Surprise: Nikon D7500 camera now shipping in the US (earlier than expected)

The Nikon D7500 DSLR camera is already shipping to dealers in the US - this is 8 days before the official launch date. Ace Photo for example currently has the D7500 in stock in one of their locations.

B&H and Adorama are also expecting the cameras to be in stock tomorrow, June 2nd (D7500 pre-order links available here).

The Nikon D7500 manual is also already available for download.

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  • Mehdi R

    Can’t wait to see real world reviews.. 🙂

    • Aphidman

      Indeed. In spite of the fire-hose blasts of hostility from the Interwebs, I am actually very interested in upgrading from my D5300 to a D7500. I am content to have one card slot, and I have no need for a grip, and I have no ancient Nikkor lenses. A bigger buffer and higher FPS and a tilting touch screen and more controls on the camera body are very significant for me.

      But I totally get why the current D7xxx users are upset. The D7500 is the upgrade for people like me, and the D500 is the (expensive) upgrade for existing D7xxx people.

      • BukkakeComet

        I didn’t think users of the D7XXX series were destined to move up a tier in the D7000’s line up. I can’t imagine saying oh look the D7300 is here let me ditch my 7200. Same with the D7500.

        Your instance is what the D7500 was spec’d for. Along with other enthusiasts looking for a bit above entry level.

        Hopefully no complaints because the D500 is already here and other options still run the ecosystem.

        I just can’t wait to test drive a D7500 and see how many shots we can get on one before needing to service.

      • Captain Megaton

        As you say, those things were ever a concern for the upper echelons of the D7x00 target market, and the D7x00 itself was always this weird mashup of the D90/D300 which is why those upper echelons never really meshed well with the camera. So we’ve gone back to the D7500/D500 as the new D90/D300. All is basically right with the world.

        • 24×36

          Agreed, with the exception that they should have made a grip for it. Remember that the D90 did have one.

      • Andrew

        The D7500 is indeed the upgrade for the D80 to D7200 users. The D7200 does not have the following new features the in D7500:

        (1) 20.9 MP image sensor (D500), (2) Ergonomic Body and Tilting-LCD Touchscreen (D500), (3) 180,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III (D500), (4) EXPEED 5 image processor (D500) is 35% faster, (5) Image Buffer: 50 RAW or 100 JPEG images (6) Speed: 8 fps, (7) 4K video, (8) High Definition 1080p video electronic image stabilization, (9) ISO 51,200, (10) Auto AF Fine Tune, (11) Auto Picture Control (Tone Curve), and (12) Comprehensive Weather-Sealing. The D7500 is essentially a smaller, lighter D500 and will be an awesome camera for sports, nature, and portrait photography.

        • Aphidman

          Maybe *an* upgrade for D80-D7200 people, rather than *the* upgrade? The ones who are obsessed with two card slots and grips and old lenses have an alternative upgrade to the D500.

          All the features that you describe are definitely value propositions for me.

        • docnorth

          I mostly agree with you, except that most D7200 users don’t even have to think about an upgrade yet. Only few of them might need more speed in the same size (D7500) or move to another level (D500 or full frame). I also plan to buy D7500 but right now there seems to be a ridiculous price difference between D7200 and D7500 of more than 550 EUR (it’s not official yet). But I still will wait for a more reasonable price of D7500 because I want its speed and it seems to have few mm more space for my fingers between the grip and the lens.

          • docnorth

            UPDATE – The price has been corrected, its a difference of about 380 EUR

      • James R Mercer

        I can see this as an upgrade for D5xxx and lower owners; frankly speaking, though, I see this as a side-grade for D7200 and D7100 owners. I’m a D7100 owner (love that camera!) and I’ve decided that for the difference in price of a few hundred dollars, I’ll be moving up to the D500.

        I spend 99% of my time in aperture priority mode, and the rest of the time, manual mode when shooting the night sky, etc. So for me, all the extra bells and whistles aren’t really worth it. (I will miss the U1 and U2 capability, though, for those rare times when I want to do HDR or JPG only shooting.)

        What I do crave is a much better auto focus system than the D7100 has – and while the D7500 has a version of the D500/D5 auto focus system, it’s watered down in terms of active focus crosses. That matters to me when I’m trying to capture, say, a bald eagle in flight and I just can’t get that auto-c and group focus setting to lock on.

