All week my inbox has been inundated with emails from every vendor and idiot magazine extolling the virtues of the new Nikon D7500, why I should want it, buy it, and tell everyone else to do so.
In Ephotozines announcement for example, they state that the Nikon D7500 sits ABOVE the D7200, launched back in March 2015. And that would be a logical assumption based on the model number wouldn’t it; the D7500 could be seen as the D7200 replacement, or at least a step up from it.
Nikon have been making basically three classes of DSLR cameras, Basic, Intermediate and Professional/Advanced. Late last year Nikon brought out the D5600 which sat firmly in the BASIC bracket.
The D5600 importantly has:
- No DUAL card capability
- No AI/AIS indexing capability
- No vertical grip capability
- Body Only price: around £500
The D7200 has:
- Dual Card Slots
- AI/AIS indexing tabs
- A vertical Grip capability
- Body Only price: around £850
The NEW NIKON D7500 has:
- NO Dual Card capability
- NO AI/AIS indexing tabs
- NO Vertical Grip capability
- Body Only price: around £1300
As far as I’m aware the Nikon D7500 is THE FIRST Nikon DSLR body to cost MORE than £1000 that does NOT allow you to use the FULL range of Nikon current production lenses such as the 50mm f1.2 or indeed any of the stellar AI/AIS lenses available on the used market for little money.
The D7200 DOES all the above, and the D5600 does not.
Take the Nikon D7500 and swap the 7 and the 5 around and you get a Nikon D5700 – now that’s more like it!
But Andy you’re talking crap – it’s got the brain of the D500!
Yes – so they say, but it’s still got basically the same AF system as the FX D750 and DX D7200 – the 51-point MultiCam 3500 FXII, not the D500 MultiCam 20K.
But Andy you’re talking crap – it does 8 frames per second!
That’s as maybe – but how long can it keep that up for buffering to a crappy SD card?
Nikon have basically ripped the 20.9Mp sensor and Expeed 5 processor out of the D500 and jammed it into a D5600, together with the AF module from the camera YOU THINK it’s replacing, and decided to charge you more than TWICE THE PRICE.
Nice one Nikon!
Yes, image quality wise the Nikon D7500 should kick the living daylights out of both the D5600 and the D7200 if only because of the D500 SNR firmware that drives its image recording.
But at that price???
Believe me – a used D3S would crucify the Nikon D7500 on IQ alone, with the added benefit of dual CF cards and an FX sensor.
But perhaps you don’t want the glorious wide angle performance afforded you by an FX sensor. If that’s the case then be sensible with your money and get a D500 – used ones are out there at the same sort of money as the new Nikon D7500.
It just shoots for ever buffering to an XQD card, has AI/AIS capability and can be fitted with a vertical grip. Then the AF can be revved up a bit more by using a big battery out of the one of the FX pro bodies.
You’ve only got to look at the specs for Nikon D7500 to know it’s something of an epic FAIL!