The D7500 marks the start of a new look Nikon line-up?

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The D7500 marks the start of a new look Nikon line-up?

I remember reading that Nikon were going to focus more on higher end cameras, and simplify the lineup. (https://nikonrumors.com/2017/02/24/nikon-we-plan-to-concentrate-on-medium-and-high-end-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras-and-lenses.aspx/)

Is the D7500 is the first step towards that?

As many people have pointed out, the D7500 is not a true replacement for the D7200, you are gaining 4K video, and better metering and iso, but at the expense of a drop in megapixels, the old autofocus system, a single card slot, and if sample images are anything to go by, no bottom electronic connector for a battery grip.

This may seem initially disappointing, but in reality makes a great deal of sense. To improve a D7200, in any other way is going to impact D500 sales. By improving autofocus, would either mean developing a new autofocus system, or implementing the one found in the D500. The D7200 was no slouch when it came to speed, and increasing it to 7-8 fps as they have done in the new model, would be sufficient for lots of people, even those with an interest in sports or wildlife. Nikon could update the processor, to improve the performance of the sensor, which they have done.

Making any more significant changes would move the D7500 and D500 much closer together in the line up, which would naturally steer people towards the D7500 rather than the D500 and a camera that is £430 cheaper at the time of pre-ordering, and will probably drop to about the £1000 mark after a few months. Naturally Nikon couldn't allow this to happen.

Perhaps the D7500 doesnt fit in the D7xxx series as we know it. Perhaps Nikon are positioning it in a void between the D5xxx series and D7xxx series. This would allow Nikon to then merge the D3xxx and D5xxx to simplify the entire product line:

D4xxx - Cross between D3xxx and D5xxx, introductory camera

D7500 - Semi pro body layout, higher fps, better low light performance

D500 - Pro camera and top end features.

This would remove one camera from the current lineup, whilst still offering the same range of features.

The problem I see is the price. At a preorder price of £1299, the D7500 is only £300 less than a D750, and is £450 more than the current price of the D7200 - it is clearly meant to be a top end camera.

It is a surprise then, that the D7500 is missing a few things. To me it seems like it should be the top camera in a mirrorless lineup rather than representing the higher non-pro end of their DX dslr lineup.

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Nikon D7100 Nikon D750 Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art +2 more
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