I've just experienced a moment of courage and listed my D500 for sale. Am I making a mistake?
Richard,Currently I’m hanging onto my D500 purely for birding. Of the mirrorless bodies I use, I find Olympus would be a good replacement for the D500, but its still not there with regards to locating small birds in scrub via the EVF.
One thing I am noticing is how far behind the opposition Nikon is becoming with inbuilt smarts. It’s almost like they are wanting to make life difficult for users. I’ve been out at night recently taking a lot of photos in the dark. Besides the lack of a timer on the LCD, or programable Bulb mode, the small LCD panel on the top of the Z body remains illuminated which is not only causing light pollution, it’s also annoying.
I will eventually go 100% mirrorless, but before I invest heavily into Z glass I will be evaluating other FF systems.
You can turn down the brightness of the control panel on top of the camera or even turn it off if you like. Go to "Setup Menu" and then to "Control Panel Brightness" and you have a selection of "Auto", "Manual" or "Off".
As for programmable Bulb Mode, I am not sure what you mean by programmable Bulb mode. Do you mean you can set a timer for bulb? I don't think that is accomplished with any Nikon DSLR, but the new Z6II and Z7II allow for up to 900seconds (15 minutes) of long timer and if you need longer you do have to time the Bulb mode via a stop watch. I've never wanted longer than a few minutes and using my phone for longer than 15 minutes.
Lack of timer on the rear (?) LCD? Do you mean a count down timer for long exposure, ie showing how many seconds are left for the timer to end the exposure? I don't think that is possible but that would probably be a good idea! However, if I ever need longer than 900seconds of the inbuilt long exposure time, I would use my phone timer and that accomplishes both timer and how long I have left! If you use Snapbridge via your phone, you have it out anyway.