Nikon D500 vs. D7200 vs. D300s specifications comparison

Nikon D500Nikon D7200
Two different specs comparisons, first the D500 vs. the D7200 and then the D500 vs. D7200 vs. D300s (the Nikon D500 vs. Canon EOS 7D Mark II comparison can be found here):


Nikon D500 vs. D7200 specifications comparison

Nikon-D500-vs-D7200-camera-comparison

D500 D7200
Price $1,996.95 $1,096.95
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
GPS data display
Highlights
Image Rating
Image Rotation
Image Slideshow
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 12, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Location Display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Monitor Size 3.2in. diagonal 3.2in. diagonal
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-51,200
Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent) above ISO 51,200; auto ISO sensitivity control available
ISO100-25,600
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): Lossless compressed, compressed 12 or 14 bit
Battery / Batteries EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Optional MB-D17 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 Li-ion battery (available separately), one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery, or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries. A BL-5 battery-chamber cover is required when using EN-EL18a or EN-EL18 batteries.
EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
White Balance Auto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
Auto (2 types)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
Built-in Flash -- Yes
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 5.8in.(147mm)x4.6in.(115mm)x3.2in.(81mm) 5.4in.(135.5mm)x4.2in.(106.5mm)x3.0in.(76mm)
Monitor Resolution 2,359,000Dots 1,228,800Dots
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Battery Life (shots per charge) -- 1,110shots (CIPA)
Movies:Approx. 80 minutes of HD footage
Viewfinder Frame Coverage DX (24x16):100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical(Approx.)
1.3x (18x12):98% Horizontal and 98% Vertical(Approx.)
DX (24x16):100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical(Approx.)
1.3x (18x12):97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical(Approx.)
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV 3 shots in steps of 1
Storage Media SD
SDHC
SDXC
XQD Type Memory
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Effective Pixels (Megapixels) 20.9million 24.2million
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 25, 72 and 153 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Flash Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Card Slot Either card can be used for primary or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards. 2 Secure Digital (SD)
Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards.
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately) EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)
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Monitor Type TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Magnification 1.0x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1)(Approx.) 0.94x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1)(Approx.)
GPS GP-1A GPS unit (optional) GP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Approx. Weight 26.9oz.(760g)camera body only 23.9oz.(675g)camera body only
Sensor Size 23.5mmx15.7mm 23.5mmx15.6mm
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000sec. 1/8000sec.
Image Sensor Format DX DX
Slowest Shutter Speed 30sec. 30sec.
Viewfinder Eyepoint 16mm (-1.0 m¯¹) 19.5mm (-1.0m¯¹)
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to1/8000 Up to1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Auto
Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction
Fill-flash
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain with slow sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Off
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Scene Modes -- Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Special Effects Mode (Night Vision, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key)
Movie 4K/UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps
4K/UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps
4K/UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
High quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps (1.3x image area only)
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps (1.3x image area only)
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, and M, SCENE,and Night Portrait modes
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 10frames per second 6frames per second
Focus Modes Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 153 51
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SB-500 as a master flash or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 9 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Picture Control Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid

Nikon D500 vs. D7200 vs. D300s specifications comparison

D500-vs.-D7200-vs.-D300s-specifications-comparison
Nikon-D500-vs.-D7200-vs.-D300s-specifications-comparison
Comparison data source: Nikon USA

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  • Morris

    *love is in the air*

  • Ritvar Krum

    D7200 stacks pretty good vs D500 – noone expect real ISO preformace increase over 1/2 stop. and those boosted IZZOsss are total marketing fluff. I mean – check out existing D4s 400 000 boosted iso (look up “D4 vs D4s”) – complete garbage unsusable un bearable, but now a DX camera goes over 1 600 000 iso (facepalm)

    • 24MPistooMuchOnDX

      I think 1/2 stop is what we can reasonably expect due to the difference between 24MP and 21MP.

      • Beware. We said similar things about D800. Nikon has a history of giving us pleasant shocks.

        • Piooof

          Have you compared with DxOmark how DX sensors have progressed in time? Superimpose the performance of D90, D7000 and D7200 for example. The gain is real, but small. Nothing that compares to the DX-FX gap. Mostly, we gained a lower base sensitivity which is responsible for most of the visible difference. High ISO have not progressed much, only the in-camera JPEG engines that are useless to NEF shooters.
          Maybe Nikon has made a breakthrough in sensor design that trounces Sony, but I doubt it and expect progress to be marginal.

