Nikon D7500 Review

July 6, 2017 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The D7500 is Nikon’s latest enthusiast level DSLR. It features the same 20.9 megapixel APS-C sized sensor as found in the top-of-the-line D500, making it a good alternative for those who are tempted by the more expensive camera but don’t quite have the budget available. Along with the sensor, there’s also an EXPEED 5 processor, a 51-point AF system, 8fps continuous shooting, a tilting touch-sensitive screen and the ability to record 4K video. Just like most of Nikon’s other cameras, the D7500 is compatible with Snapbridge - the company’s bluetooth connectivity option which automatically transfers your photos across to your smartphone or tablet. Other features include an optical viewfinder, single SD card slot and a maximum shutter speed setting of 1/8000. The Nikon D7500 retails for £1299 / $1249.

Ease of Use

The size and weight of the Nikon D7500 has been reduced a little when compared with the D7200, but it’s still a comfortably chunky camera. It feels well-built in the hand, with a textured coating covering the front and rear grips. In short, this is a solidly built piece of kit with a good deal of buttons and dials available.

On the left hand side of the Nikon D7500 ’s top plate, you’ll find the mode dial. You can use this to switch between manual and semiautomatic modes, as well as choosing between automatic, scene, and effects modes. There’s also space here for two user defined groups of settings, which can be particularly useful if you often find yourself shooting one particular kind of subject - for example low light. There is a lock button in the middle of the dial, which prevents you from accidentally changing the exposure mode when the D7500 is in a bag.

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Front of the Nikon D7500

Underneath the mode dial is a smaller dial for changing the drive mode. You must press a small button down in order to twist the dial, again preventing you from making accidental unwanted changes. From this dial you can choose single shot, continuous (low), continuous (high), quiet modes, timer mode and mirror lock-up. It’s a little fiddly to use, but luckily it’s probably not something you’ll want to be changing all too often.

Heading over to the right hand side of the top plate and there’s an LCD screen which displays some key shooting settings, such as aperture and ISO. You can illuminate this screen by pushing the on/off switch one step further from the “on” position. There’s also a dedicated movie record button, an ISO button and an exposure compensation button. For the ISO and exposure compensation button, you need to use them in conjunction with tie dials which are found on the front and rear of the grip.

These dials also have other functions, depending on the shooting mode you’re in. So, for example, in manual mode, the rear dial alters shutter speed, while the front dial changes aperture.

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Rear of the Nikon D7500

On the back of the Nikon D7500 , there’s a row of buttons found on the left hand side of the screen. These include the menu button, and as such aren’t buttons you’ll be using especially frequently. There’s also a playback and delete button on the left hand side, meaning you’ll need to grip the camera with two hands to use it effectively in play back.

Over on the right hand side of the Nikon D7500 , you’ll find buttons which you’re more likely to want frequent access to. For example, there’s a navigational pad which you can use to alter the AF point, the AE-L/AF-L button and a Live View button, which has a switch around it to enable switching between stills and video shooting. An “i” button is designed to give you quick access to a few key settings, but the options contained within the sub menu are a little odd - and there’s no way to change which settings appear here.

There are also a few key buttons on the front of the Nikon D7500 . There are two function buttons - one found next to the lens mount, and another on the inside of the grip. These are customisable to various functions which can be assigned via the main menu. Just below the flash is a button which you need to press to release the flash from its housing, while there’s also a button for AE and flash bracketing. Just underneath the lens release button is a switch and button combination. Use the switch to change between autofocus and manual focus, and use the button to choose between different AF modes, such as Group AF which has been newly added to the D7500.

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Top of the Nikon D7500

The D7500’s screen is tilting, but not fully articulated. You can tilt it to 90 degrees upwards, as well as face it downwards. That  makes it useful for many awkward angles, but is not helpful for portrait format orientation, or if you want to face the screen to face forward. The screen is touch-sensitive, and you can use it for a variety of functions, including swiping through images and videos in playback. You can also change the AF point and fire off the shutter release when shooting in Live View by a simple tap of the screen.

