Nikon has finally released a 4K video-capable DSLR camera with a price comparable to that of their trusty D7200 — It is the D7500, and the MSRP is $1,249.95. Just last year, I was a little puzzled by the fact that quite a few phone cameras were capable of recording 4K video, but models from Nikon (as well as their biggest competitor — Canon) were lagging behind severely from a value standpoint. They both had models costing well over a thousand dollars, which topped out at 1080p.
That left a number of people and reviewers wondering — Why purchase a bulky DSLR for the cost of two decent smartphones which can do the same thing? To be fair, smartphone cameras haven’t quite caught up to high-end DSLR cameras yet (they fall short of DSLRs in a number of ways, especially with regards to controls and versatility), however they have gotten quite good for occasional consumer applications such as selfies and brief home videos. I said ‘brief’, because none of the phones at the time could record 4K video for more than a few minutes. The D7200 was among the non-4K cameras (it records up to 1080p) cameras costing over $1,000.
The Nikon D7500 offers the reasonable specs you’d expect from a DSLR camera in that price range, and a bit more: stereo recording, 4K video at 30 fps, a tilting 3.2-inch LCD touch screen, a 51-point autofocus system, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and an ISO range of 100 to 51,200 (expandable to 1,640,000), which is approximately double that of the D7200’s 25,600. The Nikon D7500 is a 20.9 MP, DX format DSLR camera with up to 8 fps continuous shooting (up from the D7200’s 6 fps). It offers some noteworthy upgrades from the older D7200, but with fewer megapixels. The D7200 is 24.2 MP.