Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D7500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D7500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 5D Mark III is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D7500 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III were released 2012 and Nikon D7500 was released 2017. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 2012
Nikon D7500 2017

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Nikon D7500 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 5D Mark III 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D7500 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)

Resolution

Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a 22,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D7500 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22,3 MP
22118400 pixels
5760 x 3840
Nikon D7500 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a 7 % larger resolution than Nikon D7500. 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 D7500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Nikon D7500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS 5D Mark III has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 100-25600
Nikon D7500 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 5D Mark III
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D7500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 5D Mark III can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Nikon D7500 can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 6
Nikon D7500 8

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D7500 can shoot movies.

Weight

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.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III weighs 950 gr (equal to 2.09 lb) which is 48% heavier than Nikon D7500 and its 640 gr (or 1.41 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 950 gr
2.09 lb
Nikon D7500 640 gr
1.41 lb

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D7500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D7500, 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.

Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Name Canon EOS 5D Mark III Nikon D7500
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Release Year 2012 2017
Release Date 2012-03-02 2017-04-12
MSRP 3499 USD 1299 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5760 x 3840 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 22,3 MP 21 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ EXPEED 5
Image
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 61 51
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3,2 3,2
Screen dots 1040000 922000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71 0.94 (0.63 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Frames per second 6 fps 8 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Memory Card Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Optional with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Yes
Built-in, Wi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth
Remote Control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-E2 unit
Yes
Optional with GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Nikon D7500
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL15a lithium-ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 950 shots 950 shots
Width 152 mm 136 mm
Height 116 mm 104 mm
Depth 76 mm 73 mm
Weight 950 gram 640 gram