Nikon D7500 Review (2020)

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Nikon D7500

An intuitive DX-format camera in the Nikon mid-range series is the all-new D7500. It is one of the flagships from its predecessors. The new advanced high-resolution metering sensor helps this camera for better 3D-tracking.  Nikon’s powerful EXPEED 5 image-processing engine handles data from the D7500’s image sensor speedily, enabling the camera to achieve continuous shooting speeds of approx. 8 fps and record 4K UHD video at 30p.

Nikon D7500 Specifications

Body Design

The D7500 offers a unique balance of comfort and reliability. Its monocoque structure, made from high-stiffness carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic, gives it a slimmer body with a deep grip as a result it provides firm and easy hold. Also, comprehensive weather sealing is applied to the camera body to prevent dust and water droplets from damaging the internal components helping to shoot in any condition.

Nikon D7500 360 Degree View

  • Body type – SLR- Digital Camera
  • Camera Format – DX
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy with carbon fiber composite
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 640 g
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 720 g
  • Dimensions – Width 135.5 mm x Height 104 mm x Diagonal 72.5 mm
  • Operating Environment – Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
  • Lens Mount – Nikon F Mount
  • Shutter Type – Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec
  • Shutter life – 1,50,000 Shots
  • Mirror Lock-Up – Yes
  • Memory Card Slots – SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery description – Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL 15a battery
  • Battery Life – CIPA rated 950 shots
  • Charging AC adapter – EH-5c AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4–in.

Sensor and Processor

The D7500 employs the CMOS image sensor offering 20.9 effective megapixels with high-speed EXPEED 5. Also, the powerful EXPEED 5 image-processing engine renders movies with low noise while maintaining sharpness, even at high ISO sensitivities.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Sensor photo detectors – 21.51 Megapixel
  • Actual Pixels – 21.51 Million
  • Effective Pixels – 20.9 Million
  • Sensor size – DX (23.5mm, x15.7mm)
  • Max resolution – 5568 x 3712
  • Other resolutions – DX (24×16) image area (L) 5568 x 3712 ( 20.6 million) (M) 4176 x 2784 ( 11.6 million) (S) 2784 x 1856 ( 5.1 million) 1.3x (18×12) image area (L) 4272 x 2848 ( 12.1 million) (M) 3200 x 2136 ( 6.8 million) (S) 2128 x 1424 ( 3 million) Photographs with image area of DX taken during movie recording (L) 5568 x 3128 ( 17.4 million) (M) 4176 x 2344 ( 9.7 million) (S) 2784 x 1560 ( 4.3 million) Photographs with image area of 1.3X taken during movie recording (L) 4272 x 2400 ( 10.2 million) (M) 3200 x 1800 ( 5.7 million) (S) 2128 x 1192 ( 2.5 million) Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 (8.2 million)
  • Processor – EXPEED 5
  • Bit Depth – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14bit
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary colour filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – Up to 8 fps; CL: 1 to 7 fps; CH: 8

Image

The D7500 has an extremely wide ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 51200, and even at higher sensitivities as a result, it achieves consistently sharper images with lower noise. In addition, the camera’s precise low-light AF performance makes it easier to capture subjects even in dark scenes. Apart from that Nikon’s original Picture Control system offers an easy way to take creative control over your images. Also, there are options for adjusting the parameters such as sharpness, clarity, contrast, and brightness. It is also possible to register edited profiles as custom Picture Controls.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100-51200
  • Minimum ISO – 50
  • Maximum ISO – 1640000
  • White Balance presets – 12
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided with 6 slots
  • File format – NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit / TIFF (RGB) / JPEG
  • Picture Styles – Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

Optics and Focus

The D7500 employs a Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module, with 51 focus points covering a wide area of the frame, including 15 cross-type sensors offering high performance in focusing strength. The newly added group-area AF mode utilizes five AF points like a net to keep fast, erratically moving, and low-contrast subjects in sharp focus. Moreover, the auto-area AF, face detection performance is enhanced by the camera’s Advanced Scene Recognition System working with its 180K-pixel RGB sensor. AF detection is available down to -3 EV, making it possible to capture subjects even under low-contrast moonlight. Also, it delivers greater focusing accuracy by using the D7500’s automated AF fine-tune function, which helps to adjust the precision of each of your lenses easily.

  • Focus Mode – Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
  • Number of focus points – 51 Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
  • Lens mount – Nikon F Mount
  • Focal length multiplier – 1x for DX-format and 1.5x for FX-format lenses

Auto Focus

  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -3 to +19 EV
  • AF-area Mode – Single-point AF; 9, 21, or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF
  • AF mode – Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

Screen and Viewfinder

The D7500’s tilting LCD monitor helps to shoot from a wider range of angles with ease, giving your creative instincts free rein. The touch-panel display brings further benefits, it allows us to focus and release the shutter by touch in live view shooting, and adjust focus in video. Also, it permits to review images at high speed, using the intuitive frame advance bar in playback mode. The D7500’s optical viewfinder is identical to that of the D7200 (and D7100). This helps for capturing the images with a clear vision.

