Nikon d500 vs nikon d7500

The rumored specs were all true, and Nikon has officially added the Nikon D7500 to the family. Or, a baby D500. It borrows much of the same tech from the Nikon D500 and places it into a slightly smaller body.

We do lose out in some areas. The autofocus system in the 7500 is paired down, as is the FPS, buffer size and lack of a dual card slot. Damn, we can’t have it all. Here’s how the Nikon D7500 stacks up against its flagship sibling:

Nikon D7500Nikon D500
Price: $1,249.95 (body) / $1,749.95 with 18-140mm lens.Price: $1,996.95 (body) / $2,596.95 with 16-80mm lens
Preorder: Amazon / B&H / AdoramaBuy: Amazon / B&H / Adorama
20 Megapixel CMOS DX sensor20 Megapixel CMOS DX sensor
Autofocus: 51-point AF with 15 cross-type sensorsAutofocus: Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF with 99 cross-type sensors
8 FPS with 50 shot buffer (RAW) / 100 (JPEG)10 FPS with up to 200 shot buffer
ISO: 100-51,200 expandable to 1,640,000ISO: 100-51,200 expandable to 1,640,000
Video: Up to 4K at 30/25/24pVideo: Up to 4K at 30/25/24p
Processor: EXPEED 5Processor: EXPEED 5
Metering: 180,000-pixel RGB sensorMetering: 180,000-pixel RGB sensor
Storage: Single card slot: SD / SDHC, SDXCStorage: Dual-card slot: SD / SDHC / SDXC / XQD Type Memory
Monitor: 3.2-inch 922K dot, tilting LCD touchscreenMonitor: 3.2-inch 2,359,000 dot, tilting LCD touchscreen
Menu Customization: 41 settingsMenu Customization: 52 settings
Battery Life: 950 shotsBattery Life: 1,240 shots

Not too bad considering it’s around $700 cheaper. Preorders get cranking today for a ship date in June.

nikon d7500

Nikon D7500 Announced

There were not a lot of surprises when the entire spec sheet leaked weeks in advance. Even the pricing was spot on. It truly is a baby D500.


  1. The EXPEED 5 processor from the D500 makes it way into the D7500 along with the 20.9 MP CMOS DX sensor with no optical low-pass filter. Expect it to be the same low-light beast as the D500.
  2. Frames per second. Here’s where the two cameras diverge. The D7500 has high continuous shooting of 50 shots at 8 FPS in 14-bit lossless RAW)
  3. The Nikon D7500 went on a bit of diet, trimming down to 720 grams. Nikon accomplished that by using a monocoque structure made of carbon fiber composite material.
  4. Touch AF and Shutter (still photography) is in the camera.

It wouldn’t be a camera announcement without a few marketing videos. Here’s Nikon showing off its new DSLR.

A quick note on 4K video on a DX camera. There’s a serious crop factor, so you have to account for it during shoots. Not a deal breaker as you can see from Nikon’s 4K marketing video and the countless videos of the D500 using the same sensor.

Image Quality

It’s the same sensor and processor as the D500, so it stands to reason the image quality will be the same. Here are a few shots from the D500 from Little River Canyon and downtown Gadsden, AL. Yeah, I know I live in a small town.

Nikon D500 or the D7500?

You’ll hate me, but it depends. If you’re looking for a professional grade DX camera, the D500 and its dual card slots are the selling point. The 153 AF points don’t hurt its case either. However, I’ve never had an SD card fail on me. And I’m not nice with those cards. They get tossed on the desk, into bags, etc.

It’ll come down to your needs, and the $700 price cut is damn nice for not a lot of features missing. Except once you have the dual card (especially the XQD), it’s hard to give it up. And the extra two frames per second. Hey, we all love to hold the shutter release. It’s a part of life.

Which you pick is up to you. Already we are hearing people want more DX lenses. Nikon seems to be gravitating towards its DX line, so expect the lenses to follow.

Picking the camera for you will come down to personal preference. Is the dual card slot a must? Grab the D500, and you’ll be happy as hell. Want the extra $700 to spend on lenses? It’s the D7500, but you’re waiting until June.

Last update on 2017-12-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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