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Nikon D7500 vs D7200: What’s the Difference?

D7200 vs D7500: Is It Worth the Upgrade?

Nikon’s recently announced D7500 has a peculiar mix of features from the D7200, the high-end D500, and the less expensive D5600. In some important ways it improves over its predecessor, in others it seems to be taking a step back. How much difference do these changes make, and which camera makes more sense for you? Let’s take a look.

To begin with, this chart shows the main features of both cameras, with the better features highlighted in green, though in some cases “better” is subjective.

Nikon D7500Nikon D7200

Price (body)
Price With Kit Lens
(18-140mm VR)
Body MaterialPlastic Monocoque BodyPartial Magnesium Alloy Frame, Plastic
Dust/Weather Sealed BodyYesYes
Sensor Resolution20.9 Megapixel24.2 Megapixels
Anti-Aliasing Filter [OLP]
(Reduces sharpness, prevents moire)
ISO Range100 - 51200100 - 25600
Total AF Points5151
Cross-Type AF Points1515
AF Motor In Body
(For Using Older AF Lenses)
AF Light Level Range-3 to +19 EV-3 to +19 EV
Autofocus Fine Tuning
Shutter Speed Range1/8000th - 30 sec.
1/8000th - 30 sec.
Max Frame Rate8 fps6 fps
(7 shots in 1.3x crop mode)
Max RAW Burst
(buffer size)
50 shots 14-bit compressed18 shots 14-bit compressed
Max JPG Burst
(fine, Large)
Flash Sync Speed1/250th sec.1/250th sec.
Wireless Flash With
Built-in Commander
Nikon RADIO Wireless Flash CompatibleYESNO
Auto FP Flash Mode
(High Speed Sync)
Media Slots1 SDXC2 SDXC
Quick Access User Modes
(Saved U1, U2 programs)
LCD Size3.2"
922,000 pixels
1,228,800 pixels
LCD ArticulatedYESNO
LCD TouchscreenYESNO
BluetoothYES (v4.1)NO
Built-in WiFiYESYES
Body Weight640g (no battery)675g (no battery)
Body Size135.5 mm x 104 mm
x 72.5 mm
136 x 106.5 x 76 mm
Battery Life950 Shots
CIPA Standards
1,110 shots CIPA Standards
Viewfinder Coverage100% Frame
.94x Magnification
100% Frame
.94x Magnification
Video CodecMPEG-4 / H.264
.mov or MP4
MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Resolutions3,840 x 2,160 (4K: 30, 25, 24 fps)1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps)
640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Digital Stabilization
for Video
(Reduces image area; not available for 4K resolution)
Video Length Limit29 min 59 sec.29 min 59 sec.
Headphone JackYesYes
Internal MicStereoStereo

The Body

From the front, changes don’t appear to be dramatic. The microphones have been moved from the top to either side of the lens mount, and Nikon opted for D5600-style strap loops.

While many of the features of the D7500 have been upgraded to match the D500, the body is now more like that of the less expensive D5600. Having eschewed the magnesium alloy back and top plates found in the rest of the D7000 series, the D7500’s unified frame and body are made entirely of plastics. This makes the D7500 lighter than previous models, and perhaps easier to weather-seal (sealing is very thorough on this model).

D7500 and D7200 sealing diagram
Weather sealing (in yellow) on the D7500 and D7200. Both are well sealed.

Along with the new body material are a variety of changes in design and layout, some minor (like the change in strap connectors and the location of the microphones), and some major, like the adoption of a new battery (EN-EL15a) and the loss of an SD card slot (down from 2 slots in the D7200 to just a lone slot).

Top view of Nikon D7200 and D7500 pointing out differences
Minor changes are visible on the camera tops: the dedicated metering mode button has been replaced with an ISO button, and the microphones have been moved to the front of the body. The top LCD is also smaller.

And, of course, the D7500 is the first in the series to include an articulated, touch-enabled LCD. This LCD is a case of “one step forward, one step back”, though; I had expected the D7500 to get the D500’s nice 2,359,000 pixel screen, but instead it’s been saddled with a 3.2″ 922,000 pixel LCD that has lower pixel density than the 3″ screen in the original D70001. The D7000 had a 921,000 pixel LCD, essentially the same, but it was a smaller screen at only 3.0″, making the pixel density greater. The top LCD is also smaller.

The Sensors

Some people were surprised to discover that the D7500’s sensor has lower resolution (20.9 megapixels) than that of the older D7200 (24.3 megapixels). There are a few reasons why Nikon made this choice. (Click Headings to Expand)

Low-Light Performance

First, and most importantly, is Nikon’s concentration on high-ISO performance with the D7500. More pixels on a sensor means smaller pixels. Smaller pixels collect less light, but the sensor’s electronics still generate background noise. This results in a worse signal to noise ratio (like a quiet voice talking in the car over the road noise), and thus, more digital noise in the image that results, especially at high ISOs (where the sensor tries to get by with even less light). The D7500 has fewer ‘pixels’ on its sensor, so they’re larger.

As a result, the D7500 has a top native ISO of 51200, compared to the 25600 of the D7200: a full f-stop of difference. We’ve found that the D500 (which has the same sensor as the D7500) does not quite have a full f-stop of improvement in quality over the D7200 at high ISO. At ISO6400, the D7200’s noise is slightly better controlled (finer and smoother) than the D500’s is at ISO12800, though the difference is minimal, and the D500 has better contrast in the comparison. At one stop apart, they’re roughly comparable. 

Shooting Action
Second, Nikon wanted to improve high-speed shooting performance to compete with cameras like the Canon 7D Mark II, which can shoot 10 frames per second. These frame rates produces a lot of data for any camera to deal with. At higher resolutions, cameras produce larger files, which are harder to move quickly through the data pipeline to storage on the SD card. A lower resolution sensor’s smaller files are easier for the camera to deal with at high speeds. These smaller files make it possible for the D7500 to shoot 8fps and get the data stored onto an SD card.
Expeed 5 processor
Nikon’s Expeed 5 processor is found in the D7500
Minor Difference in Resolution

And finally, for most photographers, the difference in resolution between 21 and 24 megapixels just isn’t very significant in real-world use. Remember that most of us use computer monitors that are no larger than 4K resolution (about 8 megapixels), but the vast majority use full HD (1080p is just 2 megapixels), and very few photographers print these days. And if you’re resizing an image from 21 megapixels down to 10% of its original size, all of the fine differences in detail will be thrown out anyway.

But if you do print? Then you’ll have to print LARGE to be able to see these differences… probably 16 x 24 inches or perhaps larger, and the differences even then will be minor. And that’s assuming that you are able to capture a difference to begin with. Only the sharpest lenses have high enough resolution to make a difference, and even then, only when shot from a tripod at the lens’ sharpest apertures, with no vibrations from the wind, ground, shutter, etc. A full frame sensor with the same pixel density of the D7500’s 20.9 megapixel sensor would hold 46.5 megapixels, and Nikon has already admitted that not many lenses can meet the demands of the D810’s 36 megapixel sensor.

Who will benefit from the higher resolution of the D7200? Landscape photographers often shoot in a manner that could make use of it, and so do some commercial/studio photographers and fine-art photographers. But journalists, event photographers, sports photographers, and hobbyists generally do not.

Speed & Action Performance

The D7200 was Nikon’s best APS-C camera for shooting action until the release of the D500, and while the D7500 does not match the D500, it certainly closes the gap. The D7200 can shoot at 6 frames per second, but if you’re shooting RAW, it can only shoot 18 shots in a row (3 seconds) before the buffer is full and it needs a break to write to the SD card. The D7500 improves on both metrics, shooting at 8 frames per second for bursts of 50 frames in a row (just over 6 seconds). The D500 takes that a step further, shooting 10 frames per second for up to 200 compressed RAW shots, but only when using an XQD card.

Of course, if you’re willing to shoot JPG, then the D7200 has no problem, as it is able to shoot bursts of at least 100 shots in that format.

Nikon AF Point diagram
The Nikon D7200 and D7500 both share the same AF point layout and autofocus module.

The autofocus system in the D7500 has not been changed; it uses the same 51-point (15-cross type) system as the D7200, while the D500’s system has a total of 153 AF points. However, Nikon claims that the same system in the D7500 will perform better than it does in the D7200 because of the new processor in the camera. This seems very unlikely to be a significant difference.

How important is this difference? Journalists, action photographers, event photographers, wildlife photographers, and anyone else who needs to capture images in copious quantities very quickly might find the extra two frames per second helpful, though casual action photographers will probably not need it. Portrait, landscape, product and commercial photographers? Probably not. Similarly, very few photographer (even those who shoot action) shoot bursts of more than 10-15 frames. The ability to do so will be important for the most dedicated action photographers (who should probably be looking at the D500 anyway), but probably not many others2When I was studying photojournalism in college in the mid 1990s, we were all still using film. Bursts of more than a few seconds could finish off an entire roll of film. Somehow, even the people who were lucky enough to be shooting Michael Jordan and Ken Griffey Jr. managed to produce amazing images with bursts of just 5 or 6 frames at a time. You’ll know from your shooting style whether this will be important for you.


It is tempting to just say “The Nikon D7500 can shoot 4K video and the D7200 can’t” and leave it at that. While the fact is true, there are some ugly details: I’ve said this all about the Nikon D500, and I’ll say it again for the D7500.

The D7500 shoots Full HD video much as you would expect, using the full width of the frame to capture 16:9, 1920 x 1080 video. You also have the option of capturing that video from a 1.3x cropped section of the sensor (which is, of course, already 1.5x cropped compared to an FX sensor).

However, when the D7500 captures 4K video, you are forced to use a cropped section of the sensor that is even smaller than the 1.3x cropped section that is optional at 1080p. It can be seen in our graphic, below:

Nikon D500 4K video area crop
4K Recording Area: The central rectangle is the only recording area available when shooting at 4K resolution. When shooting HD and Full HD, the full width and 1.3x crop areas are available.

This may be perfectly acceptable for those who only shoot telephoto video; it provides remarkably high resolution video and a roughly 1.5x crop, making a 200mm lens perform like a 450mm lens (1.5x crop + 1.5x crop). However, for those times when you want to shoot wide angle, you’ll need to use an ultra-wide angle lens just to get close; while a 16mm lens might normally give you a full-frame 24mm lens’s field of view, you’ll need an 11mm lens to get something almost equivalent if you’re shooting 4k.

So, if you’re looking for a camera just to shoot 4K video, the D7500 is hardly ideal.

However, if you’re mostly shooting 1080p or 720p, then the D7500 has one more trick up its sleeve: digital image stabilization, which can be used in conjunction with optical image stabilization. You will lose a little bit of the frame, but the sensor has plenty of resolution to spare, so there’s no loss in resolution, and the addition of digital stabilization goes a long way towards giving you smooth, jitter-free video. Like the D500, the D7500 will have electronic aperture control while shooting video, as well as exposure smoothing capabilities when moving from dark to bright areas (using auto ISO and electronic aperture control).

The Nikon D7200, unfortunately, does not have electronic aperture control, nor digital image stabilization. It does, however, have 1.3x crop mode, like the D500, and both can output video to an external recorder.


The WRR10 Flash controller connects to a side port of the camera… where you’d normally hold it. Most radio flash controllers connect to the flash hotshoe.

The Nikon D7200 does not support the new Nikon radio-controller (WR-R10/WR-A10) and SB-5000 flash system, which can control up to 18 speedlights. However, there are countless 3rd party radio-triggering systems already available on the market, from pro-level Pocket Wizards and the popular Yongnuo TTL models, Nissin Air 1 Commander and the Phottix Odin, so this should be only a minor consideration for most people.


The new features of the Nikon D7500 will primarily benefit photographers who shoot events and long bursts of action, particularly those who shoot them in low light with high ISO. Those photographers will get better performance with the D7500: better speed and less digital noise. This comes at the cost of slightly lower resolution. Photographers who wish to shoot 4K video and/or use a swivel screen may also find reason to choose the D7500.

However, if you normally shoot at low ISO, and if your primary interest is not fast moving action, then the D7200 will give you equally good results, and in some cases, it may give you better image quality. If you shoot with impeccable technique3 This means shooting from a tripod, with mirror lock up, and a cable release or timer with a top quality lens set in its sharpest aperture range, the D7200’s sensor is capable of capturing more detail than the D7500’s.

