Nikon D7500 Review

Overall 41
Imaging 12
Features 74
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 21.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expands to 50 - 1640000)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 8.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 136 x 104 x 73 mm
  • Weight: 640 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon D7200. Compare

Nikon D7500 Summary

This review is devoted to D7500 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Apr 12, 2017. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 21.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Nikon released to replace their older product D7200. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Nikon D7500 vs. D7200

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #121 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #897 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D7500 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D7500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 8.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.0
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 51
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1483
  • Wireless Connectivity: Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
  • Battery Life: 950 shots
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Nikon D7500 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D7500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D7500

Nikon D7500 has the following external dimensions 136 x 136 x 73 mm (53.54 x 40.94 x 28.74″) with the weight of 640 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Nikon D7500, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D7500 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 73mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D7500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D7500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D7500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon D7500 — 950 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Nikon D7500 — 73 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D7500 — 640 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D7500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon D7500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon D7500 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D7500 boasts of a resolution of 21.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon D7500 has the following ISO range 100 - 51200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 1640000.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D7500 features a 21.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D7500, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 86 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D7500’s sensor.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Nikon D7500 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D7500

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D7500 is equipped with a Tilting 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D7500 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.63x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D7500 are its 8.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

D7500 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Nikon D7500 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 51 points.

In addition, D7500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D7500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D7500 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon D7500 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of D7500.

D7500 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

In addition, Nikon D7500 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon D7500 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Nikon D7500 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, D7500 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect D7500 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D7500 provides a shooting life of 950, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Nikon D7500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 950 shots.

How Good is Nikon D7500 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D7500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D7500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D7500 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D7500 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D7500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D7500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (21 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D7500 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D7500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 90. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D7500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (950 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (136 x 104 x 73 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D7500 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D7500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D7500 can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (51)
  • Big size (136 x 104 x 73 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (8.0 fps)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (15)

Nikon D7500 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D7500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D7500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (640 g)
  • Big size (136 x 104 x 73 mm)

Nikon D7500 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D7500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D7500 can be called a 97 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.0)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (21 MP)

Nikon D7500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D7500
Announced Apr 12, 2017
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 922k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.63
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 8.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 86
DxO Color Depth 24.3
DxO Dynamic Range 14.0
DxO Low Light ISO 1483
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 21.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5568 x 3712
Max Native ISO 51,200
Max Boosted ISO 1,640,000
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 51
Number of Cross Focus Points 15
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 640 g
Physical Dimensions 136 x 104 x 73 mm
Battery Life 950 shots
Battery Type 950 shots
Battery Model EN-EL15a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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