Review of Nikon D500s, price, release date and specs

Nikon D500s follows in footsteps of its genitor Nikon D500, which was successfully released in early 2016. Despite the common belief, the professional performance of a camera is first and foremost measured by its capacity to adapt to the working environment and to be reliable in different shooting conditions, rather than by its sensor resolution. Yes, this model has a crop sensor but it is the only difference from the other full-framed kits of the market. Most of its features enable Nikon D500s to outrun full-frame low-end cameras and to keep up with the top ones. Nikon D500s will not be released soon, because most of features that it will be stuffed with are currently being tested and developed. But we won’t waste time and instead we will try and make a review of the characteristics that Nikon D500s might have.
 

Nikon D500s Review and Specs

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The frame rate will be increased from 10 to 12 frames per second. In addition to this, the camera will have an improved Multi-Cam 20K II autofocus module. In a previous module, even at the rate of 12 fps in the D5, the focusing is quite effective at shooting through the viewfinder, while in the live view mode it works not so well. Therefore, the difference in work of the new upgraded autofocus module will be especially noticeable when shooting in live view mode.
 
If you mostly take static shots, then of course 10 fps will be more than enough, but in this case before buying this camera you should ask yourself whether you really need it. The thing is that the dynamics and speed are essential in this series of cameras. This explains the ergonomics of the camera and applies to the dynamics of the scene that you take picture of. Therefore, if you shoot dynamic scenes, not always in good weather conditions, and struggle to catch some important moments, then this camera is perfectly suitable for your needs. Here you’ve got the high speed series, a special connector for high-speed XQD memory card, all buttons, joystick, ring, etc. located in the most convenient way to switch quickly from one shooting mode to another and much more.
 

Video

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Nikon D500s uses the entire image sensor to record videos at speeds of 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p. The previous model already had a possibility to shoot videos in 4K resolution, but while shooting the camera didn’t use the entire area of the sensor, as a result, we get two crop areas.
 
It is also expected that the developers will finally add a very useful feature that will enable you to hit the shutter button and get stills right during the process of video recording. It is a truly convenient option, because the quality of the frames cut out directly from the video, even in 4K resolution, is simply not good enough for the deep post-production.
You can charge Nikon D500s trough microUSB, which frankly speaking could have been added to the previous model, as it already had a corresponding jack.
 
Thank goodness, the new Nikon camera as well as the previous one will not have a built-in flash, which is absolutely useless. After all it’s not a low-level camera, there’s no need to equip a Scott Addict bike with the training wheels in case there will be a kid trying to ride it. The clipboard will get bigger and while using the XQD card you will be able to make a series of 70 frames at a speed of 12 fps in RAW 14bit format.
 
Well, a lot of photographers are not satisfied with the camera’s display. In the D500 model the display has a variable angle of inclination, but it is not completely articulating, as in the 5xxx series. Taking into account the camera’s goal to adapt to any environment and shooting conditions, it seems logical that it should have a fully rotating display, right? In addition, it is very convenient in situations when the camera hangs around your neck and swings in different directions, in this case you can just close up the display by turning it in the opposite direction.
 

Release date and price

 
Nikon D500s is planned to be released in the middle of the year 2020 with a price of $1800 without the lens in the kit.
 

Sum-up

 
This is a camera of the highest class made for specific purposes: to adapt to a rapidly changing shooting conditions, with a help of switching the parameters, and catch objects moving at high speed. As you can see, if you need something speedy without loss in quality then this camera is suitable for you. If you are looking for a “family camera” I would recommend choosing something else, because most likely you won’t use 50% of all the features and abilities that you still will pay for.
 

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