        It’ll be interesting to see how the D7500 actually fares in sales. I suspect that it probably won’t be stellar. Further, I suspect that the consumer/prosumer line of Nikon will migrate to mirrorless, probably keeping the F mount and DSLR body-types. Not sure how they’ll handle battery drain issues, though. 🙂

      • Mehdi R

        This will replace D7100 and I’ll keep my D5500 also, I’ll use D7500 mainly for my 200-500mm lens and 11-20mm sometimes. Don’t want fixed LCD anymore. And waiting for the big news to see what’s next for FX DSLR..
        D820 D850 or maybe D900, Yasuyuki Okamoto and Peter knows 😉

        • Allan

          You forgot somebody. 🙂

  • T.I.M

    They would ship it to the moon if there were people to buy it!
    The D7500 will probably be the biggest lost in Nikon sales history….

    • Spy Black

      I don’t know about that. People like Aphidman elsewhere here benefit from the overall concept of the camera. It’s only owners of D7xxx that are left with no upgrade path but a D500, which is what Nikon wants. Chances are this camera will do better than most people think, as long as Nikon markets to the right clientele, such as D3xxx, D5xxx users, and possibly Canon tx users that may find it attractive.

      • Aphidman

        It would have been interesting to have been a (Japanese-speaking) fly on the wall in the meetings where the Nikon executives were pondering who would be the customers for the D7500. [“Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?”]

        It strongly appeals to me, but perhaps they thought that people like me would go from a D5300 to a D5600 (and lose the GPS that I like so much). Yet I haven’t seen a single post from a D7200 user who wants to move to the D7500.

        Nikon has something very good here, seen by itself, but they don’t seem to be able to market their way out of a paper bag. They are missing people like me, and ticking off loyal customers of the existing D7xxx line. Or, at least the most vocal ones.

        • Sawyerspadre

          They could always introduce a D7700, as a solid upgrade from the D7200, if they wanted to, but,
          I think the next Nikon for most D7200 users is:

          D750 replacement
          Nikon DX or FX Mirrorless.

          If Nikon launches a Mirrorless camera, that is a worthwhile upgrade from the D7200, then it will certainly look like the right positioning for the D7500, to be slotted in below that new camera. It makes the adoption of that camera easier.

          20 MP DX sensor
          Full sensor 4k 120fps Video
          Hybrid EVF
          Dual slots
          Look and size of Nikon FM, but with mini grip of F3.
          Works with AF, AF-D, G and E lenses

          Would you buy a D7200 at that point?

          • Andrew

            The next camera for the D7200 is the D7500 and it is already shipping. How can Dual card slots disqualify the D7500 from being the upgrade to the D7200 which is the main prevailing argument? This reasoning makes no sense unless I am missing something 😉

            The D7500 is the upgrade from the D750 if you make the comparison on a features bases discounting the image sensor size. The fact of the matter is that the D7500 has become so pro oriented that adding an extra card slot would have lost Nikon a lot of sales vis-a-vis the D500. The pros need that extra card slot as insurance for the unlikely event of a card failure. That’s it, nothing more 😉

            • Thom Hogan

              People are pre-evaluating performance based upon speculative assessment of specs, basically.

              But you can’t really argue that the image sensor is a step forward. Which makes for an interesting proposition for D7200 owners who might be thinking about upgrading: D7500 or D500? Image quality would likely be the same. So now it really becomes about feature set for price.

              Pros use the second card slot for far more than the Backup option. I know many pros who use it for Raw+JPEG because of deadline/transmission issues. You are correct that a non-professional user probably can live without a second card slot, but companies for decades have been lambasted for removing features in upgraded products, so Nikon shouldn’t expect any better response. (Removed: second slot, 4mp, vertical grip option…)

          • DaveyJ

            I think the mirrorless camera market will be a lot stickier than you think. Personally having owned MANY of them, I’d rather have a D7200 or a new D7500!

        • Captain Megaton

          What is so attractive about the D7500 that you’d pay hundreds of dollars to upgrade from a D7200 – even it came with the grip connection and dual card slots and Ai coupler? Do you really need Snapbridge that badly?

        • Andrew

          Thom is going to buy the D7500 and he has a D7200 😉 And not just because he writes excellent articles on Nikon cameras, but because he uses them in the field. The D7500 is an amazing feature packed camera inheriting so much from the D500!

          Users are always complaining. Take you for example, you are buying the D7500 but are complaining in support of some users and folks who are complaining. And yet you do not know most of the people who are complaining 😉

          I know that you are new to the D7xxx line coming from the D5xxx, so let me give you some background. The D7100 received lots of complaints from pros because it had a limited image buffer (RAW). The D7200 improved on it a bit, but the D7500 solves the problem completely. You will always get complaints but you must first understand the use case.

