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Nikon D7500 Camera Review
Nikon announced the new D7500, which is slated to start shipping “Summer 2017” and will be a replacement to the Nikon D7200. The Nikon D7500 competes in a popular market segment with the Canon EOS80D and the Sony A6300/A6500 bodies (as well as others) offering a more advanced camera with better build quality, performance and features for around $1200-$1500 USD.
The Nikon D7500 will mostly be seen as an incremental update of the very popular D7200, but is a step up from the D7200 in terms of metering, buffer, build and now features a tilt LCD touch screen.
key differences between the New D7500 and the Nikon D7200
- 20 megapixels vs 24 Megapixels on the D7200
- Tilting LCD screen with Touch sensitive vs D7200 fixed screen with no touch control
- Single SD card slot vs dual SD slots on the D7200
- Bigger buffer capable of 50 RAW vs 19 RAW on the D7200
For some users, the lower megapixel count will be seen as a disadvantage since “more is better”. However, the image quality from the D500 is an improvement over the 24mp D7200 sensor, especially in low light and in real world photography the 4MP difference is not all that significant, even in prints over 13×19 inches.
Probably the biggest howl I have observed from users about the new D7500 is the lack of a second card slot. The second card slot is a nice feature, especially for wedding photogaphers who opt to have a second “backup” copy of the image stored on the second card. However, the D7200 was the only camera in it’s class that offered a second card slot. The Canon EOS 80D, the most popular comeptitor to the D7200/D7500 Nikon bodies, only has a single card slot.
Another change that will be seen as a downgrade is the lack of the index tab for older lenses. This tab is what communicates to the camera the aperture setting on the lens since older lenses are not controlled electronically. You can still use these lenses, but you will have to either use a spot meter or guess, shoot and review.
One more thing that has been observed is there does not appear to be a battery grip option for the new Nikon D7500. One was not announced with the camera, and there is not a connection on the bottom for the current grip. Now it is possible that Nikon may be working on a battery grip option that uses a stalk that goes into the camera body similar to Canon. I prefer this design as it allows me access to both batteries without having to remove the battery grip. We will have to wait and see if that is the case.
Nikon D7500 Product Images
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Overall the Nikon D7500 will be seen as an update to the very popular D7200. There are some controversial decisions that have been made by Nikon such as the single card slot, lack of battery grip option and perhaps even the lower megapixel count. However, the Nikon D7500 shoots at a faster 8fps and has an even larger buffer accommodating up to 50 RAW 14-bit images. It also features a new tilting touch screen LCD and “enhanced” weather sealing. Nikon has to be careful here to avoid cannibalizing D500 sales. The D500 needs to be seen as a worthwhile upgrade over the D7500 since it commands a $700 premium over the D7500.
It will be interesting to see how the camera performs when it starts shipping in the Summer.
Nikon D7500 DX-format Digital SLR Camera Body, Black
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Nikon D7500 DSLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
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|Sensor Size||APS-C (1.5x)|
|Body Construction||Not specified|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.35 x 4.09 x 2.87|
|Memory Card||SD UHS1|
|Dual Command Wheels||Yes|
|ISO Range||100-51200 (50-1,640,000 extended)|
|Mirror Lock Up||Yes|
|Articulated LCD Screen||Tilt Only|
|Remote Shutter Release||Wired & Wireless (InfraRed)|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250|
|Built In Flash||Yes|
|Wireless TTL Flash||Yes|
|Video Specs||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 48 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 48 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1280 x 720 @ 60p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1280 x 720 @ 60p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1280 x 720 @ 50p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1280 x 720 @ 50p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
|Built In Mic||Stereo|