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.

D7500_backCredit: 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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