Nikon announced the D500, a DX-format DSLR with pro-level features that gives photographer nimble handling, speed and extreme processing power in a compact and lightweight body.
With robust build quality and lightning fast performance, the D500 is sure to satisfy as the highly sought-after successor, the D300S. Similar to its sibling the D5, the D500 benefits from Nikon's latest technological innovations like blazing-fast Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system and 4K UHD video capture.
"Nikon has answered the call from photographers to once again re-invent this camera category and offer an unmatched combination of performance and value that is hard for any photographer to resist," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon. "When paired with the amazing imaging capabilities of legendary NIKKOR optics, photographers can capture intimate portraits, mind-blowing macros or action from extreme distances- the possibilities are endless."
The Nikon D500 features an all-new 20.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that renders images with outstanding colors and gorgeous tonality. This new sensor is coupled with Nikon's new EXPEED 5 image processing engine, affording low noise and maximum processing power with a surprisingly small footprint and superbly balanced body.
The D500 is fitted with the same AF system as the Nikon D5, the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module, with a separate dedicated processor for AF function. The 153-point AF array fills the frame from side to side, letting users track and lock-onto subjects from the edges of the viewfinder.
The D500 features an enhanced level of robust build quality, offering the same amount of rugged weather sealing as the Nikon D810. The durable body is a monocoque structure composed of magnesium alloy for the top and rear, while the front is reinforced with lightweight carbon fiber.