Canon EOS 20Da vs Nikon D500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 20Da and Nikon D500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 20Da is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D500 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 20Da were released 2005 and Nikon D500 was released 2016. That is a 11 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 20Da 2005
Nikon D500 2016

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 20Da has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D500 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 20Da 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D500 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS 20Da has a 8,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D500 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 20Da 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336
Nikon D500 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Nikon D500 has a 153 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 20Da. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 20Da. Nikon D500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS 20Da has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 20Da 100-3200
Nikon D500 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 20Da
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 20Da can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D500 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 20Da 5
Nikon D500 10

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D500. Sadly, the Canon EOS 20Da does not support this.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D500 weighs 860 gr (equal to 1.9 lb) which is 12% heavier than Canon EOS 20Da and its 770 gr (or 1.7 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 20Da 770 gr
1.7 lb
Nikon D500 860 gr
1.9 lb

Canon EOS 20Da vs Nikon D500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 20Da and Nikon D500, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Name Canon EOS 20Da Nikon D500
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Release Year 2005 2016
Release Date 2005-06-01 2016-01-05
MSRP 2549 USD 1999 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 3504 x 2336 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 8,2 MP 21 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 2 EXPEED 5
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 9 153
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 1.8 3.2
Screen dots 118000 2359000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.9 (0.56 35mm equiv.) 1 (0.67 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Frames per second 5 fps 10 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Memory Card Compact Flash
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless No Yes
Built-in (Wi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) Yes (Optional, wired or wireless)
GPS No Yes
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 20Da
Nikon D500
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery
Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 1240 shots
Width 144 mm 147 mm
Height 106 mm 115 mm
Depth 72 mm 81 mm
Weight 770 gram 860 gram