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Nikon Reveals D7500 with High-Speed Shooting and 4K Video


Nikon has brought the image quality and features of the D500 to a more accessible, yet still very capable body with its release of the D7500 DSLR. This camera uses the same 20.9MP DX-format CMOS sensor, 180,000-pixel RGB metering sensor, and EXPEED 5 processor as its big brother to deliver native sensitivities of up to ISO 51200, continuous shooting at up to 8 fps, and the ability to record 4K UHD video. The camera even gains the latest connectivity options from Nikon, including SnapBridge with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and compatibility with the Nikon Radio Control Advanced Wireless Lighting.

The D7500 sits in a unique place in Nikon’s DSLR lineup, making it a great option as a second body for professional shooters or as a primary camera for advanced users or beginners looking to upgrade or pick up a full-featured body to start. It is ideal for sports and action photography with its speed and buffer, including the ability to capture up to 50 14-bit lossless compressed raw images in a single stream at 8 fps. This works wonderfully with the 51-point AF system with 15 cross-type sensors and group-area AF for fast, accurate focusing.

Handling is great, as is expected from Nikon’s DSLRs. Its Monocoque design with weather sealing can be used in a variety of conditions and it has a deep grip for comfortable handheld shooting, even with large telephoto lenses. The 3.2" 922k-dot tilting touchscreen is handy for reviewing photos and working with live view. For recording images, it is equipped with a single SD card slot.

Last, but certainly not least, is the addition of UHD 4K video recording at up to 30p. This makes it the most affordable 4K-shooting DSLR from Nikon, and will deliver the same image quality as the D500, thanks to the same processing technology. It also offers a ton of professional and creative features to ensure you have the best tools and settings to capture your shot.

The D7500 will be available as a body only or as a kit with an 18-140mm lens.

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I have the D7200. Two big changes I see here - the addition of an articulating touchscreen and the removal of the second SD slot. Depending on your usage, these may help make a decision between the two. There are times I wish I had a rotating live view, which allows you to get neat things like low-to-the-ground shots and taking pictures holding the camera up over a crowd. But I'd definitely miss the 2nd SD slot, which allows for a backup in case something goes wrong when you've downloaded your pictures.

Why not a full frame senser?. Most every other company has moved past the DX senser croping.

In this price range every company still has APS or DX sensors. Smaller size, video shooting are a couple of reasons to stick with DX. I use an older full size Nikon and always thought the DX sensor was useless (hated the thought of cropping out 50% on a wide angle lens) , but after using one and seeing the same image quality in a much smaller body I can see the need. Plus it makes your 70-200 f2.8 into a 105-300 f2.8...look at the price of a 300mm f2.8...almost reason alone to give DX a second look

How does this compare to the D7200? I currently have a D5000 which I've used for the past 8-9 years and am looking for an upgrade. I recently added the 16-80 Nikon lens last year and love it. Now I want to pair that and possibly another new lens (not sure what to get yet) with a new body. Thanks for the help!

I suggest the Nikon 18-105, Simply an incredible lens

I would think that it would be better than the D7200. EXSPEED 5 processor, 8 FPS, 4K Video and a better native ISO. Plus WIFi and Snapbridge if you use it. But they have their limitations.Depending on price I would consider this or the D500 which is absolutely a great camera if you are stepping up and don't want to go full frame.

Hi Chris,

In terms of image quality and performance it is definitely a better option than the D7200. There are also more connectivity options and other built-in features that put it as a great upgrade. However, there are some other minor changes that may or may not be important, depending on your needs. For example, the D7200 had dual card slots while the D7500 only has one. If you want everything, stepping up to the D500 is advisable.

Also, if you are looking at a new lens, a longer telephoto zoom would probably complement that 16-80mm very well. For example a 70-200mm, 70-300mm, or even the 200-500mm if you are feeling more adventerous. You could also get a telephoto prime, such as the 85mm f/1.8 or the 105mm Micro.