Nikon D7500 Dx-format Digital Slr Camera

By | 14/10/2022

Digital Camera World Verdict

Nikon’s conclusion to drop the resolution of its top APS-C DSLRs to 20 megapixels was a surprise to many and this has a slight impact on the D7500’s outright resolution – simply its speed, depression-light performance and overall image quality are get-go rate. At first information technology looked similar a flake of routine range-filling on Nikon’south office, but as the market place has matured, prices have fallen and rivals take changed… and the D7500 now has few directly competitors.


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    Good loftier ISO performance

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    4K video

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    8fps continuous shooting


  • Just one carte slot

  • No bombardment grip provision

  • No real gains in image quality

The Nikon D7500 does not boast any dramatic new technologies, but information technology does fill up a significant gap in the range. It fits in towards the top of the Nikon DX (APS-C format) digital SLR range, where it’s designed to offering a balance between high-end performance, versatile features and an affordable price.

The D7500 slots in above the D7200, now discontinued, and beneath the D500. The Nikon D500
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is a powerful, professional-level camera that tin can shot continuously at x frames per second with a big buffer chapters and a maximum expanded ISO of one,640,000, both made possible by the new xx.9MP sensor and the Expeed 5 processor – it’southward a more advanced professional camera that sounds similar to the D7500 but is actually in a different league – and a different price range.


As of 2021, the Nikon D7500 is possibly the terminal DX format Nikon DSLR we’ll meet. At the time of its launch it looked similar the outset of a new generation of fast and versatile DSLRs, but with hindsight it looks like the end of an erstwhile generation instead. Permit’s hope we’re incorrect!

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Putting aside the four-megapixel drop in resolution, which is unlikely to evidence very significant in everyday shooting, the D500 raised the bar for Nikon’s DX-format cameras. It also raised the toll signal.

This left a big gap between the D7200 and D500, which the D7500 has now filled; so the question is how much of the D500’s DNA has filtered down into the D7500, and whether this is the camera that could requite enthusiasts the perfect balance between power and value?

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Sensor: 20.9MP APS-C CMOS (23.v 10 15.7mm)
Focal length conversion on lens: i.5x
Viewfinder: Optical pentaprism, 100% coverage
Max video resolution: 4K UHD 3,840 x 2,160
ISO range: 100-51,200, expandable to 50-1,640,000
Autofocus: 51-bespeak phase-detection AF, 15 cross-type
Max burst rate: 8fps
Screen: Tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen, 922k dots
Shutter speeds: 30-1/viii,000 sec, Bulb
Weight: 720g (trunk only, with battery and memory bill of fare)
Dimensions: 136 x 104 x 73mm
Power supply: EN-EL15a lithium-ion battery (supplied)

Key features

This isn’t a cheap DSLR, even now, but the specs are very tempting. They beginning with the continuous shooting speed of 8fps, which is a little short of the 10fps and more achieved by top APS-C DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, merely withal plenty for capturing most high-speed action.

The D7500 is helped by an unusually good buffer capacity of 50 raw (NEF) files – unusual outside the professional market. The typical enthusiast DSLR or mirrorless camera can shoot any number of JPEGs, but most keen photographers would rather shoot raw, even in continuous fashion, and then the D7500 is well ahead of its straight rivals hither.

Information technology also has the astonishing high ISO setting of the more than expensive D500, topping out at ISO 1,640,000. That’s 5EV above its maximum ‘standard’ ISO value of 51,200, so the quality inevitably takes a nosedive, just information technology is an indication of the technological advances built into the D7500.

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The D7500 is great for video, too, offer 4K UHD capture. This is increasingly common in the mirrorless market, merely information technology’southward the showtime fourth dimension 4K video has appeared in a non-professional DSLR.

Nikon hasn’t used its latest 153-point autofocus system, however. This remains the province of its more expensive D500. Instead, the D7500 gets an improved version of Nikon’s long-running 51-point Multi-Cam 3500 II autofocus sensor, now with the Group Area AF mode found in Nikon’s professional models and an Machine AF Fine Tune feature.

It doesn’t have on-sensor phase discover autofocus either, then while y’all tin employ its live view mode for 4K video, information technology relies on slower contrast-discover autofocus.

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 Surprisingly, the D7500 does non take a battery grip.

 The touchscreen tilts up and down and has a resolution of 922k dots, slightly down on some current rivals.

 In that location’southward only ane SD card slot, which is a bit of a surprise given that the cameras on either side in the Nikon range take two.

 The D7500 uses Nikon’s ‘enthusiast’ control layout, with a combined mode dial and drive mode dial.

On the outside, the D7500 sports a carbon-fibre body rather than metal blend, though it feels plenty sturdy plenty nonetheless and it is weather-sealed. It has a tilting touchscreen display on the rear, and it’s the first Nikon DSLR with built-in support for Nikon’s new radio-controlled Advanced Creative Lighting Organization.

