Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510

Nikon D7500 front
Olympus E-510 front

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 Key Specs

Nikon D7500
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 1640000)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 720g - 136 x 104 x 73mm
  • Launched April 2017
  • Succeeded the Nikon D7200
Olympus E-510
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 490g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Announced November 2007
  • Also referred to as EVOLT E-510
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-500
  • Renewed by Olympus E-520
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Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 Overview

The following is a in-depth analysis of the Nikon D7500 and Olympus E-510, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Olympus. There exists a large gap between the resolutions of the D7500 (21MP) and E-510 (10MP) and the D7500 (APS-C) and E-510 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor size.

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The D7500 was unveiled 9 years after the E-510 which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before we go right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the D7500 grades against the E-510 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D7500 over the Olympus E-510

 D7500 E-510 
AnnouncedApril 2017November 2007Newer by 115 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3.2"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-510 over the Nikon D7500

 E-510 D7500 

Common features in the Nikon D7500 and Olympus E-510

 D7500 E-510 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera, you will want to think about its weight and size. The Nikon D7500 comes with external dimensions of 136mm x 104mm x 73mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 2.9") with a weight of 720 grams (1.59 lbs) and the Olympus E-510 has specifications of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") and a weight of 490 grams (1.08 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon D7500 and Olympus E-510 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose during that time. Here is a front view dimension comparison of the D7500 and the E-510.

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D7500 and E-510 is 60 and 69 respectively.

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to see the gap between sensor dimensions just by reviewing specifications. The picture underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the D7500 and E-510.

To sum up, each of these cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The D7500 with its bigger sensor will make getting shallow DOF simpler and the Nikon D7500 will offer greater detail having an extra 11 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots way more aggressively. The younger D7500 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 sensor size comparison

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D7500 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-510 as a Portrait photography camera
manual focus
good MP (21 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detection focus
exports RAW formats
has manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
low resolution (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon D7500
Street photography with Olympus E-510
has a tilting screen
image stabilization
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
features touch focus
environment proof
very good ISO range (51,200)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
lighter than others in class (490g)
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D7500 Sports photography highlights
Olympus E-510 Sports photography highlights
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization
good MP (21 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
environment proof
supports phase detect auto focus
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect autofocus
low frames per second (3.0 fps)
low resolution (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D7500
Travel photography with Olympus E-510
environment proof
has bluetooth
features touch focus
good MP (21MP)
flash built-in
display is not selfie friendly
lighter than others in class (490 grams)
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
low resolution (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D7500 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-510 as a Landscape photography camera
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
image stabilization
good MP (21MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
very good ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon D7500
Vlogging with Olympus E-510
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization
has face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external microphone port
display is not selfie friendly
no video shooting
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Nikon D7500 vs Olympus E-510 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D7500 and Olympus E-510
 Nikon D7500Olympus E-510
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Olympus
Model Nikon D7500 Olympus E-510
Also called - EVOLT E-510
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2017-04-12 2007-11-23
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 21 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 5568 x 3712 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 51200 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO 1640000 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 -
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 51 3
Cross focus points 15 -
Lens mounting type Nikon F Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 309 45
Focal length multiplier 1.5 2.1
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of display 922k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.46x
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 8.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External flash
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/180 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM -
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector) None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 720 gr (1.59 lb) 490 gr (1.08 lb)
Physical dimensions 136 x 104 x 73mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 2.9") 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 86 52
DXO Color Depth score 24.3 21.2
DXO Dynamic range score 14.0 10.0
DXO Low light score 1483 442
Battery life 950 pictures -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL15a -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $1,247 $550