Nikon announced the D500 in January 2016 at the same time as the D5. These two cameras immediately became the company’s flagship cameras, with the D5 being the go-to full-frame DSLR for professional photojournalists and amateur sports photographers from Nikon and the D500 being its APS-C equivalent, featuring of the same sensor architecture.

Then about 15 months later, Nikon presented the D7500, a digital SLR aimed at avid photographers but with a lot in common with the D500 and therefore also the D5. So which should you choose, the D500 or the D7500? Read on to make your decision.

Nikon D500 vs. D7500

1. Sensor

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• Nikon D500: 20.9 MP APS-C CMOS (23.5 x 15.7 mm) associated with the Expeed 5 processor
• Nikon D7500: 20.9 MP APS-C CMOS (23.5 x 15.7 mm) associated with the Expeed 5 processor

One of the coolest features of the D7500 is that it has the exact same 20.9 Mp sensor as the flagship D500 and is paired with the same processing engine. While a pixel count of 20.9 million might seem quite modest, it does mean that the pixels can be larger than a higher resolution sensor, allowing for better control over image noise.

However, despite having the same sensor and processing engine, the D500 has a higher native sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 102,400 with expansion settings of ISO 50 to 1,640,000, while the D7500 has a higher native sensitivity range. standard range of ISO 100-51,200 expandable to ISO 50-1,640,000.

2. Continuous shooting

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• Nikon D500: 10 fps
• Nikon D7500: 8 fps

Although they have the same sensor and processing engine, Nikon limited the burst rate of the D7500 compared to the D500. Nonetheless, a continuous frame rate of 8 fps is still more than sufficient in most shooting scenarios, including sports photography.

The D500 also has a larger buffer memory that allows it to take 200 frames at 10 fps at every raw file setting except the uncompressed 14-bit raw, while it can only capture 79 frames at full length. one shot. The maximum number of images the D7500 can capture in an 8 fps sequence is 100 and this is when the image quality is set to 12-bit compressed raw files or wide JPEG. and end. At all other settings, the D7500 captures fewer images.

3. Auto focus system

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• Nikon D500: 153 stitches with 99 cross type
• Nikon D7500: 51 stitches with 15 cross type

While the 51-point autofocus system of the D7500 is very good, the 153-point AF system of the D500 is superb and this is partly why the camera has found favor with serious wildlife photographers. .

Those extra focus points and extra cross-type points mean the D500 is better at focusing on small details and has an advantage when it has to follow a moving subject around the frame.

4. Display

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• Nikon D500: Tilting 3.2-inch 2,359,000-dot touchscreen
• Nikon D7500: Tilting 3.2-inch 922,000-dot touchscreen

It’s swings and roundabouts with the screens, because although the D7500’s monitor has a lower resolution than the D500, it allows for a lot more touch control. For example, you can select options from the menu and adjust settings by tapping on the D7500’s screen, but with the D500 you’re limited to using it for things like setting the AF point and scanning between images or zoom in to check focus.

5. Control device

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• Nikon D500: Control button
• Nikon D7500: Mode selector

While it won’t take long for an experienced photographer to familiarize themselves with either camera, the control layout of the D500 and D7500 is quite different. The D7500, for example, has a mode dial on its top plate and there are buttons on the back to access image quality, white balance, and metering options. The D500, however, does not have a mode dial and there are buttons on its top plate for adjusting exposure, image quality, white balance, and metering modes.

However, both cameras have to dial to set the driving mode.

6. Storage

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• Nikon D500: XQD and SD / SDHC / SDXC UHS-II slots
• Nikon D7500: Single SD / SDHC / SDXC UHS-I slot

Reflecting its professional and enthusiastic audience, the D500 has two card slots, one for accepting XQD media and the other for SD type cards. The second slot is also compatible with UHS-II compatible cards, resulting in a faster pace and deeper burst depth. In contrast, the D7500 only has one SD type slot and it is the slowest UHS-I variety.

7. Size and weight

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• Nikon D500: 147 x 115 x 81 mm and 860g with battery and XQD card
• Nikon D7500: 135.5 x 104 x 72.5 mm / and 720g with battery and card

As you can see from the specs, the D500 is significantly bigger and heavier than the D7500. This has advantages and disadvantages. The D500 feels better balanced than the D7400 with long telephoto lenses, for example, but you’ll be thankful for the weight gain if you have to cover a long distance with the D7500.

Nikon D500 vs D7500 conclusions

The Nikon D7500 is a pretty good all-rounder with fast autofocus, excellent low-light noise control, and an intuitive control system that makes good use of the touchscreen. However, it is aimed directly at hobbyists while the D500 is aimed at professional photographers and advanced amateurs alike and features a higher level AF system and more rugged construction.

If you plan to use either camera with another Nikon DSLR, this is with the control arrangement in mind as you would like to be able to sip between cameras more seamlessly if they have a similar layout.


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