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Nikon D500 vs D7200 by photographylife.com

Before the D500 announcement, Nikon’s best DX camera for sports and wildlife photography has been the D7200. While the D7200 is a superb camera on its own, one might be wondering how and where exactly it differs when compared directly to the new Nikon D500. The quick answer to that question is enthusiast-level DSLR vs professional-level DSLR, but there is obviously a bit more than that to talk about. Let’s take a look at both cameras and see how they differ when it comes to ergonomics and specifications.

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First, let’s take a quick look at the differences in camera specifications:

Nikon D500 vs Nikon D7200 Specification Comparison

 

Camera Feature Nikon D500 Nikon D7200
Sensor Resolution 20.9 Million 24.2 Million
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 23.5×15.7mm 23.5×15.6mm
Sensor Pixel Size 4.22µ 3.92µ
Low Pass Filter No No
Sensor Dust Reduction Yes Yes
Image Size 5,568 x 3,712 6,000 x 4,000
Image Processor EXPEED 5 EXPEED 4
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.0x 0.91x
Built-in Flash No Yes, with flash commander mode
Storage Media 1x XQD, 1x SD 2x SD
Continuous Shooting Speed 10 FPS 6 FPS, 7 FPS in 1.3x Crop Mode
Buffer Size (RAW, Lossless 14-bit) 200 18
Continuous Shooting 20 seconds 3 seconds
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 200,000 cycles 150,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor 180,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III 2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-51,200 ISO 100-25,600
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 102,400-1,640,000 ISO 51,200-102,400 (B&W only)
Autofocus System 153-point, 99 cross-type AF system 51-point, 15 cross-type AF system
AF Detection Up to f/8 Up to f/8
AF Detection Range -4 to +20 EV -3 to +19 EV
Auto AF Fine-Tune Yes No
Flicker Detection Yes No
Video Output MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264 MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution 3,840×2,160 (4K) up to 30p 1920×1080 (1080p) up to 60p
LCD Size 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 2,359,000 dots 1,228,800 dots
Illuminated Buttons Yes No
Articulating LCD Yes No
Touchscreen LCD Yes No
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in Bluetooth Yes No
Built-in Wi-Fi / NFC Built-in, with NFC Built-in, with NFC
Battery EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life 1,240 shots (CIPA) 1,110 shots (CIPA)
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version 3.0 2.0
Weight (Body Only) 760g 675g
Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81mm 135.5 × 106.5 × 76mm
MSRP Price $1,999 (as introduced) $1,199 (as introduced)

First, there is obviously a difference in resolution – the Nikon D7200 has a 24.2 MP sensor, whereas the D500 has a 20.9 MP sensor. In resolution alone, the D7200 looks better. However, taking into account all the new sensor advancements we should be seeing on the newest generation 20.9 MP sensor, the D500 should produce visibly cleaner images at high ISOs when compared to the D7200. So when looking at images from the two cameras, the output from the D500 should be superior (we will post high ISO image comparisons when we get our hands on a D500). Nikon pushed base ISO by a full stop from 100-25,600 to 100-51,200, so I really hope that we will see a full stop or more of difference between these cameras. Boosted ISO on the D500 has been pushed to an insanely high level – ISO 1,640,000 to be exact. But that’s most likely a marketing gimmick: I don’t expect images to hold up anywhere close to those numbers in real life. Anything above ISO 12,800 is probably going to look like junk…

The first big difference comes in viewfinder magnification. The Nikon D500 has a very impressive 1.0x viewfinder magnification, while the D7200 is limited to 0.91x. This basically means that objects will appear visibly smaller when looking through the D7200 viewfinder and comparing it to the D500, making it easier to spot focus issues on the D500.

The two cameras also differ drastically when it comes to shooting speed. The Nikon D500 can shoot 10 fps continuously, while the D7200 can shoot up to 6 fps in full resolution. That’s a pretty big difference right there and it does not stop there – take a look at how huge the buffer size on the D500 is in comparison! Being able to squeeze 200 RAW images means that you can shoot for 20 seconds straight at 10 fps without slowing down on the D500, while the D7200 will basically bog down after only 3 seconds – and that’s shooting at much slower 6 fps.

Autofocus systems on both cameras are drastically different as well. The Nikon D500 comes with the all-new 153-point AF system (99 of which are cross-type), whereas the D7200 utilizes the older AF system with 51 focus points (15 of which are cross-type). With the brand new 180K pixel RGB sensor and a faster EXPEED 5 processor, we can expect the D500 to surpass the D7200 in terms of subject tracking and face recognition capabilities as well. With a -4 EV detection range, the D500 will be able to focus better and more precise when shooting in low-light conditions (the D7200 is limited to -3 EV). Lastly, the focus point coverage on the D500 is also superior in comparison, allowing one to use focus points close to the edge of the frame.

When it comes to storage media, the D500 comes with one XQD and one SD memory card slots. XQD is far better than SD not only in read/write speeds, but also in reliability, so it is a huge plus for the D500 and something the D7200 cannot really compete with. The D500 also has better connectivity options, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth chip.

It is also important to point out the LCD screen differences between these two cameras. Whereas the D500 comes with an articulating LCD touchscreen that has over 2 million dots, the D7200 has a standard 3.2″ LCD screen that not only has half the resolution, but also is not articulated or touch-enabled.

In terms of video shooting capabilities, the Nikon D500 can shoot up to 4K video, whereas the D7200 is limited to 1080p HD recording.

The three big advantages in favor of the D7200 are weight, size and price. The D7200 is noticeably smaller, 85 grams lighter and is significantly cheaper in comparison, even when comparing its launch MSRP price.

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