Nikon D7500 Hands-on Review

April 12, 2017 | Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras | Comment | |
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The Nikon D7500 is a new DX-format APS-C DSLR camera that has the same 20 megapixel sensor as the flagship D500, an ISO range from 100-51000, 51 AF points, 8fps burst shooting, SnapBridge wireless connectivity and 4K UHD video recording. We've spent some time getting to know the D7500, so check out our Hands-on Review of Nikon's latest DSLR...

Nikon D7500 - Ease of Use

Nikon D7500

The D7500 has a much deeper handgrip than both the previous D7200 model, while the rubberised finish is more textured than its predecessor. The chassis is made from a carbon-fibre monocoque that makes the D7500 much lighter than the D500 - it weighs just 640g - yet similarly robust, and it's also weather-proof too, just like on the D500.

Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 features a new 3.2 inch LCD monitor that tilts up and down. Although we'd have preferred a true vari-angle screen that also tilted out to the side, it's still a great addition for shooting from either very high or very low angles. And just like the Nikon D500, the screen is also touch sensitive, which can be used for some elements of operation, including operating the auto-focus and shutter-release functions in Live View.

Nikon D7500

Despite being a mid-range model, the new D7500 still offers a top-panel monochrome LCD screen, usually a feature of more pro-level cameras. A shooting mode dial on the left-hand side replaces the Nikon D500's Quality/Metering Mode/White Balance/Exposure Mode dial, and there's a pop-up flash which for the first time on a Nikon DSLR supports radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting.

Nikon D7500

The D7500 is a fast camera, featuring 8fps burst shooting with Full AF/AE tracking for up to 50 RAW or 100 JPEG images in one high-speed burst. It uses the new EN-EL15a battery.

Nikon D7500 - Image Quality

Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 has exactly the same 20.9 megapixel DX-format sensor, EXPEED 5 image processor and 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor as the flagship DX-format D500 camera, so both still and video quality should be identical. The same incredible ISO range is also offered, running from 100-51,200 and extendable up to ISO 1,640,000! The D7500 can record 4K/UHD 30p footage, or Full HD (1080p) video, at frame rates of up to 50p/60p.

We've only had a limited time with the camera so far, and we weren't able to take any shots with the pre-production sample, but the fact that the D7500 and D500 share exactly the same imaging components bodes very well indeed.

Nikon D7500 - Early Verdict

We really, really liked the Nikon D500 when we reviewed it last year, so if the Nikon D7500 really can deliver the same image quality in a smaller, lighter and simpler to use body, then it should prove to be a big hit.

In terms of pricing, at £1,299.99 / €1,549.00 body only the D7500 slots in between the D500 and the D7200, which still continues in the range for the forseeable future.

Look out for our full Nikon D7500 review soon...

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