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Nikon D7500 Review

We've put the Nikon D7500 Digital SLR, with the 20mp sensor from the D500 but with a lower price, through its paces. Read on to find out how it scores.

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The Nikon D7500 features the 20.9 megapixel APS-C (DX) sensor from the Nikon D500 and offers 8fps continuous shooting, a 51-point AF system, 4K UHD video recording, and a tilting 3.2inch touch-screen. The camera is priced at £1299 body only, or £1599 with the 18-140mm lens, and sits above the D7200, which will remain on the market. 


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Nikon D7500 Features

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The Nikon D7500 offers the 20.9 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor from the Nikon D500, but at a more affordable price point, and should offer the same image quality, due to using the same EXPEED 5 image processor. The ISO range goes from ISO100 to ISO51200 natively, and extends to a low ISO of ISO50, and goes all the way up to ISO1,640,000 (Hi 5).

The D7500 offers 8fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking. A new AF system features 51 AF points, as well as group area settings, plus Auto AF fine tune as seen on the D500. There is also advanced scene recognition.

2 Years since the Nikon D7200, a lot has changed in this time, with things like 4K video, and Wi-Fi becoming a requirement for high-end cameras. Let's see what the main improvements or differences are between the two cameras:

Nikon D7500 updates over the D7200:

  • 20mp APS-C sensor in D7500 (compared to 24mp in D7200)
  • ISO range now ISO50 to ISO1640000
  • 3.2inch screen now a touch-screen and a tilting screen
  • 8fps continuous shooting
  • 4K video recording
  • Bluetooth added (NFC removed)
  • Single SD card slot (compared to 2 on the D7200)
  • 720g (with battery and card) compared to 765g

A reduction in megapixels, down to 20mp, may seem a backward step to some, but this has meant that the D7500 now uses the same sensor as the D500, offering best in class noise performance.

Here we look at how the Nikon D7500 fits in between the D7200 and D500:

Nikon D7200 Nikon D7500 Nikon D500
24mp 20mp 20mp
3.2inch 1229K 3.2inch 922K, tilting, touch 3.2inch 2359K tilting, touch
0.94x mag OVF 0.94x mag OVF 1.0x mag OVF
51 AF points 51 AF points 153 AF points
ISO100-102400* ISO50-1640000 ISO50-1640000
6fps 8fps 10fps
FullHD video 4K UHD video 4K UHD video
1110 shots 950 shots 1240 shots
675g (body only) 640g (body only) 760g (body only)
Wi-Fi, NFC Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC
£859 body only £1299 body only £1829 body only

* Black and white at ISO51200 and above.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in, but the camera does not feature NFC. Low-power Bluetooth is compatible with Nikon’s SnapBridge software, which allows the transfer of images even when the camera is switched off.

The D7500 is the first Nikon DSLR to boast a built-in flash that supports radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting. There also a new auto picture control option – for those that may not be familiar with the best image settings, you can let the camera choose for you.

The tilting 3.2inch touch-screen can be used to set the focus point in live view photo and video modes. It can be used in playback mode and can also be used to scroll through and change menu options, making the camera more intuitive to use.  

4K / UHD video recording is at 30/25fps, and the camera can record up to 29 minutes. FullHD video can be recorded at 50/60fps. On the side, you'll find mic and headphone sockets, as well as an HDMI connection. The camera can output clean HDMI, in case you want to record video to an external recorder. 

The camera body is weather-sealed and features a new carbon-fibre reinforced monocoque structure. The camera uses the same battery as the Nikon D7200 and other Nikon cameras, the EN-EL15, and the camera will give up to 960 shots.

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Key Features

  • 20.9 megapixel APS-C DX CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 5 image processor
  • 180K pixel RGB sensor
  • 3.2inch tilting touchscreen, 922K dots
  • 100% view optical viewfinder, 0.94x magnification
  • 51 AF-points, -3EV sensitivity
  • 4K UHD video recording, up to 30p, FullHD up to 60/50p
  • 4K UHD time-lapse movie creation
  • Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) available in video (FullHD)
  • ISO50 (Low) to ISO1648000 (Hi5)
  • 8fps continuous shooting with AF/AE (up to 100 JPEG, 50 raw)
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth built-in 
  • Mic and headphone sockets
  • Clean HDMI out

Nikon D7500 Handling

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The Nikon D7500 has a deeper grip than the D7200, as well as an improved texture on the rubber covering. You can certainly notice the larger area for your hand between the lens and grip, and this makes the camera more comfortable to hold. The rear has a textured rubber area for your thumb to grip, although the protrusion is quite subtle compared to some other cameras.

