There has been a gap of around two years between the launch of the Nikon D7100 and the arrival of its replacement, and at first glance, the new D7200 appears to be more of a minor upgrade rather than a fundamental redesign.
The D7200 has a sensor with a resolution of 24.2 million pixels, which is a little improvement over the D7100’s sensor resolution of 24.1 million pixels. However, the body of the camera is essentially the same as the D7100; it has the same weight, the same proportions, and the same viewfinder.
As of this writing, the D7500 has taken the position of the D7200 in Nikon’s lineup of digital SLR cameras. The more recent camera has a pixel count that is somewhat lower than its predecessor at 20.9MP, but it delivers a better ISO performance in addition to a number of other adjustments and improvements. A touchscreen with a tilt-angle functionality and the ability to record in 4K are also included. Because of this, the Nikon D7200 is currently available for a reasonable price, despite the fact that it is still one of the enthusiast DSLRs that we like the most.
Nikon D7200 Features
The Nikon D7200 is similar to its predecessor in that it does not include an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor. This is an innovation that was aimed to generate photos that are crisper and that represent tiny details more accurately.
When photographing fine textures or patterns, anti-aliasing filters are used to prevent moiré, also known as interference effects. Nikon stated at the time of the D7100’s launch that the high pixel density of its sensor would make it unlikely to suffer from any moire patterning, and we have not seen any reports from users suggesting that it is a problem.
The Expeed 3 processor that was previously housed within the camera has been replaced with the Expeed 4, which is a newer and more powerful model. This is just one of the considerable advancements that have been made in comparison to the D7100.
The D7200 has the same frame rate as the D7100, which is either 6 frames per second at full resolution or 7 frames per second when using the 1.3x crop mode. However, due to the faster processor, the buffering capacity has been improved, which was one of the most disappointing aspects of the previous model.
However, it is important to understand that these statistics apply to smaller 12-bit NEF files rather than the 14-bit files that are preferred by people who are searching for the highest possible image quality. Nikon boasts that the D7200 is capable of shooting 100 JPEGs or 27 raw files in a single burst.
Nikon D7200 Build Quality
It is clear that Nikon exerted a lot of effort in order to make the D7200 appear and feel like a high-quality piece of equipment, and their efforts paid off: the camera feels and handles like a more costly model, such as the D610 or the D750.
The front grip and the rear grip both feature coatings with a soft textured pattern that make the camera feel safe and pleasant to hold when you are using it. Your forefinger and thumb sit naturally on the shutter release and the rear scrolling dial, respectively; all in all, it feels like a good camera to hold. Your middle finger fits neatly underneath the protrusion for the shutter release button, and your forefinger fits neatly underneath the protrusion for the shutter release button.
Once you have the necessary information, connecting the camera to your mobile device using Wi-Fi is a simple process. The control is somewhat tucked away inside the menu settings; nonetheless, I would want to have a dedicated button, or at the very least, the option should be included in the I menu.
Instead, you will need to select Enable from the drop-down menu that appears next to the Wi-Fi option on the third page of the Setup Menu found in the Main Menu. You are only able to shift the focus point and trip the shutter release from inside the remote app, but it is still useful for taking pictures of groups of people, using a tripod (so as not to shake the camera), and photographing shy or dangerous objects from a distance.
The capability to transmit photographs from the camera to your phone, which enables you to rapidly share them via email and various social networking platforms, is maybe the most helpful feature of this camera.
Nikon D7200 Autofocus
It was the first Nikon DX-format (APS-C) camera a couple of years ago, but the D7200 is capable of focusing at as low as -3EV. This is made possible by the improved MultiCAM 3500 II 51-point autofocusing system. This is a tried-and-true AF system that’s been inherited from full-frame models that are higher up in the Nikon range.
Nikon D7200 Performance
The Matrix (all-purpose) metering system produces well-exposed photographs in the majority of settings, and it even deals rather well with some scenarios with a large contrast range.
The automated white balance technology is also quite adaptable since it can work effectively in a variety of lighting circumstances. It performs almost perfectly regardless of whether it is daytime or cloudy outside. Because it produces results that are a touch on the warm side when used in artificial lighting, we suggest either switching to a WB setting that is better suited for the conditions (like Tungsten), or taking a white balance setting that is tailored specifically to your needs.
Nikon D7200 Image quality
Because of our experience with the Nikon D5500, we are aware that the combination of a sensor with 24.2 million pixels and a processor with Expeed 4 is an excellent one. Therefore, I was anticipating quite nice results from the D7200, and I wasn’t let down in that regard.
This camera, like the one that came before it, the D7100, is geared toward amateur photographers who are likely to want to shoot a wide variety of subjects. As a result, the camera needs to be a versatile all-rounder that can adapt to a variety of handling requirements and shooting conditions.
Nikon D7200 Specs
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||DX: 4496 x 3000, 2992 x 2000; 1.3x crop: 4800 x 3200, 3600 x 2400, 2400 x 1600|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600, expands to 102400 (black and white only)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||102400|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal, basic|
|File format||JPEG (EXIF v2.3)Raw (Nikon NEF, 12 or 14-bit, lossless compressed or compressed)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||51|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.94× (0.63× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Exposure modes||Aperture PriorityAutoAuto (flash off)Manual (M)Programmed auto with flexible program (P)Scene ModesShutter-PriorityUser|
|Scene modes||Autumn ColorsBeach / SnowBlossomCandlelightChildClose-upDusk / DawnFoodLandscapeNight LandscapeNight PortraitParty / IndoorPet PortraitPortraitSportsSunsetSpecial Effects Mode|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, auto FP high-speed sync, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, rear-curtain sync, rear-curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow sync, off|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Drive modes||Single-frame [S] modeContinuous low-speed [CL]Continuous high-speed [CH]Quiet Shutter ReleaseSelf-timer modeMirror-up [Mup] mode|
|Continuous drive||6.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 seconds)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 shots in 1-stop increments)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)|
|Videography notes||1080/60p and 50p only in 1.3x crop mode|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (two slots)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (Wired, wireless, or via smartphone)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Water and dust resistant)|
|Battery description||EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||1110|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||765 g (1.69 lb / 26.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||136 x 107 x 76 mm (5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99″)|
Nikon D7200 Final Verdict
In comparison to the D7100, the D7200 may not be an entirely new design, but Nikon has made some minor adjustments to what was already a fantastic camera in order to create something that is undeniably superior to its forerunner. Although considered separately, the adjustments might not appear to have made much of a difference, when seen as a whole, they certainly have.
The build quality of the D7200 is reassuringly solid, just like that of the D7100, and the camera handles well; it has a high-quality feel that you would normally expect from a model closer to the top of Nikon’s range, rather than from one that is in the middle of the company’s lineup.
Nikon D7200 Pros & Cons
- Excellent AF system 24.2MP
- Sturdy body
- AA-filterless sensor
- The screen does not respond to touches.
- Permanent screen
- The focus of movies might be very sluggish