Nikon D500

Best DX cam­era

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£1,730/$1,800

We’ve been wait­ing so long for a DX-for­mat pro­grade up­date to the ven­er­ated D300s, that we’d started to think it would never hap­pen. More than worth the wait, the D500 shoe­horns pro­fes­sion­al­level shooting con­trols into a rel­a­tively com­pact and eas­ily man­age­able body. In­deed, it also packs most of what makes the D5 so spec­tac­u­lar into a DX-for­mat cam­era, in­clud­ing the same au­tofo­cus and me­ter­ing sys­tems. Su­per speedy for high-oc­tane cap­ture, the D500 has a top frame rate of 10fps, al­most ri­valling the ‘stan­dard’ 12fps of the D5 (the lat­ter only hits 14fps with the mirror locked up, which pre­cludes con­tin­u­ous fo­cus­ing or me­ter­ing). The D500 also has an in­cred­i­ble sen­si­tiv­ity range for a DX-for­mat cam­era, at ISO100-51,200 in na­tive mode, plus five ex­panded set­tings up to an equiv­a­lent of ISO1,640,000. And again, the D500 de­liv­ers stunning 4K UHD movies.

BUY if… You’re af­ter a pro-spec, DX- for­mat body that boasts a spec­tac­u­lar turn of speed, cou­pled with state-of-the-art au­tofo­cus and me­ter­ing tech­nol­ogy.

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