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 Size 23.5mm x 15.7mm (DX) 23.5mm x 15.6mm (DX) 23.6mm x 15.8mm (DX)
Resolution 20.9MP DX-format
CMOS sensor without OLPF
24.2MP DX-format
CMOS sensor without OLPF
12.3MP DX-format
CMOS sensor

Image Quality

Image Processor EXPEED 5 EXPEED 4 EXPEED
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 Format 12- 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 Metering 180k-pixel RGB Sensor 2,016-pixel RGB Sensor 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor
Advanced Scene Recognition Yes No No
White Balance: Keep White Yes

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

No No

High Speed Continuous Shooting

Frame Rate CH: 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 capacity NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit: 200 shots NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit: 79 shots NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit: 18 shots NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit: N/A NEF (RAW), Lossless compressed, 14-bit: 30 shots NEF (RAW), Uncompressed, 14-bit: 19 shots

AF Detection   &

Acquisition

AF Sensor Multi-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 selection Advanced 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 Processor Yes Yes Yes
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 Modes Single-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 On Yes Yes Yes
3D Tracking 3D 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 AF AF-S
AF-F
AF-S
AF-F
No

Viewing

Viewfinder Coverage Frame coverage: Approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 1.0x
Frame coverage: Approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 0.94x
Frame coverage: Approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 0.94x
LCD Monitor Tilting 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 Function Yes No No

Speedlight Control

Auto Flash ISO Sensitivity Control Yes No No
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

No No

Movie Features

Frame Size and Frame rate 4K 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 card 4K UHD: Yes
1080p: Yes
1080p: Yes VGA: 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 recorder Yes No No
View simultaneous live view output and record uncompressed video via HDMI Yes Yes No
Selectable audio frequency range Yes
Wide/Vocal
Yes
Wide/Vocal
No
ISO range ISO 100 – 51,200
(expandable to 1,640,000 equivalent)
100-25,600 200-3,200
Save frame as a still frame 4K UHD: 3840 x 2160 (approx. 8MP) JPEG Fine Full HD: 1920 x 1080 JPEG Fine No
Flat Picture Control Yes Yes No
Dedicated Movie Shooting Menu Yes Yes No
Smooth Exposure Yes No No
Highlight Display: Zebra Stripes Yes Yes No
Power Aperture Control Yes No No
Electronic VR Yes No No

Wired and Wireless Communication System

Wi-Fi Built-In Built-In No
Bluetooth Built-In No No
NFC Built-In Built-In No
Wired and Wireless LAN WT-7A Wired LAN via UT-1
Wireless LAN via UT-1 + WT-5A
WT-4a

Camera Handling and Operation

Dual memory card slots XQD + SD SD + SD CF + SD
Fn Buttons 1 Front facing button
1 Rear facing button
1 Front facing button 1 Front facing button
In-Camera Time-Lapse Movie Function Yes: Full HD & 4K UHD Yes: Full HD No
Interval timer Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Exposure Select from 2 to 10 NEF (RAW) Select from 2 to 3 NEF (RAW) Select from 2 to 10 NEF (RAW)
Battery EN-EL15 EN-EL15 EN-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
Weight 760 gm 675 gm 840 gm
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