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by E.J. Peiker on Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:49 am
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Basically an 8FPS camera using the same sensor as the D500 but with a somewhat less sophisticated AF system - the same as the one in the D7200:
https://www.dpreview.com/news/9743513906/nikon-announces-midrange-d7500-dslr
https://www.dpreview.com/news/2885741290/nikon-d7500-what-you-need-to-know

Compared to the D7200 that it replaces - fewer megapixels, same AF, faster frame rate but with a tilt screen and SnapBridge and a much deeper buffer, 4K UHD video.

In a mind boggling decision, Nikon removed one of the 2 SD card slots that the D7200 had and does not support UHS-II

In my opinion, if you have a D7200, unless you need the faster frame rate and deeper buffer or 4K video, there is no reason to buy this.  It also does not integrate well as a backup to a D500 since it uses a different battery.  The D7200 uses the same battery as the D500 and gives you more resolution.
 

by DChan on Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:41 am
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I think the consensus is the image quality of D7200 is better than that of D500. If it means anything DxO rates D500's sensor lower than that of D7200 and other consumer level Nikon. Seems to me this new camera is just to give some folks a faster frame rate, a somewhat better processing power but not as good in the AF department and worse image quality.  I'd suggest Tim keeps his D7200 if he does not have the D500 already :)
 

by Robert on Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:08 am
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Nikon has me scratching my head on this one, again.
 

by Mike in O on Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:26 am
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The build doesn't seem to appear in the goodies section...just monocoque. Is it all plastic or does it it have some metal in chassis or body?
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:37 am
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Mike in O wrote:
The build doesn't seem to appear in the goodies section...just monocoque.  Is it all plastic or does it it have some metal in chassis or body?

The D7200 had magnesium plates but not a full magnesium housing but the D7500 is lighter despite the more complex articulating screen so I would guess that it has more polycarbonate than the D7200 had.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:48 am
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They also eliminated vertical grip capability for this camera.  At least in some ways this is a downgrade from a D7200 with a higher price - lower megapixels, only one card slot (and a slow one at that), lower resolution rear LCD, no grip compatibility, eliminating compatibility with older lenses, and a carbon infused plastic (not carbon fiber as some sites have said) body compared to a mostly magnesium body.
 

by DChan on Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:50 am
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Nikon's target is those who believe they're buying a cheaper D500.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:57 am
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DChan wrote:
Nikon's target is those who believe they're buying a cheaper D500.

As a still-photographer and owner of a D500 that uses a D7200 as backup, I would consider the D7500 a downgrade from the D7200 for what I need.
 

by ricardo00 on Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:52 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
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  It also does not integrate well as a backup to a D500 since it uses a different battery.  The D7200 uses the same battery as the D500 and gives you more resolution.




Hi EJ,
  So this new battery, EN-El15a, won't fit the D500?  I was hoping that it would be a higher capacity battery that would give me more pics on my D500?
ricardo
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:13 pm
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ricardo00 wrote:
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  It also does not integrate well as a backup to a D500 since it uses a different battery.  The D7200 uses the same battery as the D500 and gives you more resolution.




Hi EJ,
  So this new battery, EN-El15a, won't fit the D500?  I was hoping that it would be a higher capacity battery that would give me more pics on my D500?
ricardo


As I understand it but I could be wrong, it is not backward compatible.
 

by KK Hui on Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:58 pm
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I'm a fan of D7100/D7200's 24Mp image sensor quality and won't be upgrading to D500 anytime soon.
The D7500 is a disappointment for what has been said!
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by Kim on Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:49 am
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I wonder if the D7500 is there to protect sales of the D500 as it does seem like a lesser camera than the D7200. Has me wondering what the update to the D750 will be, if it looses features and pixels too.

I will be sticking with my D7200 for the foreseable future.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:54 am
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I just saw that Nikon reduced the eyepoint by about 6%.  As an eyeglass wearer, the old one was already challenging, this makes being able to see the entire viewfinder even worse.  Additionally the diopter range has been reduced.  The more I look at this camera, the more it feels like a takeaway from the D7200 for more money.  I think Thom Hogan may have somewhat of a point, he sees this as an upgrade for D90 and D7000 users but not so much for D7100/D7200 owners.  But then why wouldn't the increasingly discounted D7200 be a great upgrade for these folks???  So in the end I don't agree with the pundits like Thom and others that have labeled this as a strong upgrade.  I think it is an embarrassingly weak update that preys on Nikon's loyal customers.  The only people that this is a strong upgrade for is Nikon's corporate bean counters. Hopefully most customers at this level of camera are knowledgable enough not to be duped into paying more money for less camera.  Sure video is better but if 4K video is truly your goal, this is not what you should buy anyway.  It looks to me like a weak parts bin project to get out a new model that costs less to make but that they can charge more for because it's new without bringing any innovation whatsoever to the table.  An embarrassment from a once great company that is now in serious decline.
 

by dissent on Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:42 am
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Yeah, my D7200 arrived yesterday. Not feeling like I missed much of anything versus the D7500.
 

by Gary Irwin on Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:20 pm
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Actually I think the D7500 looks pretty attractive for someone who doesn't already own the D7200 and doesn't need pro-performance of the D500. I really can't see the target market needing a few extra MP, second card slot and grip in a mid-range prosumer camera like this. Even as a backup to the D500, it's no slouch.
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