• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 364.3mm2
  • 19.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Detailed specifications
  • Nikon D500
  • Sigma sd Quattro
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Predecessor: Nikon D300S
D300S vs D500
 
Successor:    
General
Model Number: D500 sd Quattro
Alternate Model Number(s):    
Camera Format: Pro SLR Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes Yes
Retail Price: $1999.95 $799.99
Street Price: $1,796.95 $674.50
Date Available: 2016-03-15 2016-07-15
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 30.2 oz (856 g)
includes batteries
22.0 oz (625 g)
Size: 5.8 x 4.5 x 3.2 in.
(147 x 115 x 81 mm)
5.8 x 3.7 x 3.6 in.
(147 x 95 x 91 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:   Foveon X3 Quattro
Effective Megapixels: 20.9 19.6
Sensor Format: APS-C APS-C
Sensor size: 368.95mm2 (23.50mm x 15.70mm) 364.25mm2 (23.50mm x 15.50mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.22 microns 4.33 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG Full Color
Anti Aliasing Filter: None Not needed
Self-Cleaning: Yes No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No Yes
DxO Sensor Score: 83  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 24.0  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 14.0  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 1,324  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 5568 x 3712 (20.7 MP, 3:2),
4176 x 2784 (11.6 MP, 3:2),
2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP, 3:2),
4272 x 2848 (12.2 MP, 3:2),
3200 x 2136 (6.8 MP, 3:2),
2128 x 1424 (3.0 MP, Other)
5424 x 3616 (19.6 MP, 3:2),
4816 x 3616 (17.4 MP, 4:3),
5424 x 3048 (16.5 MP, 16:9),
3616 x 3616 (13.1 MP, 1:1),
4480 x 3616 (16.2 MP, Other),
5424 x 2328 (12.6 MP, Other),
7680 x 5120 (39.3 MP, 3:2),
6816 x 5120 (34.9 MP, 4:3),
7680 x 4320 (33.2 MP, 16:9),
5120 x 5120 (26.2 MP, 1:1),
7680 x 3296 (25.3 MP, Other),
6352 x 5120 (32.5 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), NEF (RAW), 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, L/M/S; RAW+JPEG, TIFF JPEG (EXIF 2.3), Lossless compressed 14-bit X3F RAW, (Uncompressed 12-bit DNG via upcoming firmware update), RAW(X3F)+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 10.2 n/a
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes No
Movie Resolution: 3840x2160 (30p/25p/24p)
1920x1080 (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
1280x720 (60p/50p)
Movie File Format: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Stereo Linear PCM)  
Composite Video Out: No No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a n/a
HD Video Out: Yes Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Nikon F Sigma SA bayonet
Lens: n/a n/a
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):    
Focal Length (actual):    
Zoom Ratio:    
Aperture Range:    
Integrated ND Filter: No
Normal Focus Range:    
Macro Focus Range:    
Filter Thread: n/a n/a
Thread Type: n/a n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No No
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a  
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: OVF: Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection; ; Contrast-detect AF in Live View mode Hybrid Phase/Contrast Detect AF: 9 points select mode, Free move mode (It is possible to change the size of Focus Frame to Spot, Regular and Large), Face Detection AF Mode
Auto Focus Assist Light? No Yes
Manual Focus: Yes Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD EVF / LCD
Viewfinder Type: SLR type: eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 1.0x magnification (~0.67x 35mm eq.), 16mm eyepoint, -2 to +1 diopter EVF: 2,360K-dot LCD, 100% coverage, 1.10x magnification, 21mm eyepoint, -4 to +2 diopter
Focus Peaking: No Yes
EVF Resolution: n/a 2,360,000 dots
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.67x 0.73x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 1.00x 1.10x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.2 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 2,359,000 dots (589,750 px) 1,620,000 dots
Touchscreen: Yes No
Articulating Screen: Yes No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No No
Selfie Screen: No No
Max Playback Zoom:    
Top Deck Display: Yes No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 51200 6400
Minimum ISO (native): 100 100
ISO Settings: Auto, ISO 100 - 51200, expandable to Lo-1 ISO 50 to Hi-5 ISO 1,638,400 Auto, 100-6400 in 1/3 EV steps; Auto has programmable High/Low limits
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto (3 types), Cloudy, Shade, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Kelvin Color Temperature (2,500K-10,000K), Preset manual (up to 6); Fine tuning available. Auto, Auto (Lighting Source Priority), Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Color Temperature, Flash, Custom 1/2/3
Shutter Speed Range: 1/8000 - 30 sec 1/4000 - 30 sec
Bulb Mode: Yes Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses), color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted (weight of approximately 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10, or 13mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 8-mm circle); Spot: meters circle with diameter of about 3.5mm (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used); Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses Evaluative, center-weighted average, spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: N/A Color modes: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, Cinema, Sunset Red, Forest Green, FOV Classic Blue, FOV Classic Yellow, Monochrome
Self Timer: 2/5/10/20s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes  
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: No No
Flash Modes: Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported n/a
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): n/a n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a n/a
Max Flash Sync: 1/250 1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, PC-sync Terminal Hot Shoe, PC Socket
Built-In Wireless Flash Control: No No
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: XQD / SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-II  
Other Memory: Dual slots, XQD+SD  
Dual Card Slots: Yes No
RAW Capture Support: Yes Yes
Uncompressed Format: NEF (RAW), 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, L/M/S; RAW+JPEG, TIFF Lossless compressed 14-bit X3F RAW, (Uncompressed 12-bit DNG via upcoming firmware update), RAW(X3F)+JPEG
Movie File Format: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Stereo Linear PCM)  
Included Memory: No memory included No memory included
Included Memory Type:    
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes No
NFC: Yes No
Bluetooth: Yes No
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: Yes No
Headphone Jack: Yes No
External Connections: USB 3.0 Super Speed,Bluetooth,WiFi USB 3.0 Super Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes No
DPOF Compliant: Yes Yes
Remote Control: Yes Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional: wired or wireless Optional wired (Cable Release Switch CR-3)
Connections (extended): Type-C Mini HDMI with uncompressed video support, 10-pin Remote Terminal, PC Sync Mini (Type-C) HDMI
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): <0.3  
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):    
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):    
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): <0.3  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 10.2  
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 200  
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.2 3.6
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 200 14
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.2  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 27  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.17 seconds  
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):    
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR): 0.103 seconds  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.049 seconds  
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):    
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.049 seconds  
Shutter Lag (notes):    
Startup Time: 0.3 seconds  
Play -> Record Time: 0.2 seconds  
Flash cycle time, full power:    
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View):    
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF): 1240 shots  
Battery Life, Video: 50 minutes  
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary EN-EL15, optional MB-D17 battery grip Proprietary BP-61
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary EN-EL15 Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary BP-61 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No No
Software
Included Software: ViewNX-i, ViewNX-Movie Editor, Capture NX-D, Nikon Transfer 2, Picture Control Utility 2 downloads SIGMA Photo Pro Download
OS Compatibility: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.9.5-10.11.5 Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
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