Nikon DX Camera Comparison – Nikon D500 vs D7200 vs D300s

Nikon D500 vs D7200 vs D300s Front

Nikon D500 vs D7200 vs D300s back

Release Date

Nikon D300s : 30 July 2009
Nikon D7200 : 2 March, 2015
Nikon D500 :  6 January 2016

Nikon D500

Nikon D7200

Nikon D300s

Sensor & Resolution

Sensor Size23.5mm x 15.7mm (DX)23.5mm x 15.6mm (DX)23.6mm x 15.8mm (DX)
Resolution20.9MP DX-format
CMOS sensor without OLPF
24.2MP DX-format
CMOS sensor without OLPF
12.3MP DX-format
CMOS sensor

Image Quality

Image ProcessorEXPEED 5EXPEED 4EXPEED
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 – 51,200
(expandable to ISO 50 – 1,640,000 equivalent)
ISO 100 – 25,600
(expandable to Hi-2BW ISO 102,400 equivalent)
ISO 200 – 3,200
(expandable to ISO 100 – 6,400 equivalent)
File Format12- or 14-bit NEF (Large RAW),
12-bit lossless compressed for Medium/Small RAW, TIFF, JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG (L/M/S)
12- or 14-bit NEF (RAW) File support
JPEG- fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1: 8), basic (approx. 1:16), TIFF (RGB)
12-bit and 14-bit NEF (RAW) File support
JPEG, TIFF (RGB)

Advanced Scene Recognition System

3D Color Matrix Metering180k-pixel RGB Sensor2,016-pixel RGB Sensor1,005-pixel RGB Sensor
Advanced Scene RecognitionYesNoNo
White Balance: Keep WhiteYes

More natural color reproduction is achieved by combining EXPEED 5 and auto white balance

NoNo

High Speed Continuous Shooting

Frame RateCH: 10 fps
CL: 1–9 fps
QC: 3 fps
CH: 6 fps in DX mode,
7 fps in 1.3x mode
CL: 1–9 fps
CH: 8 fps
CL: 1–7 fps
Buffer capacityNEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit: 200 shots NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit: 79 shotsNEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit: 18 shots NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit: N/ANEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit: 30 shots NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit: 19 shots

AF Detection   &

Acquisition

AF SensorMulti-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with  TTL phase detection, fi ne-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selectionAdvanced Multi-CAM 3500 II Phase Detect AF
51 AF Points
15 Cross Type AF Sensors
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II Phase Detect AF
51 AF Points
15 Cross Type AF Sensors
Dedicated AF ProcessorYesYesYes
Minimum Brightness-4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)-3 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
AF ModesSingle-point
Dynamic Area 25 AF points
Dynamic Area 72 AF points
Dynamic Area 153 AF points
Group Area AF
3D-Tracking
Auto Area AF
Single-point

Dynamic Area 9 AF points
Dynamic Area 21 AF points
Dynamic Area 51 AF points
3D-Tracking
Auto Area AF

Single-point

Dynamic Area 9 AF points
Dynamic Area 21 AF points
Dynamic Area 51 AF points
3D-Tracking
Auto Area AF

Focus Tracking with Lock OnYesYesYes
3D Tracking3D Tracking: Face Detection (ON/OFF)
3D Tracking: Watch Area
(Wide/Normal)
3D Tracking: Face Detection (ON/OFF)
3D Tracking: Watch Area
(Wide/Normal)
Yes
Contrast Detect AFAF-S
AF-F
AF-S
AF-F
No

Viewing

Viewfinder CoverageFrame coverage: Approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 1.0x
Frame coverage: Approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 0.94x
Frame coverage: Approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 0.94x
LCD MonitorTilting 3.2-in Approx. 2,359k-dot
Touch screen LCD (RGBW)
3.2-in, Approx. 1,229k-Dot (RGBW)3.0-in, Approx. 921k-Dot (RGB)
Touch Screen FunctionYesNoNo

Speedlight Control

Auto Flash ISO Sensitivity ControlYesNoNo
Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL)Yes: Via Compatible Speedlight or Speedlight
Commander SU-800
Up to 3 Groups: A/B/C
Up to 4 Channels
Yes: Via Compatible Speedlight, Built-in
Commander or Speedlight
Commander SU-800
Yes: Via Compatible Speedlight or Speedlight
Commander SU-800
Up to 2 Groups: A/B
Up to 4 Channels
Radio Control Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL)Yes: When using WR-R10/WR-A10 Wireless

Remote Controller and SB-5000 Speedlight

Wireless control SB-5000 via radio control

up to 98 feet

Up to 18 Radio Control Speedlights

Up to 6 Groups: A/B/C/D/E/F

Up to 3 Channels: 5/10/15

Can be mixed using optical system (SB-900 series,

SB-800 series, SB-700, SB-600, SB-500) and Radio

Control using SB-5000

Unifi ed Flash Control using SB-5000 and Camera

Control Pro 2 software (version 2.23.0 or later)

Remote setting possible using D500 Flash Control

menu setting

NoNo

Movie Features

Frame Size and Frame rate4K UHD: 3840 x 2160 30/25/24p
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 60/50/30/25/24p
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 30/25/24p
1920 x 1080 60/50p (1.3X Crop)
VGA 640 x 424 24p
Recorded in-camera to memory card4K UHD: Yes
1080p: Yes
1080p: YesVGA: Yes
Multi-area mode Full HD Image

Area D-Movie Options

DX
1.3x
4K UHD: 1.5x
DX
1.3x
DX
Simultaneous recording to memory card and external recorderYesNoNo
View simultaneous live view output and record uncompressed video via HDMIYesYesNo
Selectable audio frequency rangeYes
Wide/Vocal
Yes
Wide/Vocal
No
ISO rangeISO 100 – 51,200
(expandable to 1,640,000 equivalent)
100-25,600200-3,200
Save frame as a still frame4K UHD: 3840 x 2160 (approx. 8MP) JPEG FineFull HD: 1920 x 1080 JPEG FineNo
Flat Picture ControlYesYesNo
Dedicated Movie Shooting MenuYesYesNo
Smooth ExposureYesNoNo
Highlight Display: Zebra StripesYesYesNo
Power Aperture ControlYesNoNo
Electronic VRYesNoNo

Wired and Wireless Communication System

Wi-FiBuilt-InBuilt-InNo
BluetoothBuilt-InNoNo
NFCBuilt-InBuilt-InNo
Wired and Wireless LANWT-7AWired LAN via UT-1
Wireless LAN via UT-1 + WT-5A
WT-4a

Camera Handling and Operation

Dual memory card slotsXQD + SDSD + SDCF + SD
Fn Buttons1 Front facing button
1 Rear facing button
1 Front facing button1 Front facing button
In-Camera Time-Lapse Movie FunctionYes: Full HD & 4K UHDYes: Full HDNo
Interval timerYesYesYes
Multiple ExposureSelect from 2 to 10 NEF (RAW)Select from 2 to 3 NEF (RAW)Select from 2 to 10 NEF (RAW)
BatteryEN-EL15EN-EL15EN-EL3e
Dimension 5.8 x 4.6 x 3.2 inch 5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0 inch 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9 inch
Weight760 gm675 gm840 gm