It has been two years since Nikon announced the D7100 and today the company announced its replacement, the Nikon D7200. A number of things have changed / improved from the D7100, most notably: improved 51-point AF system with -3 EV sensitivity, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, faster EXPEED 4 processor, larger buffer capacity, improved battery life and a slightly modified 24.2 MP APS-C sensor with a larger native ISO range of 100 – 25,600. Looks like Nikon finally addressed the buffer concern with this release, giving a three times larger buffer that can fit 18 14-bit RAW files compared to the D7100. The sensor on the D7200 is probably a tweaked version of the excellent sensor from the D5300 (made by Sony), which should provide pretty clean images at high ISOs. The camera retains the price of its predecessor at $1,199 MSRP. Looks like it is a great update to the already excellent D7100, which we have previously reviewed and praised for its superb performance. Judging by its build / ergonomics and the same continuous shooting speed of 6 fps, the D7200 won’t directly compete with the Canon 7D Mark II, which still leaves room for the potential release of the D400 later this year.
Here is the list of main features on the D7200:
- Image Sensor: High Resolution 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor without an OLPF (AA) filter
- ISO Range: 100 – 25,600, boost to 51,200-102,400 (Black and White Only)
- Metering Sensor: 2,016-pixel RGB (3D Color Matrix) sensor
- FPS: High Speed 6 frames per second continuous shooting up to 100 shots, 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode
- Processor: EXPEED 4 and 14-bit A/D Conversion
- Mirror: Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
- Memory: Twin SD Card Slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility
- Movie: Full 1080p HD recording at up to 60p
- AF System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX with 51 point AF System and 15 cross-type sensors. Center sensor capable of handling f/8 lenses
- Detection Range: -3 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
- Body Type and Shutter: Magnesium-alloy body, superior weather/moisture and dust seals and a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system providing reliable operation
- LCD: 3.2 Inch, 1,229K-dot LCD Monitor
- Built-in Wireless: Yes, with NFC
- US Price: $1,199 body only, $1,699 with Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
Considering that the D750 has a flip-screen, Nikon should have added one on the D7200, so I think they missed a mark there. Flip-screen is nice to have, allowing to shoot images and videos at odd angles. Another omission is GPS, which would have also been nice to add. Overall, it looks like a great camera to succeed the D7100, which was already phenomenal.
So what does the buffer capacity on the D7200 looks like compared to its predecessors? Let’s take a look at the following graph, which I borrowed from my Nikon DSLR buffer capacity article:
|RAW File Type||JPEG Fine|
|* Maximum FPS without and with optional battery pack in full resolution|
|Nikon D7000 (16.2 MP)||6||11||10||15||12||31|
|Nikon D7100 (24.1 MP)||6||7||6||9||8||33|
|Nikon D7200 (24.2 MP)||6||27||18||35||26||100|
|Nikon D300 (12.3 MP)||6/8||21||18||27||21||17||16||43|
|Nikon D300S (12.3 MP)||7/8||18||30||20||45||17||19||44|
Considering that the Nikon D300S slows down to 2.5 fps when shooting 14-bit RAW files, the buffer capacity of the D7200 surpasses all previous-generation DX cameras from Nikon. Keep in mind that the D7200 has a lot more resolution with its 24.2 MP sensor when compared to 16.2 MP or 12.3 MP, so the buffer capacity has increased in size significantly. This makes the D7200 currently the best DX camera for photographing sports, wildlife and other fast action. With a continuous shooting speed of 6 fps, the Nikon D7200 will last 3 seconds before the buffer starts filling up and if you choose 12-bit lossless format, you are looking at 4.5 seconds of continuous shooting, which is usually plenty for most situations.
If you lost hope in waiting for the D400, the D7200 will be a great choice for its price. If the D400 ever sees the light of the day, it will probably shoot at 10 fps with a larger buffer to accommodate 3-4 seconds of continuous burst speed, but it will surely come with a price premium – probably around $1700 – $1800 MSRP.
