Nikon D500 vs. Nikon D7500 vs. Nikon D7200 specifications comparison


In order to fit all three cameras, I created this separate page for this Nikon D500 vs. Nikon D7500 vs. Nikon D7200 specifications comparison. The information in the table is taken directly from Nikon's website. If you see any errors, please post a comment and I will make the changes. Check also yesterday's post for everything you need to know on the new Nikon D7500.

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  • GRIP STATUS!

    • MB

      NOT NEEDED!
      If you really want one go for D500!

      • …much like your comment!

        • MB
        • BlueBomberTurbo

          +1

          Loved having a battery grip on my D7000, D7100, and D750. The main grip is just a bit too short for my hands, and the battery grip adds that little bit in. Also helps support heavier lenses with the lower half of my palm resting on it.

          • KnightPhoto

            D500 grip is free right now…

          • The big deal with the grip is when you’re shooting in portrait orientation. It allows you to give a proper stance, with your right elbow tucked.

  • David Ross

    Worth it only if you care about burst and 4k video (over D7200)…

    • Eric Calabros

      and a well working white balance, and a way better subject recognition system, and titling screen, and touch to focus, and better ergonomics, and much better straight of camera jpeg, which end up in my smartphone gallery, and finer noise at high ISOs, and image stabilization in FHD, and improved live view CDAF. I happily sacrifice 3 mega pixels and a SD card that stays empty most of the time for these.

      • Mike A

        Why does anyone compare the D7500 to the D7200??? Comparisons should be vs other manufacturers products in the same price range. The A6300 has better image quality in both photo and video. The 80D has superior features and usability for enthusiasts. XT-20 has way better native lenses. The only people that will be excited about this camera are diehard Nikon fans/use higher end Nikon products (D500). This camera does not offer any new innovation nor does it fix any of Nikons problems (e.g. live view autofocus, snapbridge, etc.). Nikon market share slide will continue

        • Delmar Mineard Jr

          This is the Nikon RF so the majority of users want to compare the new models to existing models. The comparison of the D7500 to the D500 and D7200 is flat out logical.

          • Mike A

            I agree. I’m a Nikon fan. I want them to do better and regain their reputation and market share…

        • Eric Calabros

          80D has only video advantage, and its just about live view AF, and its not that important as you pretend it is. GH5 doesn’t have dual pixel but people are crazy about it. XT-2 is a $2000 body, and yet struggles​ in tracking a walking oldman, let alone kids. A6300 also lacks native lenses with affordable price, and in still shooting performance its way behind a DSLR like D7500.

          • BlueBomberTurbo

            Canon’s Dual Pixel also works in regular Live View, where it’s ridiculously handy. Basically modern mirrorless level AF, instead of waiting for the camera to AF on a clearly defined subject for a few seconds.

            Actually, people are complaining about the GH5’s AF in video. Though pros rarely use AF.

            The X-T2 is only $1600, and is one of the best mirrorless bodies out there, along with the A6500. Doesn’t have much issue AFing, especially in video.

            Funny that you say the A6300 lacks native lenses with affordable prices. Try any Sigma lens available. Bargain basement for exceptional quality. Sony’s new 85 1.8 also hits the mark. And the AF on some mirrorless lenses is insanely faster than DSLR lenses, just due to the AF motor design. Better lenses just snap into focus instantly.

            The best part of mirrorless is that there are no AF variances due to fine tuning, zooms, or changes in aperture. The biggest reason I left Nikon and DSLRs. No need to chimp anymore, or take multiple shots hoping one will be in focus.

            • Mike A

              BlueBomberTurbo – great post.

              Sure hope Nikon does something great with the D820

          • Mike A

            Eric, First, I said XT20 (which is the same price). Second, I never mentioned the GH5. Both of these cameras are in the D500’s price range and I didn’t include them in my post as I know this fact…

            The A6300 has about the same NATIVE lens selection as the D7500 – another glaring Nikon MISS. Not even a “swing and a miss”…

            The 80D has a live view autofocus advantage and also has superior resolution now that the D7500 has downgraded resolution. And, of course, the 80D will far outsell the D7500.

            I’m a Nikon fan. But it gets harder and harder to root for them with these LAME REFRESHES/PARTS BIN JOBS. Their old methodology is clearly failing (market share) and they just continue to plug away blindly.

