Can the Canon EOS 7D Mark II hold its own against the newer Nikon D500? Antony Henson finds out

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Camera head-to-head: Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D500

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Nikon D500: Dynamic range, resolution and noise

Dynamic range

At the lower sensitivity settings the D500 achieves very impressive scores in our Applied Imaging tests; in fact its dynamic range doesn’t drop below 12EV until the sensitivity is over ISO 800. However, at ISO 6,400 and over, it drops just below the performance of the 7D Mark II, diving below 6EV above ISO 51,200. High-sensitivity images require much more careful handling during processing than lower-resolution shots.

Nikon D500 - Dynamic Range

Nikon D500 – Dynamic Range

Resolution

From the lowest sensitivity values, up to and including ISO 3,200, the D500 captures an impressively high level of detail, and it beats the 7D Mark II throughout its range. It particularly impresses at ISO 50-400, scoring 3,400l/ph in JPEG files and almost 3,800l/ph in raw files. However, at ISO 204,800 the results look very poor with a green cast of noise becoming visible.

Nikon D500 - Resolution - JPEG ISO 100

JPEG ISO 100

Nikon D500 - Resolution - JPEG ISO 51,200

JPEG ISO 51,200

Nikon D500 - Resolution - JPEG ISO 6400

JPEG ISO 6400

Nikon D500 - Resolution - JPEG ISO 204,800

JPEG ISO 204,800

Noise

Noise is controlled well in images shot within the D500’s native sensitivity range (ISO 100-51,200), but, ignoring the slight difference in sharpness/details, there isn’t all that much of a difference between its images and those from the 7D Mark II at the same settings. The results at ISO 204,800 are poor, but at the top three extended settings (ISO 409,600, ISO 819,200 and ISO 1,640,000) they are diabolical.

Nikon D500 - Diorama - ISO 1600

JPEG – ISO 1600

Nikon D500 - Diorama - ISO 6400

JPEG – ISO 6400

Nikon D500 - Diorama - ISO 51,200

JPEG – ISO 51,200

Nikon D500 - Diorama - ISO 204,800

JPEG – ISO 204,800

Nikon D500 - Diorama - ISO 409,600

JPEG – ISO 409,600

  1. 1. Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D500: Introduction
  2. 2. Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Nikon D500: Features
  3. 3. Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Dynamic range, resolution and noise
  4. 4. Nikon D500: Dynamic range, resolution and noise
  5. 5. Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Nikon D500: Autofocus
  6. 6. Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Nikon D500: Verdict
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