Nikon D7500

21 MP DX, 8 FPS, 4K, Touch Flip LCD

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Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500 (25.4 oz./720 g with battery and card, about $1,247) and 18-140mm VR DX. bigger. I'd get mine at Adorama, at Amazon (body-only) or as a kit with 18-140mm as shown, at B&H (body) or kit with 18-140.

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Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500. bigger.

 

Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500. bigger.

 

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This new Nikon D7500 is a fantastic combination of the ultra high speed imaging guts of the D500 in the more practical body of the previous D7200.

The Nikon D7500 has the image sensor, light meter and processor of the top-of-the-line DX Nikon D500 and keeps the D7200's body, mode dial and AF system and adds Bluetooth, 4K video and a flipping touch LCD.

The D7500 has the D500's same crazy expanded ISO 50 ~ 1,638,400 range, and bumps frame rate to 8 FPS from the D7200's 6 FPS, while it retains the D7200's superior mode dial with two programmable presets I find necessary for real-world photography, all for a very minor premium over the price of the old D7200.

 

New since the D7200

● 8 FPS, up from 6 FPS

● ISO 51,200, up from ISO 25,600

● Pushed ISO modes up to +5 stops, which look progressively worse until the +5 stop push (ISO 1,638,400) looks awful.

● Touch LCD

● Flipping LCD

● 4K Video

● Bluetooth

● New EN-EL15a battery, compatible with the older EN-EL15 used in every mid-sized Nikon from the D7000 up to the D500 and D810.

● 1.6 oz. (45g) lighter than the D7200.

● Group-area AF

● Only 20.6 MP, no longer 24 MP

 

Good

● State-of-the-art DSLR image and speed performance at a very reasonable price; less than many lesser mirrorless cameras!

● Has a mode dial with programmable memories sorely lacking in the D500.

● Has an excellent built-in flash sorely lacking in the D500.

● Electronic video stabilization at 1,080p (none at 4K).

● Simultaneous 4K video output to card and uncompressed via HDMI.

● Headphone and microphone jacks.

 

Bad

● Nothing really, this is a winner of a camera.

 

Missing

● No second card slot, so I'd not use the D7500 to shoot any critical jobs. Then again, I've been doing this for decades back when card errors were common; I haven't lost any card files for over ten years so maybe we're OK — feel lucky?

● No aperture-ring feeler, so no longer meters or auto exposes or records proper EXIF with any old manual-focus lenses. Who cares? Old manual focus lenses are for full-frame; DX lenses are much better on DX.

● Slightly fewer pixels in both the image sensor and LCD compared to the D7200, but not enough to notice.

● No option for a battery grip.

● No GPS; use the GP-1A.

 

Lens Compatibility

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There is a focus motor in the D7500, so it works with every AF lens made since 1986.

There's no aperture-ring feeler, so it won't meter with manual-focus lenses.

You're always on your own with off-brand lenses like Sigma. Potential incompatibility with future cameras is one of the steep prices one pays for trying to save a few dollars yesterday on a cheap lens. Nikon shares nothing with its competitors about lens compatibility, so if you want to buy a Tamron or Sigma, you're gambling that it will work with tomorrow's camera. Good luck; it's always better to buy used Nikon than new junk-brand lenses if money matters.

More at Nikon Lens Compatibility.

 

Specifications

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Image Sensor

20.6 MP.

15.7 × 23.5 mm CMOS.

No anti-alias filter.

3:2 aspect ratio.

1.53× crop factor.

Ultrasonic cleaner.

 

Still Image Sizes

5,568 × 3,712 (20.6 MP) native.

 

DX (16 × 24mm)

5,568 × 3,712 (L, 20.6 MP), 4,176 × 2,784 (M, 12MP), 2,784 × 1,856 (S, 5 MP).

 

1.3× crop (12 × 18mm)

4,272 × 2,848 (L), 3,200 × 2,136 (M), 2,128 × 1,424 (S).

 

Stills shot while rolling video

Stills shot while rolling 4K video: 3,840 × 2,160 (8 MP).

Stills shot while rolling DX video: 5,568 × 3,128 (L, 17 MP), 4,176 × 2,344 (M, 10 MP), 2,784 × 1,560 (S, 4 MP)

Stills shot while rolling 1.3×-crop video: 4,272 × 2,400 (L, 10 MP), 3,200 × 1,800 (M, 6 MP), 2,128 × 1,192 (S, 2.5 MP)

 

Frame Rates

8 frames-per-second with full AF & AE between frames.

 

Frame Buffer

100 frame buffer (JPG).

50 frame buffer (RAW/NEF 14-bit lossless compressed).

