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.
You can check the comprehensive review of Nikon D7500 here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 950-shot battery life
- 180k-pixel metering sensor
- 8fps burst shooting
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.