          Now you are hearing some complaints about the D7500 having 1 card slot instead of 2 and you join in with those complaining when it has no relevance to your needs. What about the users and enthusiasts that are excited that the D7500 inherits most of the flag-ship D500 features? Isn’t that something to celebrate about considering that the D7500 is priced at $1,250 while the D500 is priced at $2,000?

          A professional who wants a second card slot for critical wedding photographs should get the D500. And for those, Nikon will make a lot of money. The guys at Nikon are smarter than you and I when it comes to marketing their products, they have the data and do the analysis. But we base much of our views on our opinion.

          • Thom Hogan

            Uh, please don’t ascribe reasons to my decisions that are incorrect. I’ve bought a D7500 in order to review it and to write a book about it. Whether it stays in the stable or even replaces my D7200 is yet to be determined.

            Everyone keeps getting hung up on the loss of a slot, but there is a lot more that was removed from the D7500 than that (see above). The question is how far forward does the D7500 move. It took some steps forward and some steps backwards, and that, frankly, is a risky move on Nikon’s part. You can see that already by the kneejerk reactions to the camera.

            When you’re in product management you’re sitting there looking a 1-2% consequences. Will I sell 2% more product if I do X? Will I sell 2% less product if I do Y? What the initial reactions to Nikon’s marketing of the D7500 are saying is that Nikon may have miscalculated here. Any 2% change is of huge consequence to a product’s GPM, enough so that you do not want to make mistakes that create negative changes even at that low a level.

            The D90 was the best selling model in this series. Since then, every subsequent model has had lower sales (though the D7200 final numbers aren’t in yet, obviously). That makes those 2% impacts even more important to get right.

            • Andrew

              Thom, I know you have been taking the D7100 on your African Safari trips and when the D7200 came out you jumped on it ;-). The crop factor on these DX cameras has become a part of your staple for getting those perfect shots of Rhinos.

              You know that when the D7500 comes out you are going be all over it – for keeps 😉

              OK, while I an still in a celebratory mode, I believe that the D7500 is going to outsell the D90. And since I suspect that over 90% of D90, D7000, and D7100 owners are enthusiasts, the D7500 being a seminal product for Nikon’s 100th year anniversary will generate an avalanche of upgrades. Unless I have blinders on which I do not think is the case, for the average consumer, the D7500 is essentially the D500 in a smaller, cheaper package – introducing prosumer to as close as they could ever have hoped to getting a flag-ship camera product.

              But more to the point, there is not a “single” feature missing from the D7500 that would prevent a prosumer (i.e. Nikon customer) from not desiring this camera. Anyone who honestly complains about the D7500 is a candidate for the D500. In reality, the 2% you spoke of will be those desiring more from the D7500 who will end up buying the D500. And do you remember the initial reaction to the D800 how that Nikon was ruining high ISO performance by introducing a 36 MP camera? Then the D800 was launched but kept selling out for months with Nikon promising a production run of over 35,000 a month.

              I really do not see how Nikon has miscalculated with any of the features (or removal) on this camera as the D7500 does not have a single feature missing that the general consumer or prosumer needs. But in contrast, its list of new features is quite surprisingly extensive even as it inherits much of the D500’s innards. If we allow truth to be the marker for all that we do and say, then without reservation, I believe that $1,250 is an aggressively low price for the D7500. This camera is a gem for enthusiasts just like the D810 is a gem in its own category.

            • Thom Hogan

              Again, please stop trying to ascribe motive to me. I took the D7200 on one African trip when I was primarily shooting video. My reasons for doing that are outlined in an article on it that I did at the time.

              I could currently go either way: dual D500 or D810. There are pluses and minuses to going either way. What I’ve mostly done lately is optimized my D500 lens bag with some very fast lenses.

              The D7500 has no chance of outselling the D90. None. Zero. Nada. It’s the tyranny of numbers. If the D7500 were to outsell the D90 over the next two years, then it would have to account for more than 50% of Nikon’s camera sales (and Nikon couldn’t lose any more market share). Yeah, that’s going to happen.

