Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Refurbished)

Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Refurbished)

Nikon D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Refurbished)

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Product Highlights

  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 2,539K-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 51200, Extends to ISO 1640000
  • 10 fps Shooting for up to 200 Frames
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC
  • 180K-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • In-Camera Time-Lapse, up to 9999 Frames
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Nikon D500 overview

  • 1Description

As the flagship model within Nikon's DX-format DSLR line, the D500 is characterized by its robust physical construction, apt imaging capabilities, and a more compact, sleek form factor than its FX brethren. Revolving around a 20.9MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor, this camera appeals to both still and video shooters with its fast 10 fps continuous shooting rate and UHD 4K video recording capabilities. The sensor and processor also combine to avail a native sensitivity range up to ISO 51200, which can be further expanded to ISO 1640000 for working in dark and difficult lighting conditions. Benefitting the fast shooting performance, the D500 is also characterized by its expansive Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which features 99 cross-type points for fast performance and accurate subject tracking capabilities. While sleek in stature, the D500 is by no means slim on functionality and versatility.

Besides the imaging assets, this advanced DSLR also features an impressive handling design that incorporates a 3.2", 2.36M-dot, tilting LCD touchscreen which affords a comfortable means for working from high and low angles. An updated version of SnapBridge is also featured, providing Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy technology for linking your mobile device for wireless image sharing. In addition to the convenience features, the D500 is housed within a durable magnesium alloy chassis that is both dust and weather-sealed for working in inclement conditions and harsh environments.

This is a refurbished item and comes with a 90-day warranty.

20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 5 Image Processor
The DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor is paired with the EXPEED 5 image processor to provide an esteemed mixture of high sensitivity, nuanced image quality, and fast overall performance. At native values, a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200 permits working in a broad array of lighting conditions, and can be further expanded to ISO 50 to 1640000 (Lo 1 to Hi 5) to handle the most challenging of situations. The mixture of resolution and sensor size also contributes to clean image quality and smooth color transitions, with reduced noise throughout the sensitivity range.

In addition to benefitting image quality, the EXPEED 5 processor also affords a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a top continuous shooting rate of 10 fps with full-time autofocus and exposure metering. Up to 200 frames can be recorded in a single burst, even when shooting 14-bit lossless compressed NEF files. Additionally, slower continuous shooting rates are available, as well as a Quiet Continuous Mode for shooting 3 fps in noise-sensitivity areas.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Capable of recording more than just stills, the D500 supports UHD 4K video recording at 30, 25, and 24 fps, and Full HD/HD recording at up to 60 fps. It offers the ability to save movie files to the in-camera memory cards, or as uncompressed files to an optional external recorder via the HDMI out. For maintained quality and versatility in how your movies look, three image area options are available:
  • UHD 4K movie image format is an area that provides a 1.5x increase in the effective focal length of the lens and is reserved for 4K 3840 x 2160 recording.
  • 1.3x-based movie image area provides a 1.3x crop of the DX sensor, and is used for recording Full HD and HD video.
  • DX-based movie image format utilizes the full width of the DX-format sensor, and is used to record Full HD 1920 x 1080, and HD 1280 x 720 video. This setting is well suited for shallow depth of field effects and provides the widest field of view.
As with still shooting, the wide range of sensitivities is available for recording in low and bright-light conditions, ranging from expanded ISO 100–1640000; sensitivity values are manually adjustable via the dedicated movie-shooting menu. Also, a video-optimized Flat Picture Control mode can be used during recording to flatten the overall contrast curve for more control during post-production and color grading.

Benefitting handheld shooting, an Electronic Vibration Reduction feature can be used during Full HD and HD recording, minimizing the appearance of camera shake across three axes to control horizontal, vertical, and rotational movements. Additionally, Active D-Lighting can also be employed during Full HD/HD shooting to preserve highlight and shadow detail when working in high-contrast situations.

Regarding handling, a dedicated power aperture button (Pv) makes it possible to achieve smooth, continuous exposure transitions when switching from light to dark areas, and Auto ISO can also be used to maintain consistent brightness when working in changing light situations. Audio recording can be handled using the built-in stereo microphone, or an optional external mic can be added via the 3.5mm stereo jack for greater control over quality. Regardless of whether the in-camera mic or an external mic is being used, audio levels can be adjusted in 20 increments, and live monitoring is possible via the headphone jack, which affords 30 different volume levels for playback.