  • Screen Type – Tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle
  • The Screen size – 3.2″
  • Screen dots – 922,000 k-dot
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder Type – Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • The Viewfinder coverage –DX (24×16) 100%, 1.3x (18×12) 97%
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 18.5 mm
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.94x
  • Diopter Adjustment – -2 to +1 m

Photography Features

The D7500 employs a 180K-pixel RGB sensor, giving it greater command over each scene while shooting. The sensor’s hugely increased pixel count enhances the accuracy of various auto controls such as autofocus, autoexposure, auto white balance, and Active D-Lighting. When using auto-area AF, it strengthens face detection performance in scenes involving smaller faces. It also underpins the D7500’s new flicker reduction function, which improves consistency when shooting still images under artificial light sources. Hence, the rapid processing power of EXPEED 5 and an increased buffer size enable it to shoot at up to approx. 8 fps. The D7500’s fast shooting speed and agile DX body help to capture subjects at their most dramatic and dynamic even in challenging environments.

  • Exposure modes – Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); U1 (user settings 1); U2 (user settings 2)
  • Drive modes – S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), QC (quiet continuous shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)
  • Metering modes – Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted metering
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)
  • Metering Range – –3 to +19 EV
  • Live View AF system – 100% frame coverage
  • Built-in flash – Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – X=1/250 s; synchronizes with the shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
  • Flash Compensation – -3 to +1 EV (1/3 or 1/2 or 1 EV Steps)
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) – i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, Auto FP High-Speed Sync, unified flash control
  • External Flash Connection – ISO 518 hot-shoe
  • Flash Modes – Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
  • Flash-ready Indicator – Lights when the optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

Video or Movie Features

The D7500 facilitates to record up to 29 min. 59 s in sumptuous 4K UHD/30p or Full HD video. In addition, movies can be recorded in MP4 as well as the conventional MOV format, as a result, it allows easy playback on smart devices. It’s also possible to record uncompressed, 8-bit 4:2:2 4K UHD files to an external recording device via HDMI output, while simultaneously recording to the in-camera SD memory card.

  • Video RAW recording – Not Available
  • Video Compression – H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Videography Format – MOV, MP4
  • Frame Rate – 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1920 x 1080; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 1280 x 720; 60p, 50p Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; high quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160
  • Audio Recording – Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
  • External Microphone – External microphone; sensitivity adjustable
  • Audio File Format – Linear PCM, AAC
  • Audio Input and Output – Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Other Special Features of Nikon D7500

The D7500 is the first Nikon D-SLR to offer in-camera RAW batch processing — an invaluable function when there is a need to process large numbers of RAW images, for instance when using interval timer shooting to create a time-lapse movie. Also, the D7500 gives greater control when making images with the camera’s multiple exposure function, making it easier to fulfill the creative vision.

In addition, the D7500 incorporates several visual effects that can be applied instantly to make the stills or videos more eye-catching. Now the D7500 can generate 4K UHD* or Full HD time-lapse movies entirely within the camera. Its exposure smoothing function reduces unwanted flicker effects by automatically decreasing the slight exposure variance between frames when shooting with an auto exposure mode. Therefore, when shooting movies handheld in Full HD or HD, the D7500’s electronic Vibration Reduction function reduces the effects of camera shake in the horizontal, vertical, and rotational directions (centering on the lens).

  • Index Marking – Available
  • Active D-Lighting – Selected from, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • GPS – Optional (GP-1A)
  • Bluetooth – Version 4.1
  • Storage types – SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • USB Connectivity – Hi-Speed USB with Micro-B connector
  • HDMI Connectivity – Type C HDMI connector
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – 2s, 5s, 10s, the 20s

Best Lenses for Nikon D7500

NIKKOR lenses truly bring out the full potential of the D7500. The accumulated Nikon technology, ensure high resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame, exceptional rendering of point light sources, and beautiful image blur that conveys a natural sense of depth — all while effectively reducing ghost and flare.

List of Best Common Lenses for Nikon D7500

Best All-in-one Lens

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300MM F/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55MM f/3.5-5.6G VR II
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140 F/3.5-5.6 G ED VR

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8 S
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

Best Macro Lenses

  • AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G
  • AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15MM F/3.5-4.5E ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR  10-24mm f/3.4-4.5G ED
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • PC NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8 G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24MM F/1.8G ED

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Nikon D7500

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR

Best Portrait Lenses

  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S VR MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
  • Lens AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon D7500 Rating

As per the reviews and features of D7500, the ratings for this camera stand 4.4/5. This camera is made to deliver high performance and capable to shoot fastmoving subjects even in with this sensor size. As a result, this Nikon D7500 can be useful in wedding photography, product photography, commercial or advertising Photography, wildlife, and sports, etc., It will be helpful because of its high color profile and its details and it will surely exhibit great performance. The 4K UHD videos provide more facilities for video creators with different color profiles. Moreover, this camera will be suitable for all kinds of photographers who are waiting to capture the world with ultimate quality. Further, this rating is given to Nikon D7500 as per the survey of creative huts.