Upgrading to a better camera is one of the hardest decisions most photographers are always faced with. (That is after they finally decide to part with the current one they have). This difficulty in decision making is explainable due to many similarities between the cameras that sit above their current camera level. For instance, how do you choose between the Nikon D7500 vs D7200? This is a typical dilemma many photographers find themselves.
Our job is to help you get over such dilemmas regarding which camera is better for you.
In this article, we focus our attention on two of Nikon’s semi-pro DSLR cameras: The Nikon D7500 vs D7200. We examine them in detail; revealing their common features, strengths, weaknesses and other information you will need.
It is our belief and expectation that in the end, you’ll come to a fitting decision.
If you don’t have much time to go through the entire article, the next section will give you a bird’s-eye view of both cameras.
Comparison Overview – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
The 2nd of March 2015 saw Nikon announcing the Nikon D7200 as a semi-pro DSLR camera that succeeded the D7100. It came with certain improvements to its predecessor.
However on the 12th of April 2017, after 2 years and 1 month, Nikon announced the D7200’s successor by model name: The Nikon D7500.
Unlike other cameras in the series before it, the D7500 is made of a plastic monocoque body. Other cameras including the D7200 have a magnesium alloy body.
It seems Nikon decided to make a camera that feels sturdy, but light at the same time. Minor physical changes to the body of the D7500 are noticeable when compared to the D7200.
The D7500 tends to act as a bridge between its series and higher-end cameras like the Nikon D500. The D7500, therefore, has certain features that are pretty high end.
Despite this, certain features are present in the D7200 that are absent in the D7500. The absence of these features, makes the D7500 look like a downgrade instead of an upgrade; which isn’t the case.
Examing both cameras, one would discover that the Nikon D7200 has a higher sensor resolution than its successor. It can also shoot for a longer period thanks to its better battery.
The fact that the Nikon D7500 has just a single storage card slot was a major disappointment for many. Since the D7200 already had dual storage card slots, many expected the D7500 to have the same.
The Nikon D7500 has major upgrades on its screen features. It only falls short to its predecessor in terms of its screen resolution in this area.
Another area wherein the D7500 trumps the Nikon D7200 is when their video recording performances are compared.
Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
In terms of price, the Nikon D7200 is cheaper than the D7500. So you get to save a couple of bucks if you opt for the D7200 instead of the D7500.
Many would say that the Nikon D7500 does not offer much value than the Nikon D7200. However, when both cameras are closely inspected, they seem to be even.
There are areas where the D7500 seems to be lacking, whereas the D7200 excels in, and vice versa.
Comparison Table – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
|Nikon D7500||Nikon D7200|
|Dimensions||136 x 104 x 73 mm||136 x 107 x 76 mm|
|Body Material||Plastic monocoque body||Partial magnesium alloy frame, plastic|
|Megapixel||20.9 MP||24 MP|
|Screen Resolution||922,000 dots||1,229,000k dots|
|Shooting Speed (Burst Mode)||8.0 fps||6.0 fps|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 5||EXPEED 4|
|ISO||100 – 51,200 (102,400 expanded)||100 – 25,600 (1,640,000 expanded)|
|Storage||Single SD card slot||Dual SD card slot|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Battery Life||950 shots||1110 shots|
Check out the video below for a comparison between D7500 vs D7200.
What is Each Best For? – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
|Nikon D7500||Nikon D7200|
| Shooting in burst mode has never been better. The D7500 offers you the amazing opportunity to shoot continuously for a longer time than most cameras offer. |
It has an incredible buffer capacity and an impressive shooting speed.
This camera is designed to help you capture the moment no matter how fast they might be moving.