In addition to straight movie recording, time-lapse recording for up to 9999 consecutive frames, shot over the course of up to one week, is also possible with up to UHD 4K/30p output from the camera.
153-Point Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System
Matching the speed and imaging capabilities is the apt Multi-CAM 20K AF system, which features 153 total phase-detection points, including 99 cross-type sensors for improved subject recognition, and 55 selectable points for greater compositional freedom. Benefitting the use of super telephoto lenses and teleconverters, 15 of the points, including 9 selectable points, are compatible with an effective aperture of f/8, and all 153 points support working with effective apertures of f/5.6 or brighter.

Complementing the abundance of focusing points is a dedicated AF engine offering quick response times benefiting the tracking of fast and randomly moving subjects, even at the top 10 fps shooting rate. The AF engine also contributes to enhanced focusing sensitivity, with all points capable of focusing -3 EV, and the center point capable of reading at -4 EV for working in very dark, low-contrast situations.

Furthering the versatility of the focusing system, seven different AF-area modes can be selected to support varying types of subject matter:
  • Single-Point AF: The camera uses a single point to find focus.
  • Dynamic-Area AF: Available with 25, 72, or 153-point selections, this mode uses a primary single focus point to lock onto focus, and then makes use of the surrounding points for maintaining focus while tracking erratically-moving subjects.
  • Group-Area AF: This mode treats smaller groups of AF points as a single point for a wider field of recognition, and is well suited to tracking faces or other detailed subjects.
  • 3D-Tracking: Using a subject's color information, this mode utilizes all 153 points to maintain focus on a moving subject while half-pressing the shutter button.
  • Auto-Area AF: This mode makes use of all 153 points to quickly identify the main subject, and then prioritizes recognized faces as portrait subjects in any AF servo mode.
In addition to the range of AF-area modes, an AF lock-on function can also be used to improve subject tracking performance, and can be adjusted by two parameters—quick or delayed blacked shot AF response, and erratic or steady subject movement. By configuring these settings, the AF performance can be optimized to handle a wide variety of subject movement types.

Lastly, a unique auto AF fine-tune function can be employed to ensure the best possible focus for each mounted lens. Rather than relying on photographing distance charts, this function lets you achieve precise focus manually in live view, and then have the AF system calibrate itself to the fine-tuned focus position, to alleviate front and back-focusing issues.
Body Design
  • A large 3.2" rear LCD monitor features a high 2,359K-dot resolution for clear, vivid playback and live view shooting. The monitor is also a touchscreen for more intuitive menu navigation and settings control, and is usable while shooting, giving you the ability to choose a focus point or an area to set the white balance from. The screen can also be used as a keyboard for quickly entering notes, copyright info, or IPTC information. Additionally, it features a tilting design for easier visibility when shooting from high and low working angles.
  • A bright pentaprism optical viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage and 1.0x magnification, and incorporates an organic EL display system to provide shooting information, for seamless adjustment over camera settings without removing your eye from the viewfinder. Additionally, the optical glass features enhanced coatings for increased brightness, contrast, and color neutrality, for more lifelike viewing.
  • Extending file saving capabilities by permitting overflow recording, in-camera file duplicating, or the ability to segregate raw and JPEG files between two cards, the D500 is configured with both SD and XQD memory card slots.
  • A robust magnesium alloy chassis is both dust and weather-resistant to benefit working in harsh climates and inclement conditions.
  • The ergonomic grip and overall form factor are shaped to benefit handling for extended periods of time and are further accentuated by anti-slip, textured controls and easy-to-open card slot covers. Additionally, most of the buttons on the rear of the camera are illuminated, for greater visibility when working in dim lighting conditions. Two configurable Fn buttons, one front-facing and the other rear-facing, may be assigned for checking depth of field, or used for other shooting controls.
  • The included EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is CIPA-rated to last for approximately 1240 shots per charge in single-frame release modes. The optional MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack can also be added to further extend shooting times.
SnapBridge Wi-Fi Connectivity
Supporting a wealth of sharing and tagging possibilities, the D500 features built-in SnapBridge Wi-Fi connectivity to enable seamless transfer of imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology enables communication between the camera and a smart device. Additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported to provide a quick and simple tap-to-connect method for linking your mobile devices with the camera.

