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Nikon D7500 Review

If you still prefer DSLRs over mirrorless cameras, you may find some incredible deals among higher-end APS-C models that were released a few years back; the Nikon D7500 is a fantastic example of this.

When it was first released in April 2017, the D7500 was a premium, enthusiast-level DSLR that took a lot of inspiration from the Nikon D500, which was at the time Nikon’s flagship DX-format camera. It was positioned above the D7200, which has since been phased out of production, and below the latter.

In that case, what additional value does it offer to the table? The Nikon D7500 has a burst shooting rate of 8 frames per second in addition to a large buffer, making it an excellent choice for photographing sports and action. Additionally, it captures 4K video at a frame rate of 30 frames per second, which is impressive for a DSLR camera aimed at enthusiasts at the time. Fans of DSLR cameras will feel right at home with the weather-sealing and bulky handling of the D7500’s frame, which has a reassuringly heavy feel to it.

There are, of course, other fantastic mirrorless cameras available, such as the brand-new Nikon Z50, that can be purchased for the same amount of money as the D7500. However, if the handling, battery life, and optical viewfinder of a digital single-lens reflex camera are what you seek, then the D7500 currently provides outstanding value for the money.

Nikon D7500 Build Quality

  • Weighs 640g / 1lb 6.6oz
  • 5 percent less weight than the D7200
  • Comprehensive protection from the elements

The Nikon D7500 weighs in at a manageable 640 grams (or 1 pound and 6.6 ounces), making it 5% lighter than the D7200, which has since been discontinued, and 16% lighter than the D500. Despite this little reduction in weight, though, it still has a reassuringly robust feel when held in the hand.

When compared to the D7200, the handgrip on the D7500 is somewhat deeper. This, in conjunction with the coatings that have a softer texture on the front and back of the grip, ensures that the D7500 is pleasant to hold while still providing a sense of security.

The D7500 is chunky enough that when we held the camera our little finger did not slip off the bottom of the grip. This is just as well as those who want an even better purchase and a more comfortable experience when shooting vertically will be disappointed to hear that there is not currently an optional vertical grip available for purchase.

There is clearly a tap-to-focus control (you can also tap the region of the screen where you want to focus and trigger the shutter at the same time), while the touchscreen makes examining shots that much quicker as well – you can swipe through photos and pinch images to zoom in and out. In addition, the menus may be accessed via the touchscreen, which is a feature that has not before been available on a Nikon DSLR.

However, the decrease in screen resolution from the D7200’s 1,299,000 dots to 922,000 dots seemed like a bit of a step backward. That was even lower than the D5600’s 1,037,000-dot resolution; however, during our time with the camera, it didn’t seem to impact the user experience, with a decent amount of clarity and good color rendition.

Nikon D7500 Autofocus

  • 51-point AF, 15 cross-type AF points
  • Group-Area AF and Auto AF Fine Tune are two new features.

In spite of the fact that the Nikon D7500 is heavily inspired by the D500, it does not have the same highly developed autofocus mechanism that the D500 does. Instead, it comes with an improved version of the 51-point autofocus technology that was included in the D7200.

Even in 2017, this method was already showing its age, but it is a tried-and-true solution that continues to perform well. Fifteen of the fifty-one AF points are of the more sensitive cross-type form, which provides higher precision and accuracy, and the coverage may be customized to be as few as twenty-one or as many as nine points if you so want.

The Group-Area AF mode made its debut on the D810 and has now been included into the AF system of the D7500. Because of this, subject identification and tracking are improved, and the D7500 is able to increase both focus acquisition and background isolation. It does this by continuously monitoring five separate AF fields.

Autofocus in Live View can be a bit of a cumbersome experience with many Nikon DSLRs, but it is a little bit more sophisticated with the D7500. It is not a match for Canon’s brilliant Dual Pixel AF technology, which has been used in cameras for years, but the focusing is better than we’ve observed with a lot of previous Nikon bodies, and the option to tap-focus using the touchscreen speeds up the process significantly.

