Meet Nikon’s D7500, A 4K DX-format DSLR With Crop-Sensor

by on April 18, 2017

Stephan Jukic – April 18, 2017

Nikon’s new 20.9 megapixel Nikon D7500 is the newest addition to the company’s family of DX-format DSLR shooters and comes with part of the sensor technology from the current flagship D500. Specifically, the new camera, which is coming soon for a suggested retail price of $1,249.95, contains the sensor ad processing technology of the D500 and as such features a number of improvements over its own predecessor the D7200.

Some of these improvements for the D7500 include a new EXPEED 5 image-processor for enhanced overall image quality, less noise and a wider ISO range of 100 to 51200 (actual decently clean ISO range is lower than this upper limit though). Other improvements include new auto-focus capacity and an increased recording buffer for shooting as many as 100 JPG images or 50 14-bit lossless compressed RAW frames in 8fps burst mode.

Along with these photo enhancements in the Nikon D7500, there are also some new video recording capacities which include the aforementioned 4K ultra HD video recording ability. This feature in particular is interesting not only because of what it means for owners who want to dabble un ultra HD video projects but also because this is the first time a Nikon DSLR in this affordable price range comes with 4K video as a spec. The closest other Nikon 4K DSLR model with 4K UHD shooting is the D500 flagship and it costs a solid $2000. Other DSLR options with 4K come from Canon and they also cost about $2000 or so. Thus, with the arrival of the D7500, we might see an impulse toward price competition here. Most other compact photo cameras with 4K video capacity and prices of well below $1500 are mirrorless models such as Sony’s a6300 and a6500 devices.


As for the 4K and HD video recording specifications of the D7500, they’re quite diverse, with the following resolutions and frame rates all being supported.

  • 4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps
  • 4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps
  • 4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fps
  • Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
  • Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
  • Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
  • Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
  • Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
  • HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
  • HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps

The 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p settings above deliver actual frame rates of 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps, and for the 4K video settings, the Nikon D7500 can also shoot in-camera 4K UHD time lapse video with electronic vibration reduction as a compensator for camera shake during hand-held recording. All 4K video in the D7500 can be recorded with the H.264 compression codec or in .MOV and .MP4 formats.

Finally, Nikon has also given the D7500 the inclusion of a stereo microphone with 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone outputs. There’s also a micro HDMI output built into the D7500’s body and recording can be done either internally to a microSD card or to an external storage via this micro HDMI connection. The D7500 also supports power aperture for Nikon lenses, allowing for stepless changes in f-stop and thus smooth exposure changes during video recording.

Again, the Nikon D7500 4K DSLR body is already retailing for a release price of $1,245.95 on pre-order and will be available for the summer. The company is also releasing a pricier package with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit lens for $1,749.95.

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