Playback, Editing And Printing
Overview: The Nikon D500 is the new flagship model in the
Nikon DX-format DSLR lineup. The camera includes an EN-EL15 rechargeable Lithium
Ion battery pack and a battery charger. No lenses are included in the "body
Compatible Lenses: The D500 has the standard Nikon F mount,
which includes AF coupling and AF contacts. It is compatible with AF NIKKOR
lenses, including type G, E, D, and DX lenses. Because the camera has a
DX-format image sensor, it provides an angle of view equivalent to that of a
lens with approximately 1.5x longer focal length. The DX system delivers some
specific benefits for telephoto shooting compared to full-frame cameras, by
using smaller and lighter lenses to reach longer focal lengths.
LCD Monitor: The D500 has a 3.2" TFT LCD
touchscreen monitor featuring approximately 2,359,000 dots, a 170-degree viewing
angle, 100% frame coverage, and adjustable brightness (-5 to +5). The
touch-sensitive monitor lets you maneuver through the menus using touch, slide,
stretch, and pinch motions. During Live View, you can take photos by touching
the screen (Touch Shutter).
Live View: The camera features Live View, which
allows you to frame your photographs and movies in the monitor instead of the viewfinder.
When the Live View button is pressed, the mirror is raised and the view through
the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible
in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show such items as
auto focus mode, AF-area mode, focus point, and exposure indicator. You can
opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.
Optical Viewfinder: The D500 uses a fixed
eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter
adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without
glasses). The viewfinder's coverage
area is approximately 100% horizontal and vertical in DX mode; 98% in 1.3x mode. During self-timer or remote control
operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may
enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To
prevent this, you should close the viewfinder shutter to cover the eyepiece.
Optional corrective diopter-adjustment viewfinder lenses are available from
Nikon to replace the supplied DK-17F viewfinder eyepiece.
Image Sensor: The D500 features a Nikon DX-format 23.5mm x 15.7mm CMOS
image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 21.51 million pixels and
an effective pixel count of approximately 20.9 million. The camera is equipped
with the EXPEED 5 processor which gives you superior image quality, 4K movie
recording, continuous shooting up to 10 fps, and very high sensitivity (up to
ISO 51200, expandable to ISO 1640000 equivalent).
Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass
filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the
image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be
set to turn the auto cleaning function off. The Dust Reduction System also
includes Image Dust Off, which allows the camera to acquire reference data to be
used with the Image Dust Off application in the optional Capture NX-D software.
Recording Media: The camera records
images on high-capacity XQD memory cards and SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards,
including SDHC/SDXC cards compliant with UHS-II. SD cards rated Class 3 or
better are recommended for movie recording. No memory cards are included with the camera.
Dual Media Slots: The D500 has two slots, one for SD media,
and the other for XQD cards. When both types of memory cards are inserted in the camera, you
can choose one as the primary card in the photo shooting menu. The roles for the
primary and secondary card slots can also be chosen in the menu, such as
Overflow, Backup, and Raw primary/JPEG secondary.
SnapBridge: SnapBridge is a new wireless connection
innovation from Nikon that lets you transfer photos, even while shooting, upload
photos to the Nikon Image Space cloud service, and remotely control the camera
from your smartphone. SnapBridge utilizes a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
connection between the camera and the smart device. Devices with Near-Field
Communication (NFC) can launch the SnapBridge app by touching the device to the
camera's N-mark (on the right side). A one-time setup is required to register
the camera with the app, and thereafter, an automatic connection is made between
the two devices. SnapBridge will let you imprint up to two pieces of credit
information, such as copyright, comments, text, or logos, onto your pictures.
You can receive firmware updates for your camera, and update the camera's date,
time, and location info through your smart device. The SnapBridge app is
currently available for Android (5.0 and up) on Google Play, and for iOS (6.0.1
or later) on the iTunes App Store.