The 'i' button on the back gives quick access to controls on the rear screen of the camera. The mode dial features a lock, as well as drive mode dial surrounding this, also with a locking button that needs to be pressed before the dial can be changed.

The 3.2inch tilting touch-screen looks good with good colour and clear text. The screen feels solid with a metal hinge and is very quick to tilt out when needed. The screen tilts up and down and is useful for shooting at awkward angles, as well as being useful for video work. The touch-screen is very responsive, making it quick and easy to change settings, and you can use it to scroll through the menus and change settings. 

There are 51 focus points, covering a fairly wide area from the left to right, and a reasonable area vertically. In live-view you can select any area on the screen for focus, using either the 4-way controller or the touch-screen. The optical viewfinder looks good, and is of a decent size, with eye-detection as well as dioptre correction. You can also view an electronic level in the optical viewfinder by pressing the front function button, Fn1 (on default settings). 

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Menus – The menus will be familiar to anyone who has used another recent Nikon Digital SLR, with all of the areas split into logical sections, these are: Playback, Photo shooting, Movie shooting, Custom Settings, Setup Menu, Retouch, and MyMenu. There's also a built-in help feature, so if you get stuck you can look at this, without always having to refer to the manual. The "MyMenu" section is where you can add your favourite options and settings. 

There is two customisable Function (Fn) buttons on the front of the camera. For anyone upgrading from the Nikon D7200, the button layout should feel very familiar. There is now a top ISO button, which matches the D500. Although surprisingly, there is only one SD memory card slot, compared to two on the D7200.

The optical viewfinder is large and clear and gives a 100% view. There is a sensor above the viewfinder so that the camera knows when you are holding it up to your eye. This means the camera will automatically switch the screen off when needed.

Live view focusing speeds have been improved, and a dual-axis electronic level can be used to ensure your photos are level. There are two auto white balance options, one is “Normal / Standard” and the other available is “Keep warm colour”.

The camera is the first we know of to feature a carbon-fibre reinforced monocoque body, and despite the camera not being made out of metal, the camera feels extremely solid, with excellent build quality. The D7500 weighs 640g (body only), or 720g with battery and memory card - the body only weight is less than D7200 at 675g. 

Wi-Fi features - With Nikon's SnapBridge app, the initial setup is made using Bluetooth. You get the choice of transferring 2mp images or the full-size images - if you choose full-size images then this can be very slow. If you want to shoot remotely with the camera, you then need to setup a connection with the camera over Wi-Fi. On an Android device, this worked smoothly. There are very few options, the app simply acts as a remote shutter, and AF point selection is also possible. 

In the Bluetooth options, you can choose whether to "Send while off" - if you leave this switched on, then the camera will continue to send photos to your smartphone even when the camera is switched off. This could drain the battery rapidly. 

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 950 shots according to Nikon / CIPA test results, which is very good, although extended use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is likely to reduce battery life.

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tc847 Avatar
tc847 16 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2017 1:51PM
Price point does not seem to match. It appears that it will cost £1299 but you can buy D500 for only £1499. Not sure what the attraction would be to save £200? Slightly smaller and lighter than D500 but overall a lower spec.
Chas66 Avatar
Chas66 7
17 Apr 2017 8:45AM
No significant upgrade on d7200. A lot downgraded, no battery grip, one slot and lower resolution just to gain a touch screen and 4k video??? Nikon you are about to lose a thirty year loyal customer when it is time to change my d7200. I will not buy the glass I was planning as I will probably move to true innovators like Fuji and Sony who listen to their customers. Where an upgrade is a true upgrade. Goodbye Nikon, you have lost the plot.
NikitaMorris Avatar
23 Jun 2017 11:35AM
We've now updated this to the full review.
BydoR9 Avatar
BydoR9 12 222 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2017 1:30PM
Seems like a great camera, but I will stick with my D7200 thanks. We have pretty much reached a point now where ISO and megapixels are good enough - anything else is just a numbers game and for people who like technology. Don't care about video anyway, so 4k shooting is not on my list either. Smile
pablophotographer Avatar
pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
23 Jun 2017 8:00PM
The continuous shutter speed sounded like my grandmother's sewing machine Smile
Edys1 Avatar
Edys1 6
23 Jun 2017 9:14PM
Thanks for the review.
However, review states the obvious.
No reference to the AF mechanism which combines the D500 180K RGB metering with D7200 51 AF system.
steevo46 Avatar
steevo46 11 3 Australia
26 Jun 2017 10:27AM
It should be called a D5700. One card slot and a low res flippy screen.

No Nikon battery grip is a bit odd. Opportunity for wallet gouging was lost there.

