THE best in crop camera.
I have been using D500 for almost a year now. Majority of my photography is wildlife and birds. I could not afford Nikon D5 hence had to go for D500. I am not disappointed. It is fast, auto focus is excellent and robust. Feels like you younger brother of D5. Highly recommended for people who wants to do sports or wildlife and don't have big bucks to spend on D5.
Purchased in October 2018 at digiDirect for $2,200.00.
Bang for your buck and prime performance
I have owned the D500 for 9 months now and so far have 15k shutter actuations. I have used it with a variety of lenses and primarily use it for sports, action and wildlife/animal photography. In addition I have also used it for the occasional landscape image with very pleasing results. During one of these particular landscape occasions I was attempting to capture a storm cell on a pier that engulfed me with waves crashing over me. I can confirm the weather sealing is very good indeed!
The D500 is the 20.9 megapixel flagship Nikon APS-C (DX)...sensor camera utilising dual memory card slots, an XQD card as the primary slot and an SD card as its secondary slot which supports SD, SDHC (UHS-II compliant) and SDXC (UHS-II compliant) cards. The build quality is very good indeed and what you would expect from a ‘Pro’ Body, yes Nikon market it as a ‘Pro Body’ despite it being a DX format sensor. The ergonomics are very good and body feels really good in your hand, unlike some earlier DSLR’s I’ve owned. The tilt touch screen is really handy and makes sorting through your images or checking focus really easy with swipe left or right to move through your images and pinch and zoom to check focus etc. The only down side to this technology on this camera is you cannot use the touch screen for menu items, you’ll need the D850 for that functionality. Snap Bridge enables you to transfer images to any smart device or remotely trigger your D500, and even use your smart device for geotagging your location. The only problem with Snap Bridge is whilst it works, it isn’t wow factor…Nikon need to work on it a bit for it to be a game changer. I had it on the D750 and it wasn’t all that flash there either. The 153 point AF focus system practically covers the entire frame left to right which is great for action work. The AF is very quick to obtain and hold focus and its ability to focus in low light conditions is mind blowing! Another mind blowing aspect of this incredible tool is the D500’s ability to shoot at 10 frames per second and maximise the buffer of 200 images! I’m not joking when I say you can fire off 200 frames in 20 seconds then take your finger off the shutter release and then re-apply it for another 200 images with a very accurate and consistent focus with an estimated 90-95% in crisp focus…. Amazing!! The only caveat on this is you need to be using an XQD card to obtain the full buffer of 200. ISO performance is very good for a DX camera, any camera for that matter, particularly at the high end. Very usable images across the range even in the 6400 – 12000 ISO range. In terms of Dynamic Range, under ISO 400 it has approx. 14 EV however, over ISO 400 there are other reviews that I have read that put it up to 14.5 EV, not entirely sure what ISO it begins to fall off again, what I can say is I regularly use mine for sports around the 3200 mark and very happy with the dynamic range. I believe this was an intentional design based on the market requirement for a Pro Level affordable DSLR for sports action and wildlife work. If I were to describe the image quality in a word it would be excellent. In summary, the D500 has the looks, the build and the performance of a pro body, I’m hardly surprised it is classed as one. On the whole the Nikon D500 is an excellent choice all-rounder DSLR, and superb for sports/action and wildlife photography. The only problem with this camera is once you start using it, you won’t be able to put it down…..9.5/10
Nikon D500 - high end cropped frame DSLR
The D500 is the Nikon flagship, it is really well build, smashes out 10 frames a second! Has the same autofocus as the $7,000 Nikon D5, flip rear screen and 4k video. I love this camera, it's ideal for sports and wildlife photography as you get extra reach with your lenses and it's ability to track in low light is without peer. For outside use, I like my cameras to feel substantial and tough and this does not disappoint, like earlier semi-pro and pro bodies from Nikon, it feels great in your hands. The weatherproof body and generous grip feel...tough but comfortable, and again all the controls fall easily to hand. If you are looking to upgrade your cropped frame camera and not looking to invest in new lenses for a full framed DSLR then look no further, this cropped sensor camera has no peer, in fact nothing holds a candle to this no matter what make............... Expensive but if you have the budget, this is the one to get.
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