Nikon D7500 Performance

  • rapid fire at 8 frames per second
  • 950 shots on a single charge and a metering sensor with 180K pixels

It should not have come as a surprise that the Nikon D7500 has a burst shooting speed of 8 fps, considering that a slew of mirrorless cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-T3, have eclipsed the 6 fps burst shooting performance of the now-defunct D7200.

The new EXPEED 5 image processor helps the D7500 shoot a burst of 50 raw files before the buffer needs to be cleared. This is a significant improvement over the D7200, which could only shoot 18 raw files at 6 frames per second, and it is impressive for a DSLR that is not intended for professional use.

Nikon D7500 Image quality

  • ISO100–51,200, with an expansion range of 50–1,640,000
  • An impressive range of possible intensities
  • Excellent noise performance

The marvelous D500 sensor is at the core of the Nikon D7500, so it should come as no surprise that the results are outstanding.

It may have a little lower pixel count than more reasonably priced DX Nikon DSLRs, but as long as you don’t plan to spend most of your time shooting at ISO 100, you’ll find that the tiny reduction in resolution is a sacrifice that’s well worth paying.

When you move outside of the range of the camera’s innate sensitivities, you will notice that things begin to degrade. Having said that, the outcomes at Hi1 (ISO 102,400) are actually pretty good for such a high value, but banding begins to creep into images shot at Hi2 (ISO 204,800). We would advise against using anything higher, as the outcomes can look quite murky and suffer from a severe lack of detail.

In addition, the dynamic range is rather remarkable. It is feasible to recover shadow detail in a photo that has been underexposed by about five stops – even six if you really push yourself – and still end up with a very excellent shot. This is accomplished by increasing the exposure by one or more stops.

Nikon D7500 Specs

Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution5568 x 3712
Other resolutions4176 x 2784, 2784 x 1856
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels21 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 5
ISOISO 100 – 51200 (expandable to 50 – 1640000)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)1640000
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (5)
Image stabilizationDigital only
Image stabilization notes3-axis Electronic for Full HD and below
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points51
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.94× (0.63× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Continuous drive8.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in 1-stop increments)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesSupports MOV and MP4 packages
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 48 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 48 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 60p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 60p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 50p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 50p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notesWi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL15a lithium-ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)950
Weight (inc. batteries)720 g (1.59 lb / 25.40 oz)
Dimensions136 x 104 x 73 mm (5.35 x 4.09 x 2.87″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (4K output)
GPS notesGP-1A

Nikon D7500 Final Verdict

Since the D7000 took the place of the D90 in 2010, when it was first introduced, the Nikon D7500 was the most significant upgrade to the series that we had seen up to that point. It was an amazing younger brother of the professional-level D500, which is still available to purchase today.

Despite the shift toward mirrorless cameras that have taken place since it was released in 2017, the D7500 continues to provide remarkable performance despite the fact that its price tag is continuing to decrease. If battery life and handling are factors that are essential to you, then purchasing a DSLR is an attractive alternative given the price difference between the two types of cameras. Mirrorless cameras have been increasingly popular in recent years.

The 51-point autofocus system on the D7500 may sound a little dated, but it is tried and tested. In addition to some other enticing features, the D7500 can shoot at 8 frames per second in burst mode. These features include the ability to record video in 4K resolution, a touchscreen display that can be tilted, and a fantastic combination of a 20.9-megapixel sensor and an EXPEED 5 image processing engine, all packed into a body that is noticeably more compact than the D500.

Nikon D7500 Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Exceptional performance with high ISO settings
  • Brilliant sensor
  • Screen with a tilt-angle.
  • rapid fire at 8 frames per second
  • System of advanced AF technology
Need Improvements
  • Poor resolution on the back screen
  • Live View’s focus is still rather sluggish.
  • There is just one slot for SD cards.

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