          • manhattanboy

            The ISO 50 is interesting. It could be beneficial if it is a real lowering of the ISO like in the 810. Most sports and nature folks though are not going to be shooting this at base ISO given the higher shutter speeds. What would be amazing is to see DR drops and noise increases be non-existent from ISO 100 to the low thousands.

          • Nikon stopped, or at best , neglected working on pro Dx till now. This is real no holds barred pro Dx which is shown as companion to D5. Atrue flagship Dx. This one needs to have bleeding edge tech also in sensor department in it. So it is actually possible that the claims made by nikon may be true. More interesting to see would be if DR is also comparable to 7200 for high iso. If not then it is just expeed 5 at work.

    • Morris

      you cannot talk (iso performance increase) before you saw the real pics
      , there is huge AF difference (AF used in D5), huge buffer and fps

      which allow a moment to be taken or not

      ofcourse, IF i had a D7200, freshly bought i would NEVER upgrade,
      but IF you are looking for a new DSLR, if you have a very old DSLR, if your FX doesnt provide what you are looking for, or if you have the cash for a D5/4s etc, there are a lot of reasons to get the D500, and no serious talk about ‘yes but iso not different, crop factor who cares, AF doesnt matter, fps dont matter, buffer dont matter, ok let’s go back to D3000 which has everything.

      • DB White

        The D7200 has amazing image quality, but was too frustrating to use for shooting fast-action sports, particularly if shooting 14-bit raw plus fine jpg in the 1.3X mode (approx. 5 fps).

        The D500 is a “home run” for HS sports shooters who can’t afford a D4s or D5.

        • preston

          More like a “slam dunk” for me 😉

          • waterengineer

            What lens do you shoot along the court, a 200mm f/2? Thanks.

            • preston

              135/2 dc. AF is slow so I pre-focus on areas. I just shoot for hobby so there is no pressure to always come away with dozens of perfect shots. If I was actually getting paid then I’d probably invest in something better suited to the task (and not from the stone ages!).

    • iamlucky13

      It’s true that the D4s at ISO 400,000 is laughable for most purposes. Example:
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonrumors/13074156113/in/album-72157642186313644/

      Yet, the images are at least recognizable, and get modestly better after applying noise reduction or when using sRAW.

      I’d call the ultra-high ISO’s 95% number chasing by the marketing department, and 5% hope that somebody, somewhere, occasionally finds themselves desperate to get even a hideously speckled image…maybe a photojournalist trying to document a night time police raid or something like that. 99.9% of their career they may be at ISO 25,600 or below, but once in a blue moon, that extra 4 stops puts a picture to a story that otherwise would be a blur.

      • Well said. My general rule of thumb is to always stay at or below the halfway point of the ISO range. With my D300, I never went above 1600, with the D700, I never went above 3200, and so on.

  • خالد بن ناصر الشبيلي

    first Post 🙂
    I just bought my D7200 & I’m very happy with it.

    Nikon
    Surprise me with Annunciation of the D500 but after thinking about it,
    the actual difference were the 10 fps while I’m already happy with 4 fps
    (considering the D7200 has 6 fps 🙂 ).

    IMO the Lenses is more important than the Body :).v

  • Khaled

    I just bought my D7200 & I’m very happy with it.

    Nikon Surprise me with Annunciation of the D500 but after thinking about it,
    the actual difference were the 10 fps while I’m already happy with 4 fps
    (considering the D7200 has 6 fps 🙂 ).

    IMO the Lenses is more important than the Body 🙂

    Hope the lenses got Cheaper though

    • Morris

      luckily (1) i never listen to 50% of the people who says, you are gonna wait forever – d500 was due long time it means it would be behind the corner – same story with the 300f4e, i didnt really wait forever :), (2) i have a FX but i was always hoping to have that 1.5x more ‘reach’ factor, when i shoted outdoor, who gets a 3-4-5-600mm, and sees as pure GOLD every 100mm MORE added, knows what im talking about, you too probably 🙂
      i’ve been shooting a lot at 420mm FX, soon or later i will move to 630mm DX with terrific Af speed and points, better ISO performance than ever on DX before and other things

      about you khaled, enjoy what you have 🙂 cheers

      • Khaled

        Good Luck to you .

    • Sounds like buyer’s remorse veiled in positive reinforcement. =)

  • Riley Escobar

    Small error, but the comparison sheet says the D7200 can do 1-9fps in CL.