But there are a couple of unpleasant fiddling surprises. The first is that at that place is just 1 memory card slot. You might get by perfectly well with one slot, but the fact is that the older D7200 and the higher-cease D500 both have ii.

Worse, in that location is no provision for a battery grip. The battery life is practiced already and it’southward no hardship to comport a spare or ii in your pockets, just a grip can also improve the handling with long lenses and, fifty-fifty more chiefly, make the camera easier to use vertically for long portrait shoots. Both of these omissions are a bit of a surprise.

Build and handling

Later on a long diet of mirrorless cameras in the testing labs, the D7500’s chunky, weighty body is a welcome modify. It’south not every bit large equally a pro DSLR, only it’s a big step upwardly from entry-level DSLRs like the Nikon D3500
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or the Canon EOS 800D
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. A deep grip on the front end gives you lot a good, firm hold on the camera; round the back, the extra acme in the body leaves enough room around the big, tilting screen for the buttons.

Yous pull out the lesser of the screen to suit the angle, and an extending hinge moves information technology further abroad from the torso and then that it’s not partially obscured by the viewfinder eyecup. Information technology also tilts downwards slightly for overhead shots. The Alive View button is on the dorsum of the camera at the base, inside a lever to switch between stills and video.

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The D7500 doesn’t have a hybrid AF organization like Catechism’s DSLRs, so in Live View way it relies solely on contrast autofocus, which is precise, but slower. Notwithstanding, the D7500’s Alive View autofocus feels a little quicker than previous models – Nikon suggests this could be due to the more powerful Expeed 5 processor.

The D7500’s optical viewfinder is very expert. Information technology uses a proper pentaprism pattern rather than a cheaper ‘pentamirror’, and offers 100% coverage. There is an assumption that optical viewfinders are intrinsically inferior to electronic viewfinders because they don’t testify the digital image equally the sensor will capture it. There is a counter-argument, however. With a DSLR, you tin can move your heart from the real world to the viewfinder and run across exactly the same naked-eye, optical view. You don’t get the discontinuity of an electronic viewfinder, and you can still bank check the image immediately after you lot’ve shot information technology on the rear screen.

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The control layout is much the aforementioned every bit the old D7200. On the left of the top plate is a style dial on top of a release mode dial. You lot need a little dexterity in your digits to press down the locking push for the release manner dial, but at least this stops you from changing the setting accidentally.

The focus mode command is a lever on the front of the camera on the left side of the lens flange. You use the lever to switch betwixt manual focus and autofocus, and hold down a push button in the centre to modify the autofocus fashion and focus area using the front and rear command dials. If you’re not used to Nikon DSLRs, you lot might observe this organisation a little odd, but if you are then information technology makes sense – you tin hold in the button with your left thumb and change the focus settings with your right forefinger and pollex.

Having an LCD panel on the elevation of the camera is useful for making settings changes like these, although they’re also displayed on the rear screen. This is useful if you’re shooting in nighttime weather condition or with the photographic camera on a tripod.

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1.Dynamic range

Always a strong betoken with Nikon DSLRs, the D7500’south dynamic range is very good, even in JPEG files.

2. Colour rendition

The D7500 produces rich, natural-looking colours and the auto white residual works well.

3. Fine detail

Nikon has boldly opted for a slight driblet downwards to 20.9 megapixels, simply fine detail remains very crisp.

If you’re non used to Nikon DSLRs, it might seem as if there’southward no detail logic to the push button placements, and then it could be a while earlier you can modify settings fluently and instinctively. If you’ve used a D7000-series model before, though, you won’t take whatever trouble.

The same goes for the menu system – peculiarly the custom settings options. College-end Nikons like this one can be customised to an enormous degree, but you’ll need to spend some time with the manual to take full advantage. You can use the D7500 and most of its advanced features without customising a thing, of course, and then it’south not compulsory.

Overall, the D7500 has a not bad ‘experience’. It might non accept the same alloy structure equally the more expensive D500, just it withal feels reassuringly solid and ‘grippable’, helped by its rounded corners and the high-quality materials used on its surfaces.

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Nosotros tested it with the Nikon xviii-140mm lens. This is likely to be the standard kit lens for the D7500, though it’s also bachelor body-merely and some retailers may put together their ain camera-lens combinations.

It’south a proficient pairing. The xviii-140mm offers a sizeable zoom range over the average kit lens, withal it’south not too heavy and its optical performance is good – peculiarly if you switch on the in-camera lens corrections. (which work only with JPEGs – raw files will still need correcting).

