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Canon EOS 200D (Rebel SL2) vs Nikon D7500

We compare the Canon EOS 200D (Rebel SL2) to the Nikon D7500: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Amateur DSLR category.

Here are both models side by side. The Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 is on the left, the Nikon D7500 on the right:

EOS 200D vs D7500 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 vs Nikon D7500: Specifications at a glance

EOS 200D

  • Introduced in June 2017
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 4 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount EF, EF-S
  • WiFi built-in
  • 122 x 93 x 70mm³ (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8")
  • 455g (14.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS 200D

D7500

  • Introduced in April 2017
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 21 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 135.5 x 104 x 72.5mm³ (5.3" x 4.1" x 2.9")
  • 720g (23.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D7500

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for EOS 200D and D7500

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

EOS 200D vs D7500: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: APS-C (called DX by Nikon). This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: EOS 200D an D7500 sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The APS-C sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 332mm² (13.1 sq.in.).

EOS 200D vs D7500: The viewfinders

The EOS 200D uses an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. The viewfinder covers 95% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.54x.

The D7500 features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.63x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

EOS 200D (0.54x)

D7500 (0.63x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS 200DSimulated viewfinder of the D7500

Advantage: Nikon D7500

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS 200D on the left, the Nikon D7500 in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS 200D

D7500

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.0020.90
Larger lens selection (3)220200
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)1.040.92
Weighs less (2)455g
(14.7 oz.)
720g
(23.2 oz.)
More portable (2)794cm³
(50 cu.in.)
1022cm³
(64 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS 200D are the higher resolution, the larger selection of lenses and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is the lower weight than the D7500 and the more compact size.

The EOS 200D scores 14 points.

...and here's where the Nikon D7500 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS 200D

D7500

Faster (4, frames/second)48
More AF points (4)951
Sensitivity (4)100 - 25600 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Better viewfinder (4)Penta mirrorPenta prism
Better Video (2)1920 x 10803840 x 2160
Longer battery life (3, photos)650950

Conclusion: Advantages of the D7500 are that the camera is faster, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger sensitivity. We also like the better viewfinder, the superior video recording and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 21 points for the D7500.

...and here's what both have in common

EOS 200D

D7500

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Built-in flash
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
External microphone
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS 200D again on the left, Nikon D7500 on the right:

Front view of the EOS 200D and the D7500...

EOS 200D und D7500, front viewEOS 200D und D7500, front view

...and here we see the Canon and the Nikon from above:

EOS 200D und D7500, view from aboveEOS 200D und D7500, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2

Nikon D7500

14
21

CameraCreativ recommends the Nikon D7500.

Our rating of the Canon EOS 200D

The EOS 200D (US: Rebel SL2) is the smallest DSLR in Canon's lineup and follows the EOS 100D (US: Rebel SL1) of 2013. Featuring a new battery for greatly improved stamina, the compact camera also gains Dual Pixel Autofocus (DPAF) for better autofocus when recording videos and in Live View mode. The APS-C sized sensor records 24 megapixel and captures video with up to 1920 x 1080 pixel (FullHD). The connector for an external microphone is a plus for videographers.

Our rating of the Nikon D7500

Nikon's D7500 is aimed at enthusiasts who are willing to trade some of the D500's more high end features for a significantly lower price. Tradeoffs include USB 2 instead of USB 3, no protection and seals against water and dust and lower continuous drive. On the plus side, the D7500 features a built-in flash which the D500 omits. Sensor, image processor and AF system are identical to the more expensive APS-C / DX sibling. With Boost the sensitivity maxes out at a whopping 1.640.000 ISO, a record value for a sensor this size. Other pros include the nice articulated touchscreen and the bright viewfinder with a magnification of 0.63x, a very good value for an APS-C /DX camera.

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