  • Native iso difference between 500 and 7200 is just 1 stop and that of boosted is 4 stops? Can anybody explain?

    • Eric Duminil

      Not yet. We’ll soon see if it’s marketing BS or a real technological improvement.

    • manhattanboy

      whats more interesting is whether this is a Nikon designed sensor or not. There is nothing off the shelf from Sony/Toshiba/Samsung that fits the 20.9 MP DX chip (actually only Canon has something that is close). The colors and behavior of the Nikon D4/Df chips are slightly different compared to the Sony/Toshiba so its possible that the 1 stop may be real. Regardless, personally I would have liked to have seen BSI implementation.

      • EnPassant

        The D500 sensor is designed by Nikon and essentially a scaled down D5 sensor explaining both being 21MP.

      • KnightPhoto

        I have same questions as you guys. Hey just asking though, wasn’t there a Sony sensor ~20mp announced sometime in the last 18 months? Not sure if it was 20.9 mp though.

        I certainly love those Nikon sensors, had a couple of them now and they are pure joy to work with.

  • vousplaisentezouquoi

    Not needing for 4k video I don’t see any good reason to spend $900 more for the D500. Personally I would stick with the D7200

    • T.I.M

      nonmoijeneplaisantejamais

    • RMJ

      Buffer and AF are alone worth the extra money.

    • VikingAesir

      You’re clearly not the target market then. You’ve probably spent the last 3 years saying the D7xxx is the upgrade to the D300.

  • jec6613

    Does anybody know what the, “Smooth Exposure,” function is?

  • nwcs

    I wish they made viewfinder eyepoints more usable for those of us who must wear glasses.

    • Agreed. I find the eyepoint on my D7000 to be barely adequate, I think it’s the same as that on a D7200. The figure listed for the D500 is a full 3.5mm shorter. I hate to say it, but that may be a dealbreaker for this camera. I’ll definitely not be buying one of these prior to an actual hands-on (and eye-on) test run.

      • nwcs

        Yeah. You’d think with an aging population (the one generally buying DSLRS) they would look for ways to accommodate the spectacled masses.

    • Thiom

      The best viewfinder I ever had was the F3HP’s, an absolute dream with glasses on; never reached by any other of my cameras again. The D810 however isn’t too bad, the Df unfortunately borders “just acceptable”.

      As high magnification viewfinders tend to have a shorter eye relief distance and magnification sells better than eyepoint the outcome is pretty clear. But they all do it: my Sony A7R has a somewhat sufficient eyepoint distance somewhere between the 810 and the Df. For bragging rights and selling points Sony decided to boost the magnification in the A7R II and cut the eyepoint distance for a full 5 millimeters to achieve that. Won’t buy an A7R II anyway but that new VF alone would probably be a dealbreaker for me.

      Could well understand if the short eye relief of the D500 could be the same for potential buyers having to wear glasses. As the numerics alone are sometimes misleading, especially among different manufacturers, an eye-on try is pretty much compulsory before buy.

      • nwcs

        Yeah. Both the D700 and D800 were just too short for me. I could never see the full viewfinder. I always saw clipped corners. The D750, though, has been pretty good in this regard. I can almost see the whole rectangle with no clipping. When I saw the D500 eye relief it makes me hesitate a bit. I may rent one before buying.

    • Pat Mann

      My recent glasses have been smaller lenses that sit closer to my eyes, and I haven’t had problems with D810 even with the eyepiece magnifier. Anybody still using aviator lenses should give these small horizontal format ones a try.

      • nwcs

        I use the highest index glasses so they are as thin and flat as possible with current technology. The coverage area is smaller as well but it is still not enough. People with near sightedness and astigmatism don’t have many options you know…

  • I have Nikon Df and was about to buy Nikon 1 V2 then D7200.Glad I did not buy any one of them.

    D500 is next on my shopping list (after a heist on the bank van).

    I attended a Nikon workshop in September and there was a talk about a game-changer camera coming but not for portrait or Landscape photography.

    It seems Nikon for distraction, selectively leaked to them – the KeyMission360 !!

  • Piooof

    Funny that size and weight do not appear in the comparison, and that the images on top have been scaled to make the D7200 and D500 appear about the same size. But the D500 is clearly beefier: D7200 is 11.5 mm narrower, 8.5 mm shorter and 5 mm thinner than the Nikon D500 (overall 20% smaller in volume), and weights 100 g (11%) less.

