• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 32.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • Detailed specifications
  • Nikon D500
  • Canon EOS 90D
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Predecessor: Nikon D300S
D300S vs D500
Canon 80D
80D vs 90D
Successor:    
General
Model Number: D500 90D
Alternate Model Number(s):    
Camera Format: Pro SLR SLR
Currently Manufactured: Yes Yes
Retail Price: $1999.95 $1599.00
Street Price: $1,496.95 $1,199.00
Date Available: 2016-03-15 2019-09-15
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 30.2 oz (856 g)
includes batteries
42.9 oz (1,216 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 5.8 x 4.5 x 3.2 in.
(147 x 115 x 81 mm)
5.5 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.
(141 x 105 x 77 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:   Canon
Effective Megapixels: 20.9 32.5
Sensor Format: APS-C APS-C
Sensor size: 368.95mm2 (23.50mm x 15.70mm) 337.5mm2 (22.50mm x 15.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.22 microns 3.23 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x 1.6x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: None Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No Yes
DxO Sensor Score: 83  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 24.0  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 14.0  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 1,324  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 5568 x 3712 (20.7 MP, 3:2),
4176 x 2784 (11.6 MP, 3:2),
2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP, 3:2),
4272 x 2848 (12.2 MP, 3:2),
3200 x 2136 (6.8 MP, 3:2),
2128 x 1424 (3.0 MP, Other)
6960 x 4640 (32.3 MP, 3:2),
4800 x 3200 (15.4 MP, 3:2),
3472 x 2320 (8.1 MP, 3:2),
2400 x 1600 (3.8 MP, 3:2),
6160 x 4640 (28.6 MP, 4:3),
4256 x 3200 (13.6 MP, 4:3),
3072 x 2320 (7.1 MP, Other),
2112 x 1600 (3.4 MP, Other),
6960 x 3904 (27.2 MP, 16:9),
4800 x 2688 (12.9 MP, Other),
3472 x 1952 (6.8 MP, 16:9),
2400 x 1344 (3.2 MP, Other),
4640 x 4640 (21.5 MP, 1:1),
3200 x 3200 (10.2 MP, 1:1),
2320 x 2320 (5.4 MP, 1:1),
1600 x 1600 (2.6 MP, 1:1)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), NEF (RAW), 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, L/M/S; RAW+JPEG, TIFF JPEG (EXIF 2.31), 14-bit .CR3 RAW, C-RAW, RAW+JPEG, C-RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 10.2 10.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes Yes
Movie Resolution: 3840x2160 (30p/​25p/​24p)
1920x1080 (60p/​50p/​30p/​25p/​24p)
1280x720 (60p/​50p)
3840x2160 (30p/​25p/​24p)
1920x1080 (120p/​100p/​60p/​50p/​30p/​25p/​24p)
1280x720 (60p/​50p/​30p/​25p)
Movie File Format: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Stereo Linear PCM) MOV (Video: H.264 All-I, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM), MP4 (Video: H.264 IPB/IPB Light, Audio: AAC)
Composite Video Out: No No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a n/a
HD Video Out: Yes Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Nikon F Canon EF/EF-S
Lens: n/a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):   29 - 216mm
Focal Length (actual):   18 - 135mm
Zoom Ratio:   7.50x
Aperture Range:   f/3.5 - f/22 (wide) / f/5.6 - f/36 (tele)
Integrated ND Filter: No No
Normal Focus Range:   39 cm to Infinity
15.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:    
Filter Thread: n/a 67.0mm
Thread Type: n/a n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No Yes
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a  
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: OVF: Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection fine-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; ; Contrast-detect AF in Live View mode OVF: AF-dedicated CMOS sensor, 45-points, up to 45 cross-type (f/5.6), 1 dual-cross (f/2.8 and f/5.6), 27 support f/8 (9 cross-type); Live View: Dual-Pixel CMOS AF
Auto Focus Assist Light? No Yes
Manual Focus: Yes Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD Optical / LCD
Viewfinder Type: SLR type: eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 1.0x magnification (~0.67x 35mm eq.), 16mm eyepoint, -2 to +1 diopter SLR type; eye-level pentaprism, ~100% coverage, ~0.95x magnification, 22mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 diopter
Focus Peaking: No No
EVF Resolution: n/a n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.67x 0.59x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 1.00x 0.95x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.2 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 2,359,000 dots (589,750 px) 1,040,000 dots (346,600 px)
Touchscreen: Yes Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No Yes
Selfie Screen: No Yes
Max Playback Zoom:    
Top Deck Display: Yes Yes
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 51200 25600
Minimum ISO (native): 100 100
ISO Settings: Auto, ISO 100 - 51200, expandable to Lo-1 ISO 50 to Hi-5 ISO 1,638,400 Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 or 1EV steps, Expandable to 51200
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto (3 types), Cloudy, Shade, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Kelvin Color Temperature (2,500K-10,000K), Preset manual (up to 6); Fine tuning available. Auto (with White or Ambience Priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, Kelvin 2,500K - 10,000K
