Nikon introduced an advanced-level DX-format DSLR, the D7500, that takes the best elements of its D500 flagship and incorporates them into a more affordable package.
The D7500 uses the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range as the D500, offering top-level speed, low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture for under $1,300.
The camera's 20.9-megapixel DX imaging sensor and Expeed 5 processing engine are designed to excel in a wide array of shooting conditions, the company said. The D7500 eliminates the optical low-pass filter for maximum sharpness and clarity. The compact DX-format form factor also gives photographers extended focal length reach.
“The Nikon D7500 was engineered to be as versatile as the photographer using it, and excels whether shooting fast-action sports, stunning low-light landscapes, distant wildlife, glamorous portraits or multimedia content,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This is a camera for the photographers who are serious about their passion, infatuated with the next frame and above all else, want speed, small size and an excellent value.”
Other features include Nikon’s 51-point autofocus system; a slim, tilting 3.2-inch 922K-dot touchscreen LCD; a 180K RGB Metering system with the Advanced Scene Recognition System; a Retouch menu with in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter; and a pop-up flash.
The D7500 adds 4K UHD (3,840 by 2,160/30p) video capture time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be focused using the rear touchscreen function.
For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring.
The D7500 will be available this summer for a suggested retail price of $1,249.95 for the body-only configuration, or with a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95.