Nikon D200 Review

In what ways would you desire to make money off of your photography? Perhaps you might begin selling your photographs by uploading them to an internet gallery or publishing them in periodicals, calendars, or greeting card companies.

It is not in the least bit improbable. There are a lot of amateurs that do it, and they have some success. Some even make a career out of it and work full-time in the industry. You need to be able to take decent pictures, have a basic understanding of how the market works, and get the right sort of equipment.

Although selling images captured using a digital compact camera is feasible, you genuinely need a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR), preferably one with a sufficiently high resolution. This has been a bit of an issue until fairly recently; until recently, there weren’t many to pick from, and the available ones were priced beyond reach for many fans interested in moving to the next level.

The good news is that this circumstance is shifting, as costs are decreasing and requirements are increasing; in addition, certain manufacturers are now aggressively pursuing this market. One such firm is Nikon, which proclaims that its newly released D200 model is “the ideal camera for the semi-professional and freelancer” and that it will also be suitable for “professionals seeking a second camera to complement their Nikon D2X or D2HS.”

In theory, the D200 is intended to serve as a replacement for the D100, which was Nikon’s first digital SLR camera and was released in February 2002 – an eternity in digital photography. However, the D100 has not been a desirable option for consumers since then.


The D200, on the other hand, is a very different proposition. It is mainly derived from Nikon’s D2X and hence shares a significant amount of the style as well as many of the features of the flagship model. But, most significantly, it has a street price of 1,200 dollars and is still decreasing, making it very inexpensive for a digital single-lens reflex camera that can record 10.2 million pixels.

When you’re attempting to sell your photographs, you want as many pixels as you can get your hands on. However, in actual use, the difference between the D200’s 28.7Mb and the D2X’s 34.9Mb is not going to make a difference one way or the other. Therefore, many people thinking about becoming freelancers or even working professionals can choose to go with the D200 because it would save them over two thousand dollars.

There is, however, one significant reason why a professional could choose not to purchase an SLR camera from Nikon’s lineup. The Nikon D200 is not a full-frame digital single-lens reflex camera. In addition, because the lens has a magnification factor of 1.5x, the wide-angle coverage that may be captured is significantly restricted.

Those who routinely photograph subjects such as landscapes, groups, and buildings—things for which a wide field of view and dynamic perspective are essential—may discover that the lens magnification factor imposes limitations on their photography. However, individuals who focus on portraiture, still life, or sports may find that this presents less of a challenge or an opportunity.

Regarding the features, you genuinely have a wide variety of options. The D200 comes with more than enough features to satisfy the requirements of a serious photographer. It is necessary to have a precise metering system. This is one area in which the camera shines, thanks to the inclusion of Nikon’s highly respected 3D Color Matrix Metering II.

Additionally, there is the choice between a spot and a center-weighted exposure, in addition to a comprehensive exposure compensation system, bracketing, and an exposure lock.

You receive a typical range of exposure modes, but no subject-based modes are included because photographers experienced enough to purchase a D200 are unlikely to use such methods. The sensitivity may be adjusted from 100 to 1,600 ISO, and it can go as high as 3,200 ISO in H-1 mode. There is a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 seconds, and the flash sync, an essential component in some aspects of freelance photography, is 1/250 seconds.

The Nikon D200 also features a built-in flashgun with a guide number of 13. This flashgun is incredibly helpful when you want a little fill-in or don’t have a more powerful accessory gun with you and can get you out of a jam when you don’t have it with you. There is also a PC connector, which was sorely lacking on the D100. This socket enables the camera to be linked to studio flash equipment, a feature that the D100 did not have.

A wide variety of white balance features, including the natural selection of Kelvin values and several presets, allow for exact control over the colors in an image. In addition, various options fall under “optimization,” which enables the user to tailor the image’s color, tone, saturation, hue, and sharpness to their tastes.

