I've been using a d7200 now for about three years. It does very well for my needs. I am, however, ready to upgrade. BUT, what I want is a genuine upgrade. That is to say, a new camera that gives me more than what I currently have and without giving up any of what I currently have. I know the d7500 has some better features but it undermines that with lower pixel resolution. Better resolution that the d7200 would be the most attractive upgrade, to me, but not at the cost of having to invest in all new lenses. I don't suppose anyone from Nikon is listening?
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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:38 PM
24 MP on DX is close to the limit for lots of lenses, anything higher would become diffraction-limited before hitting the optimal aperture for maximum contrast and sharpness. The flagship DX camera (D500) has acknowledged that with a 20 MP sensor that has enough pixel quality that you can actually make larger prints than from the D7200. The same sensor, but with a slower processor and smaller buffer is in the D7500.
Posted 05 June 2019 - 01:15 PM
I agree...the only DX-level upgrade would be the D500 at this time. I have one along with my D4 and it is quite capable. Other than the D500, you would want to look at FX bodies as your upgrade path. If you have mostly or entirely DX lenses, you will want to consider the cost of replacing them to get your best functionality out of an FX body.
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Posted Today, 10:58 PM
What do you shoot where you need more than 24 MP from a DX sensor? The MP race has been stupid since about 2007 as 10-12 MP is enough to print mural-sized.
The D500 produces significantly cleaner files than the D7200, making larger prints possible even if the resolution is lower.
The D7500 is dumbed-down to be a modern equivalent to the D90, now that the D7xxx series is no longer the flagship DX body.
The D500/D7500 sensor actually has a smaller pixel pitch than the D850.
Remember that a sensor resolution that is higher than the optical resolution will make for less perceived sharpness, not more, as empty resolution will make contours fuzzy.