Melville, NY—Nikon unwrapped its DX-format D7500 digital SLR for enthusiast photographers. The lightweight camera was built with many of the performance features of the company’s DX-format flagship, the Nikon D500.
Using the same 20.9 megapixel image sensor, processor and ISO range as the D500, the D7500 is built for speed, low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture.
“The Nikon D7500 was engineered to be as versatile as the photographer using it, and excels whether shooting fast-action sports, stunning low-light landscapes, distant wildlife, glamorous portraits or multimedia content,” said Kosuke Kawaura, director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “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.”
The D7500’s sensor works with an Expeed 5 processing engine and eliminates the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness. Its compact form factor is also said to give photographers extended focal length reach—an advantage for sports and wildlife photography. It’s engineered to capture images with minimal noise, even in challenging light, as a result of its native ISO span of 100–51,200 and an expanded 1.64-million-equivalent setting.
The benefits of its tech creds include the ability to shoot 8 frames-per-second (fps) bursts with full autofocus/autoexposure for up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images with its expanded buffer.
The D7500 also employs Nikon’s 51-point AF system, which covers a large portion of the frame. A group-area AF function was added, which is a preferred focus mode for shooting fast action. In addition, like the D5 and D500, an auto AF fine-tune function in live view mode lets users automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses. It also shares its siblings’ 180K RGB metering system along with Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition technology to help ensure balanced exposures and true-to-life color rendition.
For control, composition and playback, the camera provides a large, tilting, 3.2-inch, 922K-dot touch-screen LCD monitor. It can be used even when the D7500 is mounted on a tripod. The menus can also be navigated using the touch screen. Furthermore, a new auto picture control function analyzes the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve in-camera.
Other specs include a 950-shot battery when fully charged; a retouch menu via which users access a batch process RAW converter that can handle multiple images to optimize workflow; a pop-up flash that acts as a commander for remote Speedlights; and support for the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10.
For videographers and multimedia creators, there’s 4K UHD (3,840×2,160/30p) video capture as well as the ability to produce 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files. In addition, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR (vibration reduction) image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD video and can be focused using the rear touch-screen function.
Another key feature is simultaneous 4K UHD output to a memory card and uncompressed via HDMI. And a headphone and microphone jack help enable pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and step-less depth-of-field transitions. Users can also keep highlights in-check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode.
Capture images and video can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone. And the camera can be triggered remotely using built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology as well as the SnapBridge app.
Nikon D7500 Availability & Pricing
With a weather-sealed, monocoque body, the D7500 is approximately 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500. It will be available in summer 2017 for a suggested retail price of $1,249.95 body only. It will also sell in a kit with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–140mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95. nikonusa.com