Nikon-D7500 review

Nikon D7500 review is here. Nikon has made no substantive changes to their enthusiast-focused dSLRs series since three years ago – it was 2013 they made their last major update, precisely to D7100’s. The subsequent D7200 rested on the laurels of D700’s. However, with the new D7500, every-other year pendulum swings to deliver notable enhancements, some of which are inherited from 2016 D500 – hence the model number jump.

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The pricing of this camera remain similar to other Nikon cameras as they plan to sell the body alone for $1,250/£1,299.99. Anyone buying the body with the veteran 18-140mm lens will pay $1,750/£1,599.99. Though I don’t know the price of the camera for other regions, but you can calculate by converting $1,250 to your currency. The camera is expected to ship this summer.

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Features of Nikon D7500

  • 4k video capture
  • APS-C CMOS sensor, 20.9MP
  • 2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 922,000 dots

One of the most important shake-ups brought by D7500 is the change to the sensor. While D7200 and D7100 sported 24MP chips, Nikon has opted here to use slightly lower-resolution of 20.9MP sensor from the D500, which is teamed with Nikon’s EXPEED 5 image processor in that camera.

While it may look like a sacrifice to lose about 4MP compared to the D7200 with 24.2MP, the drop in resolution presents some advantages, especially when it comes to sensitivity.

Compared to ISO range of 100-25,600 in D7200, the 100-51,200 standards in D7500 offers an additional stop of flexibility, but it is the expanded range that impresses. There is a low ISO50 setting, while there is also an upper ceiling of ISO1,640,000. Honestly, the upper sensitivities are likely to be useless, but the benefits will certainly be felt in the sensitivity range, and if this new camera performs just like D500, it should impress users in this regard.

While both D7200 and D7100 sported 3.2-inch displays that sat flush with the body of the camera, the D7500 boasts of 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen display with 922,000-dot resolution. The eye-level pentaprism optical viewfinder of D7500 offers 100% coverage.

It is pleasing to see 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video capture in D7500 at 30, 25 and 24p up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. As usual with the brand, there are lower-resolution video modes and the Full HD footage can be shot in 60p for a slow-motion playback. Additionally, you can create 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera and there is electronic Vibration Reduction to minimize the impact of camera shake while shooting movies hand-held.

The D7500 also provides simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed through HDMI, as well as a headphone and the microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring.

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The D7500 features a single SD card slot unlike the two in D7200 when it comes to cards. This will certainly be a disappointment for some of the potential users of the camera.

Like we have seen it in D5600, D3400 and D500, he D7500 sports Nikon’s SnapBridge technology that enables the camera to stay permanently linked to any smart device over a very low-power Bluetooth connection or via Wi-Fi. It means after the initial connection, the image can be automatically transferred to your phone whenever you shoot.

Nikon D7500 camera

Build and Handling

  • It’s 5% lighter than the D7200
  • It weighs 640g / 1lb 6.60z
  • It comes with comprehensive weather sealing

The Nikon D7500 is 16% lighter than the D500 and 5% lighter than the D7200 – it weighs 640g / 1lb 6.60z. Despite the little weight saving, it still feels very solid.

D7500 is also weather-proofed just like the D7200, so, it will not be difficult to continue shooting when the elements turn against you. The magnesium alloy panels found in the D7200’s construction are not in D7500, but are replaced by a single monocoque construction in a bid to save weight.

There are also some tweaks to the buttons placement of D7500 compared to the D7200. The metering mode button on top-plate has disappeared and replaced by ISO button as it is found in D500. Its position has also slightly shifted to be a little closer to the exposure compensation control, making it much easier to reach when the camera is raised to your eye.

At the back of Nikon D7500, the layout of the general control remains identical to that of D7200. However, the metering mode in this camera takes the place vacated by the ISO control, while the ‘I’ and ‘info’ buttons have swapped positions.

There is also tap-to-focus control, which allows you to tap the screen where you wish to focus and trigger the shutter at the same time. The touchscreen allows quick review of images as you can swipe through photos and pinch-zoom images. You can also navigate the menus via the touchscreen – the first for a Nikon DSLR.

However, the reduction in screen resolution over the D7200’s 1,299,000 dots looks like a backward step, but during our time with the camera it didn’t seem to impact on our experience. The sharpness is great, but we will explore it in detail in our full review.

Nikon D7500 camera

Autofocus

  • Group-Area AF added
  • 51-point AF, 15 cross-type AF points
  • Auto AF Fine Tune

Though the Nikon D7500 shared a lot with the D500, it doesn’t enjoy the sophisticated 153-point AF system enjoyed by the D500. It instead gets an uprated version of the 51-point AF system found in D7200.

Autofocus in Live View may present a bit of clunky experience with most Nikon DSLRs, but it looks a bit quicker on D7500.

Performance

  • 950-shot battery life
  • 180k-pixel metering sensor
  • 8fps burst shooting

Nikon D7500 camera

Early verdict

Since the D7000 arrived to replace D90, this latest addition to the Nikon’s DSLR  represents the biggest addition we have seen in D7xxx series.

There are also some tempting features here. The 153-point AF system found in D500 may not be available in this new camera, but the enhanced 51-point system in the D7500 puts a lot of rival systems in the shade. The tilt-angle touchscreen display, 4K video capture and 8fps burst shooting are the highlight of the very well-specified D7500 camera.

The appearance of Nikon’s 20.9MP sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing engine presented in a compact and affordable body is the most exciting thing about it. This feature will definitely attract the new and existing users who are clamoring for upgrades.

