Probably the worst-kept secret on the Internet in the last few days, the Nikon D7500, was officially announced on Wednesday. There’s a lot of D500 DNA in the D7500, which is not a bad thing, since that’s Nikon’s flagship DX body, and this model sits right below in the midrange of the lineup.
While a quick glance will make it seem like the D7500 is down on megapixels compared to its direct ancestor, the D7200 (the new model has 20.9-megapixels compared to 24.2-megapixels on the old), keen eyes will spot that the sensor and Expeed 5 processor are the same as the Nikon D500, which should help noise performance and overall speed of the camera. Native ISO range has been expanded to 100-51,200, again owing to the DX sensor shared with the D500.
Also pulled from the Nikon D500: 180,000-pixel RGB metering, up from the 2,016-pixel sensor found in the D7200. This should allow for more accurate exposure and better autofocus tracking.
Burst speed is up to 8 fps for up to 50 raw frames, compared to the 6 fps for the D7200. Sports shooters, rejoice, that’s only one short of Nikon’s previous D3 full-frame flagship model not that long ago, and in this case at a $1,249.95 (body only) price compared to north of $4,000 on that older camera’s release. You can also get kit with the 18-140mm VR kit lens for $1,749.95.
While perhaps the announcement may not have been a surprise, the features thrown in for video shooters certainly are. There’s now a tilting LCD screen with touch functionality, and 4K UHD (at 30/25/24p) and 1080p Full HD video options. Unfortunately, the screen is a lower resolution model compared to the D500: 922k versus 2.4m dots.
Power aperture control makes a first appearance in the D7xxx line so you don’t have to go out of live view to change apertures, and there’s now a 4K time-lapse mode. There's a headphone jack in addition to the microphone jack, as in the previous model. No word on whether video autofocus has improved to match Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF found in many of its DSLRs.
While the camera gains speed and sensor improvements trickled down from the Nikon D500, sadly it doesn’t inherit its prodigious autofocus system. It soldiers on with the 51-point AF unit from the D7200, though it gains group autofocus in this iteration. Also in the downer column is the elimination of the dual card slots found in the D7200; You’ll find just one in this model. This was arguably one of the biggest advantages over its nearest competitor, the Canon 80D (although in this generation, 4K video may be the big advantage over the 80D).
Of course, the requisite Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connections that have been making their way across Nikon’s lineup are included for functionality with the SnapBridge app.
Availability is listed for summer 2017, but retailers are already taking pre-orders.
In the meantime, you can check out the product tour here: