It has only just been released and it has already been tested! I have just spend over a week testing the new professional reflex camera from the Nikon DX product line: the Nikon D7500.
More than 2000 photos later, here is all the information you will need to determine whether or not this reflex camera – which is situated between the D5600 and the D500 – is right for you!
Test of the Nikon D7500: presentation
The Nikon D7500 is an APS-C reflex camera with an impressive technical datasheet which completes the Nikon DX product lineup:
- 20 megapixel sensor without a low-pass filter from the Nikon D500,
- Expeed 5 processor,
- 8 images/second burst mode,
- integrated flash,
- 4K video in mp4 format.
You can consult the list of differences between the D500 and the D7500 here.
The Nikon D7500 is the answer for photographers who are in search of a DX camera with professional ergonomics and with the best currently available Nikon DX sensor within a compact and light-weight format. In other words, performance characteristics very similar to those of the D500 – if you don’t mind living without certain technical and ergonomic features – all for a lower price of around 700 euros (according to a comparison of publicly available prices).
As I do for every camera, I conducted this test of the Nikon D7500 under different shooting conditions in order to evaluate its general performance. In the text that follows, I will give you my opinion of this camera after having used it, in comparison to other models which I have recently tested – the D500 in particular.
Test of the Nikon D7500: ranking
With the introduction of the Nikon D7500, Nikon was able to reorganize its professional DX product line. Instead of offering only one professional model, as was previously the case with the D7000, D7100 and D7200, it is now possible to choose between two models:
- the Nikon D500,
- and the Nikon D7500.
Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500
Both of these models use the same sensor, meaning that the image quality of both is the same. It is in terms of performance and ergonomics that these two cameras differ:
Full Frame: Nikon’s bold gamble
When Nikon announced D750, two things happened. First, some slowdown was noticed amongst buyers of D810, of which a quite significant number would have waited a little more to invest in a D750 and by the way saved 1000 dollars in price difference. I can understand them, it makes sense even if, a closer examination shows that Nikon D810 has some specificities that D750 does not have; we will get back to this. Then, and strangely enough, some have thought that the launch of D750 marked the end of Nikon D610. And that frankly, I do not buy for a second, I rather believe the opposite. I think that with the launch of D750, Nikon has firmly established its range of digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex), taking up the challenge of full frame. Personally, this range does holds up, up to four times better. Except for Nikon D750, I have used all cases of the Nikon full frame range during long work sessions. Just yesterday, I was working on pictures taken with Nikon D610 and I was captivated by the image quality, dynamism and sharpness. Last July, during an interview, I was asked what would be my advice to a young professional photographer wishing to start using the Nikon range and I answered without a moment’s pause, Nikon D610. My answer might be different today with the announcement of Nikon D750, but nonetheless, each Nikon case belonging to the full frame frame range has its own assets. It is impossible to contrast one with another and difficult to compare them. Each reflex has its target and its customers it will match. Following is a brief overview of the Nikon 24*26 range, but first a basic question. Why choose a Full Frame?
Why a full frame format DSLR?
Photographers from Argentina (mentioning no names) would look at you in a funny manner if you were to ask them that question. This is because, in olden days, you see, the film was not cut into pieces, a SLR (single lens reflex) camera was 24*36 and that was it. When the digital showed up, there were contingencies and technical requirements which made it more economical and less costly to manufacture sensors that are not full format. In the beginning, Nikon has delivered DX sensors with a conversion factor of 1.5. Canon, on its side, has made APS-C sensors on its amateurs range (conversion factor of 1.6) and even APS-H (conversion factor of 1.3) on some SLR of the Pro range (e.g. EOS 1D Mark IV). Some have seen in the non full frame sensor a major advantage. Indeed, an optical of 200mm behaved like a focal of 320mm, all this with the help of APS-C sensor alone. But what was interesting upstream proved more difficult in the other direction. It was not wise enough for a 16mm to become a 26mm. Full format also affects other parameters such as the depth of field, the quality of the image and its dynamics and leads to a more demanding range of optics.
With the announcement of the D7500 and Nikon’s intentions of retaining the D7200 in their product catalog, choosing a professional APS-C DX reflex camera has become more difficult. So, Nikon D7500 or Nikon D500, which one should you choose? Listed here are the main differences between these two devices as well as a comparison chart to help you make up your mind.
Nikon D7500 or Nikon D500: Which Nikon DX should you choose?
By announcing the Nikon D7500, Nikon was satisfying the demands of users interested in a professional device with an ergonomic design (see the test of the Nikon D500) as well as those users interested in a lighter, more compact device that is as capable as any other.
The choice of autofocus mode is one of the subjects which appears most often among the readers’ questions. What mode should I choose? Why? Why are my photos blurry?
Here is a description of the main Nikon autofocus modes: AF-S, AF-C and AF-A. Below you will also find a description of the main AF zone detection modes. The Nikon D5600’s AF module is one of the most complex to use.
Have you already mastered the shooting modes, but are still having difficulty with the autofocus modes? Without learning a minimum about the AF module, this is only normal; everything will become clear once you have understood how the AF module works.
Building the ideal equipment of lenses in which you will rely on during your adventure as a photographer can be difficult, not just because of the large number of options and alternatives available, but also because of the diverse amount of technical details, numbers and nomenclatures that they present.
For instance, Nikon offers more than 200 alternatives in its own lens range called Nikkor, which are meant to allow you to transform the picture you visualize in your mind into a real one. Each of these lenses is designed for a particular type of photography.
If you do a web search or directly investigate a little on the manufacturer’s website, you will realize how difficult is for an amateur photographer to build an ideal lens equipment.
Nikon finally made official the launch of its new camera, the Nikon D7500, after the latest leaks.
A mid-end reflex camera which holds advanced specs such as having the same 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor as its big sister the Nikon D500 (a professional reflex camera and one of Nikon’s best selling models), and 4K video recording, a very anticipated feature in the price range of semi-professional cameras.
Specifications of the Nikon D7500
||20.9-megapixel APS-C CMOS
||Recording in 4K UHD at 30fps and Full HD at 50 and 60fps
||3.2-inch Tilting and touching LCD
||100-51,200 and extendable up to ISO 1,640,000
||51 focus point AF
||WIFI and bluetooth
Pentaprism with approx 100% coverage .
I’m surprised with the fact that they have reduced megapixels from 24 to 20 (with the industry’s obsession of showing the highest number on the box). That is compared to the previous model, the Nikon D7200, but we already know that megapixels can be pushed into the background if the sensor offers us professional quality.
Knowing how to choose the material that best suits your needs when it comes to taking pictures is essential. Everyone knows that in photography nothing is cheap, so before buying anything I recommend that you think about whether it’s really something that you need.
Lenses are the most expensive things in photography, sometimes costing even more than the camera itself. That’s why it’s worth being well informed and reading many of the analyses and reviews that can be found on the internet.