Test Review: The Nikon D7200

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May 7, 2015 at 10:30 am  •  Posted in Gear & Reviews, New Products, Review by  •  0 Comments

The Nikon D7200

The Nikon D7200

The Nikon D7200 is the new flagship of Nikon’s DX cameras (APS-C sized sensor). The camera offers 20-MP resolution and a very fast and reliable AF system, and it had an excellent overall performance in our tests.

The reproduction of the test box is very neutral. Colours look natural; only the blue nuances are highly saturated. The sharpness and reproduction of fine details is very good, without looking exaggerated or artificial.

The reproduction of the test box is very neutral. Colours look natural; only the blue nuances are highly saturated. The sharpness and reproduction of fine details is very good, without looking exaggerated or artificial.

Comments on Image Quality
Colour: The reproduction of the colour test chart shows a very good performance by the white-balance system. Therefore the gray pattern in our result chart is located in the center of the graph; only the brightest gray is shifted into the yellow area. This effect is also noticeable in the portrait shot.

The colour-error level is low, but the D7200 shows an error, which is typical for Nikon cameras. The darker blue nuances are boosted and extremely saturated. This effect is visible in our test-box shot (blue spool). The blue colours are statistical blips, lifting the mean image saturation to 108.9 percent, while the other colours show only minor discrepancies to their given values.

The reproduction of the model shot is very good. The differentiation of the red colour of her t-shirt is high, and the skin tone reproduction is also very good.

The reproduction of the model shot is very good. The differentiation of the red colour of her t-shirt is high, and the skin tone reproduction is also very good.

Skin tones are reproduced very naturally. The very bright skin tone of our model shows very little shift into the more yellowish direction, likewise for the bright gray pattern in the test chart.

Sharpness: The sharpness results were excellent. The camera created crisp and clear reproductions of the test box, the portrait shot and the ISO 12233 test chart. For all test images we used the AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60 mm 1:2.8G ED with very high-resolution results. The test chart was reproduced with 3941 lines per picture height, which is nearly the nominal sensor resolution (4000 lines per picture height). Even though the resolution results are very high, the sharpness doesn’t look artificial or exaggerated. Fine details like the structure of the metal sieve or the thread spool in our test box shot are clearly differentiated and crisp.

Noise: The Nikon D7200 performed very well in our noise tests when the standard ISO speed settings were used. Even in lower ISO-speed settings, the luminance noise is a little higher than in images taken with larger image sensors. The camera keeps this level of about 0.6-0.7 percent between ISO 100 and ISO 800, than it rises slightly but still stays below 1.0 up to ISO 6400 mode. The highest ISO-speed settings show minor colour noise artifacts but are still fully acceptable. Only when shooting in boosted modes up to ISO 102400 do noise artifacts get really annoying.

The arrangement of the main function elements of the D7200 is very familiar. The camera has a large mode dial on the left-hand side of its top and a status LCD on the right-hand side.

The arrangement of the main function elements of the D7200 is very familiar. The camera has a large mode dial on the left-hand side of its top and a status LCD on the right-hand side.

Comments on Handling
The handling of the new D7200 is very similar to the forerunner D7100. The new camera is an SLR system with an optical viewfinder. This viewfinder has a 100-percent field of view, which is very helpful (while the optical viewfinder of the D5500, for example, covers only 95 percent of the sensor image). The Nikon D7200 has a massive body that is the same size as the D7100. The body of the new camera has gotten a little lighter and is based on a magnesium-alloy chassis. The large grip on the right-hand side offers stable handling and therefore prevents image blur when shooting with 1/10 to 1/50 seconds. for example. Just like all Nikon SLRs, the D7200 does not have an image stabilizer and therefore depends on the Vibration Reduction systems in Nikon lenses or similar systems in third-party lenses.

The interfaces of the D7200 are located on the left-hand side of the body. They are covered with rubber caps, which is part of the sealing of the massive camera body. The camera has a built-in flash system, which can be used as fill-in flash or to control slave flashes of Nikon's creative lighting system.

The interfaces of the D7200 are located on the left-hand side of the body. They are covered with rubber caps, which is part of the sealing of the massive camera body. The camera has a built-in flash system, which can be used as fill-in flash or to control slave flashes of Nikon’s creative lighting system.

Compared to the D7100, the image sensor of the new D7200 is basically the same. It offers 24-MP resolution but now has higher ISO-speed settings. These new speed settings, with standard modes up to ISO 25,600 (which was the “high mode” offered by the D7100), can now be expanded to an ISO-102400 equivalent. The highest speed settings are possible because the D7200 uses the new Expeed 4 image processor. The boost settings are also restricted to monochrome image mode and have a very intense noise pattern.

