Top positive review
5 February 2018
On first impressions it is a huge step up from my D90 which occupied a similar position in Nikon's range at the time of purchase. Aside from the obvious increase in pixels, the biggest differences are in focusing and sensitivity.
Focusing is incredibly fast and accurate in all light conditions with the new focus modes all appearing to work very well. I generally use single point focusing but have experimented with the other modes and will definitely be making more use of them in the future. 3D focus tracking is especially interesting as it can track a moving object across the frame which would be great for wildlife or sports photography.
The massively extended ISO range also gives access to a greater range of shutter speeds, I have moved my ISO limit (the max ISO I will normally use with an acceptable level of noise) up from 1600 on the D90 to 25600 on the D7500. Those 4 stops would cost me an awful lot in wide aperture lenses so are a real gift in low light. Beyond 25600 the grain becomes significant but you can still get usable images at 51200.
The camera feels perfectly balanced and the button layout is slightly tweaked from the D90 to put the most used ones closer to hand. The new control dial allows control of shooting mode (including two user defined modes) and selection of single, continuous or timer functions. The continuous modes are very fast (up to 8 FPS) which I have not experienced on a camera in this class before and opens up some new opportunities.
There is an articulated touchscreen which is nice and bright and allows for low level shooting with live-view but this is not something I expect to use often - it has full HD video capability for those that will use it and I expect the screen comes into its own there.
Overall, I can't wait to get more use out of this. Amazon was by far the cheapest place (for UK stock) to purchase and although it was out of stock when ordered the communication was good.