A plethora of choices

In addition, there are many different focusing options available, such as the capability to choose any of the individual focus points offered by the 11-Area/7-Wide Area autofocus system and the ability to adjust how the camera selects the focusing point on its own automatically.

The Nikon D200 performs amazingly in terms of its capture speed, which is a significant factor in many aspects of photography. A respectable five frames per second may be recorded onto a CompactFlash card at a pace that allows acquiring up to 37 JPEGs or 22 RAW files.

It should go without saying that pictures may be saved in RAW format for the highest possible quality, in addition to several different JPEG compressions. The Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) RAW files are designed to be processed with Nikon’s Capture 4 software; however, this software is not included with the camera for whatever reason, most likely due to cost considerations.

There are so many features that it would be impossible to describe them all here; nonetheless, it is essential to highlight the 40 Custom Settings, wireless transmission and GPS compatibility, depth-of-field preview, and mirror lock-up functions.

Because it has so many capabilities, the camera naturally has many controls. The device has 11 buttons, two input dials, one multi-selection, five selector switches, and one mode dial. However, although this might easily make the D200 challenging due to confusion and complexity, that does not appear valid.

Everything appears to be where it should be, giving the impression that a group created this camera with a solid grasp of the operational requirements of more experienced photographers.

The controls that are used the most frequently, such as White Balance, ISO, Mode, and Exposure Compensation, are all conveniently located on the top of the camera. With some practice, modifying all these variables without taking one’s eye off the viewfinder is possible.

On the D200, several complex operations with other SLR cameras are a piece of cake. For instance, deleting photographs may be accomplished with just one finger or thumb; however, the same activity requires using both hands with specific cameras.

The 2.5-inch LCD, becoming increasingly common on high-end cameras, is a joy to work with. Because it has 230,000 pixels, the presented image is evident and detailed. In addition, because the viewing angle is 170 degrees, you do not have to be perpendicular to the camera to see the entire image. To determine whether or not a picture is crisp, you can zoom in on it to a factor of 25.


When you press the Menu button, all available menus will become visible. The writing, which is white on black and of a typeface that is simple and easy to read, is enormous. Because there are not infinite sub-menus for you to become disoriented in, you can explore the system by using the multi-selector control to the right of the LCD.

The broad top-plate information panel has a conventional appearance and displays information such as the shutter speed, aperture, mode, number of still available photos, and so on. The viewfinder is bright and crisp, showing 95% of the total picture area; hence, what you see is similar to what you receive in the final picture.

The magnesium-alloy core that serves as the foundation of the D200’s body ensures that the camera is incredibly sturdy without being unduly cumbersome. It is 240g lighter than the D2x, bringing the total weight down to 830g, making it more comfortable to carry around for extended periods. Because the body is hermetically sealed against moisture and dust, this camera is highly durable and can withstand active usage in various challenging conditions.

Everything looks promising on paper; nevertheless, how does the D200 perform in actual use? I said it was done wonderfully. You can throw anything at it, and it will easily handle it. Simply turning it on makes it ready to be used almost as soon as you do. The time required to start up is merely 0.15 seconds, and the lag time associated with the shutter is only 50 milliseconds.

No matter which of the four autofocus modes you choose, the process is quick and precise regardless of how the camera is set up. When the levels are deficient, the focus-assist light enables accurate focusing.

In the past, the 3D Matrix metering that Nikon used has left an impression on us, and with the D200, it did so again, demonstrating its value. Almost every photograph was usable right out of the camera. However, most might have benefited from minimal editing to bring out their full potential.

Once again, the White Balance system performed well, and we did not see any significant color casts even though our test images were taken in various lighting conditions.

The D200 possesses the same powerful processing engine as the D2X and an optical low pass filter, which helps to eliminate moiré patterning and color fringing. The results of these features are visible. The quality of the image is relatively high overall. When viewed at a regular degree of magnification, there is no discernible noise at ISO 100 or ISO 200. Even with an ISO setting of 400, the noise is hard to spot until you specifically search for it.

