5 ways the Nikon D500 will more than outshoot your smartphone

The D500 goes on sale today

In an age where smartphone camera performance is top notch, the future of compact cameras hangs precariously in the balance.

But when it comes to DSLRs, all you have to do is look at the resulting images to get your answer. And in case you haven’t figured out what we’re trying to get at by now, the answer is no, your smartphone can’t replace a DSLR - yet. And the D500 is a very good example of why.

Starting today, the Nikon D500 is available at S$2999 (body only) or S$3999 (body with 16-80mm VR lens).

Fast AF

Packing an Expeed 5 engine, the D500 gives photographers 153 focus-points which pretty much covers most of the viewfinder. That means there is very little detail left that the the D500 won’t have set in its sights.

Even if your subject is in motion, like your colleague trying to steal your stationery again, it will constantly be in focus thanks to the fast-tracking prowess of the Multi-Cam 20K autofocus sensor module.

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Buffer, the in-between snap time slayer

Speaking of speed, the D500 is capable of rattling off continuous shots at 10fps. If you’re a big fan of stitching together shots to create an action sequence, this is the camera that will turn even the fastest movements into a beautiful sharp slow-mo sequence.

You get up to 200 snaps in JPEG or 14-bit lossless if you like it RAW.

Image: CS Ling

Screen smarts

The D500’s touchscreen is an example of camera companies learning from mobile manufacturers. You can pinch to zoom, swipe through your shots, and touch to focus - all touch gestures that even a kid is familiar with by now. For some strange reason though, you can’t navigate its menu settings via touch.

But unlike your smartphone, the D500’s screen comes tiltable thanks to its 3-axis hinge system. That means you can shoot overhead at a concert and still see what you’re capturing by angling the screen even if you’re not built like an NBA player.

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