Nikon D500 £1730/$1800

Meet Nikon’s new all-ac­tion hero

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Its spec­tac­u­lar aut­o­fo­cus track­ing abil­i­ties, de­pend­able me­ter­ing and rapid drive rate re­ally help it to nail ac­tion shots

Not since the ven­er­a­ble D300s have we seen a pro-grade DX-for­mat cam­era, and the D500 in­her­its the same pro-style con­trol sys­tem. With no con­ven­tional shoot­ing mode dial and a com­plete lack of scene modes here, there’s just a but­ton for ac­cess­ing PASM modes. The con­struc­tion feels suit­ably ro­bust for a pro-spec body and, more un­usu­ally for this class of cam­era, there’s a tilt­ing touch­screen.

High-oc­tane thrills in­clude a fast 1/8000 sec max­i­mum shut­ter speed and 10fps drive rate, along with an im­pres­sively cav­ernous memory buf­fer that is able to ac­com­mo­date up to 200 quick-fire shots in RAW qual­ity mode. This makes the D500 a great upgrade choice for ac­tion, sports, wildlife and any other sub­ject where you need to be quick on the draw. The DX for­mat also pays div­i­dends when you need to boost the ef­fec­tive reach of tele­photo lenses.

Un­der the hood, the D500 shares many of the top-flight fan­cies of the D5. These in­clude a new 153-point Multi-CAM 20k aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem and 180k pixel 3D Colour Ma­trix III me­ter­ing mod­ule, plus a new gen­er­a­tion EXPEED 5 im­age pro­ces­sor. Dual memory slots in­clude a high-speed XQD slot as well as a more con­ven­tional SD slot. Both cam­eras of­fer 4K UHD movie cap­ture, but the D500 beats its big brother for con­nec­tiv­ity, with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Blue­tooth.

Per­for­mance

The Nikon D500 is all about per­for­mance. Its spec­tac­u­lar aut­o­fo­cus track­ing abil­i­ties, de­pend­able me­ter­ing and rapid drive rate re­ally help it to nail ac­tion shots, even in the most chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. Our only real reser­va­tion is that, de­spite a mod­est megapixel count of 20.9Mp, and a sen­si­tiv­ity range that stretches all the way to ISO1,640,000 in ex­panded mode, high-ISO im­ages are no­tice­ably nois­ier than those from the D750.

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