Similar other recent Nikon DSLRs, the D7500 comes with Nikon’s SnapBridge wireless motion-picture show transfer and remote control system. This uses a Bluetooth LE always-on connection to automatically transfer 2MP versions of your photos to your smart device, via Nikon’s free SnapBridge app. The idea is that this Bluetooth connection can also activate the Wi-Fi connectedness when required for remote photographic camera control and full-size epitome transfer. If you’re using an iOS device like an iPhone or an iPad, however, you will all the same need to authorise the Wi-Fi connection manually. This is a security measure built into Apple tree’s operating organisation, and there doesn’t seem to be any immediate workaround.

This means that setting upwardly a Wi-Fi connection all the same involves a tedious bit of push button-borer, but the automated epitome transfer is very useful for social media sharing. Images don’t always announced on your smart device straight away, simply the fact you lot don’t need to do anything is a major boon.

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The two main selling points for Nikon’s newest sensor and processing applied science are speed and sensitivity, and the D7500 has enough of both. The 8fps continuous shooting speed may not exist quite upward in that location with the 10fps Nikon D500 or Canon’s EOS 7D Two, but information technology’s fast plenty for most of united states and, more importantly, information technology has the buffer chapters to cope with extended raw shooting. That’due south useful not just for burst shooting, just for motorcar-exposure bracketing for HDR, for instance, where you lot desire to be able to rattle off  bursts of three or v raw files.

Nikon’s Matrix metering produces pretty reliable exposures across a range of atmospheric condition and it’southward piece of cake enough to apply a little exposure bounty for tricky subjects. The D7500’s new Highlight-weighted metering fashion is especially interesting, nonetheless. This adjusts the exposure so that the brightest parts of the scene are recorded without clipping. This tin can exit the midtones and the shadows quite dark, merely if you’re shooting raw files information technology’s usually possible to recover darker areas very effectively. This looks like beingness a really useful characteristic.

The auto white balance system does an every bit adept chore. It preserves the natural colour of outdoor shots very finer and copes well under artificial light – though it volition still show a bit of a xanthous cast under tungsten lighting. Overall, colours are rich, vibrant and realistic. We used the D7500’s Standard picture control throughout, but other picture controls are available including Vivid, Portrait and Mural.

The fine detail rendition is skillful, but it did lag very slightly behind the results from the D7200. It’due south likely that you lot’d only notice this in directly side-by-side comparisons, however, and the D7500’s sensor has many other qualities to commend information technology.

Its ISO 1,640,000 maximum is spectacular but the cost in image quality is such that you might never use it. However, this high-ISO adequacy has a knock-on effect lower downwardly the ISO range, and we wouldn’t hesitate to use the D7500 anywhere within its standard ISO range. At ISO 51,200, in that location is some obvious detail loss and some smoothing in fine textures, simply the overall contrast, colour saturation and impression of clarity is excellent.

Lab tests

Given recent changes in the DSLR market and cost drops on the Nikon D7500, there aren’t besides many directly rivals at this price. In the Canon camp, the EOS 77D is the closest rival (the new Canon EOS 90D costs way more than the D7500), and let’s not forget that there’due south a third DSLR maker likewise Canon and Nikon – and the Pentax KP is a close rival on price. Finally, we shouldn’t forget that many photographers will be looking at mirrorless cameras too, and then nosotros’ve included the Fujifilm X-T30 in our lab test comparisons as a similarly-priced mirrorless model aimed at enthusiasts.

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The Nikon D7500’s relatively low resolution does injure it slightly in our lab tests, where it’s knocked back into fourth place past the other three cameras, simply its sensor does not have an anti-aliasing filter, then the gap is quite small in the lab and even smaller in existent-earth shooting, where you lot have to wait quite closely to see the differences.

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The Fujifilm Ten-T30 is a clear winner for racket control in our lab tests, with the Nikon D7500 a surprising fourth. Nosotros say surprising because fewer megapixels generally mean less racket. However, noise is but role of the overall moving picture, and in existent-world shooting, the D7500’south power to render fine, textural detail at loftier ISO settings without smudging information technology is noticeable.

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Interestingly, it’due south the Pentax KP that wins out hither, with the Nikon D7500 and Fujifilm X-T30 in second identify. It’s worth drawing attention to the Pentax KP’s overall performance in our lab tests. Information technology’s not a major make whatsoever more and the lens support may be a flake patchy, simply Pentax still makes some very practiced cameras.


Nikon’s drop from its onetime 24-megapixel sensors to new 20 megapixel versions will have surprised many and yet looks a picayune odd today. This does take a slight touch on on the D7500’south outright resolution, though its speed, low-lite performance and overall image quality are starting time charge per unit. When information technology was first launched it looked like a bit of routine range-filling on Nikon’s part between the D7200 and D500, but equally rival DSLRs have disappeared and the D7500’s own price has fallen, information technology now finds itself in a very potent position in the enthusiast DSLR market. You can’t get an APS-C DSLR convincingly amend than this one without paying a lot more money.

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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-continuing Digital Photographic camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW’s Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on Northward-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing well-nigh photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about pic photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past twenty years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at
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