Nikon D500 vs D610 vs D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III Comparison

Here is a quick comparison of the Nikon D500 vs D610 vs D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III digital SLR cameras.

Before we move to the table chart of Nikon D500 vs D610 vs D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III cameras, let’s first take a look at the current prices and explain why we choose these three full-frame models against the newly announced APS-c sized DX-format D500 camera.

Nikon D500 camera MSRP price is $1,999.95 and the other full-frame models in this comparison currently has price tag of Nikon D750 (body) – $1996.95, Nikon D610 (body) – $1496.95 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III (body) – $2499.00.

As stated above, the D500 isn’t the cheapest camera and if you want to see what impacts the price range within the specs list, the table below will show you the whole details of comparison between these cameras.

Nikon D500 features a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor that’s coupled with the new Expeed 5 image processor found in the D5. It also has the same 153-point AF system with 99 cross-type sensor and can able to shoot continuously at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for Raw images. You can check out the first impressions review.

Comparison of the Nikon D500 vs D610 vs D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III DSLRs

Nikon D500 vs D610 vs D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III Comparison

Below you can see the specs comparison table of these digital SLR cameras. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Nikon D500 Nikon D610 Nikon D750 Canon 5D Mark III
Announced January 5, 2016 October 8, 2013 September 12, 2014 March 2, 2012
Build Quality – Monocoque structure
– Magnesium alloy for the top and rear
– Front is reinforced with lightweight carbon fiber.
– Magnesium alloy top and rear
– Polycarbonate front-plate
Magnesium alloy, Kevlar/carbon fiber–composite Full Magnesium alloy
Weather Sealing Yes (same as the D810 and D750) Yes Yes Yes
Shutter Durability 200,000 actuations 150,000 actuations 150,000 actuations 150,000 actuations
Sensor 20.9 MP (effective)
APS-C (23.5×15.7mm)
DX Format CMOS~4.2 µm pixel size1.3x crop mode (2x crop relative to full frame)No optical low pass filter
(OLPF)
24.3 MP (effective)
Full Frame (35.9×24.0mm)
FX Format CMOS~5.97 µm pixel sizeHas an optical low pass filter
(OLPF)
24.3 MP (effective)
Full Frame (35.9×24.0mm)
FX Format CMOS~5.97 µm pixel sizeHas optical low pass filter
(OLPF)
22.3 MP (effective)
Full Frame (36x24mm)
CMOS~6.25 µm pixel sizeBuilt-in/Fixed with fluorine coating

Has an optical low pass filter
(OLPF)

ISO Sensitivity 100-51,200

Expanded: 50 – 1,640,000

100-6400

Expanded: 50 – 25,600

100-12,800

Expanded: 50 – 51,200

100-25600

Expanded: 50 – 102,400

Image Processor Expeed 5 Expeed 3 Expeed 4 Digic 5+
AF Sensor Multi-CAM 20K

153 AF points
(99 cross-type and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors)

Detection range: -4 to +20 EV

Multi-CAM 4800
39 AF points (9 cross-type)f/8 supported by 7 sensorsDetection range: -1 to +19 EV- DX crop mode
Multi-CAM 3500 II
51 AF points(15 cross-type)f/8 supported by 11 sensorsDetection range: -3 to +19 EV- 1.2x crop mode
– DX crop mode
61 AF points (up to 41 cross type)

5 dual cross-type at f/2.8

Detection range: -2 to +18 EV

No crop mode
(although you can use APS-C lenses and crop the image later)

AF Fine Tune/
Micro adjustment
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Light Metering
Sensor
180K-pixels RGB 2016-pixel RGB sensor 91,000-pixel RGB sensor 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
LCD 3.2-inch
2359K-dots
3-axis hinge tilting
Touchscreen
170° wide-viewing angle
3.2-inch
921K-dots
Fixed
No touchscreen
170° wide-viewing angle
3.2-inch
1229K-dots
Tilting
No touchscreen
170° wide-viewing angle
3.2-inch
1040K-dots
Fixed
No touchscreen
170° wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Optical (Pentaprism)

DX: 100% coverage
1.3x: 98% coverage

0.67x magnification (35mm equiv.)

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II

Optical (Pentaprism)

100% coverage
0.7x magnification (35mm equiv.)

Optical (Pentaprism)

100% coverage
0.7x magnification (35mm equiv.)

Optical (Pentaprism)

100% coverage
0.71x magnification (35mm equiv.)

Clear View II

Shutter Speed 30 – 1/8000 sec 30 – 1/4000 sec 30 – 1/4000 sec 30 – 1/8000 sec
Built-in Flash No Yes Yes No
Flash X Sync Speed 1/250 sec 1/200 sec 1/200 sec 1/200 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed 10 fps 6 fps 6.5 fps 5 fps
Video Recording 4K 2160p 30/24fps
1080p 60/30/24fps
720p 60fps
1080p 30/24fps
720p 60/30 fps
1080p 60/30/24fps
720p 60
1080p 30/24
720p 60
Mic Input Yes Yes Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clean HDMI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Connectivity Wi-fi / NFC / Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) Optional with Wu-1b mobile adapter Only Wifi Optional with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Storage Dual card slots
(XQD and SD)
Dual card slots
(SD)
Dual card slots
(SD)
Dual card slots
(CompactFlash Type I
/ UDMA compatible and SD)
Built-in GPS No

GP-1A GPS unit (optional)

No

GP-1A GPS unit (optional)

No

GP-1A GPS unit (optional)

No

GP-E2 unit (optional)

Built-in HDR Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life
(CIPA)
1240 shots

*EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery

900 shots

*Lithium-Ion EN-EL15

1230 shots

*EN-EL15 lithium-ion

950 shots

*LP-E6 lithium-ion

Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm (5.79 x 4.53 x 3.19″) 141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23″) 141 x 113 x 78 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.07″) 152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)
Weight 860 g (1.90 lb / 30.34 oz) 850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz) 750 g (1.65 lb / 26.46 oz) 950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
Price $1,999.95 $1496.95 $1996.95 $2499.00

Nikon D500 is a DX-format DSLR with pro-level features that gives photographers nimble handling, speed and extreme processing power in a compact and lightweight body.

Even the D500 is not a full-frame DSLR, it is so well equipped. For example Nikon D500 has the highest ISO range among all other three models, including a maximum expandable ISO of 1,640,000. The D500 also employs Nikon’s next-gen image processor, which is considerably faster than its predecessors to support 4K video record and fast shooting speed in 10 fps. The D500 features a brand new metering sensor with more advanced Face Tracking, Scene recognition and has the most autofocus point AF system.


  • The D500 has an “automated system for applying AF fine tune”. This is a major feature for those that calibrate their lenses to their bodies on DSLRs.

  • Eugene Kiedrowski

    It’d so nice if the D500 was available, it may be the end of April before we see one.