As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Nikon D500 is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Nikon D500's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D750 and the D7200) and Canon (such as the EOS 80D and the EOS-1D X Mark II)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D500 compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (2,359k dots vs 921k dots), much higher maximum light sensitivity (1,640,000 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 6.5 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.65x vs 0.72x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (20.7 MP vs 24.2 MP), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year older
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the D500)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the D750 and D500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 1230 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
1 year older
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 153
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D810 and D500

  • Great battery life: 1200 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
2 years older
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the D500)

  • Higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the D610 and D500

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Inexpensive: $789.99 vs $1,399.00

Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s
1 year older
$4,600 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D4s (vs the D500)

  • Much longer battery life: 3020 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D4s (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the D4s and D500

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps
  • Great battery life: 3020 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
similar age
$4,518 - $5,499 (body only)
$5,403 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the D500)

  • Shoots much faster: 16 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.65x

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the EOS-1D X Mark II and D500

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 16 fps vs 10 fps
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Great battery life: 1210 shots vs 1240 shots

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
4 years older
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the D500)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 153

common strengths of the SLT A77 and D500

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in GPS

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D500 compared to boutique competitors include: it much higher maximum light sensitivity (1,640,000 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3 fps), has a much longer battery life (1240 shots vs 330 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it is slightly larger (large (147×115×81 mm) vs prosumer size (134×101×68 mm)), takes significantly lower resolution photos (20.7 MP vs 45.4 MP), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.65x vs 0.94x), is older (january 2016 vs september 2018) and is thicker (3.2" vs 2.6").

Nikon Z6

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2 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the D500)

  • Smaller: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z6 and D500

  • High resolution screens: 2,100k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon Z7

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2 years newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 45.4 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z7 and D500

  • High resolution screens: 2,100k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm GFX 50R

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2 years newer
$4,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50R (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 51.1 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.94x vs 0.65x

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50R (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the GFX 50R and D500

  • Very high resolution screens: 2,360k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 1240 shots

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D500 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a much higher resolution screen (2,359k dots vs 1,040k dots), significantly larger viewfinder (0.65x vs 0.54x), much higher maximum light sensitivity (1,640,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (20.7 MP vs 24.1 MP), is much larger (large (147×115×81 mm) vs professional size (131×100×77 mm)), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2), is much more expensive ($1,399.00 vs $708.89) and is thicker (3.2" vs 2.8").

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
10 months older
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the D7200 and D500

  • Very high resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.65x

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
10 months newer
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.8" vs 3.2"

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 153
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5600 and D500

  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Have touch screens

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
2 years older
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the D7100 and D500

  • Very high resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.65x

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
similar age
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 45 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the EOS 80D and D500

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.65x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years older
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 153
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and D500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II
8 months older
$1,786 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 II (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Much smaller: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 II (vs the D500)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Many fewer focus points: 27 vs 153
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO

common strengths of the K-3 II and D500

  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.65x

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a much higher resolution screen (2,359k dots vs 1,040k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), much higher maximum light sensitivity (1,640,000 ISO vs 51,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (20.7 MP vs 42.2 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 60 fps), has slightly fewer focus points (153 vs 325), is significantly larger (large (147×115×81 mm) vs standard size (127×94×48 mm)) and is thicker (3.2" vs 2.4").

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
8 months newer
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the D500)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (134×91×67 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 574 g vs 860 g

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and D500

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 230 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
6 months older
$1,595 - $1,798 (body only)
$2,600 - $2,696 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7R II (vs the D500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 20.7 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.78x vs 0.65x
  • Significantly more focus points: 399 vs 153

Significant disadvantages of the 7R II (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the 7R II and D500

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Weather sealed

Fujifilm X-H1

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2 years newer
$1,299 (body only)
$2,100 - $2,198 16-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-H1 (vs the D500)

  • Lighter: 673 g vs 860 g

Significant disadvantages of the X-H1 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the X-H1 and D500

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year older
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the D500)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Much lighter: 285 g vs 860 g
  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 3.2"

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the A6000 and D500

  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a6400

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3 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the D500)

  • Significantly more focus points: 425 vs 153
  • Much smaller: Standard size (120×67×60 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Much lighter: 403 g vs 860 g

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the a6400 and D500

  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 102,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7

Sony A7
2 years older
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the D500)

  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Much lighter: 417 g vs 860 g
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 3.2"

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the A7 and D500

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 2,359k dots
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon D500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a much higher resolution screen (2,359k dots vs 921k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (20.7 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (1,640,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash and is much more expensive ($1,399.00 vs $299.00).

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
10 months older
$458 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the D500)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots

common strengths of the P900 and D500

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Built-in GPS
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
3 years older
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the D500)

  • Built-in flash
  • Lighter: 555 g vs 860 g

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the D500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 1240 shots
  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 2,359k dots

common strengths of the P510 and D500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Large (147×115×81 mm)
  • Built-in GPS
  • Thin: 4" vs 3.2"