    Actually, the D500 is even slightly larger and heavier than the D610! The real gain in size and weight over FX will appear with tele lenses, but not in other use scenarios.

  • Interesting how so few are talking about the tilt screen. It’s a huge help for a lot of photography…at least for what I do. One day I’ll be shooting a newly-decorated house for a builder and will use the tilt screen to take advantage of a low camera angle while on tripod. Later in the week I’d use it to shoot an event with the camera over my head to get interesting images of the crowd. The other neglected topic is the control layout. The D300s is WAY easier to operate than the D7200. And the D500 looks to be more or less the same as the D300 with the exception of a couple knobs that have changed for all the professional cameras. Even though Nikon is placing the D500 within their “enthusiast” line of cameras, it has a distinctly professional layout and ergonomics.

    • RMJ

      It’s nothing new. D750 already has tilt screen.

      • The topic that’s being commented on is a comparison of the D500 to the D300s and D7200. So it’s “new” to that part of the Nikon line.

        • RMJ

          Yet, it’s nothing new.

          The fact that the tilt screen is a cool and useful feature is already established.

          • Light meters aren’t new either.

            • RMJ

              Actually it’s new, the same D5 uses.

            • All cameras have light meters…since the ’60s. Nothing new.

          • CSIROC

            Right…its not new. Neither is anything on these cameras, so lets just not discuss them at all.

            • RMJ

              Actually, there is of plenty things new in this camera. But the tilting screen is not one of them. Okey, surely compared to 300s, but that was 8 years ago.

              And btw, I do love tilting screen. I bought D5000 just for that.

            • CSIROC

              No there isn’t. It has a shutter, LCD, autofocus system, metering system, etc, etc. All been done before. More autofocus points? Already established as better…nothing to see here. More metering points? Already established as better…move on. 12 fps? Done before. 4K video? Sooooo 2003…

              If the tilting LCD on a camera of this caliber isn’t new, then nothing is.

    • EnPassant

      The D5X00 series of cameras already have fully articulating screens which is even better. And they are so cheap that anybody who need a tilting or articulating screen can buy one just for that feature.
      D500 is built for fast action and overkill for slow tripod work with 3MP less. Although it is understandable some may prefer a camera with better controls.
      The tilting screen on D750 was a much bigger deal as it was the first on a Nikon FX camera.

      • It certainly makes the camera more versatile, though. It’s appropriate to talk about the “intended purpose” of any piece of gear. But I’m a professional photographer in a small market. I have to shoot a little bit of everything in order for my business to remain profitable (especially since I’ve elected to stay strictly commercial; no weddings, seniors, kids, families, etc). So, I can’t afford to have four or five cameras sitting around, each with it’s “intended purpose”. I’ve got to have a camera that can do a lot of things. If occasionally I get work that demands something that my gear doesn’t do, I rent what I need. But from everything I see, this D500 is a great choice for someone doing what I do.

        • EnPassant

          I do of course not know about your business, needs and budget frames. However, as the D500 is such new and didn’t even exist on the market a few days ago I would rather question the need of that camera if my budget was tight.

          For the same money one could buy a D7200 and a D5500 and still have money left. With a tight budget, shopping around, using refurb deals it is even possible to buy a D7100 and a D5200 or D5300 for less than $1000, half the cost of a D500.

          I certainly would choose the latter alternativ as it is cheaper and, even if I not use one camera that much it is always good having a back-up. But then of course I’m not shooting any sport or action that need 10fps or 1 stop extra ISO.

          While many dismiss consumer cameras their image quality today certainly is professional.

          For exemple. Although very different from your work, the artist Sandro Giordano often use a D5500 with the 18-105 kit-lens because he usually take a lot of photos from different angles, sometimes even hanging above the scene in a harness where a bigger camera would be much more clumsy in use:

          https://www.instagram.com/__remmidemmi/

          I also remember reading about that pro pet photographer complaining about pain in the forearm from holding a big pro camera in strange positions. A lighter camera with an articulating screen would be a much better tool.

          But it is of course your choice. And if you feel a D500 gives you more pleasure to work with so be it.

