Nikon D610 vs Canon EOS 500D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D610 and Canon EOS 500D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D610
Canon EOS 500D


Nikon D610 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 500D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D610 were released 2013 and Canon EOS 500D was released 2009. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D610 Nikon 2013
Canon EOS 500D Canon 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D610 has a "FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 500D has a "APSC"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D610 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 500D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

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


Nikon D610 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 500D has 15,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D610 24 MP 24160256 6016 4016
Canon EOS 500D 15,1 MP 15054336 4752 3168

Nikon D610 has a 60 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 500D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 500D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D610. Canon EOS 500D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D610 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D610 100-6400
Canon EOS 500D 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D610
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 500D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D610 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 500D can shoot up to 3,4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D610 6
Canon EOS 500D 3,4

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D610 and Canon EOS 500D can shoot movies.


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

Nikon D610 weighs 850 gr (equal to 1,87 lb) which is 63% heavier than Canon EOS 500D and its 520 gr (or 1,15 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D610 850 gr 1,87 lb
Canon EOS 500D 520 gr 1,15 lb