The photographs’ quality begins to suffer after the ISO is increased to 800, but they may be used without any problems. If you turn up the ISO to 1,600, you’ll see more noise, but the quality is still far higher than anything we’ve ever gotten from the film with an ISO of 1,600. However, the HR-1 ISO 3,200 level is not one that we would advocate using unless you want the increased speed.

The flaws and restrictions of a camera will frequently become apparent to you for the first time when you use it, and they will continue to frustrate you after that. However, if your initial thoughts about anything are positive, your appreciation for it will grow as you utilize it.

When I used a D200, everything worked out in this manner. There are no significant issues present. There are hardly any annoyances that need to be mentioned. The more we utilized it, the more in awe we were of its capabilities. Although it costs $1,200, a significant amount, you get a lot for the money, and if you want to make a living from photography, it might quickly pay for itself. Steve Bavister

Nikon D200 Specifications

Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor• 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
• DX format
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter
• 10.92 million total pixels
• 10.2 million effective pixels
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Image sizes• 3872 x 2592 [L]
• 2896 x 1944 [M]
• 1936 x 1296 [S]
File formats• NEF (12-bit RAW)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
File sizes (approx.)• RAW + JPEG Large/Fine: 20.7 MB
• RAW: 15.8 MB
• JPEG Large/Fine: 4.8 MB
• JPEG Large/Normal: 2.4 MB
• JPEG Large/Basic: 1.2 MB
• JPEG Medium/Fine: 2.7 MB
• JPEG Small/Fine: 1.2 MB
Color space• sRGB (2 modes)
• Adobe RGB
Lens mount• Nikon F mount
• 1.5x field of view crop
Usable lenses• AF Nikkor (including AF-S, DX, VR, and D-/G-type): All functions possible
• D-type Manual-Focus Nikkor: All functions except autofocus and some
exposure modes available
• AF Nikkor other than D-/G-type: All functions except 3D Color Matrix
Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash possible
• AI-P Nikkor: All functions except 3D Color Matrix Metering,
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash and AF possible
• Non-CPU AI Nikkor : Usable in [A] or [M] mode with Matrix-Metering,
Center-Weighted and Spot metering are available. Indication of aperture No.
After the user inputs the aperture f/No. and focal length f=mm by multi-selector
Electronic Rangefinder usable with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Auto Focus• 11/7 area TTL (7 in wide focus area mode)
• Multi-CAM 1000
• AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, average temperature)
Lens Servo• Single Servo AF [S]
• Continuous Servo AF [C]
• Manual focus [M]
Focus Tracking is automatically activated by the subject’s status in [S] or [C] AF
AF Area Mode• Single Area AF
• Dynamic AF with Focus Tracking and Lock-on
• Group Dynamic AF
• Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF
AF assistYes, the white lamp
AF Lock• Locked using the AE-L/AF-L button
• Half-press the shutter release button in AF mode [S]
Exposure modes• Program Auto [P] – flexible program possible
• Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
• Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
• Manual [M]
MeteringTTL full-aperture exposure metering system;
• D-/G-type Nikkor lenses support 3D Color Matrix Metering II using the 1,005-pixel CCD, while other AF Nikkor lenses with built-in CPUs support Matrix Metering (Non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data)
• Center-Weighted Metering (75% of the meter’s sensitivity concentrated on the 8mm dia. circle)
• Spot Metering (3mm dia. circle, approx. 2% of entire frame); the metering position can be linked to the focus area when using Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU
Metering modes• 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• Center-Weighted
• Spot (3 mm circle, 2% of frame)
Metering range• 3D Color Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
At normal temperature (20°C/68°F), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens
Meter CouplingCPU and AI
AE LockLocked using the AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing• 2 to 9 frames
• 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV step
Exposure compen.• +/-5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2, or 1.0 EV steps
Sensitivity• ISO 100 – 1600 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
• ISO 2000, 2500, or 3200 with boost
Shutter• Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
• 30 to 1/8000 sec (1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
• Bulb
White balance• Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
