HIGH PERFORMANCE: Nikon's D7500 is quick enough to capture the fastest surfing action.
HIGH PERFORMANCE: Nikon's D7500 is quick enough to capture the fastest surfing action. Mark Furler

Nikon’s new DSLR quick on captures

WITH stunning low light capability, super quick and reliable focus, 4K video, and a high resolution, tilting touch screen, there's a lot to love about Nikon's newest DX-format DSLR.

The D7500 is based on the DNA of the D500 with the same high performance EXPEED 5 image processing engine.

It features an updated 20.9 megapixel CMOS sensor which delivers on promises of superior definition.

We put the D7500 to the test shooting fishing and scenery under the moonlight, surf action in the middle of the day, and stark contrast lighting on a cruise ship during a brief holiday.

Some of the shots reproduced on the beach late in the day didn't quite match colour expectations but changes to settings soon fixed that.

For those still learning their photography, there are a range of settings to ensure the best picture is captured.

Scenes, for example, is a great way to produce quick settings for things like a sunset or dawn shoot, a portrait, night portrait, or landscape photo.

What was particularly noticeable was how much light the lens sucked in during night shoots - far more than the naked eye could see at times.

The new Nikon DX-format sensor has a native ISO range of 100 to 512001. The range of supported ISO sensitivities can be extended to Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) and up to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent).

It's highly precise 51-point Autofocus (AF) and Auto Exposure (AE) was very evident during the surf shoot - as was the speed of the camera.

The camera offers high-speed continuous capture of up to approximately 50 shots with each burst of approximately 8 frames-per-second.

The D7500 has a 180K-pixel RGB sensor (also found in the D500) which supports an Advanced Scene Recognition System for improved face detection performance for auto-area AF and enhanced subject acquisition performance for group-area AF and 3D tracking.

The camera, which came with a very versatile 18-140 lens, is light, compact and would prove ideal for travel photography.

In the video department, the D7500 supports 4K UHD video in 2160/30p format for both regular and time-lapse formats.

You can also simultaneously record files on external HDMI-compatible devices as uncompressed data, as well as the DSLR's own memory card.

Sharing and viewing of videos on smart devices is also made easier with the option to write files in MP4 format and AAC recording.

One downside of the D7500 is there is only one SD card slot.

The new touch-operated, slim-tilting monitor is certainly a big improvement on previous models in the 7000 series.

Using the touch screen, you can change settings, scroll through images and control autofocus during shooting.

As expected, the camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and support for Snapbridge which allows you to quickly send your best shots to your smart phone or tablet to share on social media.

There's also support for remote shooting, as well as automatic uploads and cloud storage.

Pricing starts around $1800 online.

News Corp Australia

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