Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D front
Nikon D500 front

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 Key Specs

Konica Minolta 5D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 670g - 131 x 93 x 67mm
  • Revealed July 2005
  • Alternate Name is Dynax 5D
  • Replacement is Sony A100
Nikon D500
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  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 1640000)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 860g - 147 x 115 x 81mm
  • Launched January 2016
  • Old Model is Nikon D300S
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Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 Overview

Following is a in depth analysis of the Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500, both Advanced DSLR cameras by rivals Konica and Nikon. There exists a crucial gap among the sensor resolutions of the Minolta 5D (6MP) and D500 (21MP) but they possess the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The Minolta 5D was announced 11 years earlier than the D500 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the Minolta 5D matches up versus the D500 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Konica Minolta 5D over the Nikon D500

 Minolta 5D D500 

Reasons to pick Nikon D500 over the Konica Minolta 5D

 D500 Minolta 5D 
LaunchedJanuary 2016July 2005More modern by 127 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3.2"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution2359k115kClearer screen (+2244k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Konica Minolta 5D and Nikon D500

 Minolta 5D D500 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Konica Minolta 5D enjoys external dimensions of 131mm x 93mm x 67mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.6") with a weight of 670 grams (1.48 lbs) and the Nikon D500 has dimensions of 147mm x 115mm x 81mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 3.2") with a weight of 860 grams (1.90 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you use at that moment. Here is the front view sizing comparison of the Minolta 5D versus the D500.

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the Minolta 5D and D500 is 64 and 56 respectively.

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 top view buttons comparison

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes only by viewing technical specs. The picture below will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the Minolta 5D and D500.

As you have seen, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Nikon D500 to provide you with more detail with its extra 15MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The more aged Minolta 5D will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 sensor size comparison

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 Screen and ViewFinder

Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Konica Minolta 5D Portrait photography details
Nikon D500 Portrait photography details
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
resolution not great (6MP)
has manual focus
good MP (21 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Konica Minolta 5D Street photography advice
Nikon D500 Street photography advice
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
has touch to focus
weather proof
above average high ISO (51,200)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Konica Minolta 5D Sports photography highlights
Nikon D500 Sports photography highlights
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
resolution not great (6 megapixels)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good MP (21MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery (1,240 per charge)
has phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Konica Minolta 5D Travel photography details
Nikon D500 Travel photography details
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse function
resolution not great (6 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
great battery (1,240 shots)
weather proof
has bluetooth
has touch to focus
good MP (21MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Konica Minolta 5D Landscape photography features
Nikon D500 Landscape photography features
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
doesn't have liveview
resolution not great (6 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse function
has manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inch)
good MP (21 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
does not have anti aliasing filter
above average high ISO (51,200)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
great battery (1,240 CIPA)
two card slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Konica Minolta 5D
Vlogging with Nikon D500
can't record video
has touchscreen
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external mic socket
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Konica Minolta 5D vs Nikon D500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Konica Minolta 5D and Nikon D500
 Konica Minolta Maxxum 5DNikon D500
General Information
Manufacturer Konica Nikon
Model type Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D Nikon D500
Also called as Dynax 5D -
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2005-07-15 2016-01-05
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip - Expeed 5
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixel 21 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 3008 x 2000 5568 x 3712
Max native ISO 3200 51200
Max boosted ISO - 1640000
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO - 50
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 153
Cross type focus points - 99
Lens mount type Sony/Minolta Alpha Nikon F
Amount of lenses 143 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.5 inches 3.2 inches
Display resolution 115k dots 2,359k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x 0.66x
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 seconds 1/250 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
Max video resolution None 3840x2160
Video format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 670 grams (1.48 lb) 860 grams (1.90 lb)
Dimensions 131 x 93 x 67mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.6") 147 x 115 x 81mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 58 84
DXO Color Depth rating 21.3 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.1 14.0
DXO Low light rating 605 1324
Battery life - 1240 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-400 EN-EL15
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) XQD/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
Card slots Single 2
Retail price $1,100 $1,497