 

ISO

ISO 100 to 51,200, expandable from ISO 50 ("LO -1") to ISO 1,638,400 ("HI + 5").

 

Auto ISO

Settable high and low ISO limits as far as the camera goes: ISO 100 to 1,638,400 ("HI + 5")!

Slowest shutter speed settable to any fixed value in full stops, as well as to track the lens' focal length.

New "Subject and Background" mode to give the D7500 permission to jack up ISO to higher levels to get more detail in the backgrounds of indoor flash shots.

 

Still Formats

JPG and/or NEF raw.

JPGs come as BASIC, NORMAL or FINE in both constant size or constant quality options.

NEFs come as 12 or 14 bit, losslessly or lossy compressed.

sRGB and Adobe RGB.

 

Video

Electronic stabilization at 1,080p (none at 4K).

Simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed via HDMI.

Headphone and microphone jacks.

Zebra stripes in live-view.

Auto and manual ISOs from ISO 100 to 51,600 to Hi +5.

 

Video Resolutions and Rates

3,840 × 2,160 (4K UHD) at 29.97p, 25p or 23.976p.

1,920 × 1,080 at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p or 23.976p.

1,280 × 720 at 59.94p or 50p.

★ High quality available at all resolutions. Normal quality available at all resolutions except 3,840 × 2,160.

Maximum take length: 29m59s.

Time Lapse.

 

Coding & File Formats

H.264/MPEG-4 video and Linear PCM or AAC audio stored in MOV or MP4 files.

 

Audio

Recorded only along with video.

Stereo microphones built in.

Mic-in jack with plug-in power overrides built-in mic.

Headphone jack.

 

Autofocus

51 points, same as D7100 and D7200.

Works from LV -3 to +19.

51-point AF

51 AF points.

Multi-CAM 3500DX II AF module, same as the D7200 and slightly newer than the Multi-CAM 3500DX of the D7100.

Only the 15 central sensors can see horizontal lines ('cross type'), the rest only see vertical lines, just like the single focus sensor of the Nikon SP of 1956.

Only the center sensor can work with lenses as slow as f/8.

Multi-CAM 3500DX II AF Module

Multi-CAM 3500DX II AF Module.

Auto, Dynamic, Group or single point AF.

Configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or 51.

AF-S (single focus and lock), AF-C (continuous) and AF-A (automatic selection between AF-S and AF-C) modes.

3D tracking, which continuously follows moving subjects within the 51 AF points, highlighting the activated AF point in the viewfinder.

Fine-tuning, for the occasional oddball lens.

AF Illuminator.

AF motor in body for use with all AF lenses, as well as AF-I and AF-S.

 

Finder

D7100 Prism

Glass pentaprism.

Glass pentaprism.

100% coverage (97% in 1.3x crop).

0.53x magnification with standard 28mm (for DX) lens. (0.94x with 50mm lens, which is a telephoto on a DX camera.)

18.5mm eyepoint.

-2 to +1 diopters.

Trade name of screen: "Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark II," same as D7100 and D7200.

 

Shutter

Vertical metal focal plane shutter.

30s to 1/8,000, Bulb.

 

Remote Releases

MC-DC2 remote cord.

WR-1 and WR-R10 wireless remotes.

 

Flash

1/250 sync speed. Also syncs at up to 1/320 with some loss of flash range.

180,000 RGB pixel i-TTL flash light meter.

 

Built-in Flash

Yes, pops up.

GN 39'/12m at ISO 100.

The built-in flash can act as a Commander for remote flashes.

It can work with the radio control system of the SB-5000 when used with the optional WR-R10.

 

External Flash

Dedicated hot shoe.

No PC flash sync terminal, but use a Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 to add it. Who cares? I use the built-in flash to trigger my studio strobes instead of a PC cord.

 

Light Meters

Matrix

180,000 pixel RGB 3D color matrix metering III with Advanced Scene Recognition System. (same as D5 and D500.)

 

Center-weighted

75% weight to 8-mm circle in center of frame (can change it to 6, 10 or 13 mm in a menu).

Also can give equal weight to the entire frame.

Non-CPU lenses only use the 8-mm circle.

 

Spot Meter

3.5 mm circle (2.5%) centered on selected focus point.

 

Highlight-Weighted

Only with G, E and D lenses.

 

Meter Range

LV 0 to 20 with f/1.4 lens. (LV 2 to 20 with spot meter).

In my experience, Nikon's meters all work fine down to moonlight. No worries here.

 

Live View

Yes for movies and for stills.

Numerous AF modes, including facial recognition.

 

LCD Monitor

Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500 flipping LCD. bigger.

