Nikon has announced the successor and replacement for the popular Nikon D300S. The new Nikon D500 is a crop sensor (DX format) DSLR with pro-level features. In fact, it has quite a bit in common with the top-of-the-line Nikon D5.

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Nikon D500

The D500 features a 20.9-megapixel DX sensor paired up with the latest EXPEED 5 processor. The ISO native range is from 100 to 51,200 and can be extended from 50 to 1,640,000.

The autofocus is the same as the new system in the D5. You have 153 AF points and they fill the entire image area of the frame.

The D500 can shoot at 10 frames per second. The buffer can store 79 consecutive 14-bit RAW shots in burst mode.

The body is a carbon fiber reinforced, magnesium alloy top/bottom that is weather sealed like the D810. Shutter is rated for 200,000 actuations.

The camera features a 3.2 inch touchscreen LCD, XQD card slot and an additional SD card slot.

Wireless is improved as well as Nikon has introduced a technology called SnapBridge. This is designed to establish a Bluetooth link between the D500 and a mobile devices for moving images. This is in addition to built-in WiFi and NFC.

Video is greatly improved as well. The D500 is capable of 4K video at 24, 25 and 30fps. 1080p footage can be recorded at 24,25,50 and 60 fps. Nikon is using the MPEG4-AVC/H.264 codec for video. The camera also features pro controls and uncompressed HDMI output. Features also include auto ISO smoothing, simultaneous 4K recording to the card and HDMI output, and in-camera 4K timelapse recording.

The D500 will be available in March 2016 for a retail price of $2000 (body only) or $3070 (with 16-80mm kit lens).

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