April 13, 2017
NAB 2017

Nikon's New D7500 Camera Delivers 4K Crop at an Affordable Price

With the new D7500 camera from Nikon, 4K UHD video keeps getting more affordable.

With Nikon's newest camera, the D7500, 4K crop sensor recording is available for the very affordable price of only $1,245, keeping DSLRs competitive at a price point that is increasingly dominated by mirrorless options, like the GH5 and the XT2.

While the boost ISO of 1.64 million is more of a marketing stunt than a realistic advantage, the D7500 should be a great way to start capturing 4K video for shooters already in the Nikon infrastructure. So, if you are already invested in Nikon F-mount lenses and accessories and have been waiting for an affordable 4K-capable body, now seems like the time to jump. 

One feature that has traditionally made Nikon cameras worth considering for video is the power aperture, which allows for smooth aperture changes when video is rolling. That is present in the D7500. You also get up to 30fps for UHD, and up to 60fps in traditional HD.

One major drawback to the camera is that it only has a single internal SD card slot, unlike the dual card slots we are increasingly seeing around this price point. However, the camera does offer clean UHD HDMI output allowing for capture to an external recorder such as an Atomos, which could compensate well for the internal single-card limitation.

Credit: Nikon

The cameras will be shipping in June. Expect to hear more about them in our coverage of NAB 2017. 

Tech Specs

  • 100-51,200 ISO, with 1.64 million expandable
  • 4K UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30/ 25 / 24 fps
  • Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 / 50/ 30 / 25/ 24 fps 
  • Clean HDMI out
  • H.264 in mp4 or mov wrappers

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Your Comment

7 Comments

I don't understand a company like Nikon. This company could make a good business if it sold a C300 like video camera. They have the technology, and the costumers could use their Nikon glasses. If the price were affordable Nikon could make a huge profit just on the lenses. However it is like if Nikon were forced to include some video features in its still photo cameras, but not too much. Cone on! It's just software!

April 13, 2017 at 1:54PM, Edited April 13, 1:55PM

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Photographers buy about 1000x the number of cameras that filmmakers buy. ( we are lucky that any of these companies include video features in their photo cameras )

April 13, 2017 at 4:51PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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They have the technology already. A small investment in R&D would be enough. That works for Canon, it should work for Nikon.

April 13, 2017 at 5:33PM

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Right now Nikon has more 4K enabled DSLR cameras than Canon does. It really looks like Canon has been sitting on their hands when it comes to 4K video.

April 13, 2017 at 8:12PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Canon sunk a lot of R&D into the Cinema series bodies and lenses. It's why they cost so much. It's a lot more than just enabling the processor to churn through more data. It's cooling that processor, increasing the buffer, and adding the tech to make it more than a half way attempt.

I'd love the competition Nikon would bring, but a new N100/300/500 would cost us just as much if not more than the Cinema series.

April 13, 2017 at 8:41PM

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Justin Gladden
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I don't see how one SD card slot is a limitation in the day of 128GB+ SD cards. My Sony a7Sii will record over 2hrs. at 24FPS in 4K on one of these. Maybe Nikon needs a more efficient CODEC.

April 14, 2017 at 12:35PM

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Dave Palmer
Electrical Engineer
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I used the Nikon D800 in conjunction with the Atomos Ninja 2, and I thought it worked very well. I shot at the lowest native ISO, ISO 100, and the footage was noise-free.

I also captured the footage as ProRes 422 HQ, which was easy to import and edit in Adobe Premiere Pro.

April 15, 2017 at 12:52PM, Edited April 15, 12:52PM

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Glenn Bossik
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