Built-in Wi-Fi: In addition to SnapBridge, the D500 has
built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect the camera with your smartphone or
tablet. Through the wireless connection (IEEE 802.11b/g), you can upload photos
and videos from your camera to your device. It is recommended that a Wi-Fi
connection is used for large volume uploads. Once you have loaded the images to
your smartphone, you can share them via email, texts, or social networking
Still Image Formats: The D500 records JPEG still images in
three sizes: Large, Medium, and Small. Image Quality can be set to Fine (1:4
compression), Normal (1:8), or Basic (1:16). You can record still images in the
| ||Large ||Medium ||Small |
|DX (24 x 16) ||5568 x 3712 ||4176 x 2784 ||2784 x 1856 |
|1.3x (18 x 12) ||4272 x 2848 ||3200 x 2136 ||2128 x 1424 |
|DX (24 x 16) |
Movie Live View
|5568 x 3128 ||4176 x 2344 ||2784 x 1560 |
|1.3x (18 x 12) |
Movie Live View
|4272 x 2400 ||3200 x 1800 ||2128 x 1192 |
NEF (RAW) Shooting: The camera captures raw image data from
the image sensor and stores them in NEF (RAW) format. You can "process" the RAW
images into JPEG images in the Retouch Menu, and adjust the image size, quality,
white balance, color space, D-Lighting, and other parameters. You can also
create JPEG copies of NEF (RAW) images using optional Capture NX-D software. If
desired, you can save a JPEG copy of the image in Fine, Normal, or Basic image
quality, along with the RAW image. You can choose the type of compression for
NEF (RAW) images:
- 14-bit NEF (RAW) Images: Images are recorded at a
bit-depth of 14 bits, producing large files with increased color data.
- 12-bit NEF (RAW) Images: Images are recorded at a
bit-depth of 12 bits. You can choose from the following options:
- Lossless Compressed: Images are compressed using a
reversible algorithm, reducing the file size by about 20-40% with no
effect on image quality.
- Compressed: Images are compressed using a
non-reversible algorithm, reducing the file size by about 35-55% with
almost no effect on image quality.
- Uncompressed: Images are not compressed.
Movie Recording: The D500 records 4K UHD and Full High Definition
movies in 16:9 aspect ratio. Movies are recorded in MOV
file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Linear PCM audio, recorded by the
built-in or an external stereo microphone. Movies can be recorded in the following frame sizes and
|Movie Quality ||Frame Size/Rate ||Max. Bit Rate |
|4K ||3840 x 2160; 30p ||144 Mbps |
High Quality only
|3840 x 2160; 25p |
|3840 x 2160; 30p |
|Full HD ||1920 x 1080; 60p ||48 Mbps High Quality |
24 Mbps Normal Quality
|1920 x 1080; 50p |
|1920 x 1080; 30p ||24 Mbps High Quality |
12 Mbps Normal Quality
|1920 x 1080; 25p |
|1920 x 1080; 24p |
|HD ||1280 x 720; 60p |
|1280 x 720; 50p |
Note: Each movie will be recorded to a maximum length of
up to 29 min 59 sec, or up to 4 GB file size.
Time Lapse Movies: You can record a series of still images
at set intervals and create beautiful 4K UHD or Full HD time-lapse movies.
Exposure smoothing reduces unwanted flicker effects by automatically
decreasing the slight exposure variance between the current and preceding frame
when shooting with an auto exposure mode such as aperture-priority. You can
choose the interval between frames, and the total shooting times (up to 7 hours
59 minutes). Up to 9,999 total shots can be recorded. The maximum duration of 4K
UHD time-lapse photography is 3 minutes.
Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System: The Nikon D500's new
Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system provides 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type
points, and 15 sensors that support f/8. This is 3 times the number of autofocus
points found in the D300S and D7200. There are 55 AF points (35 cross-type, and
9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection.
Focus Modes: The D500 lets you choose from the
following autofocus and manual focus modes: Single-servo (AF-S),
Continuous-servo (AF-C), Full-time Servo (AF-F) (Live View only), Face Priority
AF (Live View and D-Movie only), and Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder.
AF-Area Modes: The D500 offers a choice of focus areas that
together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the
focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected
focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the
following AF-area modes:
- Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera
focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be
made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
- Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects
focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from
surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In
AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually. The number of focus
points varies with the mode selected: 25, 72, or 153-point dynamic area AF.
- 3D-Tracking: In AF-C focus mode, you select
the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has
focused, the camera selects new focus points and keep focus
locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject
leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release
button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.
- Group-Area AF: The camera focuses using a group of
user-selected focus points. This reduces the risk of the camera focusing on
the background, instead of on the main subject.
- Auto-Area AF: The camera automatically detects the
subject and selects the focus point.
Note: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF,
and Subject-tracking AF can be selected during Live View.
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the
camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light
automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button
is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10".
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after
focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of
the focus points in the final composition.
Release Modes: The camera
can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release
button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an
optional remote control. Using the Release-Mode Dial on the top left of the camera, you
can choose from the following
- Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the
shutter release button is pressed
- Continuous Low Speed: The camera records photographs up to
1-9 fps while the shutter release button is held down.
- Continuous High Speed: While the shutter release button
is held down, the camera records up to 10 fps. This includes up to 200 shots
in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW.
- Quiet Shutter Release: The camera takes a single
photograph, as in Single Frame mode, except that the mirror does not click
back into place while the shutter-release button is fully pressed. In
addition, the beep does not sound during focusing.
- Quiet Continuous Shutter Release: Camera records up to
3 frames per second with reduced noise while shutter release is held down.
- Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera
shake or for self-portraits. You can set the delay time to 20, 10, 5, or 2
seconds. Self-timer continuous lets you take 1-9 exposures at intervals of
0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds.
- Mirror Up: This mode helps minimize camera shake by raising the
mirror prior to the shot being taken. Use of a tripod is recommended.
Metering: The D500 uses TTL exposure metering using a
180,000-pixel RGB sensor with three methods: Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot, and
Highlight-weighted metering. You can choose from the following Metering Modes
to determine how the camera sets exposure:
- Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations.
Camera uses 180K-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set
exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with
type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II
above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II,
which does not include 3D range information.
- Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns
greatest weight to center area. The diameter of the circle can be set to 6,
8, 10, or 13mm.
- Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only
inside a 3.5mm circle. This
ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is
much brighter or darker.
- Highlight-weighted: The camera assigns the greatest
weight to highlights to reduce loss of detail in the highlights, such as
photographing performers in the spotlight on stage.
Nikon D500 offers a choice of exposure modes:
- Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the
automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows
control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
- Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the
shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal
- Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the
aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal
- Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and
the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure
display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value
suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the
exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under
different types of lighting. There are three Auto WB settings: "Keep White"
reduces warm colors so the whites appear white, even under a reddish light
source, "Normal" reproduces the original colors of the subject, or "Keep Warm
Lighting Colors" preserves the warm tint that is found under incandescent
lighting. Other available white balance presets include: Incandescent,
Fluorescent (7 settings), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Color
Temperature, and Preset Manual. You can fine-tune the white balance along the
amber-blue axis in steps of 0.5 EV, and the green-magenta axis in steps of 0.25
Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash
level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot,
"bracketing" the current value. You can choose the number of shots (2,
3, 5, 7, or 9), and the
increment (1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV). The order of the bracketing is
predetermined. For exposure increments of 2 EV or more, the maximum number of
shots is 5.
ISO Sensitivity: When lighting is poor, the Auto ISO Sensitivity will automatically
increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by
inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 51200. Auto ISO
Sensitivity Control will automatically be adjusted if optimal exposure cannot be
achieved at the value selected by the user. The sensitivity is also adjusted
when the flash is used. A maximum
value for Auto ISO can be selected. You can
also manually select from ISO settings 100
to 51200, with incremental steps of 1/3 EV. For special low light situations, you can choose Hi
0.3 through Hi 5, which correspond to ISO sensitivity equivalents 0.3 to 5 EV
over ISO 51200 (ISO 64000 to ISO 1640000 equivalents). For special bright
lighting, you can select Lo 0.3 through Lo 1, equivalent to ISO 80 to ISO 50.
Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can
correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and
automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights
and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.
Flash: The D500 has no built-in flash. The camera has an accessory shoe for
mounting optional SB-series Speedlights. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can
be used with CLS-compatible flash units, such as
SB-5000, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800,
SB-500, SB-400, and
Supported flash modes include: Front-curtain Sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye
reduction with slow sync, Slow sync, Rear-curtain Sync, and Off.
Remote Flash Photography: The D500 can control
remotely-mounted flash units for off-camera lighting (Advanced Wireless
Lighting). There are two types of flash control: Optical AWL uses optical
signals (low-intensity flash pulses) from the master flash to remote flash
units; With Radio AWL, remote flash units are controlled by radio signals
emitted by a WR-R10 wireless remote controller or a compatible flash unit.
Flash Exposure Compensation: Flash
exposure compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the
level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure
compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3
Virtual Horizon: The camera can display a virtual horizon
based on information from the camera tilt sensor. This can be displayed in the
viewfinder or on the LCD monitor in Live View.
Picture Controls: You can choose from the following image enhancement options:
- Standard: Standard processing for balanced
results--recommended for most situations.
- Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose
for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
- Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint
effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
- Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
- Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture
and rounded feel
- Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes
- Flat: details preserved over a wide tone range, from highlights
Optional GPS: The optional GP-1 and
GP-1a GPS units (sold separately) can be
connected to the camera's accessory terminal to allow information on the
camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken.
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from one of 36 languages for
display of the camera menus and messages including English, French and Spanish.
Playback, Editing And Printing
Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to
"On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was
taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated
Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in
tall orientation during playback. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if
Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera
displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose
how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting. If Image
Review is turned off, pictures can only be displayed by pressing the playback
Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you
can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.
Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or
72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image
quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.
Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an
automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval at 2, 3, 5, or 10
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail
playback, you can zoom in on the selected image using buttons on the rear panel
or with touch controls (stretch and pinch gestures). You can zoom in up to 21x for
large images, up to 16x for medium images, and up to 10x for small images (based
on 24 x 16 DX format setting). Once
the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi
Retouch Menu: These
options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of
the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options:
- NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of NEF
- Trim: Create cropped copies of existing
photos. You can change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9.
Each copy is saved as a separate file.
- Resize: You can create a small copy of a
recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark
or backlit subjects.
- Red-eye Correction: Correct "red-eye" caused by
- Straighten: You can create a straightened copy of an image.
You can rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise up to 5 degrees in
increments of 0.25 degrees.
- Distortion Control: Create copies with reduced peripheral
distortion (barrel distortion or pin-cushion distortion).
- Perspective Control: Copies can be created that reduce
the effects of perspective taken from the base of a tall object.
- Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter
effects. You can choose from one of the following:
- Skylight: Creates the effect of a skylight
filter, giving the copy a "cold" blue cast.
- Warm Filter: Creates a copy with warm tone filter
effects, giving the copy "warm" red cast.
- Monochrome: Copy pictures in the Black and White,
Sepia and Cyanotype colors.
- Image Overlay: Combine two RAW photographs to create a
- Edit Movie: You can trim footage to create edited copies of
movies or save selected frames as JPEG stills.
- Side-by-Side Comparison: You can compare retouched copies
to the original photographs.
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to
protect important images from accidental erasure.
PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera
directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
SuperSpeed USB Connection: The Nikon D500 utilizes a
3.0 connection for interfacing with your computer, using the supplied UC-E22 USB
HDMI: For playing back High Definition movies and high
resolution still images on an HDTV, you can connect the camera via an
optional HDMI cable. A Type C mini-HDMI cable is required.
Cable Clips: Plastic clips are provided for the USB 3.0
and HDMI terminals to hold the cables in place. The clips snap into place on
the side of the camera, and hold the cables at an angle to prevent the USB
or HDMI cables from accidentally becoming disconnected.
Microphone Input: The camera features a 3.5mm minijack
for connecting an external microphone, such as the Nikon
ME-1 stereo microphone. Using an external mic improves the recorded
audio for movies, and reduces noise caused by lens vibration being recorded
during autofocus. You can adjust the sensitivity of the microphone (built-in
or external) in the menu.
Headphone Output: A dedicated 3.5mm minijack is provided for
connecting a pair of headphones to monitor the audio during recording or
playback. You can adjust the headphone volume in the menu.
Flash Sync Terminal: A standard flash sync terminal is
provided for connecting a flash unit that is not attached to the camera's
10-pin Remote Terminal: The D500 has a proprietary 10-pin
input for connecting optional accessories, such as the GP-1a GPS unit, various
Nikon Remote Release Cords, or the WR-A10 Wireless Remote
Li-ion Battery Pack: The D500 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
(EN-EL15), with the capacity of approximately
1240 shots per charge (based on
the CIPA standard).
Battery Charger: The camera comes with the MH-25a Battery Charger
for charging the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-25a will charge the EN-EL15
battery pack in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes. The MH-25a comes with an AC wall adapter
which can plug into the charger.
Multi-power Battery Pack: The optional
battery pack (sold separately) can hold one EN-EL15 (or EN-EL18a) Li-Ion battery or
alkaline, NiMH, or lithium batteries. It is also equipped with a shutter release
button and Fn button for
easier operation when taking pictures in the portrait (tall) orientation.
Note: With an EN-EL18a battery installed in the MB-D17,
the estimated battery life is 2510 shots. With 8 AA alkaline batteries
installed in the multi-power battery pack, the battery life is approximately
Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5B AC adapter and
optional EP-5B power connector are recommended for extended playback.
ViewNX-i: The D5000 does not include software for
organizing your photos. The following Nikon software can be downloaded from
the Nikon website:
- ViewNX-i: to download pictures from the camera to the
- Capture NX-D: for fine-tuning pictures that have been
copied to a computer, and convert NEF (RAW) images to other formats
- Camera Control Pro 2: enables simplified remote control
of camera functions from a personal computer, with advanced features, such
as interval timer capture, manual focus, RGB histogram, and movie recording
with AF selection
- Wireless Transmitter Utility: creates wireless profiles
for wireless transfer to Mac and Windows systems
- Picture Control Utility 2: for adjusting and managing
Picture Controls, including using NEF (RAW) images
System Requirements: The ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D software
will work with the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1)
- Mac: OS X 10.11.5, 10.10.5, 10.9.5