Nikon D500 Body

Regular Price: $2,699.00


The Nikon D500 benefits from Nikon’s technological innovations, including a blazing fast Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, 4K UHD video capture, and adds a fun new way to share photos with Nikon SnapBridge.

Save $220 on the Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED when purchased with this camera.

Save $150 on the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 G ED VR when purchased with this camera.

Receive a free $100 The Camera Store Gift Card with the purchase of this camera.

Save $90 on the Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED VR when purchased with this camera.

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The sleek and beautiful D500 goes anywhere you go, bringing along stunning resolution and performance. Packing a lot of power into a smaller camera body thanks to its DX sensor means you can take advantage of the smaller and lighter DX lenses in the NIKKOR line—and when you’re travelling, every ounce counts. The best part is, there’s no need to sacrifice image quality to gain portability. The D500 strikes the perfect balance with its 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is ready to capture the exquisite details, colours, and textures this world has to offer. With the D500 at your side—whether you’re hiking through the lush landscapes of New Zealand or on safari in Africa—it will be ready to go, effortless and unobtrusive.

NIKKOR lenses unlock the full imaging potential
NIKKOR lenses are trusted and praised by professionals and advanced amateurs all over the world. Taking advantage of accumulated Nikon technology, they ensure high resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame, along with exceptional rendering of point light sources and beautiful image blur that conveys a natural sense of depth, all while effectively reducing ghost and flare.


153 focus points with broader, denser image area coverage for incredible  performance
Boasting the most advanced AF system in the history of Nikon digital SLR cameras, the D500 empowers you to capture more decisive moments in sharp focus. The camera’s autofocus sensor module gives you a dense, 153 focus-point configuration that covers an extremely wide portion of the image area, with 99 cross sensors in the frequently used central and peripheral areas, realizing more flexible composition. This ensures the D500 is able to focus easily on small or low-contrast subjects.

Focusing capability down to -4 EV lets you capture a wider range of scenes
The D500’s AF capability is about more than just focus points. By minimizing noise, the newly developed autofocus sensor module is able to focus down to -4 EV with the central focus point, and -3 EV with all other points*. This makes AF possible even in low light or when shooting low-contrast subjects. Consider the possibilities when you combine this with the camera’s impressive high-sensitivity performance (up to ISO 51200) and the ability to meter exposure all the way down to -3 EV. The D500 opens up an entirely new photographic frontier.

High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW
The D500 harnesses all the powerful technology at its disposal to realize exceptional continuous shooting performance. Its
image sensor is designed for even faster readout, while the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine accelerates performance
even further. The combination of these features with an improved mirror sequence mechanism helps achieve the feat of
high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps*. Together with a quick release time lag of approx. 50 ms, this means that
the D500 is ready to capture decisive moments, and thanks to an extended buffer capacity, you can also take continuous
sequences of up to 200 shots in JPEG and in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW. Nail that crucial instant with total confidence —
with the D500, you can.

Superior agility brings an edge to telephoto shooting
While it shares many of the top-level features of the D5, its leading FX-format counterpart, the D500 possesses its own unique form of agility when it comes to telephoto shooting. The smaller DX-format image sensor provides an angle of view equivalent to that of a lens with approx. 1.5× longer focal length*, which means you benefit from a telephoto range comparable to the D5 while using smaller and lighter lenses. For durability, the D500 employs a monocoque structure, with high-stiffness carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic and magnesium alloy, all of which contribute to its lightweight body without sacrificing its ruggedness. This outstanding agility lets you travel light — a crucial advantage when shooting in far locations.

4K UHD video (3840 × 2160), essential for multimedia users
Meeting the demands of multimedia professionals, the D500 provides 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/24p/25p/30p as well as 1080/60p video for up to 29 min. 59 s. Thanks to the camera’s new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, you can expect detail-rich, high-definition movies that take full advantage of the stunning depiction NIKKOR lenses offer, with smooth exposure control specifically tailored to movie recording. The exceptional agility of the DX system, combined with a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 1640000), broadens your shooting possibilities even further. Your 4K UHD video footage can be displayed simultaneously on an external monitor via HDMI, and uncompressed 4K UHD movie data can be recorded directly to an external storage device while also recording video onto an in-camera memory card.

