- Quality of construction.
- General reactivity.
- Very effective AF tracking.
- Improved image quality (sensitivity and shadows).
- Burst at 7.5 fps.
- Swivel and touch screen.
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
- A single SD slot.
- Limited video capabilities.
- Crop 2,2x in 4K / UHD video.
- Setting the screen down.
- Ocular clearance slightly weak.
BOTTOM LINE :
With the D7500, Nikon makes a very nice copy, highlighting its know-how in terms of autofocus, subject tracking, image processing. For a price significantly lower than the D500, it offers very close benefits while offering clear progress compared to the D7200 . Not necessarily the most original, the D7500 is in the air of time (swivel and touch screen, video 4K / UHD) without forcing more than is necessary. A balanced case designed for the action image.
Replacing the D7200 ? Not really. Instead, the Nikon D7500 comes officially between the latter and the newer D500, borrowing components from both. So you can see the D7500 as a professional light D500, or as a highly expert D7200 highly enhanced. A choice. In any case, Nikon manages to make a beautiful, clean and neat copy, failing to be original.
APS-C CMOS sensor of 20.3 Mpx, adoption of Expeed 5 processor, swivel and touch screen, video arrival 4K / UHD: these are the main innovations of the D7500 which is in the air of time and destined to the expert photographers attempted by the D500 without having the corresponding budget. Launched in early summer 2017 at 1549$, it poses as perfect in-between in the offer Nikon.
Without having it next to a D7200, difficult to distinguish at first glance what has changed on the D7500. However, gradually, you will realize that it seems to have taken a slight overweight, which results from an optical illusion since the D7500 is more compact and lighter than its predecessor, always using the fiber of carbon for its chassis.
The main ergonomic difference lies in the handle, which is more hollow, giving a stronger grip, very appreciable on the long focal lengths and on the heaviest optics.
Considerations: To draw this handle, the engineers also had to redraw the motherboard, which has the direct consequence of not leaving enough room for two SD slots. This explains this, but does not necessarily excuse it. Note in passing that the D7500 is not, strictly speaking, “tropicalized”, but it does not prevent it from being “resistant to dust and splashing water”. The nuance is subtle.
Like any expert reflex, the Nikon D7500 uses a pentaprism viewfinder covering almost 100% of the field, with a magnification of 0.94x. Its a little short optical clearance may nevertheless hinder the wearers of spectacles. The screen decreases in definition (922,000 points against 1,229,000 points), but keeps its diagonal (8 cm).
In use, this small step backwards is not disabling and is largely compensated by the mechanism of orientation, which really changes the life, and by the touch – which changes a little less life so much its management is limited. Lovers of low framing will appreciate, and especially those of macrophotography. In LiveView, note that if it is still possible to zoom in the image to refine its focus, Nikon has still not provided its reflex with the valuable assistance of the Focus Peaking. Pity. On this point, hybrids of equivalent range retain a clear lead.
For the rest of the maneuvers, the D7500 is not surprising, with Nikon menus still synonymous Nikon, that is, very rich, but sometimes a little confused for the uninitiated.
In the game of light, Canon still has a clear lead. The connectivity is rich, with USB (but 2.0), HDMI (allowing a 4: 2: 2 output to an external recorder), headphone jacks, microphone and remote control.
The built-in flash (NG12) is capable of remotely controlling flashes. Wi-Fi remains but the NFC disappears to make way for low-power Bluetooth, making the D7500 compatible with the Snapbridge application so dear to Nikon. The EN-EL15a Li-ion battery is the same as the D7000, D7100, D7200, D500, D750 and D810 – which the Nikon will appreciate – and allows in normal use more than 1,200 shots. Using the function integrated timelapse – which takes pictures but does not compile them directly internally – we even managed to reach 3,500 views on a single charge!