Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D500 vs D5

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D500
10 fps
Nikon D5
14 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D500
1,240 photos
Nikon D5
3,780 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D500  vs D5 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D500
20.7 MP
Nikon D5
20.7 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D500
1,640,000 ISO
Nikon D5
3,280,000 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

Nikon D500
3.2"
Nikon D5
3.2"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D500
0.65x
Nikon D5
0.72x

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

Nikon D500
17.9 microns
Nikon D5
41.4 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D500  vs
D5 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 20.7 MP 20.7 MP
Resolution 5568 x 3712 5588 x 3712
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm 35.9 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.0x
Pixel size 17.9 microns 41.4 microns
Light sensitivity 50 ISO to 1,640,000 ISO 50 ISO to 3,280,000 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 153 153
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 147 x 115 x 81 mm 160 x 159 x 92 mm
Thickness 81 mm 92 mm
Weight 860 g 1,415 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS Yes Yes
WiFi None None

video

Nikon D500  vs
D5 
Video Unknown 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

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

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1x 0.72x
Viewfinder size 0.65x 0.72x

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 14 fps
Battery life 1,240 3,780
Continuous shooting
14 fps
10 fps
Nikon D500
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