For faster wireless performance, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A Wireless Transmitter, enabling transmission of image files via FTP server or computer at speeds up to 866.7 Mbps.
Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering
The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering III utilizes a 180K-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image regarding exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.
Other Camera Features
  • Three types of auto white balance are available: Auto 0, which maintains natural white values under any lighting condition; Auto 1, which maintains a balance of color between the subject and ambient light conditions; and Auto 2, which renders colors with a natural warmth and retains the colors of various types of lighting.
  • In-camera flicker reduction is available for both stills shooting and movie recording.
  • Three different sizes of raw files can be used depending on your output needs; raw size medium and small are 12-bit lossless compressed NEF files, while the large file size is a 14-bit lossless uncompressed or compressed NEF file.
  • Spot White Balance control for live view shooting makes setting the white balance as easy as pointing to the area in the frame that should be white. Additionally, 1-6 preset white balance settings can be stored for easier switching between different light sources.
  • The D500 is compatible with the radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting system, which permits working with the optional WR-R10 Controller and WR-A10 Receiver, along with the SB-5000, for intuitive, controllable wireless flash shooting.
  • Picture Control modes allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera and include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, Flat, and user-customizable settings.
  • Language support: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
UPC: 018208105953

Nikon D500 specs

Lens Mount Nikon F
Camera Format DX / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 21.51 Megapixel
Effective: 20.9 Megapixel
Max Resolution 5568 x 3712
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW, TIFF
Movies: MOV,
Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
Focus Control
Focus Type Autofocus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 153 (99 Cross-Type)
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Eye Point 16.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.0x
Diopter Adjustment -2 to +1 m
Display Screen 3.2" Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (2,359,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Diagonal Angle of View 170.0°
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-51200 (Extended Mode: 50-1640000)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 Second 
Remote Control WR-R10, WR-1 (Optional)
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight Weighted
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV -4.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV Steps)
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 20.9 MP for up to 200 Frames in Raw Format
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Flash Modes First-Curtain Sync
Hi-Speed Sync
Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
Rear Sync
Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System iTTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30 fps (H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (H.264)
1280 x 720p at 50/60 fps (H.264)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Exposure Control Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity Auto/Manual, 100 - 51200, Expandable to 1640000
Focus Manual
Continuous Auto
Max Video Clip Length 3840 x 2160: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds 
1920 x 1080: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds 
1280 x 720: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds 
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Self Timer 20 Seconds, 10 Seconds, 5 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0 Micro-B, Nikon 10-Pin, USB 3.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1 x EN-EL15 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7 VDC, 1900 mAh
AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 85 - 0%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.8 x 4.5 x 3.2" / 147.0 x 115.0 x 81.0 mm
Weight 1.89 lb / 860 g with battery and memory card
Packaging Infodrtwsateavvssx
Package Weight 3.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 7.7 x 6.5"