            • dave

              The D90 was a truly magical camera, a bit too much noise but looking back on those pix makes me really want to get another one,

            • DaveyJ

              I still own a D90. It was a very long way from magical. First with video for DSLR but a video that was very soft resolution and jam packed with rolling shutter effect. However that was then this is now, the D90 market has been long gone. Many people I know who bought D90s are using mostly cell phones now. At least a Thom is actually following this stuff, and
              So are many others here. Best to take a wait and see approach. The D7200 followed by the D500 were some of the greatest happenings in photography gear in my lifetime! But Nikon is on a rough market. Hopefully the D7500 will be a winner!

            • dave

              the d7500 will be fine, aside form the 30 ppl who complain on the forums the actual buyers will love it.

              On D90… well I guess we all have our opinions. The pix I got out of it (not knowing what i was doing) are closer to my d700 than either of my d7000’s. I look at a lot of my night shots and that lil camera rocked, I understand your voice on the video but hey at least it was the first one with video so of course it’d suck. However, I got it to use as a camera (to take pictures), I don’t care about video.

              For me at the time (living on the water in florida) it was perfect and glad that when I called b&H to upgrade my d200 to a d300 that they talked me out of it. Obviously, I’m not the only one who feels that way, I could buy 2 used d7000’s for the what a d90’s still sells for.

              “Many people I know who bought D90s are using mostly cell phones now”
              So then you could just as easily say “Many people I know who bought 5d’s are using mostly cell phones now”, That’s irrelevant

            • Andrew

              Please don’t, get the D7500 instead 🙂 But I get your point 😉

      • BVS

        I think Nikon wants D7200/D7100 users to have to make a choice as to what kind of photographer they are and push more people up the ladder:

        Are you content with being an advanced amateur / casual enthusiast? Get a D7500.

        Are you an enthusiast/pro action/sports/wildlife photographer? You should be using a D500 or D5.

        Are you an enthusiast/pro event/wedding/landscape photographer who needs that grip and extra card slot safety net? We think you really should be using a D750 or D810.

        • Spy Black

          No way. Not for the bulk of D7200 users. Some perhaps, but those were only casuals. Nikon has made it crystal clear that the upgrade path for a serious D7200 owner is the D500, no ands, ifs, or buts.

          • Andrew

            Fact, facts! What survey are you getting your information from as to what features the bulk of the
            D7200 users desire that is not available in the D7500. And while you are at it, could you please tell us what disqualifies the D7500 from being the upgrade to the D7200?

            • Spy Black

              Rather comical request coming from you.

          • BVS

            And yet, in the past month since the D7500 was announced, the D750, a camera with nearly everything you would have expected in a D7300, has been on sale at a crazy low price with free grip included.

            Absolutely, D500 is one upgrade path, but I feel like Nikon is pushing the D750 as an alternative upgrade path as well for those who value absolute image quality more than high speed performance.

            • Andrew

              The D500/D7500 has exceptional image quality which Nikon has perfected on their cameras. The lack of an Anti-aliasing filter also increases picture sharpness in these cameras. But a quality lens that can attain the full resolution of the image sensor is important.

              The D750 being a full-frame camera will have an advantage at higher ISO (lower light) settings though the D500 produces impressive images up to ISO 25,600 which is amazing for a DX camera. And besides, the D7500 will produce (based upon its D500 image sensor) relatively pleasing image quality at ISO 56,200 which is quite a surprise for a DX camera. Of course premium quality images for both full frame (FX) and crop-sensor (DX) cameras are obtained at the lowest ISO settings.

              I think that the choices between the D7500 and D750 is based upon the photographer’s preference with regards to: dept of field, ISO, crop factor, or field of view. Then there is the issue of weight as full-frame cameras are heavier. Many pros can live with an AA filter in a full frame camera but would like to see its eventual removal in the future. My point is that the issue separating the D7500 from the D750 may be more complex than what you have stated 😉

          • DaveyJ

            I personally agre with Sky Black here! If I buy a D7500 it sure as hell would not be to improve on the D7200. It’s primary benefit is to jive more with assembly, get better speeds and video and transmission. Many if those features are of less interest to DSLR very seasoned photographers. Of all of them I have owned and used, the D500 is the real deal!

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      Isn’t Nikon lucky we forgot about that key mission farce already

      • Andrew

        They got users feedback and are working on the upgrade. The concept of the Key Mission though is great 😉 Nikon did well to experiment and we hope that they will take more chances in new product ideas. They did that with the P900 83x optical ultra-zoom camera and it surpassed the competition to became quite successful.

