Nikon D7500

20.9MP APS-C CMOS Sensor | 51-point AF system | 3.2" tilting touchscreen LCD

What we like:

  • Excellent image quality
  • Deep buffer and fast burst rate
  • Impressive AF subject tracking through the viewfinder
  • Small and light for a DSLR in this class

What we don't:

  • Crop factor limits lens choices when capturing 4K video
  • Snapbridge Wi-Fi system needs improvement
  • Mediocre video autofocus
The Nikon D7500 is a capable and refined DSLR that produces excellent quality photos from its 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor and also offers an impressive buffer and reliable autofocus system.
For a twin dial DSLR, it is relatively compact, but is definitely larger than most mirrorless competitors. It has a deeper grip than its predecessor, as well as improved weather-sealing. The flip-out touchscreen is responsive and can be used for focusing, menu navigation or image playback. The optical viewfinder is well-sized and has an eye sensor that turns off the LCD when you're using it.
The camera also tracks with impressive accuracy thanks to its 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor
Autofocus performance from the 51-point AF system is also quite good. The camera subject tracks with impressive accuracy thanks to its 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor. An 8 fps burst rate, coupled with a buffer depth of 50 Raw or 100+ JPEGs, means the D7500 is well-prepared for sports or action.
Image quality from the D7500 is excellent. JPEG color tends to be pleasing, and noise reduction at high ISOs tends to be well balanced. Raw image quality is exceptional, in terms of both dynamic range and low light noise.
The D7500 can shoot 4K/UHD video but with a 1.5x crop factor (on top of the existing 1.5x APS-C crop factor), which can be pretty limiting. The quality of the 4K footage is competitive, though. The camera is also capable of Full HD video capture at up to 60 fps. Auto ISO can be used during capture and the camera has a built-in mic jack (no headphone). Autofocus during video capture is not very useful, since it's noisy, jumpy and occasionally hunts for focus.
If you're in the market for a DSLR under $1500, the D7500 is strong choice. As one of Nikon's enthusiast-grade APS-C cameras, it offers plenty of controls, customization and impressive performance that should satisfy the most demanding of stills shooters. While it can shoot 4K video, there are plenty of cameras that do so with better autofocus and no crop factor. At the end of the day, for a stills-focused photographer the D7500 an excellent camera - and one that can make use of a vast range of Nikon and third-party lenses going back decades.

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