        • ITN

          This is not a beginner’s camera. Once you have some lenses you’re basically stuck with the system you buy into. Thus it makes a lot of sense to compare products within the system than between systems, unless you only ever plan to get a one or two lenses. If you have a significant number of lenses and accessories, and then switch systems, you end up with a much lesser setup than you had in terms of bodies, lenses, and accessories especially if you buy new (or you have to pay much more to get what you had in the old system, in the new one). So, comparing cameras of different systems is kind of uninteresting IMO. I want to take advantage of the depth of the lens system and that would never be possible if I shopped across multiple brands of camera bodies after the first decision to buy into a system.

    • Captain Megaton

      If it’s anything like the D750 it’ll be worth it (over D7200) for the grip/balance alone.

      • Andrew

        The D7500 is going to cause earth tremors in the D750 and D500 land and not to mention the competition 😉

        • BlueBomberTurbo

          In a DSLR, maybe. The additions to the D7500 over the D7200 have existed for a while now. Nikon (and Canon) are just too slow to integrate these features. Everything for them needs to originate in a high end product, then trickle down. And with their release cycles, that makes things take forever vs modern practices. All in the name of protecting high end products that few can afford.

          • Andrew

            These technologies take years to develop and immediately after the development of the D500 Nikon was working on incorporating its advanced technologies into the D7500; and now about one year later the D7500 will be released

            I am an electrical engineer, but you do not have to be an engineer to know that research, development, and manufacturing do not all happen in a day. In addition to inheriting the D500’s innards, the D7500 incorporates unique technical specifications.

            The fact that when I buy the D7500 it will perform similar to the D500 at a price of only $1,250 is awesome. When someone goes and buys the D500 and I buy my D7500, I really do not care if the D500 came out before the D7500. I am essentially getting the same camera as the D500 in a smaller and lighter body. Nikon has given us an awesome 100 Anniversary Camera. This is Nikon’s Gift to the Faithful. We can all use our Nikon Lenses on this wonderful new D7500 camera. Awesome!

            • BlueBomberTurbo

              Thing is, it won’t perform similarly to the D500. You’re missing out on the AF system, which is the biggest part of the D500 (along with the pro body). It’s a brand new generation of AF modules, too, after the current one has been around for 10 years. This isn’t like upgrading from a D7100 to D7200. It’s a completely different league.

              On the other side, Sony (who just surpassed Nikon in FF) immediately adds features developed into all of its cameras. Even their crop cameras can have features that their top of the line full frame ones don’t, because they came out first. 4K and S-Log are now standard on ALL of their current ILCs and high end point and shoots. Hell, the RX100 series had 4K, S-Log, 1000fps video, and advanced AF modes before their crop sensor cameras did. And that was 2 years ago. So Nikon’s been playing catch up with a point and shoot for 2 years.

              Nikon, on the other hand, holds things back, thinking it will protect their high end products. All that does is create fiascos like the D7500, where a large amount of features (some nonsensical like the LCD) are cut/reduced just because there’s now a higher end DX camera. No wonder they’re nosediving.

            • Not all the lenses one could use with D7200. Otherwise for your kind of photography it may be enough.

      • BlueBomberTurbo

        Agreed on the grip. The D5500 also adopted this deeper grip, and it’s wonderful. Makes it feel like a bigger camera, without adding the bulk.

    • Pippo

      D500, D750 ~ 1800€; D7500 – ~1500€; D7200 – 800€; (D760 -~2500€)
      Photographs stay with D7200 or grab D500/D750; videographs – new D7500

    • Mike A

      The D7500 is clearly a LOW COST TO MANUFACTURE product from the Nikon corporate parts bin. It’s a high margin product due to low cost to produce. It offers no innovation and it does not fix any of Nikon’s core issues. Price decreases will come fast

      • Delmar Mineard Jr

        Your probably correct. Think back to the good old film days and the new cameras were subtle improvements. Digital cameras have reached the point that improvements will be small steps. You wont’ see big steps anymore. Manufacturers are into refinement now.

        • BlueBomberTurbo

          Until Nikon goes mirrorless…

          • IanMak

            I don’t think mirrorless brings much to the table.

            It only makes sense for compact systems like what Fuji has. Small camera with small lenses. A Sony mirrorless with a 70-200 or even a 24-70 is pretty pointless.

            Nikon still has a few more things they can work on. Please give us on sensor phase detection so AF doesn’t suck balls in video mode.

            Snapbridge is okay but I still want faster data transfer. Its actually quite a pain to transfer over WiFi. Can’t we just have a USB C cable straight into our phones and copy like 100 photos in seconds? Or some short range gigabit WiFi would be nice.