        • Thom Hogan

          Hmm. The KeyMission 80 was a complete and utter failure. Market said “not interesting in logging cameras.” If Nikon is working on an upgrade of that, they are wasting engineering resources.

          The KeyMission 170 doesn’t even get included in most 4K action camera reviews. GoPro themselves–whose Hero 5 is basically the same as a KM170–have admitted that they didn’t raise the bar right and are saying they’ll have a new version soon. So if Nikon is updating the 170 then they have this really nasty problem that their primary competitor may steal their thunder. I have grave doubts that Nikon understands how these cameras are used better than GoPro, and thus, how to improve them.

          That leaves the KeyMission 360. That really was the only unique and truly interesting product in the group, IMHO. I would hope that they spend some time reflecting on what they got right and wrong with it, because it’s the only one of the group that has any potential to do well for them.

          The Coolpix P900 was not a “stunning success.” It has sold decently, yes. But most people mix up the early lack of inventory as meaning “product flew off shelves.” Nope. It was more “product never made it to shelves.” Nikon severely underestimated how much P900 demand there would be and simply didn’t make enough. Since they fixed that problem, the P900 has sold okay for them.

          • DaveyJ

            We own many GoPros here, and my guys have zero interest in Key Mission. In terms of the quadcopter market, DJI owns most of it and now owns Hasselblad. I’ve used everything from the ancient Kodak Circuit Camera to a whole lot of swinging lens cameras and agree that this (360 Mission) is the best of the Kodak Mission Series, but there are a lot of reasons that entire genre are not going to sell especially well. I always preferred the Fuji GX617 and the Linhof Technorama 617 as the complete circle effect is difficult at best.

    • HD10

      I think the D7500 wil do well as the true D90 replacement alongside the D500, restoring the past D300-D90 tandem.

      The D7000, D7100 and D7200 deviated from this tandem but with this has been restored with the D7500. The jump in the model name is indicative of this break from the previous three.

      I hope it’s a harbinger that Nikon will also restore the D3-D700 tandem alongside the D8xx replacement.

  • Delmar Mineard Jr

    The Nikon Sales representative will be at the local dealer in 8 days. Looking forward to talking to him and handling the D7500.

    • Aphidman

      I briefly handled a D7500 last week. I had never used any body in the D7xxx series, but I liked the camera. Using the touch screen to make menu selections is one of those things that you don’t want to lose, once you have tried it. Sounds like a small thing, but it isn’t.

    • T.I.M

      You guys still have local dealers, that’s amazing !
      What state are you in ?

      • Abyssal

        France !
        But looking at the price you get a stroke and you are dead !

        • Allan

          No problem. French camera dealers are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

        • T.I.M

          I had a photo shop in France (a long time ago).
          Taxes and rent are killing the business.
          Never again I’ll do business in France.

  • Aphidman

    As I have pointed out, I am a D5300 upgrader, inclined to get a D7500. But maybe there is something there for a D7200 user who did not use both slots or a grip or had old lenses. (What percentage of D7200 users does that describe? Who knows?) Do they want the D500 sensor, or the latest EXPEED, or a tilting touch-screen? Whether those things are worth hundreds of dollars is something that will ultimately be decided by the market. If I had a D7200, I don’t think I would make the move.

    All I want SnapBridge for is for tagging my pictures with location data, which I really, really like with my D5300 [when it works]. (I loved being able to find out exactly where a picture was taken in a country back-road in Burgundy.) From all I hear, using SnapBridge to transfer pictures to a mobile device results in wailing, gnashing of teeth, and battery exhaustion.

    • Thom Hogan

      Just to be clear, using SnapBridge for geo-tagging gives you GPS updates every five minutes or so. Thus, your tags will not be accurate if you’re moving.

      • Aphidman

        Thanks for pointing that out. Good to know.

  • David

    The D7500 will be my first DSLR camera. I understand there are cheaper options for first-time users, but my goal is to buy the D7500, and grow with it over the next few years. I don’t need a battery grip, and I’ll be perfectly fine with a single card slot. I do wish, however, that there’s an optional kit with the 16-80 lens the D500 comes with. After all, I heard that’s an option in Europe. Nevertheless, I’m really looking forward to getting this camera!

    • HD10

      I got the D500 with the Nikkor 16-80 f2.8-4.0E. It’s a good lens and I use it much more than I had expcted displacingbthe Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8G and the 16-85mm f3.5-5.6G. It was reasonably priced as a kit lens but rather pricey if purchased on its own. This will likely be packaged as part of a premium D500 kit later near year end. Good luck with your D7500.