You Should Buy the Nikon D7500 If…

  • you plan to shoot a lot of action like: sports, news events, weddings, wildlife
  • you plan to shoot events in a dark setting: concerts, clubs, weddings, wildlife
  • you need to shoot 4K video, especially telephoto, or digitally stabilized HD Video
  • you want to use Nikon’s SB-5000 flashes and radio trigger system
  • you want a touch-screen and/or articulated rear LCD

You Should Buy the Nikon D7200 If…

  • you shoot landscapes or other detail oriented genres at low ISOs, including: studio portraits, product images, still-life works
  • you shoot action photography but don’t need a full 10 frames per second (the D7200 is a very capable action camera)
  • you shoot long events (or spend a long time in the field) and want better battery life
  • you want to save money on the body to buy better lenses (which is what I always recommend)

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Questions? Comments?

I’ve attempted to concentrate on the most important differences between these cameras in practical use for photographers who shoot RAW files, but there are other minor differences. They may or may not be relevant to the way you shoot. However, if you still have any questions about which camera you should buy, please feel free to ask me in the comments section below! I’ll answer as quickly as I can.

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Diana Sofia

Hi, Matthew,
Great explanation! Thanks! 😉

I own a Nikon D5500 and a AF-P Nikkor 70-300MM f4.5-6.3g VR, which I use mostly for still birds. As I photograph mainly with good light conditions, the f/4.5-6.3 aperture isn’t a problem. Most of the times I crop the photos at Photoshop and get reasonable results.

I would like to upgrade my equipament, in order to get sharper images, but don’t think of upgrading my lens, because I think the wider lenses are way too expensive and heavy. (I’m a bit lazy! 🤣) So, I thought of upgrading my camera to a Nikon D7xxx, because I’ve seen some photos taken with this cameras and my lens. I was thinking of D7500, but then I noticed that, in spite of having the D500’s sensor, it would be a downgrade from my Nikon D5500’s 24MP sensor.
Unfortunately, I can’t afford a D500. So, what do you think it would be the best option to me, since I crop most of my photos? The D7200 or the D7500?
Thanks in advance!


Hi Matthew,

I currently have the D3200 (going on 8 years) currently with the 18-55 Kit lens,
70 -300 zoom, and a Yongnuo 50 mm lens. I use an Altura Speedlite flash and mainly shoot portraits, landscape, kids and astro-photography. I was set on the D7500 but now torn between that, the 7200 (due to resolution) and the Z50.

What would your recommendation be?

Orgem Agaigbe Murphy

My Murphy Photographer
I love Nikon. I Have Nikon d5700.I love de camera.


Hi Matthew,
I am not a professional photographer but an occassional one. I have owned the Canon T3i for 8 years now and have the typical lenses with it like 18-55,55-250,10-18 and 50 mm. I also own 4 Gopros including the lastest Hero 7 Black which has the 4K at 60fps. My question is what should be my next camera? Either DSLR or Mirrorless or full frame. I value the 4k video and high resolution stills a lot. For me clarity is huge.
Also i want the full frame(full sensor or width) 4K and no cropping. Basically a futuristc camera so that i don’t have to upgrade for years to come. I have also heard 6K cameras are already here?


Join the discussion…Thanks Matthew! Sony it is then..i trust you more than i trust myself at this point!


I have the D5300, then D750 and D7200 and so far reading the review and most of the comments and could not even agree more on what Matthew had stated. Great comments and explanation, much appreciated. I started reading this review since I wanted to learn more about the D7500 but as I don’t shoot sports nor video much, I probably will stick with the D7200.

Daytime I use the D7200 a lot more but when it comes to Macro and Low Light then I prefer the D750. D5300 is the camera I started out and still use it when I need to travel light. The quality is very close to D7200 but the controls are not as good.


Interested in the better low-light ability of d7500, did you test this? Significant dif? And d7200 scored very well on a dynamic range test I saw. I wonder how d7500 does? I live in Thailand, bright son performance and low light performance are BOTH important to me! Tnx for your excellent info!

sybarite 123

I had a Nikon d 7100. I lost it. I replaced it with the d 7200. However I found the controls too complex and convoluted. So I returned the d 7200 and bought myself a used d 7100. One reason I love the d 7100 is the 1.3 crop mode. It extends my telephoto range(from 450 mm to 585 mm), and it changes my Fish Eye from 180 degrees to just 130 degrees. This adds to my creativity and my Bird Photography.
One reviewer calls the 1.3 crop “silly”. I strongly disagree.


Hi Matthew! I currently have a Nikon d3000, and it’s really getting stretched in what it can do. One of the worst things is the definition of the monitor and I don’t really know what my image looks like until I put it in a computer. I am considering a d5600, d7200, d7500. I mainly use the camera for family photos and landscape photos. It’s more hobbyish. Would you recommend upgrading and if, which of these three. I would really appreciate some feedback!
Thank You


Hi Mathew, I am a beginner in photography, I want a DSLR camera for taking pictures of plants, butterflies and other insects. For my budget nikon D7200 is available. But there is dilemma between D7200 or D7500. Whether I have to stretch my budget to buy D7500.
Thank you


Thank you Matthew


Hi,thanks for this detailed article.
My brother needs a camera for his school matter and as he has just began we don’t have enough knowledge in cameras,lenses…and the money really matters to us.what he needs is a camera for shooting of peoples,landscapes,studio matters with high quality so until now it’s D7200 right?but as I said money really matters and we don’t want to buy a camera that gets outdated or make us buy another soon…so I desperately need a professional’s help

Tammy Scates

Hi, I just came across the article (thankfully) on these 2 cameras. I currently have have a D5100 and am looking to upgrade. I take pics at our local small school, but am not a professional photographer. I just enjoy taking pics so the kids have some thing to remember their school days by. I really enjoy sports photography, take some portrait photography. I am thinking that the D7500 would be more of what I need than the 7200, but the price of the 7200 is nice. lol I’m also looking for a good quality lens for an f stop of at least 2.8 – thinking Nikon 16-80 f 2.8 or tamron 24-70 f2.8, but not sure those would be to great for baseball/softball.
My question (s)are: 1. do you think the D7500 would be a better choice ? And what lens would you recommend for both basketball and baseball ? And could I go w/a lens of say F3.5 for the indoor basketball by upgraded to either camera or should I stick with the F2.8?

