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D500 Movie Specifications

Image sensor

Image sensor 23.5 × 15.7 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 21.51 million
Dust-reduction system Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)


Media XQD memory cards; SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-II compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards


Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
  • 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
  • 1920 × 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
  • 1280 × 720; 60p, 50p

Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; ★ high quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3840 × 2160

Bit rate
  • 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD): 144 Mbps
  • 1920 × 1080 60p/50p ★ high: 48 Mbps
  • 1920 × 1080 60p/50p normal: 24 Mbps
  • 1920 × 1080 30p/25p/24p ★ high: 24 Mbps
  • 1920 × 1080 30p/25p/24p normal: 12 Mbps
  • 1280 × 720 ★ high: 24 Mbps
  • 1280 × 720 normal: 12 Mbps
Sampling rate
  • Internal storage: 4∶2∶0, 8 bit
  • HDMI output: 4∶2∶2, 8 bit
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format 48 kHz, 16-bit linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in stereo microphone; external microphone (impedance 2.2K Ω); sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity
  • Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1640000 equivalent) above ISO 51200
  • Exposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) with selectable upper limit
Active D‑Lighting Can be selected from Same as photo settings, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Other options Index marking, time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction

White balance

White balance Same as photo settings, auto (3 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K–10000 K), all with fine-tuning.

Picture Control

Picture Control System Same as photo settings, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls


Monitor 8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 2359k-dot (XGA) tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control


USB SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector); connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI output Type C HDMI connector
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Power source

Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D17 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 Li-ion battery (available separately), one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery, or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries. A BL-5 battery-chamber cover is required when using EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 batteries.
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)

Tripod socket

Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)