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Canon EOS 80D vs Nikon D500 – Comparison

Let’s see how the Canon 80D compares to the Nikon D500. They’re both very good for the price, but it all comes down to what you want to photograph.

Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Canon 80DNikon D500
Sensor FormatAPS-CAPS-C (DX)
Crop Factor1.6x1.5x
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6000 x 40005568 x 3712
Body Image StabilizationNoNo
Lens MountCanon EF/EF-SNikon FX/DX
ISO100 - 16,000100 - 51,200
Expanded ISO25,60050 - 1,638,400
AF Points45153
Cross-type AF Points4599
Continuous Mode7fps10fps
LCD3.0" - Fully Articulated3.2" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,040,000 dots2,359,000 dots
Focus PeakingNoNo
Top LCD DisplayYesYes
Viewfinder TypeOpticalOptical
Viewfinder Coverage98%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.95x1.00x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
 1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesYes
Memory Card TypeSD SD + XQD
Dual Card SlotsNoYes
Fastest Shutter Speed1/80001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size53200
RAW Buffer Size24200
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2501/250
Startup Time0.5s0.3s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built- in NFCYesYes
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 3.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)960 shots1240 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E6 or LP-E6N)Yes (EN-EL15)
Weight25.8 oz (730g)30.2 oz (856g)
Size5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1"5.8 x 4.5 x 3.2"
Release Date20162016

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Canon 80D Advantages:

  • Megapixels – 4 more megapixels. Not a lot, but will make a difference when printing extra large
  • LCD Screen – It’s fully articulated, whereas the D500 only tilts and does not swivel
  • Built-in Flash
  • Weight & Size – The 80D weighs 120g less and is slightly smaller
  • Less Expensive – Body only, the Canon 80D costs around $900 less

For around $300 less, the 80D’s biggest advantages are the bigger selection of lenses, an articulating LCD screen and a much longer battery life. It’s an excellent camera, that’s for sure, but compared to the A6500 it just doesn’t look that special anymore (most cameras don’t).

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Nikon D500 Advantages:

  • Higher ISO Range – The D500 goes up to 51,200 and expands up to 1,638,400, as well as down to 50.
  • AF System – It’s got 153 AF points, 99 of those are cross-type. Definitely a big improvement for sports and animals!
  • 10 vs 7fps – Extra 3 frames every second.
  • LCD Size – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ and much much higher resolution
  • Viewfinder – 100% coverage and 1.00x magnification.
  • 4K Video – The D500 can record 4K videos (3840×2160) at 30, 25 or 24p and it offers a lot of useful video features as well
  • Dual Memory Cards – You can use SD or much faster XQD cards at the same time
  • UHS-II – If you decide to go with SD, UHS-II is much faster than UHS-I and you’ll appreciate it when recording 4K or shooting at 10fps for a long time
  • Buffer – 200 for both JPEG and RAW files
  • Bluetooth Connection
  • USB 3.0 vs 2.0 – Faster file transferring out of the camera
  • Battery Life – 300 shots longer battery life

The Nikon D500 costs more and gives you a lot for the price. 10fps with 200 shots buffer, 4K video, 153 AF points, battery life that’s over 1000 and a big ISO range. It’s a perfect camera for outdoor and indoor action, whether it’s sports, wildlife, races or pretty much anything that moves. Easily the best APS-C DSLR out right now.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews.

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