Nikon D7500 Camera Review: A wind of modernity on the line of the D7000

PROS:

  • 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.

CONS :

  • 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.

PRESENTATION

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.

GETTING STARTED

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!

REACTIVITY

From the D7200, the D7500 retrieves the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II AF module with its 51 collimators sensitive to -3 EV. Despite the support of the Expeed 5 processor, the raw reactivity of the D7500 is no different from that of the D7200, whether in optical sight or on screen.
Moreover, the D7200 is even slightly faster than the last one. Almost a climax! Fortunately, we are talking about very low values ​​and the D7500 remains a very fast case and always ready to draw. The two main inputs of the D7500 are on the side of the burst, whose maximum frame rate rises to 7.5 frames per second and can rest on a buffer more generous allowing up to 50 consecutive RAWs. Above all, the AF-C 3D tracking has been greatly improved: once the subject hangs, what the D7500 does very quickly, it does not let go! The viewfinder now shows the active collimator continuously.

QUALITY OF IMAGES

The APS-C CMOS sensor of 20.3 Mpx is inherited from the D500. This allows Nikon to offer its expert / professional customers a coherent range allowing them to quickly switch from APS-C (crop 1.5x) to 24 x 36 mm (crop 1x) without having to juggle between different definitions, with the most transparent workflow possible.
Of course, compared to a D7200 and its sensor of 24 Mpx, the D7500 loses slightly in being able to resolve maximum, but the new duo sensor + processor makes it possible to compensate considerably when it comes to rise in sensitivity.
The gain is a good diaphragm and if the maximum sensitivity is still 102,400 ISO, the D7500 generates color shots where the D7200 cheated by switching to black and white. In addition to the gain in sensitivity, is especially in the treatment of shadows as the D7500 progresses. Note also the appearance of a very practical “Picture Control” automatic mode which proves to be formidable efficiency on the ground.

VIDEO

Excellent to date – excellent but not revolutionary, at the risk of repeating ourselves – the D7500 finds itself somewhat to the trouble in video. Capable of filming in Full HD 60p, it also allows 4K / UHD (3840 x 2160 px) in 30p. But here, the recording in this definition is allowed for 29 minutes and 59 seconds but a very, very, very strong cropping is imposed: 2,2x. In other words, if you film with, say, a 20 mm, you will have to add to the crop of the sensor APS-C (1.5x) that of the 4K / UHD.
So you end up with a 66 mm (20 x 1.5 x 2.2). Not very practical for lovers of very wide angle … Well, the advantage is that you can apply an electronic stabilization but we are very, very far from the video solutions proposed by the hybrids. The picture is beautiful and the sound quite acceptable, but the lack of assistance to framing, focusing (no focus peaking ) and exposure (no zebras) will quickly stop your video use of the D7500 to the bare minimum. This is the moment to brandish your signs ” yes but it’s a reflex to make the photo, leave the video to the others! ” You would not be quite wrong … But nevertheless …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *