No doubt about it, the newest inclusion in the Nikon’s DSLR lineup characterizes the so far biggest improvement we have seen in D7*** series; since D700 had first replaced D90. Seemingly, it is a mid range DSLR camera, but it packs up all the bites of a great combo; having Nikon’s 20.9MP sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing engine; both incorporated in the more compact body in an affordable price range. Save to say; it is quite an attractive deal for both new users and existing fans out there. Subsequently, this what has driven us to go and dig the details for this Nikon D7500 Review.
What We Like:
- The Image buffer holds 50 uncompressed RAWs
- Excellent sensors
- Eight fps nonstop shooting
- Tilt-angle screen
- High-end AF system
- Exceptional high-ISO performance
- Dust- and splash-proof
What We Don’t:
- Low on some high-end features of its predecessors.
- There’s only one SD card slot.
- Quite a slow Live View focusing
- Cropped 4K video
Highlights Of Nikon D7500 Review 2017
- A good camera is all about its image quality and highly advanced sensors. This newly hatched Nikon’s mid range DSLR is all wrapped with some exceptionally advanced sensors. Though it drops in resolution, that has its own advantages for its sensitivity. As this newbie in Nikon’s family has adopted D500’s 20.9MP, APS-C CMOS sensor but with no anti-aliasing filter; where it ditched the high-end Nikon D500.
- Much similar to Nikon D500, it also has EXPEED 5 image processor engine. That means it is the master in performing some mind blowing tasks like image noise reduction, image scaling, image sharpening, Bayer filtering, dark frame subtraction, demosaicing, gamma correction and tons of other useful functions in its credit.
- When talking about its body, what flush out in my mind is something like Nikon D7200. The body looks quite a similar to one of its predecessor D7200, but this time the company shaved off 35g weight and appended a touch screen.
- Seemingly, this Nikon D7500 review will have much common with D500. It’s because again like D500, Nikon D7500 is capable of shooting 4K video at up to thirty frames per second, and its shooting speed is hiked up to 8 fps. But still, there is something wrong with 4K video resolution which you will know in this Nikon D7500 review.
- As far as battery life is concerned, it is somewhat appreciable as the camera makes use of EN-EL15a battery; enough to shoot 2000+ shots per charge.
- Unlike Nikon’s high-end flagship camera D500, this mid range DSLR has only one memory card slot; that’s a bit disenchanting when comparing it with D500.
- In terms of connectivity, this super smart camera does not want to be of any less. Yes, it has a headphone jack and a microphone. Besides, it offers you a USB type-C.
“The D7500 IS ALL ABOUT AN excellent balance between performance and size.”
- 20.9MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- 51-point phase detect AF
- Eight fps burst for 100+ JPEGS or 50 Raws
- 180k-pixel RGB sensor for metering and subject recognition
- 3.2″ tilting touchscreen LCD
- Deeper grip
- 4K (UHD) video from 1.5x crop of sensor
- In-camera batch Raw processing
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
However, it is worth noting that not much has changed in Nikon D7500 externally. If we compare the design to its predecessors, we would see many things in common. Though, it holds a position of more compact yet compatible camera with more features embodied in a smaller body. Moreover, 4K video has been appended, but still, it has some limitations like a1.5x crop factor. Anyway, the inclusion of beefed-up sealing, deeper grip and tilting touch screens is somewhat welcoming.
What Did It Drop:
Whereas Nikon’s newbie gains some great features over its predecessors, it also has cut a few things. In this part of the Nikon 7500 review, we would like first to bring light to sensor resolution. On comparing the sensor resolution of both D7500 and D7200, we conclude that the D7500 has 3MP lesser sensor resolution than that of its predecessor. Moreover, it also does not have a second memory card and Ai indexing tab as its direct predecessor D500 had. Due to which it limits the capabilities of manual focus Nikon lenses. Noticeably, all the D7200 lineups had it.
“The AdMIRERS of the series will INEvitably FEEL some changes as a step backwards.”
APS-C CMOS sensor, 20.9MP:
This makes all the difference in Nikon 7500. Whereas both the D7100 and D7200 had 24MP chip. But this time the company has decided to go for lower sensor resolution 20.9MP sensor. However, this is not something new this newbie is baked with; the high-end camera of the company D500 has the similar sensor resolution. Moreover, it accompanied Nikon’s EXPEED 5 image media processor engine. Again like D500, it has omitted low-pass filter; which just justifies the drop in sensor resolution. Whereas, it could look somewhat sacrificing to lose 3 MP resolution to some people. For me it adds shines to its sensitivity.
Moreover, when we compare the ISO range of 100-25,600 of D7200 and D7500, having 100-51,200 standard; we found it offers more flexibility and it expanded range is somewhat impressive. Also, it has the low setting of ISO 50 plus upper ceiling, which is staggering ISO1,640,000. On the other hand, if talk about the practical usability of these top sensitivities, we are not happy saying that it is quite an unusable. But, the merits would still go deep down the sensitivity range, where it can be felt. And if it performs similar to that of D500, then it should be your way to go.
