• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon D3 advantages over Nikon D7500

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.46 vs 4.22 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,290 vs 1,483 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 4300 vs 950 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.0 fps vs 8.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon D7500 advantages over Nikon D3

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More dynamic range
    14.0 vs 12.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    17 months vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.9 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 30 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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  • New carbon fiber body is light, compact and very comfortable; Same excellent image quality as the flagship D500; Quick 8.2 frames per second burst shooting with generous buffer; Very fast, accurate autofocus; Tilting touch-screen display; Very good battery life; Records ultra high-def 4K and 60fps Full HD too.

  • Only a single flash card slot; Doesn't support portrait / battery grip accessories; No rear infrared receiver any more; non-CPU AI lenses will be manual only; 4K video comes with a heavy crop; Movie AF is prone to hunting, Extended ISO sensitivities are a gimmick.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7200

Nikon D3
Nikon D7200
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More dynamic range
Nikon D7500
Nikon D7200
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon T6s

Nikon D3
Canon T6s
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $780
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D7500
Canon T6s
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $780
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon 80D

Nikon D3
Canon 80D
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D7500
Canon 80D
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-70

Nikon D3
Pentax K-70
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D7500
Pentax K-70
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $595
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 77D

Nikon D3
Canon 77D
  • $5000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Nikon D7500
Canon 77D
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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