We've already looked at how the Nikon D7500 fits into Nikon's lineup, and how it compares to the more expensive D500 and its outgoing predecessor, the D7200.
But now, we're going to look at how it compares with Canon's EOS 80D.
The EOS 80D is older, admittedly, launching in February 2016 with an MSRP of $1199, though it currently sells for $1099. The D7500 was announced in April of this year, and its MSRP and selling price are currently both $1299. So you pay a little more, and get a newer camera with the D7500, but what does that actually translate to? Let's find out.
The D7500 has inherited a new 20MP sensor from its high-end brother, the D500, which might look at first like a downgrade next to the 24MP unit in the EOS 80D. But while we haven't had a chance to thoroughly test the D7500 just yet, It's image quality is likely to be extremely similar to the D500, with that camera offering a bit better high ISO performance in Raw mode compared to the EOS 80D, and JPEG noise reduction that retains detail and eliminates noise just a little better as well.
We're also a big fan of Nikon's JPEG color rendition, with warm, saturated yellows and reds and vibrant - yet neutral - greens. So while it's too early for us to make a definitive call on overall image quality, the D7500's imaging pipeline certainly looks competitive, despite the (small) resolution advantage of the EOS 80D.
Switch the Nikon D7500 into 'Continuous High' shooting mode and you'll be greeted with a solid 8fps burst speed, while the EOS 80D tops out at 7. It's not a huge disparity to be sure, but it's when you hold that shutter button down that you'll really notice a difference.
The EOS 80D's buffer is capable of holding 110 JPEG or 25 Raw images, while the D7500 allows for an infinite amount of JPEG shooting as well as 50 uncompressed 14-bit Raw files.
For those that need to shoot either long bursts or several successive short bursts of fast action, the D7500 pulls ahead handily.
Both the D7500 and 80D have screens that are 3.0" diagonal and offer touch functionality. The 80D's is marginally higher in resolution, and comes with a more standard (for this sensor format) 3:2 aspect ratio, but it is a fully-articulating design, while the D7500's is a tilt-only design.
The tilting design on the D7500 offers more unobtrusive from-the-hip street shooting, without a big screen flipped out to the side, but the 80D allows for shooting from high-and-low angles in both portrait and landscape orientation.
Keeping a hand on the EOS 80D's fully articulating screen may also help stabilize the camera, but on the other hand, flipping the screen out will impede usage of the HDMI and USB ports. This is a problem for those using an external video recorder, or those who are want to shoot tethered in a studio. The tilt-only screen on the D7500 won't present a problem in either of those situations.
But what if you're venturing outdoors, into potentially rainy or adverse conditions? Neither of these cameras offers an all-metal body but both are reassuringly well-made.
The D7500 is constructed with a combination of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermo Plastic (CFRTP) and magnesium alloy, while the EOS 80D is made from polycarbonate plastic, and both are weather-sealed, to some extent. The D7500 feels a little more solid in the hand, but unless you're heading into a war zone or are very hard on your cameras, build quality shouldn't play too heavily into your choosing one of these cameras over the other.
Both cameras offer two control dials for easy manipulation of manual camera settings, have an abundance of external buttons and switches and offer a reasonable level of customization. Each offers a single SD card slot, and the EOS 80D is CIPA-rated to 960 shots on a full battery, while the D7500 is rated to 950 shots. Both offer 100% coverage viewfinders, though the D7500's is marginally bigger in terms of magnification.
The question of whether Canon's ergonomics and controls versus are superior to Nikon's is highly subjective. It's best, if you can, to just pick each one up and see how they each feel for yourself.Read More...
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