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