Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D500 vs EOS 5D Mark III

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D500
1,240 photos
EOS 5D Mark III
950 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D500  vs EOS 5D Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D500
20.7 MP
EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D500
1,640,000 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
102,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D500
17.9 microns
EOS 5D Mark III
38.7 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D500  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 20.7 MP 22.3 MP
Resolution 5568 x 3712 5456 x 4096
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.0x
Pixel size 17.9 microns 38.7 microns
Light sensitivity 50 ISO to 1,640,000 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 153 61
Supports continuous Yes No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 147 x 115 x 81 mm 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Thickness 81 mm 76 mm
Weight 860 g 950 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS Yes No
WiFi None None

video

Nikon D500  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Video Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 2,359 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.65x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 6 fps
Battery life 1,240 950
Continuous shooting
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
10 fps
Nikon D500
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