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A new DX-format digital SLR camera with fast performance, excellent image quality and true-to-life colours, the Nikon D7500 draws on the success of the flagship D500’s high-performance Expeed 5 image-processing engine. That alone means that it’s a significant improvement over its predecessor, the D7200.

Among other things, it combines 4K UHD video recording finesse with outstanding low-light capabilities in capturing stills, all within an improved camera body.

Its improvements over the D7200 include a faster continuous shooting speed of 8 frames per second, a touch screen, a maximum ISO of 51,200, 4K video shooting, pixel area of 17.85 micron and even weighs 125 grams less.

If you like to record 4K videos for enjoying on your UHD TV, you will be happy to know that the D7500 is capable of shooting 4K UHD video in 30p format for both regular and time-lapse formats.

You can also simultaneously record files on external HDMI-compatible devices as uncompressed data, and on the DSLR’s own memory card. Sharing and viewing of videos on smart devices is seamless too, with the option to write files in MP4 format and AAC recording.

The D7500 allows you to capture good quality photos in challenging environments thanks to the updated Nikon DX-format 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor and that Expeed image-processing engine mentioned earlier. The DX-format is actually Nikon’s alternative name for an APSC sensor format.

The sensor works with the high-performance image engine to capture high-definition image quality with minimised noise, even in low-light environments in ISO capability of up to 51200.

Beginners will appreciate the excellent full automatic exposure mode that is assisted by highly precise Autofocus (AF), Auto Exposure (AE), and auto white balance performance, delivered by the 180K-pixel RGB sensor and 51-point AF System as well as Auto Picture Control option.

In the auto mode and when the Auto Picture Control is selected, the camera automatically recognises and analyses each shooting scene and adjusts accordingly when the new Auto Picture Control option is selected. When this option is enabled, the DSLR determines the optimal colour adjustment by fine-tuning the tone curve, colour and sharpness, within the camera, delivering consistency across multiple images taken with continuous shooting. This allows for softer skin depiction in portraits and an enhanced contrast for vibrant landscapes.

Moreover, the D7500 also incorporates flicker reduction for still images, which reduces exposure variations under flickering light sources.

The D7500 is good at capturing photos of fast action. It uses a 51-point AF system and high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 8fps to capture spontaneous moments.

The D7500 has the ability to shoot up to 50 shots in 14bit lossless compressed RAW, with extended buffer capacity. This speed is accompanied by a 180K-pixel RGB sensor, also found in the D500, which supports an Advanced Scene Recognition System for improved face detection performance for auto-area AF and enhanced subject acquisition performance for group-area AF and 3D tracking. To prevent blownout highlights, the new option for highlight-weighted metering is also available.

The D7500 has multiple exposure options and incamera Raw processing options. Individual images and composition or partially overlaid images that make up a multiple exposure shot can be previewed while shooting, with the option to save all or selected images to be combined on a computer after shooting. The enhanced multiple exposure also simplifies the image creation process by providing the option to delete or retake the last image.

You can also process multiple Raw files in batches with the additional ability to apply settings, such as white balance and Picture Control during shooting in RAW, to processing parameters. Just select the “original” setting from the menu.

The D7500 is a good for travel photographers thanks to its true-to-life and vibrant colours when taking landscape shots.

Another advantage is its size. It weighs just 720g and the slim body has an ergonomic design and a deeper handgrip that is both comfortable and secure thanks to a monocoque body structure, which reduces both size and weight without sacrificing durability or strength.

You can also easily share your shots from D7500 to your social network pages thanks to its SnapBridge technology. The camera has builtin Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to enable continuous transfer of images and video files to a paired smart device via the mobile app.

SnapBridge also provides a suite of additional functions, such as remote shooting, automatic update of camera’s time and location information, embedding of credit information, reception of firmware updates.

The camera has good performance and I didn’t experience any shutter lag during the test. The touch screen and function buttons make the controls a breeze.

The camera provides professional mode of Manual, Programed Auto, Shutter-priority, Aperture-Priority and full auto modes. I stuck mainly to the auto mode and found it was able to analyse various scenes accurately. You can also select scene modes on your own. The available scene modes are portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colours, and food.

I tested the camera with the Nikkor kit lens 18140 VR F3.556 and was pleased with the image quality.

Nikon D7500 with the kit lens 18140 VR F3.55.6 sells for Bt59,900 while the body only sells for Bt49,900.

KEY SPECS

– Type: Single-lens reflex digital camera

– Lens mount: Nikon F mount with 1.5x crop factor

– Image sensor: 20.9 million Nikon DX format 23.5×15.7mm CMOS sensor with

– Media: SD (Secure Digital) and UHSI compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards)

– Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism singlelens reflex viewfinder, 100 per cent coverage

– Monitor: 3.2-inch, 922k-dot TFT touch screen

– Shutter: 1/8000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time

– Metering system: TTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approx 180K (180,000) pixels

– Focus: Nikon Advanced MultiCAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points

– ISO: ISO 100 to 51200

– Exposure modes: A, P, M, S, A, Scenes

– Max movie resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p

– Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11g, Bluetooth 4.1

– Dimensions: Approx. 135.5 x 104 x 72.5 mm

– Weight: Approx. 720 g with battery and memory card but without body cap

 

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