In the past two months, Nikon did not release its own popular new products in this important exhibition CP +, it just launched the SLR camera the D810A for the special use of astrophotography, from average consumers’ point of view, this new product is the one that almost no one pays attention to. But today, just a month later, Nikon suddenly launches the D7200, the new generation of the D7100. I wonder whether the sudden release of the upgraded version after only one year will bring us more surprises, unfortunately, the Nikon D7200 rarely has something new in its specification table, it is not because the Nikon D7200’s upgrading is not forceful, but many of its upgraded points have appeared on other products too, so it has few original new points.
Compared to the D7100, the Nikon D7200 does have improvements in many functions, but the new features are too familiar. The EXPEED 4 processor is the standard configuration of the Nikon SLR, what’s more, the functionality of WiFi and NFC are already popular features, the “flat” mode and functions for recording sound with movies have appeared in many new products, the increase in the frames of continuous shooting and strengthening of the battery life are something that every user knows. The highlight of the new product is the new time-lapse feature with smooth exposure transitions in video shooting, which makes the exposure value of interval shooting more stable, and sudden changes impossible. This is a new feature which was not launched in the past.
Nikon D7200 vs D7200, what’s the difference?
|Models||Nikon D7200||Nikon D7100|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000||6000 x 4000|
|Effective Megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.1MP|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Processor||Expeed 4||Expeed 3|
(51,200 and 102,000 black & white)
|Auto, 100-6400, Hi-1=12800, Hi-2=25600|
|White balance presets||12||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|Number of focus points||51 (15 cross type)||51 (15 cross type)|
|Auto Focus Assist Light?||Yes||Yes|
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount||Nikon F mount|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×||1.5x|
|AF System||Multi-CAM 3500DX II||Multi-CAM 3500DX|
|Viewfinder Type||SLR type: eye-level Pentaprism
Viewfinder coverage: 100%
Viewfinder magnification: 0.94×
|SLR type: eye-level Pentaprism
Viewfinder coverage: 100%
Viewfinder magnification: 0.94×
|Shutter speed Range||30 – 1/8000s||30 – 1/8000s|
|Max Flash Sync:||1/250||1/250|
|Continuous Speed||6 fps||6 fps|
|Movie Resolution:||1080/60p (1.3x crop mode)||1080/60i (1.3x crop mode)|
|Buffer depth *||18 Raw, 100 JPEG||6 Raw, 50 JPEG|
||1100 shots||950 shots|
|Built-in focus motor||Yes||Yes|
|Wireless||Yes, with NFC||No|
|More information and reviews son Amazon||User Reviews on Amazon||User Reviews on Amazon|
Let’s hear about the Nikon D5300 special features:
The Nikon D7200 has little changes in appearance, it basically follows the D7100’s design, the biggest change that can be seen is the change of 2 from 1 on the nameplate. With the same appearance, we can see the launch of this new product has clear meaning that it is the D7100’s facelift product, focusing on the upgrade in functionality, the relationship between the D7100 and the D7200 is similar to that between the D800 and D810, but the upgrade magnitude is not so big as that of the D810.
Similar to the D7100, the Nikon D7200 also uses 24 million-pixel sensor, but they have subtle differences in effective pixel, according to Nikon official statement it is a redesigned CMOS, similar to the D5500. In fact, the Nikon D7100’s sensor may come from Toshiba, while the Nikon D7200 is reported using the CMOS from Sony, I guess this sensordoes not have any big difference from the D7100 in practice, both belonging to the top DX format sensor, offering excellent dynamic range and high sensitivity performance. Nikon does have very good technology in the optimization of the sensor, making it possible that the Nikon cameras maximize the potential of the sensor, which is especially evident on cameras in recent years.
The D7200 adopts advance image processor, the Expeed 4. Having been released earlier, the D7100 still uses Expeed 3. According Nikon, the Expeed 4 processor has been used for improved image quality and not higher continuous shooting speeds, so it allows a better photo quality than other entry-level cameras using Expeed 3. According Nikon, the Expeed 4 processor has been used for improved image quality and not higher continuous shooting speeds, so it allows a better photo quality than other entry-level cameras using Expeed 3.