            • BlueBomberTurbo

              Dunno if you’ve actually seen Fuji cameras in real life, but they’re not compact:

              http://camerasize.com/compact/#691,650,679,624,711,ha,f

              The X-T2 is bigger than a FF A7 II series body. Not far from the D7500, though thickness is obviously different due to no mirror box. Regardless, I use my mirrorless camera as a DSLR replacement, using DSLR lenses, so the size difference is meaningless to me. I just wanted the advantages of mirrorless using the lenses I like best.

              Mirrorless has plenty of improvements over SLRs. AF precision being the one most important to me. You also get full time exposure and DOF preview, focus magnification and peaking, way larger lens selection (AF and MF), highly advanced metering and subject tracking (24M vs 180K meter), full display readout including histogram through the viewfinder, video recording through the viewfinder, etc.

              All advantages would be impossible on a DSLR unless it used the same sensor an EVF combo, since they’re all based off of gathering data from the sensor full-time. At that point, you’re better off going SLT like Sony. The A99 II has the best of both worlds. Compact, high res, dual AF system, and EVF.

      • Andrew

        The D7500 is based upon the D500. So it inherits the innovations of the D500 which is highly acclaimed. The D7500 indeed fixes a major issue at Nikon which is its users putting-off upgrading their cameras. The D7500 presents a good reason to upgrade from the D3xxx and D5xxx line. In addition, many have waited to upgrade their D7000 and D7100 cameras, and now with the D7500, they can get a camera that gives them the capabilities of the more expensive D500 selling at $2,000. In addition, quite a good number of Nikon D7200 owners will also upgrade their cameras.

        The D7500 is a nice upgrade to 4K video capability and for those needing an indoor sports video camera in flickering lighting conditions. It is ideal for wildlife photography in tracking fast moving subjects and it has superior weather sealing. And you get wonderful instant low light focusing and better image quality at high ISO settings. So the D7500 indeed comes with a lot of innovations.

        • Jacob Smith

          This camera like the D500 is also going to be excellent for people shooting weddings and portraits. With the improved WB, facial recognition, and the ability to deal with more lighting situations.

      • Lan Jay

        IMO, The D7500 is a great fail.
        D500, D750 ~ 1800€; D7500 – ~1500€; D7200 – 800€
        For Landscape photographer, D7200 AF is good enough for Lanscape. Why not buy a D7200 for better image quality, or upgrade to D750 w/ obvious better image quality and way better high ISO performance?
        For bird photography, its so obvious that D500 can do much better than D7500. The price difference between D7500 and D500 means nothing. The beginner Lens for bird photography Nikon 200-500 costs USD 1395 ; beginner lens for sport photography such as 70-200 F4, T150-600, etc(The 70-300 AF is not fast enough IMO for sports) cost at least USD 600+. Are you going to tell me that one who are going to shoot sports had bought a pricy lens would really care about the price difference of 300 between D7500 and D500?

        • Jacob Smith

          It’s awesome if you have thousands of dollars to spend on lenses but the reality is most people buy the best that they can afford and and its nice if the almost $700 difference between the two may mean nothing to you but for most that difference allows them to buy D7500 and a lens to go with it. I have a friend who shoots professionally and he has more cameras than most people will ever own but again he is a pro and he’s shown me the differences in quality between the D7200 and D500 and for you to say that the D7200 has better quality is not correct. Photos taken with both on a nice sunny day are comparable but with changing lighting situations and especially for low light situations the D500 spanks the D7200 in every way and since the D7500 comes with the same sensor there is no comparison. Also comparing a full frame to a crop sensor you will be amazed to see how well the D500 competes with the D810.

      • BlueBomberTurbo

        In keeping with modern Nikon tradition, it fits in perfectly.

        • Mike A

          I know this is a Nikon website… But, all these replies miss the point. The D7500 possibly, might, be a decent fit within the Nikon world. The problem for Nikon is that other brands are kicking its behind and this camera does nothing to address this big elephant in the room

  • wallybrooks

    Based on specs the D7500 is a D5600 upgrade. Think about it you are paying $1200 for a D5700/D7500 !!!! Brilliant marketing not that much technology. Say what you will about the the Angry Photographer who showed this first. I am keeping my D7200 and buy the used glass I want!

    • silmasan

      Nope, it’s a mashup of D7xxx and former D90. The basic control layout (incl. especially the two control dials) is one of the pillars that define this class (at least in Nikon’s lineup).

      D5xxx series are different with just one control dial, lesser AF, fps & buffer (no joke) etc, which makes your comment rather out of touch (if not downright nonsensical). It has some downgrades compared to previous series, but let’s stay real.