• Presets (six) with fine-tuning
• Manual presets (four)
• Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K, 31 steps)
• White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
Image parameters• Preset modes: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
• Sharpening: Auto, six levels
• Tone: Auto, three levels, Custom tone curve
• Color mode: I, II, III
• Saturation: Auto, three levels
• Hue: -9° to +9°
Viewfinder• Optical-type fixed eye-level pentaprism
• Built-in diopter adjustment (-2 to +1m-1)
• Eyepoint: 19.5 mm (at -1.0m-1)
• Frame coverage 95%
• Viewfinder magnification approx 0.94x with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
Focusing screenB-type BrightView Clear Matte Screen II
Viewfinder info• Focus indicators
• Metering system
• AE/FV lock indicator
• Flash sync indicator
• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator
• ISO sensitivity
• Exposure mode
• Flash output level compensation
• Exposure compensation
• Number of remaining exposures
LCD monitor• 2.5 ” TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• Backlight/brightness adjustment
Flash control• TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor.
• Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-TTL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])
• SB-800 or 600: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR.
• Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens
• Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s
• Range-priority manual; available with SB-800
Flash Sync Mode• Front-Curtain Sync (standard Sync)
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
• Slow Sync
• Rear-Curtain Sync
Built-in Speedlight• Manual pop-up with button release
• Guide number (ISO 100, m) approx 12 (manual 13)
Flash Ready-LightLights up when flash fully charged with Speedlight SB-800/ 80DX/ 50DX/ 30/ 28/ 27/22s; blinks for full output warning
Flash Accessory ShoeISO 518 standard-type hot shoe contact; Safety lock mechanism provided
Flash Sync TerminalISO 519 standard terminal, lock screw provided
Flash compensation• -3 to +1 EV
• 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
DOF Preview• Stop-down lens aperture by pressing the button
• Activates modeling flash
Shooting modes• Single frame
• Continuous High [CH] – 5 fps
• Continuous Low [CL] – 1 to 4 fps (custom)
• Self-Timer (programmable)
• Mirror-up mode
• Interval timer (Timelapse)
Continuous buffer• JPEG Large/Fine: approx. 37 frames
• RAW (NEF): approx. 22 frames
Self-timer• 2, 5, 10, or 20 sec programmable
Orientation sensorTags images with camera orientation
Playback mode• Full frame
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 images)
• One-touch zoom
• Slideshow
• RGB histogram
• Shooting data
• Highlight point
• Auto image rotation
Connectivity• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
• Video out
• Remote control 10-pin
• PC Sync flash terminal
GPSNMEA 0183 Interface standard supported with GPS Cable MC-35 (optional)
CommunicationsFTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
Video out• NTSC
Storage• Compact Flash Type I or II
• Microdrive supported
• FAT 12/16 and FAT 32 support
• 36 characters of text can be input and stored in the EXIF header
• No CF card supplied
Vertical grip• Optional MB-D200 battery pack / vertical grip
• 2 x EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion batteries
or • 6 x AA batteries
Power• Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e (7.4 V, 1500 mAh)
• Included battery charger MH-18a
• Optional AC adapter EH-6
• Optional MB-D200 battery pack / vertical grip
Battery monitoringThe LCD monitor on the camera back displays the following information
about the EN-EL3e battery:
• Remaining charge (%)
• No. Of shots taken since the last charge
• Battery life (5 stages)
Dimensions147 x 113 x 74 mm (5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 in)
Weight (no batt)830 g (1.8 lb)
Weight (inc. batt)920 g (2.0 lb)
Box contentsRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap, Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21M, LCD monitor cover BM-6, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional accessoriesWireless Transmitter WT-3, AC Adapter EH-6, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/SB-R200, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4), CompactFlash card, Nikkor lenses, Multifunction Battery Pack MB-D200, GPS Cable MC-35, Remote Cord MC-36 (replacement of MC-20), Semi-soft Case CF-D200


The D200 made quite a commotion when it was introduced in November of the previous year (and not just in the Nikon camp). It was immediately apparent that the Nikon logo and the ’00 designation were the only things this camera had in joint with its official forerunner, the D100. This was made abundantly evident right from the beginning.