As a little brother to D500, the D7500 can only be a good thing.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I like everything about the D7500. It is really a D500 in a smaller size and lighter body. The fact that the D7500 shares the same image sensor, metering sensor, EXPEED 5 processor, and Touchscreen/Flip-screen as the D500 is amazing especially at its price point. One SD card slot is fine.

    I must add that the 8 fps (frames per second) speed and full weather-proof sealing on the D7500 makes this camera great for sports and the elements especially shooting wildlife and around water. I have not shot indoors sports but knowing that it will handle flickering light is great. It is fantastic that camera technology has come this far since the D7000 was released.

  2. Great review – thanks for sharing. It’s always interesting to hear thoughts on some of the latest technology products to hit the stores. Photos are certainly an important and great memory to take with us, so finding a quality camera is important. Having said that, it’s amazing how competitive phone cameras have also come to be!

  3. 1.5 crop in 4K mode. So thats 1.5 (APS-C) x 1.5 (4K) means 2.25 crop in video mode?

    GH5 is 2x (as per m43 format) less if you employ a focal reducer..
    5D4 is 2x time, to be reduced via firmware…

    I wonder what the actual pull down is? 1:1 pixel in 4K mode?

  4. thank you for the article. I’m considering going for a D7200, but am now wondering if I should wait for the D7500. However, build quality is a very important consideration for me. Here you have mentioned that the D7500 has a magnesium alloy body, but elsewhere I believe I’ve read it has a composite monocoque construction (it was implied that this is inferior to the magnesium alloy body of the D7200). Would you have any more information regarding this?

  5. Great review. First it was the Nikon D750 with its Tilting Screen and wonderful ergonomic body with an excellent hand-grip. Then the Nikon D5500 came out with a Touchscreen LCD Display. And then the D500 combined both of these features, adds 4K video, speed, and a massive image buffer. And finally Nikon comes out with the D7500 which has all of these features and more; and comes as a smaller D500 in size and weight. The D7500 is a superior wildlife and spots camera than the D7200 and a massive upgrade. Everything one could expect in a prosumer camera is in the D500. I waited for this camera not knowing what to expect, but Nikon has blown me away. Well done Nikon!

  6. Price point does not seem to match. It appears that it will cost £1299 but you can buy D500 for only £1499. Not sure what the attraction would be to save £200? Slightly smaller and lighter than D500 but overall a lower spec.

  7. No significant upgrade on d7200. A lot downgraded, no battery grip, one slot and lower resolution just to gain a touch screen and 4k video??? Nikon you are about to lose a thirty year loyal customer when it is time to change my d7200. I will not buy the glass I was planning as I will probably move to true innovators like Fuji and Sony who listen to their customers. Where an upgrade is a true upgrade. Goodbye Nikon, you have lost the plot.

  8. For serious photography I would pick D7200 by all means over D7500 gimmick. Following are the serious mistakes:
    1. downgrade from dual card-slot? For someone who saves RAW in one and JPG in another slot this is a big downgrade in camera. Having both formats in one card makes it messy.
    2. No aperture tab? lol this makes it more like the successor of D5500. Nikon has amazing vintage manual focus AI and AI-S lenses and this camera like D3xxx and D5xxx series cameras, isn’t capable of metering with these lenses? lol this is a nice strategy by Nikon to sell new lenses. No thank you!

  9. Why does it take Nikon so long to do these crappy parts bin refreshes? The life cycle should be less than a year since there’s no new tech nor innovation. More importantly, why even bother doing it to start with as so many people think the old D7200 might be superior.

  10. I quit Nikon for Fuji ages ago, small size, excellent IQ, actual dials and the advantages of the EVF sold it for me. It actually makes me laugh when I pick up a DSLR now, the size of them and the antiquated tech. It will be fascinating to see the moment when mirrorless finally eclipse everything the SLR does.

  11. Nikon is not forcing me to a D500 with D3XXX type lugs, plastic body, and only one SD slot. They are chasing me to an XT-2 and Fuji’s amazing glass. I was going to upgrade my D600/D7000 combo. The D7500 will not be on my list. They are only following Canon’s example when the took all that was good in the 50D and left it out of the 60D. At least they left AF Fine Tune, something Canon dropped. What I see is one getting a less durable camera for a higher price.

  12. Amateur strap lugs, no second card… Still not the end of the world. Better in some ways than my D7100 I use to shoot sports semi-pro with, but worse in just a few ways (I’m not crying myself to sleep over 4 lousy megapixels). I’d be hard pressed to pick between it and a refurb D500 for a few dollars more, though…

  13. Wanna get it in my hands before I can make any sort of judgment call. I will say that Nikon has a skill in building DSLRs that are compact but do not scarifice on ergonomics. The D5600 is a perfect example of this. In fact every recent Nikon I’ve handled, you feel like it’s a camera you could spend all day with and not get tired of shooting with. Was it a mistake to remove the one card slot, I have to agree that it was. But Canon has never offered it on their competing models and I didn’t see people foaming at the mouth about that. Let me also point that this camera is more compact than the 80d. So regardless of that I suspect a lot of people who buy this camera will enjoy shooting with it.

  14. Literally just bought a D7200 a week ago to replace a D5100. I knew there was the impending release of this camera and given all the “leaked” info I did not see a reason to wait. Now that it is finally revealed I dont feel like I made a mistake buying the D7200. Only thing on the D7500 I could possibly find useful is the tilt screen but for me that is about it.

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