Canon EOS RP vs Nikon D500

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

Manufacturing

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

Canon EOS RP were released 2019 and Nikon D500 was released 2016. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS RP 2019
Nikon D500 2016

Type of camera

Canon EOS RP is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D500 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS RP has a "Canon Full Frame"-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 RP 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
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)

Resolution

Canon EOS RP has a 26 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 RP 26 MP
25958400 pixels
6240 x 4160
Nikon D500 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Canon EOS RP has a 26 % larger resolution than Nikon D500. 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 RP. Nikon D500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS RP has 100 to 40000.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS RP 100-40000
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.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS RP belongs to the Canon EOS R-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS RP
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 RP 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 RP 5
Nikon D500 10

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS RP and Nikon D500 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.

Nikon D500 weighs 860 gr (equal to 1.9 lb) which is 77% heavier than Canon EOS RP and its 485 gr (or 1.07 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS RP 485 gr
1.07 lb
Nikon D500 860 gr
1.9 lb

Canon EOS RP vs Nikon D500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS RP 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.

Product
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
Name Canon EOS RP Nikon D500
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
Release Year 2019 2016
Release Date 2019-02-14 2016-01-05
MSRP 1299 USD 1999 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
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 6240 x 4160 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 26 MP 21 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 8 EXPEED 5
Image
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
ISO Range 100 - 40000 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 RP
Nikon D500
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 4779 153
Lens Mount Canon RF

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 RP
Nikon D500
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Tilting
Screen size 3 3.2
Screen dots 1040000 2359000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 1 (0.67 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 2360000 0
Photography features
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
Frames per second 5 fps 10 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
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 +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
XQD
Connectivity
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth)
Yes
Built-in (Wi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (via cable or smartphone) Yes (Optional, wired or wireless)
GPS No Yes
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS RP
Nikon D500
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 250 shots 1240 shots
Width 133 mm 147 mm
Height 85 mm 115 mm
Depth 70 mm 81 mm
Weight 485 gram 860 gram