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Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9

Portability
60
Imaging
66
Features
92
Overall
76
Nikon D7500 front
 
Sigma SD9 front
Portability
54
Imaging
39
Features
27
Overall
34

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 Key Specs

Nikon D7500
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 1640000)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 720g - 136 x 104 x 73mm
  • Launched April 2017
  • Replaced the Nikon D7200
Sigma SD9
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Announced November 2002
  • Updated by Sigma SD10
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Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 Overview

Let's look closer at the Nikon D7500 and Sigma SD9, both Advanced DSLR cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sigma. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the D7500 (21MP) and SD9 (3MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The D7500 was announced 14 years later than the SD9 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the D7500 matches up against the SD9 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D7500 over the Sigma SD9

 D7500 SD9 
AnnouncedApril 2017November 2002Fresher by 176 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3.2"1.8"Larger display (+1.4")
Display resolution922k130kSharper display (+792k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma SD9 over the Nikon D7500

 SD9 D7500 

Common features in the Nikon D7500 and Sigma SD9

 D7500 SD9 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you should factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon D7500 offers outer measurements of 136mm x 104mm x 73mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 2.9") along with a weight of 720 grams (1.59 lbs) whilst the Sigma SD9 has measurements of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") with a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the D7500 against the SD9.

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the D7500 and SD9 is 60 and 54 respectively.

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing merely by viewing a spec sheet. The graphic below might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the D7500 and SD9.

As you can see, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can anticipate the Nikon D7500 to render more detail with its extra 18MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop photos way more aggressively. The more modern D7500 should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 sensor size comparison

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D7500 Portrait photography advice
Sigma SD9 Portrait photography advice
79
focusing manually
MP count good (21MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
47
focusing manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
does not have liveview
MP count low (3 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D7500 Street photography info
Sigma SD9 Street photography info
76
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
has touch focus
environment sealing
good ISO range (51,200)
43
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition (950g)
max ISO too low (400)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D7500 Sports photography information
Sigma SD9 Sports photography information
83
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization
MP count good (21MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
has phase detect autofocus
36
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000 seconds)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
does not have liveview
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (3MP)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D7500 Travel photography features
Sigma SD9 Travel photography features
70
environment sealing
supports bluetooth
has touch focus
MP count good (21 megapixels)
flash built-in
display isn't selfie friendly
29
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (950 grams)
MP count low (3MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D7500 Landscape photography features
Sigma SD9 Landscape photography features
82
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
has image stabilization
MP count good (21 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
41
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sigma SA mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
tiny screen (1.8")
does not have liveview
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (3 megapixels)
max ISO too low (400)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D7500 Vlogging advice
Sigma SD9 Vlogging advice
35
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization
provides face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has mic jack
display isn't selfie friendly
9
no video
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Nikon D7500 vs Sigma SD9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D7500 and Sigma SD9
 Nikon D7500Sigma SD9
General Information
Brand Nikon Sigma
Model Nikon D7500 Sigma SD9
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2017-04-12 2002-11-26
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 5 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 21 megapixels 3 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 5568 x 3712 2268 x 1512
Max native ISO 51200 400
Max enhanced ISO 1640000 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 51 -
Cross focus points 15 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon F Sigma SA
Amount of lenses 309 76
Crop factor 1.5 1.7
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.2 inch 1.8 inch
Resolution of display 922 thousand dots 130 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 98%
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.77x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 8.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM -
Max video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector) None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 720g (1.59 pounds) 950g (2.09 pounds)
Physical dimensions 136 x 104 x 73mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 2.9") 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 86 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 24.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 14.0 not tested
DXO Low light score 1483 not tested
Other
Battery life 950 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL15a -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash Type I or II
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $1,247 $3,001