difficult to distinguish at first glance what has changed on the D7500 comparing it with the D7200. However, gradually, you will realize that it seems to have taken a slight overweight, which results from an optical illusion because on the contrary the D7500 is more compact and lighter than its predecessor, always using the fiber of carbon for its chassis. The main ergonomic difference is in the handle, more hollow, giving a grip more solid, very significant on the long focal lengths and optics heavier. Counterpart: to draw this handle, the engineers also had to redraw the motherboard, which has the direct consequence of not leaving enough room for two SD slots.
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Like any self-respecting expert SLR, the Nikon D7500 uses a pentaprism viewfinder covering almost 100% of the field, with a magnification of 0.94x. Its optical clearance a little short may nevertheless hinder the wearers of glasses. The screen decreases in definition (922 000 points against 1 229 000 points), but retains its diagonal (8 cm). In use, this small step backwards does not prove to be disabling and is largely offset by the mechanism to orient it, which really changes the life, and by the touch – which changes a little less the life so much its management is limited. Fans of low framing will appreciate, especially those of macro photography. In LiveView, note that while it is still possible to zoom in on the image to fine-tune its focus, Nikon has still not provided its reflex with the valuable assistance of Focus Peaking. Pity. On this point, hybrids of equivalent range keep a clear head start.
For the rest of the maneuvers, the D7500 is not surprising, with Nikon menus still Nikon, that is to say, very rich, but sometimes a bit confusing for the uninitiated. In the game of clarity, Canon still has a clear head start. Connectivity is rich, with USB (but 2.0), HDMI (allowing a 4: 2: 2 output to an external recorder), headphone, microphone and remote control. The built-in flash (NG12) is able to control remote flashes. Wi-Fi remains but the NFC disappears to make room for low-power Bluetooth, making the D7500 compatible with the Snapbridge app so dear to Nikon. The Li-ion battery EN-EL15a is the same, which the Nikonists will be grateful for – and allows in normal use more than 1,200 shots. Using the built-in timelapse feature – which takes the photos but does not compile them directly internally – we even managed to reach 3,500 views on a single charge!
The 20.3 Mpx APS-C CMOS sensor is inherited from the D500. This allows Nikon to offer its expert / professional customers a quick and easy change from APS-C (crop 1.5x) to 24 x 36 mm (1x crop) without having to juggle between different definitions, with the most transparent workflow possible. Obviously, the D7200 and its 24 megapixel sensor, the D7500 loses in a more resolving power, but the new sensor + processor can largely compensate when it comes to increase sensitivity. The gain is a good diaphragm and if the maximum sensitivity is still 102 400 ISO, the D7500 generators color shots where the D7200 cheated by switching to black and white. In addition to the gain in sensitivity, it is especially in the treatment of shadows that the D7500 progresses. Note also the appearance of a very practical automatic “Picture Control” mode that proves to be formidable efficiency in the field.
Excellent so far – excellent but not revolutionary, the D7500 finds itself somewhat struggling on video. Capable of shooting in Full HD 60p, it also allows 4K / UHD (3840 x 2160 px) in 30p. But now, the recording in this definition is certainly allowed for 29 minutes and 59 seconds but a very, very, very strong cropping is imposed: 2.2x. In other words, if you shoot with, say a 20 mm, you have to add to the crop of the APS-C (1,5x) that of the 4K / UHD. So you end up with a 66 mm (20 x 1.5 x 2.2). Not very practical for fans of very wide-angle … Well, the advantage is that you can apply an electronic stabilization but we are very, very far from the video solutions offered by hybrids. The picture is beautiful and the sound quite acceptable, but the lack of assistance in framing, focus (no focus peaking) and exposure (no zebra) will quickly block your video use of the D7500 to the bare minimum.
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Nikon D7500 DX-format Digital SLR w/ 18-140mm VR lens