Nikon Unveils 20.9MP D7500 DSLR Designed for Fast Shooting and Low-Light Image Capture

Nikon has been relatively quiet in introducing DSLRs aimed at enthusiast photographers in the past year but that all changed this morning with the announcement of the new D7500, the company’s latest camera in the D7000 line. The Nikon D7500, which replaces the D7200 from 2015, uses the same 20.9MP, DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor with no low pass filter as the flagship DX-format Nikon D500.

The Nikon D7500 also has the same EXPEED 5 processor and features the same wide ISO range (100-51,200 and expanded ISO range up to 1.64 million equivalent) as the Nikon D500, and is designed to shoot high quality images in low light with relatively low noise levels. It can also capture 4K UHD video and can shoot 8 frames per second (fps) image bursts.

The main differerence between the Nikon D7500 and the D500 -- aside from some additional weather sealing and an additional XQD card slot on the D500 -- is that the D7500 will retail for approximately $700 less than the D500 when it goes on sale this summer.

Here’s a rundown of the key features of the new Nikon D7500:

• 20.9MP DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor optical low-pass filter (OLPF) designed for better sharpness and clarity

• Fast EXPEED 5 images processor

• Capable of shooting at up to 8 fps with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 Raw/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images

• 51-point AF system that covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, which is can help for shooting fast action

• ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to up to 1.64 million equivalent

• Shoots 4K UHD video

• The tilting 3.2-inch 922K-dot touchscreen LCD on the rear of the camera can be used to control, compose and play back images, even while the D7500 is mounted to a tripod. The menus can also be navigated using the touchscreen function

• Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help produce balanced exposures and better color rendition

• Compact and lightweight camera design with an ergonomic body with a deep grip and significant weather sealing. The monocoque body is durable and approximately 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500

• Approximately 950 shots per battery charge (CIPA standard)

• Like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed

• Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process Raw Converter that can handle multiple images to optimize workflow

• The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also designed to function with line-of-sight using SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10 accessory

• New Auto Picture Control function analyzes the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera

• Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology

• Easy wireless connectivity via the Nikon SnapBridge app

The Nikon D7500 will go on sale this summer for $1,249.95 (body only) or as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for $1749.95 (The flagship DX-format Nikon D500, which, as mentioned, shares many features with the new D7500, has a current list price of $1,999.95, body only.)

This could be the first of many advanced DSLRs from Nikon as the company recently said it will focus on mid-to-high-end DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and lenses in the coming years.

More details on the new Nikon D7500 here.

jtm71's picture

I am buying this the first chance I get when it comes out, I was about to get the 7200, but now I will wait on the 7500