Nikon D7500 Review

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The Nikon D7500 came out just April this year. It is a fresh model from Nikon, a midrange APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) DSLR that gets compared a lot with its predecessors, the Nikon D7200 and the Nikon D500. The Nikon D7500 comes packed with features targeted toward the practical fast action photographer.

The Nikon D7500 is a semi-pro camera with a 20.9 MP CMOS sensor. A lot of its features are similar to the Nikon D500, including the MP rating and its high-res metering sensor. Their image processors are also very similar (That’s the EXPEED 5 for you.). Finally, like its older brother, the Nikon D7500 is designed for speed, which is why it is recommended for use in fast action photography.

There are a few differences that have so far left quite a lot of Nikon D7000 series fans disappointed, though. For example, the D7500 has no second memory card slot and no “Ai” indexing tab. If you have not been working with DSLRs for a long time, take note that this means the D7500 is restricted in terms of compatibility with old Nikon lenses with manual focus, which is something a lot of photographers have come to love about the D7000s.

Now that you have some perspective as to what we are looking at, here are the features of the Nikon D7500.

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8 fps burst

One key difference between the Nikon D7500 and its predecessor, though, is that the Nikon D7500 can shoot at an additional 2 fps. 8 fps can give you more than a hundred JPGs. this 8 fps continuous shooting feature can also shoot up to 50 RAWs (14-bit lossless compressed). It is not hard at all to find a camera that can shoot faster than that, but 8 fps is a very attractive feature in this price range. This is high speed for a low (relatively, that is) price.

4K (UHD) video

The Nikon D7500 clearly means business. It comes equipped with 4K video. You can record up to 29:59 of 4K video. That is in UHD/30p and full HD. It allows for recording of uncompressed 8-bit files (4:2:2) to an external recorder while saving to its own memory card. Simply connect the external recorder via HDMI, and you are ready to shoot simultaneously. Of course, there is an option to shoot videos in MP4, which is great if you want something that you can play on your mobile phone without guilt.

However, similar to other Nikon models, the 4K video capability of the Nikon D7500 is limited by its 1.5x crop factor. But it does try to make up for its shortcoming by having a lot of neat filmmaking features that can really enhance your shot.

20.9 MP APS-C CMOS sensor

This sensor is clearly built for fast readout capabilities. Combine this with the 8 fps burst and 4K video, and you get high-speed photography with vibrant colors, razor sharp outlines, and just an excellent image altogether. This CMOS sensor does not have a low-pass filter, which means you can perfectly balance high image resolution and minimal noise. This is what is behind the incredibly sharp images shot by the Nikon D7500.

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51-point phase detect AF

The Nikon D7500 borrows this feature from some of its brothers from the D7000 line, and we think that is wise of Nikon to do. If something works well, then there is no need to replace it. We like Nikon’s AF module because it is so reliable. It is smart and never fails.

Power aperture control

The Nikon D7500 gives you the opportunity to modify your aperture settings quietly and easily while recording. This is useful if you are shooting and suddenly notice considerable brightness shifts in your shot.

180K-pixel RGB sensor

This is another feature that the Nikon D7500 shares with the D500. This 180K-pixel RGB sensor is a powerful tool that proves very useful for such enhancements as i-TTL, AWB, matrix metering, 3D tracking, and more.

Wide ISO range

The Nikon D7500 has an awesome ISO range of 100 to 51,200 (100 is really about the lowest you can go nowadays). We like this so much because for us, a camera is only as good as its capability to shoot at low light while retaining sharpness and minimizing noise. The ISO range of the Nikon D7500 is expandable to ISO 1,640,000. Talk about versatile.

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3.2” tilting touchscreen LCD

The tilting monitor of the Nikon D7500 lets you shoot wide angles easily. When using live view, you can release the shutter or focus by touch. This is helpful for low-angle macro shots.

Precision optical viewfinder

With this kind of feature, the images displayed by the Nikon D7500 on its viewfinder are as close to the real thing as possible. This is another feature you will like if you often shoot in low-light settings. The rendition is bright and clear

Ergonomic grip design

We think grip is always important in a camera, considering how often we have to hold it up and remain very still as we wait for the perfect shot. The Nikon D7500 has a deep grip. It is comfortable to hold and reduces the likelihood of fatigue.

Weather sealing

Nikon upped the ante with their weather sealing feature on the Nikon D7500. They made it stronger, thereby further establishing the Nikon D7500 as an ideal gadget for high-speed photography enthusiasts.

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8.8 Total Score
Nikon D7500

All in all, we feel very confident about recommending the Nikon D7500. It has a good sensor and an ultra-fast image processing engine. Combine those with the numerous other features of this camera, and you have a highly reliable model that can shoot fast and slow, day and night. Sure, it is not perfect, but no camera is!

DESIGN
9
FEATURES
8.5
PERFORMANCE
8.5
IMAGE QUALITY
9
PROS
  • Wide ISO range
  • Fast image processing
  • Excellent AF module
  • 4K video
  • Compact body
  • Great at shooting moving objects
CONS
  • Limited 4K due to cropping
  • No second memory card slot
  • No “Ai” indexing tab
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