Thank you so much for any info you can provide.


Hello Matthew,

Thank you very much for the great review. It was one of the more balanced and practical assessments I read of the D7500. I am also currently debating in updating to either the D7200 or D7500. I currently own a D3300 and feel like I have outgrown it’s basic features. I mainly shoot landscape, cityscape, and am working on improving and shooting more portraits and street photography. I usually shoot most of my landscapes hiking so I don’t always have the weight allotment for a tripod when carrying the baby on long hikes. I also like to print my photos for home display and keep considering selling prints online. I am curious to hear your thoughts and recommendations if you have time.

Thank you very much.


Hi Mathew,

I am looking to buy a full frame camera for portrait photography. Will Nikon d610 will serve my purpose considering low light also, if at all I have to shoot at low light. . or Nikon 750 is best.


Hi Matthew

I am new to DSLR world but hae clicked a few in the past using my brother’s Canon EOS 50D. I am an explorer and want to explore the astrophotography world along with clicking family pics as well. I am tight on budget and am confused between D5600, D5500, D7200 and D7500. Most of them ate chosen because of low light performance. Could you recommend me which one I would go with considering the fact that I will use that camera in my personal life as well as start exploration into astrophotography(Milky way and camera shots for now and later using a telescope).
Thanks in advance.



Hi Matthew

Thanks for the detailed response. I would either go for D5600 or D7200 as they dont differ much in their cost. Will it be ok to go for D7200 as it is weather shield and few other features packed in also?


Thanks Matthew for your advice.

Will definitely post some pictures once I start clicking.



I’m a rookie photographer without any specific interets, I’ve clicking pictures with my phone and a compact camera but I’m thinking of upgrading to a DSLR now. I’ve researched quite a bit and found that nikon d5300 and d5600 are quite the same in a lot of aspects( except the touch screen). Is that a really big difference maker when using a camera ? What is your suggestion regarding this matter ? And also if I wish to spend a few bucks more should I go for d7200 as my first DSLR camera?

— thanks


Nice Article!! My dilemma is a little different than most of these… I’m trying to decide between a D5600 and D7xxx. I plan to use an 18-140 lens. My son is getting married in two weeks and I need to get a decent camera. Years ago, I did a lot of photography, using Nikon equipment. About 10 years ago, I defected and moved to Canon, but have never been particularly happy, so I want to come back to Nikon. I’m looking for something that takes top quality photos, but can also be used by my wife who has more limited experience. Consequently, I’m looking for something relatively small and lightweight, but I don’t think the P700 or P900 is what I want. Can you offer any suggestions?
Thanks, Ken

Mohan K

Hi Mathew,

I am into birds and wildlife. I currently have nikon d3200 and want to upgrade. I am thinking of upgrading to D7500. Or do you suggest D7200.
I am having lenses 55-300 and 200-500mm


Thanks Mathew. I was little confused and am still , whether to choose D7200 or D7500.
My requirement is speed and good resolution also. Looks like either D7200 and D7500 wont
meet my requirement. I might have to go for D750 .


Thanks Again Mathew.

I doubt in D3200, I am getting that 1.5x crop factor.
I will go for D7500 as it is similar to D500 (I was checking on D500) which is 20.9MP.


Hi Mathew,

Your reviews are excellent. I am getting a good idea what to choose.
Have not come across any reviews better than this so far.


Hi Mathew one last question. I am planning for portrait n landscape photography also along with wildlife. So d7200 will suffice for both? As I am going for 50mm/f1.8 for portrait photography.

Jeremy Pope-Levison

Hey Matthew,

I am currently in a dilemma right now. I am using a Pentax K-3 as my primary camera (not getting rid of it and will still use it daily). I’ve gotten more into video recently, starting vlogs and doing some music video stuff and I find that the 30FPS doesn’t cut it because the slow motion is terrible.

My level of photography is that I’m not professional, but I do paid shoots sometimes. Photography is the job I want to have when I graduate next year. I have Nikon lenses, so I’m comparing these two.

My dilemma: I love the two SD card slots on my Pentax and the option for the battery grip (which I use 100% of the time on the Pentax). I feel like the video on the D7500 might be better (i.e. better autofocus, being able to change aperture in live view, tilt screen, etc.) but wondering if it’s worth the price over the D7200. I don’t do sports shoots anymore, just automotive photography/videography, portraits, street, landscape, etc. I mainly need a camera that takes 60fps at 1080p but also a great photo camera. I am thinking about the D500, but that just seems like a lot of money right now when I could get the D7200 or D7500 and a lens or two or something else. What kind of advice do you have for me?


Hi Matthew!
I have been using a Nikon D90 for nine years. I must choose between D7200 or D7500. Great dilemma!! Mainly I use as lens a Sigma 24mm Art 1.4(I love this lens) for portraits and street-social potos. I also use my 50mm 1.8 for close up portraits. I thought about to buy a Fx camera (D750) but I think the focal length (24mm) was less useful for my purposes. For example, the sigma 24mm lens mounted on D750 forced to be closer of the subject in portraits, so It had more distortion in the face. I am interesting in sharpness and image quality. Advise me please Matthew!
Greats, Jose.

Jackie Burke


Like a few others on this thread I too have a D90 with an Nikon 18-70. It has served me well, but I feel can do even better with today’s presumably improved equipment. Looking at the D7500 and D7200 led me here, but I now understand you prefer to invest in lenses, and not necessarily a body. I’m not sure how to improve upon my 18-70, and stay with a zoom. I read many great reviews about the performance of the new Nikon 16-80, and thought I would get that lens, but I discovered that it will not work with my D90 :-( Should I be looking at prime lenses, possibly 50mm? I do like the versatility of my 18-70 and rarely have a need for more reach. Do you think I may still need to update the D90? possibly with a 7xxx. And how would be a good lens choice? I take a lot of outdoor pics of my family outings and some outdoor portraits for print.

I really enjoy reading your comments, and hope to make a better informed decision with your help ;-)

Thanks, Jackie

Byron Hamzah

Hello Matthew,

I have been using a Nikon D5500 for about 3 years. I have accumulated several lenses over this time which are; AFP Nikkor 18-55 mm (3.5-5.6), AFS Nikkor 50 mm (1.4), Sigma 85 mm (1.4) and AFS Nikkor 55-300 mm (4.5 – 5.6).

