thx1138: The gushing enthusiasm about the high ISO performance is ridiculous. The D500 is barely better than the a6300 or D7200 at 25600 and if those sensors were down-sampled to 21MP the results would be even closer. Nikon has not altered quantum physics and have only barely raised the bar. You certainly would not use ISO 51K or higher which are marketing cr@p. The really good news is that they have not made the mistake they did with the D5 and the sensor has impressive DR and is ISOless, the exact opposite of the D5, which has gone markedly backward. However yet again the D500 is only performing a wee bit better than the D7200 in the DR and ISO'lessness testing.
Leaving aside the sensor the real drawcard of this camera is the AF. And could they have just used the D7200 sensor in the D500 body and would anybody really see the difference in IQ.
In RAW, the D500 has less (finer grain) chroma noise and better sharpness / detail at every ISO than the three other default cameras. At pixel level it competes well with some of best Full Frame cameras. But nobody is gushing, you might be imagining that. DPR is releasing the results of their testing, and D300s shooters and Nikon users in general clearly have a lot to be pleased about. But if Canon releases an APS-C camera with class leading high ISO performance, we'll see if you continue to be a doubting Thomas chiding others for their enthusiasm about a new class leading body from Nikon. I'm guessing you won't be so dismissive if it's a Canon camera outperforming the others. And yes, AF but also fast burst rate with a 200 shot buffer, 4K video, tilting touch LCD are all draw cards of the D500.
lensberg: You're sure this is "class leading" ...?!
Can't really says its any better than the A6300 ... Reminds me of their image processing from their J5 ... except on an APS-C scale...
@FantasticMrFox In RAW at ISO 6400 the D500 has better contrast and sharpness with considerably less and finer grained chroma noise. D500 > D7200 > 7D Mk II > A6300.
Iloveaircraftnoise: Does anybody on here actually take photos?
This website has dynamic range paranoia.
Let me guess, you shoot Canon.
marike6: Some shops still have the Coolpix A for $369, a pretty fantastic deal. And since it uses the proven D7000 sensor, IQ is banging. Not a pretty as the X70, but half the price and no IQ / RAW converter issues and they make a dedicated VF for it, unlike the X70. My Ricoh GR III is easily my favorite compact of all time for shooting (on the Greek Islands it performed like a champ). A good 28mm lens that focuses close is a revelation that will improve your photography immeasurably. The Ricoh GR I sells for $550 new on Ebay. It could be that other RAW converters like Dcraw will produce better RAW conversion for the X70, but as a Lightroom users I don't want to change. So I might have to grab one of the last few Coolpix A's or the Ricoh GR I. Thanks guys.
@John Gellings What now? RAW files from the X70 are so soft it's laughable that you'd even compare it to the D7000. The D7000 sensor was the first and only APS-C camera to get 14.9 EV dynamic range on DxOMark, it's the same sensor that's found in tons of cameras including the K-5. It's just that Nikon engineers don't mess it up like Fuji's do.
The Coolpix A won a Silver Award, reviewers felt the X70 wasn't even worthy of an award. Enough said.
Prairie Pal: Any old excuse will do for Nikon these days whether or not it's accurate.
As if a catastrophic earthquake is just any old excuse, like "the dog ate my homework". Canikon jealousy can be irrational but this comment is extreme.
Phoetus: Canon and Nikon: The slowly dying ancient giants.
Hello Sony and Panasonic!
What is the number of pro photographers using Sony and Panasonic gear, 3 or 4 people? But seriously, do you even bother reading these articles or I don't know, reading the newspaper? There was a huge earthquake in Japan. Sony and Fujifilm have also been affected.
rodderslw: Lovely little camera but I just sold my Ricoh GR because I realised I really like to frame my shots with a OVF or EVF. Because its a fixed lens a basic OVF would not be too hard to incorporate? I shall wait.
The Ricoh GV-1 is the OVF for the Ricoh GR, which is the exact same VF with the same 21/28mm crop lines that Fujifilm has rebranded and offered for the X70.
Some shops still have the Coolpix A for $369, a pretty fantastic deal. And since it uses the proven D7000 sensor, IQ is banging. Not a pretty as the X70, but half the price and no IQ / RAW converter issues and they make a dedicated VF for it, unlike the X70. My Ricoh GR III is easily my favorite compact of all time for shooting (on the Greek Islands it performed like a champ). A good 28mm lens that focuses close is a revelation that will improve your photography immeasurably. The Ricoh GR I sells for $550 new on Ebay. It could be that other RAW converters like Dcraw will produce better RAW conversion for the X70, but as a Lightroom users I don't want to change. So I might have to grab one of the last few Coolpix A's or the Ricoh GR I. Thanks guys.