The D500 has a built-in stereo microphone and is compatible with the optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone and ME-W1 Wireless Microphone. Microphone sensitivity levels can be adjusted in 20 increments while visually monitoring the sound level indicator during movie recording. Sound monitoring is also possible using commercially available stereo headphones.

Touch-operation, tilting 8-cm/3.2-in., 2359k-dot high-resolution LCD monitor
The D500’s touch-panel LCD monitor brings an entirely new level of usability to still and movie shooting. It offers functions such as touch AF and touch shutter (in still image shooting), as well as the ability, shared with the D5, to input text such as copyright information, and to switch sequences of images at high speed using the frame advance bar in image playback — both particularly useful for professionals. The monitor’s 3-axis hinge structure allows it be tilted up or down flexibly across a wide range of angles. When tilted upward, the camera’s eyepiece remains unobstructed, and it can also be tilted smoothly downward while attached to a tripod. Thanks to the monitor’s significantly increased 2359k-dot resolution, you can check images and confirm focus in superbly precise detail, and its colors can be customized to match those of the computer monitor used for image editing.




Supports SnapBridge, Nikon’s new image transferring application
The D500 can be constantly connected to a smart device*1 with the new SnapBridge application installed (available as a free download), via Bluetooth. This enables a variety of features. You can automatically transfer images taken with the D500 to your smart device, as well as upload them automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE, or use the smart device to browse images stored in the camera. You can also embed those images with the location and date/time information from your smart device. The D500’s NFC support*2 means that
establishing link with your smart device via Bluetooth is as simple as touching it against the camera’s N-Mark. The camera also comes with built-in Wi-Fi that permits higher-speed communication, which can be switched to manually when there are images waiting to be transferred. SnapBridge dramatically enhances the experience of taking and sharing images with a digital SLR camera.

  • Sensor Resolution
    20.9 Megapixels
  • Video Resolution
    4K HD Recording
  • Sensor
    23.5mm x 15.7mm CMOS
  • Screen Size
    3.2" LCD Monitor
  • Shutter Speed
    30sec. - 1/8000sec.
  • Continuous Shooting Speed
    10 FPS Continuous Shooting
  • ISO Sensitivity
    ISO 100 - 51,200
  • Auto Focus Points
    153 Point AF
  • Recording Media
  • Frame Rate
  • Lens Mount
    Nikon DX F-Mount
  • Power Source
    EN-EL15 Li-Ion Battery
  • Dimensions
    147mm x 115mm x 81mm
  • Weight

Average Customer Rating

4.5/5 based on 2 reviews
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D500 with an FX AF-P 70-300mm E ED 4.5-5.6 lens