I mainly do portraits, street portraits, street photography and sometimes landscape in both low and bright light situation. I never use the video and rarely take action/high-speed photography.

I have started using external flash/speedlights, however the D5500 did not have the AP High Speed Sync capabilities for external flash/speedlights. Therefore, I wanted to upgrade to a better Nikon model that allowed that (I needed fill-lights when I take street portraits in sunny/bright light situations which required very quick f-stops).

As I am also taking photopraphy more seriously, I was also considering submitting some of my photos (which are mainly street portraits of strangers) into competitions.

Therefore I am considering between D7200 or the D7500.

I am currently inclined towards a D7500, as I am rather used to the specs from a D5500 (touch screen / adjustable screen /WiFi) but I am a little concerned with the reduction of megapixels to 21 MP.

Will the reduction of MP compromise the image quality and resolution in comparison to the D7200, especially if I am planning to submit photographs for competitions. Will this difference be significant?

Is the D7500 good for the kind of photography that I do?

Thank you.


Matthew, I’m also considering upgrading from a D90 to a D7500 or D7200. I noticed that I rarely shoot above 400 ISO. Will I notice any difference in IQ at low isos between these two cameras? I have read that the D7500 may have nicer color processing. Better color sooc is one of my goals, as I’m trying to cut down post processing time. I also like the idea of having a few less pixels on the sensor, as I feel they will be better quality pixels. Another question I have is what happens when I lower the quality setting on my camera? I assume shooting with the D7200 at a lower setting would be much different than shooting with the D7500 at the highest setting. I hope this all makes sense to you. Thank you, Heather


Thanks so much for your quick response! Can you please clarify your first paragraph where you said the breadth of color would not be noticeable. were you comparing the D7500 to the D7200, or comparing those 2 newer cameras to my current D90?

I thought I wanted to get the D7500 with the latest and greatest sensor and processor, but maybe the D7200 will suit me just as well. Obviously I don’t buy cameras very often, so I want to make the best choice here.

Gracias, Heather

Beth Dwyer

Hi Matthew,
I have the new D7500. I recently wrote about a new macro lens that I am looking at, however over the weekend, this happened: I am in the middle of a semester of a digital photography class and I had a camera melt down. All the sudden, my digital screen wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t preview the pic just taken and would flash the menu. After a couple of minutes of that happening, then I couldn’t get any thing, just a black screen, this happened intermittently all day Saturday. I changed batteries, and formatted all the memory cards, and changed lenses and it kept doing this. I would take a few pictures and it would start this up again. Finally I just let it rest a while. Sunday it seemed to be working fine again. But what a huge disappointment. Plus when I send it in, they probably will not be able to replicate the problem (like when you have a noise in your car and you take it to the car shop!!!). I am a little concerned that it may have been some loose connection somewhere inside the inner workings. Have you heard of any thing like this happening. I have only had this camera 7 months, it’s never been dropped, I keep it in it’s case unless I am using it….

Beth Dwyer

Thank you! I am pretty sure I didn’t do anything for that to happen! I will send it in and see what they say. I was reading back through this thread and saw one of my earlier questions about the compatibility of the SB800. Just FYI, yes, it works fine with the d7500 (it is designed to work with the newer SB5000 Nikon flash system) , but as far as I can tell, all the features from the SB 800 work. I have used it by way of on the hot shoe and also as a off camera remote flash. I haven’t used it in any complicated multi flash scheme.

Beth Dwyer

Hi I thought I would send in an update on my earlier post. I sent the camera to Nikon and like I predicted they could not replicate the problem. The whole process was a little frustrating and time consuming. It took about three weeks to get it back. So far I haven’t had any new problems. Luckily my daughter had my old Nikon d90 and i used it to finish out my class. I made an A so i guess it worked for the purpose! Also I just bought the macro lens. I will let you know how I like it. I ended up with the Tamaron SP 90 mm f2.8 di macro VC. F017 model. A little pricy for my budget but hope worth the extra money spent. Thank you again for all your help!!

Vedant Raval

Hey Matthew! Great review, and I am amazed by the patience & work you’ve put in the comment feed. That alone has more information than the whole review.

I currently have this: D5500 + 18-55 AF-P VR + 70 – 300 AF-P + 50 F1.8 +Yongnuo YN685.

I primarily do portraits and a bit of action, and take a lot of videos, mainly interviews and documentaries. I am very much used to the flipscreen and the touch of D5500. But there are some parts that I hate of that, which include no HSS for Flash (my YN685 has it, can’t use it and shooting wide open at 1.8 in sunlight is a mess); no headphone jack to monitor audio while shooting videos; no weather sealing (I use it quite roughly); low-light focusing inaccuracies; can’t use AF-D lenses, which I really want to experiment with. Said that, I really love the lightness of the camera and would anyday just throw it in my backpack and get shooting.

I want to upgrade to cover those things, but I am on a budget ($1000, incl. selling the D5500 off, getting the 18-140 for $200).

1) D7200 + 18-140 (or Sigma 17-50 F2.8)
+HSS +AF-D +Headphone +Weather Sealing +Better AF
-NO Touch -NO Flip screen -Same sensor as D5500

2) D7500 + 18-140 (or Sigma 17-50 F2.8)
+HSS +AF-D +Headphone +Touch +Flip Screen +Better AF
+Snapbridge +4K (ofcourse 2.25x crop) +Digital Stabilization (FHD)
-Costlier -20.9MP -NO Grip Support

3) D500?! Too Costly but has everything

I am an enthusiast photographer, and I am sort of a geeky and picky about tiny features and that is one for the reasons I want to upgrade. One thing though is, I am not sure if I should go DX or FX. D750 looks very tempting since I am getting a refurb at similar prices, and it is FF. And has almost all the features of D7500 except the 4K and some. I don’t want to regret later that I didn’t get a FF because this upgrade is gonna last few years at least.

What are your opinions on these?

Thank you so much!!

Vedant Raval

That is very helpful of you. I am quite confused with the choice, but I think I will go with the D7500 as it will make the additional $250 on it worth for my video requirements. I’ll save for now and get a full frame once I have enough budget for that.

Thanks a ton!


