Both these cameras are top-end cameras that produce stunning images, and there are only a few notable differences between them.
The biggest one being the sensor size (45.7 vs 20.9 MP). That is full-frame 35mm vs APS-C. Which means quite a big difference!
But as always, the devil is in the detailed Nikon dD500 and figuring out what is worth the money for you.
The following are the main differences that are worth noting:
D850 over the D500
D500 over the D850
When you take a look at the comparison images below, you will see that apart from the size, these cameras are very very similar in layout and body.
There is a slight height and weight increase on the D850, but considering its full-frame sensor with over double the pixels, you might just think it’s worth it.
Both cameras are weatherproofed against water and dust, so for those spending a lot of time shooting outdoors, this is great news. Don’t go dunking them in the river just yet, but a little rain is not going to ruin your camera!
Aside from all those differences, what do these cameras have in common?
As you can see the fundamentals of these cameras are like two peas in a pod, but the other details in terms of sensor, time-lapse, ISO, and shutter do differ a little. The bigger D850 also has a longer battery life too.
If you can afford it, the D850 is definitely worth forking out for. Just bear in mind that being a full-frame you do need to have a stack of FX lenses to go with it, adding to the cost of course. The image quality and extra dynamic range are usually worth it, but ultimately it’s up to you.
The D500 will be more than enough for most people, but if you want those extra 25 Megapixels, the slo-mo video, or longer battery life, the decision might get a little tougher.
And keep in mind you get nearly 1/3 less on the max burst for the D850 unless you add the battery pack. Only a detail, but for sports or wildlife photographers, it might make or break the deal!