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Meet the new Nikon D500 DSLR camera, and a sample of its crisp 4K UHD video

by on January 25, 2016

Stephan Jukic – January 25, 2016

Nikon’s new D500 is one of a few select cameras unveiled by the company in 2016 which can record footage in 4K ultra HD resolution. Other devices with this spec include the new flagship full-frame D5 and the company’s highly innovative and rather unique KeyMission 360 camera for shooting 4K footage in a 360 degree panorama.

However, while the flagship D5 can for now only manage a very ridiculous 3 minutes of continuous 4K video and the KeyMission 360 is designed more for specialized shooting applications, the compact and powerful D500 is a much more typical 4K video-capable DSLR shooter.

That said, the new camera definitely captures some great 4K footage and Nikon Europe has released a sample to YouTube for interested Nikon or 4K video fans. This wonderfully crisp new footage can be viewed at the bottom of this article.

The new D500 is relatively affordable and compact but delivers quite a nice punch, being capable of grabbing 4K ultra HD video at 3840 x 2160 pixels for up to just a second less than 30 minutes. It also features a built in HDMI 2.0 port for recording the video simultaneously either an XQD or SD card and to an external device. Furthermore, fans of time-lapse can enjoy the fact that the D500 captures 4K ultra HD time-lapse footage right inside itself. This last is not such a common feature of many 4K DSLR shooters we’ve previously reviewed.


The main focus of the D500 is 4K footage but the camera also delivers some great Full HD footage and related features, with an included built-in electronic vibration reduction system for shooting in all angles and the ability to capture full HD video at 60 frames per second for 30 minutes as well. 4K UHD footage can be captured at a decent 30 frames per second and 8 megapixel still shots can be extracted from individual frames.

Oddly, in contrast to the generally more economical D500, Nikon’s flagship D5, a more powerful camera in so many ways, can only shoot the same grade of 4K video for a very weak 3 minutes, at least until a rumored firmware update comes along later in the year after the shooter is released for sale in March.

The Nikon D500 is already available on pre-order and will also begin shipping to buyers in March and will retail for just under $2,000 as a body-only purchase.

In any case, here is the first demonstration footage in 4K from this robust new 4K DSLR camera.

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  • Monte Comeau
    February 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    It might do some reasonable video but that is not why people will be buying this camera. Sports and Wildlife photographers have been waiting for this for years. I have this pre-ordered and will never use the video features…


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