      • MB

        So you are saying that D7500 is actually VASTLY upgraded D5x00 not just slightly downgraded D7200 🙂 … really …

        • silmasan

          Of course you can always say that it’s a VAST upgrade from your iPhone or whatever. Especially since it now has a convenient touchscreen. 😉

          The 8fps w/ 50 frame RAW buffer is still a solid upgrade, and even the sensor has its own advantage for the high ISO so I wouldn’t–I CAN’T just generalize it as an overall downgrade.

          And here’s a useful fact: D500 and D7200 (even D7100) are still available for sale.

          • MB

            Hey, you earned your keep, no one is shaking your CAGE so keep it polite …

            • silmasan

              Hm? What makes you think I’m not being polite? WAS IT THE CAPS?!!!! 😀 Come on.. we haven’t even gotten to the cusses yet.. 🙂

        • Sakaphoto Graphics

          Downgrade? Is higher image quality, due to a lower pixel count sensor with a better-performing image processor a downgrade?

          • BlueBomberTurbo

            It’s only higher quality at high ISO. And even then, only because of less of a color cast. It actually has a hair less DR at low ISO, but nothing that would be noticeable in actual use.

            The current processor only really becomes relevant in JPG recording, as it can do more advanced NR. RAW just passes through it. A true upgrade would allow a faster data transfer and writing to the card. If that was in place, Nikon wouldn’t have had to resort to limiting the resolution to 20MP. It’s been their performance bottleneck for quite some time, and hopefully will be resolved in the D5s/D500s.

    • paige4o4

      D5600 would never get 8fps and 50 shot RAW buffer.

      • BlueBomberTurbo

        It did. They called it D7500.

        Now where’s my D7300, Nikon?!

    • It’s D90’s original successor (single card slot, strap lugs, no AI
      support), while D7000/D7100/D7200 are mashed up of D90+D300, hoping we
      will see them as D300 replacement. After D500 is released, Nikon pushed D7500 back to its original position.

      • Brent Rawlings

        You hit that nail squarely on the head.

        I agree that we’ll see another new lineup of DX bodies.

        • BlueBomberTurbo

          Could be why Nikon’s rushing through their naming scheme these days…

      • Which means that we are surely going to see a D500s……. and above numbers.

      • Except the D90 had a vertical grip option.

    • Jacob Smith

      With a shaved head he actually could be the Angry Photographer. Please tell me you don’t take serious the stuff that comes out of the mouth of that guy. Its amazing how he doesn’t call himself the
      Angry Photographer anymore ask Jason Lanier.

      • yes, he is full of it and he is banned here and on many other websites

    • Ric of The LBC

      you are correct. It is an upgrade over the D5600. It is not an upgrade of the D5600

    • the angry photographer did not point it out first, he just copied the info from here as he usually does

  • Senor Magnifico

    Meaningless comparison.

    Here is the right one:
    – No 2nd card slot
    – no external battery pack
    = D7500 is in D5xxx league.

    Comparing it to D500 or D7200 is meaningless.

    • Nikon probably knows that 95% or more of D7x00 buyers don’t care about the battery drive and the 5% that did already bought a D500. So it’s actually a pure upgrade since that socket and its cover are extra weight, cost, sealing, and complexity if not used. So it comes down to a card slot. Get over it.

    • Andrew

      All the things you just mentioned have nothing to do with performance. But yes, Nikon does not want you to look at the D7500 if you can afford the D500. But folks are going to buy the D7500 in droves.

      Now stating that the “D7500 is in D5xxx league” is meaningless because it is not. The D5xxx has no internat focus motor whereas the D7500 does! The D7500 has a professional build quality as the D500, but the D5xxx does not.

      • Don’t forget the ergonomics.

    • BlueBomberTurbo

      Don’t forget lesser battery life and lens compatibility than the D500 and D7200, too. D5xxx it is.

      • Jacob Smith

        Most people carry extra batteries so that is pointless and the CIPA rating that is used to judge the capacity a battery is about as accurate as the MPG ratings on a car. As for lens compatibility unless you are one of those dinosaurs that feel the need to hold onto 20 year old lens get over it the camera is fully compatible with all of the modern lenses.

        • Ric of The LBC

          At some point Nycon had to kill off the Ai legacy compatibility. That time is now.

          • Senor Magnifico

            Yeap, it is the “right time” to kill the brand. 100th anniversary.

      • Ric of The LBC

        Drink !

      • What lesser lens compatibility? I think you’re confusing the lack of AI coupling (which the D7200 also lacks) with lack of a focus drive for AF/AF-D lenses.

