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Nikon D7200 vs. D7500

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The Nikon D7200 ($999.95) vs. D7500 ($1249.95)  

Is the newer model worth an extra $250? The answer is yes and no - it depends on what you’re using it for.

Simply put ...

Major upgrades from the D7200

  1. Improved speed and action performance
  2. Improved video quality
  3. Improved low light shooting

Technically speaking - major upgrades from the D7200 (corresponds with numbers above)

  1. Increase from 6 FPS from 8 FPS
    • Increase from 18 shots max RAW burst to 50
  1. Increased video quality from 1920x1080 (60,50,30,25,24 fps) to 3840x2160 (4K: 30, 25,24 fps)
  2. Increased upper ISO range from 25600-51200

Who is this camera for?

  1. Action photographers or anybody interested in many frames in a short time period.
  2. Filmmakers
  3. Low light photographers

Three major improvements from the Nikon d7200 to the Nikon d7500 make it the obvious choice for certain types of camera users.

1. The Nikon D7500 shows a big improvement when it comes to speed and action performance, making it incredibly useful for action photographers. The 7500 has improved to 8 frames per second (FPS) and has a 50 shot max burst when shooting in RAW - an improvement from the 7200’s 6 FPS and 18 shot max burst in RAW. The increased FPS and max raw burst drastically improves the quality and detail of action shots, making it the far superior action and speed camera. If you plan on taking a lot of action shots, opt with the Nikon D7500.

2. Improved video on the 7500 makes it worth it for filmmakers to choose the newer Nikon. The 7500 sees an increase in video resolution from 192 x1080 to 4K ultra HD 3,840x2160. Also, the newer model has added more video codec compatibility by incorporating MP4 video file compression/decompression. On top of the improved video resolution, the 7500 includes digital image stabilization, reducing blur and creating a crystal clear image. The only caveat about the increased video resolution with the 7500 is that you can’t shoot 4K using the entire sensor area.

3. Lastly, the Nikon D7500 is perfect for low light shooting. The 7500 sees a huge increase from the 7200 on the upper end of its ISO range - from 25600 to 51200. This means the 7500 is a lot more sensitive to light because it has more pixels on its sensor. This will let you shoot clearer, more detailed photographs in low light.

What else?

Many aspects of the Nikon D7500 show no improvement. This includes the number of autofocus (AF) points, the number of cross-type AF points, AF light level range, autofocus fine tuning adjustments, shutter speed range, max JPG burst, flash sync speed, wireless flash, etc. If these you were looking for upgrades on any of these, stick with the 7200.

Some aspects of the 7500 show less functionality than the 7200 - the major one being lowered resolution. The d7200 actually has higher resolution (24.2 Megapixel) than the d7500 (20.9 Megapixel), but this is very insignificant and is only exposed in unique circumstances. The types of photographers this may affect is landscape photographers, commercial/studio photographers, and fine-art photographers. The d7500 also has less media slots, smaller LCD size, and lower battery life.

Other improvements on the 7500 include its Nikon radio wireless flash compatibility, LCD articulation, LCD touchscreen, bluetooth, and lighter weight.

Bottom-line

If you’re are somebody who will utilize one or more of the major improvements the Nikon D7500 offers, it’s worth it to go for the newer camera. Otherwise, save some money and get the older Nikon D7200. The 7500 is definitely an improvement on the 7200, but those improvements are geared towards specific types of photography as opposed to photography as a whole.  

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