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Nikon D7200 review: A faultless performer

The D7200 is Nikon’s offering for the advanced user and they call it the most advanced camera in their DX (APS-C size sensor) range.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Dec 16, 2015, 08.28 AM IST
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The D7200 is Nikon’s offering for the advanced user and they call it the most advanced camera in their DX (APS-C size sensor) range.
The D7200 is Nikon’s offering for the advanced user and they call it the most advanced camera in their DX (APS-C size sensor) range.
Price: Rs 81,450 (body only)

Rating: ****

Specifications: 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Nikon DX format, 3.2-inch 1229k dot LCD, Pentaprism optical viewfinder, 51 autofocus points (15 cross type), 1/8000 to 30 second shutter, built in pop-up flash, 1080p MOV video @ 60fps, 765grams (body only, with battery and memory card)

+ Faultless performance, high resolution screen, built in WiFi (remote control and transfers), NFC (quick pairing), weather sealed Magnesium-alloy body, dual SD card slots with multiple functions

- Heavy, expensive, large array of controls and buttons can be confusing, screen is fixed in place, built in flash has low guide number

When you get proficient enough with an entry-level DSLR, there are always a ton of upgrades available. And if you’re not doing photography as a professional, spending on a full frame DSLR will be overkill. The D7200 is Nikon’s offering for the advanced user and they call it the most advanced camera in their DX (APS-C size sensor) range. Compared to the previous D7100, there are a few key upgrades (though they are outwardly very similar). For starters, the autofocus system has been completely overhauled — the D7200 focuses faster (it tracks moving subjects better) and more reliably, even in very low light. And second, it has a larger buffer memory, which means it can shoot faster and in a longer burst.

If you shoot in JPEG (even at the highest setting), you can shoot at 6 frames per second for a burst that lasts over 100 photos. For RAW, you can do 18 continuous shots before the buffer fills up. The built in WiFI and NFC is a first for Nikon DSLRs. The competition has offered these features for a while so it’s good to see Nikon catching up.

Thanks to WiFi, you can wirelessly upload photos to social networks or transfer photos. There’s a free Wireless Mobile Utility app (iOS and Android) that helps you with this and it lets you shoot remotely with your device. The D7200 also has dual SD cards slot. You can use a second card as ‘overflow’ (when one fills up, it starts writing to the other) or ‘backup’ (same images stored on both) or selectively, if you want to shoot JPEG & RAW.

We tested it with a Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED lens with built in VR (vibration reduction: Nikon’s term for optical image stabilisation). This is a lens for someone who wants the ultimate in versatility — you can use it indoors, where the 18mm focal length can easily fit everyone into the frame — or you can use it as a superzoom, with the 300mm side of the lens bringing everything closer. But this is a Rs 75,000 option.

The ISO range is 100 to 25,600, with two additional ultra high ISO settings: Hi BW1 (equivalent to ISO 51,200) and Hi BW2 (equivalent to ISO 1,02,400). Needless to say, these are black & white modes, which are to be used only when capturing any sort of image is more important than the amount of noise. You can safely push it to ISO 3200 without much noise. The video mode is limited to 1080p 60p, but there is a flat picture control mode that maintains both shadow and highlight detail — and a time lapse mode is built in too. It’s a capable performer — probably the best APS-C performance you can get this side of a lakh of Rupees
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