This new Nikon D7500 DSLR plugs the gap between the enthusiast D7200 and pro-level D500, balancing performance and features Nikon’s D7xxx DX-format cameras have proved highly popular, offering fantastic specifications at relatively affordable prices, with access to a great range of lenses and accessories. The D7500 doesn’t exactly ‘replace’ its predecessor in the series – the Nikon D7200 is expected to remain in the line-up and in fact, offers technology borrowed from the D500. Most notably, the D7500’s sensor resolution is lower than the D7200’s 24.2-megapixels, matching the 20.9-megapixels offered by the D500. So, should prospective purchasers be put off by this drop in resolution? Let’s come back to that in a moment.
Ergonomics are of course always a matter of personal taste in many respects, but the Nikon D7500 really does impress from a handling perspective. The camera feels solid and well balanced, sitting very comfortably in the hand. The grip is reassuringly deep, and the rubberized weather-sealed body can clearly tolerate plenty of serious use.
In terms of controls, the key buttons and dials are all conveniently located, with function buttons at the front of the camera falling within easy reach for the foreigner. The main mode dial features a locking button to prevent accidental adjustment. The touchscreen is highly responsive and negates the need for time-consuming scrolls through the menu.
The body-only weight is actually slightly less than either the D7200 or the D500, at 640g. The rear LCD is touch-enabled: it’s a tilting design that lips out to offer a waist- level viewfinder option. There’s a pop-up flash built in, which can be used as part of Nikon’s Advanced Wireless Lighting system for controlling multiple flashguns.
The fact that just a single SD card slot is on offer is an undeniable disappointment: many experienced camera owners appreciate the ability to have an additional SD card in place as a backup, or as a means of separately capturing RAW files and JPEGs. In a camera this well-equipped, this does seem to be a surprising omission – especially as the single slot is compatible only with slower UHS-I cards, rather than the faster UHS-II.
NIKON D7500 FEATURES
Highlight Weighted Metering
This new metering mode prioritizes the brightest parts of the picture and is designed to prevent highlight blow-out in high-contrast scenes.
Group Area AF
This autofocus mode makes it easier to follow moving subjects during continuous shooting, especially smaller subjects on distracting backdrops.
You can record a series of images at fixed, programmable intervals, and the camera will turn them into a 4K time-lapse movie, in-camera.
The Nikon D7500 can not only shoot at 8fps, it can capture up to 50 lossless compressed 14-bit RAW files in a burst – performance worthy of a pro sports camera.
Nikon D7500 Specification
|Max Resolution||5568 x 3712|
|Sensor Information||APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)|
|Shutter Speed||1/8000-30 sec|
|ISO Sensitivity||100 - 51200 (Expandable to 50 - 1640000)|
|Viewﬁnder||Optical with pentaprism 100% coverage and 0.94x magniﬁcation.|
|Metering Options||Multi, Center-Weighted, Spot, Highlight-Weighted|
|Flash Modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear Curtain|
|Connectivity||USB, HDMI, IR, Wi-Fi|
|Weight||720 gm Include Battery|
|Dimensions||136 x 104 x 73 mm|
|Batteries||Nikon EN-EL15a Li-ion Battery|
Here is a Nikon D7500 Hands-on Review
Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D7200
In line with the Nikon D500, the ISO range on offer in the D7500 is 50-1640000, an extension on the ISO 100-102400 (with only black and white available at 51200 and beyond) offered by the D7200? This is why the camera’s sensor is 20.9 megapixels rather than the 24.2 megapixels offered by the Nikon D7200: the drop in resolution enables improved noise performance. The noise levels are exceptionally well-controlled right up to 12800 (but especially at lower sensitivities, of course). Combined with the absence of an antialiasing filter it means that the sharpness and clarity delivered by the Nikon D7500 are most impressive: you would assume you were shooting with a camera with a much higher resolution based purely on how the images themselves look. Performance is perfect the detail that the sensor produces provided your technique is up to scratch, of course – is quite stunning. You’d think you were shooting with a camera with a larger full-frame sensor and with a much higher resolution than you actually are. The quality of the images hits you pretty immediately when you first open up the aisles on-screen: there’s no need to zoom into 100% to see the kind of quality that’s on offer.
The Nikon D7500 is also fast, delivering 8 frames per second across a burst of 50 RAW files. The camera’s 51-point AF system is extremely responsive, with 15 cross-type points. During testing, it performed remarkably well in low light, even with the AF assist beam switched off, thanks to EV-3 sensitivity. In contrast to the D7200, Group Area AF mode is on offer here.
Fans of creative photography will appreciate the fact that you can shoot in a multiple-exposure mode that will combine 10 images into one file, while also saving each of the individual frames at the same time. NFC, which was included in the D7200, has been removed here, but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both available for wireless connectivity via the SnapBridge app.
What you are getting with the Nikon D7500 is a crop-sensor camera that effectively offers the sort of image quality you’d normally associate with a full-frame model. To find out more about Cameras and Accessories You can always visit Canon-camera-review.