Digimat: Hm...i would never have thought that one day i would say this...but why should i use the x70 over my smartphone? i mean dont get me wrong, its a beautiful small camera, fine for traveling. but i also always have my smartphone with me when i travel. will the x70 have better image quality? yes. but will anyone see the difference on social networks or small prints? most probably not. and there is no viewfinder, no fast aperture, no image stabilisation and you dont get much DOF control.
so if i want to get "serious" i use the real stuff, and if i just want to take a quick picture i use my smartphone. but maybe its just me.
If you have to ask why you need a proper camera over your smartphone, you're probably not a photography enthusiast and you probably don't need a proper camera. But f2.8 on a large APS-C sensor gives you WAY more DOF control than a teeny tiny smartphone sensor and because of that your images will look MUCH more professional. Not to mention the proper exposure controls and lack of horrible shutter lag you get with a X70 or Ricoh GR type camera.
The XC10 is a bit of a joke on both camera review and filmmaker websites. Filmmakers on NoFilmSchool and EOSHD claim it's mainly useful as a pricey drone camera. The Camera Store TV rated it as one of the worst cameras of 2015. The truth is a fixed lens camera with a slow zoom won't appeal to a huge number of people, but who knows? But clearly without RAW capture in still mode this is not a "bridge" to anything but an empty wallet.
Nice camera. Those lenses though. I just can't.
pkcpga: Not sure how the Nikon d7200 is the benchmark for comparison for a year now and the Sony a6300 doesn't match or beat the Nikon and the Nikon receives a silver and the Sony a gold. I guess cameras have gotten worse with time so they get higher awards or maybe the Sony has such a great user interface it deserves the over look.
Welcome to the new DPR, mirrorless central where skinny jean pocketability is the new benchmark. :) The D7000 was the IQ benchmark for years, and it was also only worthy of a Silver. Don't bother trying to figure out the logic in the awards.
ruicarv79: If only Sony could make cameras as good looking as Fuji... :)
And if only they had E-mount lenses even a fraction as good Fuji. Every time I consider buying a Sony, their lens lineup stops be dead in my tracks.
raztec: Historically, in terms of image quality, the D5 will mark the beginning of the end of the DSLR. I don't see a HUGE advantage to the D3s, D4s, DF etc.
Now let's see what the AF performance is like as that could jolt this dying breed back to life.
Mirrorless fanbois have been saying the same nonsense for years yet DSLRs are still outselling and outperforming the majority of mirrorless cameras. It's funny that some actually think bolting a cheesy EVF on a body to grab the live view feed is some kind of technology breakthrough that obsoletes all those wonderful cameras with big, bright pentaprism VFs, but that's another story. But clearly the new D5 is visibly outperforming the D3 and D4. To expect something crazy like a 1 or 2 stop high ISO improvement ("HUGE") in one upgrade cycle, when such an improvement has never happened before in the history of digital photography, is unrealistic.
ozturert: Looks very good. But then D4 was very good too, and even D3s...And can we see real low light photos, where you don't use 1/1000 shutter speed?
Complaining about nothing, the photos use a wide variety of shutter speeds. Try looking past the first few.
eivissa1: Coincidence? Since today I cannot sign anymore into my Flickr account....!
I haven't been able to sign in for weeks and it's super annoying. The images on my photostream are important to me, but they've locked me out. I miss the good old days of Flickr without the bad redesign and fort knocks security.
A nice video camera in good light. For stills, $1500 for a 1 inch sensor camera is too high for me. The beautiful new Pentax K1 full frame or D610 kit is just a bit more or a Fujifilm XT1 kit for less. For still photography and professional quality results, it's not even a choice. But OK, maybe the RX10 II price will drop but knowing Sony, probably not. I'm still interested in one of the Nikon DL cameras, second cameras shouldn't cost a small fortune.
SmgUk: Nikon DL 24-500 looks like a better prospect
And $500 less expensive.
Jonathan F/2: Camera. Of. The. Year!
Maybe in a year without the Pentax K-1 and Nikon D500, but probably not.
papa natas: D5....With all these drawers & compartments...Humongous toy...!!!Didn't they think about one sandwich compartment?I hope next year they will add booster cables, mini fridge plugging, and a mini micro wave just under the battery block.
Fire your joke writer, the D5 is built for actual work and to balance with fast pro galss. It's not a fashion accessory like most mirrorless cameras, it doesn't tip down to the south pole any time you mount a fast lens on it.