Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D800 vs D500

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D800
4 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D800
900 photos
Nikon D500
1,240 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D800  vs D500 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D800
36.2 MP
Nikon D500
20.7 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D800
25,600 ISO
Nikon D500
1,640,000 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D800
Nikon D500

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

Nikon D800
23.8 microns
Nikon D500
17.9 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon D800  vs
Megapixels 36.2 MP 20.7 MP
Resolution 7360 x 4912 5568 x 3712
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.5x
Pixel size 23.8 microns 17.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 50 ISO to 1,640,000 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 153
Supports continuous Yes Yes


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

form factor

Size 146 x 123 x 82 mm 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Thickness 82 mm 81 mm
Weight 1,000 g 860 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


Includes a GPS No Yes
WiFi None None


Nikon D800  vs
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps Unknown
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm


Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots 2,359 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 1x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.65x


Max continuous shooting 4 fps 10 fps
Battery life 900 1,240
Continuous shooting
4 fps @ 7360 x 4912, NEF 14bit, 20 shots
5 fps @ 6144 x 4080, NEF 14bit, 25 shots
6 fps @ 4800 x 3200, NEF 14bit, 29 shots
10 fps
Nikon D800
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Nikon D500
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