Nikon releases D500, 4K video footage


Nikon D500
4K upgrade: Nikon’s D500 features a pixel to pixel crop for UHD video

Nikon has released the first 4K video samples, from its upcoming D500 DSLR.

The D500, announced at CES earlier this month, is a successor to the D300s, Nikon’s semi-pro, APS-C camera. The new D500 is aimed at professional users who want an APS-C, instead of a full frame, camera, rather than a “prosumer” model, such as the D7200.

Many of the features on the new camera carry over from the top of the range D5, according to Nikon. Although the D500 has a smaller sensor (APS-C or, as Nikon terms it, DX format) the camera has the same autofocus system as the D5, with 153 AF points, and the same EXPEED 5 image processor.

The new Nikon also uses a combination of XQD and SD card slots – along with pro cameras such as the D810 – and is weather sealed. The camera has a buffer for 10fps continuous shooting for stills, and an ISO range of 100-51,200. This can be extended to ISO 1,640,000. The new camera also features a tilting screen, similar to the display on the full-frame D750. Unusually, though, the D500 has no in-built flash.

For film makers, though, the D500 has a number of other key features, as well as some design decisions which put the D500 in a slightly different category to cameras such as Sony’s A7S.

The key feature of the Nikon D500 has to be its 4K video recording option. The new camera is capable of capturing UHD video at up to 30fps, as well as full HD video.

In addition, the D500 has in-body image stabilisation in HD video, and Active D lighting, a technique Nikon says improves highlight and shadow capture. The camera also gains the Power Aperture feature of the D750 and D810, to allow for smooth aperture changes during takes.

The D500 also comes with WiFi control, clean HDMI out and a mic input and headphone socket.

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