If you currently own an entry-level Nikon DSLR and want to move up to something much more serious, the D7200 is going to be a superb choice. The much better autofocus system, ability to use lenses with teleconverters in low-light, large enough buffer, 6 fps shooting speed and a fully weather-sealed construction make this camera very desirable for any kind of photography, especially sports and wildlife.
If you own a D7000, it will also be a nice upgrade, since you are getting a higher resolution camera (a bump from 16 MP to 24 MP translates to bigger prints / better cropping options), a 51-point AF system that is a world better than the old 39-point AF system on the D7000, much faster processor for better subject tracking, larger LCD, better battery life and obviously a much better buffer for continuous shooting.
If you own a D7100, it is a tough choice, as it really depends on the type of photography you do. If you are a sports / wildlife photography, the D7200 is definitely worth moving up to, as you are getting a much larger buffer and -3 EV sensitivity and those two are alone worth the upgrade in my opinion. If you are into portraits and other photography, I would skip the D7200 and wait for a D7300 instead.
Official Nikon D7200 Images
NIKON’S NEW DX-FORMAT D7200 DSLR WILL HELP PASSIONATE PHOTOGRAPHERS CONQUER THEIR NEXT CHALLENGE WITH INCREDIBLE SPEED AND IMAGE QUALITY
The Nikon D7200 is a Lightweight yet Powerful Option for Enthusiasts Eager to Create, Capture and Share Incredible Images and HD Video
MELVILLE, NY (March 1, 2015 at 11:01 P.M. EST) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the Nikon D7200, a powerful DX-format DSLR built for enthusiasts ready to conquer the next challenge in their photographic journey. Featuring a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) and the EXPEED 4 image processing system, the D7200 is capable of incredibly fast performance and capturing phenomenally detailed, sharp images and HD video. Nikon’s newest lightweight DSLR also adds increased buffer capacity compared to the D7100, includes new Picture Controls and offers the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi®1 and Near Field Communication (NFC). Additionally, Nikon introduced the new ME-W1 wireless microphone, a simple solution to DSLR videographers’ wireless sound needs, as well as the new View NX-i imaging software.
“Those passionate about photography are constantly looking for the next challenge and Nikon is committed to providing the tools necessary to take that passion to the next level,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The new DX-format Nikon D7200 offers the next level of performance for the enthusiast photographer that wants to creatively capture exceptional images and HD video that can be easily shared with friends and family.”
Incredible Image Quality
Nikon’s newest DSLR features a powerful 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with no OLPF capable of producing stunning images and maximum sharpness in nearly any shooting scenario. Combined with the new EXPEED 4 Image Processing engine, the Nikon D7200 renders sharp images and HD video with wide dynamic range, with the added benefit of extremely precise autofocus and metering. Whether on assignment or photographing the next family gathering, the D7200 is the ideal tool to capture important moments with incredible quality. For when available light is scarce, the camera also features a wide ISO range from 100-25,600 to help minimize noise in low-light situations. As always, the Nikon D7200 maintains compatibility with the legendary line of NIKKOR lenses and DSLR accessories which adds even more reach and versatility to any photographer’s kit.
Powerful Performance for Serious Photographers
Enthusiast photographers need a DSLR that can keep up with their passions. The Nikon D7200 sports a host of features designed to provide the power and precision needed to take on the next photographic challenge. Courtesy of EXPEED 4, the D7200 features 30% faster image processing than its predecessor, the Nikon D7100, and provides an increased buffer capacity that now allows the camera to shoot 18 consecutive RAW 14-bit lossless compressed images, 27 12-bit compressed shots or 100 JPEG frames. Additionally, this powerful DX-format DSLR offers users the versatility to shoot at 6 frames-per-second (fps) continuously or up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode, a popular shooting mode for both sports and wildlife photographers.
