Updated 21 Nov 2016

Nikon

D500 (with 16-80mm lens)

Snapshot: The Nikon D500 (with 16-80mm lens) compact system camera has an APS-C CMOS sensor, touchscreen and an optical viewfinder. But how’s the image quality?

D500 (with 16-80mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$4890

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Test results

Overall score
62
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10

Good points

  • Very good screen.
  • Excellent viewfinder.
  • Good video quality.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK image quality.
  • Has no flash.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$4890
Type
DSLR

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
21
Sensor
APS-C CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
100 - 51200
Optical zoom
n/a
Aperture range
2.8 - 4.0
Zoom range
25 - 119
Shutter range
1/8000 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
152 x 82 x 116
Weight (g)
891
Depth (mm)
n/a

Features

Water resistant
n/a
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
n/a

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
3.1
Monitor pixels
2359000
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Optical
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Resolution
3840 x 2160
Microphone input

Flash

Flash type
None
Connection for external flash

More info

Notes
Tested with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm 1:2.8-4E ED VR lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.