Conclusion

Pros

  • Excellent image quality: high quality Raw and JPEG
  • Reliable autofocus performance, even at 8 fps
  • Well-designed ergonomics and handling
  • 4K video quality is generally strong
  • Touchscreen implementation fast and effective
  • Automated AF Fine Tune is very useful
  • Impressively deep buffer

Cons

  • 4K video taken from small crop of sensor, limiting lens choice
  • Snapbridge wireless system is simplistic and (currently) inconsistent
  • Video tools are somewhat limited, no focus peaking
  • Autofocus in video prone to wobble and hunting
  • Default JPEG noise reduction and sharpening a little high
  • Lack of an Ai indexing tab limits metering compatibility with old lenses
  • One card slot (compared to its predecessor)
  • No 'Touchpad AF' when eye is to finder
  • No vertical accessory grip available
In short: the D7500 is great for stills and less great for video. Raw conversion, edited to taste.

The D7200 is a beast of a camera even by today's standards. Its successor in particular had a difficult spot to fill: slide in below the new APS-C flagship D500, without being too similar, but improve upon the already excellent blood line that is the D7000-series. Ultimately, we feel Nikon executed the D7500 with near-perfection. Here's why:

Ever so slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the D7500 offers a familiar button layout, but with better weather-sealing, a deeper grip and the inclusion of a responsive, tilting touchscreen. It gains all that at the expense of a second memory card slot, Ai indexing tab and compatibility with a vertical grip. That might seem like a lot, until you consider what else the D7500 gains.

'The resolution of the metering sensor is ninety times higher than that of the D7200, which contributes to the camera's excellent subject tracking through the viewfinder.'

Its burst rate has been increased to 8 fps, 2 fps faster than the D7200 (and 2 fps slower than the D500). The buffer depth has also been increased three-fold over its predecessor. The sensor, while 3MP lower-res, still offers image quality that is up there with the best. The AF module is unchanged, but the metering sensor comes right from the Nikon D5. The resolution of the metering sensor is ninety times higher than that of the D7200, which contributes to the camera's excellent subject tracking through the viewfinder. That's a lot of improvements that will affect a large number of would-be users.

Raw dynamic range is impressive. This file was pushed 3 stops in Adobe Camera Raw.

The D7500 also inherits the same video specifications and features as the D500 and can shoot nice-looking 4K and Full HD with full manual exposure control and Auto ISO. However like the D500, 4K comes with a full-frame equivalent of a 2.25x crop, making it difficult to get a wide field-of-view. And autofocus during video capture is contrast detect, which is jumpy and prone to hunting, making it all but unusable.

'For the money, the D7500 is one of the most capable sports and action cameras on the market.'

In short, for the money, the D7500 is one of the most capable sports and action cameras on the market, and well-suited across many other forms of still photography. Its excellent subject tracking, fast burst rate, deep buffer, good image quality and solid ergonomics all contribute to us recommending this for stills over many of its competitors. But for video shooters, or simply those seeking a hybrid stills/video option, there are better choices available. And for those seeking something smaller, cameras such as the Sony a6500 can also handle sports and action quite well - you just lose the D7500's ergonomic advantage.


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Nikon D7500
Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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Conclusion
The D7500 is an outstanding stills camera and a refinement of an already excellent DSLR. It brings added speed and buffer depth to the enthusiast level and adds improved subject recognition. More comfortable to hold than its predecessor, the addition of a tilting touchscreen only adds to the camera's excellent ergonomics. And while 4K video is a nice selling point, the 1.5x crop and crummy video AF dim its appeal for movie makers. But for stills shooters, the D7500 is one beast of a camera.
Good for
Sports and action shooters. Anyone looking for a traditional, well-featured DSLR for stills shooting.
Not so good for
Videographers. Travel photographers who might be happier with a smaller, lighter body.
86%
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