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Nikon D7500 has pro-level features in smaller, less expensive body

Create: 04/18/2017 - 06:03
Nikon D7500

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20.9-MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Top ISO of 51,200 can be boosted to 1.64 million
  • Battery is rated for 950 shots

Nikon has taken many features from its top-tier APS-C DSLR, the D500, and incorporated them into a body that is more than a third less expensive.

The Nikon D7500 uses the D500’s 20.9-MP CMOS sensor that is tied to the EXPEED 5 image processing engine. The sensor has an ISO of 100-51,200, which can be extended upward to 1.64 million, which should be all that anyone ever needs.

The D7500 has no low-pass filter in front of the sensor, which should yield sharper photos out of the camera.

Nikon refers to its APS-C sensors as DX format, and the company is pitching the D7500 to advanced amatuers.

“This is a camera for the photographers who are serious about their passion, infatuated with the next frame and above all else, want speed, small size and an excellent value,” Kosuke Kawaura, Nikon's Director of Marketing and Planning, said in a press release announcing the camera.

In addition to the imaging sensor’s impressive range, the D7500 has strong specifications in other areas.

8 FPS, MULTI-EXPOSURE CAPABILITY

It is a fast camera, capable of recording 8.0 frames per second with full autofocus and autoexposure on every shot for up to 50 RAW images or 100 JPGs. Images, as well as video, are saved to full-size SD memory cards. The D7500 has one memory card slot.

Additionally, the camera has a multi-exposure feature, allowing up to 10 shots per frame. The photographer can choose to save the composite image or a single frame from that series.

The focal-plane shutter has electronically controlled speeds running from 30 seconds to 1/8,000 plus B. Nikon said the shutter module is rated for 150,000 cycles, and the camera has mirror lock-up.

The D7500 has a built-in pop-up flash and a hot shoe that can accept Nikon’s Speedlight electronic flash units, as well as its wireless controller for remote firing of a compatible Speedlight. The camera's flash synchronization speed is 1/250.

Nikon uses its 180K-pixel RGB sensor for its multi-mode metering system that provides automatic, full manual and multiple scene presets. Autofocus is achieved with Nikon’s Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II system that has 51 focus points, including 15 cross-type sensors.

The body is built around a carbon-fiber composite structure, which Nikon says is both lightweight and durable. The body is weather sealed at key points to protect its electronics. The camera has a deeper grip, Nikon says, to make the camera easier to hold for long periods and provide better hand-holding of larger, heavier optics.

The camera has a true pentaprism viewfinder that provides 100% coverage. There also is a tilting 3.2-inch LCD monitor for Live View, as well as navigating menus and reviewing photos and video. The monitor is touch-enabled, which includes allowing the photographer to release the shutter.

There are several video formats, including 4K video, as well as Full HD. No single clip can be longer than 29 minutes, 59 seconds, and once the video file sizes reaches 4GB, a new file will be created. When shooting Full HD, three-axis built-in e-VR image stabilization is available.

Nikon’s Snapbridge app allows for speedy transfer via Bluetooth or WiFi to a compatible smart device.

LONG BATTERY LIFE

One notable feature is that the D7500’s battery is rated for 950 shots, which is about three times the capacity of most digital camera batteries. There is no accessory battery grip available for the D7500.

The body is 5.4 x 4.1 x 2.9 inches (135.5 x 104 x 72.5mm) and weighs 22.6 ounces (640 grams).

The Nikon D7500 is expected to ship the summer of 2017 for US$1,249.95 (body only) or with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for US$1,749.95.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.