          • Exactly…as it is for everyone. I’m moving out of the D300s, so the D500 will be a huge upgrade in high ISO shooting. My camera produces crap above ISO 1250. And the viewfinder is intriguing (higher magnification) as is the spread of the focus points. Also, I have trouble focusing in low light and that should improve with the D500. I do time sensitive work for some local publications and the built-in WiFi will be great to have and save me a lot of time. The tilt screen will be great for the architectural and real estate work I do as I’m getting old and not as flexible as I used to be. So, as much as I agree about the other options being less expensive, $2,000 isn’t too bad. What I meant above is that I can’t justify having a Df for stealthy “available dark” work, and a D810 for architecture and a D4 for the occasional sports job and…well, you get the idea. If I can get it all done for $2K I’m good with that. I’ve been using my D300s for three years and I bought it for $750 on eBay with 17,000 shutter count. I’m due for a new piece of gear.

            • nhz

              Agree with you about the value of the tilt screen (and high quality viewfinder). I’m not a ‘pro’ photographer and currently work with Canon, but if you want a camera with fast and accurate AF (for me that includes micro focus adjust option, auto adjust even better if it works), top quality sensor, good ergonomics AND a tilt screen there is very little choice – both from Nikon and Canon.

              The D500 is one of the very few cameras that has it all, although for me most of the upgrades in the D500 compared to D7200 are more ‘nice’ than ‘need’. Before the D500 was announced I considered the D750, despite its lack of reach with tele lenses compared to DX.

              Buying another (cheaper) body for when you need a tilt screen would not work for me, but maybe it would for others (if you only need the tilt screen for very specific jobs, where you don’t need the other features of a pro DX camera?). On Canon forums I often see the suggestion to use a smartphone/tablet instead, which might work if you only work on tripod but isn’t an option for me either (tilt screen mostly for macro shots and creative perspective).

            • Yes, you could go to an inexpensive DX camera to get that tilt screen, but as you say, it might not work for you. It might be OK for those event shoots, but shooting an architecture job with a D5500 is a non-starter. The images might look pretty good, but I’d be worried the client would look at the exif data and see D5500 and then be convinced they didn’t get what they paid for. Seriously, I have a couple clients like that.

  • T.I.M

    The D500 does not have flash ? Really ?
    All the people I know with DX camera never use external flash.
    A SB910 is big, heavy, not in the concept of convenient small DX cameras.

    • harvey

      use a smaller flash than a 910 then. I will take the 100% viewfinder.

    • Mike M

      SB-300 or 400 flashes are the way to go for that. On camera flash is mostly good for bailing you out when shooting snapshots, it’s not particularly useful for “serious” photography.

      • T.I.M

        My point is that most people using DX DSLR don’t want to carry an external flash.
        I have a feeling that the D500 will be very cheap, very soon….

        • Mike M

          I don’t know many people doing flash work with a camera so blatantly designed for sports work. And if they’re buying a camera this “serious” for that kind of work, they’re probably using real flashes anyways.

        • Justtakethepicture

          How exactly do you know ‘most people’ using DX don’t want to carry an external flash? As for the D500 being ‘very cheap, very soon’… because it lacks a built-in flash? Just smh.

          • T.I.M

            Well, it’s simple, I travel a lot and when I see someone using a DSLR, most often DX, they don’t use external flash.
            They always look at me with my D800+SB900 as if I was from an other planet.
            The D500 will be a commercial failure, it does not replace the D400 and people will keep buying the D7200.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I don’t see the D500 as being the best among DX cameras so much as the DX version of FF cameras. Different customers for the most part.

            • T.I.M

              I guess it will be the DX version of the Nikon Df. (an other commercial failure)

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I don’t think the Df was a failure. It targeted a particular demographic and they bought it. Same with the D500. I have no interest in APS-C cameras but I may buy one; cheaper than a longer lens and better IQ than a TC.

            • Scott M.

              For me, a perfect sports compliment to my “old” D800. I plan to get the D810 upgrade when it comes out too. Now the old D300 can retire.

            • Justtakethepicture

              What are you talking about? “it does not replace the D400” – what D400?

              This camera is not targeted at travel photographers. It’s also not designed to replace the D7200. If the combined D5/D500 launch didn’t give you a clue as to their target market, nothing will.

            • CSIROC

              Yes, because tourists with entry-level consumer cameras are the target market for a professional-level camera…

              I love how suddenly the D7200 is good enough now that there is a pro-DX camera with good build quality, pro controls, LARGE BUFFER, excellent autofocus, high FPS, etc…

            • T.I.M

              And made in Thailand…

            • CSIROC

              And?

            • T.I.M

              Thailand is a good maker for Miss Universe, not so good for DSLR.

