Most excellent image quality, good performance in low light, comfortable grip, relatively compact design for a SLR, 4K film, good responsiveness to the viewfinder, burst at 8 ips, touch screen and adjustable, Bluetooth connection
The Nikon D7500 APS-C expert reflex effectively renews the Japanese brand’s D7 *** range, thanks to a reworked design and improved tactile ergonomics, but also thanks to the legacy of its parents the D7200 and D500 .
The D7500 is presented by the Japanese brand as the result of the union of a D7200 and a D500, hence its name. Indeed, the D7500 impresses a lot to both parents: we find in particular the APS-C sensor (format DX at Nikon) 20.9Mpx CMOS, the processor of image processing Expeed 5 as well as the RGB measurement sensor of the D500, the autofocus, optical viewfinder and carbon fiber frame of the D7200.
In fact, the real novelties of this D7500 are to look for the design side. The device has notably undergone a slimming treatment and its ergonomics have been reviewed. In addition, it now has a LCD (really) touch and vertically adjustable. So much for the main technical features, but what about in practice?
Design And Handling
As we said a little earlier, Nikon paid special attention to the design of the D7500, and it shows: it is lighter and less imposing than both parents, which is less tiring for the arms to use and allows it to be transported more easily. In addition, the handle, more hollow, is also more comfortable, giving it a very good grip.
The flip side is that the brand had to remove the second memory card slot on the D7200 and D500 for lack of space. The D7500 is dust and splash proof, which we have tested successfully. Although it does not reach the level of quality and, probably, strength of the D500, the carbon fiber chassis of the D7500 remains clean and neat.
Regarding ergonomics, the D7500 is making great progress by providing, first, a truly touch and multi-touch LCD screen of 921600 pixels (2.4 million on the D500). It is not just used to focus or navigate the photo gallery, like that of his elder D500, but to navigate the menus. As a result, navigation is very fluid and much more intuitive.
We could just blame Nikon for his extended menus that must be scrolled for a moment before finding what we are looking for. In addition, it is vertically adjustable, which is really practical when it is necessary to take height or shoot at ground level. The pentaprism optical viewfinder with 0.94x magnification of the camera is rather effective, even if the eye relief could have been a little longer. That said, even with glasses, the aim remains satisfactory.
Apart from the absence of a second SD card slot, the connection is quite complete: microUSB port, HDMI output (4: 2: 2), headphone jack and micro mini jack and remote control socket. There is also the presence of an integrated flash, although it is possible to connect another wireless. The device also abandons the NFC for the benefit of Bluetooth, and embeds a Wi-Fi chip still too limited in its use unfortunately.
The Snapbridge application allows you to send photos quickly and automatically to your smartphone, which is more useful for sharing despite a somewhat confusing interface at first. In addition, the Bluetooth transfer will necessarily be long if you send large shots. And then the application consumes a lot of energy on your smartphone, the device Bluetooth also reduces its autonomy: it is about 950 views in normal time, which is already lower than both parents.
Equipped with the same sensor and the same image processing processor as the D500, the D7500 produces beautiful images that can reach a size of 5568 x 3712 pixels, with an extended dynamic range (the HDR mode, which combines two shots, allows to extend it again), bright and relatively natural colors and an effective automatic white balance. In low light, note that the colors tend to look warmer than normal, so you will need to rectify the shot manually or change the auto white balance mode.
The sensor also gives very good results in low light thanks to its wide sensitivity range. The device can go from 100 to 51200 ISO, or even 50 – 1 640 000 ISO if one uses the settings Lo 1 and Hi 5, which it is better to avoid so much the quality is degraded with such peaks of sensitivity . On the other hand, the D7500 easily climbs to 6400 ISO while keeping a satisfactory level of noise.
In video, the new baby Nikon shows more nuanced results. If it can film in 4K at 30 frames per second, the frame unfortunately will undergo a very important crop in this definition (despite a satisfactory dive). Let’s say it clearly, your focal length will be more than doubled. Forget about too big angles in 4K, so. The device offers more flexibility in Full HD, but again, you have to make sacrifices: the D7500 is limited to 60 frames per second in this definition, you can do a cross on the big slow.
The D7500 maintains the D7200’s 51-point autofocus, but offers slightly better performance thanks to its burst mode a little faster: 8 frames per second in JPEG against 6 for his big brother (in the limit of 100 consecutive shots). We therefore remain below the 10 views (without limit) of the D500, but it is necessary that it justifies its higher price. In RAW, we can now reach 50 consecutive views, a good progression compared to the 27 views of the D7200.
Note that the power on and off of the camera are very fast, as is the focus on the viewfinder. In Live View mode, the same observation as with the D7200: we lose indeed a lot of responsiveness, the device usually takes more than one second to debug and trigger. Another unfortunate element, we still do not have Focus Peaking with this device.
The D7500 is clearly an excellent SLR that effectively renews the D7 *** range. This one would make us almost forget the D500, which still shines for its better reactivity and its second SD card port. The price of D7500 is more interesting but still quite high compared to the competition, including the Canon EOS 80D, an opponent to consider. But if you can afford it, we can only recommend the Nikon D7500.