Introduction - Delivery woes
The Nikon D500 DSLR is "condensed power" according to Nikon. Our members in the Nikonians Nikon D500 forum seem to agree. This article will be expanded with our experiences on the D500 in the coming months. For now it contains an overview of the D500, a list of Nikonians and external resources on the camera and sample images taken with it.
As a D300 user since the D300 came out, I expect the D500 to sell a lot, and I believe it will be exceptionally good. It took Nikon longer than normal to come out with it and it has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, such as its new Multi-CAM 20k Autofocus sensor, which it received from its larger sister, the D5.
Many of us are really eager to get our sweaty, little greedy hands on this camera, but Nikon has had delivery delays and the delivery date was pushed into the future a few times. Now though, we have seen this latest DX "prosumer" beauty hitting the shelves in the US 21-APR-2016 and Europe has gotten the first batches of it as well now 26-APR-2016. But, it seems it is oversold and not enough bodies are available to cover the current, pentup demand.
The D500 "body-only" goes for the suggested retail price of 1995.95 USD (April 2016) at both Berger Bro's and Roberts Camera. In January of 2021, the camera goes for approx 1500 USD. In Europe, Fotobrenner of Germany has it listed for 1539 EUR (January 2021). When it was released in 2016, they asked for asked 2329 EUR (2706 USD as of 19-APR-2016) or ca. 700 USD more than the street price in the US, though still a tad cheaper than one of the large discounters in Netherlands.
The D500 weighs with battery 860g (1.90 lb or 30.34 ounces) at dimensions of 147 x 115 x 81 mm (5.79 x 4.53 x 3.19 inches). This makes the D500 over all slightly lighter but a tiny, tiny bit larger than the D300. The D300 weighted 65g more or 925 g with battery (2 pounds) and its dimensions were 147 x 114 x 74 mm (5.79 x 4.49 x 2.91 inches). These dimensions make me believe, that the D500 will fit like a glove for all of us who love our D300's. I also expect our currently used D300 L-brackets (for tripod mounts) from companies like Markins, RRS and Kirk to be compatible with the D500.
And yes, the battery is the EN-EL15, the one we know from Nikon cameras such as the Nikon D7200, the D800 and the V1, to name a few. Your trusty D300 EN-EL3e battery will do you no good for the D500.
The Nikon D500 user's manual as PDF
Since NIkon has a tendency to break links, please see our manuals page which includes the D500 Users Manual.
Are you a D500 owner?
Nikon is replacing older EN-EL15 Li-ion01 batteries that came with the first D500 cameras at no charge.
More reading on the D500
"Good things come to the one who waits" or something to that degree. While you are waiting for this most interesting camera to arrive at your doorstep, here is more to read:
- Nikon on the D500 - A technique guide to new AF points
- The official Nikon D500 microsite with more technical details
- The Nikonians D500 forum
- The photographic, dynamic range of the Nikon D500, by Bill Claff
- Nikonians camera & lens compatibility chart
- Nikonians most popular D500 posts
- The preview on the D500 from Imaging Resource
The D500 book
Our Darrel Young (digitaldarrell) has written the Mastering the D500 book.
Nikon D500 sample images
Some sample images taken by members are shown here. More to come!
More images taken with the Nikon D500 camera
We have loads of more images taken with this camera in our galleries: Nikon D500 images - sample images and more!
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