The Canon 80D and the Nikon D7500 are both perfect for enthusiast / intermediate level photographers who want to step up to a new, or maybe even a first, DSLR. Based on pricing and still image resolution, you might think a Canon 80D vs Nikon D7500 camera comparison is a no-brainer, but megapixel count isn’t everything. We’ve compiled some of the key similarities and differences in our Canon 80D versus Nikon D7500 comparison.
Here are the Steve’s Digicams quick thoughts on these two cameras.
- Canon 80D: The Canon EOS 80D offers excellent performance levels versus other mid-range DSLR cameras. It also performs faster than many DSLRs when you’re shooting in Live View mode and/or recording videos. The 80D will be a nice upgrade for someone who owns an entry-level DSLR.
- Nikon D7500: The Nikon D7500 is a little smaller than some of the more expensive Nikon DSLRs, a benefit for on-the-go photographers. Even though the D7500 is a mid-range DSLR, it’s very easy to use, shoots 4K video, and features the same (incredible) image sensor as Nikon’s DX-flagship DSLR, the D500.
Here are the primary similarities between the Canon 80D and the Nikon D7500.
- Lens Availability: Both cameras have many interchangeable lenses available, giving you plenty of options to choose from. The 80D will work with any EF-S or EF mount Canon (or third party) lenses, while the D7500 is compatible with all AF-S and AF-S DX Nikkor (or third party) lenses.
- Optical Viewfinder: The 80D and D7500 both have high-quality optical viewfinders for framing scenes.
- Popup Flash: The two cameras each have a popup flash unit available, which is extremely handy.
- Top Panel Display: Both models feature displays on the top of the camera, making it easy to change settings.
- Touchscreen Display: The display screen on the back of both models is touch-enabled, making it easier to operate the cameras.
- Weight and Size: The Nikon D7500 is slightly smaller than the 80D, but it’s a very small difference that most people won’t notice.
Here are the primary differences between the Canon 80D and the Nikon D7500.
- Anti-Aliasing Filter: Nikon removed the anti-aliasing filter for the D7500, which yields slightly sharper photos than the 80D, which has an anti-aliasing filter.
- Displays: While both DSLRs offer touchscreen capabilities, the D7500 is limited to tilting where the 80D is a vari-angle type display that can swing around to face the subject, making the 80D perfect for vlogging and self-portraits.
- Image Sensor Size: Both cameras have an APS-C sized image sensor, but the Nikon D7500 image sensor covers roughly 369 square millimeters, which is about 9% larger than the Canon 80D’s image sensor.
- ISO Range: The Nikon D7500 has an ISO range of 100-51,200, which far exceeds the 80D’s range of 100-16,000.
- Release Date: The newer D7500 was released about 15 months after the Canon DSLR model.
- Resolution: The Canon 80D outpaces the D7500 in terms of maximum resolution, 24.2MP to 20.9MP. However, the pixel pitch for the 80D is about 12% smaller for the Canon model versus the D7500.
- Price: The Canon 80D carries roughly a 30% lower price tag than the Nikon D7500.
- Video Recording: The D7500 offers 4K/30p movie recording, while the 80D is limited to Full HD 1080/60p movies. However, Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, used for video and Live View still image shooting, dramatically outperforms Nikon’s contrast AF system which, much like the vari-angle display, makes the Canon 80D better for shooting vlog-style videos.
WHICH ONE DO YOU NEED?
Both the Canon 80D and the Nikon D7500 DSLR cameras are strong contenders for novice to intermediate photographers. However, there are some significant differences between these two models.
The Nikon D7500 has, arguably, the better image sensor with greater dynamic range and more vivid color reproduction (lens & subject dependent, of course) and can shooter higher res videos. But, the 80D is more affordable and the vari angle LCD display with Dual Pixel CMOS AF gives it an edge during HD video recording, which is far easier to produce and upload to places like YouTube.
Of course, if you’ve always used either Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras in the past, you may want to stick with your preferred brand, which allows you to use your old lenses with your new camera, saving you quite a bit of money.
BUY THE CANON 80D IF YOU NEED…
- A camera with a lower price tag than the D7500
- More than 24 megapixels of resolution
- To reuse Canon DSLR lenses you already own
- An anti-aliasing filter to prevent moire
BUY THE NIKON D7500 IF YOU NEED…
- A flagship quality image sensor in a more affordable body
- A significantly higher maximum native ISO of 51,200
- 4K video recording
- To reuse Nikon DSLR lenses from an older camera