Wildlife photography and sports event photography would benefit greatly using the Nikon D7500.
| The Nikon D7200 is more preferred for portrait photography than the D7500. |
Both cameras are awesome for portrait photography; however, the higher megapixel gives the D7200 the edge.
|Street photography is best enjoyed with the Nikon D7500 as its articulating screen gives it more flexibility. This feature enables you to capture nearly impossible angles that a fixed screen won’t permit you to capture.||The megapixel of the Nikon D7200 still gives it a slight edge over its successor in capturing landscapes. The detailed functions of the D7200 allow you to capture more details than you would if you used the D7500.|
| The Nikon D7500 does better for indoor photography. Its illumination is better than its predecessor. |
When connected to an SB-5000 flash system, you can easily illuminate a very dim room with the use of extra flashes.
|Notable for its better battery life than the D7500, the Nikon D7200 allows you to shoot longer without a constant need to recharge your battery. This serves well if you spend extended time shooting.|
|To engage in daily photography, one of the necessities would be a light-weight camera. In terms of weight, the D7500 is lighter than the D7200. This makes it more suitable for daily photography.||The Nikon D7200 doesn’t perform as well as the Nikon D7500.|
Similar Features – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
These cameras in focus possess certain characteristics that make them pretty similar. In this section, we look at the similarities between both cameras before examining their peculiarities.
A major similarity that is easily recognizable when it comes to the Nikon D7500 and the D7200 is the sensor of both cameras.
It is safe to say that the role and function of a sensor in a camera is a necessity. The sensor is the part of the camera that allows light to enter into the camera so that an image can be formed.
The type of sensor possessed by a camera determines the amount of light that gets into the camera. In most cases, a larger sensor would give a camera the edge over those with smaller sensors.
The twist, however, is that a sensor’s sensitivity can greatly determine how much light enters irrespective of the size.
For the Nikon D7500 and D7200, the sensor format used by both cameras is the APS-C.
When compared to other sensor formats such as the APS-H, four thirds, full-frame, etc, the APS-C is the most commonly used in DSLRs cameras (Especially for semi-professional and consumer DSLRs).
A sizable screen display affords you the option of viewing your images more clearly. Both cameras have a 3.2 inches screen size display.
The viewfinder is located at the rear of a camera and enables the photographer to see what he/she intends to capture as it looks. The viewfinder gives you better control while framing your shots.
The Nikon D7500 and D7200 are fitted with an optical viewfinder. The other option would be a digital viewfinder but it has been discovered that it consumes a lot of power which ultimately affects your battery life. The optical viewfinder, on the other hand, does not consume power.
Apart from having an optical viewfinder, these viewfinders are made from a pentaprism material. It is highly advantageous over the pentamirror. This is because the pentaprism allows more light to enter into the camera than the pentamirror.
Both cameras are capable of providing 100% coverage. This is important as it allows you to better frame your shots.
Despite the similarities, the only minor difference between both cameras as regards the viewfinder is the magnification. The D7500 has a viewfinder magnification of 0.94x while the D7200 has a value of 0.91x.
Lens Mount and Lens
The Nikon D7500 and D7200 are cameras that use interchangeable lenses. These lenses are mounted on the Nikon F mount.
Apart from having the same lens mount, they also share the same number and type of lenses available for their use. There are about 302 lenses that the D7500 and D7200 can use interchangeably. That means these lenses will work on either camera.
One of the native lenses we highly recommend for most enthusiast photographers is the Nikon 70-300 mm f/4-5.6G Zoom Lens with Auto Focus. This lens can capture images from as far away as 300mm.
Due to the sad fact that none of these cameras possess in-built image stabilization, you’ll need to get lenses to correct this. 88 optical stabilization lenses are available for both cameras and are readily compatible with Nikon F mount.
There are always situations whereby you find yourself in an environment that isn’t well illuminated. A ready-to-go solution would be to have a flash that will supply the light you desperately need.
The Nikon D7500 and Nikon D7200 are equipped with a built-in flash that enables you to take shots in a low-light environment. It illuminates the object you intend capturing.
A built-in flash also eliminates the constant need to always go about with an external flash. Besides, the use of an external flash would no doubt add to the weight of your camera.
As much as an external flash feels burdensome, in most cases it is inevitable. However, to connect an external flash to your camera, your camera must possess a hot shoe.
A hot shoe is a mounting platform at the top of your camera that allows you to mount and attach an external flash to your camera.
The hot shoe is not only an attachment point for an external flash but is also used for other accessories. This includes accessories such as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders, etc.
A camera without a hot shoe is incapable of benefitting from the advantages these external accessories bring. The D7500 and the D7200 aren’t one of such cameras that miss out on these benefits since they possess the hot shoe feature.
Learn 5 ways to make use of the hot shoe feature in the video below.
Supports RAW Format
An image can be in a JPEG format or a RAW format. The former is the more common format in which images are taken in and stored.
All cameras are JPEG supported while some support the RAW and JPEG format. This is because even though the RAW images are of better quality than the JPEG; they take up more storage space.
The RAW format is also an unprocessed or unedited image which makes it easier to edit than a JPEG. The unprocessed nature of the RAW image is the reason it is of better quality and details than the JPEG.
The D7500 and D7200 both support the RAW format and can take photos or make videos as well as store them in the RAW format. They can also take photos and videos as well as storing them in JPEG format.
The Nikon D7500 and D7200 are both fitted with a microphone jack. The microphone jack enables you to connect an external microphone to your camera which is useful for audio recording.
If you think of getting an external microphone, allow us to recommend the Movo VXR10 Universal Video Microphone.
The headphone jack allows you to connect a headphone to your camera which allows you to monitor your audio and video recording. Both cameras have this feature.
We live in a world where connecting with others is so important. We desire to constantly share photos and videos with family, friends and the world in general. Sharing them on the go has been easier thanks to our smartphones that can easily upload our pictures and videos to social media platforms.
The D7500 and D7200 can share your photos and videos thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi feature. Plus, they capture better images than your smartphone.
Also, this feature allows you to connect wirelessly to any other device that the camera supports.
The remote controlling feature allows you to control your camera’s functions and features through a wireless remote. In the case of the D7500 and D7200, the remote control feature is possible via a compatible smartphone. Yep, you can operate your camera with your smartphone. Now that’s awesome as it provides convenience to the user.
The Nikon D7500 and D7200 both have the HDMI port feature. This allows you to connect your camera to a larger screen like the Neewer F100 7-inch Screen for better viewing and editing.
They also share the same HDMI port as both cameras sport a C mini-HDMI port.
The amazing thing is that the image transmitted via the HDMI out is uncompressed and pure in quality.
Watch the video below to find out the peculiarities of both cameras
Unique Features – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
As we stated earlier, certain features were added to the D7500 which the D7200 lacked. And there were those that the D7200 had that weren’t included in the D7500.
In this section, we discuss those unique features and their functions.
Unique Features – Nikon D7500
All cameras in the D7XXX series were fitted with fixed display screens until the Nikon D7500 came into the scene. The articulating screen of the D7500 gives it an advantage over the D7200 for better display and monitoring of certain image angles. Plus it just spices things up.
An articulating screen grants you the possibility of turning or rotating your screen towards an angle of your choice. This enables you to shoot images with greater flexibility than you would normally achieve with a fixed screen.
Also, you can make the screen to face you. This allows you to take selfies or even make personal videos of yourself. A vlogger would greatly appreciate this feature which the D7500 conveniently provides.
Having a touch-screen camera means you can easily interface with your camera just the same way you do with your smart-phone.
This feature also makes operating your camera much easier than having to use buttons to control your cameras’ functions. The Nikon D7500 has this feature and we are glad it does.
The Nikon D7500 supports the Nikon radio-controller.
The radio-controller allows you to control your camera’s functions remotely. Either the WRR10 or WRRA-10 radio controllers can be connected to the camera’s side port.
SB-5000 Flash System
The D7500 also supports the SB-5000 flash system which allows you to illuminate your environment without being connected to the camera. You can place up to 6 flashes at strategic places in a room up to a distance of 98 feet from where your camera is.
The Nikon D7500 has a built-in Bluetooth feature that allows it to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices. This is good for connectivity and sharing. This feature is enhanced with Nikon’s SnapBridge technology.
The SnapBridge lets your camera connect to other Bluetooth devices at low energy that allows a connection that is always on. It reduces energy consumption whilst Bluetooth is enabled and connected.
Group AF Focusing Mode
This feature allows the Nikon D7500 focus intently and captures objects that move in an erratic motion. A good example of such motions can be found in the movement patterns of a flying bird.
