Nikon D500 camera review by Taryn Driscoll.

Team Calumet has recently teamed up with Taryn Driscoll who wanted to put Nikon D500 the test. Read on for his review of this great new camera.

I am a Nikon shooter. I held my first Nikon camera at the age of 7 and never looked at another camera. I have recently had the opportunity to try out plenty of different cameras and I have to say for a “semi-professional body” I believe it is the best in its class.

The Nikon D500 has a 20.9 MP APS-C sensor. It has a very modest 10 FPS continuous shooting mode and is estimated to reach of up to 200 shots before hitting the buffer limit.


The camera body itself is light and wonderful to hold. I was shooting a music festival, graduation and portrait photography throughout the entire weekend. This camera can keep up with pretty much anything you throw at it.


Being at a festival, there is a lot of subject movement that really tests and pushes the auto focus system. But I have to say the Expeed 5 image processing engine really did hold its own and was not a problem.


When you are shooting in low light this camera is a workhorse. The images come out clean and crisp which is what we all want from a camera. What comes as an added bonus, is the fact that the buttons on the back of the camera illuminate to assist you in those important corrections you need to make in low light scenario.


It’s basically a “smaller version of the Nikon D5” without the bigger sensor and with a tilted touch screen, which really helps when you are filming and saves you getting your clothes dirty when getting that awkward shot.


Of course there is Nikon’s Snapbridge as it does have WIFI and NFC capabilities. which again is a very useful tool if you want to upload your photos straight to your phone and edit them on the fly.

In conclusion this camera is perfect for any medium of photography. The detail and depth you get with every shot will leave you in awe, and is sure to set your creative flair run wild with the endless possibilities. But don’t leave me to tell you what it can do, every photographer is different and we all have our own unique style. My advice is rent one from Calumet, go out, and discover what it can do.


The team at Calumet are wonderful and are always happy to take any questions you may have about cameras, and will recommend the best gear to suit your needs.

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One comment

  1. I’ve been really pleased with mine as a second camera alongside my D4s, using it for event photography is gets a real hammering but so far has been up to the task, my only real gripe is that Snapbridge is a nightmare which was a main reason for buying it in the first place, it just about worked with an i-phone 5 but once I changed to a 6 it has refused to work, the pairing works just fine so camera and phone are in sync but that is as far as it goes!!


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