Those who like optical viewfinders should be very pleased with the Nikon D7500’s offering. It is bright and clear, and unlike some other enthusiast cameras on the market, it offers a 100% view of the scene - that means everything you see in the viewfinder will be recorded by the sensor.

One of the big changes from the D7200 is that there is now just one SD card slot. Perhaps this was done to facilitate a smaller and lighter body, but those who like to have a second card for a backup will surely be disappointed. Further bad news is that the card slot is only compatible with slower UHS-I cards - this seems like a bit of a backwards step considering the camera is aimed at relatively advanced enthusiasts.

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The Nikon D7500 In-hand

Another new feature for the Nikon D7500 is that it is now compatible with Nikon’s Snapbridge technology. This is designed to utilise an always-on low-power Bluetooth connection which automatically transfers your images to your smartphone ready for sharing your images on social media and the like. In theory it’s a fantastic idea, but in reality it can be a little unpredictable. When it works, it’s great - but at times the camera may refuse to connect to your phone, it may not always automatically  transfer your images and occasionally it can get stuck. You can set the camera to automatically transfer every single image you take - that’s something you may want to switch off if you’re shooting at fast frame rates and don’t want to fill up your phone too quickly. That said, you can also opt to have the automatic transfer capped at 2 megapixels per photo to save space.

Nikon has equipped the D7500 with its latest EXPEED 5 image processor. That makes it fast to use, and also facilitates a reasonably fast 8fps frame rate. That’s just about enough to track a relatively predictably moving subject, and should therefore suit the needs of most enthusiast photographers. Full AF / AE tracking is also available, so you can get some sharp action shots.

When it comes to focusing speeds, the v manages to lock onto the subject very quickly and easily with relatively little back and forth movement when the subject is clear and in good light. If you’re shooting something a little fussier, or in low light, the D7500 can occasionally struggle to lock on instantly, but it generally gets there in the end. It’s relatively rare for a false confirmation of focus to be displayed.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20.9 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 13Mb.

Directly from the Nikon D7500, colours displayed in JPEG images are bright and satisfyingly saturated. Detail is also extremely well resolved at low ISOs, something which you can see by examining at 100%. When shooting at higher ISOs, you can see some examples of image smoothing from around ISO 6400 at normal printing sizes, or ISO 3200 if examining very closely. The overall impression of detail remains useable at A4 or below up to around ISO 12800, with the highest native settings of 25600 and 51200 best avoided unless you’re really struggling.

Like other cameras in Nikon’s range, the D7500 has expansion settings which can take up up to ISO 1,640,000. It’s fair to say that at this point, image quality is very degraded, and it’s possibly only those who intend to use the camera for surveillance purposes that would be interested in using these speeds.

When it comes to noise, JPEG images are impressively noise-free up to high ISOs of around ISO 6400. At the highest native settings of 25600 and 51200, there is noise visible even at normal printing sizes, so you’ll likely only want to use these settings at very small sizes. By examining corresponding raw files we can see that Nikon is applying a good degree of image smoothing to its JPEG files. While the resulting effect is generally natural and pleasing at low to mid-range ISOs, if you have photographed something particularly detailed you may want to apply your own noise reduction settings to get a better (or different) balance between detail and noise.

The all-purpose metering system is prone to slightly underexposing in some conditions, so you may find you need to bump up the exposure compensation to get a better balanced exposure. You can also activate D-Lighting in the camera’s main menu, which helps to bring out more details in shadows.

Automatic white balance copes pretty well with a range of different lighting conditions, but it errs ever so slightly towards warmer tones when shooting under artificial lights. That’s not to say the look is unpleasant, but if you’re after ultimate accuracy you might want to switch to a more appropriate white balance setting.


