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Two Days With The Nikon D7500

15 June 2017 3:15:27 PM AEST

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Angel Monsanto, from Ted's Sydney Store shares his thoughts on the just released Nikon D7500 + AF-S 18-140mm G ED VR.

 

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The moment I took the camera out of its box, it felt familiar. Deep grip, light, with a giant screen, and at that moment I knew what it reminded me of, the Nikon D750. I've witnessed Nikon taking the same route with the D500 and allowing it to become what some may say is a mini version of their flagship, the D5. If the same route was taken with the D7500 & the D750, I knew that this new camera had big shoes to fill. With that being said, I put the camera through the only test I know of, my everyday life. I knew that the D7500's previous model, the D7200, wasn't lacking in the world of mid-range DSLR's, which is what lead me to assume that the D7500 probably won't be much of an upgrade... boy was I wrong.

First, I noticed how light it was compared to the previous model thanks to the carbon fibre and high end thermoplastic. I also noticed the grip was recessed just that much farther so I can get a better grip on the camera without tiring out my fingertips during long sessions. And, surrounding the bright rear touch screen LCD was a long awaited tilting panel assembly that was lacking in the D7200.

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As a street photographer, I tend to use mirrorless systems when I'm out and about because of the size, weight, and overall feel. The heavy, chunky days of the DSLR are gone thanks to Nikon's new mid-tier cropped sensor camera. As I walked around I felt like I could carry this thing for days. It fit so comfortably in my hand and I was impressed when the camera no longer felt like a tool, but instead felt like an accessory. Now, enough about the looks and feel. The real test would be: how does it perform?

I find myself shooting in low light more often than not, and I can proudly say this camera did not disappoint. I'll admit I wasn't expecting too much from an APSC-sized sensor, but I was surprised at how crisp the images looked at the high ISO's. Now, I understand that low light street photography probably isn't everyone's first use when it comes to purchasing a DSLR like this, but I wanted to put it through real life applications that would tread off the beaten path for past Nikon camera reviews. We know that the cameras are durable, backwards compatible, and always perform well under the toughest conditions.

As I expected, the autofocus was snappy due to the updated AF system, but, at times I found it hunting when the AF illuminator was turned off and I was shooting in dark scenarios... which is pretty common amongst most cameras, so I let it slide. Flashing a light in someone's direction before taking a photo usually doesn't make for the best candid shots, and that AF illuminator is about as bright as they get. Pros of the AF illuminator: you can easily lock in focus in a dark area. Cons: its a bit uncomfortable for your subject to look at while it finds focus and is a dead giveaway in scenarios where you're trying to take sneaky shots. Luckily for me, this setting can easily be turned off in the custom menu.

 

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I'm a firm believer that the bridge between Full Frame and Cropped Sensor cameras is slowly disappearing. Image quality, dynamic range, and low light performance with the d7500 is so on par with its full frame counterpart, that if I had to tell them apart from a photo... I probably wouldn't be able to.

Everything we wanted to change in the d7200 has changed. We now have 4k video, articulating screen, better low light, in camera video stabilisation, an integrated editing tool, super fun features such as multiple exposures, a very very attractive dynamic range, a much desired snappy and responsive data transfer system in snapbridge (which feels faster and improved from the previous models firmware), a gorgeously bright touch screen, impressive weather sealing without the bulk, and the rest of the features are brought over from the d7200.

 

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...Well, except one thing...

My only gripe about the camera has to be the SD card slot. It seems like a step backwards to remove a card slot when creating a new model. The argument that we now have larger, faster cards, to replace having to use 2 seperate ones, is partially invalid. It always makes me feel safe to know that I have a constant backup of my work, that I won't run out of space, or that I have raw in one place and jpeg in another depending on my configuration. It was definitely a surprise that was not received with excitement.

But, single slot aside, this camera feels, plays, and performs as a DSLR from 2017 should. Competitors should take note. First the d500 and now this, proves that Nikon is very much still in the fight for top spot.

The photos in this article are a few unedited snapshots from my short time with the camera. I want to thank Nikon Australia & Ted's Cameras for the opportunity to play with this little gem before it hit shelves. If you're interested about learning more, visit the Nikon website at www.nikon.com.au or visit your local Ted's Camera Store!


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