By: Leapt to a D500
I broke my AF-S lens and I miss it but there are a couple of advantages to the AF-P full frame 70-300 mm E ED VR 4.5-5.6 mm lens. It is reputedly faster focussing than the AF-S and quieter. It is unclear whether "quieter" just applies to video or also to stills. I am reserving judgement on "quieter" and "faster" until a later review. The small birds are skittish when they hear the lens (even on quiet). Larger birds such as woodpeckers and hawks don't mind it at all, even at the same distance. When I get a bird in focus, it seems much sharper than it would on the AF-S. There may be a good reason for this. The AF-P allows me to be closer to the bird for the minimum focussing distance. On an AF-S 70-300mm G ED VR lens, the minimum focussing distance is 4.9 feet. On the new AF-P 70-300 mm fx E ED 4.5-5.6 lens, the minimum focus distance is 3.94 feet from the focal plane at all zoom positions. This is almost a foot difference and surely makes a difference if shooting close-up birds. Of course, being almost a foot closer may account for why the smaller birds are skittish when they hear it, as the shutter release and focus motor/pulse noise may be perceived louder by the birds since it is closer than when I used the old AF-S lens. The vibration reduction of the AF-P lens is rated for 4.5 stops improvement. The old AF-S lens is rated for 2.5 stops, I believe. One thing I find that I have to be aware of is in supporting the lens. If your hand is not held close to the camera, it is easy to nudge the manual focus ring. That ring overrides instantly the AF, I believe, so care must be taken not to move it by accident. It is a great feature to have to be able to focus it manually and quickly. I really liked the green autofocus light in older cameras. In the D500, it is a white light and I wish they had kept it green as it registered more quickly on your brain and I didn't have to look for it as much as for the white. What I really like is the superb low-light performance of the camera. It is amazing. For example, I took a photo of a Cooper's Hawk in terrible light and it came out beautifully. I am still experimenting and learning how to use both camera and lens. I REALLY like the photos of people I've taken from quite a distance. I am still mastering the various choices of AF settings and haven't started taking videos yet nor have I used Nikon Snapbridge. Still, when the bird is in focus properly, it is incredible. I think the camera has great potential for wildlife, definitely superb for sports. I was amazed whenI aimed the camera above the roof of the house and took a photo of a spruce tree at quite a distance in the backyard. The sharpness of the needles was superb. Really unbelievable. I will do a follow-up review once I have further experience. I experimented with the ISO one day and found that it was fine up to about 1600 but by 3200, fine noise was observed. For now, if you have an AF-S lens 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G ED lens and are buying a D500, keep the AF-S lens (although the D500 manual suggests a limitation to it). You might also weigh the difference between the AF-P DX 70-300 mm G VR lens versus the AF-P FX 70- 300 mm E ED lens. The AF-P DX is about half the price of the FX but is a slower lens being 4.5-6.3. It has, in fact, a slightly shorter minimum focus distance of 3.7 feet than the AF-P FX lens distance of 3.94 feet. You can draw your own comparisons for the rest of the specifications including difference in the number of elements. Still, if you are buying the D500, the dx telephoto lens may be a good option for you. So I am giving both camera and the FX lens 5 stars but will do a second review...when I have more experience with both. Some call the AF-P 70-300 mm 4.5-5.6 VR lens the fastest focussing telephoto lens under $5,000 (Ken Rockwell). Don't rush out and buy the AF-P FX lens until you know whether or not it is compatible with your camera. It is not compatible with several older Nions (and perhaps even not so old nikon cameras). And Rockwell says that the cameras the AF-P DX lens is compatible with is not the same as the cameras the AF-P FX lens is compatible with. Leapt to a D500 (still reading the manual - again)
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Very good camera

By: Adam
I got the camera about a year ago, and have found it very good as an all-around camera. The controls fit logically, and it's weight is good.

The one thing I have noticed, is that even with it in airplane mode, it does go through batteries much faster than the D7000 and D7100 that I came from. Luckily, the EN-EL15 batteries are interchangable between the cameras I have, and they charge very fast.

I have invested in the grip, and the EN-EL18a battery, and that gives much longer lifespan for the camera.

The auto-focus is great! I have been able to get spot-on focus lock from moving vehicles and got good quality shots (usually using the Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR IF-ED with VR on). I have also tested it in low light, and it was able to autofocus at night on jupiter and some of the brightest stars without issue at f/5.6.

I don't use it much for video, but when I have, I have loved the output.

The ISO range is great, but I never go anywhere near the top of the native range if I can help it, as it does get fairly grainy and noisy.

I work in tech as my day job, and the wireless configuration leaves me baffled. It sports a Wi-Fi Alliance logo, but is NOT registered in their list of certified devices. Questions to Nikon about that go unanswered. The Smartbridge software works, IF you use one of their supported devices. My phone is not one of those (Asus ZenFone 2), and the tablet I have that works with it, has much issues maintaining it, and the fact it burned through an entire EN-EL15 battery in the couple hours I was playing with it, that this highly toted functionality loses half a star for me.

The other thing that lost it the other half, is how fast it goes through batteries. Before this camera, I could get close to the estimated shots on a battery, but using it the same way, and I am getting much fewer shots per charge. I don't chimp much, and the camera is set to not review the shots when taking them.

It seems to leave much more on when it is turned off, as well (let alone idle and on), so no leaving this one charged and ready, or the batteries will be less than expected. If you are using it nearly every day, this won't matter to you much. I am a hobbyist, so it does affect me.
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EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
MH-25A Battery Charger
USB Cable Clip
HDMI Cable Clip
DK-17 Eyepiece
UC-E22 USB Cable
AN-DC17 Strap
BF-1B Body Cap
User’s Manual

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