I've said many times that if the D5500/D5600 had a decent viewfinder, that's the camera that I would buy. Apparently, Nikon thinks somewhat along the same lines at me. The D7500 is exactly that, a more advanced D5600 with a good viewfinder. Ironically it was launched only hours after I ordered my third m4/3 body, the G85.
The sensor in the D7500 is the best there is of course, the same as in the D500. What's interesting though is how they've downgraded it compared to the D7200:
- Only one SD-slot
- No vertical grip option
- Lower resolution LCD
But apart from that, it's mostly good news. Tilting LCD is exactly what I would have wished for (although I would have wished for a fully articulated one more) and 4K video is great. The improved sensor has been mentioned, and it can shoot 50 uncompressed RAW files during an 8fps burst. Unfortunately, Nikon hasn't included peaking. I don't know what it is with Nikon (and Canon) and peaking, but it's a serious omission for a camera that shoots high resolution video, and would be helpful for stills too with any manual focus lens using live view.
I won't cancel the G85, but at the least 1.5 stops of better high ISO and a much better auto ISO implementation for sure is tempting. On the other hand, the availability of price worthy f/1.2 and f/0.95 lenses plus dual IS halfway compensates for the high ISO noise on the Panasonic. I might buy one anyway... later. Sometimes I simply want an OVF and for action and sports, there's no competition. The Nikons run circles around any mirrorless at the racing circuits. Until then, I have the D300 and D2Xs and they still work very well