            • T.I.M

              In other words, cars made in Germany are better build than cars made in Turkey (and I know what I’m talking about, just bought a brand new Doge Ram (made in Turkey by Fiat) and it’s already falling in parts.
              Cameras made in Japan are better build than the ones made in China/Thailand.

            • Maybe you need to stick with Leica. Since Leica cameras are made in Germany, clearly they must the best.

            • CSIROC

              According to whom? D810 has had fewer issues than the D800 did…D810 is made in Taiwan, D800 made in Japan…

            • TIM is missing a few screws, just ignore his ramblings.

            • Michiel953

              T.I.M. (who inquired after our whereabouts, but never disclosed his; I’m reasonably sure it’s Outer Mongolia, would explain a lot…) is a likeable troll. It’s all part of his court ordered therapy.

            • Michiel953

              What sort of nonsense is that? Ask any professional D810 user (which you obviously are not).

            • CERO

              tim, are you really making excuses just for the lack of excuses?
              Almost feels like you NEED to hate the D500.

            • kotozafy

              Make it in US or Japan or in any supposedly “better” country and the only difference that will make you happy will be +50% in price.

            • DB White

              Commercial failure??? No Way!

              How does the D500 not replace a D400? I’ve been waiting many years for a “D400”. The D500 gives me even more than I expected.

            • I do not agree with your assessment. I’m not a DX user and it is very doubtful that I will buy the D500, but it is easy to see it as a fantastic camera that fits the needs of the people it was built for perfectly. For these people (sports & wildlife shooters who want the extra reach of DX), the lack of an internal flash is actually a benefit. It allows for the 100% viewfinder and also lower cost and better water resistance.

            • T.I.M

              I have no doubt that anyone can take great pictures with the D500
              What I do no like is that the D500 is introduce as a pro camera (D300s successor) but it is a consumer camera.

            • As I said elsewhere, if it is in the hands of a professional, then it is a pro camera.

              Seriousely, when I think of a pro camera, I think of extremely rugged design, weather sealed, button control, dual card slots (preferable both with the same media), fast FPS/large buffer and unquestionably reliable. Given the spec for the D500, it looks like it hits my definition. We won’t really know how well until it comes out.

              I know you have issues with it including a flip screen and being composed partly of a compost material. The flip screen violates the ruggedness a little, but if it increases productivity of the user more than it compromises the ruggedness then it is a win and it is something we will probably see in the D6. It was not long ago when all bicycles and race cars were made from steel, but today all the pro bicycles and race cars are mostly composite, including the brakes.

              In your view nothing can be evolved on or added to a pro camera because your definition of a pro camera is so narrow. Please give people some credit to evaluate the D500 based on what it is in relation to their standard of professional.

            • T.I.M

              Very well said, now, until March, there will be plenty reviews to give D500 potential buyers enough elements to decide if the camera meet their expectations.

            • captaindash

              You were probably one of those people (read: complete f’ing idiots) who insisted the D600 wasn’t a pro camera even though DXO listed it as having the second best IQ of any DSLR ever created at the time. It’s a camera, so IQ is right at the top of the list and it knocked the #1 priority right out of the park.
              High ISO IQ isn’t the only thing that matters, of course, and the D500 checks off absolutely every other box of what you could want, and it’s sensor is well good enough for professional photography.

              I know you’re just trolling, but it’s the middle of the night and I’m tired so I’m engaging you anyway.

            • VikingAesir

              T.I.M you’re doing a great job of proving you have no idea what you’re talking about. Of course people will continue to buy the cheap D7200, more serious photographers will absolutely buy the D500 instead. There are hundreds of thousands of D300/300s shooters who didn’t buy a D7xxx who will buy a D500.

            • T.I.M

              I totally agree with you, and if Nikon did not make the D700 I would have buy the D300 because it’s a great camera.
              I also never use the D800’s flash.
              let’s wait and see what the reviews will say about the D500 built quality.

        • The D500 is a cropped frame sports body to be used with sports glass. The D7200 has more resolution, maybe higher DR, and a pop up flash so it should be the better choice for non-sports users.

        • DB White

          “I have a feeling that the D500 will be very cheap, very soon….”

          I doubt that very much. The D500 leans more towards the Pro end of the spectrum; the D7200 will be fine for most users. Sports and wildlife shooters hit the jackpot with the D500. Overall, the D7200 is a great camera, just not a great fast-action sports camera.