Since of its design, construction, features, and overall performance, this camera truly carves out its space in the market. It would be a shame to designate it as “semi-pro” Once you start using it, you will quickly understand that it is a professional camera. This takes us to the competition; its design and functionality trump the Canon EOS 20D/30D, and in my opinion, it’s a step above the EOS 5D, a baby D2X.

Next, we’ll talk about megapixels or the marketers who would like that. Still, there’s very little to gain or lose in two megapixels either way, which is why in an unbiased comparison (like the one we did here, shooting in RAW and using the same converter), you really can’t see a significant advantage or disadvantage going either way (8 to 10 or 10 to 12). So even if you blew up the poster to a massive scale, you still couldn’t see the difference.

How what is captured is developed, on the other hand, can make a difference. This takes us to the default sharpening that the D200 uses (for JPEGs). There is a difference between avoiding sharpening artifacts and not being able to resolve details collected by the sensor due to inadequate processing or sharpening.

Because of this choice to have a low default sharpening level, someone using a D200 for the first time can have the impression that the camera is “soft.” However, if you turn the sharpness up, or even better, shoot in RAW and incorporate a subtle unsharp mask into your workflow, the photos produced by the D200 will be as sharp and crisp as you hope.

Concerning problems, I’m afraid the D200 has at least a couple of them. First, there is the issue of noise. It’s simple to argue that a camera isn’t meant to have a specific high-sensitivity performance. Still, unfortunately, there is a benchmark out there, and people now expect performance when using a digital SLR at this level.

That is not to suggest that the D200 is exceedingly terrible; instead, it states that the competition is extreme. Therefore, if you capture many photos at ISO 1600 or above, you should devote some time to examining our noise test results and the high ISO gallery examples.

The second concern isn’t widespread, but it has led some people to doubt Nikon, and that’s the vertical banding issue that some owners have reported having. Again, I was taken aback to discover that such an important new product had been negatively impacted by something that looks pretty simple to duplicate (QC?). However, I was also taken aback by the relatively late reaction from Nikon to recognize that there was a problem and provide a solution.

If the purpose of field testing a beta product is not to discover issues like this, then you must question the value of doing so. It’s possible that it didn’t harm too many cameras, but it left a “negative vibe” that no camera wants or needs.

Nikon D200 Price


Is the Nikon D200 still a good camera?

Even though it was introduced in 2005, the Nikon D200 is an outdated camera, but if it is used correctly, it can still produce high-quality images.

How old is the Nikon D200?

Since it was first made available in 2005, the Nikon D200 is now 18 years old.

Is Nikon D200 a good beginner camera?

Because of its more sophisticated features and controls, the Nikon D200 is not necessarily an excellent camera for beginning photographers.

Is Nikon D200 full frame?

The Nikon D200 is not a full-frame camera, despite popular belief. Instead, the sensor is of the DX format, which is a smaller size than that of a full-frame sensor.

Does Nikon D200 have autofocus?

The Nikon D200 does come with an automatic option.

What is the shutter life of a Nikon D200?

According to the manufacturer, the shutter life expectancy of a Nikon D200 is approximately 100,000 rounds.

How many megapixels is the Nikon D200?

The image sensor in the Nikon D200 has a resolution of 10.2 megapixels.

Is Nikon D200 DSLR or mirrorless?

The Nikon D200 is not a mirrorless but a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera.

Is Nikon D200 suitable for night photography?

Although the Nikon D200 can be used for night photography, its performance in low-light environments is not guaranteed to be as excellent as that of more recent cameras that have improved high-ISO performance.

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