It’s been six years since Nikon launched the Nikon D500. The digital camera that can doubtless be their final “professional” mannequin APS-C DSLR. It was simply over six years between the releases of the D500 and its predecessor, too. We’re nonetheless ready on a mirrorless equal to the Nikon D500, however it seems that Nikon may need killed it off earlier than asserting a alternative in its new mirrorless lineup.
Retailers around the globe are itemizing the Nikon D500 as discontinued or out of inventory with no hints of getting extra. Even Nikon Asia’s shifted the D500 over to the discontinued checklist. May that imply a mirrorless equal is on the way in which? Effectively, perhaps. However understanding Nikon, it’s completely potential that we would by no means see a real “professional” stage APS-C mirrorless digital camera. However proper now, plainly the D500 is finished.
Retailers equivalent to Amazon are displaying very restricted availability, Adorama has the D500 on backorder, B&H is out of physique+lens kits however appears to have a number of body-only kits nonetheless accessible. The biggest pictures retailer right here within the UK, WEX can be out of inventory – each on-line and in all of their shops – and has been for fairly a while. Different retailers, like Bic Digicam, are literally itemizing the D500 as discontinued.
DC Life stories that Nikon Japan’s personal official retailer is now not taking orders on the Nikon D500 (and Nikon Rumors has a screenshot to this impact), it’s giving me the choice to order after I load it up proper now. Perhaps they discovered a field within the warehouse they’d forgotten about? Just about each on-line retailer around the globe is itemizing it as both discontinued, out of inventory, back-ordered or phrases to that impact, besides for many who may nonetheless have a pair mendacity round on the cabinets that merely haven’t offered but.
The Nikon D500 was introduced in January 2016 alongside the Nikon D5 to a lot fanfare and it was very warmly obtained by Nikon shooters. It provided many important benefits over the D300s predecessor, together with considerably automated lens calibration, 4K video, a tilting touchscreen LCD, uncompressed HDMI output and extra. It was as huge a leap over the D300s (and D300) because the D300 was over the D200. That’s to say, fairly important.
The rumours of the D500’s demise have been round for some time now, so it’s not that sudden. We posted about it again in 2016, together with the suggestion that it might not get replaced by a future DSLR mannequin. After all, this was a number of months earlier than the entire international pandemic factor, so maybe their D500 retirement plans had been delayed considerably. It was additionally urged again then that we’d see alternative DSLR fashions for the D7500, D750, D850 and D5. Effectively, we’ve seen replacements for 2 of these within the type of the D780 and D6, however even these have been usurped by the Z6/Z6II & Z9. The D850 is mainly the Z7/Z7II and the D7500 is just about the Z50/Z fc, so DSLR replacements for both of these now are additionally unlikely.
It could be a disgrace to see the D500 disappear with out being changed by a mirrorless equal as a result of it’s a wonderful digital camera, providing wonderful worth for what it prices. A digital camera at this stage checks all of the packing containers that no others in Nikon’s APS-C or full-frame lineups, too. There’s no APS-C equal and the full-frame equal prices 4x as a lot. But when it did get changed by a brand new “professional” stage mirrorless digital camera, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Canon shooters are nonetheless ready for mirrorless alternative to 2014’s Canon EOS 7D Mark II, so it wouldn’t shock me if Nikon determined to comply with swimsuit and ditch the “professional” APS-C DSLR line altogether, regardless of how precious these types of cameras could be to sports activities and wildlife shooters.
Are you holding out for a D500 alternative? Or have you ever already gone in a unique route?
[via Nikon Rumors]