Nikon D500 Field Test: This fast and powerful APS-C DSLR delivers high-quality results


posted Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 3:16 PM EDT


The full-featured APS-C Nikon D500 has arrived. I was able to put the D500 through its paces and came away impressed. Its notable features include a new autofocus system that includes 153 AF points and the ability to continuously shoot up to 200 RAW frames at 10 frames per second. Paired with a new 20.9-megapixel DX sensor, the D500 has a native ISO range of 100-51,200 and proved to capture high-quality images with good sharpness across a wide range of ISO speeds.

Nikon has packed all of these new features and good performance in an excellent, rugged camera body. Throw in the tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen and you have a camera that handles really well out in the field.

The ultimate question: Is the Nikon D500 the DX camera that photographers have been waiting for since the D300S? To find out, check out the Nikon D500 Field Test. Also, be sure to browse through our extensive D500 Gallery as well as our Image Quality Comparison and Print Quality Analysis.  

900mm equivalent (Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR AF-S lens with Nikon TC-14E III), f/8.0, 1/800s, ISO 560. This image has been modified.
390mm equivalent (Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR AF-S lens), f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 800, +0.67 exposure compensation. This image has been modified.
750mm equivalent (Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR AF-S lens), f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 280.

Nikon D500 Field Test