          I usually carry an SB 600 or smaller flash to use for fill flash as needed: not a problem.

          • Scott M.

            I predict that it will be very difficult to actually buy a D500 for many months because the reviews will be spectacular.

      • captaindash

        Off camera flash optical trigger. It means I’ll absolutely have to have a working transmitter with me at all times. It’s one more potential fail point. Having the built in flash as a potential backup trigger is very useful. I’m super disappointed it’s missing.

    • Chris_Gullett

      I was disappointed when I saw there was no flash. I use the internal flash on the 7200 all the time in commander mode and for fill flash when i am traveling light, hiking, canoe, etc. I think it is a very valuable feature.

      • captaindash

        My use is as an optical slave trigger. Very useful.

      • Rob

        Agree completely. Probably a deal breaker for me. Otherwise I love this camera.

    • MonkeySpanner

      Yeah, this is the one thing I think they effed up on. Everything else is spectacular.

    • VikingAesir

      So? The D500 isn’t a soccer mom camera. On camera flash would be nice but not even remotely close to a deal breaker. I’ve used it less than 0.01% of the time on my D300s.

      • Rob

        It’s not a soccer mom camera but even “serious” photographers sometimes want a little pop of fill flash for an informal portrait of their kid outside on a sunny day. Being able to do that without having to drag out an external flash is a convenience that I would greatly miss.

    • Deez_Nuts2015

      You don’t know that many people, sport.

    • Rob

      I really wish it had a flash. Although it’s considered an “amateur” feature, it’s a very useful one. Other than that I love this camera.

  • John Albino

    Here’s something left out of he comparison… Factored for inflation, the D500 is LESS expensive than the D300 at introduction. I paid US$ 1796.95 for my D300 on the day it was first available. The standard CPI inflation calculator says that is equivalent to US$ 2057 now. At $1996.95 the D500 is a few bucks less expensive than the D300 was… 🙂

    • captaindash

      And it’s about 2 generations of improvement. I’d say they’re right on track with a realistic equivalent. (’bout damn time tho)

  • vostok21

    Done with Photoshop Elements.
    The AF area is impressively extended, especially horizontally.

    • T.I.M

      Cool, so now you can play chess with your favorite Nikon !

  • Pippo

    He, he! Nice. Good replace for my D200. DX is very good for tennis, basket, action sports. 100-300 mm is a sweet range from my 70-200. For my D600 mid zoom is short, Nikon dont have 100-300. I dont earn money with photo and big beasts not for me. I’ll be change 4k video vs internal flash. My SB800 is so big. For DIY workshops internal flash is fast and accurate.
    If he has atleast D600 ISO capabilities, I grab it imm. Yes, 16/18 fast prime next, please.

    • captaindash

      It won’t have D600 low light capabilities. The FX sensor is much larger and the D600 is only 3 MP more and in real world use isn’t far off from a D4s. I hope Nikon figured out some new leap in ISO tech, but I doubt it. By the time you hit ISO 3200, there’ll probably be a difference. I hope I’m wrong though because I’m buying a D500.

      • Pippo

        Clean 1600 is minimum today. The sensor is brand new, engine too. I promise, … for a legendary D5/500 combo.

        • captaindash

          It damn well better be since you promised and all.

    • Michiel953

      D200! That was my first (Nikon of course) DSLR, discounted, back in 2008… I really liked that camera, although my knowledge of digital photography was sketchy at best back then. Can’t even remember what (zoom…) lens I had for it…

      And two years later? 700, then 800, 800E, now the 810… (should hang on to that one).

      But I did like the 200 a lot, very sturdy and comfortable to handle!

  • Dino Brusco

    Peter, you’re the *second* person posting D500 has NO OLPF ( this helps with residual sharpness in images) but I can’t find any reference of it on any official document online. Might you tell us where did you find this info ?

    • the info I posted is coming directly from Nikon

  • Wesley

    Is SD card compatible into the XDQ slot?
    Why make the slots different again like D4s?
    *annoyed*

    • CERO

      probably the need for very high writing speeds for both the 4k and 10 fps?

  • Photobug

    Great posting Peter of the comparisons. Well done.

  • Michiel953

    I’m actually hoping the info in this post is not a rumor…

  • Oliver Kykal

    There’s another mistake in comparison. D7200 is able to use bracketing with 2 to 5 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV and not “3 shots in steps of 1”

  • Chip

    What about those illuminated buttons on the 500? Awesome or what?

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