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Nikon D500 Vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II

We compare Nikon's brand new D500 to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

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Nikon's D500 has been released at CES 2016, and it's a much anticipated camera for those still using a Nikon D300s and hoping against hope that there would soon be an upgrade. In fact, there were rumours flying around that the camera would be called the D400. Rumours aside, we've been hands-on with the D500 in Las Vegas and decided it was high time to put the camera up against one of its key rivals - the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, to see how it fares. 

The Nikon D500 has a 20.9 megapixel DSLR sensor compared to the 7D's 20.2, giving the D500 a slight advantage in terms of pixels. As we all know though, it's not just about the amount of pixels, but what you do with them.  

      D500 16 80E Front34r     Canon EOS 7D MarkII (4)

These cameras are pretty evenly matched. The D500 boasts an ISO range of 100-51200, putting it on a par with the EOS 7D II. The difference comes in the expandable ISO department. The D500 can be expanded to a whopping ISO 50-1,640,000, while the EOS 7D Mark II can only manage up to ISO 25,600 expanded.

They also have the same maximum continuous shooting speed at full resolution - an impressive 10 frames per second. What sets the D500 apart however is the RAW image buffer depth. The D500 is capable of 200 RAW shots, whereas the EOS 7D Mark II can only manage 31 RAW images. 

The D500 also trumps the EOS 7D Mark II on the autofocus front too. The 7D Mark II has 65 cross type AF points, which is pretty impressive. But the Nikon D500 has 153 AF points of which 99 are cross type. The D500 uses the same autofocus system as the D5, also announced at CES 2015.

D500 16 80E Back34rCanon EOS 7D MarkII (8)

The Nikon D500 features a 3.2inch tilting touch-screen with an impressively high resolution of 2,359K dots, compared to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's 3.2inch 1,036K dot screen. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II features built in GPS, whilst the Nikon D500 features low-power Bluetooth connectivity, to enable easy image transfer to a smartphone using Nikon's new SnapBridge software

The D500 has 4K video recording, and it's beaten Canon to be the first manufacturer to add this mode to a consumer DSLR. There is also a Full HD 1080p 60p video option. 

In terms of size and weight, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II weighs 910g compared to the 760g of the D500. The 7D II is slimmer than the D500 but the difference is only very slight. 

The number of shots the D500 is capable of before the battery dies is almost double that of the 7D Mark II, being 1240 shots compared to the  EOS 7D Mark II's 670.

The D500 is available to buy for £1729.99 body only from March 2016, whereas the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is available now for £1169, making it considerably cheaper. 

Find out more about the Nikon D500 in our Nikon D500 Hands-On from CES 2016. 

Comparison Table

Canon EOS 7D Mark IINikon D500
ManufacturerCanonNikon
Lens
Effective Magnification1.6x1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.2Mp (Megapixels)20.9Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)54725568
Pixels (H)36483712
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-CDX
Sensor Size (width)22.4mm23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15mm15.7mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3.2in
Screen resolution1040K dots2,359,000
Touch ScreenNoYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • M
ISO sensitivity100 - 5120050 - 1640000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps10fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 4K
Video FPS60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p30,25,24fps
Stereo SoundNoYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoYes
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 3USB 3
Wi-FiNoYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • CF
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • XQD
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • TIFF
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6NLithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)670shots1240shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
Dimensions
Weight910g760g
Width148.6mm147mm
Height112.4mm115mm
Depth78.2mm81mm
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Comments


CanonBenny 10 15 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2016 6:28PM
It says in the comparison table that the D500 has Image Stabilisation? IBIS? I dont think so

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mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2016 9:54AM

Quote:the Nikon D500 has 153 AF points of which 99 are cross type

Of which, if it is like the D5, only 55 are selectable. Canon has 65


"The D500 is capable of 200 RAW shots, "
In compressed RAW. 79 in uncompressed - still better than the 31 in the Canon but not as 'unlimited' as the press makes out. But more important is how quickly the buffer clears when moving from one subject to another.
richmowil Plus
10 369 2 England
14 Jan 2016 2:42PM
With the greatest of respect the marketing jargon is nonsense we need to see image quality comparisons with exif data, without this it is not possible to make a sensible judgement call!!
I am hoping but not holding my breath.

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