Photographers in need of a versatile, powerful yet lightweight DX-format DSLR need look no further than the Nikon D7200. When shooting fleeting moments or fast action, photographers will appreciate the camera’s pro-caliber 51-point autofocus array powered by a new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500II DX high-density system. The AF points cover a wide DX-format area, and nearly the entire frame using 1.3x crop mode. Even in low-light, the D7200 utilizes 15 cross-type sensors to achieve incredible focus on moving subjects, while the center point works down to f/8, making it great for use with compatible teleconverters. The Nikon D7200 also features a 2,016 RGB metering sensor alongside Nikon’s Scene Recognition System to help achieve the perfect exposure and focus in a variety of shooting scenarios.
Create, Capture and Share with Incredible Versatility
The Nikon D7200 is the first Nikon DSLR to feature both built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC that allow for seamless connectivity and sharing via compatible smart devices. Via NFC, users can simply touch their device to the camera for easy connectivity, while built-in Wi-Fi also allows the user to utilize their smartphone for simple playback and sharing, as well as a remote shutter and monitor.
In addition to robust performance and incredible image quality, the D7200 also sports a feature set designed to foster creativity in any level of photographer. Nikon’s newest DX-format DSLR features the next generation of Picture Controls, now including Flat and Clarity settings, to help users craft each individual image to their intended expression. These controls have been expanded for use in Live View, while artistic effects can be applied to both stills and video in real time, offering the user the ultimate in creative control. Ergonomically designed and ready to endure the elements, the Nikon D7200 features a durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy body and is ready to tackle the next photographic challenge. Users can also take advantage of a 3.2-inch ultra high-resolution (1,229k dot) LCD monitor and a low-power consumption organic EL (OLED) display element in the optical viewfinder that improves visibility when shooting.
Impressive Video Capabilities
The Nikon D7200 inherits many of the high-end video capabilities of Nikon’s latest full frame DSLRs, the Nikon D810 and Nikon D750. Ready to capture top-quality HD video at a moment’s notice, users can take advantage of a robust video feature set that allows videographers to record uncompressed and compressed Full HD 1080 footage at 30/25/24p and 1080 at 60/50p in 1.3x Crop Mode. Additionally, Auto ISO sensitivity is now available in manual mode, helping create smooth exposure transitions without changing shutter speed or aperture, while “zebra stripes” highlight display is available to confirm exposure. Video controls are available through a dedicated movie menu for quick access, while aspiring videographers can also utilize a built-in stereo microphone with 20 step adjustments to record smooth DSLR audio. The D7200 is also the first Nikon DX-format DSLR to feature a built-in Time Lapse Mode with exposure smoothing, making capturing a beautiful sunset time-lapse easier than ever.
ME-W1: A Simple Solution to Wireless Sound in DSLR Video
Nikon has also introduced a versatile new wireless lavalier microphone for Nikon users, the ME-W1, capable of capturing crisp and detailed audio wirelessly. Weather resistant and powered by two AAA batteries, users can wirelessly record audio in mono or stereo (when connected to the ME-1 stereo microphone) from up to 50m (164 ft.) away. Great for bloggers, aspiring videographers or even professionals, the ME-W1 makes recording audio for DSLR video simple, without sacrificing quality sound.
View NX-i: New, Innovative Software for Photographers
For photographers that wish to take control of their images after capture, Nikon also announces new View NX-i browsing software that allows for more intuitive control of images than ever before. View NX-i allows users to browse RAW files adjusted by Capture NX-D software and provides the easy upload of images to social networks.
Price and Availability
The Nikon D7200 will be available in early April 2015 either body only or kitted with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for suggested retail prices (SRP) of $1,199.95* and $1,699.95*, respectively. The ME-W1 wireless microphone will be available in March 2015 for $249.95* SRP, while Nikon’s View NX-i software will be available on March 17, 2015 as a free download. For more information about the Nikon D7200 and other Nikon cameras and products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.