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TrueToad / Saturday, January 9, 2016 / Categories: Side Bar

Nikon D5, D500 & D850 - Nikon’s Magic Cameras

Best of 2016

Next In the Nikon DSLR Releases:

NIKON D850 (D900) Update: Apr 2017 - Nikon next update on the 8 series will be the new hybrid mirrorless generation, the Nikon D900. Nikon's first full frame mirror-less DSLR. I have heard this will center around a 40 MP CMOS    – If you own a D800, D810 and now the D850 you may be interested in the upcoming D900.  Everyone knows upgrading electronics of the D8 series to an expeed 5A will bring many benefits; so it only makes sense this will occur next on the D9 series a company must offer a mirrorless solution. According to my inside person in Tokyo Japan, a modified frame and drawings had been released,  looking similar to a D5 with some modifications.  Another “electronics” engineer mentioned the D900 would feature a 45.x mp sensor, with 180 focus sensors and 100 cross focus type, boasting 20 fps in full frame mirrorless hybrid mode.  All this new technology should result in a killer camera body for those high detailed imaging needs.  More to come on this development.

What is now: Way to Go Nikon !!

Here is the URL to D500 Real World Review & Images:  Review

A lot of speculations and rumors exist around the remaining unleashed D850, a highly anticipated camera body that will move high-resolution photographers closer to ultimate digital nirvana?  From a good source, we can expect to hear more about this high-resolution camera late this summer.

Concerning the D500, It is a rocking DX camera, nothing better in this form factor.

Both the D5 and D500 share many features and specifications, here is a quick snip-it of D500 features:

  • 20.9MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 5 image processor
  • Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus sensor
  • 153/99 AF points
  • ISO range of 100-51,200 expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 – 1,640,000 equivalent)
  • Built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth)
  • 4K UHD video
  • Dual card slots - XQD and SD media


D500 Back Image
D500 Back Image
D500 Front
D500 Front
D500 LCD
D500 LCD
D500 Right View
D500 Right View


Speed and Technology: Nikon claims the camera will shoot at a quick 10 FPS with a huge buffer, if this is true it will move this fine camera right to the top must have DX camera bodies – Great for sports, action and of course – bird photography. Also, very good news is the inclusion of Nikon’s new SnapBridge. With this, the Nikon D500 now out of the box offers a slick way to share photos wirelessly using Nikon SnapBridge. A lot of people ask for this feature for their “instant” social media life. SnapBridge uses Bluetooth2 to connect your camera and modern smart device. The automation of uploading your images via “snap”. If you enable this feature on the camera, it will be available for quick transfers of your images – without having to re-connect. We can also now tag images for transfer in camera and protect the connection from prying eyes. If you have a Near Field Communications device, you may also benefit from the ability to easily connect the camera to your device with just a tap – Awesome.

Auto Focus Anyone: With 153 points across a much larger frame = spectacular accuracy and speed and couple this with the –4 EV sensor sensitivity you have one super camera and as mentioned perfect for my wildlife.

Build Almost Like a Tank: Although super tough it does not match the inner build quality of the D5 – but who cares, this is not a 7K camera. The D500 has a composite build using magnesium alloy for the top and rear and carbon fiber in other areas as reinforcement. I don’t think anyone will really need to worry about how well it will stand up. If you have been a Nikon user from way back – you know Nikon means business in the build quality. Also to note is the full weather sealing in and around all buttons, knows and LCD screen, this obviously is important – cause life moves on regardless of the weather.

Articulation & Touch: I love this – the rear LCD articulates – Finally! I love this feature for Macro work, when the camera is at a low angle I no longer need to belly flop to look through the viewfinder + don’t forget that smart device can control the shutter and view the image! While at the CES early this year I was able to handle the D500 and found the touch screen very useful and I look forward to this. I don’t mind using the jog wheel on my other cameras, but having something that is now standard fare is finally available on the back of the camera. Not sure why it has taken this long.

The Look Through WOW – the best viewfinder to date in a DX body. With a 1x magnification this will ensure the user has all the details right at the eye to better see what you're focusing.

Video 4K: Nikon got some grief initially from the D5 lookers when the camera only supported 3 minutes of 4k – but as I suspected Nikon has already released a firmware update to push the recordings to 30 minutes. The D5OO also supports 30minutes per session of 4K video shooting. I am not a big user of DSLR video myself, but the camera also supports HDMI out, full 1080P, zebra, and d-lighting to help control highlights. Overall the video features take it up a couple of notches.

I ordered mine as soon as it was available for Pre-Order – Just found out the expected delivery date is now pushed to late April, oh well.

One would ask an obvious question – how can the D500 share so many D5 features and be three times less expensive? The D5 has a larger FX sensor, 2 FPS faster, and the ISO coverage? Makes me wonder.

If you have not see the video here it is:

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