It is interesting to note that this feature isn’t common with DSLR cameras within the range of the cameras in our discussion. It is a feature that is seen in higher-end cameras.
The Nikon D7500 comes with the Autofocus micro-adjustment feature also known as fine-tuning.
With this feature, you can easily alter your camera’s lens to enable you to achieve precise focus while in live view mode.
This feature just like the one above is usually found in cameras that are ranked higher than the D7500 and D7200 cameras.
Shoots 4K Video
The Nikon D7500 can shoot 4K videos and can capture a video of 16:9, 1920 x 1080 with a full-frame width. You can even capture a video from a section of the sensor that has been cropped by 1.3x at 1080p.
Making use of the central rectangle as its only recording area, the Nikon D7500 has a 1.3x crop area while shooting HD as well as Full HD. This gives your video a very high resolution.
This, however, isn’t good enough when taking angles that are wider than that your normal lens can account for. This is corrected by making use of a lens with ultra-wide angles. We recommend using an 11mm lens.
Unique Features – Nikon D7200
NFC (Near Field Communication)
The near field communication is a technology that enables your camera to connect and pair wirelessly with other compatible devices. This feature mostly works in connection with Wi-Fi; which the D7200 has as mentioned above.
The NFC feature is one you would greatly enjoy while using the D7200 if you share images and videos a lot.
The Nikon D7200 supports a battery grip that is usually attached to the camera. This is used to hold a secondary battery as a backup for the main battery. It also allows for better handling of the camera during shots.
The D7200 uses the MB-D15 as its battery grip while the D7500 lacks it altogether.
Unique Pros – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
This section deals with the advantages these cameras have other the other.
Unique Pros of Nikon D7500 – Nikon ND7500 vs D7200
The ISO of a camera is the measure of the sensor’s sensitivity. Remember we said earlier that your sensor’s sensitivity could ultimately affect the amount of light your sensor receives despite the size. Sensitivity to light is the sensor’s ability to capture light towards itself.
The higher the ISO range, the higher it is for your sensor to easily allow the passage of light into the camera. Therefore, a camera with a higher ISO would have brighter images than those with a lower ISO. Apart from having brighter images, a higher ISO means your camera function well in areas with low-light conditions.
To this end, the D7500 outdid the Nikon D7200. Although both cameras begin at ISO base level of 100 as most DSLR cameras do, the D7500 doubles the maximum ISO range of the D7200.
The D7200 has a maximum ISO of 25,600 which is pretty impressive; the D7500 doubles it with a value of 51,200. This already amazing ISO can still be expanded to about 1,640,000 which is quite a huge ISO value. The D7200 can also be expanded to a maximum ISO of 1,024,000.
Want to know more about ISOs? Watch the video below.
Better Low Light ISO
A better or higher low-light ISO determines your camera’s performance and effectiveness in low-light conditions. In-door events benefit from a higher ISO performance.
If you are frequently capturing moments in-doors where there is little to no sunlight exposure, choose a camera with a high ISO performance.
The Nikon D7500 is such a camera with a Low light ISO of 1483. It should be noted that when compared to other cameras higher in range, the D7200 pales greatly in comparison.
Bigger RAW Buffer
The buffer of a camera is the temporary location where images are stored before being moved permanently to the camera’s memory.
The buffer comes into play during continuous shooting or burst mode and determines how long you can keep shooting. Your shooting in burst mode will continue as long as your buffer isn’t full; once it is, shooting stops. So, a bigger buffer means you have more space to store your images as you keep shooting.
A bigger buffer is what the Nikon D7500 offers over the D7200. The D7500 boasts a remarkable buffer capacity that holds 50 RAW image shots for 14-bit losslessly. While the D7200 has a capacity of just 18 RAW image shots for 14-bit losslessly.
This vast difference would make quite a good number of people opt for the D7500 right away: Especially for those who shoot mostly in burst mode.
Faster Shooting Speed
Another feature that makes continuous shooting an awesome delight is your shooting speed. The more flaps per second (fps) a camera has is an indication of how fast your camera can take pictures in burst mode.