Matthew, great comparison. I often take action and publicity shots and videos for live theater performances, where lighting and color are so variable. I’ve been using my D300 with limited and inconsistent success. I’m willing to admit that the photographer may have something to do with that inconsistency. But I’m trying to get better at it and I’m really trying to narrow down between the D7200 & D7500 for this. The better high ISO quality of the 7500 seemed like the way to go but there seems to be some disagreement whether it’s enough to spend the extra $$ verses the 7200. What do you think?


Matthew, How does a Nikon D610 or D750 compare to the D7200 or D7500 when it comes to image quality? I’m considering these cameras as well. The refurbished FX models are similar in price to the D7500. I am a Hobbyist, and like taking fotos of people and nature.

Thank you, Francesca


Thanks for your advise here. Sounds like you wouldn’t consider a D610. Do you think the Image quality of the D7500 may benefit from that camera being a few years newer than the D750, or does the full frame sensor make up for that?



Mathew, I currently have a D90 and 18-70mm. I planning to get a D7200 or D7500 as well as a 16-80mm for a walk around, and a 55-200mm (for little league baseball). I shoot a lot of sunlit outdoor family events, (at the beach, in the garden, etc) , and some indoor (birthday parties, Christmas) also occasionally family portraits. I am looking for the best dynamic range and color quality. I typically don’t shoot really high ISO nor do I require a high burst rate. My D90 has trouble with blowing out skin at sunset and early evening pics, and sometimes struggles with white balance. I often shoot both raw and jpeg so I can edit later, but I much prefer to get the color right with jpeg so I don’t have to spend so much time post processing.
My question is, will I see improvements with the D7500 over the D7200 in Image Quality, especially color and Dynamic range?
(I also considered a Canon 80D)

Thanks so Much for sharing your advice and knowledge, Nelly


Hi Matthew,
nice review!
I have D7000 with DX 17-55/2.8, DX 35/1.8 and 70-200/4 VR Nikon lenses.
Is it worthy to upgrade to D7200/D7500? I shoot landscapes, family members (portraits and their action too), birthdays in low light in restaurants and weddings. Specially the weddings are hard to shoot – many light changes, indoor/outdoor, dancing, still group photos, etc. I barely shoot wildlife or sports. It was the main reason to chose 70-200/4 for me, and because of its weight and quality too. As holliday lens it is awesome :)
I am happy with D7000, but these new cameras attract me :D
Thank You in advance for advice, if it will be a smart step or not.


Hi Matthew,
thank You for Your quick response. And thanks for compliment, it took some time to collect these lenses :) Before I got 17-55/2.8, I have owned 16-85/3.5-5.6 and it was a very good lens with nice and mainly constant drawing thru all focal lengths. It was almost like my magnificent 70-200/4. But 17-55/2.8 is about light and it gives You another dimension in shooting, despite it’s weight. It is almost as heavy as 70-200/4, so I can not tell the difference, when I change them on the camera. Maybe it is better like that and I do not grumble :D I thought about 85/1.8 lenses before, which are perfect for portraits too. It is the good point. With 1,5x crop, it will be somewhere close to 135mm. I know from 35/1.8 what this light aperture can do.
Yes, You are right. It is about higher ISO quality, more colour and sharpness. I have to admit, that I do not like shoot to NEF, because my credo is more soot, less aftershoot work. So I set everything possible on D7000 to shoot best quality in JPEG. But sometimes I shoot to NEF too, specially on weddings. When cuttig from image, the noise is the most visible. I thought It will help a little on the newer bodies. DxOMark shows some improvement of my lenses on D7100, but D7200/D7500 can not be selected to compare.
FF cameras are something different to me. I thought about it, but it has many BUTs for me. I have mainly DX lenses, which is a BIG con. I am accustomed with longer focal lenghts with crop 1,5x on DX. I have never solved problems with lenses on FF, like week corners, vignetting, etc., because of the strong center from the lenses, used by DX cameras. And the price of course, it is the big item on the list too.
Well, It seems, I stay where I am now, with D7000 on my neck. And 85/1.8 could be a new target. Thank You!


Hi Matthew,

I have gone through your article & most comments, while I am deciding between D7200 & D7500. The focus keeps coming back at your suggestion in investing more in great lenses and less on body, but I have a doubt about D 7200’s performance in a particular use for my work. I need to capture outdoor sporting events (running specifically) under varied light conditions including night time. Will D 7500 shine above the 7200 in any way in such condition, as you pointed out better low light performance ? Or D 7200 with a wide aperture prime lens and its AF system will do as well ?

Thank you !


Thank you Matthew ! Closing in on D7200 then :)

Chetan Sehgal

Hi Matthew,

Another question. A telephoto lens for an all round use, between the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 & Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3, which one would you recommend for the D7200 ?

Thank you !


I take mostly still family/friend portraits. I’m looking for the best quality photo under low light. Which would you recommend 7200 or 7500


Hi Matthew, I own a D5500 and i have invested quite a lot on lenses (Nikon 18-140, Nikon 16-80, Nikon 35mm 1.8g, Samyang 16mm, Nikon 70-300 af-s, Sigma 100-400 c and Sigma 15-600 c). Primarily i use my camera for travel and landscape photography but I have also used it for airshow, indoor and astrophotography. Although the D5500 has remarkable image quality and I love its small weight and the convenience of its touch screen, I have started to discover the limitations its body. Firstly it does’t support the AF fine tune. I want my images to be as crispy clear as my lenses can allow. I took about 2000 photos from an air show but not many were very clear when I cropped the photos. I suppose that this has to do with the AF system or AF fine tuning. Moreover as a teacher I want to be able to take indoor photos from school events and student performances. Yesterday I was little disappointed from the performance of D5500 + Nikon 16-80 because in low light conditions the photos were not very sharp (Aperture mode, 3200 iso, no flash, f/2.8-4, 1/6- 1/40 shutter speed). Only with good indoor light i was able to take sharp photos. Was this happened due to high iso or the limitation of AF system? I am thinking of selling the D5500 with its kit lens and upgrade to D7200 or D7500. I don’t use the video at all. Which of these cameras do you think that suit me? I am very confused because I would like to have all the new stuff of D7500 (better metering system, better AF, extra 2 fps, vary angle touch screen, easier AF fine tuning) with a 24mp sensor, AIs, Depth of field function and battery grip. Now I have to choose between of them. Am i going to see much difference by moving from D5500 to D7200 in low light and action photography? Is the D7500 worth the extra money? Thanks


Thank you very much for your reply, I appreciate it!


