Nikon D7200 VS D7500: Who Will Came Out On Top
I know you know your DSLR brand.
Canon aside, its most formidable rival would be Nikon. And among Nikon siblings, a new battle once again rises to establish superiority among others. When looking at Nikon’s Semi-Pro DSLR Camera, the D7200 and D7500 compete for the eye of any photography enthusiasts.
The Nikon D7200 was first released in the year 2015 as an upgrade for the earlier D7100 model. After two years, Nikon the released the D7500 as a replacement for the D7200 and shares some of the technology from Nikon’s high-end D500. But, does the D7500 live to the hype or can the D7200 clash with its sibling on equal footing? Let’s take a closer look!
The Winner: Nikon D7500
A peculiar mix from the high-end D500 and its sibling rival D7200, the D7500 emerge to be the superior one in this battle. It takes some awesome tech from its predecessor and still manages to add more feature to give you a better image quality, more value to your money and great photography experience.
5.3 x 4.2 x 3.0 in.
(136 x 107 x 76 mm)
5.3 x 4.1 x 2.9 in.
(136 x 104 x 73 mm)
44.3 oz. (1,256 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
42.2 oz. (1,197 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
35.8 x 23.9 mm
Max Shutter Speed
1/32000 - 900 sec
1/8000 - 30 sec
2.8 (kit lens)
3.5 (kit lens)
EVF / LCD
EVF / LCD
Nikon D7200 Review
Following up the release of its predecessor, the D7200 is here and seems more like an incremental update than just a major overhaul. Not only dies these all-weather beauty triples the buffer memory but Nikon also added some handy upgrades, as well. However, with more advanced siblings on the way, can the D7200 still capture the hearts of every photographer? Find out here!
Nikon upgraded the D7200 internal processor from the D7100’s EXPEED 3 to the more powerful EXPEED 4. The faster processor improves buffering capacity and is capable of capturing 100 JPEGs in a single burst or 27 raw files.
There are some significant improvements over the D7100, however, the first of which is the upgrading of the camera's internal processor from the EXPEED 3 to the newer and more powerful EXPEED 4. The frame rate is still the same as the Nikon D7100 with 6fps at full resolution. With the 24million pixels of resolution, you have plenty of scopes for cropping in on subjects and still produce high-quality, large prints. Plus, the D7200’s 1229K-dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen that is not touch screen and is fixed as well as the eye-level pentaprism viewfinder provides a 100% coverage.
Build and Handling
- Weighs 765g
- The design looks the same as D7100
- Magnesium alloy for the majority of construction
Nikon has worked hard to make the D7200 feel and look like a high-quality piece of kit and succeeded. The camera handles and feels like the more expensive model such as the D50 and D610.
Both the rear and front grip have soft textured coatings which make the camera feel comfortable and secure in your hand. Just like its predecessor, the D7200 is also weatherproofed which enables you to carry it with confidence in less ideal weather conditions.
The Nikon D7200 is the type of DSLR which needs to be used by both hands. However, the buttons are quite close to the edges, and they are within your thumb’s reach. And although a majority of the buttons can be found on the back of the camera, some useful ones are elsewhere. Like the AF selection button which is just behind the lens mount and can be easily reached with your thumb without moving your eye away from the viewfinder.
- 9-, 21-, or 51-point Dynamic-area AF
- 11 or 51 focus point can be selected
- 51-point AF, 15 cross-type AF points
The D7200 is able to focus at -3EV thanks to its improved MultiCAM 3500 II 51-point AF system which was inherited from full-frame models that are higher up the Nikon range.
Its AF module has 15 cross-type sensors and another central sensor that is sensitive down to f/8 which makes the AF system usable with teleconverter combinations and telephoto lenses where the maximum available aperture would be f/8.
Also, the Nikon D7200 delivers snappy and quick focus when it is set in Single AF mode, and you will surely not be disappointed with the D7200s subject tracking.
- Pleasing Picture Effects
- No low-pass filter
- 100 – 25,600 ISO
Like the D7100, the D7200 is aimed at enthusiast photographers who wish to shoot all manner of various subjects. Therefore, it should be an all-rounder capable of dealing with various shooting conditions and handling demands.
Colors of JPEG images from D7200 have a nice level of vibrancy and a bright yet natural appearance. In good light, colors are bold and vivid, and even under less optimal lighting conditions, images would still have attractive saturation and warmth.
Details continue to be resolved well throughout the sensitivity range. Even at 12,800 or 25,600 ISO, a reasonable amount of detail can still be seen. Even at monochrome only, a JPEG-only setting of Hi1 is still usable, with the presence of grains that adds to the “feel” of a black-and-white shot.
The Nikon D7200 is a great choice if you want to upgrade from an entry-level model. Offering an excellent AF system solid performance, the D7200 can surely “WOW” photographers of all ages.
Although the D7200 have some worthwhile upgrades, if the video is your primary focus then you might want to look elsewhere. Plus the fixed screen that is also not touch-sensitive might disappoint those who already seen advanced technological updates.