There are 15 ISO settings available on the Nikon D7500 and the ISO speed can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.

The Nikon D7500 also has ISO Sensitivity Auto Control, activated from the shooting menu. If set to On, the camera will automatically adjust the sensitivity if proper exposure cannot be achieved at the value chosen by the photographer. The user can put a limit on the maximum sensitivity selectable by the camera.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 204800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 409600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 819200 (100% Crop)

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The pop-up flash on the D7500 has several settings including Auto, Fill-in flash, Red-eye Reduction, SlowSync, Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Sync and Off. The mode of operation can be TTL, Auto or Manual, and there is Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) available as well. These pictures of a white wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle

Flash On - Wide Angle

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto

Flash On - Telephoto

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots with the flash turned Off and On.

Flash Off


Flash On



The Nikon D7500 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography. There is an optional long-exposure noise reduction function that can be activated to filter out any hot pixels that may appear when extremely slow shutter speeds are used. Do note that this works by way of dark frame subtraction, which effectively doubles the exposure time. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100.



Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Nikon D7500 camera, which were all taken using the 20.9 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Nikon D7500 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Nikon RAW (NEF) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 22 second movie is 337Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please note that this 19 second movie is 95.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Nikon D7500

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Front of the Nikon D7500 / Pop-up Flash

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Side of the Nikon D7500

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Rear of the Nikon D7500

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Rear of the Nikon D7500 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Nikon D7500 / Info Screen

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Rear of the Nikon D7500 / Main Menu

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Rear of the Nikon D7500 / Main Menu


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Rear of the Nikon D7500 / Tilting LCD Screen

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Top of the Nikon D7500

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Bottom of the Nikon D7500

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Front of the Nikon D7500

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Memory Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


For enthusiasts who are excited by the D500 but didn’t want to spend the high asking price it commands, the Nikon D7500 is a great alternative. With it, you almost get a mini D500, especially given that it uses the same sensor and processor combination. 

The Nikon D7500 is a great all round performer, which is well-suited to a range of different subjects that the average enthusiast is likely to tackle, and comes with a significant cost saving over the D500 - it’s also smaller and lighter, arguably making it a better option for travelling. 

Images directly from the camera are generally crisp, vibrant and well-detailed. Autofocusing is quick and accurate, and although there aren’t as many points as you’ll find on the D500, the coverage across the frame isn’t too different as the points on both are gathered in the centre of the frame. 

Using the Nikon D7500 is good, with a nice range of dials and buttons for enthusiasts to appreciate. You don’t have the AF joystick that you find on the D500 though, which is a shame. A 100% optical viewfinder and a tilting touch-sensitive screen are a good combination which help you to compose your images in a variety of different ways. 

Fans of action photography would be better placed with the D500 than the D7500. The D7500 has a more modest frame rate (8fps), while the single card slot is only compatible with the slower UHS-I SD cards. If you only shoot action occasionally however, the D7500 should be just about adequate. 

Other great features at this level include 4K video recording - something which is not yet standard on enthusiast level cameras, and a good noise performance at high ISOs. Bluetooth and Snapbridge is great - when it works - but can be a little frustrating at times when it refuses to pair, hopefully this technology will only improve as kinks get ironed out. 

Overall, the Nikon D7500 is an great all-round enthusiast camera for those looking for their next step up DSLR, especially for those who don’t have pockets deep enough for the D500. If you shoot a lot of action, want dual memory card slots, and more AF points, consider saving up a little bit longer and getting the more expensive camera. Otherwise, the D7500 should meet most of your needs. 

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon D7500.

Canon EOS 80D

The new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera refines the innovative Dual-Pixel CMOS AF system of its predecessor whilst upgrading the processor, sensor, auto-focusing and metering systems. Read our in-depth Canon EOS 80D review to find out if it can still compete in 2016...

