• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 47.3 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon D500 advantages over Leica Q2

  • Less expensive
    $1497 vs $4995*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1240 vs 370 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    2359k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 25 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    200 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 50000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Leica Q2 advantages over Nikon D500

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/500 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    7 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.67x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    47.3 vs 20.9 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    120 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 10.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 10.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/40000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

  • Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

The Competition

Compared to Canon T6s

Nikon D500
Canon T6s
  • $1497
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica Q2
Canon T6s
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Nikon D500
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1497
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Leica Q2
Pentax K-3 II
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $830
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite

Compared to Leica Q

Nikon D500
Leica Q
  • $1497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica Q2
Leica Q
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX1R II

Nikon D500
Sony RX1R II
  • $1497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica Q2
Sony RX1R II
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A68

Nikon D500
Sony A68
  • $1497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Leica Q2
Sony A68
  • $4995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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