Nikon D500: Some First Impressions

Camera & photo hardtestar right now new Nikon D500. Here are some first impressions of the camera and its innovative bluetooth function for transferring images to the smartphone.

There were many who had hoped to Nikon D500 would be a mini version of the Nikon D5 (test on D5 can be read in camera & Photo # 5 in stores now) when it was released in early January with an ISO performance up to ISO 3 million (see pictures at 3 m ISO here). Maybe it’s not exactly a “D5 mini” straight off that the now classic relationship between the Nikon D700 and Nikon D3 we see, but still have the inherited some features that make it to Nikon’s performance camera for cameras with DX sensors.

Autofokusmodulen, on the other hand, is a thing from the D5 as D500 inherited, which also testify to high speed. Otherwise take the pictures of 10 images per second and has received some exciting features. ISO button we find now up on top when the shutter release button and function button Fn2 is located on the back, easily accessible to the left thumb.

Grip-as usual with Nikon

Nikon has always succeeded in really well to get to the feeling in the grip of their cameras. This also applies to D500. Here are the controls and buttons just right, and in any case my grip as I reach all controls good with my fingers. The only thing I see right now is that the front Fn1 button is somewhat far down to be utilized at the press of a button – but really good for two-handed with the left hand ring finger over the lens.

Another exciting thing is the joystick located below the AF-on button. With it’s the sense that you are using focus points at various points in the viewfinder can adjust these faster than if you use another control. The button works fine, and can also be set to function as multikontrollen, for example, to quickly browse the pictures you have taken.

Anyway this is good ergonomics and design made by Nikon, and it also appears as if they read my earlier criticism straight out of current screen on previous models – now sits firmly on both the top and bottom and provides a solid impression. The fear that the screen suddenly going to bow out after chafing against the jacket or similar is thus gone.

Stay connected with bluetooth

New at the D500 is the ability to be able to connect at all sorts of ways towards the camera. Because it has a built-in NFC so you don’t need to worry too much about all the settings, but can start only Nikon’s app Snapbidge and choose to connect to the smartphone in the camera menu. In this way, you will find the units together and configure them to be able to communicate via bluetooth and wifi.

If you don’t feel like editing your images significantly more than what you can do in the camera, so you can set your computer to the side and let the camera and the phone handle everything from uploading to backup.

When I pair you can choose some different settings via the app, including synchronizing your camera’s time with the phone, but even if you want to geotag your photos. Do Nikon-ID to get a bunch of gigabyte upload images to. Nikon would, of course, that will be just a jetty Snapbridge between camera and yourself, and that you will be able to receive alerts for example firmware updates directly through the app.

In the app, you’ll see your parade camera, and also has the ability to remotely control this, to a certain extent. By choosing this app asks you if it gets permission to switch to wifi at the camera, because bluetooth is not sufficient to transfer the liveview screen. Once there, you can take pictures, but unfortunately cannot change the settings of Aperture or shutter, either on camera or in the app, which of course seems like an obvious thing to do.

Over in HD or original

Another tab allows you to browse through the pictures to see which ones you want to download – if you have not already chosen to set the autonedladdning to the smartphone app. In this way, you can always get the pictures you take directly to your phone, and then quickly share further out on the net.

If you choose to download pictures in HD quality and you will get an image file at around one megabyte and 1080 pixels in height. An image transfer via bluetooth, which takes about 15 seconds when I tested with my Sony Xperia Z5. Do you want to transfer pictures in original size or movies you recorded, so it works in the same way as with liveview – the camera switches over to wifi mode and transfer the pictures or movies.

The thing with Nikon D500 is that this new version of bluetooth is more energy efficient than before, which means you can reach the camera’s pictures, even though it is turned off. Through this technique, it is sufficient, therefore, that you are close to the camera and have your phone, to be able to watch and download pictures from the camera. This is therefore an automatic system that you can use when you’re on vacation – you going around and shooting, but even after you turn off the camera and moves on to continue the transfer of images – and when you went far enough and want to share your pictures to the world, so are the pictures ready in your phone. Really smart.

Speed and autofocus

Nikon D500 is fast. It feels really quick in the autofocus, real quick in the handling, really fast in use, and with 10 frames per second in burst shooting. Now I have not had time to test on a few quick items yet, but it looks as if Nikon D500 has all the elements needed for many of the categories of photography.

For those who want to tweak their autofocus himself is now possible by pressing two buttons. By focusing the camera on the tripod on an object about three times the focal length away, of centimenter, you can let the camera fine-tune focus. For zoom lens set the lens at the longest focal length and running focus adjustment.

In this way, you can store the focus setting for your lenses. D500 stores right now this information based on the lens, not the serial number, which means you can do this for a lens of a model.

The trial in camera & Photo # 6

In camera & photo number 6 that comes out in stores June 7 we will have tested the camera to see what it can do. Before that, we’ll put up pictures taken at different ISO values for you to be able to examine the image quality on your own.