I think for the price the 24MP D7200 is the overall winner here. I already have the D7100 and in my eyes neither the D7200 or D5700 is worth upgrading to next.
If you don't shoot much action or just shoot buffer-friendly JPG action then the run-out D7100 (30 to 40% discount!) is fine for someone on a budget. The D7100 has better low ISO (< ISO400) than the 7200.

I'd rather save up for the D500.

nthbeach Avatar
27 Jun 2017 12:23AM
Has anyone on this site actually held the D7500?
How can you possibly say that "the camera more comfortable to hold"
The placement of the Fn1 button makes it almost impossible to firmly hold, despite the "deeper grip"
Your middle finger is always sitting on top of the Fn1 button preventing you from firmly holding the camera and i also found myself unintentionally pressing the button every 5 seconds just walking around.
Its extremely frustrating and annoying. I had to return the camera..
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2017 12:31PM

Quote:Has anyone on this site actually held the D7500?
How can you possibly say that "the camera more comfortable to hold"
The placement of the Fn1 button makes it almost impossible to firmly hold, despite the "deeper grip"
Your middle finger is always sitting on top of the Fn1 button preventing you from firmly holding the camera and i also found myself unintentionally pressing the button every 5 seconds just walking around.
Its extremely frustrating and annoying. I had to return the camera..

Hi, nthbeach,

Yes we've used the camera extensively, and never found this to be a problem. As people's hands are different, this may be an issue for some people and not others.

You can also customise the function buttons, and can switch the function button off.

gearhead Avatar
28 Jun 2017 3:31PM
Chas66. I totally agree. If you don't cater to the kiddies and the cellphone set these days you get bad reviews. Then everyone says Nikon needs to keep up with the latest technology or they'll lose sales. Change is a good thing but change just for the sake of change isn't. Nikon needs to look out for their older, loyal customers - the ones with all the disposable income. If they don't they risk losing them. So many of the people posting on these review websites won't ever buy a DSLR. I own seven Nikon DSLRs and over a dozen lenses. I have been a Nikon shooter for nearly twenty years. I have no use for flippy screens, wi-fi, touchscreens or 4K video. The D7500 should have had a larger MP sensor and two card slots. Instead they took one step forward and another step backwards. The disappointment is made obvious by the tone of the comments here. Hopefully the lackluster sales will show them the error of their ways.
Kenindorset Avatar
29 Jun 2017 4:03PM
My last three DSLR's have all been Nikon, and I have been eagerly waiting for the D7500 to replace my somewhat dated D7000. Unfortunately I'm somewhat underwhelmed, and the backward steps of only one card slot and the reduction in pixel count is a deal breaker for me. I find myself for the first time looking seriously at other manufacturers, and Fuji cameras in particular are looking very exciting indeed.
ElSid Avatar
ElSid 15 11 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2017 5:42PM
On the cons you have failed to note the lack of functionality with manual focus lenses - a feature which has been on every other 7xxx series camera.

I would certainly dispute that this camera sits above the D7200, at best it more on the 7200's shoulder and half a step behind...Wink

Along with the weird decision to eliminate proper AF/MF buttons on the new AF-P lenses (and their small maximum aperture of f6.3) this camera is another reason why they continue to trail some way behind Canon.Sad
RobfromBewdley Avatar
I get a sense that some people are coming here and just regurgitating stuff they have seen on YouTube. Like the guy who claims to own seven bodies, has no use for flippy screens or 4K video - fine - but why is he so bothered then ) by a camera he does not need or want and b) ends up hoping the D7500 is a flop? I have the D7500 and the X100F. Both are single card cameras but the X100 is going back because it is too uncomfortable to hold for long periods, unlike the new Nikon which suits me fine.
dcash29 Avatar
dcash29 18 2.4k England
13 May 2018 8:27AM
Why should the model have more MP or another card slot or cater for a battery grip, you'd be moaning about the price then?
Probably its because many struggle to frame an image in-camera or rattle off like a machine gun only to delete the crap after its been taken or someone that cannot carry an extra battery. (Try mirrorless)
Far better grip than the 7200 and well suited with the Nikkor 18-140
Johnbennet26 Avatar
18 Jun 2019 3:15AM
Thanks for this review I really like it Smile I own Nikon D7500 and I am very happy with the camera it takes some awesome photos!
Johnbennet26 Avatar
23 Jun 2019 8:07AM
I would also like to add that choosing proper lenses for your Nikon D7500 camera is very imporant, make sure you buy some good quality lens that would do a good job at your type of photography. You need to know that you can not use same lens for macro and telephoto photography, or even for landscapes and portraits etc.. I don't want to go into many details but if you want you can check out some nikon d7500 lens buying guides on the google to learn more information that will make you a better photographer. Smile

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