      • David


    • Ric of The LBC

      10 years ago I started with a D80. Best thing I did, it was enough camera to get me to be an enthusiast. The D7500 carries on that tradition.

      Good luck and have fun.

      • David

        Thank you!

  • BVS

    I don’t know the D7200 specs by heart, but I believe you get at least this much over the D7200:

    3x the buffer
    60% faster fps @ 14bit RAW
    Much better metering sensor
    Better 3D tracking
    Through the viewfinder face detection
    4K video
    1080p@60fps uses full sensor area
    Power aperture
    Auto AF fine tune
    Highlight weighted metering
    Group Area AF
    Auto picture control
    Full support for AF-P lenses
    Flip screen
    Touch screen
    Better skin tones/colors/white balance
    Deeper grip
    Lo-1 (ISO 50)
    …and Snapbridge

    Of course, if you’re using an older or lesser body there’s even more upgrades.

    Whether or not those upgrades are worth the cost is up to each person to decide.

    • Captain Megaton

      LOL, when you put it that way I even I start to want one!

      • BVS

        Oh, and I forgot it’s got Electronic First Curtain Shutter too.

        • HD10

          This is a significant upgrade. I am glad to see Nikon include this . It’s a standard feature in many mirrorless and can someimes make a big difference, specially when shooting with very long lenses.

          • BVS

            Unfortunately, it’s only usable in mirror up mode, like D810.

            • HD10

              That woild put it in the same category as mirrorless … which is always on mirror up mode. =)

              I use this quite extensively too on the D500.when shooting with a tripod and in some instances, even on hansheld when the circumstance allows it.

      • BVS

        And you can rate picures in-camera too. Important to some people.

      • Andrew


      • decentrist

        It’s a clear upgrade..most posters here want it to be 7/8 a D500 for a third less in price. Whineworld!

    • Stephen Gatley

      Wrong on many points there buddy do your homework!
      Oh & enjoy the beautiful rolling shutter effect!

      • BVS

        Maybe you could give an example of what’s incorrect so we’re all better informed?

    • James Michael

      You also lose some pretty big things:
      A second card slot
      Battery grip
      AI indexing
      300k screen resolution
      150 shots battery life

      There is no innovation here. It is just a bunch of parts cobbled together from other cameras.
      People expect the newer model of the line to be better in every way. This is not.

      If they had called this camera the D500c and priced it at $999.95, I would say it was great. I am ripping on it because it is in the D7xxx series. If you are a wedding photographer or something like that, there is no way this is an upgrade of the D7100 (with 2 slots). If you have a lot of older Nikon lenses, the D7500 is out.

      They could have made the D7500 great, but instead just slapped something together and pushed it out the door. How about an e-ink top deck? They could have done 28 megapixels, and a QHD display. There was so much that Nikon could have done to make everybody want to smash their old cameras and rush out to stand in line to buy this new one. They failed.

      • BVS

        Please excuse my ignorance, but I’ve been honestly wondering why wedding photographers want to use the D7200 anyway? Wouldn’t they be better served using a D750 with its better low light ability and greater selection of wide angle options? Is it just a cost issue?

        Concerning the cons, yes, the lose of the card slot, grip, and AI tab is a non-starter for some, but at least Nikon has provided other options. For those who aren’t bothered by those things, the pros may well outweigh the remaining cons.

        Concerning innovation, yes, the things you mentioned would have been cool, but realistically, when was the last time Nikon ever innovated with this line? I would argue that D7100->D7200 was even less innovative than this, and yet everyone seems to love the D7200 now.

        • Andrew

          Nikon’s strategy for the D7500 was simply to take the innovations in the relatively new D500 and incorporate it into the D7500. Then add the Auto Picture Control (Tone Curve) and some other enhancements and there you have, a high-end enthusiast camera at an affordable price.

          These guys that know nothing about innovation and product development life cycle throw out words like innovation without a concept of what it takes to innovate. Mercedes Benz has a product development cycle of 7 years for each model. After the first 3 1/2 years, they refine the model with many enhancements but no significant innovation.