Fujifilm X-T2

The Fujifilm X-T2 is a new compact system camera that builds on the success of the popular 2-year-old X-T1, most notably by adding 4K video recording, a more sophisticated auto-focusing system, and a wealth of other improvements. Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T2 review to find out if it's worth the upgrade...

Nikon D500

The Nikon D500 is the long-awaited successor to the popular D300 APS-C DSLR camera, which was launched way back in 2007. Can the D500 breathe new life into the flagship DX format for professionals? Find out by reading our in-depth Nikon D500 review...

Nikon D7200

The D7200 is a new prosumer DSLR camera from Nikon, succeeding the D7100 model from 2013. The weather-proof D7200 features a 24 megapixel DX image sensor, Multi-CAM 3500-II 51-point autofocusing system, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, 6fps burst shooting and a high-resolution 3.2 inch LCD screen. Read our detailed Nikon D7200 review to find out if it's the right DSLR camera for you...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Capable of shooting at 18fps with focus tracking, the new Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II is a blisteringly fast professional compact system camera. Read our in-dpeth Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II review to find out if this speed demon can really deliver the goods...

Panasonic Lumix GH5

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is one of the most hotly-anticipated cameras of 2017, offering even more video options than its popular predecessor and seriously beefed up photo capabilities. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GH5 review complete with with sample photos, test shots, videos and more...

Pentax K-1

The new K-1 is the long-awaited full-frame DSLR camera from Pentax, based around a 36.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. Is this the best ever Pentax DSLR? Read our in-depth Pentax K-1 review to find out...

Sony A6500

The Sony A6500 is the latest high-end compact system camera with an APS-C size sensor. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, in-body 5-axis stabilization, a touchscreen 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, is the A6500 the best Sony APS-C camera yet? Read our Sony A6500 review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Nikon D7500 from around the web. »

This latest addition to Nikon’s DSLR line-up represents the biggest revamp we’ve seen in the D7xxx series since the D7000 replaced the D90. The combination of Nikon's 20.9MP sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing engine from the D500 in an even more compact and affordable body is bound to be a tempting prospect for both new and existing users.
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The Nikon D7500 is a midrange APS-C DSLR that both sits below and borrows a lot from Nikon's APS-C flagship D500 including its 20.9MP sensor, high-res metering sensor (used for subject recognition) and very probably its image processor. In a lot of ways, it's like a mini D500, which in and of itself is like a mini D5. All three are built for speed.
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The Nikon D7500 features the 20.9 megapixel APS-C (DX) sensor from the Nikon D500 and offers 8fps continuous shooting, a 51-point AF system, 4K UHD video recording, and a tilting 3.2inch touch-screen. The camera is priced at £1299 body only, or £1599 with the 18-140mm lens, and sits above the D7200, which will remain on the market.
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For these reasons, the D7000-series has always been popular among enthusiast photographers who want professional-level control, without the professional-level price. However, the D7500 makes a few changes that some fans of the series will undoubtedly see as a step backward, as it plays a slightly different role than the cameras that preceded it.
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Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens mount

Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Effective angle of view

Nikon DX format; focal length in 35 mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view

Image sensor

DX, CMOS, 23.5 mm x 15.7 mm

Total pixels

21.51 million

Dust-reduction system

Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)

Effective pixels

20.9 million

Image size (pixels)

DX (24 x 16) image area, (L) 5568 x 3712 (20.6 million), (M) 4176 x 2784 (11.6 million), (S) 2784 x 1856 (5.1 million);
1.3x (18 x 12) image area, (L) 4272 x 2848 (12.1 million), (M) 3200 x 2136 (6.8 million), (S) 2128 x 1424 (3 million);
Photographs with image area of DX taken during movie recording, (L) 5568 x 3128 (17.4 million), (M) 4176 x 2344 (9.7 million), (S) 2784 x 1560 (4.3 million);
Photographs with image area of 1.3X taken during movie recording, (L) 4272 x 2400 (10.2 million), (M) 3200 x 1800 (5.7 million), (S) 2128 x 1192 (2.5 million);
Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 (8.2 million)

