The DX-for­mat D500 and FX-for­mat D750 bat­tle it out

Nikon’s full-frame D-SLRs cost a lot more than its DX mod­els. For al­most the same price as the rel­a­tively ba­sic FX-for­mat D750, you can get the high-spec DX-for­mat D500. So how do you choose? We ex­plain the pros and cons of these two mod­els

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PROS

You get much more cam­era for your money – the D500’s specs eas­ily out­strip the D750’s DX lenses are smaller, cheaper and lighter to carry around – and you can use FX lenses on DX Nikons too The 1.5x ‘crop fac­tor’ makes tele­photo lenses ef­fec­tively 1.5x more pow­er­ful

CONS

The smaller DX sen­sor can’t quite match a full-frame FX sen­sor for all-round im­age qual­ity The smaller sen­sor leads to in­creased depth of field, which can be use­ful, but can also make beau­ti­ful bokeh harder to achieve At shorter fo­cal lengths you’ll need to in­vest in DX lenses, which will be of lit­tle use if you up­grade to a full-frame Nikon later

PROS

The larger sen­sor area opens the way for higher ISO sen­si­tiv­i­ties or higher res­o­lu­tion sen­sors that don’t sac­ri­fice over­all qual­ity Depth of field is shal­lower, giv­ing im­ages more spa­tial depth and at­trac­tive back­ground blur If you want to turn pro, a full-frame Nikon is best both for qual­ity and pro ac­ces­sories

CONS

Even an ‘af­ford­able’ FX-for­mat Nikon like the D750 is a pretty ex­pen­sive pur­chase You’ll need to in­vest heav­ily in lenses to ex­ploit the qual­ity po­ten­tial of the full-frame for­mat FX cam­eras are mostly (not al­ways) big­ger and heav­ier, and not de­signed for novices or those still learn­ing

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