3.2" (80 mm) diagonal touch-sensitive TFT.

921,600 dots (640 × 480 × RGB).

Tilts up and down for shooting at odd angle, but doesn't swing around for self-portraits.

170° viewing angle.

100% frame coverage.

No auto brightness control.

 

Connectors

Micro-B USB

Type C HDMI.

Accessory terminal for remote controls and GPS.

3.5mm powered stereo mic-in.

3.5mm stereo headphone/line output.

 

WiFi

IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g.

2,412 to 2,462 MHz (channels 1 to 11).

Maximum output power: 8.4 dBm (EIRP).

Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK.

 

Bluetooth

Version 4.1.

Rated 30 foot (10 meters) line-of-sight range.

 

Storage

Takes SD, SDHC or SDXC cards.

UHS-I compliant.

I can't tell yet if it has one or two slots.

 

Power & Battery

Battery

New EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery included, interchangeable with the older EN-EL15 used in most other mid-sized Nikons.

Rated 950 shots per charge, CIPA with the flash firing half the time. The D500 is rated 1,240 shots per charge‚ but that's because the D500 has no built-in flash!

 

Charger

MH-25a Battery Charger included.

It's the same crummy one that requires a separate cord or bizarre plug stub.

 

AC Adapter

Optional EH-5b AC Adapter, which needs an EP-5B Power Connector.

 

Size

4.1 × 5.4 × 2.9 inches HWD.

104 × 135.5 × 72.5 millimeters HWD.

 

Weight

25.4 oz. (720 g) with battery and card.

22.6 oz. (640 g) stripped.

The D7200 was 27.0 oz. (765g) with battery and card; this D7500 is 1.6 oz. (45g) lighter!

 

Environment, operating

0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F).

85% or less RH, no condensation.

 

Included

D7500 body (maybe a lens with a kit).

DK-28 Rubber Eyecup

EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

MH-25a Battery Charger

UC-E20 USB Cable

AN-DC3 BK Camera Strap

BF-1B Body Cap

DK-5 Eyepiece Cap

 

Nikon Product Number

1581, body only.

1582, kit with 18-140mm.

 

Announced

12:01 AM, Wednesday, 12 April 2017, NYC time.

 

Promised for

Summer 2017.

 

Price, USA

April 2017

$1,247, body-only.

$1,747, kit with 18-140mm VR DX.

 

Optional Accessories

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Remote Controls

MC-DC2 remote cord.

WR-1 and WR-R10 wireless remotes.

You may be able to use the Snapbridge app to control the D7500 from your phone.

 

GPS

GP-1 or GP-1A.

 

Power

(EN-EL15a battery and MH-25a charger are included.)

EH-5b AC Adapter, which needs an EP-5B Power Connector.

 

Flashes

Flash Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15

 

Lenses

 

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The price we pay for faster speed and crazy ISOs over the D7200 is that the D7500 has slightly less resolution: 20.6 MP versus the 24 MP of the D7200 and most other DX Nikons. This is completely invisible, but the added speed in both frames per second and high ISOs will help me get more and better shots.

The D7200 and previous D7100 and D7000 are all pretty much the same. They all have U1 and U2 Instant Recall Modes, two SD card slots and 2,016-segment RGB light meters. If you own a D7100 or D7000, there's no reason to update to the D7200 or D7500 unless there's something particular about either that you really need.

The D7000 series is better than the D5600 series and D3400 series because it has more buttons and dials to let you set the camera more quickly — but these only matter if you actually change these settings. The D7000 series is significantly heavier and more expensive than the D5600 or D3400.

The main reason to get a full-frame camera like the D750 is if you enjoy using your ancient full-frame lenses, if you want a larger viewfinder, or want narrower depth of field. Otherwise, the images from the D750 are the same as from DX, and in fact the two cameras handle so similarly that I usually have to look at the label on the bottom to see which is which!

 

Versus the D500 and D7000 Series

 
Announced
1/2016
4/2017
3/2015
2/2013
9/2010
Resolution
21MP
21MP
24MP
24MP
16MP
Card Slots
1 SD & 1 XQD
1 SD
TWO SD
TWO SD
TWO SD
U1 U2 Instant-Recall?
NO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Frame Rate*
10 FPS
8 FPS
6 FPS
6 FPS
6 FPS
AF Points**
55
51
51
51
39
AF-mode selections
Button and dials
Button and dials
Button and dials
Button and dials
Button and dials
Finder (@ 28mm)
0.56x
0.53x
0.53x
0.53x
0.53x
Built-in mic
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
mono
Flash Sync
1/250
1/250
1/250
1/250
1/250
LCD
3.2" 2,359k
3.2" 922k
3.2" 1,229k
3.2" 1,229k
3.2" 922k
LCD Flips?
flips
flips
no
no
no
Remote

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

Battery
EN-EL15a
 
AF with older AF lenses?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Meter with old manual lenses?
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Weight, wet***
839g
720g
765g
774g
774g
Price, body only, 4/2017

* D7200 can run 7 FPS in its oddball 1.3x crop mode, and D300s can run 8 FPS with more batteries in bigger, optional grip. I don't care, but have been told that the D300s can only shoot at 2.5 fps at 14-bit RAW, while the D7200 can still shoot 6 fps at 14-bit RAW.