The D7500 has a shooting speed of 8 fps while the D7200 has 6 fps: That gives the D7500 an additional 2 fps than the D7200. This makes the D7500 faster in capturing shots than the D7200 would in burst mode.
Newer Image Processor
If you wonder why the D7500 can shoot continuously at 2 fps more than the D7200; allow us to answer that question. The answer is simply found in the fact that the Nikon D7500 comes with the newer EXPEED 5 image processor. This processor is better than the EXPEED 4 processor which is found in the D7200.
Apart from enabling the D7500 with additional speed while shooting continuously, it also allows the camera to shoot a 4k video. Generally, this processor makes the camera faster in its response rate and all-round processing.
A camera doesn’t need to be so heavy as to prevent one from easily carrying it around. That’s why most folks prefer a lighter camera as one of the major criteria for choosing a camera.
Though both the Nikon D7500 and D7200 are considered somewhat heavy, the D7500 is 35g lighter than the D7200.
This lighter weight of the D7500 can be attributed to its plastic body. The D7200, on the other hand, is made of magnesium alloy with a bit of plastic. Though some people feel this makes the D7500 look more like an amateur camera than a semi-pro camera.
The weight of these cameras may still vary depending on your choice of the lens as well as the use of other accessories.
Higher Video Resolution
Video resolution is important to the outcome of your video’s quality: It gives you better-detailed images and focus.
Though both cameras in comparison are capable of shooting videos, the Nikon D7500 once again has the advantage here. It has a video resolution of 3840 x 2160 which is amazing.
Unique Pros of Nikon D7200 – Nikon ND7500 vs D7200
Higher Resolution (Megapixel)
Despite being manufactured after the Nikon D7200, the D7500 has a megapixel of 20.9. This value is a far cry from the megapixel value of the D7200 that is pegged at 24 megapixels. This places the D7200 with about 14% more megapixels.
Some might argue as to how noticeable these values might be when it comes to real-world shots. However, we would generally prefer a camera with a 24 megapixel over one with just 20.9 any day. The details of both cameras’ images cannot be the same. (Note that megapixel alone does not determine the overall quality of a camera’s image).
Higher Screen Resolution
When it comes to screen resolutions, the D7200 also does better than the Nikon D7500. Though both cameras have a similar screen size of 3.2 inches, the D7200 has a higher screen resolution.
The Nikon D7200 has a screen resolution of 1,299,000 dots as compared to the 922,000 dots of the D7500. So you get 33% more screen resolution when you choose the D7200 over the D7500.
Double Storage Card Slots
The D7200 comes fully equipped with double storage card slots. This allows you to use 2 SD cards to serve as your storage as it doesn’t possess internal memory. This is twice that of the Nikon D7500 which has just one slot.
A dual card is also important in cases whereby there is a memory card failure. The user can easily switch to the other remaining card to store his/her images.
Better Battery Life
The importance of a long-lasting battery guarantees that the camera won’t give up on you while you’re shooting.
The Nikon D7200 gives you a better and extended battery life than the D7500. It is capable of taking 1110 shots after a single charge. The D7500 reduces that by 160 shots; with a battery life of just 950 shots.
The price of a camera is an important factor that determines if we get a camera or not. In most cases, once the price is above our budget we back out.
When compared with the D7500, the Nikon D7200 is cheaper by about 15% in most cases. Placing a monetary value to that, you would get over $100 saved if you get the D7200 instead of the Nikon D7500.
You could easily use that to get other necessary accessories such as lenses that might even level the playing field.
Note: Prices are not constant. Hence, there might be a difference in real-market prices.
The Nikon D7200 has a dynamic range value of 14.6 whereas the D7500 has a value of 14.0. The difference between both cameras’ dynamic range is negligible. But as we have come to know over time, that those values do account for something.
The next video is about the Nikon D7200’s dynamic range.
Just like the dynamic range which we just discussed above, the difference between both cameras as regards color depth is also negligible. The Nikon D7200 has a color depth of 24.5 while the D7500 has a color depth value of 24.3. Still, this gives the D7200 more color accuracy in its images as when compared to the D7200.
