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“The fastest DX camera ever – amazing for sports photography”

If you’re passionate about sports and action photography then there is one thing you must have- a fast camera that has a lot of processing power. Here is where the new Nikon D500 comes into focus – the camera is able to take 10 shots per second, which means you can catch the glimpse between the light flickers you find in a public place (e.g.: a sports arena).

Besides the fact that it looks absolutely stunning, the body is well-balanced and sturdy. Even more, the features it packs recommend this camera for professional and amatory sports shooting. The image processing system and the lens system are specially designed to reduce the amount of work when it comes to retouching.

In our opinion, the new Nikon action camera is the perfect high-end DX format body for taking pictures that tell a whole story. Considering this, the price is high as it is expected. So, if you’re looking for a camera to support your hobby, you may want to turn to a Sony Alpha A99 instead.


Nikon D500 is the long-awaited replacement for the D300S – one of the best action cameras Nikon ever made. Still, the body looks like a smaller version of a D5 and the common features are a strong point in supporting this idea.

Finally, as a new feature, the buttons on the top left and back left light are up when shooting – this is useful if you’re shooting in dim light. There is also a second card slot that you can use as a backup and you’ll notice some new buttons on the left side of the camera.

Build Quality

The body follows the classic Nikon shape and feels just right in your hands. Also, the grip is good due to the rubbery-leathery surface which comes in handy when using a high-end lens.

All the materials used are of high-quality and there are no surfaces that will retain fingerprints or smudges (except for the screen and the lens).


Nikon D500 is a dream that became true for sports and action photography! The main feature that recommends it is the speed between focusing and shooting. On the other hand, the 153-point AF module with 99 cross-type points won’t allow you to miss any details.

The AF tracking capabilities are also improved as the user has the possibility to specify the type of movement happening in front of the lens. This helps the AF tracking system in recognizing the type of action and changing the setting accordingly.

The 21MP APS-C DSLR is also equipped with an anti-flicker option which sets the shooting rate according to the brightest spot’s flickering rate. This feature is amazing when it comes to indoor sports events.

Image Quality and Video

Nikon D500 is capable of shooting 4K (UHD) videos and you can add an external microphone to register sound.

Both images and videos look amazing and support the Nikon pledge – the best image quality possible. D500 provides amazing highlights, colors, and tones giving you gorgeous images. Even more, all images are always sharp due to the improved focus system. The secondary storage space is of great help when you’re shooting your images in RAW format (NEF for Nikon cameras).

Another setting that decides the quality of your images is the AWB (Auto White Balance) which in D500 is flawless. It works amazingly in artificial light, but it doesn’t disappoint in any other type of light either.


Besides the features we already mentioned, Nikon D500 is famous around photographers for things like:

  • 180,000-pixel RGB sensor designed for metering and subject recognition
  • There is an AF point joystick so you can set all the available 55 AF points
  • A larger viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.0x magnification
  • Touchscreen display that can be tilted
  • The possibility to connect via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Possibility to set up an NFC connection

Final Thoughts

  • Amazing shooting speed
  • 21MP resolution
  • 4K video recording
  • 153-point AF module
  • Exposure can vary
  • No built-in flash

We can only hope that Nikon will continue to produce amazing cameras as the new D500. Of course, such great features come with a steep price, but these features, combined with the general experience in which the camera offers are truly worth it. Nikon D500 is the new king of sports and action photography for both professionals and amateurs. We are certain that they would love to add this camera to their equipment kit!

9.4 Total Score

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