** Selectable AF points; D500 claims 153 but you only can select among 55. 39 is the same as 51; they all are fields of AF points. 39 to 51 is the same as 40 to 50, which also looks the same.

*** As actually measured by me, with battery and card.

 

Versus Current DX Cameras

 
Announced
1/2016
4/2017
3/2015
11/2016
1/2015
8/2016
1/2014
Resolution
21MP
21MP
24MP
24MP
24MP
24MP
24MP
Card Slots
1 SD & 1 XQD
1 SD
TWO SD
1 SD
1 SD
1 SD
1 SD
U1 U2 Instant-Recall?
NO
Yes
Yes
NO
NO
NO
NO
Frame Rate*
10 FPS
8 FPS
6 FPS
5 FPS
5 FPS
5 FPS
5 FPS
AF Points**
55
51
51
39
39
11
11
AF-mode selections
Button and dials
Button and dials
Button and dials
Menus
Menus
Menus
Menus
Finder (@ 28mm)
0.56x
0.53x
0.53x
0.46x
0.46x
0.48x
0.48x
Built-in mic
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
mono
mono
Flash Sync
1/250
1/250
1/250
1/200
1/200
1/200
1/200
LCD
3.2" 2,359k
3.2" 922k
3.2" 1,229k
3.2" 1,037k
3.2" 1,037k
3" 922k
3" 922k
LCD Flips?
flips
flips
no
flips
flips
no
no
Remote

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

ML-L3 or MC-DC2

Battery
EN-EL15a
 
AF with older AF lenses?
Yes
Yes
Yes
no, needs AF-S
no, needs AF-S
no, needs AF-S
no, needs AF-S
Meter with old manual lenses?
Yes
No
Yes
no
no
no
no
Weight, wet***
839g
720g
765g
463g
466g
442g
455g
Price, body only, 4/2017

* D7200 can run 7 FPS in its oddball 1.3x crop mode, and D300s can run 8 FPS with more batteries in bigger, optional grip. I don't care, but have been told that the D300s can only shoot at 2.5 fps at 14-bit RAW, while the D7200 can still shoot 6 fps at 14-bit RAW.

** Selectable AF points; D500 claims 153 but you only can select among 55. 39 is the same as 51; they all are fields of AF points. 39 to 51 is the same as 40 to 50, which also looks the same.

*** As actually measured by me, with battery and card.

 

Recommendations

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Lens Suggestions

As if it hasn't been obvious all along, the D7500 is a killer camera, with almost all the advantages of the D500 and D7200 combined. It's got the most to all of the crazy speed of the D500, with the lighter weight and mode dial of the D7200 — for $750 less than the D500. BRAVO!

If you already have a D7100 or D7200 and use it for nature, landscape, architecture, travel and other things that hold still, there's no reason you have to update to the D7500, but if you shoot anything that moves, like sports, action, birds, wildlife or kids, then the advantages of the D7500 are obvious.

 

Lens Suggestions

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Use only DX lenses. You can use full-frame lenses, but you pay a premium in dollars, size and weight because they have to cover a full-frame sensor with over twice the area of a DX sensor. DX lenses are smaller, lighter and less expensive, and usually work better on DX cameras anyway.

All of Nikon's 18- and 16- DX zooms are wonderful; pick yours based on how far you want to zoom and how much you want to carry.

For an ultrawide, get either the Nikon 10-24mm for the widest view and low weight, or the Tokina 11-20mm for faster speed in low light and tougher build. See also How to Use Ultrawide Lenses.

For tele, the longer 18- DX zooms like the 18-140mm, 18-200mm and 18-300mm work great, or if you don't mind swapping lenses, the newest 70-300mm DX AFP VR has nearly instantaneous autofocus. Just don't get any tele without VR; VR prevents blurry handheld pictures.

I'd get my D7500 at Adorama, at Amazon (body-only) or as a kit with 18-140mm as shown, at B&H (body) or kit with 18-140.

This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Nikon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.

Thanks for helping me help you!

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