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Nikon D500x Forecast

24MP FX, 3 FPS (5 FPS DX): $2,799.

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Since Nikon's D700x is already a few months late, NIkon may simply leapfrog directly to the D500x, a smaller, lighter camera with the same 24MP FX sensor as the D3X. Nikon will do this if they choose to offer something similar to Canon's hugely popular 5D Mark II of 2008.

Nikon simply has no high-resolution cameras other than the $8,000 D3X, which explains the popularity of the high-resolution, light weight 5D Mark II, for which Nikon has no substitute.

The D500x should be based in a lighter-duty, lighter-weight body than the D700x, which will make it Nikon's first high-resolution digital camera suited for outdoor and landscape photography, where the weight of the D3X limit it to fixed-station sports and studio shooting.


Specifications   (target)    top


95% coverage (of full FX frame, not the tiny DX frame).

0.72x with 50mm lens. (D3 is 0.7x and 100% coverage).

18mm eyepoint.

Inferior finder for DX lenses; the D500x doesn't crop the finder as does the D3.


Electronic Level

Yes, electronic virtual horizon, just like D3X.



51 points.

CAM3500FX sensor array (same as D3X).

Fine-tuning, if you have slight errors with certain lenses.



1/8,000 ~ 30 sec, bulb.

Carbon fiber and Kevlar.

Tested to 150,000 cycles.


Flash Sync



Frame Rate

3 FPS. 5 FPS in DX mode.


Built-in Flash

GN 39/12 (Feet/meters at ISO 100).

Controls wireless flash.



24MP CMOS, same as D3X.

14-bit linear ADC, 16-bit data pipelines, as the D3X.

12-channel parallel readout.


Sensor Size

FX (23.9 x 36mm) and cropped DX, just like D3X.

No professional 5:4 mode, drats.


Live View

Two modes.



24MP in FX, 10MP in DX.

   FX (24 x 36mm): 6,048 x 4,032 (L), 4,544 x 3,024 (M) and 3,024 x 2,016 (S).

   DX (16 x 24mm): 3,968 x 2,640 (L), 2,976 x 1,976 (M), 1,984 x 1,320 (S).



50 ~ 6,400.

Nikon really only wants you using ISO 100 ~ 1,600, so lower ISOs are read as gibberish like "Lo-1" and higher ISOs are coded as garbage like "HI+2."


File Formats


NEF in 12- or 14-bit with no, lossy or lossless compression.


Rear LCD

Exquisite 3," 920,000 pixels.

HDMI HD output, but it uses a screwy, non-standard mini HDMI connector.



Two slots: CF card and SD card.


Data Communication


Optional WT-4 wireless and ethernet.


Optional Macho-Man Grip

MB-D10, same as D700.



EN-EL3e, standard; same as D700, D200, D300, etc.



5.3 x 4.4 x 2.7 " (135 x 112 x 69mm).



28.0 oz. (795g) without battery, card, strap, monitor cover or lens.



01 July 2010.


Price (USA):




September 2010.


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