          This guy does not realize that having the D500 image sensor is an actual innovation in its ability to perform so competently at ISO 51,200. What about electronic vibration reduction with Hi-Def videos, what about the new 180K metering system, Auto Fine Tuning, and now full touch control of the menu system? And the list goes on and on and on! It gets to a point where people form a conclusion and then look for reasons to support them 😉

        • James Michael

          I am not a wedding photographer, but I can imagine that a lot of them shot with the D300s, D60 or similar back in the day. When the D7xxx came out, they went with it rather than change all their lenses and learning a new system. For weddings, I think skill is way more important than gear these days. A crop DSLR made today is probably better than any FX body made 5 or 6 years ago. Nikon has only been making full frames for 10 years or so. There are probably other reasons I can’t think of where a crop body might be advantageous at a wedding.

        • David

          When I dabbled with a D600, I had a bunch of shots that I can never take again that could have used MORE depth of field. Obviously blur tools are a bit artificial, but you can’t add back in depth of field you needed. Do you always need that extra stop? I’ve been to mostly outdoor weddings the past few years, and the last indoor one was at a nice venue with enormous windows letting in light. And if you’re not using VR, me with a Tokina 11-20 and a D7XXX is comparable to you with your 16-35 and D750 (and my corners might actually be better than yours).

      • decentrist

        The D7500 wasn’t “cobbled together” for wedding photographers. They’re looking for a larger demographic here.

        • James Michael

          Where did I say it was for wedding photographers? With only one slot the D7500 is useless to them.

      • docnorth

        1)If I really needed a second card slot or a grip I would go straight for D500 and wouldn’t even consider another DX body like D7200. And let’s
        not forget how many professionals have used or still use D700 with one CF slot.
        2)I agree with you about the Ai coupling. Still I think it will provide metering in M mode propably stop-down (like the DoF button permanently pressed).
        3)Battery life. It’s a toll we have to pay for the more powerful processor IF we need a faster DSLR, but the power reserve of the larger buffer may also have an influence on CIPA standards. Ofcource I might be totally wrong and then there would be no difference in battery life regardless of using often the whole buffer of D7500 or not.
        4)3mp. It’s 28 vs 25 MB for compressed lossless Raw 14-bit. It might be important or not at all.

    • Thom Hogan

      That sounds like an impressive list, you should be in Nikon marketing ;~).

      Unfortunately, to play the devil’s advocate:

      Not really used/useful by most people:
      >3x the buffer
      >60% faster fps @ 14bit RAW
      >Power aperture
      > Electronic front-curtain shutter in M-Up mode
      > Rate pictures in camera

      Doesn’t necessarily work as expected:
      > Through the viewfinder face detection
      > Snapbridge

      Comes with other issues:
      > Much better metering sensor (meters differently)
      > Flicker reduction (stumbles frame rate)
      > 4K video (heavy crop)
      > Lo-1 (ISO 50) (gives up highlight detail retention)

      • BVS

        One could argue that the second card slot, grip, and AI tab are not really used by most people buying this level of camera either. ;~)

        Personally, I’m excited about the expanded buffer and increased FPS, and curious to test out the face detection.

      • decentrist

        That’s a drill down very few engage in, and, at the end of the day, buying a DSLR has more emotion than logic in the equation. Ergos/output trump specs.

    • Stephen Gatley

      Claimed 2X the buffer
      how in the hell is 8fps 60% faster shooting than 6fps?
      Metering sensor learn to spot meter or exposure compensate!
      Face detection the idiot mode where you get home to realize you missed focus! or chimp?
      Lost support for screw mount lenses!
      No battery grip are we upgrading or down?
      Dodgy touch screen/flip screen they should have used the D5600 screen & the resolution is lower than the D7200!

      On top of that they missed the one thing that would have made this camera great the joystick focus selector! (This is all the D7200 needed).

      • BVS

        Claimed 2X the buffer

        – When shooting 14-bit RAW, Nikon claims 18 shots for D7200 and 50 shots for D7500, so actually more like 2.7x the buffer.

        how in the hell is 8fps 60% faster shooting than 6fps?

        – D7200 only does 5fps when shooting 14-bit RAW. To get 6fps you have to use 12-bit RAW or JPG. (page 67 of the D7200 manual) D7500 claims 8fps 14-bit RAW.

        Metering sensor learn to spot meter or exposure compensate!

        – Cool, we can tell Nikon to get rid of all those useless extra metering modes in the D7600. 😉

        Face detection the idiot mode where you get home to realize you missed focus! or chimp?

        – Sometimes having to juggle AF points means missing the shot, at least for me. Having the camera instantly auto-lock on to faces would be useful at times, if it works well.

        Lost support for screw mount lenses!

        – The D7500 manual says it’ll AF with D lenses, so it seems like the screw drive is still there. Compare with the D5500 which does not claim AF with D lenses. They just removed the AI tab.