Nikon D500 reviews

D500 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Refurbished) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faster than I expected I am a Wildlife photographer and have been using a D810 with Sigma 150-600 Sport especially for birds in flight. I thought this was a good setup apart from a little trouble with shutter induced camera shake and not getting many birds in flight critically focused. Then I bought a D500 - wow!! the difference in focus accuracy is amazing - I reckon I am getting 10 times more images of birds in flight tack sharp and the shutter even at 10 fps is far less prone to shake the camera. Of course the higher density of the chip gives a little more reach. I did expect noise to be an issue - wrong, I find that I am happy to work up to ISO 800. Amazing camera.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from repeat customer I purchased a refurbished D500 body in 2017 and love it; it works well with all my lenses, and provides the "extra reach" sometimes requisite when working with long focal lengths. I decided to add another refurbished D500 for a backup body to equip with different lenses when afield, to avoid lens changing in field conditions. I went back to B&H for the second body and had another great transaction. I have shopped B&H for almost 15 years now, and their customer service is tops in my book. Every piece of equipment purchased from them (new, used, refurbished) has been as advertised and meets my expectations. No regrets here.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would definitely purchase again Camera as good as I expected, actually soo much better, easy transition from my D200. What an amazing contrast between the two camera's. The fast multiple picture buffer is wonderful. I do a lot of low light and really appreciate the HI ISO capability. So much to say about this camera, as an amateur photographer I certainly spent my money on the smart choice.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for HD video production I upgraded from a Nikon d7100 which I use primarily for professional video production. My friends and I are heavily invested in DX glass, so I wanted to stick with a DX sensors. The D500 is the best crop sensor camera I have ever used. The ISO performance in low light is just exceptional. It easily can compete with the Sony A7sii on this front, and is $1,000 cheaper than said Sony. The swivel touchscreen and backlit buttons are a step up from the 7100, as well as the ABILITY TO CHANGE F-STOPS WHILE RECORDING!! Nikon has fallen behind Canon on this point, but with this camera they rectify their mistake. Also the built in image stabilization is very good for handheld shots that are otherwise static. If you are doing pans or tilts, I wouldn't use it, but it's a nice feature to have in a pinch (doesn't work with 4k video though, only 1080 and below). The only minor complaint I have is the 2x crop on 4k video (as opposed to 1.5x crop for 1080 shooting)... It's not the crop itself that bothers me, but that the crop makes noise in the image more obvious and apparent. However, having said that, this sensor is not a noisy sensor, so this is only an issue in very low light where the ISO is cranked very high... On my 7100 I never shot video above ISO 1,000, but with the D500 I have gotten good footage at ISO 16,000!! That's 4 more stops of light!! Would strongly recommend to anyone interested in a crop sensor DSLR!!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic Camera The camera is fantastic and does all the great things the reviews say it does. I took two stars away because the refurbished model I bought from B&H had a shutter count of just short of 8,000 actuations! Not happy at all about that. It also did not come with the manual, it came with a charger, but not the piece that goes from the charger to plug in the wall - so I can't use it. I don't think I will buy refurbished items here, anymore.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unhappy; sticking with new gear from here on. After receiving my tax return, I decided to fiendishly put in an order for a second D500.� My first one lives up to the hype and performs wonderfully in every way.� I wanted to try to save a few bucks, though, and in the end, I'm paying for that decision. I ordered this camera and shot rigorously with it.� It performed fine at first, but most of what I was shooting was daylit photos of flowers, birds, etc.� I chalked it up to being good to go.�� The Goods:��Auto-focus is great, locks on well in low light, and the mechanical functions of the camera are solid.� Color looks excellent as I'd come to expect from modern high-end DSLRs, and it feels just fine in-hand.� All controls function perfectly. The Bads:� Shots taken with a prime lens are consistently soft at wider apertures, where the same lenses work wonderfully on my other D500 and previously on my D7200.� Further, this refurbished camera shows noticeably more noise in each photo; I'd go so far to say that noise looks to be one to two stops worse for each ISO value.� Lastly, this camera chews up batteries way faster than my primary camera.� The serial numbers of my old camera and new camera are literally 800 units apart. All settings between cameras are identical and both are on the most up-to-date firmware from Nikon.� I'm using EN-EL15A batteries only, not aftermarket.� Issues reoccur regardless of what storage media I'm using as well. All in all, I would not recommend purchasing a refurbished camera.� Many have had solid luck, but I have not, and thus I will just save my pennies a little longer and buy new.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't be happier with my refurbished D500 I have only had this camera for a week but I've taken some portraits and some concert shots and everything is coming out amazing. My refurb came with a 250 shutter count, so it's as new as it can get. I'm really excited to go do some wildlife shots when I get the time, but I can already tell it's going to excel at that. The D500 has every feature I could ever want, and I'm still flipping through the manual because it has so much going on. I totally love it.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nikon hit the mark this time! I bought this from B&H a few weeks ago. So far the results and photo's are outstanding. This replaced a Nikon D7100 camera, and is a fine addition to my Camera Equipment. I have a D810, and a D750 as well. I think one would be very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2017-05-15
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