Storage file formats

NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Picture Control System

Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Storage media

SD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)

File system

DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge


Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

Frame coverage

DX (24 x 16) image area: Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.3x (18 x 12) image area: Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical


Approx. 0.94x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-1)


18.5 mm (–1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

Diopter adjustment

-2 to +1 m-1

Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)

Reflex mirror

Quick return

Lens aperture

Instant return, electronically controlled

Compatible lenses

Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and AI-P NIKKOR lenses and non-CPU AI lenses (M mode only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 1 focus point with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster).

Shutter type

Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode

Shutter speed

1/8000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X250

Flash sync speed

X = 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)

Release mode

S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)

Frame advance rate

Up to 8 fps;
• CL: 1 to 7 fps;
• CH: 8 fps;
Note: Frame rates assume continuous-servo AF, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, Release selected for Custom Setting a1 (AF-C priority selection), and other settings at default values.


2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

Remote control modes

Delayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up

Exposure metering

TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels

Metering method

Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted: Weight of approximately 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10, or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame
Spot: Meters circle with diameter of about 3.5 mm (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses

Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV

Exposure meter coupling



Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); U1 (user settings 1); U2 (user settings 2)

Exposure compensation

Can be adjusted by –5 to +5 EV, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and EFFECTS modes

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value

ISO sensitivity

ISO 100 to 51200, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1640000 equivalent) above ISO 51200; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off


Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 1 sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)

Detection range

–3 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Lens servo

Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status, Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus points

51, Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points

AF-area mode

Single-point AF; 9-, 21-, or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Built-in flash

Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release

Guide Number

Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

Flash control

TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering

Flash modes

Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System

i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, AF-assist for multi-area AF

Sync terminal

AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)

White balance

Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine-tuning

Bracketing types

Exposure, Flash, White balance, ADL

Live View - Modes

Photo live view, Movie live view

Live view - lens servo

Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)

Live view - AF-area mode

Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF

Live view - autofocus

Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

Movie - metering

TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

Movie - metering method

Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p; 1920 x 1080: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p; 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p. Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; high quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160

Movie - file format


Movie - video compression

H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Movie - audio recording format

Linear PCM, AAC

Movie - audio recording device

Built-in stereo or external microphone; sensitivity adjustable

Movie - ISO sensitivity

Mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 51200 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 1640000 equivalent) above ISO 51200 Modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) with selectable upper limit Night vision (EFFECT) mode: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) Other modes: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to 12800)

Other options

Index marking, time-lapse movies, electronic vibration reduction


8 cm (3.2–in.) diagonal; tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, manual monitor brightness control, and an eye-sensor controlling display on/off; Approx. 922k-dot, (VGA)


Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback zoom cropping, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, picture rating, and auto image rotation


Hi-Speed USB, with Micro-B connector; connection to built-in USB port is recommended

HDMI output

Type C HDMI connector

Audio input

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

Audio output

Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Accessory terminal(s)

Wireless remote controllers: WR-1, WR-R10 (available separately). Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately). GPS unit: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards

IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g. Maximum output power: 8.4 dBm (EIRP)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency

2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11)

Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security

Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK

Bluetooth standards

Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1; Range (line of sight): Approximately 10 m (32 ft) without interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

Supported languages

Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese


One EN-EL15a rechargeable Li-ion battery

AC adapter

EH-5c AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)

Tripod socket

1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 135.5 x 104 x 72.5 mm (5.4 x 4.1 x 2.9 in.)


Approx. 720 g (1 lb 9.4 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 640 g (1 lb 6.6 oz; camera body only)

Operating environment - temperature

Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)

Operating environment - humidity

85% or less (no condensation)

Supplied accessories

DK-28 Rubber Eyecup, BF-1B Body Cap, EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery with terminal cover, MH-25a Battery Charger (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, AN-DC3 BK Strap, E20 USB Cable

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