Hi Mathew, rock solid article.
I’ve had the D7000 since 2010 and feel need an upgrade to keep shooting architectural interiors (on tripod) and some outdoor landscape (on tripod) , outdoor sports/people (handheld)
after reading your article its pretty clear 7200 is a smarter choice.
i told some BH guys about my D7000 not focusing well on moving objects/people and 2 guys said that camera had some issues with focusing. have you heard that as well? thanks! JP


thanks Matt! 2 lenses comparison i would appreciate your comment on . i currently have the Nikon – AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. I want to get a newer lens with bigger aperture for indoor night shooting on tripod. what lens from tokina or sigma would you recommend?im looking at the tokina 11-20 vs tokina 11-16. 2nd one is a zoom…. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens vs the Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX…. if you there is another one you would recommend pls throw it in. thanks again

Charles K

Hi Matthew,
Thanks for your article. I am upgrading from 3300 to D7200. I almost picked D7500 but going through your and several other articles I changed my decision, 7200 is a better fit for my needs at the price.
My question is about lens. I have following lens – Nikon 18-55 ED and Nikon 50mm f/1.8g.
I am trying to choose between 18-140mm and 16-80mm.
I need a zoom lens, at the same time I don’t want to carry multiple lenses when traveling. 16-80 being more expensive, am I sacrificing too much on quality if I go with 18-140?



I have Nikon D5300 with 18-140, 35mm, 70-300 & 8mm wide angle. Mainly I shoot family and landscapes. I am thinking to upgrade at least 7200. Is it worth to upgrade to 7200 or 7500 or 500. Please advice me.


Thanks for your reply Mathew. From your reply I understood that upgrading from 5300 to 7200/7500/500 I will get the same image quality except some features. According to your last line, if I upgrade to full frame like d750 what will be the impact in image quality? will it be a marginal difference or huge? (Anyway in near future I’m not going to upgrade to full frame).


Thanks, Matthew for your article!
I wonder why Nikon D7200 is better than D7500 for landscapes?
I am thinking of upgrading from my current Nikon D3100 because i want to shoot night skies, (star trails, milkyway) landscapes, wildlife.
What do you recommend?
Thank you so much for your time, I greatly appreciate your help!


Thank you for this comparison. I currently own the Nikon D5300 with the kit lens and the new 70-300 VR. I was attracted to the D7500 bundle with the 16-80 lens. I was thinking those two lenses would be everything I would ever need! I mainly shoot gardens and flowers for my magazine/newspaper articles. I also love taking photos of landscapes and butterflies/birds.

Last year I tried the Sony a6000 with the kit lens. To be honest, I didn’t think the photos were quite as sharp as the ones taken with my Nikon. I also was a bit confounded by all the settings available. However after reading your article and the comments today, I am wondering about the Sony a6300 with the more expensive 16-70 lens. I could keep the D5300 and 70-300 lens for my butterflies and birds. What do you think? Thanks so much!

Mark Romero

Hi Matthew. I just came across this review and just wanted to say thanks for NOT presenting the usual hype that a lot of other camera review sites give. Your review of the D7500 seems very thorough, and I really appreciate the graphic you did demonstrating the extensive crop that occurs when shooting in 4K with the D7500 and D500. I think you just saved me a lot of money. Thanks again and plan on bookmarking your blog. (Also, shout out to toxictobasco who posted above me, since he always has something good to share when it comes to DSLR video).


i have not realized before that this is a blog in english, still i hope that you can get to answer my doubts, doesn’t matter in english or spanish i will appreciate very much, hugs.


Great comprehensive review. I’ve been torn between these 2 since I sold my D7100. However, which one will do 30 second to 2 min exposures at higher ISOs the best. Seems both have different sensors. I found that long good exposure performance is not always based on the higher rated ISO camera. Because most of those test are with fast shutter speeds. Also, those highly rated ISO cameras like the Sony A7S which do well under 20 second exposures don’t do as good as some lesser cameras when the exposure is bumped up to 2 and 3 min with ISO at 3200. So this is my concern dude. Which one will do best at high ISO and long exposures?
Thank you.


I’ll just add that our local photo store was selling the 7200 with the 18 – 140mm lens for $1550 (Canadian). The 7500 is $2200 for the body alone. That’s quite a premium for most to pay. The 7200 is a pretty nice upgrade from my D80.


Hi Matthew, great article as usual. I am thinking of upgrading from my current Nikon D5500 to either the D500 or the 7500. Since the 7500 was announced it seems like the right balance for me. I don’t think I need the pro grade body for my type of photography. I am also pretty well invested in dx lenses (Nikon 18-140, Sigma ART 18-35 1.8 and Tokina 11-20 2.8). I was thinking of adding the Nikon 16-80 2.8-3.5.

I do have 1 question regarding the D7500. Does the D7500 have a live histogram for stills. This is a feature that my current D5500 does not have and a feature I would really like to have.

Thanks for all you help



Hello Matthew,

Your site has been, by far, the most helpful that I have found! I am still struggling on what to purchase however, but my latest thought process is to get the D7200 (vs the D7500) and purchase a nice lens or two per your advice. We are travelling to NZ in the fall and I want to get use to the camera now. I borrowed a friends Nikon D3300 a year ago and while I got a few great pictures I struggled as quite a few were blurry (mostly wild animals) ones as well on full auto mode. I definitely want a camera that has weather sealing as I know that I will feel more comfortable using it more often instead of just letting it sit in my house :)

I am absolutely not a pro photographer, however, I am tempted to say that a simple entry-level would be too basic. I love taking photos for my friends and their new babies and at every family event I am the one capturing all of the moments but most of all I love taking landscape and travel photography (i.e. the reason I am looking to buy a DSLR now to practice for New Zealand).

I have read so many things on your website and LOVE your advice. With that, I would greatly appreciate your thoughts. I was leaning towards the D7500 but I am thinking I better (price wise) go for the D7200 and then just get a good lens or two. If you agree, what lens would you suggest for the NZ trip and general Colorado hiking :)?