        Reducing CIPA shot rating from 1100 to 950 is irrelevant. They’re both awesome and I’m guessing its a tradeoff for upgraded electronics somewhere. (Although how the D500 manages not to suffer I don’t know; no flash?)

    • Ric of The LBC

      I held a D5600 in Target yesterday. Not even close to being in the same “league”

      • Senor Magnifico

        Yeap, a lot of cheaper than overpriced with one SD slot, no external battery pack, D7500

        • Ric of The LBC

          cheaper yes. overpriced, no.

          • Senor Magnifico

            The market will decide soon 🙂

      • I just got lost when trying out and explaining features of D5600 to a friend. And it feels like a toy.

  • sickheadache

    I love reading those DX Queens fighting about this DX Camera.

    • If the D7500 had the Samsung, world class, 28MP BSI sensor, I would have been interested. No I’m not a DX queen.

      • Andrew

        I was wondering where all of these negative comments are coming from, but now I know… the competition!

        • I already use a D500 for sports, D810 for landscape, and D7200 for everything else. Each body is excellent for its purpose but was looking for the next step up. I like moving forward.

          • Rick

            What more would you wish for?

            • A lightweight DSLR or mirrorless body with 36+ MP. The D810 is great but I’m trying to lighten up without losing quality.

          • Markus

            We reached a point where moving forward will take a longer period of time. Too good are all those cameras.

            • BlueBomberTurbo

              No, it’ll just take more development money. Which Nikon is apparently good at squandering.

            • Allan

              Maybe the camera companies will buy the new technologies from the smartphone companies to use on larger sensors. One gets the feeling that the camera companies spend a lot of money on camera research and development.

      • Aldo

        Eww 1/500 min handheld shutter

      • BlueBomberTurbo

        You’d take lesser image quality?

    • Ric of The LBC

      Amusing, isn’t it.

    • Allan

      Every king needs a queen.

      • sickheadache

        This is 2017…I am here to correct you ever so slightly…Every King Needs a Prince.

  • Tieu Ngao

    Nikon would have been able to silence all the critics if they had offered 51 cross-typed AF points, second card slot and the optional grip. With these features I’d bet that the extra profit from additional sales will be much more than the extra cost.

    • Steve7

      I wish! With that spec I’d upgrade, but I suspect it would seriously damage D500 sales.
      Also, if the price then went up to cover the above, may as well buy the D500.

    • Jacob Smith

      Funny you just described the D500 and its already for sale. Pointless to think that it makes sense to try and sell a camera with the same specs as the D500 but for a lower price.

      • Tieu Ngao

        You need to read the specs again. D500 has 99 cross-typed points out of 153 AF points total. Canon has 45 points cross type long time ago, and even better double pixel AF for 2-3 years now.
        The second card slot and the optional grip are features already existed on D7200. Removing them just creates wrong perception from the buyers. This decision probably comes from a bean counter who has no connection with the consumers and perhaps knows too little about buyers’ psychology.

        • Jacob Smith

          The 51 point AF system was always good in the D7200 so it should work even better in the D7500 when teamed with the D500 sensor that is also in the D7500. You threw things off when you wrote the 51 corss-type AF when it should have been just 51 point AF. As for the battery grip seriously how many people do you actually see using it other than pros and the second card slot that is redundant unless you were unfortunate to have had multiple card failures. Consider the D7500 comes with the D500 sensor, faster frame per second, tilting touch screen, 4K recording, larger buffer, and one little touch moving the ISO button from the back to top of the camera like the D500 makes this camera a beast of a camera or what a lot of people are saying a D500 lite better performance more affordable price.

  • Ryan

    DF2 where are you?

  • Delmar Mineard Jr

    Peter, great job. This will serve many people as we compare these three great cameras. Really appreciate you pulling this together…it’s so helpful.

  • Christoph

    I would really love to see Nikon bring illuminated buttons to the semi-pro models as well. I so often wish my D7K had them, and I was really hoping the D7500 would adopt this feature. Maybe you could add that to the comparison. Thanks for maintaining this great site!

  • Rolf Wiberg

    Tried to find out if the 4K video is the same center crop as D500 but hard to tell and of course all the “reviews” has no clues. It really does make a huge difference to those of us who film on it and what glass we have.

  • Tom Taubert

    Nikon’s advertising seems to target this camera towards upwardly mobile active twenty/thirty somethings. At least I gather this from their product page. “Connected to your world” The last photo on this page is a boy girl picture. The girl has the smart phone. The boy has the D7500. So the slogan “I am chasing moments” could be changed to “I am chasing girls”. I use boy/girl because I am so old and decrepit.

