out and see for yourself!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FINALLY !!

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    MichaelMi
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    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. The six-and-a-half years that have passed since the D300S’ launch have seen the camera market move on considerably but the D500 does much to reclaim the position as one of the preeminent APS-C camera on the market. Much of the improved capability of the camera centers around sports and high-speed shooting, with significant upgrades to the shooting rate and autofocus system, but there are also major upgrades to the viewfinder, video capabilities and connectivity options which expand its utility beyond one particular niche. Key Features 20.7MP APS-C (DX-format) sensor 153 point AF module with 99 cross-type points 180,000 pixel RGB sensor for metering and subject recognition AF point joystick 10 fps shooting for up to 200 shots (lossless compressed 14-bit Raw to XQD card) 4K (UHD) video from 1.5x crop of sensor 100% coverage viewfinder with 1.0x magnification 2.36M-dot tilting touchscreen display Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with NFC for setup Mic and headphone sockets USB 3.0 connector Anti-flicker option for working under artificial lighting

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best DX body

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    James
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    This is Nikon's best DX body and it really delivers. The 10 FPS shooting speed, build quality, and fast autofocus puts it in the same league as the top-of-the-line pro D4 / D5 bodies. Think of this as a "D5 mini". . The ergonomics and build quality is as solid as any of the best full frame Nikon pro bodies. The controls are positioned in a similar way as the pro bodies and I especially like the placement of the ISO button. The grip is a little deeper and lets me handle the larger pro lenses a little easier. The focus fine tune function is one of those "why didn't they do this before?" features for DSLRs. After making manual focus adjustments in Live View mode, you press 2 buttons and the camera will make the micro adjustment to exactly match the body and lens. Even the best lenses benefit from this feature and the resulting images are tack sharp. There really aren't many negatives to this camera. It's about the same price and same size / weight as the entry level full frame bodies. But I would skip the comparably priced full frame bodies and get the D500 because it's the next best thing to a D5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fast Shooting but Slow Wifi and Tech Support

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    GregP
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought a D500 to replace my D300 for multiple reasons, including faster operation, increased resolution, better autofocus on fast-moving wildlife, better low-light performance, and remote control through my smart phone. Except for the remote control by my iPhone, all of my performance requirements were met or greatly exceeded, as reflected in the other reviews; however, I found the wifi and bluetooth features on this camera to be so dysfunctional, including frequent connectivity drop-outs with my iPhone 6S, that I returned the camera for a full refund. I was able to pair the phone and camera and take photos, and found the live view through my phone a great feature, but the inability to reliably connect my phone to the camera was way overly frustrating. The response I received from Nikon's tech support is what sent me back for a refund: "Unfortunately, Nikon is still testing the compatibility with Snapbridge and the updated iOS 10.2. It is not recommended to use this application until the testing is completed." SnapBridge is a Nikon app and the only app available for the D500. When spending $2000 (body only) for a high end camera, I expect it to work perfectly all the time, so I will either wait until Nikon gets their act together or go buy a competitor's product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Wildlife Superstar!

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    Camptws
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The D500 and the Nikkor 200-500mm is probably the best wildlife setup out there. The 20mp APS-C sensor has incredible dynamic range. This provides greater recovery of those shy animals in the shadows and the noise at high ISO insanely low. I have been able to push my recovery of blown out or dark spots almost 2 stops over my Sony A7RII. You may loose a stop of light with this camera but with better recovery, who cares. I only have 3 gripes. One is that this camera sucks for video. Video quality is good, but the camera is not very user friendly and I wish I could see what I was recording through the viewfinder. That brings me to the second grip, no EVF. Having an EVF is invaluable. Third grip is that all the controls on the left side of the camera force you to break your workflow to use them when using a large lens. A right handed camera should be RIGHT HANDED. Buy the Lexar Professional XQD card and blaze away, never missing a shot do to a full buffer. I have never been able to fill the buffer when using that card.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As good as it gets!

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    Graphicai
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been longing for this camera ever since it was announced and reviewed. I had thought of upgrading from my D7000 to a full frame such as the D750 or D810 but after hearing so many positive reviews about the D500 I had to get it! I purchased it about a month ago and though I have not had as much shooting time as I would like, the results so far are great. I'm discovering its many attributes and qualities as I use it and am excited at the potential it has. It was very easy to get used to the controls and features and I feel very comfortable in using it. The XQD card through me off a bit as I had purchased a back up portable hard drive which has an SD slot and I use the SD card for JPG copies so I can quickly ses and show my shots on my iPad. I got the Lexar XQD card reader and use it instead, plugging it into the USB port. As I watch the many YouTube clips on this camera I am learning even more how great it is. The price in my opinion is not bad especially if you already have existing lens, since you can get the camera back only and save.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very responsive but has numerous minor drawbacks

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    James32
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Photojournalist who has used the D500 in a working capacity for four weeks as of this posting. STRENGTHS: -Fast and responsive autofocusing system -Makes a nice, crisp image, particularly at relatively low ISOs -Good ergonomics. The buttons and camera features feel like they're where they should be Drawbacks: -Images aren't particularly crisp at higher ISOs. Don't be fooled by boasts of the camera's 51,200 ISO sensitivity. The image will be a grainy mess at this level. -Prone to slight jpeg artifacting, particularly at higher ISOs. Not as much of an issue if images are shot in RAW and then converted to high-res jpegs, but for those who use this camera for work and every second counts before deadlines, this is inconvenient. -Whoever said the battery can last 3,000 shutter clicks on a single charge has a helluva sense of humor. Simply not true. -Lack of a voice recorder irks just about everyone who needs to take notes during work Overall, a solid body, especially for sports, but far from perfect

    I would recommend this to a friend