Unique Cons – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
Unique Cons of Nikon D7500 – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
i. Single Storage Card Slot
Unique Cons of Nikon D7200 – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
i. Absence of touch-screen
ii. No articulating screen.
Common Pros – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
|Nikon D7500||Nikon D7200|
|Great AutoFocus|| The autofocus function allows the camera to easily place additional emphasis on the image. |
The Nikon D7500 comes with 51 focus points. This allows for greater focus while taking shots.
It also has 15 cross-type focus points. This variation enables you to achieve accuracy to a higher degree during autofocus.
|Same as Nikon D7500|
|Environmental Sealing||Lets you shoot despite harsh environmental conditions.||Same as Nikon D7500|
|Time-Lapse Supported|| The time-lapse function is used to make a video from several pictures of an object that has been taken over some time. This brings out the creativity of photographers. |
The Nikon D7500 has this creative feature.
|Same as Nikon D7500|
|Impressive Shutter Rate||The Nikon D7500 has a shutter cycle of 150,000. This determines the shutter’s expectancy.||Same as Nikon D7500|
|AE Bracketing||This feature comes in handy when you are shooting a condition with non-conducive lighting as well as in HDR.||Same as Nikon D7500|
|Face Detection Focus||The Nikon D7500 comes with the face detection focus function. This function is useful for taking portraits as it allows you to place more emphasis on the face of the person(s) in your shot. The facial expressions become more detailed due to this function.||Same as Nikon D7500|
|Top LCD Display||You can easily check the settings of your camera by viewing the LCD screen found on the top of the camera||Same as Nikon D7500|
Common Cons – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
|Nikon D7500||Nikon D7200|
|Built-in Image Stabilization|| The D7500 does not have an in-built image stabilization that prevents an image from getting blurred during a shot. |
This can be easily corrected by purchasing any of the available 88 optical stabilization lenses available for this camera.
The D7500, however, has a digital stabilization that allows your videos to appear smooth without the jitters mostly seen during video capture.
|Same as the Nikon D7500 with the exception that the D7200 does not possess digital stabilization.|
|No Built-in GPS|| A built-in GPS allows easy geotagging of photos and videos at the precise location where it was shot. |
The Nikon D7500 does not have this feature.
In spite of this, the D7500 still has GPS support and can be connected to several GPS units.
|Same as Nikon D7500|
|No Panorama||The Nikon D7500 is unable to bring different pictures together to make a panoramic photo||Same as Nikon D7500|
|No Slow Motion Video|| One would expect that the Nikon D7500 would have a slow-motion feature coupled with its impressive video functions. |
This, however, is not the case as it is incapable of shooting in slow motion.
|Same as Nikon D7500|
General Feelings among Users – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
| The single storage card slot was a major let down for a lot of users. They wondered why the D7200 which was seemingly replaced by the D7500 had a dual-slot while the successor does not. |
Still comparing it with its predecessor, some felt the Nikon company did this intentionally for marketing purposes.
|The Nikon D7200 has dual storage card slots and is one major feature that users are pleased with. Certain users even opt for the D7200 over the Nikon D7500 just because of this feature.|
| We discovered that another issue some users had with the D7500 is the lack of a battery grip. |
They felt this allowed for better handling as well as back up for the battery that also downgraded compared to its predecessor.
|Despite sporting an already impressive camera with long-lasting battery life, users were pleased with the presence of a battery grip. They praised the D7200 for this feature as it gives better handling of the camera as well.|
Final Thoughts – Nikon D7500 vs D7200
|Nikon D7500||Nikon D7200|
| The features of the Nikon D7500 certainly benefit anyone involved in continuous shooting as well as at events (particularly indoors). The faster processor gives better performance in a lot of areas. |
The D7500 is highly recommended as it closes the gap on certain features only found in higher-end DSLR cameras.
| The D7200 is no pushover when it comes to being ranked with other semi-pro DSLR cameras. Its reliable nature makes it an amazing camera for anyone involved photography that requires detailed images. |
The D7200 is highly recommended due to its rugged and sturdy nature which most enthusiast photographers appreciate.