    Adorama is selling Nikon refurbished D7200s for $760.

    • waterengineer

      Thank you for your tip. I grabbed one.

    • P. Turtle

      Aren’t those slogans nauseating?

  • The D7200 also has the possibility to set a kelvin white balance. It’s missing in the table, but I just checked and it’s there.
    Nice overview, thanks!

    • Matt_XVI

      Agreed, I manually set mine all the time.

  • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

    Wait a minute… less pictures per battery, less megapixels, less pixels on LCD…???
    Way to go Nikon!!!
    They were scare of getting too close to the D500 that they went lower than the D7200??

    • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

      And it’s not a D500 sensor.
      Nikon states that the
      D7500 sensor measures
      23.5mm x 15.6mm
      D500
      23.5mm x 15.7mm

      • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

        And ONE sd card I just read???? lol way to re invent your self Nikon!!!!!

        • Jacob Smith

          You actually had so many card failures that you think you need a second slot. And to think most people are more concerned with the quality of the pictures being taken.

          • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

            Back is very important in certain situations.

          • Matt_XVI

            Oh please Jacob Smith. The D7200 is more than capable of capturing insanely high quality pictures. A failed memory card with a single card slot on the other hand??? …Try explaining that one to your clients.

            • Jacob Smith

              No arguments with the D7200 it does take fantastic pictures but the actual question was never answered just a comment of a possible situation that may never happen. For me I always have a more reliable method for saving the photos beyond the memory cards in the camera I actually use a wireless hard drive so my photos are transferred directly to it as the photos are shot so having a second slot is redundant.

            • Matt_XVI

              “You actually had so many card failures that you think you need a second slot. And to think most people are more concerned with the quality of the pictures being taken.”

              Sounds snarky, sarcastic and condescending to me. Good thing “most photographers” care more about the 2% increased image quality and not the potential to lose precious photos due to card failure. The chances of one failing in a single slot is significantly higher than two redundant failing at the same time.

              Again, wirelessly transmitting is a good idea but not for someone who is constantly on the go like myself.

            • Jacob Smith

              Get with the times. Not to difficult to get a wireless setup working all day. I do it on a regular basis. Never felt the need for a second slot.

            • Matt_XVI

              Maybe you should get with the times and understand that there is nothing wrong with photographers wanting dual card slots. All the pro series cameras have them but I guess they should drop them too since it is such an obsolete method of redundancy according to you.

            • Jacob Smith

              I am with the times thats why I do not have to worry about having dual slots. Like I said before use what your camera has to offer and you will have a lot less to worry about.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Dual slots allow all kinds of things in addition to real-time card backup.

              Seriously though, what wireless backup will capture NEF files from a 21 MP sensor at 10 fps? Get me with the times.

            • Allen_Wentz

              What 2% increase in IQ? Has someone tested the camera? Or are you spouting DxO-type nonsense?

            • So you actually take back up… in whatever form.

      • Jacob Smith

        What is this uncanny ability you seem to have at being able to do an actual review of a product that is not even been released yet. Oh I see you are doing it based on specs. When the D500 was first announced the spec freaks cursed saying it was nothing but garbage since it had a lower MP sensor compared to the D7200 and amazingly after the camera came out and people had a chance to actually use it that is when the D500 starting to win awards for the way it actually performed and not based solely on specs. The whiners will be silenced once the D7500 makes it into the hands of real people actually using it.

        • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

          Not doing a review, only going by specs; just my opinion.

        • P. Turtle

          I didn’t hear of many(if any) complaining about the D500 when it was released. The specs were class leading and still are. The D7500 is generating legitimate criticism. Criticism does not automatically equate to mindless whining. There are real concerns from a lot of Nikon users about this camera. It’s both a step down and a step up from the D7200, which doesn’t instill a lot of enthusiasm.

  • Lee Myers

    Having used my D500 for just over a year now I am spoiled by the 10fps, hyper-fast focusing, separate +/-EV for flash and ambient lighting, touch/tilt screen and so on. Just spend the little extra and get maga return on your dollar. You will not regret it.

    • Pippo

      Yes, right, or grab D7200 for more less. D7500 looks nice camera, but will have a competitive next year, when prices drop.

  • Captain Megaton
    • EnPassant

      Clearly a mistake as they are not same scale.

      • Captain Megaton

        Check the hot shoe (or the mode dial) – it appears to be correct.