Nikon D7500 Review
The D7500 marks the biggest, grandest departure for Nikon’s D7xxx series, yet. And with the camera borrowing a good bit of tech from the mighty D500, Nikon’s top of the line DX-format DSLR, does the D7500 capable of standing out from the rest of its flagship siblings? Let’s find out!
- 4K video capture
- 922,000 dots, 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen
- 20.9 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- SnapBridge Technology
The biggest shake-ups of D7500 is the change of sensor. Although both the D7200 and D7100 features 24MP chips, Nikon uses a slightly lower resolution of 20.9 MP sensor that comes from the D500. BUT! It comes with Nikon’s EXPEED 5 image processor!
Like the D500, by omitting low pass filter, it has enabled the camera to take out a bit more detail even at a low resolution 20.9 MP sensor. And although it might look like a sacrifice to lose a 4 MP compared to Nikon D7200’s 24.2MP, the drop also provides advantages, sensitivity in particular.
Like the D7200 and D7100, the D7500 also sports a 3.2-inch display, but with a tilt-angle touchscreen display and a 922,000 dot resolution. Also, there is an eye-level pentaprism optical viewfinder which offers a hundred percent coverage.
The Nikon D7500 also features 4K UHD video capture at 24, 25, and 30p for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Additionally, 4K UHD time-lapse movies can also be capture in-camera and the electronic Vibration Reduction to reduce the impact of camera shake when shooting a movie hand-held.
As we have seen with the D5600, D3400, and D500, the Nikon D7500 also sports the SnapBridge technology which enables the camera to stay linked to a smart device via a low power Bluetooth connection or Wi-Fi. This only means that after an initial connection, images can be immediately transferred to your phone automatically whenever you shoot.
Build and Handling
- Comprehensive Weather Sealing
- 5% lighter than the D7200
- Weighs 640g
When compared to the D7200, the D7500 is 5% lighter and even 16% lighter than Nikon’s D500 and tips the scales at a 640g. Regardless of this minor weight reduction, the D7500 feels reassuringly solid in hand.
In comparison with the D7200, the D7500 hand grip is a bit deeper and combined with a soft-texture coating on the rear and front of the grip for a more secure and comfortable hold. This camera is chunky enough, and your little finger will not sip at the bottom of the grip.
The D7500 is also weatherproof so you can shoot even when the weather turns against you. The magnesium alloy panels are gone and are replaced with a single monocoque construction which makes the camera lightweight.
The rear display is way slimmer than the D500, and it can be tilted upwards or downwards as well as some touchscreen functionality— a first for a Nikon DSLR. There is obviously the tap-to-focus control, and the touchscreen functionality makes reviewing images quicker too.
- Auto AF Fine Tune
- Group-area AF
- 51-point AF, 15 cross-type AF points
Although the D7500 borrows a lot of tech from the D500, it does not get the same classy153-point AF system, and instead takes an uprated version of the D7200’s 51-point AF system.
Fifteen of the 51 AF points are more sensitive cross-type varieties that offer great accuracy and precision. Also, the D7500 gets a Group-Area AF mode that promises to enhance subject tracking and detection.
Another difference from the D7200’s system is the different metering sensor that is used in aiding image recognition when focusing. The D7500 also enjoys a 180,000-pixel RGB sensor which combines decent coverage AF points across frames and delivers a reliable AF tracking performance.
It has an AF Fine Tune feature like the D5 and D500 which enables you to automatically caliber AF with specific lenses in Live View. AF in Live View might be a bit clunky. However, it is more refined in the D7500.
- Excellent noise performance
- Impressive dynamic range
- 100 – 51,200 ISO, expandable to 50 – 1,640,000
With the same sensor as the famous D500, D7500 provides incredible results. It might have fewer pixels than other DX Nikon DSLRs; however, if you are going to spend most of your time in shooting 100 ISO, then the minor drop is worth making.
This happens when looking at images through ISO range. Shots that are taken in lower sensitivity ranges display excellent levels of details.
And while details can suffer at the 6,400 ISO, results will still stand remarkably well. If you increase the sensitivity to 12,800, you will see a hint of Chroma noise in shots and the results will still be good.
Luminance noise becomes more pronounced at 25,600 and 51,200 ISO, however, the result is still great. And once you go beyond the camera’s native sensitivities, you will surely be speechless. Results at Hi1 or 102,400 ISO are still pretty good.
Also, the dynamic range is quite impressive. It's possible to recover shadow details in a shot that has been underexposed by some 5 stops and even at 6 and still end up with a quite satisfactory shot.
The latest addition to Nikon’s D7xxx series, the D7500 represents the biggest revamp ever. The combination of EXPEED 5 image processing engine and 20.9MP engine from the D500, advanced AF system and high ISO performance and a compact more affordable body is tempting enough for both existing and new users.
Although the D7500 takes the best tech from the D500, it still has some minor drawbacks like the 1 SD card slot which can disappoint a user. In addition to that, its low rear screen resolution and slow Live View focusing might turn off some enthusiast.
And in the final moments of this clashing, it is quite obvious that the Nikon D7500 is highly superior to its D7200 sibling. Made powerful by combined tech from its rival sibling— the D7200— and the top-of-the-line D500, there is no questioning that the D7500 can lure photographers into taking it home.