The D7200’s native sensitivity is expanded to ISO 100-25,600, and the sensitivity range can be expanded to Hi BW1 and Hi BW2 for still images when shooting black and white photos (equivalent to ISO 51200 and 102400 respectively). In addition, the D7200’s automatic white balance and the color processing are synchronously strengthened with the Expeed 4 advantage.
Thanks to the new Multi-CAM 3500DX II system, the D7200 has a slight improvement in terms of autofocus. Also using 51 AF points, and also 15 cross-type focus points, the MultiCam 3500 II further reduces all sensitive to -3EV just like the D750, By comparison, the D7100’s AF points were sensitive down to -2EV. Theoretically it will improve the AF performance under low light conditions. Besides, the D7200’s AF should be consistent with that of the D7100, which contains that under 1.3 × crop mode it can get a focus range of nearly 100% coverage.
The D7200 uses the EXPEED 4 processor, so it is also equipped with an improved Nikon Picture Control System. In video shooting, the D7200 can achieve 1080 / 60P, with the prerequisite that it must employ 1.3 × crop mode.
A new ”Flat” Picture Control mode is introduced into D7200. Compare to the Standard, Vivid and other models, Flat mode is designed to retain as many details in lights and darks as possible for post-capture adjustment. It can also be applied to video taking, and it would be easy to increase dynamic range for Post-processing when shooting in the “flat” mode
Compared to the D7100, the biggest improvement of the D7200 is the buffer. If we do not consider the control layout of the camera body, then in most areas the D7100 has exceeded the D300S and become a veritable DX flagship. However, as a camera with strong auto-focus and continuous shooting performance, the D7100 has a very limited buffer. It can achieve a continuous shooting speed of 6fps, but when using 14-bit RAW shooting the buffer capacity is only 6 frames. That is, without considering the writing speed, the camera’s buffer can be completely filled within a second. The D7200 has increased it by 3 times, the buffer capacity reaching 18 14-bit RAW files. For a 24 million-pixel camera, the D7200’s buffer capacity is big, enough to meet the requirements of most continuous shooting. The biggest regret for the D7100 has got perfect solution through the D7200. In fact, the D7200 is the most suitable Nikon DX camera for continuous shooting, if you have used the D300, you should know that the D300 can only achieve a continuous shooting speed of 2.5 fps under 14-bit RAW mode – I personally feel it seems even more slowly .
In addition, Nikon implanted WiFi module that supported NFC for the D7200, which can be used to download Nikon Apps to smart phones and offer instant transfer of photos to phones，a function that much appeals to those obsessed with photo sharing.
Nikon D7100 vs D7200, How to choose?
It is not easy for the cameras like the D7100 to get a big improvement. In other words, the D7100 can satisfy most needs for shooting and is a well-established camera with high performance-price ratio, so we can understand the slight improvement of the D7200. However, compared with the cameras such as Canon T6s or 7D Mark II, Nikon’s upgrade is not very sincere. The biggest dissatisfaction for the D7100 stems from its buffer capacity, especially under the 14-bit RAW shooting mode the D7100’s limited buffer greatly limits the continuous shooting speed. The D7200 solves this problem, so at least it is a more perfect D7100, solving its biggest problem. (User Reviews of D7200 on Amazon)
However, Nikon D7200 can actually do better. For example, why not equip the D7200 with a rotatable LCD screen? why does the D750 have it while the D7200 doesn’t have it? And, NFC and WiFi are good, but Nikon had better write a more useful App. The third-party App’s control for Nikon cameras is better than Nikon’s own App, doesn’t Nikon feel this at all? I would also like to say, in fact, many of Nikon’s loyal users’ complaint can be completely resolved. Stuff the D7200’s entrails into the D300S’ body to get a D400 that a lot of people are longing for, is it really hard?
Considering the overall performance, the D7200 is the best DX format SLR cameras on the market currently. If your goal is not full frame SLR cameras, then the D7200 is worth your serious consideration. The Canon 7D Mark II is more suitable for photographers who have special requirements for continuous shooting – if you need a professional APS-C format camera, Canon is almost your only choice, the D7200’s advantages in imaging may satisfy most photographers’ appetite. It is a camera without apparent flaws, which reflects the highest level of this level camera in manipulation, shooting, picture quality and other aspects. Anyway, for users considering the DX cameras, the D7200 is the one I highly recommend – of course, those who care about the performance-price ratio please don’t forget the opportunity of buying the D7100 due to the launch of the D7200.
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