        No battery grip are we upgrading or down?

        – Depends if you need the grip or not.

        Dodgy touch screen/flip screen they should have used the D5600 screen & the resolution is lower than the D7200!

        – Yeah, not sure why only the D5500 gets the vari-angle screen. Would’ve been more useful than just flip. Still, D750 and D500 only have flip too, so it’s what Nikon is going with, for whatever reason.

        – Agree, lower resolution is unfortunate. Guess we’ll have to see how much of a difference it makes in practice.

        top of that they missed the one thing that would have made this camera
        great the joystick focus selector! (This is all the D7200 needed).

        – Or at least let you use the touch screen to select AF point with viewfinder shooting, like you can with D5500. Kind of a bummer.

        • Stephen Gatley

          Nikon just went stupid on making this camera unusable in the field!

          Seriously i would rather they swapped out the viewfinder information panel for something that can display a histogram that would make metering modes redundant!.
          A simple joystick would mean we no longer have to do the Nikon nod!. Instead we are to nose focus (Or Disable) through the 98% viewfinder how much are we paying for this?.
          The alternative is shielding the screen from glare & reflection!.

          Nikon is smoking crack thinking they stand a chance against Fujifilm & Sony in the bottom tier with this crappy release!.

          This camera in my country costs as much as the XT2, XPRO2, X100F & these bloody things are made in Japan.Perfectly aimed at the hobbyist, do you realize you can buy a used D800/E for that price!

  • sickheadache

    I smell a new Nikon D820..coming real soon. Next Month Announcement.

  • Captain Megaton

    For the record I think the D7500 is Nikon’s best light-allrounder since the D80. If I was still into DX I would definitely get one, but that ship has sailed.

  • Gaonkar

    Great Expectations rest on this new model D7500. Hope in their haste to launch it does not come out with teething issues like those found in D7000 & D800 series.

    Lets await the market reviews for the moment to risk our hard earned money on this new model. Hopefully all is well.

  • Stephen Gatley

    Anybody that buys this overpriced turd is an idiot! End of Story!

    • bobgrant

      Turd? It’s a good camera. Its capabilities likely exceed your and most other shooters abilities by a county mile. A couple of years ago a fellow came over to me as I was shooting my D800. He had the top level Canon stuff hanging off him. He explained why he needed such gear and handed me his beautiful business card. Later I went home and looked at his professional website to see that his photos could have been taken with ANY camera. He was using great gear, but shooting like 99% of the people out there. He could have been using a D90 and gotten the same results. The D7500 is a fine camera. Nikon likely has a price plan that follows the initial release which will make it attractive to many. End of story.

      • T.I.M

        That was me, do you still have my card ?

        • bobgrant

          LOL…it’s actually happened more than once. True photographic skill and talent is pretty rare. I have some skills and a BIT of talent, but seeing someone produce consistently amazing moving images is uncommon to say the least. But what IS common is a gazillion shooters demanding clean ISO’s in the Batcave and faster frame rates than a movie camera. The gear is such a TINY percentage of the equation, yet it overwhelms the hobby and profession….which leads to even more mediocre photography and a lowering bar for what can be accomplished by someone who’s not gear-centric.

    • Ric of The LBC

      Toll alert!

      • the comment had to go, trolling and calling other readers names will not be tolerated here

        • Ric of The LBC

          Sorry. You are correct.

        • T.I.M

          If I had 1$ every time someone made fun of me on NR I would be rich.

  • geekpryde

    I’m excited and hope that there are good incentives to get this with a lens. I’ve tested the 16-80mm on my D7000 and I would love to have this as the carry around lens on the D7500. For Nikon marketing people wondering who will choose the D7500: I did 7 years on the D70, about 7 years on the D7000, and now I choose D7500.

  • T.I.M

    My wife like to take pictures of bridges, that’s why I got her the D3400, with Snapbridge!

    • Proto

      Let her use your 200mm f/2

      • T.I.M

        My AF-S 200mm f/2 is gone

        • Proto

          what happened to the lens?

          • T.I.M

            I needed money to pay hospital bills so I sold it, I kept my AF-i 400mm f/2.8 because it worth $12K but now I really miss the 200mm f/2, best Nikon portrait lens, better than the 85mm f/1.4

  • DaveyJ

    I believe this camera will sell a whole lot better than many predict!

  • Carleton Foxx

    Please God, let it have decent video autofocus….

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