Nikon D200

Nikon D200

Nikon’s D200 is the follow-up to the D100, which was introduced in the summer of 2002 and has been in production ever since. When it was first released, the D100 competed against Canon’s EOS-D60, which has since been updated twice, with a third replacement likely to be revealed by March. After what seems like an eternity, Nikon finally releases its newest digital SLR, and the company has gone all out to make it a standout model.

The Nikon D200 is positioned between the D70s and the D2X and is intended for photographers ranging from serious amateurs to professional photographers. It has a 10.2-megapixel resolution, excellent build quality, a large number of functions, and is extremely quick to operate. Many of the D200’s features are derived directly from the D2X, which is the top-of-the-line model.

Nikon D200 digital SLR camera from the front.

In this review, we’ll take a close look at the Nikon D200, which is available in the UK as a stand-alone camera or as a kit with either the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 G IF-ED or the Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55mm f2.8 G ED lenses, all of which are excellent options.

For the majority of our tests, we used a 17-55mm f2.8 lens, which proved to be an excellent fit for this higher-end camera body. Our studio resolution tests were conducted with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens, which was provided by Nikon.

It is our belief that the D200 will appeal to two separate types of photographers: serious amateurs who are seeking for a step up from bodies such as the D70s, and professionals who either want a backup body for their D2X or who cannot afford the cost of Nikon’s high-end model.

As a result, in this review, we’ll compare the D200 against Nikon models that are both above and below it in the Nikon lineup. We’ll also compare it to two of Canon’s key competitors, the EOS-20D and the 5D Mark II.

Is the Nikon D200 only an update for D100 and D70s users, or is it a real professional-spec workhorse that can compete with the D2X in terms of image quality? Continue reading to find out. Please keep in mind that the unit under test was running firmware version 1.01.

Nikon D200 Specs

Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution3872 x 2592
Other resolutions2896 x 1944, 1936 x 1296
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels10 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors11 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISO100 – 1600 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (up to 3200 as boost)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-area selective single-pointSingleContinuous
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size2.5″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.94× (0.63× 35mm Equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Built-in flashYes (pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesFront curtain, Rear-curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 to 20 sec)
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Storage typesCompact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
Weight (inc. batteries)920 g (2.03 lb / 32.45 oz)
Dimensions147 x 113 x 74 mm (5.79 x 4.45 x 2.91″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1

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Freelance journalist Corey has been writing about digital photography since 2006, first as a deputy editor and then as the editor of a variety of photographic journals. Featuring expert product reviews and in-depth features

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