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Nikon D500 Body
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20.9 Megapixels
23.5mm x 15.7mm CMOS
30sec. - 1/8000sec.
10 FPS Continuous Shooting
ISO 100 - 51,200
153 Point AF
Nikon F DX
EN-EL15 Li-Ion Battery
147mm x 115mm x 81mm

Ratings and Reviews
D500 with an FX AF-P 70-300mm E ED 4.5-5.6 lens
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
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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