Following the predecessors on its D7xxx line-up, this newly entered Nikon D7500 also sported 3.2 Inches display, and it is the tilt-angle touch screen. It’s quite a responsive and somewhat fluid. These touch operation can be managed from menus, playbacks and when you are shooting live videos. Save to say; it is the simple yet much effective way of displacing AF point in Live Videos. Moreover, it also has a touch shutter mode. This tilt-angle touch screen displays with 922,000-dot resolution.
Singularly, this Nikon D7500 review has a lot more to lure you. The camera also has an eye-level pentaprism optical viewfinder, offering 100% coverage. It seems something much identical to one in D7100 and D7200. It has a magnification of 0.94x and an 18.5mm eye point with full coverage.
This beastly fantastic Nikon D7500 has a 51-point AF system that covers a fair portion of the frame. However, it is worth noting that it is the AF system as in D7200 and D750.
In addition, Nikon D7500 has a way too larger buffer; that is capable of handling up to 50 uncompressed RAW files or virtually unlimited JPEGs at that at a remarkably maximum shooting speed.
More from this Nikon D7500 review, it has got two significant upgrades on the video front. It may seem a minor upgrade to others, but we see it as the most beneficial one. One of which is the power aperture control. This allows you to finally tweak the aperture settings in live view and also while shooting. While on the previous series of D7xxx, you had to drop out the live view mode to tweak the configuration of the aperture. That means it was impossible to do that while shooting. But, now with Nikon D7500, it’s a bit relief to be able to change aperture setting while shooting.
The other most significant upgrade is the 4K video resolution. Seemingly, it is good news to know about its 4K resolution, but bear it with me, it has got some bizarre issues. Since D500 has a larger frame, the 4K resolution with 1.5x cropped region sits perfectly in that case. But, in the D7500, its 4K video 1.5x cropped factor makes it not so good 4K video experience; because of the combo of both 4K 1.5x on an APS-C sensor. This results in making the frame size even smaller. So, what’s the bottom-line? The 4K video resolution can add to the improvement of image sharpness over 1080p; but at the same time, it makes the field of view somewhat smaller.
Body And Handling:
This Nikon D7500 review has more to keep you posted about the body and the handlings of this compact yet amazing DSLR camera. The internal design of Nikon D7500 is shaped out on the concept of a lighter camera with better sealing. The camera body is well-built and reassuringly dense. We found it more comfortable as compared to its predecessors because it’s grip has been remarkably deepened with soft texture coating on the front and back; which is a prominent factor for us to stress upon. Moreover, it weighs 640g / 1lb 6.6oz, meaning it has shaved off 35g of that D7200. The camera is this much chunky that when I held it, my fingers did not slip off the grip. But, it sounds a bit disappointing for those photographers who want to have a better vertical shooting experience, as of now there’s no optional vertical grip.
More from the Nikon D7500 review, just like the D7200, it is also weather-proofed. So, you do not have to change your mind of shooting if the weather seems to be grieving. On the other hand, the magnesium alloy panels found in D7200 are nowhere to be seen in Nikon D7500. Though it is replaced by a monocoque to save on the additional weight.
This should come as no surprise that the Nikon D7500 is offering 8fps. It’s because with the assortment of mirrorless cameras, one like the Fujifilm X-T2, outstripping the performance of 6fps burst shooting of D7200. So, it is quite an obvious move of reaching to 8fps.
Moreover, it EXPEED 5 image processor helps to shoot 50 continuous RAW images before you feel the need of clearing the buffer. That’s an impressive refinement from 16 RAW files at 6fps in D7200.
Just the way we expected, its White Balance turns out to be best at its job, and the meter system also deserves a salute; as it keeps on delivering spot-on exposures.
“Nikon’s new D7500 isn’t as beastly as the D500, but it still packs a serious bite.”
Image quality really does excellence when you bump up high on the ISO range. And if you see the shots taken on the initial point of ISO range, you will get to see the details of the scene you captured.
This newly hatched product of Nikon is available in the USA for $1249 only the body. And the entire deal is available for $1749 with an 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. However, the kit option is better in the European market with the 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR.
The company has a one year of good warranty to offer you on all camera body.
Our Point Of View:
Strangely, this new Nikon D7500 holds a quite awkward position compared to other in its line-up. At one angle, it is the most capable DSLR camera ever put forward in its line-up; having remarkable speed improvement and refinements in ergonomics. On the other hand, it lacks in versatility, in fact, it’s found to be the least versatile camera in its series. And that can become the reason of demagnetization of some users.
Is There A Better Option?
Well, it depends on your mode of use. If the high speed is not something you need; then you can opt for the less expensive Nikon D7200 which is still there for sale. But, using a camera for sports and action photography nothing can touch the class of D7500 in this regard. However, Canon’s 80D somewhat comes close, but it offers seven fps; so it can’t meet the burst rate of Nikon D7500.
Is It Worth Buying?
I hope my Nikon D7500 review would completely answer this question. Again, it depends on your need, if you were among those fanatics who were tempted by the hiked up speed of D500 and its performance; but could not afford it due to a higher price. The Nikon D7500 is all you need. A compact, capable, less pricey and much like Nikon’s high-end camera D500.