The D7200 is very easy to handle. The camera has a lot of function buttons and set-up dials to change image parameters very easily and intuitively. The 8-way control field on the back allows fast menu navigation, and the five function buttons to the left of the LCD screen give direct access to ISO-speed, white-balance and image-quality settings. But these buttons also mean there is no swivel joint for the LCD. The 3.2 inch/8 cm monitor is fixed, which is a little uncomfortable for both photographers and videographers.

The new Nikon uses two card slots for SD card media. Both slots can be used simultaneously to save JPEGs on the first card and raw images on the second, for example, or to use one card for images and the second for videos.

The new Nikon uses two card slots for SD card media. Both slots can be used simultaneously to save JPEGs on the first card and raw images on the second, for example, or to use one card for images and the second for videos.

The camera uses the same AF module as the Nikon D4 (Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 II), which is very fast. The D7200 has no problems keeping moving objects in focus, even while taking photos in continuous shooting mode with up to six frames per second. When using a smaller sensor area of 18 x 12 mm (which also means an additional crop factor of 1.3x), the camera can take up to seven images per second. The central AF sensors are very light sensitive and allow focusing with f/8.0 This helps to focus when using tele lenses with converters that often reduce aperture to f/8.0.

Pros
+ compact APS-C SLR with professional image results
+ very fast AF system (Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II system of the Nikon D4)
+ high continuous-shooting mode (up to 7 frames per second in 1.3x/18×12-mm sensor mode)
+ built-in Wi-Fi
+ two SD card slots

Cons
– no swivel LCD
– no GPS system

The new Nikon has a very large LCD screen (3.2 inches/8 cm) with high resolution (1.3 million RGB dots) and offers 100-percent field of view. It is built into the body and therefore can't be rotate up- or downward or to the side.

The new Nikon has a very large LCD screen (3.2 inches/8 cm) with high resolution (1.3 million RGB dots) and offers 100-percent field of view. It is built into the body and therefore can’t be rotate up- or downward or to the side.

This review is based on precise lab tests conducted by BetterNet GmbH and provided by the Technical Imaging Press Association (TIPA). TIPA is the largest family of independent photo and imaging magazines worldwide. Photo Life is an active member of TIPA.

SPEC SHEET: Nikon D7200
BASIC TECHNICAL DATA:
Resolution 6000 x 4000
Resolution sensor 24.7
Colour depth (in bits) 42
Size of sensor (in inches) 0/0.00
Size of sensor (in mm) 23.5 x 15.6
LENSES:
Focal length (wide angle; 35-mm equivalent; in mm) 27
Focal length (tele; 35-mm equivalent; KB in mm) 158
Focal length (wide angle; real; in mm) 18.0
Focal length (tele; real; KB in mm) 105.0
Speed 3.5 – 5.6
Macro 45 – 100
Manual focus, controlled by function elements no
Manual focus, controlled with lens ring yes
TAKING PICTURES:
Start-up time (in sec) 0.09
Shutter delay (in sec) without pre-focusing 0.10
Shutter delay (in sec) with pre-focusing 0.01
Continuous shooting speed (frames per second) 6.0
Max. burst during continuous shooting speed 999.0
Fastest shutter speed (in sec) 1/8000
Long-time exposure/shutter speed (in sec) 30
Self timer yes
Exposure Settings:
Aperture pre-setting, shutter-speed presetting, manual-exposure settings,
automatic bracketing, time-lapse photography
Exposure programs 16
White balance:
Auto yes
White-balance settings 6
Individual white balance yes
ISO:
ISO min 100
ISO max 25600
ISO steps 25
Manual ISO control yes
FLASH:
Integrated flash yes
Flash mode:
On, off, automatic-flash, slow-sync, anti-red-eye, rear-curtain sync
External flash:
X-sync no
Accessory shoe yes
FILE FORMATS:
Standard file formats JPEG, RAW, DCF
JPEG-compression grades 3
LCD AND PREVIEW:
Size (in inches) 3.2
Resolution of LCD (in pixels) 1228
Zoom mode during preview yes
Index during preview yes
Slideshow during preview yes
VIDEO:
Video available yes
Max. width 1920
Max. height 1080
Picture frequency 60
POWER SOURCE:
Rechargeable battery yes
Battery type Li-Ion
Battery charger included yes
Power connector no
Power supply unit no
STORAGE SYSTEM:
Supported memory cards SD card, SDHC card, SDXC card
PC CONNECTION:
PC connection USB 2.0, HDMI, WLAN
TV out PAL/NTSC HDMI
DIMENSIONS:
Dimensions (width x height x depth; in mm) 135 x 106 x 76
Weight (body without battery and memory card; in g) 765
ACCESSORIES:
Docking station no
Printed manual yes
Manual on CD yes
Bag no
Remote control no

 

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