NIKON D7500

Focus-Science and Technology - - INNOVATIONS -

The D7500 nails pic­ture qual­ity. Al­though there’s not a lot be­tween the two DSLRs, the Nikon’s out­put looked cleaner and more de­tailed than the Canon’s. In­doors on a bright day, the cam­era cap­tured the sub­tleties of dap­pled light and soft shad­ows, de­spite the over­all bright­ness of the set­ting. Out­side, pointed at the cloudy Mendips, the cam­era man­aged the best job of cap­tur­ing the nu­ances of the rolling hills and un­du­lat­ing shad­ows.

The D7500’s aut­o­fo­cus feels slower than the 80D, dou­bly so if you try to shoot video. In fact, if you want to record a lot, then you might want to look else­where. But if you do stick to the cam­era’s viewfinder, the aut­o­fo­cus works bril­liantly once it’s locked on to its tar­get. The cam­era’s 3D track­ing shifts the lens’s fo­cus as your sub­ject moves through the frame, mak­ing it per­fect for a spot of bird­watch­ing. It’s par­tic­u­larly good in low­light sit­u­a­tions where other cam­eras might strug­gle.

While shoot­ing through the viewfinder, the elec­tronic dis­play presents all of your cam­era set­tings. It’s all so neatly set out that we ended up us­ing the touch­screen more than the phys­i­cal but­tons for once. Un­for­tu­nately, the screen isn’t fully ar­tic­u­lated like the Canon’s. The Nikon can film in 4K, though it shrinks the frame in or­der to save the film to the mem­ory card, which is a slight is­sue if you’re a fan of the wide-an­gle shots you get from some­thing like a GoPro.

£1,379, nikon.com Pic­ture qual­ity 9 Per­for­mance 9 Fea­tures and build 8 Value 9 Over­all 9

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