        • EnPassant

          That’s what I did and measured with a caliper on my screen.

          • Captain Megaton

            Double checking it looks like camerasize got the scaling wrong. The D7500 image is 5% too big. That brings both cameras to about the same thickness, excellent news for the D7500!

  • chromedome

    I’m glad I wasn’t in the market or waiting for this one. Decent specs but not so much better that it is compelling purchase. And a single memory card is a deal breaker downgrade from the D7200… That is an odd change to make for camera placed directly between the two cameras with dual cards. “Lets bring in a ‘feature’ from our D3xxx/D5xxx lines…..”

  • dabug91

    They would have been better off coming out with a D400 than this.
    16MP, 8fps, 51 AF points, no 4K, 50-shot buffer, no flippy touchscreen, 1229K-dot screen, no Snapbridge, dual SD UHS-I, $1200. 😛

  • VanHoff

    As someone said, D7500 is the replacement for the D5600, the D7xxx saga dies with this model.

    • Senor Magnifico

      Yeap, Nikon flattened it to the D3xxx/D5xxx lines…..

      • Ric of The LBC

        Drink!

    • Ric of The LBC

      Drink!!

  • wallybrooks

    Its all about getting more money for less functionality! I give them the video and processing the rest is largely a remade D5XXX

  • MonkeySpanner

    This is all boring obvious stuff. Why doesn’t Nikon try to expand into the video market? Like Panasonic did with the gh-series. Sony’s a7s was brilliant. Would live to see a 12MP aps-c sensor version from Nikon. Use the full sensor for 4k. Would be brilliant.

  • raphaelzydek.de

    Can anybody tell me what this reflective thing in front of the sensor is? Can it even take photos with this?

  • Ric of The LBC

    This is great camera.

  • Matt_XVI

    A single card slot is a deal-breaker for me otherwise I probably would have bought one. I’ve had too many cards fail on me to trust a single card to professional work.

    • silmasan

      Looks like the free lunch days are over. I wouldn’t be surprised if going forward we’ll only have D500, D8xx refresh and D5 with double slot (XQD + SD). The D750 refresh will be the most ‘interesting’ decision to see next.

      • Matt_XVI

        I sure hope that’s not the case silmasan. 😐

    • Jacob Smith

      Next time try buying more name brands that are more reliable not the cheap no name brands.

      • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

        Is sandisk extreme pro a name brand? Because I had one go bad. And it was purchased from B&H, not fake from Amazon.

        • Jacob Smith

          One go bad that can be heart breaking but not the end of the world. Even with dual card slots I have known people where both cards failed so for me I have a wireless setup that automatically backs up the photo to a hard drive that is in my backup.

          • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

            That’s cool, every time I tried wireless it was painfully slow. What do you use?

            • Jacob Smith

              Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro drive with the Nikon WT-5 transmitter.

            • Matt_XVI

              A wireless transmitter and hard-drive sounds like a good idea for studio shooting but not for one who is out and about and constantly on the move.

            • Jacob Smith

              I shoot all day with my setup never had a problem.

            • Matt_XVI

              I’m sorry Jacob, but I don’t know what or how you shoot so that doesn’t say much to me. I’m not only a wedding photographer, but a wedding photographer who moves A LOT. I climb trees, wade through water, climb under tables and run out as far as a kilometre quite often just to get the shot I want. I’m always moving and not just by a few feet at a time. I also don’t have the time to ensure the wireless connection is working and that everything stays synced to ensure redundancy. I want my focus to be 100% on the photography and to be as mobile as possible with the least amount of worry at the backend of my thoughts.

            • Jacob Smith

              My photos are saved to the card in the camera but the wireless hard drive is the backup. I do not use a laptop or any type of computer and the hard drive is in my pocket out of the way. You are not the only wedding photographer here I just chose a better way to save my photos.

            • Matt_XVI

              With the way I shoot I wouldn’t trust a back-up hard drive in my back pocket.

            • Jacob Smith

              I do not have to have it in my back pocket I can have it in a backpack on a table the point is it gives flexibility.

          • Allan

            Don’t stand next to people whose two cards fail. They are likely to be hit by lightning.

            • Jacob Smith

              Get a compatible wireless adapter for the camera and a wireless hard drive and you don’t even have to worry about not having a second slot for a memory card let alone both failing.

          • Allen_Wentz

            What kind of shooting do you do that you can back up full-size NEF files wirelessly in real time?

