Last night Nikon announced D7500. One would think it is a successor of the D7200, but in several interviews Nikon clearly stated that this is not the case. They even confirmed this in the D7500 promo video for Nikon Canada. The full specs you can find here. But this is not a full review article. I want to share my thoughts about this release.

We know it is Nikon’s 100th anniversary this year. And we all expect something big and important to be released – like the Big Bang for Nikon – a mirorrless DX or FX, a new retro camera, new MPx beast, etc. Instead, so far we receive small camera upgrades. And let’s think for a second about this one – D7500.

Do you play tango? You first move forward, then make a step backwards. This is how I see D7500. It didn’t make any sense to be a D7200 replacement, as some of its specifications are upgrade, and some are downgrade. It takes many features of the D500, but it loses some, getting closer to the D5600. Here are the main features:

Upgrades over D7200:

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  • Better high ISO performance
  • 4k UHD video
  • Faster continuous shooting – 8fps
  • Newer and faster processor (Expeed 5 vs. Expeed 4)
  • Bigger buffer – up to 50 shots in RAW 14 bit and 100 shots in JPG
  • Flicker reduction
  • Swivel screen
  • Touch screen
  • The 180K RGB Metering system from D500
  • In-camera batch raw converter
  • Build-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Deeper grip
  • Lighter (by 35g)
  • In-camera 4K time-lapse video
  • Front IR port

Downgrades from D7200:

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  • Only One SD card slot
  • No AI Indexing Tab to support old AI lenses like the Nikon 58mm F/1.2 AI-S
  • Less resolution (21mpx vs. 24mpx)
  • Less battery life (~950 images vs. 1110 images)
  • Lower resolution rear screen (922k vs. 1.2m dot LCD)
  • No support for external battery grip

Missing/downgraded from D500:

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  • Inferior Auto Focus system (51-point, 15 cross-type vs. 153-point, 99 cross-type)
  • No joystick
  • No AF-ON button for back-focusing
  • No NFC connection protocol
  • Smaller buffer (50 vs. 200 raw images)
  • Less Battery life (~950 images vs. 1250 images)
  • One SD card slot only (does not support UHS II)
  • Slower Continuous Shooting Speed (8fps vs. 10fps)
  • Smaller grip
  • No illuminated buttons

Nikon said they will be concentrating more on Pro cameras, which means to shrink the number of the lower end DX cameras, not expand the line. We currently have the D3xxx, D5xxx and 7xxx series. I see D7500 more like going in the middle between the D5xxx and D7xxx, and think they should name it D6000. A logical move then would be to combine the D3xxx and D5xxx as well. Call it D4000 instead, and keep the articulated screen.

And here you go – you just made some space to announce a new mirrorrless DX camera. Is that what you are doing, Nikon?

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