Nikon D500 vs Canon 7D Mark II


Take a look at the specification comparison review of the recently announced Nikon D500 and 7D Mark

Features/ Models Nikon D500
Canon 7D Mark II
Megapixel 22 megapixels 21 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (22.4 x 15 mm)
Sensor Type Contrast Detect Contrast + Phase Detect
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor Expeed 5 Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
AF system Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System, 99 cross type
65-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
ISO 50-1640000 100-51200
Shutter Min/ mix 30-1/8000 30-1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 10 fps 10 fps
Video 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps Full HD 1080p/60 Video
Display 3.2″ 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless Built-In
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life 1240 670
Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm 149 x 112 x 78 mm
Weight 860 g 960g


Sensors:- Nikon D500 has large 22MP APS-C contrast detect CMOS sensor while Canon 7D Mark II has a little bit smaller APS-C-sized 21MP CMOS sensor.

Nikon D500 has an upgraded and advanced EXPEED 5 Image Processor combines 22MP APS-C contrast detect CMOS sensor to give magnificent result with high resolution images with better color contrast in different situations along with magnificent image quality, low –light sensitivity , while Canon 7D Mark II has  the Dual DIGIC 6 image processor  which combines with 21MP CMOS sensor to produce the similar result with difference in quality of images it produces due to the old technology compare to Nikon D500.

Nikon D500 has far better ISO of 50-1640000 comparative to 100-51200 of Canon 7D Mark II.

Nikon D500 captures 22MP images @10fps while Canon 7D Mark II captures 21MP images @10fps.

So the overall performance of Nikon D500 is superior in case of  the image quality as well as processing speed of the camera due to the presence of advanced technology in its sensor part particularly in image processor compare to Canon 7D Mark II.

AF System:- Nikon D500 features 153-Point Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System including 99 cross-type sensors for better result in recognition of the subjects which has to be captured and the other 55 points used for better composition , while Canon 7D Mark II has 65-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF.

Hence there is no doubt that the more advance AF points of Nikon D500 helps it to grab the large AF area with sharp and quick identification of the real subject, whether the subject is moving rapidly or in still position, but Canon 7D Mark II is far behind of such effective feature and performance due to low AF points compare to Nikon D500.

ISO:- The Nikon D500 has ISO range of 50-1640000 while Canon 7D Mark II has ISO 100-51200.

Hence the Nikon D500 has 5 stop increases in ISO compare to Canon 7D Mark II, which is magnificent difference in ISO.

Such huge difference in ISO will definitely plays an important role and proves that even with higher ISO, there is no production of noise in the images produced by Nikon D500 , hence the noise production is controlled by the advanced and upgraded technology used in its sensor and image processor of it.

So the higher ISO of Nikon D500 makes the users to capture the magnificent images even in dim light situations with increased dynamic range without any noise production. It also maintains consistent brightness for the users capturing the images in changing light conditions compare to Canon 7D Mark II.

Video:- The D500 supports 4K UHD video recording at 30, 25, and 24 fps frame rates and Full HD/HD recording at up to 60 fps, while Canon 7D Mark II offers full HD 1080p video recording in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps.

Hence undoubtedly, the experts and the professional photographers will choose D500 to enjoy the higher resolutions videos compare to Canon 7D Mark I

Display: – Nikon D500 comes with a touchscreen display that offers the users a better opportunities with touch and shoot facility as well as easy navigation compare to Canon 7D Mark II.

Verdict: Nikon D500 is more advance compared to Canon 7D Mark II, the camera have more advance AF module, broad ISO range and a option to record 4K videos upto 29 Mins.

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