      • Matt_XVI

        Wow, Jacob Smith. What an incredibly ignorant statement. It’s adversely impressive that you are able to assume so much based off of ZERO information. All my cards are and always have been Lexar Professional and SanDisk Extreme Pro series. I had 6 Lexar card failures in the past two years (needless to say I have switched exclusively to SanDisk). So yes, a downgrade to a single card slot does concern me. I’m a professional wedding photographer and I couldn’t imagine having to go to the bride to tell her what had happened if I lost her images. In my opinion any professional shooting once in a lifetime moments should be using cameras with dual card slots for back-up and redundancy (even if they are using of the line cards as I *always* have).

        • Jacob Smith

          Same story told a million times. Look beyond the obvious and better use the technology in the camera. Like you when on assignment I don’t wait to transfer the photos at the end of the shoot. Ever since the newer generation cameras started to come out with wifi I have been using that for storage purposes. Instead of waiting til the end of the shoot all of the photos that I took are already transferred to a more reliable storage device and no assumptions made anybody who has had multiple card failures well there is something questionable about that. Plenty of other pros who shoot with single card like in a A7R II do not seem to share your concern.

          • Matt_XVI

            The cards I was having failures with is now known to have problems (The Lexar Pro 600x), which was not mainstream knowledge at the time of my purchase and usage. That being said it has made me very wary that card failure is always a possibility and life in my message above wirelessly backing up is does not seem the best option for someone like myself although I could see that working well for others.

          • Allen_Wentz

            Sorry Jacob but you are kidding yourself. You are NOT providing real-time backup, which is what having dual cards allows. If your one card fails as the Groom goes to kiss the Bride I do not think you get that capture.

            A very expensive WT-5a setup may be convenient for your particular workflow, but if a card fails in a single-card setup as far as I know you are immediately screwed. No pix until you replace the card.

            Please correct me if I am wrong: does your camera still capture and transfer images if you pull the card out simulating card failure?

            Also my expectation would be about a minute per NEF transfer. That is way too slow to be backup.

  • Bay

    Nice comparison. The ISO is expandable, which your table doesn’t mention for the d7500, only the d500 (?)
    Odd that the bracketing doesn’t even go to a full stop step. Is that right? The D500 definitely got that right; I also think the 30s limitation should be bumped up a bit

  • Ric of The LBC

    New drinking game.

    Who ever calls the D7500 a D5xxx line upgrade has to drink.

  • ah thanks for the clarification. So we lose support for some pre autofocus lenses.

  • Don Davis

    Deal breaker for me on the D7500:
    Only 1 sd card on the D7500 (are card slots that expensive?)
    Drop in mega pixels to 20.9 (2 more fps?)

  • nukunukoo

    If Nikon used a 24MP SONY sensor instead (just as fast and FULL sensor width read in 4K, and slightly better IQ than the D7200) and kept the two slots and added UHS-II support, then even existing D7200 owners (like me) would have a compelling reason to upgrade! Hey Nikon, Listen more, do more. Fuji and Sony are catching up.

    • Allan

      I wonder if this sensor was available when they were designing the D7500.

      Which camera(s) presently has this sensor?

      • nukunukoo

        The Fuji X-T2, the Sony a6300 and the Sony a6500. It was available for almost two years now.

    • Chris

      The sensor in d7500 might be tweaked to perform better in DR rather than in high ISO.

      D500 and XT2 are very similar in overall sensor performance already. They are almost the same aside from pixel count difference.

  • DaveyJ

    Obviously the D500 sensor used in the D7500 is capable of handling faster action and higher level video. MP are relative. Having both the D7200, the D500 and many of the other DX cameras I would say the MP don’t begin to tell the full story. The card slot problem though is real. Can’t say I have seen the advantage on an everyday basis for the dual slots, but as insurance it is a big deal. Better chance of avoiding a crop failure with the dual card slots.

  • Chris

    Just a question off topic here… I am seriously thinking of going apsc instead of FF for compactness. But I have realized lens are costing similar and limited in choice in Nikon family.

    Are there good wide zoom for Nikon’s apsc? Thanks.

    • KnightPhoto

      Tokina twins are pick of the crop (11-20 f/2.8 and 14-20 f/2) I suspect. I’ve got the 14-20 arriving this week.

      And the Nikon 16-80 f/2.8-4 seems like the best overall mid-zoom right now together with the Sigma 17-50 if you must have f/2.8. Even so the 16-80 retains close to f/2.8 right on up through the 50mm range (⅓ or at worst ⅔ stop slower thru this range.

      • Chris

        Thanks for the info. I’ll look into them. I hope you will enjoy your new lens!

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