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Nikon D7500 Full Review - Performance

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Nikon D7500 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs - 0.1secs LiveView
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.15secs (central point) - 0.7secs LiveView
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.125secs (central point)
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.5secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.25secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.5secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
8fps (94 shots) (with + without lens correction)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 8fps (41 shots)*

Tested using the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED lens. Live view focusing speed has been improved, compared to the D7200, but it's still not as quick as not using live view. * 14-bit, raw compression switched on. 


Nikon D7500 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - When shooting JPEG images, without raw selected, it's possible to shoot HDR images, with the camera stitching multiple shots together in-camera. The options available include Auto, Low, Normal, High and Extra High. If you want to improve the dynamic range recorded by the camera, without using the HDR mode, you can use Nikon's Active D-Lighting option. There were no signs of red-eye when using the camera's built-in pop-up flash. Images taken in some lighting conditions resulted in a slight yellow cast, and as a result, we needed to edit the image for improved colour performance, as we've shown above. Using Picture Control you can adjust the sharpening, clarity, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue. If you select the monochrome options, you can adjust the filter effect and toning, for example, to create a Sepia toned image. 

Built-in lens correction includes settings for vignette control, as well as auto distortion control. This means that you shouldn't have any issues with vignetting, or distortion when using compatible lenses. We used the Nikon D7500 with the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR, Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D, and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR - all compact lenses.


Nikon D7500 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - With the same sensor as the Nikon D500, it's no surprise that noise performance is the same. The Nikon D7500 produces images that are sharp straight from the camera, with low levels of noise and good levels of detail from the base ISO setting, all the way up to ISO6400 and ISO12800. You may find images taken at ISO25600 usable when resized, or depending on what subject you are shooting. At ISO51200 noise is stronger, but colour saturation remains good. At ISO102400 noise becomes much stronger again, although colour saturation for some of the brighter colours is reasonable. Above this noise becomes particularly ugly. Photos taken with High ISO NR set to Normal (Default). The options are Off, Low, Normal and High. 


Nikon D7500 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a colour cast. AWB performs reasonably well under tungsten and mixed lighting. Unfortunately, the D7500 doesn't have the same auto white balance options as the D500, with only "Normal" and "Keep warm lighting colours" options - there is no "White priority" option, which would be extremely beneficial for product shots, or for if you find your results too warm. This is a shame, as even the entry-level Canon EOS 1300D has a "White priority" AWB option. 


Nikon D7500 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There is a wide range of effects available using the effects setting on the mode dial, or you can apply them in playback using the retouch menu, and you can also process raw files in-camera. The picture control presets can be adjusted, with options for sharpening, clarity, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue and are a good way to get the camera setup for your own preferences. In monochrome, there are options for filter effects (replicating yellow, orange, red, and green filters), as well as toning options. There is no automatic panoramic mode. 


Video - The D7500 will record 4K UHD video at a resolution of 3840x2160, at frames of 30, 25 and 24p. 4K video is recorded using a dot-by-dot native pixel crop, which gives a 1.5x crop of the APS-C sensor. You can choose between MOV and MP4 file formats, and set the ISO speed from ISO100, all the way up to ISO1,640,000 (Hi 5). There are flicker reduction options of 50 and 60hz.

The stereo microphone sensitivity can be set to auto, or manually from 1 to 20, with an option for wide or voice frequency response. There's also wind noise reduction, or the option to switch the microphone off. There are also microphone and headphone sockets on the side. 

You can record FullHD video at 60, 50, 30, 25, 25p, and there is the choice of using the full (APS-C) sensor or a 1.3x crop. When recording Full HD video you also have the option to use electronic vibration reduction. If you are recording 4K video, the use of a tripod or a lens with vibration reduction (optical image stabilisation) is recommended. 


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tc847 14 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 5
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.
23 Jun 2017 11:35AM
We've now updated this to the full review.
BydoR9 10 43 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 9 1.9k 407
23 Jun 2017 8:00PM
The continuous shutter speed sounded like my grandmother's sewing machine Smile
Edys1 3
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 9 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.

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 Plus
10 927 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.

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.
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 13 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
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 15 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
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!
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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