Nikon D7500 APS-C DSLR Announced

Nikon D7500 Announced

Nikon has announces its new mid-range APS-C the D7500 DSLR. The new camera inherits some features from Nikon’s flagship APS-C DSLR the D500. It uses the same 20.9MP APS-C sensor, Expeed 5 processor and 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor, and is capable of 4K video capture.

The D7500 looks very similar to the D7200 although it’s a bit lighter, and the grip has been deepened. Nikon also says that weather-sealing has been improved. While the LCD remains at 3.2″ in size, it’s now tilting and touch-enabled. Unlike the D7200 the new D7500 has only one SD slot which does not support UHS-II media, unlike on the D500. The D7500 includes a new battery, known as the EN-EL15a, but battery life is about 15% lower than on the D7200, at 950 shots per charge.

The new camera uses the same sensor, image processor and metering system as the D500. The sensor and image processor have allowed the ISO range to be increased by a full stop compared to the D7200, with a native range of 100-51200, which expands to 50-1.64 million. The autofocus module is the same as the D7200, meaning that it has 51 points, 15 of which are cross-type, with the center point sensitive down to -3EV, but now with input from the 90-times higher-res 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor. That means credible face detect AF even in OVF shooting (in Auto area mode), and remarkably precise subject tracking to maintain focus on subjects that move around the frame. For lenses that need micro-adjustment, you can now do that quickly in live view using ‘Auto AF Fine Tune’.

Burst shooting has been improved, with a top rate of 8 fps (up from 6 fps). The buffer is much deeper, as well, with the D7500 able to take up to 50 14-bit uncompressed Raws in a single burst, rather than 18. Speaking of which, the D7500 has gained the ability to batch process Raw images – handy for when you want to send a bunch of them to your smartphone.

As with the D500, the D7500 can capture UHD 4K video at a bit rate of 144Mbps, albeit with a 1.5x crop . If users drop down to 1080p they gain 3-axis digital IS and Active D-Lighting, and also lose the crop factor. Power Aperture has been added, allowing for more precise control over exposure. Other video-related feature include 4K output over HDMI, a flat picture profile (similar to log gamma), zebra pattern and Auto ISO. As you’d expect, the D7500 has both microphone and headphone jacks.

The D7500 has Nikon’s ‘SnapBridge’ wireless system, that uses Bluetooth for both remote capture and keeping a constant connection plus Wi-Fi for large file transfer. NFC, which was found on the D7200, has been dropped.

April 2017

Definitive Panasonic GH5 Review

Panasonic Lumix GH5:

As good a combined video / still camera you can find

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Dpreview has published its full, highly detailed Panasonic Lumix GH5 review and here’s their conclusion:

From Dpreview

“Panasonic’s GH cameras have consistently been at the vanguard of convergence between the still and video worlds, and the GH5 arguably represents the biggest single leap in the history of the series. It adds features typically associated with more expensive, pro video equipment, though Panasonic is quick to remind you that it’s a still camera too.

The importance of internal 4:2:2 color and 10-bit video cannot be overstated, and has an impact on what you can do with footage in post processing. The addition of 4K/60p video also makes it possible to insert slow motion 4K into a project without sacrificing resolution.

Panasonic has also provided the tools needed to leverage the camera’s advanced features, including waveform, vectorscope, Log gamma, and built-in LUT display. Log gamma is becoming more common on cameras, but less so the ability to apply a LUT in-camera. Uploading custom LUTs is unique to the GH5 in this class.

If you’re primarily a stills shooter, the GH5 would make a fine choice if you’re looking at the Four Thirds ecosystem, but there are arguably better options out there for the money. That said, the tweaks to the JPEG engine and the 9fps burst shooting with reliable autofocus make the GH5 an excellent all-around proposition for hybrid video and stills photographers.

If you’re serious about video, it’s hard to go wrong. This camera can probably deliver the goods unless you have very specialized needs, and if you’re just learning, it’s a camera you can grow with. But what if you’re already a GH4 user? Think of it like this: the GH5 isn’t just a camera that does everything your current camera can do, plus a bunch of other things. This is a camera that does everything your current camera can do, but better (often by a wide margin)… plus a bunch of other things. So yes, it’s probably worth it”.

Pros  Cons
  • New 20MP sensor gives increase in resolution without increase in noise
  • Highly impressive video specifications (4:2:2 10-bit color, 4K/60p)
  • Full sensor 4K capture with oversampling gives great detail
  • Big, high resolution viewfinder
  • Waveform and vectorscope displays
  • Optional Log gamma profile for video
  • Built-in LUT display when shooting Log
  • Auto ISO added for manual movie shooting
  • Improved AF performance and customizability
  • Improved temporal noise in video
  • JPEG color improved
  • Dual UHS-II card slots, support for faster V60 cards in the future
  • Solid, weather-sealed build
  • AF joystick
  • Improved menus
  • New 6K Photo mode, alongside existing 4K Photo and Post Focus modes
  • Wi-Fi with Bluetooth LE
  • Settings can be saved to card
  • Same battery as GH4
  • On the larger end of the Micro Four Thirds spectrum
  • JPEG sharpening improved over GH4, but still has room for improvement
  • Viewfinder resolution drops noticeably during high speed bursts
  • Necessity for AF tracking to be ‘cancelled’ gets in the way of shooting
  • Autofocus in video can exhibit focus hunting
  • Slight decrease in video quality when shooting high frame rates (180fps)
  • Battery life decrease