Nikon has released details of its latest DX-format DSLR, the D7500, which is due to go on sale in June.
Angled view of the D7500 with the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens that will be offered as an optional kit lens. (Source: Nikon.)
A successor to the D7200, the D7500 features the same 20.9-megapixel DX sensor, EXPEED 5 processor and 180,000-pixel RGB metering sensor as the flagship D500 model in an enthusiast-orientated body that comes with weather sealing. It also supports 4K UHD video recording and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 51200 for stills photography with extensions to Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) and up to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent). A 51-point AF system and high-speed continuous shooting enable a maximum capture speed for high-speed burst recording of 8 frames/second. The buffer capacity is up to 50 shots (14-bit RAW images with lossless compression applied) when the ISO is set at 100 and a16-GB SanDisk SDHC UHS-I memory card (SDSDXPA-016G-J35) is used. In-camera batch processing of raw files is available with the ability to apply settings such as white balance and Picture Control during shooting in RAW to processing parameters. The D7500 also offers expanded multiple exposure options, along with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with SnapBridge functionality. Anew metering option for highlight-weighted metering is also available to minimise the incidence of blown-out highlights.
Other features include automatic scene recognition and adjustments and a new Auto Picture Control option that intelligently determines the optimal colour adjustment by fine-tuning the tone curve, colour and sharpness within the camera to deliver consistency across multiple images taken with continuous shooting. Advanced Scene Recognition delivers improved face detection performance for auto-area AF and improved subject acquisition performance for group-area AF and 3D tracking.
The camera body has been redesigned to provide more convenient handling and greater manoeuvrability. The D7500 boasts a monocoque body structure which reduces both size and weight without sacrificing durability or strength. A deeper handgrip provides greater comfort and security in hands of all sizes, especially while using slow shutter speeds. A new touch-operated, slim-tilting monitor has also been introduced.
Users looking to record longer videos and produce short movies will be able to simultaneously record files on external HDMI-compatible devices as uncompressed data, as well as to the camera’s own memory card. Sharing and viewing of videos on smart devices is also made easier with the option to write files in MP4/AAC format.
The D7500 will be available from June 2017 with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit lens. Nikon doesn’t supply RRPs to Australian journalists but overseas publications have the camera body listed at ‘under’ US$1250 and the kit with the 18-140mm lens at ‘under’ US$1750. For more information, visit https://mynikonlife.com.au/gear/digital-slr-cameras/d7500/.