TEST: Nikon D500-Filled of Technologies for All

Fast, smooth and with professional features. In addition to a legacy of technology from big brother D5 we find in the new Nikon D500 also built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and bluetooth – with the ability to transfer images to your smartphone with off camera.

It is now seven years since Nikon released D300s-the faster and sportier sequel to respected semipro camera D300. But then came not so much more – until now.

Nikon D500 is now the flagship of Nikon’s DX Cameras, and has actually got everything a photographer needs – and then some – with multiple inheritance from big brother and professional camera D5. The autofocus is one such component, which our tests show to be a winning combination together with fast 10 fps, as well as weather sealing for sportive situations.

The sensor, without low-pass filter, has a resolution of 20.9 megapixels, and an ISO range of between 100 and 51 200 ISO, ISO utökbart to 1 640 000, that is, a step below the Nikon D5.

The D500 also has been equipped with the ability to shoot in 4 k, but can handle unlike D5 to film for a long time in a clip: 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

Design and ergonomics

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.

Also: do you shoot when it is dark, so have the D500, like big brother, D5, a lighted buttons for you to make it easier to find your way when you set up the camera. Clearly useful. 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 concept I think Nikon succeeded well with, and it can also serve as a multi-controller for example, to quickly browse the pictures you take if you want to use this button instead of the touch-sensitive screen.

Rich touch screen

The touch screen on 3.2 inches has a resolution of 2.26 million pixels, and gives a really good picture, clear, bright and crisp. However, I lack the ability to auto-brightness, which I believe would have been useful to a model like this.

However, it seems that Nikon has taken note of my (and others ‘) earlier criticisms regarding the screen on its previous models – now sits firmly on both 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.

To zoom and scroll through images on the screen goes really smoothly and quickly, like on a smartphone, with the ability to browse photos with» frame advance bar «.» However, I think it is a pity that not added additional features such as an evolution of how to use the screen for menus and settings. But to focus by pointing works so clear in movie mode.

Latest bluetooth standard

Because it has a built-in NFC so you need not worry too much over all settings, but can start only Nikon’s app Snapbridge and choose to connect to the smartphone in the camera menu. In this way, you will find one another and configure these devices to communicate via wifi.

But the news is in the opportunity to connect via low-power bluetooth, BLE. By doing so, you can let the camera and the phone handle everything from uploading to backup and transfer – without even have the camera turned on.

When the devices are paired, you can choose a few different settings via the app, including synchronizing your camera’s time with the phone, but even if you villgeotagga images. 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.Smart!

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.

Another tab in the app 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. You go around and shoot, 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. 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 test with my Sony Xperia Z5. I want these in original size or movies I recorded, so it works in the same way as with liveview – the camera switches over to wifi mode and transfer the pictures or movies.

Snapbridge see writing for Android phones, app for iOS has planned release in August.


It’s clear that Nikon has done time on the auto focus with the D500, or that in any case tried to make it feel like a really fast camera. Inside the husk is sitting the same module that in D5, which also shows. To photograph objects that move fast can handle D500 without problems. Thus, Nikon has really let the latest flagship technology come along down to model in. Also the sensitivity to-4 EV steps with dot in the Middle also helps secure focus even in dim light, which I think the D500 can handle just fine.

The D500 has a total of 153 AF points spread across mainly the width – far toward the edges – and 99 AF points are crossed. Good is that you have the opportunity to receive 15 working AF points, for example, f/8, which opens up for you to have a low-light tele tele but still get good autofocus. The autofocus is really top notch.

The D500 also features an easy-to-use method to fine tune the focus if you feel that the camera front-or bakfokuserar. With a few simple clicks do you self adjustment, and stores this in the camera, saved by lens type. That way you don’t have to submit your gadgets, but first try this out and maybe solve the problem on the spot.

On the substance, it may also be worth mentioning that if you already know that you need a dedicated and fast Nikon-House for a telephoto lens, you will 1, 5 x closer with your FX lens, or getting cheaper glass with DX lenses (and a light combination of your equipment) which might be a smart choice for those who want to lose weight.


Nikon D500 has also chosen to provide the ability to record videos in 4 k at up to 30 frames per second, or full-HD at up to 60 frames per second, in 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

Do you want to output the video signal to external drives so you can do this – even for 4 k – 8-bit 4:2: 2 format.

In addition, you can now also enable the setting for» active D-lighting «when you film, which means that the details in the shadows and highlights growing directly on the film, but after the treatment.

That film also works really well. On the screen, you can focus and choose where the camera will set the sharpness, but it would be great if you could make more settings for refocusing to get to that soft feeling that we find, for example, Canon. But with the D500, you get a powerful camera to film, no doubt.

Several features

For those who like to photograph and film in fluorescent light, Nikon has now created the same feature that we see with Canon 7 d Mark II – the ability to remove the flicker.

The D500 has received a XQD-slot for fast data shovelling, along with an honest SD slot. Why not go all the way and run on two XQD slots? Speed is one of the camera’s motto – even if I understand the benefits of having the SD card.

Regarding speed, there is also one thing that I miss in the D500: ability to set custom settings in a user mode which you can quickly adjust to, for example, on the program selection knob or similar. Now, Nikon has already their menu settings through various banks that you can modify and change it to, but the settings are changed when you change something (you do not need to save) and the whole thing is not quite logical.

Image quality

The D500 Nikon has opted to skip the low-pass filter, which gives a really sharp images directly from the camera, without any major problem for most people. Image quality of the camera feels fantastic to come from an APS-C sensor, and it’s hard not to be impressed by the images directly from the camera.

Nikon have really done well with the dynamic range of the Nikon D500.Lifting shadows is going really good, which we also found in many of Nikon’s previous models.

At high ISO sensitivity is D500 slightly better than previous models. In fact, the D500 right now are at the top among cameras with APS-C sensors.


To call the D500» mini versions of D5 «might work, if one disregards the sensor sizes are different in the two cameras. One big winner is that the autofocus is the same system, something that so clearly contributes to the speed of the D500.

For those who need an all-around camera so have D500 in principle everything you need: horrible fast with 10 pictures per second, and a smart and fast operation, really well thought out in terms of button layout and usage, smart and innovative features for transferring images to your smartphone for on the way out to tender, and really good picture quality.

Do you have a need for a second camera body and know you both want to wear less and need a House with just a telephoto lens – it can clearly be a smart alternative to driving on a D500 instead of, for example, a camera with full body houses the Nikon D5.

Overall, Nikon has really succeeded with the D500 and poked into the latest technology, where the picture quality really delivers on the top, and there is much more to say about this skilled camera than a place here – in short, so Nikon made a camera that fits most – professionals who enthusiast.