Just under 7 years later, Nikon finally proposes a successor to the D300, the APS-C housing upscale released mid-2009. His name, the D500. And not the D400, which shows that there has been such a gap between time … We are not expecting really, Nikon ranges from having articulated or around the full format or around boxes APS-C more affordable. The comeback of the APS-C?
As the D300s in its time, this new D500 is so upscale that inherits technologies from its big brother D5 professional, also announced at CES.But this is an APS-C format, called DX Nikon, not a full frame (FX). On the agenda: new AF 153 points (borrowed from D5), 5 new EXPEED processor for up to 1,640,000 ISO, RAW gusting to 10 im / s, 4K video and permanent connection SnapBridge. Among others …
Let’s start with the construction of housing. Not surprisingly, the D500 has been pampered: it is semi-tropical conditions just as a D810, and has a one-piece frame magnesium alloy on the top and back of the case and with fiber reinforcements carbon at the front. Shutter sound is guaranteed for 200 000 triggers (the D300s was secured for 150,000 while pro housings are rather around 300,000). However, Nikon said to have intentionally ignores the pop-up flash to not compromise the solidity of the whole.
According to eLiShui, the casing has a large 3.2 inch touch screen, highly defined (2,359,000 points) and directional (right vertical).Purists will be delighted to find a target round reflex covering 100% of the frame and rewarded with a generous 1.0 x magnification, higher than the 0.94 x D300 and the best APS-C that the brand has released since. And if we find all the controls on the D300s, giving the typical pro ergonomics to the housing, and the flash sync terminal.The connection here is much richer, the D500 is oriented video (while the D300s was confined to HD and basic way): microphone input, headphone output or HDMI. And little appreciable subtlety: the side keys are backlit, like the D5!
Inside the box, things have changed since the D300s. We go here on a 21 megapixel CMOS sensor (5568 x 3712 pixels) together with the latest generation of image processing engine EXPEED 5. direct consequence, the sensitivity range is established from 100 to 51,200 ISO native, and up to 1,640,000 ISO in expanded mode! Similarly, the shooting rate jumps to 10 im / s approximately 200 views in 14 bit RAW. The storage medium is compatible UHS-II and XQD. This tandem is associated with the new development of cell jointly developed for D5 and D500. This “Multi-CAM 20K” has 153 points, including 99 cross manages to follow up to 10 im / s and is characterized by sensitivity -4 IL on center focus (-3 EV on the other). The measurement of light is in turn assigned to a new RGB sensor photosites 180,000.
Nikon also inaugurates a new permanent connection device to mobile devices via Bluetooth LE. Just install the prior Snap Bridge application so that the transfer takes place automatically and continuously to the smartphone or tablet. It’s totally transparent, there is nothing to set on the device. Nikon also promises that the impact on autonomy remains very low, which in theory between the Bluetooth LE or wireless, must be true.
Video side finally the D500 proves able to shoot in 4K at 30, 25 or 24 im / s, but also in 1080p at 60fps / s, while its outgoing streams simultaneously via HDMI. Nikon also thought to offer a fashion time-lapse in 4K, it does not actually eat bread. The D500 can shoot with Active D-Lighting (HDR standard therapy) until full HD resolution at which it can also receive an electronic vibration reduction. A nice package that will be offered from March to end retail price of 2299 euros. A price sharply higher as the D300 and D300s were then sold 1799 euros.