The D7500 features the same 20.9-megapixel
image sensor with no optical low-pass
filter and a native ISO range of 100-51,200
(expandable to a whopping ISO 1,640,000)
as found in the D500.
It parts company with the D500 when it
comes to AF points. Where the D500 was
jammed with 153 of them, the D7500 has a
51-point autofocusing system with 15 cross-type
sensors. The D7500 is also a tad slower than
the speedy D500, offering a burst mode of 8 fps
in continuous AF for up to 50 RAW images or
100 JPEGs. You do get some new tech, however,
such as a new metering sensor. There’s also
a new Auto Picture Control function, which
analyzes a scene and automatically generates
a tone curve within the camera.
The D7500 records 4K movies (3840 x 2160)
at 30p and full HD movies at 60p. You can also
create 4K time-lapse videos in camera.
You’ll find Bluetooth Low Energy and
Wi-Fi for image transfers and remote control.
The weather-sealed D7500 will look very
familiar to Nikon shooters. It’s durably built
and comfortable to shoot with. There’s a 3.2-
inch touch display that can tilt out from the
body of the camera. It’s responsive and very
easy to read even under harsh sun.
At 22 ounces it weighs about the same
as Canon’s 80D and is an ounce lighter than
Nikon’s own D7200.
The D7500 hails from the same lineage as the
D500, so we weren’t surprised by its results.
JPEG image quality is excellent and RAW
images are very flexible in post, allowing
you to recover a fair amount of details in the
shadows and highlights.
You can push the D7500 into some very
high ISO territory but above 12,800 you’ll be
beating back noise and above the native range
noise is very difficult to remove without
sacrificing details. At the top of the camera’s
ISO scale, images turn pink.
The video quality is also excellent,
though you do have to cope with a 1.5x
crop of the sensor when you start recording
video. Autofocusing in video isn’t as
responsive as Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF
but you can refocus using the touchscreen,
which is a nice option. You’ll also get clean
HDMI out, and mic and headphone jacks
for audio connections.
GEAR & TECHNIQUES PRODUCT REVIEWS
NOTES FROM THE
TIPA TEST BENCH
PDN is a member of
the Technical Image
Press Association, which
has contracted with the testing lab
BetterNet for camera evaluations.
Below is an excerpt of their lab test
with the Nikon D7500.
The automatic white balance system of
the D7500 worked very well. The color
chart was reproduced with very neutral
gray tones. Color errors are on a low
level, only the dark blue nuances are
extremely saturated and are the reason
for the high average saturation level of
114.2 percent. The differentiation of colors
is very good. The Nikon D7500 showed
clearly differentiated darker and brighter
elements for all colors.
The D7500 performed excellently in our
resolution test. The ISO 12,233 chart was
reproduced with 3525 of 3712 lines per
picture height. So it converts its nominal
sensor resolution nearly completely into
visible image details. Even though the
resolution is very high and the camera
uses a digital sharpening filter, the look of
the images is very natural. Fine structures
are reproduced very well though with an
artificial look caused by too intense filtering.
This is visible in our standard test shots.
The camera performed very well in our
noise tests: Up to ISO 25,600 the y-factor
stays below 1.0 percent. To reduce color
noise, the camera uses an anti-noise
filtering system which causes excellent
results up to ISO 12,800. In higher ISO
settings, images look softer; in ISO 51,200
mode details are reduced and look washed
out. The camera offers additional ISO
speed modes up to an ISO 1,640,000,
but images taken with these settings are
nearly unusable and look like they’ve been
taken with night vision gear.
The dynamic range results in images
taken with the Nikon D7500 are excellent.
The camera achieved a maximum of 11. 8
f-stops in ISO 100 mode. More important
is the high level of more than 11 or 10 to 11
f-stops in all ISO speed modes up to ISO
When we reviewed Nikon’s D500 in
December of 2016, we saw plenty to praise
in this high-end APS-C camera. The D7500
looks to bring many of the praise-worthy
characteristics of the D500 into a less
expensive package. What’s not to love?
RIGH T: Trickle down may be
bunk as an economic concept,
but the D7500 benefits from
features flowing down from
the more expensive D500.
BELOW: The D7500 proved equally adept at freezing motion and indifference on the Little League sideline.