Shutter Speed Range: 1/8000 - 30 sec 1/16000 - 30 sec
Bulb Mode: Yes Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses), color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); Center-weighted (weight of approximately 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10, or 13mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 8-mm circle); Spot: meters circle with diameter of about 3.5mm (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used); Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses 220K-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor: 216-zone Evaluative (linked to all AF points), Center-weighted, Partial (6.5%), Spot (2.0%); 384 zones in Live View mode
Program Auto Exposure: Yes Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: N/A Creative Auto, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Group Photo, Panning, Food, Kids, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), 2 Custom User Settings, Creative Filters (Fish-eye, Water-painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Miniature, HDR Art (Standard/Vivid/Bold/Embossed)
Self Timer: 2/5/10/20s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds 10 or 2 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes Yes
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: No Yes
Flash Modes: Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported Auto, Manual flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): n/a 12.0 m / 39.4 ft.
Flash Range Description: n/a Lens aperture dependent; GN= 12m (39.4 ft.) at ISO 100, works out to about 11.2 feet at f/3.5 and 7 feet at f/5.6
Max Flash Sync: 1/250 1/250
Flash Exposure Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, PC-sync Terminal Hot Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control: No Full TTL exposure
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: XQD / SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-II UHS-II
Other Memory: Dual slots, XQD+SD  
Dual Card Slots: Yes No
RAW Capture Support: Yes Yes
Uncompressed Format: NEF (RAW), 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, L/M/S; RAW+JPEG, TIFF 14-bit .CR3 RAW, C-RAW, RAW+JPEG, C-RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Stereo Linear PCM) MOV (Video: H.264 All-I, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM), MP4 (Video: H.264 IPB/IPB Light, Audio: AAC)
Included Memory: No memory included No memory included
Included Memory Type:    
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes Yes
NFC: Yes No
Bluetooth: Yes Yes
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: Yes Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes Yes
External Connections: USB 3.0 Super Speed,Bluetooth,WiFi USB 2.0 High Speed,Bluetooth,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes Yes
Remote Control: Yes Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional: wired or wireless Optional wired or wireless
Connections (extended): Type-C Mini HDMI with uncompressed video support, 10-pin Remote Terminal, PC Sync Mini (Type-C) HDMI, Micro-B USB 2.0, 3.5mm Microphone Jack, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Wired Remote Jack
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): <0.3 <0.3
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):    
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):    
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): <0.3 0.31
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 10.2 10.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 200 57
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.2 10.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 200 27
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.2 10.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 27 26
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.17 seconds 0.13 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):    
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR): 0.103 seconds 0.056 seconds
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.049 seconds 0.080 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):   0.16 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.049 seconds 0.057 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes):   Default EFCS mode used. Electronic shutter mode: Full AF lag = 0.231s, Manual focus lag = 0.079s, Prefocused lag = 0.056s
Startup Time: 0.3 seconds 0.4 seconds
Play -> Record Time: 0.2 seconds 0.2 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power:   3.2 seconds
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View):   450 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF): 1240 shots 1300 shots
Battery Life, Video: 50 minutes  
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary EN-EL15, optional MB-D17 battery grip Proprietary
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable LP-E6N or LP-E6 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary EN-EL15 Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary LP-E6N Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No No
Software
Included Software: ViewNX-i, ViewNX-Movie Editor, Capture NX-D, Nikon Transfer 2, Picture Control Utility 2 downloads  
OS Compatibility: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.9.5-10.11.5  
Miscellaneous
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