Or, if you think based on my thought process there is another camera, Sony, Canon, etc., I totally trust you! I will most likely never use the camera (at least for now) on full manual, but more partial here and there and quite a bit of auto. However, I love photography and the more comfortable I get, since this will be something I have for a long time, I may shift into more manual settings. I know that I have a very good eye, I just need to have more practice with full manual.

Thank you so much for your time, I greatly appreciate your help! As for pictures, I print some 11×14 for our home but other than that and simple videos I dont need any crazy features. Just a nice camera (would love to spend less with lens + camera than $1600) that is user friendly, would be a good long term camera, and most importantly great to capture everything I discussed.


Matthew! Wow, again, so helpful. I am very excited as I had not even considered mirrorless but after some quick research it looks absolutely perfect for what I had in mind for travel and keeping with me at family/friend events. Definitely a major upgrade from a point and shoot, with still having the optional lenses and capabilities (image quality wise) of a DSLR without the bulk! With that the Sony you recommended looks good especially at the pricepoint. Would that be your top pick and if so which lens or two would you recommend for just starting out for NZ landscapes?

Once again thank you for this help. While it changed my thought process completely, it actually helped me dramatically as I had been stressing about the DSLR bulk with travel and it appears the new mirrorless cameras can have just as good image quality!


I have a D7100 now. I am not happy with the focusing primarily in low contrast situations. I am looking at the 7200, 7500 and 500. I am a small woman, so lighter weight is nice. However, I shoot wildlife (not professionally, but on safaris. Doubt if I need ultra fast bursts though) but also landscapes and anything else in nature. Some street photography. Very little portrait photography. I am leaning toward 7200 or 7500 due to their similarity in function and form to the 7100. However, if the 500 had a flash I think I would grab it and hope the weight and learning curve didn’t bother me. I do have a speedlight but don’t use it for just walking around photography. I think I would miss the pop up flash. I’m not sure about missing the 2nd card slot in the 7500. B and H told me that the 7200 wasn’t different enough from the 7100 to make a difference. I’ve heard that the focusing is much better in the 7200. Would love to know what you think. After reading your comparison, I’m leaning 7200, but it just doesn’t seem like much of a step up.


i read all your commenst with interest .
I am far from a pro… and I love taking pictures since I am a teenager….And use my Nikon D90 during holidays (a few landscapes + family pictures) and family events. I don’t use burst mode. I take my time for paysage and have tried to feel the right time when takin picture of people. I come back from long holidays with Max 300 pictures, not 3000!

I started with borrowing my father Contax camera. 35 or 70 mm lens(so great!)
I received my first camera (pentax SFXN) with my first zoom (35-70I was impressed but AF. It was magic and I still have that feeling.
My actual camera is a Nikon D90 that I use with Nikon 1.8 lens.

I would like to buy a new one (better AF, better low-light capture, and probably a bit of a whim for a new toy).

I don’t care Video, I never had trouble with my one slot D90, I don’t need extra grip, I prefer one slot with a good grip than two slots with a less good shape of grip ..

It seems that D7500 was made for amateurs like met..(Unless the video that I won’t use).

BUT it cost 400 euros more than D7200…
Is it worth choosing D7500? I really don’t know..What would you advise me?


You will be suprised but here in Europe, D7200 will cost 800 euros and D5600 720 euros, due to nikon cash back offer…
Light and small camera sounds great to me..but qucik access to speed, aperture and preset ar higher value to me and efinitively worth extra 80 euros.
Question is therfore betwen between D7500…and I will go for D7200

Beth Dwyer

I am choosing a new camera also. I currently have the D90, SB-800, several Nikkor lenses..etc. I have been looking at the D500 and D7500. My concern with the D500 is no flash. I have an sb800 but I am also a lightweight, no arm strength that is, so the weight it a concern. I couldn’t find any info on the Nikon web site what if any external flashes were compatible with the D7500. I broke down and contacted them to ask if I could use the SB-800 with the D7500. Their answer was short: NO. I wrote back and said I was disappointed, and asked for more info. I am not sure what flashes you can use with the D7500. It lists the same modes (iTTL, TTL….) and creative lighting system, has a hot foot…etc. So if you go to a D7500 just be sure it is compatible with all your other equipment that you would like to continue using.


Thank you, I wrote back again to Nikon asking which flashs were compatible so I will also let you know what they say. I think you are right on all counts. I will look forward to hearing what you find out. Thank you so much!


I wouldn’t think that it would be a problem. My SB 700 works fine with my 7200. In looking at tutorials on using single flash off camera, Matt Granger has his own channel and in at least one said that getting brand name flash units was a ripoff and he advocated using $65 knockoffs. As long as they have TTL and slave, you should be good. Others have said the same.


Thank you for your information. I am disappointed that Nikon told me that it was not compatible apparently not knowing or intentionally misleading. I copied and pasted their only response below. They never responded to my additional question about other flash units.
I am greatly appreciative for all your help! I am going to go forward with my purchase, I will be happy to let you know how it all works out. Thank you again!

Nikon Customer Support
Chardonay G.

8/1/2017 04:29 PM by Email

Hello Ms Dwyer,

Thank you for contacting Nikon, Unfortunately the D7500 is not compatible with the SB-800 I do apologize for the inconvenience, If you have any additional questions/concerns feel free to update me via the reply button at the bottom of this email.

Kindest Regards,


You forget one very big difference. The 2,000 pixel metering sensor in the D7200 has been replaced by the full 180,000 pixel metering sensor from the D500. That means D500 levels of autofocus tracking! Sure, there are fewer focus points for the camera to choose from, but the experience is still going to be far closer to the D500 than the D7200.

This is probably the most significant change, at least for those who shoot any moving subjects, especially sports but also moving animals, children at play, etc, and I think it should be mentioned in this article.

KN Cariappa

Should I purchase a Canon EOS 80D or should I wait and purchase the Nikon D7500? And could you please state the reasons which would hepl me choose one.
I need a camera for still photography mainly but also for casual videography.


This article just enforced my decision to stay with the D7200, which I just purchased a couple of weeks ago. Upgrading from a D3300 and a massive upgrade at that!!! Thank you and excellent article!



Thanks, probably the best comparison I’ve read to date. Much better than the side by side spec comparison which doesn’t tell the whole story.