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Pro Excellent autofocus
D500 has 153 AF points of which you can select 55. 99 AF points are cross-type (of which 35 are selectable). 15 AF points work with f/8 lenses (of which 9 are selectable). The autofocus works down to LV -4.
Autofocus is fast at 10 frames per second with great accuracy - in autofocus tests performed by Tony Northrup the D500 trailed D5 just slightly by getting 16% fewer of shots in focus and 1DX Mark II by about 18%.
Pro Good buffer
Buffer can hold 200 compressed or 71 uncompressed RAW files. To achieve the 200-shot compressed RAW speed, you'll need a XQD card.
Pro Easy to use
The camera has a tilting screen allowing easy above the head or near the ground shots, a touchscreen for easily adjusting AF point and a joystick for adjusting it even faster.
Pro Great AF point coverage
Pro Illuminated buttons
Makes shooting in the dark easier.
Pro Can automatically microadjust lens focal point for autofocusing
Pro Can record to an external recorder over HDMI
Con Lacks mode dial for custom presets
Unlike some other Nikon cameras, D500 doesn't have a mode dial that allows quickly switching between custom presets.
Con Video has a 2.2x 35mm-equivalent crop factor
The camera has a 1.5x 35mm-equivalent crop factor and shooting video adds another 1.5x crop factor on top of that resulting in a 2.2x 35mm-equivalent crop factor. The effective sensor size is near the size of a MFT sensor. That means you would need wider lenses to achieve the same result in each situation.